Wilberg arranged this familiar hymn for the funeral of US President Gerald Ford. To distinguish this arrangement from the other known settings of O God our help in ages past, Wilberg chose a much lower key for a warmer, more comforting sound. Also, in the last verse, the melody is passed to the tenors and altos, which allows the outer voices to develop and further broaden the texture. Whether performing this work with piano accompaniment or with orchestra, it will certainly rejuvenate this traditional favorite.
Mack Wilberg was appointed Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2008, having served as Associate Music Director since 1999. He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor's degree; his master's and doctoral degrees are from the University of Southern California. Alongside Wilberg's conducting responsibilities he is active as a pianist, choral clinician, composer, arranger, and guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have been performed by artists such as Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, Deborah Voigt, and The King's Singers. Wilberg's arrangements and compositions are performed and recorded all over the world.