Baylor Festival of Youth Choirs

Centrally-located in the Heart of Texas at Baylor University in Waco, the YouthCUE Baylor Festival is a fantastic regional event for choirs located in the DFW, San Antonio and Houston areas.

Spiritual Formation

Providing church for students in the present tense.

Choral Excellence

Through repertoire selection, memorization, and professional orchestral accompaniment.

Leadership Development

Planting seeds with healthy, strong mentoring and opportunity for growth.

Entering its 12th year, YouthCUE's Baylor Festival

is hosted in partnership with Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies, which was founded at Baylor University with the intent to provide leadership in all aspects of Christian music within today's society.
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Quick Facts

Date & Time

Begin: February 24, 2017 – 6:00pm
End: February 26, 2017 – 4:00pm


Baylor University
Jones Concert Hall


$89 per participant before October 15
$98 per participant after October 15

The YouthCUE Difference

Quality Choral Music

YouthCUE holds its repertoire selections to the highest standard. We are constantly searching for well-crafted, age-appropriate anthems which highlight the timeless word of God. Our past selections include works from hundreds of composers from all time periods and every imaginable background.

Professional orchestral accompaniment

Most YouthCUE events are accompanied by a professional orchestra. We started this way 29 years ago, and we believe this to be one of the most unique and exciting aspects of our ministry.


Memorized repertoire is the standard for most YouthCUE events. Not only does the group respond better and appear sharper in worship and concert, but the memorized melodies, harmonies and text find their ways into the heart more readily when committed to memory.

What I love about YouthCUE

Reflections on National Honor Choir

“YouthCUE has been an awesome experience because of all the teamwork…it’s united all of us and helped us grow stronger together as well as with our faith in God.

Singing all the songs and seeing all the smiles on peoples’ faces…just seeing everybody from different cultures is also an awesome thing YouthCUE has shown me.”

Mason, NHC '16


“My favorite thing about YouthCUE is the joy you get when you get to sing at the beautiful churches and for the elderly.

YouthCUE (National Honor Choir) gives you the music with high expectations you’ll learn it yourself. I’m a hard worker, but this experience taught me I have to work even harder to be at that level.”

Kathryn, NHC '16


“YouthCUE has taught me a lot of things, especially things that I can use in college, such as the value of teamwork, leadership, and the ability to interact with different people.

Blending our sound, listening to one another and balancing out all of the different parts is definitely a teamwork activity.”

Dominique, NHC '16


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Centrally-located in the Heart of Texas at Baylor University in Waco, the YouthCUE Baylor Festival is a fantastic regional event for choirs located in the DFW, San Antonio and Houston areas.

Jones Concert Hall in the McCrary Music Building serves as our rehearsal and concert venue. Jones Concert Hall is a 1,000-seat auditorium, featuring a 92-rank Petty-Madden pipe organ. The Festival is accompanied by members of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra.

Entering its 12th year, YouthCUE’s Baylor Festival is hosted in partnership with Baylor’s School of Church Music, under the direction of Dr. Randall Bradley, the Ben H. Williams Professor of Church Music and Director of the Center for Christian Music Studies. The Center for Christian Music Studies was founded at Baylor University with the intent to provide leadership in all aspects of Christian music within today’s society. As we continually strive to become a preeminent Christian music center worldwide, we foster the growth and effectiveness of efforts to utilize Christian music to its God-given potential.

**Early-Bird Participation Fee (Before October 15)
$89 per participant
Participation Fee (After October 15) $98 per participant

Participants include directors, singers, and adult chaperones. A 50% deposit of your total participation fee is due upon registration. This deposit secures your choir’s spot at the Festival and is non-refundable. See Festival Terms & Conditions for more information.

**NOTE: If you choose to register prior to October 15, 2016, your participation fees will be reduced by 10%. This discount will be reflected when you register. To take advantage of the Early-Bird offer, you must pay the remaining balance on your account prior to October 15.

What’s Included?

Friday, February 24, 2017
6:00pm Registration begins in McCrary Music Building lobby
7:00pm Festival Assembly in Jones Hall
7:20pm Section Rehearsals
8:35pm Break w/ snacks provided by YouthCUE
8:55pm Mass Rehearsal 1 in Jones Hall
8:56pm All directors and counselors meet with YouthCUE staff in Meadows
10:15pm End – Depart for lodging places
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00am Mass Rehearsal 2
10:10am Transition break
10:15am Section Rehearsals
11:30am Lunch in Penland Hall provided by YouthCUE
12:55pm Mass Rehearsal 3
2:00pm Stretch break
2:30pm BU mini-concert in Jones Hall
3:15pm Mass Rehearsal 4
4:15pm Break w/ Dr. Pepper floats
4:45pm Mass Rehearsal 5 w/ Baylor Symphony
6:15pm End for the day
Sunday, February 26, 2017
10:00am Warm-up at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
10:45am Places for morning worship
11:00am Morning worship service
12:15pm Lunch at Penland Hall provided by YouthCUE
1:50pm Warm-up for Concert in Jones Hall
2:20pm Stretch break
3:15pm Festival Grand Concert
4:30pm End

All Festival repertoire is to be learned and memorized prior to the beginning of the Festival. Students will be allowed to use their music for the first few rehearsals before they are asked to put it away and sing from memory.

To help students learn the music, a practice recording will be posted here closer to the Festival date.

Anthem Composer Voicing Publisher Catalog Number
Mercy Courtney SATB Beckenhorst BP 2071
Saints Bound for Heaven Wilberg SATB Oxford U Press OU.9780193860568
Come Just as You Are arr. Harlan SATB Alfred 44578
Oye Mi Clamor Goeller SATB Dan Goeller Music CHO-4010
Sometimes a Light Surprises Bass SATB Morningstar MSM-50-8165
Be Still, My Soul Wilberg SATB Oxford U Press OU.9780193868793
Love Divine, all Loves Excelling M. Edwards SATB Morningstar MSM-50-8123
Jazz Alleluia Curry SATB Alfred 42506
Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You Althouse TTBB Hope HPC5704
The Prayer arr. Fettke SSAA Alfred 34860

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