Mack Wilberg

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Mack Wilberg conducting on June 22, 2007

Mack Wilberg (born in 1955 in Orangeville, Utah) is a composer, arranger, conductor, choral clinician and the current music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.[1] He was the associate director of the choir and music director of the Temple Square Chorale for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from May 1999 until his appointment as director on March 28, 2008.


Wilberg was raised in Castle Dale, Utah, and served an LDS mission in South Korea where he was part of New Horizons, a vocal group made up of LDS missionaries.[2]

Wilberg attended Brigham Young University upon finishing his missionary service, and earned a bachelor's degree in music in 1979. He concentrated on piano and composition. He then earned a master's and a PhD in music from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University (BYU) where he directed the Brigham Young University Men's Chorus and Concert Choir. At BYU he was a member of the famous American Piano Quartet which included Paul Pollei, himself, and different other pianist at different times (Massimiliano Frani, Del Parkinson, Ronald Staheli, and Douglas Humphreys). This group toured throughout the world and commissioned many original works. Wilberg himself made many of their arrangements. His compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have been performed by such artists as Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, the King’s Singers, Audra McDonald, David Archuleta, Natalie Cole, Brian Stokes Mitchell and narrators Walter Cronkite and Claire Bloom.

Wilberg's father was part owner of the family's Wilberg coal mine but died well before the 1984 fire.

He is married to Rebecca and has four children. [3]


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