Spivey Hall Children's Choir Looks To 2021 Through The Lens of Langston Hughes Poetry
ATLANTA: The Spivey Hall Children's Choir announced its virtual release of Hold Fast To Dreams, a Langston Hughes poem set to music by Susan Labarr. The overarching goal of the Hold Fast To Dreams virtual performance is to encourage music educators and students to create musical experiences that transcend the social distancing challenges.
The 50 member select ensemble Tour Choir is part of the highly acclaimed Spivey Hall Children's Choir. Tour Choir Members are selected by audition from students who have invested at least one year in the Children's Choir and demonstrate a higher level of mastery in the areas of sight-reading, music theory, and vocal technique. Successful execution of vocal music in a choir relies on being able to hear the other voices around you for tune and timing. During the 2020 pandemic, Tour Choir members had to overcome the demands that increased time in a virtual learning environment presented in order to develop a virtual choir experience not only equaling but rivaling their in-person performance history.
"The Spivey Hall Children's Choir Program (SHCCP) is the jewel of Spivey Hall's Education programming," proclaimed Melanie Darby, Education Manager of Spivey Hall. "The SHCCP artistic staff, led by Dr. Martha Shaw, are nationally recognized for their outstanding work. The challenge of a world-wide pandemic did not deter them. They have continued sharing weekly music and life lessons with these students including those all-important lessons of hope and perseverance."
The Spivey Hall Tour Choir virtual performance of Hold Fast To Dreams is available free of charge on their virtual event platform at Hold Fast To Dreams, YouTube and Social Media outlets.
Music lovers of all genres can find information at www.spiveyhall.org about becoming a Spivey Hall Children's Choir Sponsor or Supporter. Your support is important as the economy while recovering is doing so very slowly. We want young singers to have the opportunity to participate in music at the highest level possible. Participation in this program changes the lives of students in many ways. We hope you will support us in our efforts to generate much-needed funds for talented young artists.