Providing church for students in the present tense.
Through repertoire selection, memorization, and professional orchestral accompaniment.
Planting seeds with healthy, strong mentoring and opportunity for growth.
Entering its 12th year, YouthCUE's Baylor Festivalis 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.
Date & Time
Begin: February 24, 2017 – 6:00pm
End: February 26, 2017 – 4:00pm
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.
Memorized repertoire is always the standard for 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.
Professional orchestral accompaniment
Each YouthCUE event is accompanied by a professional orchestra. We started this way 27 years ago, and we believe this to be one of the most unique and exciting aspects of our ministry.
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.
|Friday, February 24, 2017|
|6:00pm||Registration begins in McCrary Music Building lobby|
|7:00pm||Festival Assembly in Jones Hall|
|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|
|11:30am||Lunch in Penland Hall provided by YouthCUE|
|12:55pm||Mass Rehearsal 3|
|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|
|3:15pm||Festival Grand Concert|
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.
|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|
|Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You||Althouse||TTBB||Hope||HPC5704|
|The Prayer||arr. Fettke||SSAA||Alfred||34860|
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