Sign Up for Youth Chior

Posted: 6/30/2016

Although this issue of The Dove will be coming out in late June, and the rest of the summer is stretching out languidly before us, it is not too early to start planning to sign your kids up for one of our youth choirs come September! Entering our fourth full year, we hope to continue to strengthen the younger choirs in the 2016 - 2017 season. Nothing enlivens our worship quite as much as having our younger singers offer their gifts during the liturgy, and the experience of being in a choir is virtually without compare for kids. Singing with others promotes teamwork, relationships, and discipline, and provides young people with the satisfying opportunity to give something of themselves for others. Being in a choir enhances mathematical skills and spatial relationships, and increases linguistic ability. It can begin a student on a lifelong journey of enjoying and being able to participate in music (I no longer play football, baseball, or volleyball, activities I loved doing when younger, but I still can be involved in music, even at my elevated age). And did you know that singing slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, there is one other, enormous advantage to singing in one of the youth choirs at Holy Comforter, and that is the fact that the students get to work with Bill Gordon! I have spent over 50 years in and around church music in one form or another, and I can honestly and fervently say that I have never seen a youth choir director as exciting, engaging, supportive, and, in general, fantastic as Mr. Gordon. We are incredibly blessed to have him lead our young people in singing, both in the Chapel and in the younger choirs. Working with him is an opportunity every young person should get to enjoy.

If you have been wondering whether you should encourage your child(ren) to take part in choir, the answer is an unqualified "YES." I would be glad to talk to anyone who has questions about our music ministry with and for young people, or who is even remotely curious about the program. This is the year to get involved!

Fr. Jason