The Choir Parents' Handbook

Within a four year period, the choir had traveled twenty thousand miles through twenty-five states and Mexico. It had become associated with the International Artists Corporation of New York. It had appeared over major radio networks, including a coast-to-coast broadcast over the National Broadcasting Company and the DuMont Television Network. It televised with Loraine Day and Johnny Johnston at the Polo Grounds in New York City where the boys were the guests of the New York Giants. By special invitation the group sang for the Salt Lake City Tabernacle Choir and received as a gift from its director an arrangement made especially for the boy choir of the famous Latter-Day Saints' hymn, Come, Come Ye Saints.

They have been entertained on the rustic ranches of the West, and on the extravagant estates of the East. They have attended teas, buffet suppers, receptions and banquets and known the thrill of the applause of an audience of 20,000 people and the intimacy of private concerts.

In the minds of the some one hundred fifty boys who have enjoyed the privileges of the Texas Boys' Choir the past seven years, there will continuously be a storehouse of rich experiences from which they may draw to enliven their daily living.

In their travels they have come to know many of the great personages of the concert and entertainment world among whom are Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Charles Laughton, Robert Shaw, I. Spencer Cornwall, Don Gillis, Salvatore Baccaloni, Frances Yeend and Frances Magues. The boys look upon the privilege of knowing personally such outstanding persons as one of the blessings derived from their choir work.

The results of such positive work are in keeping with the design of the group by the ones who guide its existence - that of developing fullness in youth. We see in the medium of boy choir a means of developing character, a means by which a boy comes to know himself, thereby preparing his life for nobler things to come; an enriching process in overtones which will give resonance to his living, for through the boy choir organization many seemingly unrelated subjects unitedly flow.

By means of the boy choir, its travels and its studies, history comes alive, geography transcends its pages, physical education has new meaning, language has a freshness, and even the subject of everyday conversation is important. Neatness, a quality most foreign to the usual nine or ten year old boy, finds a paramount place in his daily routine of living, a neatness which carries over into his school life, his home life, as well as his public life.

 

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