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October 1983 General Conference Music

Oct 1–2, 1983

Talks and media from this conference are available at LDS.org or in Gospel Library.
Streaming video is on the LDS General Conference YouTube channel.
A PDF conference report is available at Archive.org.

Regular Sessions

Saturday Morning Session
Saturday, Oct 1, 1983, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Oct 1, 1983, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Oct 2, 1983, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Oct 2, 1983, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Women’s Meeting
Saturday, Sep 24, 1983, 6:00 PM

General Priesthood Meeting
Saturday, Oct 1, 1983, 6:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir furnished the choral numbers for the Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon sessions of the conference with Jerold Ottley and Donald H. Ripplinger conducting.

The music for the Saturday afternoon session was provided by the Mormon Youth Chorus with Robert Bowden conducting.

At the general priesthood meeting, a combined men’s choir from the Tabernacle Choir and the Mormon Youth Chorus directed by Jerold Ottley and Robert C. Bowden furnished the music.

Prelude, postlude, and interlude music and accompaniments on the Tabernacle organ throughout the conference sessions were played by Robert Cundick, Roy M. Darley, John Longhurst, and Clay Christiansen, Tabernacle organists.


From the October 1983 Conference Report booklet


Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1983 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Donald Ripplinger, with organist John Longhurst, sang “For the Strength of the Hills” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 241), “The Lord’s Prayer” by Robertson (Galaxy), “Send Forth Thy Spirit” by Schuetky (C. C. Birchard), “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul” by Dean (Hymns, no. 155), “Praise Ye the Father” by Gounod, arr. Riegger (Flammer), “As the Dew from Heaven Distilling” by Daynes (Hymns, no. 232), and “Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord” by Asper (Hymns, no. 96). The congregation sang “High on the Mountain Top” by Beesley (Hymns, no. 62).

For the Strength of the Hills

Words: Felicia D. Hemans

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Lord’s Prayer

Words: Leroy J. Robertson

Music: Leroy J. Robertson

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Send Forth Thy Spirit

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Savior, Redeemer of My Soul

Words: Orson F. Whitney

Music: Harry A. Dean

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

High on the Mountain Top (Congregational)

Words: Joel H. Johnson

Music: Ebenezer Beesley

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Praise Ye the Father

Words: Grace Gordon

Music: Adam Geibel

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Wallingford Riegger

As the Dew from Heaven Distilling

Words: Thomas Kelly

Music: Joseph J. Daynes

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord

Words: Frank W. Asper

Music: Frank W. Asper

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1983 Ensign — The Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with organist Roy Darley, sang “I Need Thee Every Hour” by Lowry (Hymns, no. 79), “O Divine Redeemer” by Gounod (Corporation of the President), “O My Father” by McGranahan (Hymns, no. 139), and “Praise Ye the Lord” by Franck (Boston Music Co.). The congregation sang “The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning” by Phelps (Hymns, no. 213).

I Need Thee Every Hour

Words: Annie S. Hawks

Music: Robert Lowry

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

O Divine Redeemer

Words: Charles Gounod

Music: Charles Gounod

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Anon.

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

O My Father

Words: Eliza R. Snow

Music: James McGranahan

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Praise Ye the Lord

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

General Priesthood Meeting(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1983 Ensign — The Combined Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Men’s Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Robert C. Bowden, with organist Clay Christiansen, sang “Glory to God on High” by Giardini (Hymns, no. 319), “See the Mighty Priesthood Gathered” by Manookin (manuscript), and “Ye Who Are Called to Labor” by Page (Hymns, no. 345). The congregation sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” by Norton (Hymns, no. 196).

Glory to God on High

Words: James Allen

Music: Felice de Giardini

Artist: Combined Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Men’s Choir

See the Mighty Priesthood Gathered

Words: Jean L. Kaberry

Music: Robert P. Manookin

Artist: Combined Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Men’s Choir

We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (Congregational)

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Artist: Combined Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Men’s Choir

Ye Who Are Called to Labor

Words: Mary Judd Page

Music: Daniel B. Towner

Artist: Combined Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Men’s Choir

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1983 Ensign — The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning” by Parry (Hymns, no. 182), “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Wyeth (Hymns, no. 70), “The Morning Breaks” by Careless, arr. Lyon (Deseret Book), “Sweet Is the Work” by McClellan (Hymns, no. 168), “Praise to the Man” by Phelps (Hymns, no. 147), “Lo, My Shepherd Is Divine” by Haydn (B. F. Wood Music Co.), and “When Rooks Fly Homeward” (“Then Comes the Quiet of Christ to Me”) by Baynon (Boosey & Co., Ltd.). The congregation sang “Hope of Israel” by Clayson (Hymns, no. 64).

Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning

Words: Thomas Hastings

Music: Edwin F. Parry

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Words: Robert Robinson

Music: John Wyeth

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Morning Breaks

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: George Careless

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: A. Laurence Lyon

Sweet Is the Work

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: John J. McClellan

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Praise to the Man

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Scottish folk song

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Hope of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph L. Townsend

Music: William Clayson

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Lo, My Shepherd Is Divine

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

When Rooks Fly Homeward

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1983 Ensign — The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 229), “As the Hart Pants (Yearns)” by Mendelssohn (G. Schirmer), “Ye Simple Souls Who Stray” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 290), and “Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer” by Palmer, arr. Manookin (manuscript). The congregation sang “How Firm a Foundation” by Kirkham (Hymns, no. 66).

Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!

Words: Eliza R. Snow

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

As the Hart Pants

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Ye Simple Souls Who Stray

Words: Charles Wesley

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Firm a Foundation (Congregational)

Words: Robert Keen

Music: J. Ellis

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer

Words: H. R. Palmer

Music: H. R. Palmer

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Robert P. Manookin