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April 1989 General Conference Music

Apr 1–2, 1989

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, Apr 1, 1989, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Apr 1, 1989, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Apr 2, 1989, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Apr 2, 1989, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Priesthood Session
Saturday, Apr 1, 1989, 6:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Mormon Youth Chorus, conducted by Robert C. Bowden, furnished the choral numbers for the Saturday morning session of the conference.

Music for the Saturday afternoon session was provided by the Brigham Young University combined choirs, conducted by Ronald J. Staheli and Mack Wilberg.

At the general priesthood session, music was furnished by the Ricks College centennial priesthood choir. Richard Robison and Mike Belnap conducted the choir.

The Tabernacle Choir, conducted by Jerold Ottley and Donald Ripplinger, provided music for the Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon sessions.

Throughout the conference sessions, prelude, postlude, and interlude music and accompaniments on the Tabernacle organ were played by Robert Cundick, John Longhurst, and Clay Christiansen, Tabernacle organists.


From the April 1989 Conference Report booklet


Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1989 Ensign — The Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with organist Clay Christiansen, sang “Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise” by Stephens (Hymns, 1985, no. 91), “Shout the Glad Tidings” by Avison, arr. Stanton (Harold Flammer, Inc.), “How Gentle God’s Commands” by Nageli/Doddridge (Hymns, 1985, no. 125; arr. Bowden, manuscript), “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” by Pond/Manwaring (Hymns, 1985, no. 26), “Sing Praises” by Glarum (Hall & McCreary Co.), “Nearer, My God, to Thee” by Mason/Adams (Hymns, 1985, no. 100), and “Hark, All Ye Nations!” by Root/Monch (Hymns, 1985, no. 264). The congregation sang “How Firm a Foundation” by Keen (Hymns, 1985, no. 85).

Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Shout the Glad Tidings

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: William A. Mühlenberg

Music: Charles Avison

Arr.: Royal Stanton

How Gentle God’s Commands

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: Philip Doddridge

Music: Hans Georg Nägeli

Arr.: Robert C. Bowden

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: George A. Manwaring

Music: Sylvanus Billings Pond

How Firm a Foundation (Congregational)

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: Robert Keen

Music: J. Ellis

Sing Praises

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Nearer, My God, to Thee

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: Sarah F. Adams

Music: Lowell Mason

Hark, All Ye Nations!

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Words: Louis F. Mönch

Music: George F. Root

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1989 Ensign — The Brigham Young University Combined Choirs, directed by Ronald Staheli and Mack Wilberg, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “If You Could Hie to Kolob” by Vaughan Williams/Phelps (Hymns, 1985, no. 284), “Redeemer of Israel” by Lewis/Phelps (Hymns, 1985, no. 6; arr. Wilberg, manuscript), “How Beautiful upon the Mountains,” from The Redeemer by Cundick (manuscript). The congregation sang “Hope of Israel” by Clayson Townsend (Hymns, 1985, no. 259).

If You Could Hie to Kolob

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: English melody

Redeemer of Israel

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Hope of Israel (Congregational)

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

Words: Joseph L. Townsend

Music: William Clayson

How Beautiful upon the Mountains

Artist: Combined choir from BYU

General Priesthood Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1989 Ensign — The Ricks College Centennial Priesthood Choir, directed by Richard Robison and Mike Belnap, with organist Clay Christiansen, sang “Come, Let Us Anew” by Lucas/Wesley (Hymns, 1985, no. 217; arr. Wolford, manuscript), “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth” by Meyerbeer/Pratt (Hymns, 1985, no. 196; arr. Wolford, manuscript), and “Rise Up, O Men of God” by Walter/Merrill (Hymns, 1985, no. 324; arr. Wolford, manuscript). The congregation sang “High on the Mountain Top” by Beesley/Johnson (Hymns, 1985, no. 5).

Come, Let Us Anew

Artist: Ricks College Centennial Priesthood Choir

Words: Charles Wesley

Music: James Lucas

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Jesus, Once of Humble Birth

Artist: Ricks College Centennial Priesthood Choir

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Giacomo Meyerbeer; English Chorister

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

High on the Mountain Top (Congregational)

Artist: Ricks College Centennial Priesthood Choir

Words: Joel H. Johnson

Music: Ebenezer Beesley

Rise Up, O Men of God

Artist: Ricks College Centennial Priesthood Choir

Words: William Pierson Merrill

Music: William H. Walter

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1989 Ensign — The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold D. Ottley and Donald H. Ripplinger, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Come, Rejoice” by Cannon (Hymns, 1985, no. 9), “Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord” by Mendelssohn/Schubring (Hymns, 1985, no. 110), “Arise, Shine, Thy Light Is Come” by Saint-Saens, arr. Rogers (Oliver Ditson Co.), “Jesus, Savior” by Mozart/Lynn (The Choirbook, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), “A Marvelous Work” by Schreiner (The Choirbook, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and “Go Forth with Faith” by Gardner/Gardner (Hymns, 1985, no. 263). The congregation sang “Come, Come, Ye Saints” by Clayton (Hymns, 1985, no. 30).

Come, Rejoice

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Tracy Y. Cannon

Music: Tracy Y. Cannon

Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Julius Schubring

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Arise, Shine, Thy Light Is Come

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: James H. Rogers

Jesus, Savior

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Come, Come, Ye Saints (Congregational)

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: William Clayton

Music: English folk song

A Marvelous Work

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Alexander Schreiner

Music: Alexander Schreiner

Go Forth with Faith

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Ruth Muir Gardner

Music: Lyall J. Gardner

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1989 Ensign — The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold D. Ottley, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “Praise to the Man” by Phelps (Hymns, 1985, no. 27), “A Song of Peace” by Sibelius/Stone/Wood; arr. Wood (The Sacred Music Press), and “I Am a Child of God” by Pettit/Randall (Hymns, 1985, no. 301). The congregation sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” by Norton/Fowler (Hymns, 1985, no. 19).

Praise to the Man

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Scottish folk song

A Song of Peace

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Dale Wood

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

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

I Am a Mormon Boy

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Solo: Ezra Taft Benson

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

I Am a Child of God

Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Words: Naomi Ward Randall

Music: Mildred Tanner Pettit