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There is a desire among children from all countries and all walks of life to be aware and listen carefully to those around us and who are different than us. This song, commissioned by the International
Written to honor the loss of the children in the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, this piece offers comfort through lyrics that express how our lost loved ones will always be with us, like angels. A
With Gnothi Safton, composer Jim Papoulis raises the profile of Boomwhackers out of the elementary classroom and onto the concert stage. Including an original inspirational text that urges young
Expressing a powerful message of hope for a better world, this dynamic piece strikes a universal chord for all to hear! The quiet and subdued opening gradually builds to a dramatic musical statement using
Another first-rate multicultural piece by Jim Papoulis! The composer's work with African choirs has introduced him to many people who, although facing extreme adversity, somehow maintain a joyous spirit
"Give us hope and we'll show you the way." This popular piece is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this edition. Identical in each voicing to the original editions - but now, more of the royalties are
The metaphor embraced by the young poets that collaborated on this piece is that of a flame in all of us that, when encouraged, keeps dancing and giving others hope. The simple melody will give young choirs
Kuwa Furaha is a song about joy. More specifically, it is about the simple and beautiful way that children have of showing and expressing their joy. Jim Papoulis is well known for his world music
The essence of this piece gives reverence to the message that music is universal; as a language, as an art and as a part of who we are. "From a distance we sing, music is universal. We sing for joy, we live
Kindergartners cut to the essence of music when they asked the composer to write "Simplicity, beauty, love, and music" as the message they want to convey to the world. Here is a poignant song for your
Bernyanyi Bersama was written for the 2014 Saint Angela Children and Youth Choir Festival in Bandung, Indonesia. Using the theme of diversity in harmony, the language of Indonesia (Bahasa) is woven
This rhythmic, high-energy Latino-style piece lends itself to movement as it celebrates life. Using traditional Latino harmonies and rhythms, it also incorporates world music sounds. The a cappella sections
This piece uses half-empty Tic Tac boxes as percussion instruments to remind us that "all we have to do is listen and open our hearts to get along." The rhythm of the music and the "shakers" is infectious
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
Beautifully melodic, with a great beat and a great message, this "world music" piece has a text in Swahili which translates as, "We have a right." Imbakwa was written for the score of a film about
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,
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
Here is a work with a Spanish flair but also in the style we have come to expect from Jim Papoulis. Positive, with a message that speaks to young people around the world. "We can make a difference" rings
This selection was written in a student workshop designed to give all young people a voice, giving them a chance to express their feelings and write their own story. Powerful.
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In My Heart is a gentle look at the importance of knowing that the inside of a child's heart and mind is a safe and nurturing place. This is a sweet, innocent piece suitable for any age.