Children/Youth

Participation in a children's chorus yields a return on investment that might seem hard to quantify at first. Parents talk about the many rewards—growing confidence, enhanced musical knowledge and skill, an ability to work together in an accepting, nurturing community, opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures, close friendships—and the challenges of such an investment.

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There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony.

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An Executive Sabbatical Renews and Refuels

After more than a decade as chief executive of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore took a sabbatical to travel to a prison in Morocco for boys. She shares her transformative experience of preparing them to sing in a concert without the benefit of a shared language.

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Personal stories can be a vital way to communicate the value of your chorus.

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Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Choruses are pouring more resources and creativity into education outreach programs that have a far-reaching impact on students, teachers, schools, and communities—as well as on the choral artists who deliver them.

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A handout summarizing the results of a survey conducted in 2009 asking children's chorus leaders about recruitment issues.

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How Minnesota's VocalEssence and composer Eric Whitacre helped high school students, choral directors, and community members of all ages discover the power of contemporary choral music through a festival and community sing event.

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Inner-city choruses are serving diverse populations in large urban areas where kids often do not have access or the means to participate in quality musicmaking. These "urban youth choruses" are uniting neighborhoods across differences of race, religion, ethnicity, and economic status to inspire and energize communities with messages of hope and healing.

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Thanks to a residency program, one composer spends time with three high school choirs, creating new music, new singers, and audiences for the future.

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On Being a King's College Chorister

Thorough preparation is key to a flawless performance when 200 million listeners tune in to hear the annual (and beloved) broadcast of the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

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