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Hello All!
I have the opportunity of teaching the oldest collegiate women's glee club in the United States this coming fall semester at the University of Michigan. The university will be celebrating the 100th year celebration of Hill Auditorium and the fall semester theme is "Looking Forward." I would like to program all new compositions from 2013. I am looking for music of all levels (easy to difficult), all styles and genres (chant, Renaissance-like, Classical, multicultural, electronic, New Age, etc.), and either SSAA or SSA. Instrumentation can vary. I will not be compiling the program until the summer, but wanted to get the word out. I would love for this concert to be a unique collection of music, so "the sky is the limit" for what you can think of. Feel free to email me with ideas or questions.
Thank you!
Jaclyn Johnson
on January 7, 2013 1:05pm
Congratulations on the upcoming centennial celebration!
I would like to suggest some songs for you to peruse as possibilities for your performance.  If you go to the website, you can click" browse" and then click on the following songs for women's voices:  "God of Times and Seasons" (text is paraphrase from Jewish prayer book); "Old River New" (folk-style tribute to love and one of the oldest rivers in the world); "Snowfall" (text describes loss of a loved one and the coping thereof); "Un air d'espoir" (gathering song of women learning from each other - in English, Swahili, and French); "Web of Life" (a joyous and humorous dedication to the connectedness of nature). You'll find a variety of instrumentation in this group of songs for women's voices. I can also send you an unaccompanied version of our national anthem in which all voices take turns singing parts of the melody.  
Enjoy. I hope you can find something that works for you!  Also, if you would like a commissioned work, I would be very happy and feel privileged to oblige!
Brenda C. Kayne
on January 8, 2013 6:54am
What a great opportunity for you.
Let me offer you my best works for women's voices:
Do You Believe in Angels? 9'
brief S1 solo
6 vln, 2 vla (obbligato)
An ecstatic, transcendently beautiful, melodious and harmonically rich setting for older children's or treble chorus and high strings. Tonal-modern style. Original non-sectarian, non-religious poem by the composer on the phenomenon of angelic encounters and the common images of both light and dark angels. Bright start, dark energetic middle, luminous ending. Colorful, evocative string scoring. Vocal score gives organ reduction.
Here is a link to a Youtube video of the premiere:
must be all one line in your browser address window
Where You Go, I Will Go   13'
SSAA a cappella, brief S, A solos
A mini-oratorio on the story of Ruth and Naomi. Dramatic, expressive, epic-narrative style, tender ending. Modern tonal neo-romantic style. Commissioned by Chris Rhodes, Santa Monica HS
It has been performed successfully by both advanced high school and professional choirs.
And, of course, for a 100th anniversary, somewhere in the program, whether as a quick starter or a fun encore, you'll want this one:
Happy Anniversary    1' SSAA
Easy canonic setting with old-timey barbershop/Adelines ending.
With these lyrics:
"Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, . . . to us all. Long life, happy life, happy life in music . . . one . . . hun - dred  - - YEARS!"
You can view perusal scores and hear MP3s here
Please contact me off-list if any of these are of interest.
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012/Orchestral Composition
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
Santa Monica
on January 8, 2013 4:34pm
Hello Jaclyn,
There may be some confusion here– either that or some of my talented composer colleagues write music at a lightening (frightening!) pace.
You mention you "would like to program all new compositions from 2013." I would take this to mean that you are looking for pieces not already written, but to be written in 2013. Would you kindly claify this for my colleagues and myself?
on January 9, 2013 2:35pm
What a great way to celebrate the 100th! 
Last year I was commissioned by an advanced high school women's ensemble (SSAA) to write an a cappella piece. The result was the Litany to St. Cecilia (the complete English translation).  While the notes are not overly difficult and the harmonies clear (a few nifty 7th chords), there are several tempo changes, and rhythmically it keeps the ladies on their toes in a good way.  It uses a Gregorian-chant motif at first, which can be done by soloists, and then goes into a quick and rhythmically exciting recitation section to reflect the call-and-response feel in the text. Since it's in a sort of Anonymous-4 vein, the dissonances and suspensions are based on traditional counterpoint for the most part. You can order the work at or e-mail me at singwow(at) for an eval copy or with any questions you might have. 
There's another work called "Lauda Jerusalem" that is also SSAA a cappella, based closely on the traditional chant tune, with lots of overlapping lines that sound medieval/Renaissance. There are also some quick and energetic homophonic sections in the middle and end. I'll gladly send an eval copy if you want one.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy new year,
Jonathan Miller
on January 9, 2013 6:14pm
Aside from a few of my own works:
*The Flower of Mending* (Vachel Lindsay) SSAA, opt. percussion; awaiting world premiere
*Holy Woman, Graceful Giver* (Susan Cherwien) SSAA, 2 fl, vc (opt. cb), org or hpschd
*Im Hay'ta* (Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai; in Hebrew) SSA a capp
take a look at a few works of Alan Hovhaness, including
*Fuji* (on haiku, in Japanese) SSA, fl, hp, str (Edition Peters)
*Ave Maria* (SSAA, hp, opt 2 ob, 2 hn) (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Finalist, 2012 American Prize, Choral Composition
on January 10, 2013 7:37am
Hello Jaclyn! 
I have a few pieces that might work - both arrangements of traditional songs, both written in the last 4 years.
Black is the Color 
SSAA, 4'
Recording can be found here.
How Can I Keep From Singing?
SSAA (with divisi up to 8 parts), 5'
Sample recording can be found here.
I'll also send you the scores via e-mail.
Great concert idea! When will the performance be?
All the best,
 - Nathaniel Adams
on January 13, 2013 10:03am
Congrats. Whatever music you choose, choralography will add a special touch and fulfill your theme, "Looking Forward" concert. Best, Yvonne
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