Mormon Tabernacle Choir wins first Emmy in 26 years; YouTube channel gets 5M views in first year

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013 10:20 p.m. MST

The choir's big 2013 has roots in 2012, when it was named the No. 1 billboard classical recording artist for 2012 and recorded its Christmas concert, "Home for the Holidays," with Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw. That concert has just been released in DVD and CD formats. And a children's book, "Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber," is also available in stores.

2013 has also seen the choir:

— launch a new website,

— record a new CD in May with British bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, "Homeward Bound." A joint venture with Deutsche Grammophon, the CD was released in September

— conduct its six-city tour as well as the Stirling/Pacheco concert over the summer

— reach a new audience through two special concerts with James Taylor in September.

All that and the choir still has its 2013 Christmas concerts ahead, with soprano Deborah Voigt and British actor John Rhys-Davies ("Indiana Jones" and "Lord of the Rings").

Jarrett and Barrick already are looking ahead to 2014, when they hope to unveil an app for the choir, a new revision of the website, new recordings, a BYUtv special of the James Taylor concert and more.

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