"I ask for one day where I don't have to hear about pain, or life that's lost, I ask for one day where whispers of hope are alive inside my heart." These words, written by 5th graders in a writing workshop,
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"Can you hear my cries? I am calling out to you." The global community of children speaks together in this dramatic call for a better future that uses worldbeat sounds, unified chordal harmonies, and
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.
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
"Eneza upendo uendako, umoja ni upendo" translates to "Spread love everywhere you go, unity is love." This piece celebrates the hopeful sentiments of unity and love through both Swahili and English lyrics
"When I close my eyes then I can see that I am not afraid." This song of confidence and hope for young voices resonates with positive lyrics, a strong melody and an expressive accompaniment for piano and
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,
This work has a mission: celebrate and unite the different cultures in our society by offering an upbeat and powerful anthem that includes Arabic, Bosnian, Hebrew and English. An easy-to-read phonetic
Created through a collaborative effort between the composer and the young people in his songwriting workshop, here are words of hope from middle school students who see the change beginning with them:
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
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
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
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
This piece is full of joy and excitement, celebrating all of our differences as people and the importance of being accepting, kind souls. The lyrics are in Swahili and English. Spirited uptempo sections