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SAB repertoire for non-auditioned school choir

Hi there,
 
Looking for suggestions for reasonably accessible repertoire for a 60 strong choir of 13-15 year olds. I'm not particularly fussed as to genre but attempting to gently steer them away from rock/pop and more into the slightly more classical areas.
 
All suggestions gratefully received - many thanks in advance
on January 21, 2014 6:37pm
My HS students are *loving* Andrea Klouse's "Kyrie". It's in Latin, minor key, SAB, the parts a mix of easy-to-a-challenge to sight read and to learn, and it's absolutely beautiful! 
 
Rollo Dilworth has some really good stuff for SAB, out there.  Roger Emerson's "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" is also pretty decent, 3 part mixed.
 
 
 
Donna
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on January 22, 2014 6:09am
 
I have arrangements on this page of the Scots songs "A Red Red Rose", "Jock O' Hazeldean", and "A Highland Lad" - all suitable in difficulty level for a non-auditioned choir, and the melodies are easy.
("Duncan Gray" and "Afton Water" are rather trickier, particularly if you have non-readers.)
 
Let me know if you're using them - it would be good to get more exposure for them. If they're for non-profit (e.g. rehearsal only) then they're free, but if you have a music budget then please send a contribution as per the page ($25 each for infinite copies).
 
Thanks,
 
Chris Hutchings
www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk
on January 22, 2014 7:01am
Hello, Gavin,
 
Let me offer you my new song, "Let the Children Play. I publish in inexpensive .pdf and give a volumne educational discount on the copies.
Let me know off-list if it is of interest.
 
David Avshalomov
davshalomov(a)earthlink.net
 
LET THE CHILDREN PLAY
(My Beautiful Dream)

SAB piano, opt. flute(s)

DURATION: 4 minutes.
A slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with an appealing and natural pentatonic tune, unison, then 3-part harmony, then easy canon, with a sweet harmony ending. This song expresses an idealistic, innocent dream about the future of our suffering world and the hope that our children—and their children—may heal both the Earth and human society and live in peace forever. The song setting is suitable for youth choruses and community/adult choruses. It is not complex and can be learned fairly easily.
[It would be appropriate as a memorial for the victims of the Newton, Conn. tragedy or similar.]
 
LYRICS
Let the children play and learn in Peace,
Help them grow up strong and healthy.
If we teach them wisely, they may come to heal the World.
Let the children learn and grow in Peace.
 
Children are the Dreamers of our World
And our duty to them is very clear.
If we work together we can give them
A dream of a future without fear.
 
Show them all the beauty in the World.
Show them Nature’s strength and glory.
And in Global Healing we will come to heal ourselves,
Take our place as guardians of the Earth.
 
Help your people and community.
Make a difference and always do your part.
Work for justice, care for those in need.
Keep compassion and kindness in your heart
 
If they grow up strong and clear and smart,
They’ll return the World to balance;
They can heal the forests, and the sky and sea and land.
Let them play and learn and grow in Peace.
 
May they heal the World and live In Peace.
In Peace.
on January 22, 2014 1:43pm
Gavin,
 
Please consider my "I Chose Love" for SAB and piano.  The text is by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind from the age of 5.  Amazingly, beautiful text - when given the choice of riches, land or knowledge, the poet chooses love.  It is available through JWPepper, SheetMusicPlus and other online music distributors, or you can obtain it directly from the publisher LighthouseMusicPublications.com.  Here is a video of the SSA performance.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtg6mr3MzCQ
 
Good luck,
Rick
crickb88(a)cox.net
on January 22, 2014 2:18pm
 
I carry your heart and If Music be the Food of Love.  :)
on January 23, 2014 3:58am
Eric William Barnum's "Dreams of Thee" is gorgeous and very accessable. Ruth Morris Gray has quite a few that are worth checking out, but "In This Ancient House" has been among my choir's favorites and is quite easy to put together. Dan Davison has been creating wonderful compositions and arrangements for this type of choir. His arrangement of "Follow the Drinking Gourd" is particularly nice. 
 
I conduct at the community college level, and many of my choir members come with no background. I've been compiling a list over the years of repertoire we've done - if you would like a copy please send me a note.
on January 23, 2014 4:37am
Rob Hugh's - the Cuckoo published by Hal Leonard.  AWESOME funky version, terrific for adolescent voices and a great opportunity to feature your young men.  
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on January 23, 2014 6:38am
Two awesome ideas for you:
Linda Spevacek's arrangement of Turtle Dove.  Beautiful and Lyrical lush 3 part harmony.
Roger Emerson's Sinner Man.  Spiritual.  Easy to learn.  Good harmonies.  My kids love it.
 
Dale Duncan
My blog for middle school teachers:
My Sight Singing Program:
My YouTube Channel with teaching examples and teaching tips for Sight Singing:
 
on January 23, 2014 8:42am
"O Clap Your Hands" by Julie Knowles  (The ABA section is a great way to teach form, makes it a breeze to learn, and easy to memorize - however it sounds like a more "solid/advanced" piece.  Also the "pedal" alto part is great for teaching tonality.  For fun, trade the parts around, and see if they can keep the tonality.)
"Wade in the Water"  J. B. Lyles  (This one has an easy split-option for cambiata/baritones)
"Plenty Good Room" Kirby Shaw - Solos and descant can be done by sections, small groups, or individuals.  Fun piece; good for staging.
Best Wishes!
-Lucy
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