SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomes Brian Mathias to its small group of Tabernacle organists. Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, said he is thrilled to see Mathias join three full-time and two part-time organists — all renowned musicians.
“We are extremely pleased to have Brian join us,” Wilberg said in a press release. “He is a gifted musician who will add to the excellent tradition of the Choir family.”
Mathias has performed at a variety of concert halls, including Washington National Cathedral, the LDS Conference Center and the Texas A&M International University. Mathias has also competed in a number of world competitions, including the triennial Canadian International Organ Competition and the Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition.
After Mathias received a bachelor and a master's of music from Brigham Young University, he went on to the University of Kansas, where he earned a doctorate in musical arts. Continuing in the academic field, Mathias worked as an adjunct professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and joined the faculty at BYU in 2014.
Currently, Richard Elliott, Clay Christiansen, Andrew Unsworth, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts serve as Tabernacle organists. According to the press release, the Tabernacle hasn't held auditions for a new organist in 10 years.
Mathias said, “I have been an avid fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since I was a teenager, and it is a dream come true for me to have the opportunity to be a part of what they do.”