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 15th 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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Date & Time

Begin: February 21, 2020 – 6:00pm
End: February 23, 2020 – 4:00pm


Baylor University
Jones Concert Hall


$96 per participant before October 15
$104 per participant after October 15

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 15th 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)
$96 per participant
Participation Fee (After October 15) $104 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: To take advantage of the Early-Bird offer, you must pay the remaining balance on your account prior to October 15.

What’s included?

  • All Festival activities
  • Grand Concert with Baylor Symphony Orchestra
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Professionally-produced video of the Grand Concert, provided in downloadable format
  • (2) lunches in Penland Hall
  • Snacks and water at designated break times
  • Dr. Pepper Floats on Saturday
  • Mini-concert by the Baylor Men’s Choir

What’s NOT included?

  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Festival repertoire octavos
Friday, February 21, 2020  
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 22, 2020  
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 23, 2020  
10:00am Warm-up for morning worship
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
4:15pm 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
Sing to the Lord a New Song Haydn/Hopson SATB Morningstar MSM-2503-A
The Lord’s Prayer Harlan SATB Harold Flammer HL.35022813
Sing and Be Not Silent McDonald SATB Word Music WD.080689335785
Sing Praises to God Goeller SATB Dan Goeller Music CHO-3025
Pilgrim Song Murphy SATB Oxford University Press OU.9780193385573
Open Thou Mine Eyes Harlan SATB Shawnee Press HL.35016336
Sometimes I Hear God’s Music Martin SATB Shawnee Press HL.35020872
For the Beauty of the Earth Rutter SA Oxford University Press OU.9780193415133
I Would Be True Patterson TTBB Carl Fischer CF.CM9398
Oye Mi Clamor, Senor (Spanish) Goeller SATB Dan Goeller Music CHO-4020
I Sing the Mighty Power of God Sterling SATB Robert Sterling Music n/a

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