Encouraging Male Participation in Chorus

  title={Encouraging Male Participation in Chorus},
  author={Steven M. Demorest},
  journal={Music Educators Journal},
  pages={38 - 41}
  • S. Demorest
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Education
  • Music Educators Journal
At the end of my eighthgrade year, my father, an active barbershop singer, suggested that I enroll in choir in ninth grade. I hadn't joined eighth-grade choir because I had hated my seventh-grade general music class. But my father said, "Try choir for a semester. If you don't like it, you can quit." When I entered ninth-grade choir, I was one of only four boys in a mixed choir of fifty singers. Twenty-five years later, I'm still active in choral music, but I often think of how close I came to… 

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