Jan Chamberlin, a once passionate and enthusiastic member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is joining the ranks of Elton John, Celine Dion, and Andrea Bocelli, and many Rockettes as a person whose conscience could not allow her to perform for Donald Trump.

The singer has resigned from her beloved group for accepting the invitation to perform at Trump's inauguration.

Posted by Jan Chamberlin on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chamberlin, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (you also read that to the tune of "Two by Two" from "The Book of Mormon," didn't you?) wrote in her resignation letter, "Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul."


"I've tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in choir for all the other good reasons. I've tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man."

She concluded that she could not do it, writing, "I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect."


The Choir's participation in the inauguration severely damages its "image and networking," she writes, for it "it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and facism by singing for this man."

This is a moral issue, she writes, "I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."

Chamberlin's powerful letter quotes both the Broadway musical "Wicked" and the bible.


In the show Wicked, the Wizard makes a really interesting statement. He says “ I create conflict to stay in power.” This scenario can keep us perpetually distracted and at odds with each other and keep us from working together to solve important issues. This also allows those in office to do whatever they want to unchecked. I believe this has been done to us, both cunningly and intentionally. I believe we have a lot more in common than we have in difference, and if we will listen to each other, we can learn a great deal from one another.


Most powerfully, Chamberlin says that the reasons that brought her to the Choir are the reasons she feels the need to resign.

When I first auditioned and entered Choir, it was to follow deep personal impressions, and to honor my late father, who was among the best of men. Now I must leave Choir for the same reasons. My father ( who was an expert airforce bomber) hated tyranny and was extremely distraught over the holocaust. He and Mom both loved people greatly.

Over 4400 people have liked the letter on Facebook, with, of course, varying messages in the comments.


But for the most part, people are applauding Chamberlin's moral move and her eloquent explanation, neither of which are easy to do.