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Breast Cancer Awareness program

Hi everyone,
I am a current graduate choral conducting student and will be fulfilling my first recital in October for SATB choir. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so I would like the theme to revolve around this idea.  The program will represent the five stages of grief with songs of hope and inspiration interspersed between each stage. I would really appreciate any suggestions for pieces that represent each stage, as well as hope and inspiration.
The stages include:
1. Denial and isolation
2. Anger
3. Bargaining (typically a deal with God to postpone the inevitable)
4. Depression
5. Acceptance
Don't forget Hope and Inspiration!
Thank you so much!
Replies (9): Threaded | Chronological
on April 24, 2014 7:15pm
Don't forget victory. There are many long term survivors of breast cancer. I know some of them.
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on April 26, 2014 4:22pm
Great idea! Thank you!
on April 25, 2014 4:09am
Dear Ashlee,
My recent Requiem was written with these five stages in mind: please have a look at it:
Some of the movements are for SATB without divisi - I get the impression that you don't have an organ or a big choir, so the most suitable piece would be my setting of "Rest Eternal" (SATB with no divisi, organ part can be omitted without losing anything). It would suit the last three stages (in the Requiem it sits more in the Bargaining phase, as it sets "rest eternal grant unto them..." against "O Saviour of the world... save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee").
It's quite odd in that the alto, tenor and bass parts move only by semitones, but the soprano line when it comes in is quite free above a very weird shifting harmony. See what you think - recording at
on April 25, 2014 5:10am
The territory you wish to cover is quite directly addressed in the cycle produced by The Womens' Chorus of Dallas and the Turtle Creek Chorale called "Sing for the Cure".  It is a multi-commissioned set combining narration, poetry, song, and choruses.  It's available as a 2 CD set (Amazon, Spotify).  Several choruses have performed it (or parts of it) so it appears scores must be available.  I'm sure you can find some material in it.
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on April 25, 2014 7:55am
Hi Ashlee,
For your songs of hope and inspiration, I ask that you listen to my songs "Take My Hand," "One Star," and "The Tree of Life" on my website All of these songs have excellent SATB arrangements, and have met with wonderful audience response.
Best wishes,
Hank Fellows
on April 25, 2014 2:42pm
Consider my work "Breathe on me, Day!" for SATB and piano.   The work is dedicated to two very close friends who both did dual bouts with this disease and were triumphant.  They are both wonderful women with such a strong spirits.  This gorgeous text is by Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, deaf/blind since the age of 5.  If you wish to pursue this work, please contact me directly for a score.  Sometime in May you will find it at the C7Prize Market place and is also available for purusal at the composers site here on
Here is the midi performance This was premiered by the Ithaca High School Chorus where the work was a top finalist in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival.  You can also find the perfomance on Youtube. 
Best of success in your search for passionate and rewarding program.
on April 26, 2014 9:05pm
Hi Ashlee,
Randall Thompson's "Bittersweet" would be a good fit into your program theme.
My piece "Hold On For A While" would also fit extremely well. Here is a youtube link to a performance by a good choir (amateur recording however) that also has the text listed below the video.
If you are interested, please contact me at:
I charge $1.50 per copy you make from pdf.
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
on May 6, 2014 9:38am
Stephen Hatfield's "Run Children Run" might work for this concert. "I got a right to the Tree of Life" is repeated and repeated.  Good luck! This sounds like a very moving concert.
on May 7, 2014 5:35am
Ashlee-  Why not do "Sing for the Cure?"  It is a wonderful work, and available through Shawnee.  It also can be used with the orchestra.
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