The Choir Parents' Handbook

economic and personal disintegration that music is not a luxury but a necessity because it keeps constantly before us man's aspiration of achievement, and hope of good will. A member of the Choir searches for TRUTH; truth in music, truth in performance, truth in living.

The members of the Choir are secondly talented in music. This does not mean that a boy is a finished product when be reaches us (we wish this were the case), but it simply means that he has been given a gift for music and that he is capable of progressing to "above average" heights q he applies himself. Self-application and self-reliance are but two of the many qualities which he learns to recognize. He learns his responsibility to others by his participation in so "closely-knit" an organization.

Most of you have watched the Boys' Choir with some degree of interest through the highlights of its existence. Each year the Choir has become more professional in its outlook and standing as an organization, and it stands to reason that the standards of membership continually advance also. The real problem has been to discover newer and better means of teaching so that we would not lessen the ratio of possible membership. Besides a "1eaniug towards music", the signs we look for at audition time are principally those of enthusiasm, and sincerity on the part of the applicant to do the job well.

Constantly in our search for talent we seek to find the child and the parent who aspire toward the finer, the more valuable, and more beautiful results of civilization. Strangely enough we often find it in the child and not in the parent or in the parent and not in the child so that our initial and basic effort is at once thwarted. Upon application for membership at auditions we view the child and the parent as objectively as possible in order to evaluate the singer. Upon second hearing-that is, final auditions-we evaluate not only the singer but also the Parent, the Guardian of the Child, the future Man. Fortunately, we are successful most of the time in our analysis.

It is the Child, the future Man, that we visualize. The ultimate purpose of our work is the choirboy ten years from now, other than the basic necessity of producing a very musical sound. We are charged by the secondary purpose of our work to look to the future, to the late childhood years or the young adult years. These are the years of growth for the seeds which have been planted in the young mind from early childhood and formal education. Wonderfully enough, the best seeds seem to grow more fruitfully. Therefore, we know from experience that the greatest challenge, the highest ideals, the most difficult tasks, still unfulfilled, will do the most in lifting the

 

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