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Good quality SSAB rep for high school chorus?

This year I will have a mixed chorus of roughly 45 students, with only 6 of those students being boys. All 6 of them are strong singers, but I'm afraid that they'll struggle with over-singing if they compete with 39 girls only split into two parts, even if I encourage them not to. 
Does anyone know of any SSAB pieces suitable for high school chorus? They are quick learners, and I am looking to challenge them a little this year. Thanks for the help!!

on August 6, 2014 3:33pm
Google J.W. Pepper Choral...in the Search box, enter SSAB...order single copies for review.  There are a surprising number of available titles for arranged SSAB.
on August 7, 2014 3:01am
Dear Kendra,
 
I have a setting of "In The Bleak Midwinter" for SSAB - you can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic/inthebleakmidwinter-madrigirls
 
If you'd like a copy of the score, email me (chris(a)hutchingsmusic.co.uk). The price is $40 for a PDF, and you can print as many copies as you like - so less than $1 per person for a choir of 45!
 
The male part has one high F# and a couple of Es, but otherwise is well within range for most male singers; top sopranos go up to an A, and I think the altos have one low F#.
 
Chris
on August 7, 2014 5:10am
Try the Agnus Dei.   It is relatively easy as far as range and melody.   Kind of a cool feature is that the very easy main tune introduces the just intonation half tone, followed by the small whole tone, followed by the large whole tone, in each case alternating back and forth.  
 
 
on August 7, 2014 5:52am
Depending on your voices, consider SA(T)B music. Walton Music has a number of titles. One title that comes to mind is Stephen Hatfield's "Don't Bend Down" - lots of doubling for the T -B, and 3 parts for the most part for the ladies.
 
on August 8, 2014 5:50am
I will point out that my first year at my current job, my large auditioned group had 20 sopranos, 20 altos, 5 tenors and 5 basses.  I actually did one piece that was SATBB and the men welcomed the challenge of being fewer.  Even on the SATB repertoire, since many of the men were strong, it worked and I just reminded the men not to oversing to overcompensate.  Yes, it was top-heavy, but I saw it as an opportunity for them to still experience some great repertoire in spite of the balance inequality.  So, if (and only if) the men really are strong singers, I wouldn't shy away entirely from SATB repertoire (and I suspect you're not abandoning that entirely).  What about some SSATB repertoire (i.e. Sing We and Chant It), or even SSAATB (i.e. William Byrd's Sing Joyfully) which would give you a balance of roughly 10, 10, 10, 9, 3, 3 which is more reasonable and plenty challenging.
 
Having said all of that, to answer your initial question, Poulenc's Pilons l'orge is an option for SSAB.  There is a good SSAB arrangement out there of Purcell's In These Delightful Pleasant Groves.  Or there is always the option of taking an SATB piece and transposing it up, say, a 3rd (as long as it's not unreasonable for the sopranos), thereby turning it into an SSAB piece.
 
Hope this is helpful,
 
Ethan Nash
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