The Choir Parents' Handbook

to adjust some of these concepts to be in keeping with the times and the area of the country.

We have continually enlarged upon known facts. We have sought out, added and discarded over and over again until we understand by experience more at this moment than has yet been set down on the printed page concerning the many facets of boy choir.

There were many taboos in the beginning, such as, "a boy's attention span is limited", "a boy's vocal mechanism is delicate and should be used briefly", as well as, "no American boy will train for a year before beginning concert work".

We worked slowly, learning that a boy's attention span is in direct proportion to his interest and that his interest is in direct proportion to the goal set before him.

We learned that a boy's vocal mechanism is delicate (regardless of how much practice he has had on the football field) but we also learned that if properly trained, there is no limitation with practical usage.

We know from experience that the American child will work long and hard toward any goal which is outstanding enough. We have had children who work two or three years to qualify for active participation.

These facts have stood, along with many others, the greatest amount of investigation. The "secret" of how to use a boy's voice for four or five hours in a day producing a musical sound, without producing laryngitis, is probably one of the most sought after secrets by other musicians.

The fact of extended time means that we can now look to performances of greater choral works as yet unsung in this country by choir boys. It means, of course, that we must keep approximately 100 choir boys trained for participation.

A number of present-day methods of operation are the results of constructive suggestions made by the choir parents. Better means of management and finances are the result of parental interest and help.

You will find that the Texas Boys' Choir is only limited by each of our imaginations. You will find what you are capable of envisioning. The enjoyment of your son's boy choir years will be in proportion to what you plan to gain from his participation:

a moment of glory as a soloist; a young adult who intrinsically knows value and quality; a civic organization which will be lasting and enjoyed throughout the years.

We hope that within the coming months you will join whole-heartedly in working to help us develop this Texas-sized experiment.

 

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