Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Feb. 23

J. Spencer Cornwall, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was born on this day (1888). He led the Choir on some of its first trips outside the United States, most notably to perform at the dedication of the Swiss Temple. Cornwall also wrote Stories of Our Mormon Hymns: A Century of Singing, which was a history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and composed the music to “Softly Beams the Sacred Dawning.”

Glen Nelson