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- August 20, 2017 at 10:04 am #541080alanacembalaParticipant
I am in need of suggestions for some fun SAB (or 3-part)
pieces for an entry-level (junior varsity) high school choir.
Fun selections that don’t sacrifice quality in order to get
“buy in” early on in the semester for these brand new students
who are trying choir class for the first time.
AlanaAugust 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm #541107Michael A. GrayParticipant
There’s a lot to be said for canons! Byrd’s “Non nobis Domine” has always worked well (as has “Donna Nobis Pacem”) and you can always find a few gems in Purcell’s “Catches”. Some other pieces that got things started:
•Bach: Die Katze (fm BWV 211)
•Henry VIII: Pastime with good company
•Weldon: O Praise God in His holiness a3
•Beethoven: Bundeslied –see the SAB version at http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Bundeslied_Op._122_(Ludwig_van_Beethoven)
While you are at it, please take a look at my own “From fairest Creatures” (part of the “Book of Sonnets”) that was composed for this problem. You can find a free download at http://www.graymichael.com
Hope that helps!
Michael A. GrayAugust 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm #541174Paul RudoiParticipant
I have a concert-round that’s worked well in this context, and the best part is you can adapt it to your needs as you see fit.
Gamaya is a concert-round in ancient Sanskrit that uses the Phrygian mode, a little mode mixture, and various iterations of the same round melody to work in a variety of textures for students. It’s usually accompanied by one or more drums, which ends up being very effective and fun for the students as well.
Here’s a link to a Youtube of the score with a recording, and you can purchase the scores at Graphite Publishing’s page. If you decide to program it and have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know!
Thanks Alana, good luck with your programming!
Paul John Rudoi
Composer | Conductor | Tenor Vocalist
pauljohnrudoi.comAugust 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm #541177John WexlerParticipant
Canasg Music can offer –
The Dublin Cries and Come hither boy – 3-part rounds from Jane Chattock’s book
Five forest rounds by Emily Doolitle
I saw three ships – a Christmas rollick, shanty style, with a peal of bells to finish, flexibly scored for equal or mixed voices: trad. arr. Paul Ayres
Several attractive Shaker songs arranged for SAB voices by Sheena Phillips
A couple of Hebridean Christmas songs in Scottish Gaelic: Tàladh Chrìosda and Duan Nollaig, arranged by Sheena Phillips (SAB)
A man’s a man for a’ that – a stirring song by Robert Burns (1759-1796), extols the worth of the poor yet honest man above that of lords and princes. SAB arrangement by Frances Cockburn, easy to learn, giving the tune to different voices from verse to verse.
A prayer for peace – David Barton’s simple and beautifully structured setting (SAB+organ) of words from the Scottish Psalter of 1650.August 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm #541227John KennedyParticipant
The Choral suite from Frozen, composed of Heimr Arnadalr, Vuelie, and The Great Thaw, works well with my SAB high school schoir.August 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm #541237Tom CunninghamParticipant
I have a couple of SAB fun pieces.
“Ceilidh” is a set of Scottish reels which will set your feet tapping.
“The Skating Minister” is an arrangement of The Skater’s Waltz with an amusing text by Alexander McCall Smith.
You can find details of these and my other SAB pieces at
Tom CunninghamAugust 24, 2017 at 10:14 am #541364Kate SimmonsParticipant
Alana – please consider this arrangement of “Mama Paquita” for S A Bar and piano (or guitar) by Paul Ayres:
KateSeptember 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm #541883Ashley NelsonParticipant
This arrangement just came out and is a quick, easy, fun learn! 🙂
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