Youth Choir Festival

Youth Choir Festival

For Directors, Teachers, Youth Choristers

Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Jackson Auditorium, Texas Lutheran University campus

Performance at 4 p.m.

Bob Chilcott, clinician
Laurie Jenschke, festival director

Letter to Choral Directors of Children and Youth Choirs of Texas

The Texas Lutheran University School of Music invites you to bring your entire choir or members of your choir to experience a day of great singing with other children and youth choir members from across Texas. These experienced clinicians will bring new ideas to your teaching repertoire and fun and excellent choral music education to your participating choir members.

As a director, you will have the opportunity to talk with the Mr. Chilcott, getting to hear his success story and some time tested tips and ideas to help make a successful choral program. Topics like recruitment, fund-raising, travel, repertoire, discipline, creating a beautiful choral sound, commissioning a new choral work, and parental support and participation will be covered.

We invite treble singers in the fourth grade through high school to attend this workshop.

If you want to bring your entire choir, we invite you to sing one-two songs during our final concert. Our space is limited to 240 singers so the earlier you register, the better. Singers should wear their choir shirts or school shirts for the day along with blue jeans and tennis shoes. Each choir should bring one chaperone for every five students that you bring. There must be a representative chaperone in attendance of all rehearsals.

Festival Songs

Each director is responsible for ordering and introducing the four chosen songs for the festival to their participating students. At the receipt of your registration will we send you a rehearsal cd for you to duplicate for your students.

  • I lift my eyes, Chilcott - for SSAA and piano, published Oxford
  • Never never land arr. Mac Huff – for SSA choir, published Hal Leonard
  • Niska Banja arr. Nicke Page – for SA choir, published by Boosey & Hawkes

About the Clinician

Bob Chilcott, composer

Described by the Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott works tirelessly as a composer and choral conductor. He has over 125 pieces published by Oxford University Press, two acclaimed recordings on Signum, Making Waves (The Sirens) and Man I Sing (BBC Singers),and he wrote the title tracks for the King’s Singers albums, Swimming over London and High Flight. His Irish Blessing featured on the multi-platinum debut album of The Priests in 2008. In March 2012 his Requiem was released on Hyperion, performed by Wells Cathedral Choir and the Nash Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Owens, and in November two complete discs of his music will appear, one by the BBC Choir of the Year, the Wellensian Consort, and the other, on Signum, on which he conducts the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.

In 2002 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC’s acclaimed professional choir, the BBC Singers, and he has conducted other distinguished choirs including RIAS Kammerchor, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jauna Musika, The World Youth Choir, Tower New Zealand Youth Choir, Taipei Chamber Singers, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, and the Kyoto Echo Choir. Since 1997 he has conducted in 23 countries, and in 2012 he has invitations to conduct in Poland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, China, Japan, USA, and Canada.

For more information about Bob Chilcott, visit Follow him on Twitter @bobchilcott.

Festival Registration

Deadline: January 1

Registration for Youth Choir Festival 2015 is now closed.

Fee: $15.00 per student, $15.00 per director and 10.00 per chaperone (covers the cost of the venue, clinicians, lunch and snacks)

Make checks payable to: TLU CMA

Mail to:
Texas Lutheran University
School of Music
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
Fax 830-372-6832
ATTN: Laurie Jenschke, director
Children and Youth Choral Festival

Questions? Call 830-456-3016

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