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Changing Voices: Keeping Kids in Choir

Cameron LaBarr

Everybody goes through it – that awkward phase known as puberty. Unfortunately, the most dramatic changes become evident when you attempt to be your most melodic.  

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies at Missouri State University, knows the incredible value music adds to life. He wants to talk about sticking with music even when the voice doesn’t seem able to stick to a note. 

To build community and keep young men, aged 11-14, interested in choir, The Men’s Choral Festival was born. The festival, which will host its second event this year, was modeled largely after Real Men Sing program in Oklahoma. LaBarr elaborates. 

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