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
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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
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
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
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.
"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,
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
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
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
The composer's strong commitment to the power of belief in oneself is reflected in the strength and conviction of this music. Opening as a subtle ballad, the music creates a sense of how important
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
The essence of this work, in a world of conflict and violence, is the need for a deep understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, "Look in the eyes of the children, feel the
"In every heart there is a place that shows us who we are." The opening phrase presents the challenge that unfolds in this significant song: bringing our inner voice to expression. Bound to be the highlight
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
Today’s society often seems to require children to perform tasks earlier and better, over-schedule life sooner, and grow up faster. Be With Me embraces the years of a child’s life
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 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"
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