Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

SSA chamber choir + stringquartet

Dear friends,
I'm preparing a program with Voices (ladies choir, 15 singers) and string quartet /quintet.
It will be a spring concert. I don't have any tittle in mind yet, so all suggestions are welcome for good music for SSA chamberchoir and strings!
Thanks for your help!
Rudy Van der Cruyssen
Knokke-Heist (Belguim).
on April 26, 2013 9:31am
By searching in Musica database (, you will for sure find interesting ideas :
opte for the "More criteria" search form and there ask for
"women" in the Type of choir field,
and  " string quartet"  in the Instrumentation field
...or whatever other criterion
on April 27, 2013 5:58am
These Wings Are My Eyes
from Tallgrass Canticles
by Ben Allaway
Send an email if interested to benlmnop(a)
on April 27, 2013 6:12am
by Andrea Ramsey
We Sing of Love by J Reese Norris
Santa Barbara Music Publishers
Requiem of Hope by Jreese Norris
Colla Voce Publishers
on April 27, 2013 7:09am
Hi Rudy,
One of my choirs is a very similar ensemble at the high school level, Early Music Consort.  All female choir which can be SA or SSA or even SAT with strings.  Since I am at a public school the students in this group vary every year; last year I had a string quartet but this year couldn't find the right cellist, so our strings are a trio (2 vlns & vla).  Sometimes I play piano with the group but more often I play lute or just direct.  Since this choir mostly sings music before 1750 I have had to arrange nearly everything.  Renaissance vocal music works well with strings on the lower parts (we are doing two pieces this way this year: Lassus: Susanne un jour and a Palestrina motet, both five parts with the singers singing SA and the trio covering the lower voices).  Morley's 'See myne own sweet jewell" is a great 3 part piece and very effective with women's choir and strings, we did that this year too. Sometimes SATB music works fine with the cello covering the bass line if the tenor part is not too low for your lowest voices.  Pop tunes work well with this format + piano, I program one or two of those as well each year.  Honestly sometimes I have chosen to do a unison piece with string quartet too, for instance the Pie Jesu from the Faure Requiem sounds beautiful this way.
on April 27, 2013 8:34am
You might like to consider my "Stop Thinking," for SSA and string quartet. Please contact me if you'd like a perusal score and or recording.
best wishes,
on April 27, 2013 9:52am
Well, my two favorites are about winter; at least the first one is about the winter that has *just* passed.  So perhaps you can make it work:
Vintern vår hard by Aulis Sallinen
And if you can add a flute and a piano, see Harri Wessman's Vesi väsyy lumen alle.
Kristina Boerger
on April 27, 2013 11:51am
I highly recommend "Anne Frank:  A Living Voice" by Linda Tutas Haugen.  You can purchase it from her website.  I recently programmed this extended work and it makes for a tremendously powerful concert.  We invited a Holocaust survivor to speak at the beginning.  It is quite challenging but well worth the effort.  Incredible string quartet writing, too.  Check out the recording by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, who commissioned this piece.
on April 27, 2013 1:41pm
Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" has a string quartet version.
on April 27, 2013 3:27pm
You might like to look at my "The Circle of Days": SSA, string quartet and piano. It's a setting of the St Francis of Assissi poem Canticle of the Sun in an english transaltion. The score is publisjhed by SULASOL (Finland). It was written for the 20th anniversary of the Youth Choir of Oulainen (FInaland). The text begins:
Lord, we offer thanks and praise
For the circle of our days.

Praise for radiant brother sun
Who makes the hours around us run.

For sister moon, and for the stars,
Brilliant, precious, always ours.

Praise for brothers wind and air,
Serene or cloudy, foul or fair.


If you want further information please contact me.
David Hamilton
email: david(a)


  • You must log in or register to be able to reply to this message.