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

Jackie Hawley

Jackie Hawley graduated from University of Toronto with an honors degree in Music Education and from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education. She has conducted and toured internationally with adult, youth and children’s choirs and has been a clinician for choirs and schools throughout Ontario for more than twenty five years. In November of 2009, Ms. Hawley was the guest conductor for the CBC/McGill Youth Gala Concert in Montreal.

She is currently the Artistic Director of the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, which she founded in 2003 and which grew to include a Training Choir in 2006. Cantiamo is known for its commitment to nurturing local composers and commissioning new Canadian repertoire.

In January 2008, Ms. Hawley was appointed Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Music Director of its Chamber Choir. Under her artistic leadership, the choir co-produced Kaleid-on-the-Road in 2010, bringing acclaimed international artists Rajaton to Ottawa for educational and performance events that involved more than 500 people of all ages.

Ms. Hawley was also a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, where she opened and designed the music curriculum for a new school and continues to give music leadership workshops to Board staff.

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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