About the Author
Richard L. Elliott is one of three full-time organists at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Ζolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their weekly radio and TV broadcast, "Music and the Spoken Word." As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir he has performed in some of the world's great halls and appeared on programs such as the CBS Morning Show and "A Prairie Home Companion."
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Richard received his early musical training in the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute. He went on to study organ at the Catholic University of America, the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received the BMus degree, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received MM and DMA degrees. His organ teachers have included David Craighead, William Watkins, and John Weaver.
Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist, Dr. Elliott was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and accompanist in the United States and Europe, has appeared as soloist with the Utah Symphony and the Salt Lake Symphony, and for several years was assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store (now Lord & Taylor) in Philadelphia, home to the world's largest pipe organ. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Richard appeared as an "Emerging Artist" at the guild's 1992 national convention held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Elliott has recently collaborated with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Canadian Brass in recording an album of choral and instrumental Christmas music. He has also recorded two compact discs in collaboration with fellow Tabernacle organists John Longhurst and Clay Christiansen. In 1994 he recorded his first solo compact disc, entitled, "In the Shadows of the Everlasting Hills," on the Pro Organo label. He also appears on eight recordings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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