Youth Choir Festival

Youth Choir Festival


Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, composer, conductor, & music educator 

Festival Director:

Laurie Jenschke

Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Performance at 4 p.m.

Jackson Auditorium, TLU campus

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. Dr. Stroope will bring new ideas to your teaching repertoire and a fun day of choral music experience to your participating choir members.

We invite treble singers from fourth grade through high school to attend this workshop. If you want to bring your entire choir, we invite you to sing one or two pieces during the final concert. Our space is limited to 240 singers, so please register early to secure a spot. As a director, you will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Stroope, getting to hear his story and some time tested tips and ideas to help make a successful choral program. Bring your questions to ask Dr. Stroope during the director’s session. Singers should wear choir shirts or school shirts for the day along with blue jeans and tennis shoes. Each choir must bring one chaperone for every five students. There must be a representative chaperone in attendance at all rehearsals.

Festival Music

Each director is responsible for ordering the music for and preparing their participating singers to perform these three songs for the festival:

  • “The Singer” - Download for free
  • "The Poet Sings” - Publisher: Heritage 15/1376H (treble version) 
  • "Inscription of Hope" – Publisher: Heritage 15/1081 (SA version)

A recording of each piece can be found on Dr. Stroope’s website.

About the Clinician

Z. Randall Stroope

Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor, and educator. He has had recent conducting engagements at the Berlin Dome, Canterbury Cathedral, England, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, Vancouver Symphony, Lincoln Center, and has conducted in Carnegie Hall every year since 2001. He has also conducted mass at the Vatican ten times in as many years, and is the Artistic Director for two annual international music festivals in Europe – one in Barcelona and one in Rome. Randall has conducted 42 all-state choirs (five in Texas), and at numerous residencies and festivals for secondary, collegiate, and community arts organizations.

He is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University, as well as the Doug and Nickie Burns Chair for Choral Music. At Oklahoma State University (OSU), Dr. Stroope conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale, as well as coordinating the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting programs. The OSU Concert Chorale toured Italy in the summer of 2017 under his direction.

Randall directed Bel Canto – an international children’s choir – for 18 years, touring Asia, Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. The ensemble released many recordings, which can be found on Youtube and other social media. Randall’s compositions are performed regularly by esteemed ensembles throughout the world and are heard frequently on radio and television broadcasts across the U.S. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Stroope received a master's degree in voice performance from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University. For more information, visit

Festival Registration

Registration Deadline: January 20, 2018

Fees (covers the cost of the venue, clinicians, lunch and snacks)

  • $15 per student 
  • $15 per director 
  • $10 per chaperone

Make checks payable to: TLU CMA

Mail to: TLU Community Music Academy - Youth Choir Festival
ATTN: Laurie Jenschke 
1000 West Court St.
Seguin, Texas 78155


Fax to 830-372-6832
Questions? Email  Laurie Jenschke or call her at 830-456-3016

Updated 1/24/2018

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