Mack J. Wilberg (b. 20 February 1955, Price, Utah) is an American composer, arranger, conductor, and choral clinician who has served as music director of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square since 2008.
Wilberg was raised in Castle Dale, Utah, and served as a missionary in South Korea where he was part of New Horizons, a vocal group made up of LDS Church missionaries. Wilberg learned how to play the piano at age four.
Wilberg attended Brigham Young University (BYU) after finishing his missionary service, and earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance and composition in 1979. He then did graduate study in choral music at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, with a doctoral dissertation researching works written for chorus and piano.
Wilberg was a professor of music at BYU from 1984 to 1999, where he directed the Men's Chorus and Concert Choir. At BYU, he was a member of the American Piano Quartet, which toured internationally and commissioned many original works, with Wilberg creating many of its arrangements himself. He was the Tabernacle Choir's associate director and music director of the Chorale at Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from May 1999 until his appointment as the choir's director on March 28, 2008.
Wilberg is a noted composer and arranger, and his works are published by Oxford University Press. His arrangements have been performed at the funerals for United States presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.
Wilberg's numerous choral compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. For many of the works he has written/arranged for the choir, public performances have involved guests artists invited by the choir, including Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, the King’s Singers, Audra McDonald, David Archuleta, Natalie Cole, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Madeleine Albright, Walter Cronkite and Claire Bloom. In 2006, he was awarded the Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association.
Works for Winds
- Away in a Manger (as arranger with Kirkpatrick; setting David Lovrien) (1987/2017)
- Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends (as arranger; setting Huff) (2004/?)
- Mack Wilberg, Wikipedia Accessed 16 July 2020