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Music for High School Choir and Band

My school is toying with the idea of doing a joint concert with the choir and band programs. We're looking for a good piece for choir and band to perform together as a finale for the concert. The band is good, and the choir regularly does advanced repertoire. We're looking for something that makes for a good finale and would not be extremely vocally taxing. Any suggestions would be great!
Jake Mauk
on April 17, 2014 2:48am
For anyone out there looking for a choir/band piece, I strongly recommend If Every Soul Did Sing by Paul Myer Hopkins. Recently premiered in London at the 2014 AMIS International Honor Choir and Band festival, it is a fantastic piece!  The students loved learning and performing it.
on April 17, 2014 8:56am
Jake, great idea. Let me offer you a piece of mine; if the choir is advanced and large, you could pull it off. I'll leave it to you to judge how taxing it is; there are breaks and most of it does not lie high in tessitura.
I would recommend the finale, "All Eyes Are Opened to the Rights of Man" from Principles, SSAATTBB, a secular oratorio, tuneful, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from Thomas Jefferson. It is accessible, thinking person's patriotic music. The finale is a populist, revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the Declaration of Independence, based on his last letter, with a powerful final peroration on the title/refrain. Skyrocket ending. 8 minutes. Medium difficulty. Can be performed with piano, piano with percussion section, or concert band.
You can see p/v and full scores on my website here:
and hear a midi demo of the band version, here:
I publish in inexpensive .pdf and give educational discount.
Please let me know via direct email if the work interests you: davshalomov(a)
Best regards,
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
davshalomov(a) 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
on April 17, 2014 7:00pm
This is my re-arrangement of Vivaldi's Gloria, first movement, for WE and choir. The vocal parts are not altered in any way. The key for the band may be difficult however. I hope this helps some.
on April 18, 2014 7:41am
Howard Hanson's •Song of Democracy• (Carl Fischer)—a must-do if your forces are capable (& it sounds as though they are!)
Robert A. M. Ross
Chair, Music Dept., Community College of Philadelphia
robertamross(a) <Robert Ross 11>
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