CUEnotes

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

Giving leadership to your students (Part 2)

One marvelous way to introduce worship leadership to your students is select a small group and allow them to cite a scripture passage together. A director with a minimum level of speech expertise can gather, rehearse, refine, and prepare a group of 3 to 5 students to...

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On the Move with National Honor Choir

Summer brings opportunities for choir tours and family trips across the nation. YouthCUE, however, combines both by making a family of the students you sent to us from across our network for National Honor Choir! They came from 13 states and 2 nations with one...

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#onlyJanisknows

We are pretty traditional in my current church setting, and we “do” youth choir pretty much the same way churches have “done” youth choir for the past thirty years. We rehearse on Sundays, sing in worship, sing in the community, and take a summer choir tour. Just...

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Giving leadership to your students (Part 1)

At YouthCUE, we very much believe in involving our students — lots of students — in the regular, ongoing leadership of worship. We all say we believe in it, but the question is: do we actually do it? Do we, on a regular basis, do what it takes to keep students engaged...

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Only One YOU!

I’m so pleased to connect my past to my present by introducing my friend Molly Shoulta Tucker to the YouthCUE network. Molly is a recent Duke Divinity grad with a passion to share the word in sermon and song. After reading her recent post about the toll stress took on...

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Surprise Me

Surprise Me. This year I am planning a Mystery Destination Choir Tour.  The kids are not thrilled.  Actually, they are being really good sports about it, but I have discovered that they are not used to the idea of Surprise. I love surprises and come from a long line...

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Avoiding a Ministry Crash

Recently, we’ve seen quite a lot of media coverage, reporting, and bantering about the airline industry. Overbooking, bumping confirmed travelers, and even dragging an unwilling medical doctor down the aisle of an aircraft have all brought on disbelief, alarm,...

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Perception

One day last week, I was driving to my office shortly after dawn. I noticed in the eastern sky a most stunning cloud formation which seemed surreal both in color and shape. It appeared to be a perfect match for England, Scotland, and Wales (you know, the one island),...

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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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