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Carrington search for 5 minute piece for mixed choir and treble choir

I am going to Australia in January to work at the Gondwana Choral School and one of the repertoire requests for the final concert is for a 5 minute piece for mixed choir and treble choir together. I know of longer works with several movements but so far have not been successful in tracking down a suitable single octavo. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all
Simon Carrington
Replies (15): Threaded | Chronological
on September 26, 2013 10:51am
Hi Simon,
Here are some ideas that should work in a festival chorus or advanced chorus situation.  All are SATB with either unison SA or SSA treble chorus.
Ave Maria Franz Biebl ( SATB / SAA trebles sing SAT? trio)
Hope for Resolution by Caldwell and Ivory (SATB / S)
Like a Singing Bird by Bob Chilcott (SATB / S)
A Bridge of Song by Veljo Tormis (two versions: both for double chorus: SATB/ SATB and SSAA/ SSAA are combined for a SATB / SSAA version) in Estonian and Finnish
I would check with the festival directors who run yearly youth and children choir festival and use combined rep.  Crescent City (New Orleans) and Golden Gate Inernational (SF Bay Area) are the two that come to mind.
Good luck!
Andrew Brown
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
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on September 27, 2013 5:42am
Hi Simon,
I was looking for similar rep this summer for a combined choirs concert.  Here's what I came up with in addition to a commissioned work by Paul Mealor which won't have been premiered by then:
Eleanor Daley - The Salutation of the Dawn
Joan Szymko - The Call
Axel Theimer - Vere Languores Nostros
Jocelyn Hagen - Divine Image
John Rutter - Psalm 150 (certainly the most festive and a good ended)
Nancy Menk
on September 27, 2013 3:56am
Hi Simon,
My arrangement of the Greek folk song Dance of Zalongo might work.  Here's the publisher's link:
You can listen to it here:
Best of luck with your search and residency!
Carol Barnett
on September 27, 2013 6:37am
If all choirs involved can handle the divisi, how about Giovanni Gabrieli's •Plaudite, Psallite•? I believe the old G. Schirmer edition (Ed. Dale Jergenson) is now available through Laurendale Associates.
Were this not post-December, I would have proffered my •Images of Christmas• for treble & mixed choir & organ &/or harp (Fred Bock Music Special Order); recording available on
Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross
info(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on September 27, 2013 6:59am
Check out "Ave Maris Stella" by Mark Thomas in my earthsongs series. It's scored for SATB with S solo which I've mostly done with a section or treble choir. Around 5 minutes. Have done this in some honor choir gigs - the singers and audiences loved it! Let me know if you want to hear a recording of it.
Pearl Shangkuan
on September 27, 2013 8:11am
Hi Simon,

I was also going to mention Jocelyn Hagen's "The Divine Image."
Tim Takach
on September 27, 2013 8:24am
Hello Simon,
Virtually all of my World Music arrangements, such as J'entends le moulin, Small Days, Malaika, Taivas on sininen and many others are for SATB and for SSA, and all are performable simultaneously, as the accompaniment is indentical for each voicing of the same piece of music. In fact, this has often been done, most recently this past summer at UNISONG, and on one occasion with a TTBB joining in! All of the nine component songs in my World Music Suite Three are specifally written for SATB+SSA, (as well as SATB and SSA separately).
The one piece from this repertoire which is the five minutes you are looking for is a melancholic French Canadian song arrangement of Un Canadien errant (5:13) that has recently been premiered in SSA (A Tempo) and for which the SATB (Earthsongs) version has been around for some time. Some 40 of these works are available from Earthsongs, many in both voicings, and the rest are available from A Tempo, which is my own publishing business, and may be seen and heard at:
I would be pleased to send sample scores and full mp3s of any of these pieces.
Donald Patriquin
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on September 28, 2013 5:04am
Paul Halley is now at University of Halifax, but was in Connecticut and in New York earlier. He  founded a fine treble choir called Chorus Angelicus in those years. Paul was a member of the Paul Winter Consort for years,  He has a lot of splendid choral music, some of it with treble choir and mixed choir together. My experience conducting his music has been nothing but positive. The pieces I know are attractive and accessible to the audience, very singer-friendly and well-crafted for the performers, and contain both modern and traditional elements. His publisher is Pelagos Music.
on September 30, 2013 5:33am
Here are a couple of Paul Halley's works for SATB and SSA choirs:
United in Song, Freedom Trilogy, Les Petits Troubadours.
the Pelagos website is  If you are looking for something with a big splashy ending, United in Song might do it!
Also, Gwyneth Walker has a piece for treble and SATB called Love Flows from God. It also uses Brass Quintet,  Percussion and Organ, so it might be more invovled.
The treble group you will be working with is very good, so you will enjoy your time with them!
Joy Hirokawa
on September 28, 2013 6:44am
in addition to the fine suggestions already made, i would direct you to Kurt Weill's Recordare. this is a powerful work from a great composer not particularly known for his choral music. it is scored for SATB choir and a two-part children's choir, and it lasts five minutes. the piece is reasonably priced, and published by Schott/European American. below, i've pasted the entry from the Schott website.
whichever piece you choose, hope it all goes well.
Philip Barnes
St. Louis (MO)


Weill, Kurt (Composer)
Klagelieder Jeremias 5, op. 11
mixed choir (SATB) with children's choir (SMez)
choral part - Children's Choir - Latin - English
Order No.: EA 496
Publisher: European American Music Corporation



on September 29, 2013 6:28pm
Dear Simon
I have a beautiful 5’40 piece entitled LOVE BADE ME WELCOME (poem by George Herbert), 3 treble voices soloists & organ; it was a Cathedral Dublin International Composition Competition’s finalist piece. It has been never premiered yet and is not published. Originally the treble voices are 3 soloists, but may be sung as well by a 3 part treble choir.  The choir is a SATB with divisis up to 8 voices and some little solos.  The Organ might be omitted.

I do not know if you remember me, we have met on 2011 at the 9 World Symposium in Puerto Madryn, Argentina (3 of my pieces were sung then, 2 by choirs from Argentina and the other one by the Philippine Madrigal Singers).  With great pleasure I may share the score with you in order you may see if it fit your search.  In any case send me a Facebook message if you wish:
My greeting from the Argentinean Patagonia
on September 29, 2013 9:54pm
Perhaps this would work: It's 4 minutes, for SATB with antiphonal SA. Written for a college choir, also sung by professional groups.
on October 1, 2013 7:04am
Since you're heading to Australia, see if you can track down some of the music of the late Wendy Morrissey.
She had two pieces that I know of for such a double choir:
Lighten Our Darkness SSAA/SAATB
Agro Dolce SSA/SATB, sop solo & piano - never performed to my knowledge (and you'll have no trouble finding willing soprano soloists at Gondwana!)
on October 1, 2013 11:32am
Hi Simon,
How about "A Good Understanding" by Nico Muhly?
Allison Weissman
G. Schirmer, Inc./AMP
on October 1, 2013 7:07pm
Stephen Hatfield's Ohisashi Buri - SSA/SATB and piano four hands
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