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

Entering its 16th 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 24, 2023 – 6pm
End: February 26, 2023 – 4:30pm


Baylor University
Jones Concert Hall


$125 per participant thru Sept 15
$135 per participant thru Oct 15
$149 per participant thru Dec 15
$170 per participant after Dec 15

YouthCUE’s COVID Protocols for 2023 Events

At YouthCUE, our first priority is to provide all our participants — teenagers and adults — a safe and comfortable environment for our events. Vaccinations are encouraged but not required for YouthCUE’s 2023 events. All events will follow current CDC guidelines for each of our host venues, and YouthCUE reserves the right to add protocols indicated such as (but not limited to) testing, temperature checks, mask-wearing, and social distancing. Further, it is possible that YouthCUE will require notarized waivers signed by individual participants’ parents releasing YouthCUE from all harm and responsibility for the spread and infection of any disease while participating in the event. If waivers are required, it will be the responsibility of each director to collect the completed and signed waiver forms from their students and to present them in one complete batch to YouthCUE by a deadline to be established and clearly communicated closer to the event. Thank you for your understanding, help, and participation in YouthCUE programs.

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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 across the state of Texas and beyond its borders.

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 a full orchestra.

Entering its 16th 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.

Register your choir early to enjoy reduced participation fees for you and your students.

Super Early-Bird Registration (Thru Sept 15)
$125 per participant
Early-Bird Registration (Sept 16 – Oct 15) $135 per participant
Standard Registration (Oct 16 – Dec 15) $149 per participant
Late Registration (After Dec 15) $170 per participant

Participants include directors, singers, and adult chaperones. A 20% deposit of your total participation fee is due upon registration. This deposit secures your choir’s spot at the Festival. Deposits made are 50% refundable up to 30 days after payment, nonrefundable 31 days and after. See Festival Terms & Conditions for more information.

Repertoire anthems, transportation and lodging costs not included. Included are all festival rehearsals, performances, activities, Grand Concert with full orchestra, livestream of Grand Concert, two lunches on Baylor campus (Saturday and Sunday), festival snacks, festival tee shirt.

Signing up for both the Baylor Festival and the Nation’s Capital Festival?
Call Tina McCartney at (210) 557-5245 to find out about our substantial discount.

Detailed schedule will be provided soon. For your general planning, be advised that the Festival begins Friday, February 24 at 6pm and ends Sunday, February 26 at 4:30pm.

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 50-2503A
Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies’ Sake Richard Farrant SATB EC Schirmer EC.0374
Glory Be Heather Sorenson SSAATTBB Shawnee 00357353
Benedictus Brian Lewis SATB Alfred AP.23084
I Choose Love Mark Miller SATB Choristers Guild CGA1491
Psalm 23 Howard Goodall SATB Faber Music AP.12-0571520480
Like a River in My Soul Tim Osiek SATB Beckenhorst BP2159
Lux Beata Trinitas Ola Gjeilo SATB Walton Music WW1931
All Things New Elaine Hagenberg SATB Beckenhorst BP2253
Make a Joyful Noise Taylor Davis SATB Morningstar 50-5320

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