The Texas Boys' Choir

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A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR

 

georgebragg-sm.jpg (7609 bytes)Music is more than an "extra". It is a "must".

Because it develops the spiritual side of mankind, it allows the individual to become participatingly aware of his "other-worldliness", of his power of expression, of feelings, and innermost thoughts. Those who guide the group feel that no man should grow into mature life without knowledge of how to express himself through singing.

The Texas Boys' Choir is a relatively new thing to the people of the Southwest and only recently have they become aware of the benefits to be gained by a youngster's participation in such an organization. They are learning to recognize the Texas Boys' Choir as an educational opportunity as well as a musical one. A boy learns many things besides music, which, when added to his other studies, begins to help him to understand his academic or school work in a different light. There is a new approach to history, geography, arithmetic, in addition to a keener sense of all that is about him in his everyday world. One of the greatest advantages gained is an ability to concentrate and to discipline both mind and body.

The members of the Choir are interested in music, sometimes, hut seldom, accomplished in it. The Choir boys are taught to distinguish between good and bad music of every kind. We believe that in a world of political, 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 talented in music. This does not mean that a boy is a finished product when he 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 if 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.

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 formal education. We know from experience that the greatest challenge, the highest ideals, the most difficult task, possibly unfulfilled, will do the most in lifting the boy toward greater maturity as a man.

...George Bragg

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