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Repertoire for wide range of musical periods

My choir program puts on a final concert at the end of the year, "Spring Sing," which has a different theme every year. In past years, before I taught at the school, the themes have been related to a certain decade or topic, which I think is very limiting and probably caused the music choices to be somewhat drab and non-educational. This year, the theme is "The Evolution of Music," which I am excited about because not only can we include modern music, but I can incorporate more traditional repertoire also.
I would love some suggestions for music that comes from all different genres and time periods, including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and of course classic popular music, and modern things too. My kids are very interested in doing some modern pop a cappella, which I encourage. I'm looking for beginner, intermediate, and advanced music for my 3 choirs. Any thoughts?
Note: the audience and students are used to this concert being very upbeat, fast-paced, and fun, so I would like to lean toward that feeling with the repertoire I choose, also. I look forward to seeing what people come up with. A musical smorgasbord! Thanks in advance.
Leigh Anderson
Choir Director
Mt. Vernon High School
Fortville, Indiana
on March 9, 2014 11:20am
For your advanced choir, Lloyd Pfausch's "Musik's Empire" would be perfect.  The text and music tell the story of the evolution of music.  It has a sacred perspective, it's haunting, invigorating, reverent, and beautiful!!!
A couple suggestions for the earlier stuff:
Attende Domine - Chant - (download off cpdl)
El Grillo - Josquin - Renaissance (download off cpdl)
Happy programming!
on March 10, 2014 6:33am
Hi Leigh,
Wishing you the best with your programming.
For new music, my "If Ever There Is" was just performed at the Southern ACDA Conference. Score & recording here:
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