Sacred Music Series

Video of most recent past performance.

The 2014 premiere of "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains,"  a sacred music oratorio, will be streamed live from the BYU-Idaho Center July 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. MST. Click here or visit https://www.byui.edu//live/video to watch the premiere. More information about the 2014 premiere, including performance information for Twin Falls, Idaho, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Rexburg, Idaho can be found here.

In 1993, the university began a program of biennial commissions to LDS composers to create new religious oratorios with texts drawn from scripture. These new Sacred Music Series works have been performed in several major national venues. Building on a tradition begun in 1989 when the school commissioned Darwin Wolford's Behold, He Cometh! for its centennial celebration, the Sacred Music Series continues to contribute significantly to the growing body of new music works inspired by President Spencer W. Kimball when he said: "If we strive for perfection--the best and greatest--and are never satisfied with mediocrity, we can excel. In the field of both composition and performance, why cannot someone write a greater oratorio than Handel's Messiah? The best has not yet been composed nor produced" (Spencer W. Kimball, The Gospel Vision of the Arts, 1978).
Learn more about Sacred Music Series and other performance series at BYU-Idaho.

Link to Past Perfomances

The latest performance was "Bring Forth My Zion, 2012. Past performances can be found in the left hand navigation or by visiting the Series Perfomances Page.