The George Bragg Library

. . . from the "Director's Diary"

 

Our Dwelling Place (September 1971)

It has been said that "he who does not know history is subject to repeating it." So it is with the total area and subject of Boy Choir. In absence of facts we have had to experiment continually.

Boy Choir is uniquely overlooked in history for its cultural and educative value. It was for centuries the essence of the liturgical choral sound. It was the source for the selection of students to be educated for the clergy and musicians for the church. It was such a way of life in the religious community that much of which is documented is not translated, or remains hidden in the manuscripts of Europe and England. What a blessing it would be to have the facts of their experiments and findings.

I had the pleasure of viewing a program of scientific experiments recently. During the program, I caught a statement which stood out from all the others - concerning the laws of Gravity: Energy of a system tends toward less. As I later thought about this, I realized that possibly such an observation could be applied to our social and political systems, too. Only as we push to new fields (or horizons) do we energize or revitalize the Establishment.

I am sure that this is one of the principles which has kept this organization alive and on its toes throughout our first quarter of a century of progress, for we have never remained static from one year to another - The Texas Boys Choir has never been quite the same. That is as it should be. It is the normal state of inquiry and examination. It is the process by which we evaluate - to choose the good and discard the less good. In our searching we strive for improvement through our understanding and teaching.

Meanwhile we are not waiting to dig up the past. We are beginning what I hope will be a source of invaluable help to students and scholars who want to know about the current work of Boy Choirs throughout the United States. We are establishing a National Archive of Boy Choirs, gathering, cataloguing, and indexing a library on the subject of Boy Choirs, their work, their systems, organizations and techniques.

Who knows but someday there will come a time when the facts of our past are chronicled and published - and the ancient documents which could keep us from past failures will come to light our Twentieth and Twenty-First Century paths.

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