A town in Eastern Europe was suffering from high crime rates and low morale, until the mayor decided to paint the town beautiful. The result? A change of mood came over the town, people started taking care of their streets, and crime rates went down.
Tube stations in London began piping classical music through their loudspeakers. The result? Loitering young people drifted away and gang problems disappeared.
What do those stories have in common? Beauty. But why does the beautiful have such a profound effect upon people?
Let me propose an answer: God is altogether beautiful, and thus, he is the Author of beauty. He created it and he delights in it. We only have to look around at the natural world, with its sunsets and mountain ranges and beaches, to see that he loves beautiful things.
He has created us in his image. So when we take the time to create beauty, we are reflecting his image, which leaves less room for evil and for darkness. Light drives out the darkness.
And, the more you experience beauty, the more you learn to love it.
So here in the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, we are teaching these young singers to delight in the good, the true, and the beautiful. In the middle of all of this beautiful music we’re making, we’re also creating a loving community of youth.
In a world where evil and darkness are often celebrated, we need to raise up young people who know beauty and goodness when they see it because they’ve experienced it.
So why do children’s choirs (and all of the arts) matter? If you think about the future, do you want a future where goodness and beauty are celebrated? Invest in music and children, invest in the arts, and you will reap a brighter and more beautiful future.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is a faith-based choir from the Fraser Valley. They value musical excellence and the joy of singing in community. To audition or to find out more, visit our website (www.pmcc.ca) or contact Cheryl @ 604-703-4763.