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- April 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm #440218Jacob NotchParticipantHello, I am directing a smaller select Treble Choir who can sing medium-difficult two-part, simple 3-part, and unisons beautifully.I need help finding an appropriate closer for their set in my Spring Concert. I’ve scoured everywhere and nothing. Desperate for new ideas!Song 1 – “When I am Silent” – SA with piano acc. – beautiful song inspired by Auchwitz and the youth that died there.Song 2 – “Bist du bei mir” – Unison with piano acc. – sung in German, theme: peaceful rest, nearness of loved ones at the end of our lives.Song 3 – WHAT???? I want to end hopeful, but not cheesy. Beautiful but not slow. Prefer EnglishAny ideas for song three?Thanks.JacobApril 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm #440230Tim KnightParticipantIf you want to try this new one of mine, I will happily send a PDF as a one offTim KnightApril 11, 2014 at 5:24 am #440243Miriam AltmanParticipantMy students are working on “Labour of Love” by Stephen Hatfield right now and love it. Seems to fit your criteria nicely, as well as complimenting the artistic theme of your other two pieces. You can find recordings on iTunes (I’m fond of the one by Hopewell Choirs) and YouTube. For easy SSA (lots of unison), piano, and violin. Good luck!April 11, 2014 at 5:41 am #440244Mike EllingsenParticipantHi Jacob –Perhaps an arrangement of the spiritual “(I’ve Got) Peace Like a River” might work.Best wishes,MikeApril 11, 2014 at 6:36 am #440246Stuart ScottParticipantI have a lovely composition based on Robert Burns’ Red Red Rose. It is mostly three parts with an occasional divisi. You can view and listen (at the same time) an excerpt at http://www.bvpublishing.net/ Just scroll down to Red Red Rose and click.April 11, 2014 at 9:10 am #440257Chris CorpusParticipant“Everlasting Melody” or “Jonah” by Rollo Dilworth.April 11, 2014 at 9:49 am #440260Tony CruzParticipantAl Shlosha D’varim by Allen Naplan. Very hopeful and might tie nicely with “When I Am Silent.”April 11, 2014 at 9:58 am #440261RICH CAMPBELLParticipantHi Jason, I’ve got a fun unison + piano piece on my site: http://www.richcampbell.us/WeAreTheFutureFcopyright7_2_13%20-%20FOR%20PERUSAL%20ONLY%20NOT%20FOR%20SALE.pdf-RichApril 11, 2014 at 10:12 am #440263Lucy Hudson StembridgeParticipantIt might stretch them, but if they can do the other two, they can probably handle this with some part-help/rehearsal sound files at home – whatever you use.It is worth it. They will love this piece. And I think it fits your description/spot well. Might even be worth pulling in some help from another group/local college class.“Hold On” by Clifton NobleI think I have some pre-made part-rehearsal sound files to help you. Email me through Choralnet if you are interested.You can scroll in past the director’s “Thank-you,Parent” speech and the song starts at about 1 min, 30 sec..(I own no rights to anything here, and am not a professional promoter..) I see that sheetmusciplus has a version on sale for 2.07 per copy. I think the publisher number is 1722496April 11, 2014 at 11:43 am #440267Barbara ProwseParticipantNot sure what your group’s ages are but:Chumbarra by Dave and Jean Perry would make a great contrast, it is a lot of fun, the audience loves it and it keeps singers on their toes (SA)Great Day by Rollo Dilworth, uplifting and well arrangedTishialuk Girls by Nancy Telfer, a great arrangement, lively and funJ’amias on N’a Vu arr. Judith Herrington bilingual french and english but just a bit of french. Celebrates friendshipKingston Market arr. R. Powell arrangement of the well know folk song.Good luck with your concert 🙂April 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm #440288Susan ElliottParticipant“We Are Blessed” by Andrea Ramsey– Upbeat, English, easy 3-part and so amazing you won’t ever want to stop singing it!“Rhythm of Life” arr. John Leavitt– Upbeat, English, 2-part is definitely easier than 3-part, and it still sounds complete.These other two song ideas are English, beautiful, not cheesy, but they are slower. If you can’t use them this time, keep them in mind for your group another time.“How Can I Keep From Singing?” arr. Littleton (2-part)“One Wish” Perry & Perry (2-part)April 12, 2014 at 7:17 am #440307Jon ArtertonParticipant
Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children” !April 12, 2014 at 8:51 am #440312Joy HirokawaParticipant“Birdsong” from I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Charles Davidson. This is from a suite of songs with poetry written by children at Terezin. The text is beautiful and positive. “He doesn’t know the world at all who stays in his nest and doesn’t go out. He doesn’t know what the birds know best, nor what I want to sing about, that the world is full of lovilness. When dewdrops sparkle in the grass, and Earth’s aflood with morning light, a black bird sings upon a bush, to greet the dawnign after night, then I know how fine it is to be alive…Hey try to open up your heart to beauty. Go to the woods someday, and weave a wreath of memory there…then if tears obscure your way, you’ll know how wonderful it is to be alive!”Mostly upbeat except for the very end, where there is a short Hebrew chant over the choir sustaing the notes. I don’t know if it is published separately from the set. Charles Davidson lives outside of Philadelphia and is an acquaintance of one of my chorister families. The full suite was performed and recorded in the ’90’s by the American Boychoir.Let me know if you are interested and can’t locate it.JoyApril 12, 2014 at 10:34 am #440322Joseph GregorioParticipantHi, Jacob,I might have the perfect piece for you: English, moderate tempo, hopeful text (Emily Dickinson), and predominantly two-part with an easy three-part split at the climax. It’s called A Dedication. You can see the score and hear a recording here:and at the bottom is a link to the purchase site (it’s published by ECS), which I’ll duplicate here:Good luck rounding out your program!All the best,Joseph GregorioApril 14, 2014 at 8:51 am #440432Jacob NotchParticipantTHANK YOU to all of your help. I am very grateful for your ideas and insight. I’ll be finishing with Joseph Gregorio’s ‘A Dedication.’ Thank you again!Jacob Notch
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