Beyond Borders

by Tom Shelton

Text Author: Tom Shelton


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"Beyond Borders" was written for the "Amani Invitational Children's Choir Festival" sponsored by the Central Carolina Children's Chorus (Winston-Salem, NC - Anne Saxon, Artistic Director). The purpose of the festival was to raise awareness of abandoned orphans in Kenya due to HIV/AIDS and poverty, as supported and served by the Amani Children's Foundation, also based in Winston-Salem. Children and Youth 'sing together in harmony and celebrate our unity.'

The inaugural festival was held on November 19-20, 2010 at Centenary United Methodist Church. A love offering was collected for the Amani Children's Foundation during the final concert.

In January 2010, an "Amani Night" was held as a preview for this event. Around 150 young singers gathered at Centenary to learn about the organization, sing, and have fun with bead-making led by Amani Volunteers. They also had an opportunity to write their thoughts, phrases, or a poem about Amani. I used this thematic material and incorporated it into the festival anthem, "Beyond Borders," that was premiered during the culminating festival concert.

For more information about the Amani Children's Foundation, go to

Series: Young Voices-ES

Text Source: Words by Tom Shelton and the Amani Workshop Children

Number of Pages: 16

Difficulty Level: E/M

Vocal Forces: Two-part equal, Solos, Speakers

Instrumental parts included: Djembe

Accompaniment: Piano

Suitable for Children: Yes

Language: English

Topical: Children, Love for Others

Edition Format: Octavo

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