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Songs about travel

I'm considering having a themed Fall concert this year at my high school, revolving around travel. I have three choirs, a beginning mixed (with lots of girls, few boys), an intermediate auditioned women's group, and an advanced mixed group with fairly high skill level overall. I know of some great options but I would love some suggestions of any kind!
on July 14, 2014 4:17pm
I’d like to suggest three original pieces:
Mister Gecko for SMATB chamber group – about a tourist completely lost in the Global Village.
Weary and for SA, piano – a Spiritual lullaby on the suffering of Mary’s fleeing family.
Map of the World for SMATB, piano – a funny cantata on the evolution of political geography.
All three are available for free download at
Hope that helps.
Michael A. Gray
on July 15, 2014 5:30am
Untravelled Worlds by Paul Halley. Difficult but awesome! Buy from Paul's website.
on July 15, 2014 9:27am
Hi Leigh:
I have three pieces that might be of interest to you:
On the Road Again is a set of two pieces for treble voices:  Are We There Yet? (4:15) and Digital Traveler (3:30) might be appropriate for your beginning mixed ensemble.  These pieces are for treble voices and piano, but the treble lines can be doubled by your T and B's quite readily.  The pieces have original humorous lyrics and have significant sections that are done as rounds.  The pieces can be performed as a set or separately.  (They were composed for two neighborhood prep choirs for the Chicago Children's Choir.)
Road not Taken (3:15) is a setting of the Robert Frost poem for SATB a cappella, with some divisi and would probably be appropriate for your advanced mixed group.
Should any of these pique your interest I would be happy to send you perusal scores and mp3's of Finale play-outs.
Bob Applebaum
on July 15, 2014 2:18pm
Hello Leigh,
"Un Canadien errant" ("A Wandering Canadian") is a mid-nineteenth century song about Canadian rebels forced into exile to the United States and as far as Australia. It tells of a youth exiled – most likely to Louisiana – who openly pines for his native land and his friends back home. The melody is one of the most gorgeously plaintive in the folk repertoire and was a great favorite of Ian and Sylvia (remember them?!) who included it in their first album.
I created a few versions of this song– SATB, SA, and SSA. The first two are published by Earthsongs, the latter by EDITIONS GAM (contact via the composer at donaldpatriquin(at) A recording of the SA version by the All State Treble Choir of New Mexico may be found at
on July 16, 2014 3:12am
Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote a wonderful song-cycle called "Songs of Travel" - perhaps there's a choral arrangement somewhere - or perhaps you have solo voices from within the choir to try these?
Kate Simmons (UK)
on July 16, 2014 7:04am
If you wanted to sub out your advanced boys, you might try 
"Please, Mr Columbus (Turn the Ship Around)  Arrangement:
"I Will Go Sailing No More" from Toy Story  Arrangement: Rich Hasty
"Joyfully I'll Travel On" (a gospel number)  Arrangement: Dr David Wright
on July 16, 2014 8:15am
You may want to consider: "Somewhere I Have Never Traveled" SSA, piano, oboe (Alan Higbee/lyrics by Thomas Troeger edited)

MP3 play whole song, hi-fi (broadband)

Commissioned by the Association for Music in International

Schools (AMIS) for their International Women's Honor Choir. It

received its premiere by this choir in Berlin, Germany in March,

2005 under the baton of Therees Tkach Hibbard

on July 18, 2014 7:36am
If your women's group is up for a challenge, I'd invite you to take a look at my composition based on a Spanish proverb: "Martes, ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes" ("On Tuesdays, don't get married, don't get on a ship, and don't leave your house!").  It was just performed at the 2014 World Choir Games by the Atlanta Young Singers.  You can see, hear, and purchase the score here:
Thanks for taking a look/listen!
All best,
Joseph Gregorio
on July 21, 2014 8:42pm
Hi Leigh,
I'd love to recommend "We Can Mend the Sky" - a work about traveling to a new place as an immigrant. The text is by a 14-year-old student in Minneapolis who immigrated from war-torn Somalia. Read more about the work here.
View a perusal score, listen to audio, and purchase scores here through JR Music.
All best,
Jake Runestad, composer
on July 22, 2014 9:37am
For your advanced mixed group, please consider my SATB setting of the Walt Whitman poem, To a Locomotive in Winter.
You will find the complete text, recordings and a free perusal PDF score download on my website:
Here is a performance by the Pink Singers in London:
on July 22, 2014 2:15pm
May I recommend Glinka's "Traveling Song" - - a fun song reminiscent in style to a 'patter song' from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. There is a singable English translation in this edition, but it would also be lots of fun to do it in the original Russian (which is phonetically transliterated, and has an accompanying diction coaching track that you can order). Impossible, you may say? Not at all! This piece has been done in several All-State festivals and has been a rousing success. 
Vlad Morosan
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