mandatory date of retirement and some people stayed in the choir into their 90's. Well, times have certainly changed. I have heard that due to the rigors of the choir schedule and the amount of people auditioning each year to become members, the "powers that be" created the current policy of serving in the choir for no fewer than 5 years and no longer than 20 years or until the age of 60, whichever comes first.
Another friend in the choir said that he and his buddies in the Baritone Section would prefer the "Voting Off the Island" method of determining who should leave and who should stay in the choir. He said that he would give me the "Vote to Stay" because I can still sing in tune and have an ability to blend my voice with others. He said that he could think of a few people he would vote off the island before he'd vote me off the island.
Well...... I don't know if the "Mormon Tabernacle Choir --- the Reality Show" is actually ready for Prime Time. It isn't what the Choir is all about.
I have truly enjoyed my six years singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We never lived even remotely within the commute distance to consider auditioning for the Choir until 2009. A surprising change of circumstances found us suddenly and practically forced to move to Utah. We were really not done living in beautiful Maryland. But since we were located now within the 100 miles of Salt Lake City, my sister made me send in an application and an audition recording. I am so grateful she did! Being in the choir has been a glorious adventure!