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
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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
Written in a songwriting workshop, here is a song of 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 become Jim's
Opening like a Latin motet but quickly moving to Spanish with percussion and upbeat Spanish dance-like rhythms, this is a fun and lively arrangement with a strong message: "Omnes creder in aliquid"
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
Written in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Children's Choir, the students' message is loud and clear: "Whatever your journey, whatever your beliefs, whatever
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.
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 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.
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
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
"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
Written to honor Rollo Dilworth, whose feel and insight for choral gospel music is reverent and accessible to all, this composition incorporates lyrical quotes from some of Rollo's great arrangements,
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
Celebrating the many reasons that we sing: "It fills my soul, it reaches something deep inside my heart, it makes me feel, more than anything." These lines and emotions are woven through this piece as the
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