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Suggestions for a piece for senior recital

Currently as an undergrad senior, I'm preparing for my senior recital in voice, organ, and conducting. For the conducting portion, I'm asked to prepare three pieces by leading the rehearsal with a group of singers (not sure how many exactly at this point) from our college choir.
 
So far, I've picked Mozart's Ave verum corpus and Brahms' O Schöne Nacht. For the third piece, my voice teacher suggested an English piece by Handel, but I've also looked at The Road Home by Stephen Paulus. My only reservation with the Paulus piece is it's roughly in the same tempo and mood of the Mozart and Brahms pieces.
 
Can you give any suggestions for a third SATB piece in English at the same or near ability level and duration of the Mozart and Brahms pieces (preferably with piano or piano reduction accompaniment)? All three pieces should be in somewhat contrasting styles and periods. Any suggestions or feedback are welcomed. Thank you.
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on January 20, 2014 8:44pm
Your voice teacher is very wise:  Handel has much to offer a student of music and I encourage you to reconsider his works.  If you want this fool’s suggestions, check out the following:
 
Bernstein:  Sanctus –from “Mass”
Britten:  This Little Babe –from “Ceremony of Carols” as arr. by Julius Harrison for SATB
Copland:  The Promise of Living –from “Tender Land”
Ives:  Psalm 67
Vaughn Williams:  O Clap Your Hands
 
on January 21, 2014 6:40am
I have a yet-to-be premiered Festival Fanfare for SATB & piano—but in Hebrew—exactly four words for the entire text (though I have an English singing translation almost ready if the third piece must be in English). Very up-tempo in multiple meters, and it would not be a bad thing to demonstrate that you can handle new music. Please contact me if you'd like to see a score/hear a MIDI snapshot.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
on January 21, 2014 3:54pm
Faure: Psalm 23 - from Requiem
Walton: Jubilate Deo
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb - Movements 1 thru 3.
 
Good luck.
Rick
on January 22, 2014 11:09am
Er, do you mean Psalm 23 from the Rutter Requiem? No such item in the Fauré, unless this is a very recent discovery—in which case, I know I’d want to see it!
Robert A. M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
 
 
on January 22, 2014 1:47pm
Thank you for the correction Robert.  Yes, Rutter. 
Rick
on January 23, 2014 9:47am
How about one of the choruses from Haydn's oratorio "The Creation"? Maybe "The Heavens Are Telling". Let me know if you'd like to discuss other possibilities. I am around the next couple of weeks and would be happy to give you some scores to look at.
on January 25, 2014 9:13am
Jae -- Your instincts to show your range by doing something from the U.S. and in English and at a faster tempo sound good to me.  Less homophonic could also demonstrate more of your technique.  I'm a big Stephen Paulus fan, but I'd suggest you consider some 20th Century classic, like Jean Berger (Speak to One Another of Psalms, Lift Up Your Eyes On High, Glory To God); or Aaron Copland (Sing Ye Praises, Thou O Jehovah Abideth Forever); or Roy Harris (When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Inscription from Symphony for Voices); or Ross Lee Finney (Nor Doe I Doubt; His Body Was An Orb).  Another vein would be "classic" arrangement of an American folk hymn (Alice Parker: Hark I Hear The Harps Eternal, I Will Arise; Saints Bound for Heaven; or Virgil Thomson:  My Shepherd Will Supply My Need) or a Negro spiritual (William Dawson:  Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, I Want To Be Ready, Soon Ah Will Be Done; or Moses Hogan: The Battle of Jericho, Elijah Rock, Heaven, Old Time Religion, Walk Together Children; or Jester Harrison:  Hold On, In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin').  Lots to choose from, but IMHO any of these would be a good investment of your time, something you could program as a hit on a concert program in years to come.  All the best,
chris
Christopher J. Hoh
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