The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is directed by Carol Cymbala, the wife of Pastor Jim Cymbala. The 280-voice choir, which for the most part is composed of vocally untrained church members, has recorded three videos, three DVDs and numerous albums, winning five Dove Awards and six Grammy Awards.
Their concert venues in New York City have included Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Madison Square Garden Theater. They also had the honor of singing at the Billy Graham Crusades that were held in New York City's Central Park and Flushing Meadows Park. The recognition that the choir has received has provided them with a wide open door for ministry in presenting the gospel message through music to people all over the world.
However, here are ten things you may not know about the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
1. They do not use and have never used sheet music to teach songs to the Choir. It is all by ear.
2. Director Carol Cymbala doesn't read music, yet has been blessed to win six Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards.
3. The Choir's first album was recorded in seven hours from start to finish in 1981. No overdubs, stacking or effects.
4. When the Choir did their first concert at Carnegie Hall, Carol played the piano for the entire concert. She was the first musician for the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
5. Carol is married to the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Jim Cymbala.
6. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir started with nine people, all of whom were untrained vocally.
7. The Choir has recorded over 200 songs.
8. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, which is the primary traveling group for the Choir, is made up of many of the Choir's soloists and strongest vocalists.
9. The Choir has sung in almost every major venue and theater in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and many more.
10. The Choir sang at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.