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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Kevin McBeth - Clinician
A native of Houston Texas, Kevin McBeth is Director of Music at Manchester United Methodist Church in suburban St. Louis. He serves as administrator for their 18 choral and handbell ensembles involving nearly 500 participants, as well as conducting the 150-member Chancel Choir. He also serves as Associate Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, leading both the IN UNISON Chorus and the Holiday Festival Chorus. McBeth is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, and has done graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston. He has conducted honor and festival choirs in 15 states, as well as tours of Italy and Great Britain. Previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Adjunct Professor in Choral Music at Webster University and Music Director of the St. Louis Metro Singers. He has also served as guest lecturer at the Westminster Choir College. Most recently, he was appointed as the National Community Choir Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for the American Choral Directors Association. McBeth has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. Mr. McBeth has shared in performances with Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Andy Williams, Billy Porter, Boyz II Men, Jennifer Holliday, Larnelle Harris, Jenifer Lewis, Take 6, Oleta Adams, Richard Smallwood, Amos Lee, Patti Austin and Christine Brewer. His orchestral conducting credits include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Civic Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. In 2019, he will be featured at the ACDA National Conference, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Robert Ray Gospel Mass.