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date: 24 April 2019

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Youth choirs provide a unique opportunity for young people to develop as musicians. In order to highlight perspectives regarding possible elements that are significant in creating excellent youth choirs, the author, a choral conductor, teacher, and researcher, undertook a study involving interviews with singing teachers, composers and choral conductors who work in the specialised field of youth choirs. She sought to explore their thinking and ideas relating to youth choirs, to the repertoire that they perform, and to the ways that the voices are conducted. Interviewees chosen for the study came from the UK, Estonia, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, the USA, Israel, and Latvia, and the choirs referred to tend to be formed of selected singers who are mostly from specialised musical backgrounds.

Keywords: youth choir, choral conductors, composers, repertoire, interviews

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