Youth Choir JAM is an ecumenical youth choir festival covering a broad range of styles in sacred choral literature. This music is rehearsed in home churches prior to the event. No matter the size of choir, participation is sure to give your program a boost. Under the direction of nationally recognized choral directors known for their skills in working with youth, participants rehearse from late Friday afternoon through the concert on Saturday afternoon.
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Cameron LaBarr - Clinician
Cameron F. LaBarr is director of choral studies at Missouri State University where he leads a comprehensive choral program including over 250 singers in eight choirs. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University and he earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. He has completed further study in choral music and conducting with Simon Carrington and Alice Parker. He has previously held university choral positions at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee) and the University of North Texas. Dr. LaBarr has been awarded conducting fellowships at the Yale International Choral Festival, the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop, and was named a Salzburg Fellow in April 2014, where he participated in the Salzburg Seminar: Conflict Transformation through Peace-Building and the Arts.
Choirs under his direction have been selected for performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Tennessee ACDA Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National ACDA, Southwest ACDA, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, the China International Chorus Festival and the IFCM World Voices Conference. Dr. LaBarr has worked as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, most recently presenting at the China International Chorus Festival (2016 and 2018) and serving on the jury panel for the 8th Bali International Choir Festival.
Dr. LaBarr has published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and serves as editor of two choral series through Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Walton Music. His choral arrangements and editions are published by Colla Voce Music, Choristers Guild, and Walton Music. Dr. LaBarr is co-author of the book The Melodic Voice: Conversations with Alice Parker.