Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Jim Papoulis
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48019342
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   A CappellaC


André-Louis Heywood
St. John’s University 2009
R&R Chair Children & Youth

Jim Papoulis’ music has become a popular item on youth and children’s choir programs recently. One of his less familiar pieces, We Will juxtaposes an English text with a message of hope in the face of trouble with a Swahili text that translates to “Stand tall, children.” The simple harmonies are instinctively understood by young singers and the popular structure quickens the memorization process. There are interesting rhythms to be studied in the piece, but its strongest asset is the opportunity to discuss the text with young singers and to have them share their interpretations of its meaning. When I performed this with the composer two years ago, he added djembe to complement the included shaker part. (Easy to Medium)