Dress Code for Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

Old Jun 11th, 2008, 04:26 PM
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Dress Code for Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

Hello,

I am very excited for my upcoming trip - we fly into SLC for an overnight and then on to Yellowstone and GTNP.

I was happy to be arriving on Saturday as I can attend the Music and the Spoken Word program of the choir's on Sunday.

My question is related to dress code. I would not normally dress casually for church but since we're doing Yellowstone / GTNP for 2 weeks I really wasn't planning to pack much besides hiking/casual clothes.

Is there a dress code that I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 04:52 PM
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lindsyb- you should not wear shorts and your arms should be covered. So a nice pair of capris or longer casual skirt is ok (not more than a couple inches above the knee). If you want to wear a sleeveless shirt, then make sure you have a sweater or blazer to put on. (kind of like when you are visiting churches in Italy)

Paula

PS Mormons are the least judgemental people I know. So they are not going to say anything, probably, if you are a visitor and do not dress appropriately. But if you would like to show respect, then my suggestions above should cover it.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 04:56 PM
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PS You could always wear your shorts and just bring a casual prairie-type skirt to wear over them. Then, when service is over, you can just pull off the skirt.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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lindsyb,

I would strongly suggest a roughly knee-length skirt (no capris) and a short sleeved top.

If you were going to the Thur eve rehersal more casual would be acceptable.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 05:22 PM
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I find it odd that 1 out of 10,000 people don't know what is appropriate to wear at what is roughly equivalent to a church service.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 05:26 PM
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Happytrails - I do know what to wear to a church service but not knowing whether the "Music and the Spoken Word" was more of a choir concert or a church service I was just unsure and wanted to double-check.

Thanks to everyone else for their kind replies.

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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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Happytrails,

Having been raised LDS, I speak from experience. At church services (which the Sunday Spoken Word is) the women wear dresses/skirts and the men wear suits, or at least good slacks and ties, always!

Visitors should wear the same.

I attended Catholic mass with an old boyfriend often. I was amazed that people attended in whatever. We once went in tennis wear as we were heading to the courts directly after!

I know God probably doesn't really care and is looking inside a soul, but customs are customs and visitors should attempt to be respectful of whatever group they are joining.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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My aunt sings in the choir. Do you want me to e-mail her and ask?
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Excuse me for asking this question, but I thought only LDS can go inside the Temple. Is this not true?

The reason I ask is that I once was in Salt Lake City and I was walking around the Temple area and a woman asked if I would like a tour of the Temple. I said sure. An Indian woman in a sari was nearby and said she wanted a tour, too. The LDS lady said that only LDS could tour the Temple. I said that I was not a Mormon either, and the LDS lady WAS HORRIFIED!! She thought I HAD to be a Mormon by my appearance. (Little did she know that I make Damian in the OMEN look like Mr. Rogers.)

Please explain.

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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 09:59 PM
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Knowing the LDS intimately and as a frequent visitor to Temple Square, I don't believe your story for a second, Preschooler.
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Sorry, you don't believe my story, but it is true. I used to live in San Francisco and was driving 80 West to visit my family in Philadelphia. My car broke down in the Bonneville Salt Flats and I had to be towed to Salt Lake City. I was stuck there for three days until I could get a new transmission in my car.

I stayed at the Hilton and was shocked that the desk clerk asked me my religion when I checked in. (He actually skirted the issue by asking me where my family came from when he took my last name--"What kind of name is that?"--which is funny because I am a Mayflower descendent and my family has been in the US a lot longer than any Mormon family.)

I was also shocked when I was told that I had to order food in a restaurant in order to get a glass of wine.

Let's just say that I won't be going back to Salt Lake in the future.

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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:20 AM
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There is often confusion between buildings on Temple Square. The actual Temple, with the tall spires, is the building that only LDS can enter.

Where the choir performs is the Tabernacle and is open to the public. Tours are given of Temple Square which include the Tabernacle, a very significant and interesting building from an architectural and historical perspective.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 07:15 AM
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I'm sorry to ruffle your feathers, step on your toes, etc. However, if there were a dress code for this event, I am confident it would be posted here:

http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/events/

Please don't wear a tank-top or tube top.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 12:01 PM
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Thank you, Dayle.

I am not a LIAR, like some who post here.

I knew that I was not fantasizing about what happened to me in Temple Square in Salt Lake.

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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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Thin,

Why would the hotel clerk care about your religious persausion? Do they keep a section that is "Smoke Free, Pet Free, Heathen Free?"

Thin lies LOL!!!- more like continues to be brutally honest hich I adore - usually.

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Proenza,

NOBODY is offered a tour of the Temple, not even Latter Day Saints, unless they have a specific recommendation from their Bishop. You were scammed.

I am a failed Later Day Saint who grew up in the territory, and this stuff makes me absolutely ill.

The "Mormons", if you insist on calling them that, are among the most upstanding, moral people in the world.

Don't agree with their theology but don't treat them like outcasts.

I respect Catholic churches by not wearing sleeveless dresses and covering my head. I respect the Amish, even though they make life a little difficult for their children in today's world.

Why is this such an issue, for, yes, CHRIST's sake?
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Here's some additional information that you should be aware of:

"In June, July, August, and December, the broadcasts are held across the street in the Conference Center, which can accomodate the larger summer and Christmas season crowds."

"Visitors to Salt Lake City may attend a live broadcast of "Music & the Spoken Word," featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Guests should be seated in the Salt Lake Tabernacle by 9:15 a.m., when the doors are closed. Admission is limited to those eight years of age and older. " http://www.musicandthespokenword.com/attend/

They are very strict about not letting people in late, so be sure and get there early. Enjoy - the choir really is fabulous!
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 07:27 PM
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Oh no, I was NOT being scammed. The woman was official and she had a badge/ID and was carrying pamphlets.

There were others like her walking around.

And why would she shun the Hindu lady in the sari if she was running a scam??????

She didn't ask me for any money.

And she certainly wasn't trying to convert me because she walked away when I told her I was a Quaker.

So, what was her scam??

And Mormons are no more moral than anyone else on the planet.

I suppose Warren Jeffs is your example of a moral person????

The Great and Powerful Thingorjus
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Old Jun 13th, 2008, 02:41 AM
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I have not been a frequent visitor to Utah (supposed Mormon country).

However, I have visited twice in the past two years.

A couple of weeks ago I was in SLC.

I took a very quick tour of Beehive House and the Genealogy Center as well.

The closest thing I saw(felt) religious was the two sisters at the Behive House who made it a point to differentiate between LDS and FLDS and a very slight nudge at the Genealogy Center when the guide displayed a list of locations in my area where I could pick up "genealogy" info.

I saw or felt no religious pressure in any way.

In fact, it almost felt as if religion (thoughout my trips) was being purposed kept at a distance and private.

Just my impressions.
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Old Jun 13th, 2008, 07:31 AM
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The "Mormons", if you insist on calling them that...

Why not "Mormons"?
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