Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

SAB acapella for Freshman/Soph non-auditioned choir?

Suggestions for SAB a capella 9th/10th non-auditioned choir - sacred, secular, anything?
on April 14, 2014 8:59am
Dear Deanne,
 
There are several songs on this page that would suit your needs:
"A Red Red Rose", "A Highland Lad" and "Jock O'Hazeldean" should be suitable for a non-auditioned choir of that age.
They're free for non-profit use (i.e. if nobody in the concert is getting paid) but if you have a music budget then please make a contribution via Paypal.
 
Thanks,
 
Chris
on April 14, 2014 11:16am
Hi Deanne,
 
Let me offer you a recent new easy song of mine (below). Let me know off-list at davshalomov(a)earthlink.net if it interests you. I publish it in inexpensive .pdf with educational discount.
 
Best,
 
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
davshalomov(a)earthlink.net
www.davidavshalomov.com 310-480-9525
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012, Orchestral Composition
Dual Finalist, American Prize 2013, Choral and Orchestral Composition
Winner, Sul Ross State University, TX, Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2013
Winner, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (San Diego) Composition Contest 2013, Second Prize
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija” Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013, Siauliai State Chamber Choir, Lithuania, Second Prize
Project : Encore, Schola Cantorum/Hudson, Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2012
 
LET THE CHILDREN PLAY
(My Beautiful Dream)
SAB, piano, opt. flute
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.
Sample score and demo recording are available online here:
 
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 April 15, 2014 7:31am
 
Link to full perusal score included above. 
 
William
on April 16, 2014 5:45am
Hello there Deanne,
 
I have put together a collection of pieces for choirs with optional part-singing opportunities. They're all songs I've composed for Year 6-10 choirs (8-13 year-olds). They're all written out in treble voices, but I know of many choir directors (me included) who have used one or other part down the octave, or even mixed treble and low voices together on the same part. They work fine - all the songs are very versatile!
 
The collection is called Sea Pie Parcel, and each song is also available individually. There's a video catalogue here towards the bottom of the page: http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/sea-pie-parcel/
 
Particularly suitable to mixed choirs in my opinion (and songs that have been popular with other choir directors) are:
Autumn Sea (optional piano accompaniment) http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/autumn-sea/
Henry Hotspur Percy (optional accompaniment but does sound good with drums/percussion) http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/henry-hotspur-percy/
 
Another song which is not part of this collection but I think would suit your requirements is Lupset Street Build in up to 7 repeating parts (you could subsitute street names which are more suitable to your area but which fit the melodic and rhythmic patterns!) http://cherylcamm.co.uk/scores/lupset-street-build/
 
There are others, but I think I've gone on long enough! Hope you find something there you like the sound of!
 
Best wishes with your choir
Cheryl
on April 16, 2014 11:06pm
I've spent the last two years writing SAB music for small high schools in North Dakota.  Google "Andrew Miller Santa Barbara" and you should find my page.  :)
on April 17, 2014 5:05am
Russell Robinson has many great SAB arrangements of Madrigals that are very doable. I would also suggest looking at Brilee music- they have many wonderful arrangments that are geared specifically for changing voice, so the SAB arr. have good ranges.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 18, 2014 5:37am
Thank you everyone - I will be looking at all of the suggestions within the next week or two - this is SO HELPFUL. 
 
on April 20, 2014 8:12am
We have a very simple but beautiful Hindu chant called Sarvam Brahman. that could be converted to SAB. You can hear a sample at http://www.amazon.com/Sarvam-Brahman/dp/B006LYZPAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398006654&sr=8-1&keywords=sarvam+brahman+kaia. If you're interested, contact me and I'll send you the sheet music.
 
Sing on!
Cairril
on April 21, 2014 2:42pm
Dear Deanne,
Just wrote this today! It might well suit you:
"God to Enfold Me". Lyrics from "Carmina Gadelica".
Score:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53194942/godtoenfoldmewatermarked.pdf
Very rough recording:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53194942/godtoenfoldme.mp3
Anyone fancy doing the premiere? Would suit a church choir who are short of tenors (or I could put it a tone down for ATB or STB).
Chris
on April 22, 2014 4:51am
look at the music of Stephen Hatfield - lots of wonderful a cappella music, with young voices in mind. Lots of multicultural musics also.
  • You must log in or register to be able to reply to this message.