Choral Directors’ Top 10: Jackie Hawley – Beginner to Intermediate Children’s Choirs

Jackie Hawley

Jackie Hawley is the founding Artistic Director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa. She has conducted and toured internationally with adult, youth and children’s choirs and has been a clinican for choirs and schools throughout Canada for nearly 30 years.

Ms. Hawley has presented at numerous events including Festival 500, Podium and the International Symposium of Singing and Song II . She was on the ACCC Podium Committee (Ottawa), wrote the children’s choir column for Anacrusis from 2013 to 2016 and is a Choirs Ontario Board Member. Ms. Hawley has adjudicated nationally and was a jury member for the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (2017). Ms. Hawley was also Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Music Director of its Chamber Choir from 2008-2015.

Ms. Hawley is the Music Director of the National Arts Centre’s 500-voice “Music Monday” choral event, and works frequently with the Education Department of the National Arts Centre. A former music educator with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ms. Hawley continues to offer courses on music leadership to in-service teachers. A co-founder of the Nipiit-Katittut – Voices United (NKVU) educational engagement project, Ms. Hawley has developed an educational initiative that connects choristers with youth in Iqaluit to build community and promote leadership skills, musical artistry and cultural enlightenment.

Ms. Hawley graduated from University of Toronto with an honours degree in Music Education and from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education.

Jackie Hawley Recommends Repertoire for Beginner and Intermediate Children’s Choirs

Al Shlosha

Al Shlosha
Alan E. Naplan

  • This is a beautiful 2-part piece in partner song style, nice key for young voices, timeless message.

On the Back of an Eagle

On the Back of an Eagle
Nancy Telfer

  • Unison, lovely melody, great for working on phrasing, good text, a pleasure to sing and to listen to.

My Heart Soars

My Heart Soars
Ruth Watson Henderson

  • A good combination of First Nations and Christian spirituality, wonderful 2-part harmony which is not difficult but is very effective and exciting to sing.

Sing Out

Sing Out
David Julian Michaels

  • Very easy, fun, quick to learn in two parts, very effective, good opener.

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Ruth Watson Henderson

  • Unison with a three-part chord at the end, great for working on 6/8 rhythm, good opener or closer.

Alleluia, I Will Sing

Alleluia, I Will Sing
David Waggoner

  • Partner song style, quick to learn, joyful, nice change of style in middle of piece.

Uma Familia

Uma Familia
Jay Althouse

  • Brazilian style, fun to sing and hear, good message, nice harmony which is accessible and effective.

Dona Nobis

Dona Nobis
Mary Lynn Lightfoot

  • Beautiful 2-part piece, universal message of peace, great for working on balance and tone and teaching form.

Dreams of the Sleeping Birds

Dreams of the Sleeping Birds
Amy Benson

  • A 2-part piece with simple but lovely harmony, great text!

If I Were the Moon

If I Were the Moon
James Wright

  • Wonderful text by Canadian Sherri Fitch, lyrical 2-part setting which reflects the text very well, always a favourite.
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