In the same vein as last week’s post, this week highlights talented and adventurous young vocal musicians. Baylor University’s School of Music recently held their annual conference – Alleluia – for youth choir directors.
Their featured guests were the National Honor Choir of a network of youth choirs known as YouthCUE. These high school musicians were recommended by their choir directors to participate in a week-long program of training, concerts and touring. The 88 choristers seem to have had a remarkable time together (you can see some of their tour videos on YouTube), and their performance at Alleluia, brought the audience to its feet. YouthCUE’s mission is to instill in their musicians a love of scripture and of choral music, and the performance reflects this goal.
Give a listen to the concert and hear for yourself. This performance is the culmination of just one organization, but there are literally hundreds of summer choir programs that happen every year, in every corner of the continent.
The youth who participate in these kinds of programs are changed immensely. Encourage your young people to get involved in music, and to consider an intensive summer experience for themselves.
YouthCUE National Honor Choir: 2016 Alleluia Conference at Baylor University (the concert starts approximately 2’30” into the video.