The March 2016 issue of Choral Journal was a Focus on Children and Community Youth, guest edited by Robyn Lana. This issue contains the following feature articles and is available to ACDA members to read and download here.
On Our Way: Programming a Martin Luther King Jr. Concert for Youth Choir by Anthony Trecek-King
There are many resources available to serve as starting points for planning a program for youth choir that centers on civil rights and social justice. This article describes some of those resources and provides and overview of the music contained within.
From Kindergarten to College: Understanding Young Voices and Keeping Them Healthy by Wendy LeBorgne
“As choral directors, voice pedagogues, and conductors, it [is] imperative to understand the key physiological developmental markers associated with the vocal instrument and its impact on vocal output at various stages of life. Providing accurate information to impressionable singers will help these singers maintain healthy vocal habits throughout their lifetime.”
Creativity and Artistry in the Children’s Choir Rehearsal by Karen Bruno
This article discusses the meaning of creativity and choral artistry as it pertains to work with children’s and youth choirs. Topics include identifying quality repertoire, engaging singers, characteristics of quality music, and our responsibility as teachers and conductors.
The Better C: Building Community through Collaboration by Roberta Jackson and Debra Burgess
“Building community within a choir can be challenging, especially when working with singers from diverse backgrounds, with different values, and from different schools. In this article we will explore the use of collaboration both as an overarching philosophy and a daily practice within an organization.”