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Hold Fast to Dreams
Spivey Hall Tour Choir
Video Release

The first virtual release from the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. Hold Fast to Dreams, reflects both the pain of these difficult times and the hope that young people and beautiful music represent.


Nov 23, 2020

About the Choir

The Tour Choir

Director, Dr. Martha Shaw
Asst. Director/Accompanist, Judy Mason

This 50 member select ensemble is a part of the Children’s Choir. Auditioning for this group requires spending at least one year in the Children’s Choir and having a higher level of mastery in the areas of sight-reading, music theory, and vocal technique. Tour Choir demands an increased time and financial commitment due to more extensive rehearsal and performance schedule, which includes an annual summer tour. This ensemble performs six concerts in Spivey Hall with the Children’s Choir as well as locally and regionally.

As cultural ambassadors of the state of Georgia, the Spivey Hall Tour Choir at Clayton State University has performed to acclaim throughout the United States on tour and at national and regional music conferences. They have also traveled internationally to Canada, Sweden, Norway, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Scotland, Spain, and Italy.


The Song

Hold Fast to Dreams

Music by Susan Labarr

Words by Langston Hughes

The message of the famous Langston Hughes poem offers words for all to live by.

“Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that can not fly.

Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.” (Langston Hughes)


Covid 19

Virtual Changes

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life from what we know it.  Singing in groups is particularly difficult and yet the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir has risen to that challenge. Switching from in-person to virtual rehearsals, this ensemble has not stopped their artistic endeavors.  Their first virtual release, Hold Fast to Dreams, reflects both the pain of these difficult times and the hope that young people and beautiful music represent.

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