My ideas for Youth Outreach
By John Kropf, Seattle, Wash., Chapter, Sea Chords, John Devitt, editor
Ideas are useless without some execution. Ever have that nightmare where you are running as hard as you can, but aren't getting anywhere? I sometimes think that is my problem with Youth Outreach. I have lots of ideas, but find it difficult to put them into play.
I have recently taken some action. My inspiration was Carl Nelson. He teaches a class on nature to a Ballard elementary school every year. The teachers there love him. They and the classes also loved Seventh Heaven as we gave a demonstration of barbershop harmony to them.
Here are my ideas:
- Have each quartet adopt an elementary school and hold a harmony teaching class each year. Even more, sing at an assembly or a PTA meeting. Start with the unselfish idea of teaching something (barbershop singing) that is native to America.
- Make it a goal for each quartet to adopt a high school, also. The choral teacher will love for you to make a presentation to her/his class. Perhaps sing at an assembly.
- We should also adopt a middle school as well as a junior high school. Sound like a busy time? There are four of you. That means each of you have a responsibility to maintain contact with only one school, but include the quartet for the performances.
- How about including a college, university or private school, too?