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- November 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #430754Jordan BusboomMemberDear Colleagues,I am a fairly new choral director at a small, rural church in the Midwest, seeking direction on finding music for an inexperienced, unbalanced choir of 3 males (2 basses and 1 tenor) and 6 females (4 sopranos and 2 altos). They are a hardworking group and have been singing for many years, but their inexperience shows when it comes to learning new music. I have spent quite a bit of time on JW Pepper, Hope Music, and Santa Barbara Music searching for easier music that is 2-part mixed or 3-part mixed (SAB) that will still present a few challenges for them. Does anyone know of any composers or publishers where I would have more success finding music or know of any songs that would fit into this category? Thank you.Jordan BusboomNovember 26, 2013 at 10:54 am #430779Robert RitschelParticipantJordan: Assuming you are working with a Protestant church, I suggest you look at St. James Music Press. http://www.sjmp.com Many of their selections seem well suited for small choirs.November 26, 2013 at 11:05 am #430782Dustin OldenburgParticipantHi Jordan,I’m a composer, but also direct a small church choir in Wisconsin. I have composed a couple of things for my church choir (about 15 members, SAB) that have worked well for them. I’d encourage you to take a look at my piece “By His Stripes,” which you can find here on my music page: http://www.oldenburgmusic.com/index.php?id=4. There is also an SAB arrangement of Gesu Bambino that you might want to take a look at for Christmas next year!If you’re interested in obtaining a score of either piece for perusal, please feel free to email me directly at .Thanks for considering, and best of luck finding music for your choir!Dustin OldenburgNovember 26, 2013 at 11:11 am #430784donald patriquinParticipantGood Day, Jordan,I was in a situation somewhat similar to yours about ten years ago (I started with 6 sopranos and altos) and was able to solve it – initially at least – by writing a lot of music. Gradually I added traditionally published church repertoire (and tenors and basses!) and over the years built up a very respectable choir and library of music. You may see on my website a number of sacred works, though not all may be appropriate for your situation. http://donaldpatriquin.com/SATB_Sacred.htmlI suggest the following would be at least technically suited to your needs. Those in italics were written for and sung by the modest rural Quebec country church choir with which I worked for some years. Some of the blessing texts were written by our minister, The Rev. Dale Skinner.Do not Stand at My Grave and Weep, Make Me a Channel of thy Peace, Kumbaya (arrangement) O praise the God who gave us birth (Hymn) O Spirit Come, The Lord is My Shepherd, Lend an Ear, O Dearest Lord (a Petition) Thank You for the Love (a Blessing), Lord We Thank You for Our Blessings (a Blessing) Mass for the Caribbean, Chants in the Tradition of Taizé. Also– Divine Intention – a beautiful, very accessible short anthem with words and music by The Rev. Burn Purdon.You will also find appropriate music in the Christmas repertoire, such as Come and See the Little Child and A Child’s Carol.Thank You for the Love is a short blessing which galvanized the choir and congregation. It is freely available and may be used by anyone– anywhere and anytime, without charge. Please just drop me a line. Address maybe found on my website donaldpatriquin.comBlessings,DonaldNovember 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm #430794Maggie FurtakParticipantHi Jordan,Try choral wiki as well. All the music there is in the public domain, or offered by the composers free of charge, so you can print out a bunch of things to try out with your group, without worrying about the cost. www.choralwiki.org and you can set up an account there just by creating a username and password. The site is slow and doesn’t have the best navigation system, but it works, and you could post this same request to the forums there to get recommendations.If nothing else you can always put together a quicky “arrarngement” of something from your hymnal. Find something pretty that isn’t sung often and has an appropriate text for the sermon. Play a quick intro, then sing the first verse unison, accompanied, second verse just the women, third verse in four parts a cappella, fourth verse sopranos sing the bass line, basses sing the melody, altos and tenors switch parts, (all in their own octaves, of course) to invert all the chords with accompaniment to help them hold it together. Something like that is easy on you, practices sight reading for your group, and costs you nothing. And the congregation will still think it sounds lovely.November 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm #430802Christopher HohParticipantHi, Jordan. I faced a similar problem about 30 years and it’s what got me started arranging, then composing. May I suggest you look at my set “Rejoice & Sing: Nine SAB Anthems?” These cover various days in the church year, with a couple pieces for general use. It contains “Good People All, This Christmastime,” which sets the Wexford Carol for SAB and piano and is meant to be an easy addition for your Christmas programming. And I have some others you can find within this SAB list. All the best,chrisChristopher J. HohNovember 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #430812Tim KnightParticipantDo have a look at thecAccessible choral library distributed by http://www.spartanpress.co.uk, it is designed just for the purpose you mention there are only 10 or so pieces in the series by a variety of Uk composers but we are adding all the time, they are also available on musicroom.comNovember 27, 2013 at 12:54 am #430840Andrew MillerParticipantHi Jordan!Throw this at ’em. Delightful piece, and can be done by any choir, ever! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/Alleluia%20Incantation.pdfBelow are just a few recording examples. Many ways to do this piece!! 🙂9th Grade Choir: http://www.brainerdmusic.org/9th-grade-choir-audio-recordings-and-practice-tracks.htmlCommunity College Choir: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/CS%20Tour%202013%20A%20Simple%20Alleluia.mp3University Choir: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38775135/Bemidji%20Choir%20-%20A%20Simple%20Alleluia.mp3November 27, 2013 at 6:13 am #430849John WexlerParticipantIt might be worth a few minutes of your time to see Canasg Music’s “sacred” catalogue at http://www.canasg.com/catsacred.shtml and Christmas music at http://www.canasg.com/catxmas.shtml.Canasg delivers music in the form of PDF files for you to print yourself, with a licence that allows unlimited printing and reprinting (so that you can replace lost or damaged copies) for the exclusive use of the group that buys it. The price depends on the size of your group, and in your case a typical piece would cost in the range $13-$18.December 2, 2013 at 11:12 am #431086David SchaapParticipantYou should peruse Selah Publishing Co.’s publications for two-part/SAB atMost octavos have complete downloaded review copies so you may look at the anthem in its entirety.David SchaapDavid Schaap, president
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PO Box 98066
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412-886-1022 faxVisit our website: http://www.selahpub.comDecember 3, 2013 at 5:50 am #431154Jetse BremerParticipantPlease take a look atThese are arrangements for SABar en piano. A lot Dutch, but also a lot of US popular songs.ThanksJ
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