Youth Choir Festival
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. Chilcott, 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. Chilcott 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.
Each director is responsible for ordering the music for and preparing their participating singers to perform these three songs for the festival:
- Three Riddles from The Angry Planet (SS) from Oxford University Press
- Can you hear me? (SA) from Oxford University Press
- The Tree of Song (SSAA) from Oxford University Press
About the Clinician
Bob Chilcott has been involved in choral music for most of his life. He sang as a chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and after singing professionally in London and also as a member of the vocal group the King’s Singers for 12 years, he became a full-time composer in 1997. It is through his many works for young singers that he first came to prominence as a composer, prompting large-scale performances of his pieces. Can you hear me? was performed in Vancouver in 2001 by 2000 singers and later at the Estonian Song Festival in 2004 with 7000 young singers. This led to several other large-scale projects including The Angry Planet, written for the 2012 BBC Proms.
Between 1997 and 2004 Dr. Chilcott was conductor of the choir of The Royal College of Music in London, and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers. He has written a number of substantial sacred works including Salisbury Vespers (2009), St. John Passion (2013), and his Requiem (2010), which has now been performed in over 16 countries. In 2013 he wrote The King Shall Rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2014 he began a term as composer-in-residence for the Washington DC-based choir Choralis.
His music has been recorded extensively and there are a number of albums dedicated to his music, including Man I Sing (2007), Making Waves (2008), Requiem (2012), The Seeds of Stars (2012), Everyone Sang (2013), The Rose in the Middle of Winter (2013), St John Passion and The Angry Planet (2015) and Sun, Moon Sea and Stars (2016). His music has been recorded by many leading choirs and ensembles. (adapted from www.singers.com)
Registration is now open! Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
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
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