The Foundation for Small Voices advocates for school music programs in many ways. Proceeds from sheet music sales of this piece by co-founder Jim Papoulis go directly to the Music Changes the World project.
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This energetic, uplifting work fuses the rhythms of African, American and Latin cultures, and uses a text primarily in Swahili but interspersed with phrases in Spanish. Supported by shaker, djembe and agogo
Born out of virtual songwriting conferences with students held during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, this set of three songs expresses the students' words and thoughts as they struggled to
For SA voices with divisi, this inspiring selection uses percussion to simulate a heartbeat and from that bringing forth a simple idea - that reaching even just one heart can be a very powerful gesture.
This selection has good energy with a text that speaks to our time. African languages and English mix to help "tell me your story." Percussion and rhythmic chanting add to the atmosphere of this piece that
Written in a songwriting workshop, here is a song of multifaceted hopes. "I wanna believe in beauty, I wanna be seen in darkness, I wanna be heard in chaos." Composed in the world music style that has
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Tyler Clementi put a face on the consequences of cruelty. Through the Tyler Clementi Foundation, tens of thousands of youth and adults have been inspired to speak out and stand up in the face of bullying,
Celebrating the inner strength that is unique to each of us, this work identifies the choral music room and the friends we make there as a safe place. We are reminded of the power of music making and the
Emphasizing our need to stop and listen to one another, this original selection was written by the composer doing just that - listening to his singers. Created by Jim Papoulis in his songwriting workshops,
Nature not only inspires us but encourages us in this groovy tune. Plaintive text, directly from the imaginations of kids, is partnered with laid-back piano and drum parts in this cheerful and
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With a text geared toward upholding the idea that we are able to find and experience peace and joy within the context of our world, this inspirational original song is rhythmic, engaging, and full of love.
"Where do we find joy? Where do we find hope? Where do we find love? ... If you listen with your heart, it will find you." This uplifting song features a lively texture for treble chorus with piano and
Composed in a Foundation for Small Voices songwriting workshop during the 2020 pandemic, the young participants settled on a text that calls for hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Their positive
Composed with young singers in a songwriting seminar, this hopeful piece resonates with the themes and musical styles of our younger generation. The lyrics are about the fact that "love, small acts of
Written with the Mississippi Boychoir in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop, the participants returned over and over again to the theme of "belief in oneself." While searching for words
Written with young singers at a songwriting workshop, the text of unity and social action by young people rings through clearly. Strong harmonies support the lyrics in this contemporary setting, declaring
Born out of a songwriting seminar with middle and high school students, this introspective text taps into the thoughts, fears, and hopes of our young people. The message and spirit of this inspirational
In a creative blend of styles, this original concert piece for young choirs has elements of pop, gospel, funk, and blues. With its positive message that speaks to innovation, justice, and truth, this
Conceived as a way to honor the bravery of military men and women, as well as honoring mentors whose hard work, achievements and sacrifices inspire us daily. The full texture for tenor-bass choirs is
Drawing from a message he hears around the country from young singers, Jim Papoulis writes of the importance of nurturing and developing one's inner spirit and personality, as well as accepting others for