The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has named former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt as the new president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Leavitt will be joined by his wife, Jacalyn, in fulfilling this new role. Leavitt replaces Ron Jarrett, who has served as president of the choir since August 2012. Bishop Gérald Caussé, the advisor to the choir, made the announcement to the choir via a video call on Friday, August 6, 2021.
As president of the choir, Leavitt hopes to couple his leadership experience with the choir’s renowned music, which he says has always been a personal conduit for his spiritual connection with God. That connection is something he wants a worldwide audience to experience.
“Using digital tools now available, the choir can reach new and bigger global audiences,” Leavitt said. “It can be an emissary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an advocate for people on every continent who seek feelings of peace and joy.”
In an organizational change, Leavitt will lead a presidency in his new position. His two counselors will be announced later. Together, they will manage operations, employees, and marketing and oversee the administrative components of the choir, including the supervision of over 700 volunteers in the choir organization. Leavitt says he is committed to making their selfless service a positive experience.
“Mike Leavitt will build on the legacy of the choir organization with his exceptional executive experience. We are looking forward to his leadership and a future of continued success,” Bishop Caussé said.
He added, “We thank Ronald Jarrett for his dedicated service and his vision [of] expanding the choir’s influence to a worldwide audience through social media and other innovations.”
Jarrett was appointed president of the choir on August 1, 2012. He previously served as a singing member of the choir from 1999 to 2008 and followed that service with an appointment as assistant to then-choir president Mac Christensen between 2008 and 2011.
“Serving as the president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is one of the choicest calls in the entire Church,” Jarrett said. “I am thankful for my opportunity to serve and will miss my association with the extraordinary men and women in the choir organization. Please know I will be watching and singing along with them from my living room each Sunday morning.”