#64: Friday, October 2, 2020 Missa Brevis by Adolphus HailstorkSSAA, a cappella This four-movement Missa Brevis by Adolphus Hailstork is a gem for unaccompanied treble or women’s choir, with unexpected strengths both for teaching music literacy and for performance. I learned about this piece, along with additional works by Hailstork and others, from Dr. Marques […]
#63: Friday, September 4, 2020
Four Rounds to Start this Brave New Year
——Back to the Heart (Timothy Takach / Julia Klatt Singer)
——A Path To Each Other (Jocelyn Hagen, Timothy Takach / Julia Klatt Singer)
——When I Rise Up (J. David Moore / Wendell Berry)
——Build The Sky (Jocelyn Hagen, Timothy Takach / Julia Klatt Singer)
#62: “On Children” by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Text by Kahlil Gibran
SSAA a cappella
I’m always looking for a great opening piece for my small ensemble – especially at the start of the year. Not too difficult, but not too easy. Energetic, but not necessarily fast. Something they can lean into as group – to build community and practice that small-ensemble harmony. One of those songs that you hear them singing in the hallways all year long. “On Children” by Ysaye Barnwell is one of those perfect pieces.
One from the Folder: Repertoire Thoughts for Women’s Treble Choirs.
#61: June 5, 2020
#60: “Moon Goddess” by Jocelyn Hagen
Text from Enheduanna
SSA, 4-hand piano, percussion
If you are looking for a Fierce and Feisty selection for your women’s choir, this is the one! Written in 2011 for the ACDA Women’s Chorus Commissioning Consortium, this work by composer Jocelyn Hagen has brilliant drive and musical energy. And it has text to match, sourced from Sumerian poet Enheduanna. This is a can’t-miss selection for your women’s or adult-treble ensemble.
#59: “The Bike Let Loose” by Edie Hill
Poetry by Serena Fusek