Early in his career, Dr. Ottley was a teacher and conductor in the schools and churches of Salt Lake City. Just prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, he taught on the music faculty at the University of Utah and served as the assistant chair of the music department. Since his retirement he has been involved in volunteer work -- for four years as administrator and teacher for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Training School at Temple Square, as a Tabernacle Choir staff volunteer revising the choral library computer database, as artistic advisor to the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, and as a lay bishop for a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 2005 to 2008, he directed the University Chorale at Brigham Young University Hawaii, a LDS Church-owned university in the town of Laie on Oahu's north shore.
Jerold Ottley is married to soprano JoAnn Ottley with whom he has twenty-two grown children. Their third daughter, Rebecca, is the wife of Mack Wilberg, current Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director.
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