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- September 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm #542428
Homeward Bound – SSA – Marta Keen – available at J.W. Pepper – beautiful piece
Finding Home – Ricky Ian Gordon – beautiful unison or solo piece
Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home – Arranged by Greg Gilpin – fabulous SSAA a capella
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to – several arrangements available for women
A House is Not a Home/One Less Bell to Answer – we did this with a soloist and choir ( Streisand version)
Already Home from The Wiz – available for SSA – JW Pepper
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – several arrangement available for women
I did a concert called “Finding Home” several years ago – these were some of the pieces in the program. We also included some material about loss and heartbreak reflecting broken homes. But we ended on a positive note. ( Already Home).
Hope this helps.
CatherineJanuary 14, 2017 at 9:53 am #533786
I have a book called:
The Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein – Musical Scene Study
compiled and edited by Tom Briggs
Published by Applause Theater and Cinema Books
( an imprint of the Hal Leonard Corporation)
I think it could work well for you and the number of students you have. The scenes and songs are clearly laid out – Scenes for 1 woman and 1 man, Scenes for 2 women, Scenes for 2 men, Scene for 4 women, Scenes for 2 women and 1 man, Scenes for 2 men and 1 Woman. The book contains the scene and the song it leads into. There is also a synopsis of each show preceding the scene/song work for that show. I also like that it introduces the younger generation to the classic shows rather than all the new contemporary material. The shows covered in the book are:
Allegro, Carousel, Cinderella, Flower Drum Song, The King and I, Me and Julilet, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and State Fair.
Catherine Campbell NesbitAugust 28, 2015 at 8:07 am #473596It will be tough to rest your voice while teaching. Have you thought of getting a small microphone to use? There are completely portable body mikes ( I forget the correct name) that could be extremely helpful. Many exercise instructors use them and I have often seen them used in large choral rehearsals. I believe they can connect through a simple stereo system. I have seen them discussed on choralnet as well so a search might give you the name to look for or someone else might know and can respond. I also lost my voice but did not develop a node due to classroom teaching. It took three months of rest and very little singing to recover. Reflux can definitely be a big part of this so all the posts about that should be followed as well.Does anyone know the name of the wireless mikes most teachers use?CatherineAugust 9, 2015 at 8:10 am #472324Give My Regards to Broadway ( esp. if you are including this song in program)The Best of BroadwayOn Broadway ( this song could be played only as choir is entering to get onto risers – it was in a revue on Broadway but not typically a Broadway song but could be used as instrumental)The Lullaby of Broadway ( again, if this song is in program – from musical 42nd Street)On the Town – Songs of the Great White Way ( the great white way refers to the lights along the Broadway marquees)New York, New York! – Show Tunes of BroadwayJust a few suggestions. I may think of others and will reply again.CatherineJuly 6, 2015 at 7:35 am #469896J.W. Pepper offers 21 possibilities under the heading ” Appalachian Christmas”.http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=Appalachian+Christmas&pageview=list-view&departments=ChoralI always love Pepper Choplin and one of his cantatas is in the mix. But if you click on the link, you can hear/see many possible choices, sacred and secular.I am also putting together an Appalachian concert right now!All best, Catherine NesbitMarch 4, 2015 at 8:13 am #462381Go to http://www.jwpepper.com and listen to Mac Huff arrangement of Steam Heat. If you have good singers, you could do it a capella. It is from the Broadway show, ” Pajama Game”. You could also just lift it from the show score although it is for women only in that version, I believe. I tried to provide the link for you but for some reason, it wouldn’t go through. It’s a fabulous number.CatherineFebruary 17, 2015 at 7:32 am #461414I would definitely take them to the 9/11 Memorial. It is incredibly beautiful and moving. You can now just walk up to the Memorial, I believe, so no long lines as previously. The 9/11 museum is open now but not sure if you can buy passes ahead of time for that. Nearby is the Trinity Church which is a wonderful place to stop by. You might even catch a concert there as they do recital and concert series often. I would say to see the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art also, particularly if you have students who have never been to New York City. The city is easy to navigate so I would think free time for college age would be fine. The Empire State building has HUGE lines and I wouldn’t use my limited time to do that. Instead, you might try Top of the Rock ( Rockfeller Center) which is fun and you get beautiful city views from there. Just walking around neighborhoods is the best – Upper West side, Greenwich village, Soho, would be my top three.If you plan to see a show, I would recommend “Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” – Tony winner last year for best musical. Brilliant score , funny, well sung and acted. Especially a good show for musicians/singers. You can probably secure group rate tickets for pretty reasonable price.Feel free to e mail me with any questions – I lived in the city for almost 20 years and still live just outside and go into town all the time.CatherineJanuary 9, 2015 at 8:05 am #458696Is it possible that the organist inadvertently hit the transpose button on your organ? Our organ has a very sensitive transpose knob and perhaps, since it was a guest organist, she touched the knob and it changed the tuning for the entire organ for the piece. We have a hybrid ( digital and pipe) organ and it has had numerous problems of which I am in the midst of trying to solve. I am the music director and play both instruments ( piano and organ) and the organ, when working properly , is wonderful , but it is a challenging instrument to keep in proper condition and tuning. Especially that this occurred two bars in, sound like she accidentally transposed the piece for organ. It seems like they would have rehearsed before the funeral and noticed any problem of tuning between the instruments prior to the service. I am not a “technician” by any stretch when it comes to the two instruments but have had organ and piano duets with no problem in the past.October 11, 2014 at 9:05 am #452627Not really specific to New England but beautiful songs…..Finding Home – by Ricky Ian GordonHomeward Bound – Marta Keen ( available SSA or SATB)CatherineJune 15, 2014 at 7:27 am #444659You can also use hand bells or hand chimes to sound the actual notes which you might be able to borrow from a local church. Hand chimes are gentle and unobstrusive and could be played just offstage but even if heard by audience would fit into the show. If they are inexperienced singers, trying to locate their notes from the E might be difficult even though it is a C major chord. Otherwise, repeating chapel bells would be your best bet.CatherineMay 10, 2014 at 7:44 am #442282Carlos,I’m not sure if you only mean to include sacred works but the music of Ivor Novello, one of the most successful English composers of the 20th century, is quitelovely and there are some SSA arrangments of some of his most popular songs available. “We’ll Gather Lilacs”, “Waltz of My Heart”, “Rose of England” are three that come to mind. One of his most famous songs, “Keep the Home Fires Burning” could be easily arranged into SSA or SATB harmony. He was much loved by the British public.CatherineApril 20, 2014 at 6:25 am #440807I just did “Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah with a small choir and they learned it in one rehearsal. Another one from Elijah, “He That Shall Endure to the End” is beautiful and accessible also for introduction to classical music.CatherineApril 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm #439824Dear Fellow Choral Conductors,Just want to say thanks to everyone for great responses. I have decided on Phillip Stopford’s Christ the Lord is Risen Again and Chris Hutchings Crux Fidelis and already have music to both via overnight and paypal!All of these suggestions are great and will use them in the future.Catherine NesbitFebruary 1, 2014 at 8:04 am #435153Thou Art The King of Glory – Bass solo, Trumpet. Organ and Chorus G.F. HandelIt is the solo, then the choral response, but is a great piece in the edition I have. Published by St. James Music Press, 2002 in The Sewanee Composer’s Project, Vol. 9 ( arr. editors).CatherineApril 8, 2013 at 8:07 am #414393I am singing it right now with a community chorale – a few trained singers but mostly untrained. Your choir should be able to do it. The constant meter changes are the biggest problem with our group rather than harmonies which they have been able to learn. You do have to have a very high soprano who can comfortably and in perfect tune sing the solo portion.Catherine