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  • Treble Chorus
  • Treble Chorus AND Unison and Two-Part

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  • SSA
  • Piano
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  • Female Poet
  • Audience/Other Participation

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  • English

Call yourself beautiful (SSA)

Publisher: LAH Publications

Catalogue Number: LAH 41

Year: 2019

For: SSA with Piano

Duration: 5:20

Call yourself beautiful was commissioned by the WVSD Treble Honour Choir in 2019 under the direction of Suzanne Fulton in Vancouver, BC, and premiered May 23rd, 2019. Suzanne had a vision for a “Dove campaign, in choral music,” and this piece seeks to offer that. It has the feeling of a pop anthem, and incorporates audience participation in a recurring phrase of “believe in yourself” as well as choral improvisation that invites singers to call out the things they, as individuals, are good at, and really own that proudly.

The text is one that Suzanne found online, and we have had trouble tracking down the original author, as this poem has many different attributions on the web. Currently, I have attributed the text to “AKR” (Amanda Katherine Rickertson) but the text source has yet to be confirmed. Input is welcomed and appreciated!

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Text

Attributed to AKR (Amanda Katherine Rickertson)

Nobody tells you
it is ok to call yourself beautiful
it is ok to smile at mirrors
and it is perfectly fine
to say your own eyes are pretty

it is wonderful to love your waist
and your legs
regardless of their size
and you are not conceited
if you use your fingers to list
everything you’re good at
rather than point at all your own flaws

you can acknowledge you’re smart
and that you will go places
and you will be someone
greater than your mistakes

you can’t always expect
other people to believe in yourself
for you