SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced today that Andrew E. Unsworth has been appointed a Tabernacle organist. Unsworth will become the 13th full-time organist to serve on Temple Square, continuing a tradition that stretches back to early pioneer days with organists such as Joseph Daynes, Frank Asper, Robert Cundick and Alexander Schreiner.
Currently, there are three full-time Tabernacle organists, John Longhurst, Clay Christiansen, and Richard Elliott, and two part-time organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts.
Unsworth is excited about working on Temple Square and serving with the choir organization. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to someday be part of this great organization. My new colleagues are among the finest organists in the world and I look forward to learning from them. It will be a pleasure to work with Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg as they lead the Choir.”
Craig Jessop, music director of the choir, looks forward to the addition of Unsworth to the artistic staff on Temple Square. “We are extremely pleased to have a musician of Andrew’s caliber join us. He is talented, full of energy, and will work very well with our current organists. He will continue the high standard of musicianship set by John, Clay and Rick and the other Tabernacle organists who have preceded him.”
Unsworth is no stranger to the Salt Lake City community. He was the organist and assistant director of music at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City from 2001-2006. He has been a guest organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on many occasions since 1993. He has been a featured soloist at several national organ conventions and has performed across the United States and in Europe.
Unsworth graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy. He went on to get his master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University and was an assistant professor of music history and organ at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas at the time of his appointment. Unsworth plans to begin his duties on Temple Square this summer after concluding his responsibilities in Texas.