CUEnotes

Insights from renowned experts and clinicians focused on the needs of youth choir directors

Gifts and What To Do With Them

Coming out of the season of gift-giving, I am struggling with how to sort my gifts. January has become “organize your life” month, at least according to Target, and I find myself buying more and more plastic containers in an attempt to sort out the mess that is my...

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Finding Christ in the Christian

I have been in the church, and in the Christian world, my entire life. My father was a Baptist preacher and I accompanied my first adult choir cantata (don’t judge) at age fourteen. I was also exposed to many people who did not attend church. The reason was always the...

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The necessity of new youth choir models

Last weekend was a busy time for YouthCUE's San Antonio Youth Chorale (SAYC). Our first rehearsal of 2017 was held on the afternoon of January 15, and then we turned around the next day on the Monday MLK Holiday and held a four-hour retreat. On Sunday, the singers and...

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You Are Enough

As a church youth choir director, I struggle with balancing the two large jobs of teaching (mostly) untrained singers how to produce beautiful sounds and making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. There is often not enough time in the rehearsal to...

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Who makes you feel important?

I had an opportunity this past August to visit a good friend and colleague, Dr. Phillip Swan, at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, in Appleton, WI. We were talking about retreats, team building and activities that we have used with our students. Phillip shared an activity he organizes on retreat each year with his women’s group.

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Bubble Gum Challenge

I hope your fall is off to a great start with your choir(s). There are new singers in your group and many veterans as well. Time to mix them up a bit so they can get to know each other a little better. Singing in a choir for young people is, first and foremost, all...

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The Heartbeat of Youth Choir

This past July I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Baylor University's Alleluia Conference for church musicians AND speak on Youth Choir related topics. I was so excited and humbled to have this chance. There were so many wonderful people in attendance and at...

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The PERFECT Fund Raiser

The Perfect Fund Raiser. This is the first of a series on the last choir tour. It is somewhat of a retrospective on 35 years of choir touring with some added things about the planning for the current tour. I hope this series will be helpful to you. We are...

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The Mother of Invention

So here is the problem: The high school choir (Sonlight) is the service choir in place of the adult choir for a Sunday morning in December. The reason that the students are taking on the adult's normal role is because it is the weekend of the adult choir's huge...

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