As part of a revised administrative structure, Alan D. Johnson was appointed to a newly created position as general manager of the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square. This new position is the latest in a series of structural changes that began in August 2021 when President Michael O. Leavitt and his advisers, L. Whitney Clayton and Gary B. Porter, were called to lead the choir.
“We believe Alan Johnson’s management experience and strong interpersonal skills will be instrumental in leading the Choir organization to fulfill its mandate to inspire, uplift and bring others to Christ through the music,” said President Leavitt.
The addition of an executive director will allow the Tabernacle Choir to work more effectively with senior leaders from other Church departments to usher in initiatives announced by President Leavitt and his counselors in February 2022. These initiatives include the alignment of the Choir with the mission and missionary of the Church. efforts, expanding the Choir’s digital audience and increasing its global visibility.
Johnson has worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2006, most recently as director of the Museums Division of the Church History Department. Previously, he served as director of the Church History Library and Collections Divisions and director of the Church Records Management Program. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor of science in organizational psychology from Brigham Young University. Prior to his Church employment, he held leadership positions with New Electric, Accenture, Novell, and the State of Utah.
In addition to his managerial accomplishments, Johnson brings to his new position more than forty years of experience as a musical accompanist, teacher, performer, leader and member of a band for which he plays guitar. He currently lives in Cedar Hills with his wife, Susan, and they have five children and two grandchildren. Johnson will take up his new responsibilities at the end of July.
Special Advisor appointed
As part of the restructuring of the Choir organization, Scott Barrick, who has served as general manager of the Tabernacle Choir since November 2001, has been appointed special advisor to the Tabernacle Choir presidency. In this new role, Barrick will assist with the organizational transition of the choir as it prepares for its early retirement at the end of the year. Barrick will continue in their current roles until they have been properly transferred and communicated to the respective teams.
The Choir is currently looking for a Director of Marketing and Reputation.
“In making these organizational changes, we recognize that we are building on a strong foundation established by those who have served the Choir so diligently in the past and who do so now,” Leavitt said. “We are preparing for a future where we can fulfill a prophetic mission to accomplish things the Choir has never done before.