Directing and working with an all treble boys choir, one knows there are always two constant things that are guaranteed to happen . . . Boys will join and boys will leave! As nature intends, they only possess that wonderful, high clear voice for a few years.
As our 34th concert season comes to a close and our choir tour to Minnesota looms, several of the boys in my Tour Choir will not be returning.
What I hope is, that during their tenure with us, they have learned some important things other than how to sing well!
I believe they have, as our entire staff works hard to teach all our boys things about life . . . important things that will aid them in their transformation from a boy into a man.
Here are my top five things, in no particular order, I try to teach them about themselves, then.
- Have impeccable integrity and show respect to everyone.
- Dream big, without exception.
- Have courage.
- Make the world a better place.
- Work hard and use your talents wisely.
Pretty simple and basic really, but I have found that our boys growing up in today’s world are sadly lacking in skills that will equip them to be successful. Skills that transcend the verbal and physical, that can truly make an impact on not only them, but everyone they come into contact with.
And, I’m careful not to tell them so much about the, ‘how to’ . . . but rather the, ‘just to’.
I encourage them to choose some ‘hero’s’ and model them in their own life. And they know we are not talking about Marvel or DC comics’ superhero’s either!
When I run into our alumni years after their choir experience and hear their stories of what they have done and how they have done it, I am always gratified that they have made some great choices . . . choices, they tell me, that they learned in our choir program.
And our world is better because of it!