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Composition Spotlight: She Moved Through the Fair

(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
She Moved Through the Fair by John Brackenborough TTBB (click here for PDF and here for AUDIO
Level: High School
Uses: Recruitment
Program Themes: Love, Marriage
This Piece Would Program Well With: Every Breath You Take arr. Mark Brymer available at Sheet Music Plus and JWPepper
Getting men to join high school ensembles is a constant struggle.  The most important thing is to get the kids that will be attending your school in the future to hear your men sing. Take your beginning men's choir on a local school tour each spring.  It doesn't matter to a bunch of middle school or elementary boys that the choir is always in tune, on the right part or singing Palestrina.  What matters is that they see older boys having fun singing.  Many directors make the mistake of only showing off their best and most polished ensemble. 
She Moved Through the Fair is a very basic arrangement that will let those young listeners hear what men's voices sound like.  It may spark the desire to join your chorus. 
This piece is available for FREE on the Composition Showcase.