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Change (2023)

for SSA children's chorus, piano | 00:04:00

by Melissa Dunphy

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Commissioned by the Lake Superior Youth Chorus. The children in the choir were asked to give their thoughts on the topic of "changing the world," which were then woven into the text of this inspiring work for young singers. Published by Galaxy.

By Melissa Dunphy, with input from the singers of Lake Superior Youth Chorus

Every time we plant a tree, we change the world.
Every time we make a friend, we change the world.
Every time we see what other people need
and accept them for who they are,
The world becomes a better place.

When we comfort the sick, we change the world.
When we say, “I love you,” we change the world.
When we reach out with kindness and a willingness to learn,
when we take care of others and work toward justice,
when we smile,
the world becomes a better place.

It can be hard to see the change
when you’re too tired to open your eyes.
It can be hard to stand up and fight
when others don’t believe.

But if you touch one person’s life,
if you take the time to care,
if you find a moment of joy
and spread it around, the world will change.
It will be okay. It's going to be okay.

We will change the world.
We will change.

Artwork created for this score by members of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus:

Lexi Gustafson
Lexi Gustafson

Ada Osmundson
Ada Osmundson

Azalea Nelson
Azalea Nelson

Brea Lynn Bailey

Brea Lynn Bailey

Nola Senarighi
Nola Senarighi

Sara Keto
Sara Keto

Victoria Moses
Victoria Moses


  • 14 May, 2023: Lake Superior Youth Chorus at Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN