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Composition Spotlight: "Abound in You"

COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
 
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
 
Abound in You by Rick Bartlett for SATB some divisi a cappella, (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
 
Level: High School or Higher
Uses: General Concert Use, Sacred or Secular
Program Themes: Love, Trust, End of the Year
This Piece Would Program Well With:  Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Roy Ringwald available from JWPEPPER® and sheet music plus
 
This is a very special work.  If you direct a choir that looses a large percentage of your singers each year to graduation, listen to the recording of Abound in You.  I feel it encapsulates the feelings of love and shared experience that directors have with their members along with a sense of loss as the experience comes to an end.  As singers, we hand over control to our conductors and in so doing open a channel of trust.  This may be true for instrumentalists as well, but for singers, lyrics help to strengthen that bond.  As your seniors go on to graduate in the coming weeks, listen to this piece and smile at the lives you have touched and shared.  Share with us your experience of love and trust you have encountered with your choir or your director in the comments below.
 
This piece is available from the composer: crickb88(a)cox.net