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
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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
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
"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
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.
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
Young people often know how to speak to the heart of matters more clearly than adults. Here, in the words of seventh graders, we hear that we all have voices singing to us, inspiring us and leading us to
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
With a powerful pop/gospel feel, this work captures the hopes and wishes of young people's thoughts on how to improve the world. Written in a youth song writing workshop, the idea of "rising as a people" is
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
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
New Beginnings was inspired by an exciting yet bittersweet time for students - the closing of one chapter in life and beginning another. Although many of us look forward to a next chapter in life
Sih'r Khalaq explores the world of Arabic rhythms, textures, and style in the interest of global fusion. The phrase "sih'r khalaq" describes the kind of magic that exists in art - magic that
Great melodic interest, rhythmic drive, and a worthy message work together to create something extra special. The slow pace of the opening sets up an energetic and uplifting portrayal of the text. Not to be