"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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Kusimama is written in a world-music style that is accessible for choirs, both young and old, that are just beginning to be exposed to world rhythms and language - a sort of introduction to new
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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
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.
Born out of the composer's virtual songwriting workshops with students during the pandemic of 2020, this piece expresses the thoughts and feelings of the younger generation. With themes of love, hope,
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
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
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
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,
The text, with a message that celebrates humanity and acceptance, does so using both English and Arabic as a way of celebrating cultures that make up a significant part of our community. Arabic phrases and
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
Young people are almost always full of hope and energy; this work takes those traits and focuses them on the importance of young people cherishing our planet in a socially responsive way. With pop, rock,
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
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
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
Acceptance and unity, even through our differences, are an essential part of our evolving world. Here is a powerful and uplifting song commissioned to celebrate and model unity in the world. A perfect work
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:
This energetic and lively piece is about discovering the power of our own voices and letting them dance; setting ourselves free, exploring and learning to let go of preconceived notions of how we "should"
Translated, the lyrics mean "Give Beauty, Give Joy, Give Hope". This is a song celebrating beauty; beauty in our hearts, beauty in music, and beauty in moments using both English and Spanish lyrics.
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
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.
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