#53: Friday, August 2, 2019.
“Gamaya” by Paul John Rudoi.
Text from Vedic Sanskrit.
SA round, opt. percussion.
Rudoi’s Gamaya is a perfect selection to start the year, first as a rehearsal tool (as a round), and then evolving into a finished performance piece. Tuneful and lyrical, yet with depth and nuance; sure to reach your beginners and advanced singers alike.
#39: Friday, December 28, 2018
“Look Down, Fair Moon” by Mari Esabel Valverde
Text by Walt Whitman
SSA div, piano
This hauntingly-beautiful work by composer Mari Esabel Valverde offers a contemplative (and accessible!) take on Whitman’s elegy for the fallen. It is ideal for concerts focusing on reflection, reconciliation, war/peace, and the social costs of violence.
Week 22: Friday, August 17, 2018 “She Tore A Map” by Timothy C. Takach Text by Naomi Shihab Nye SA, piano Looking for an uptempo piece with a fun story-driven text and a jaunty style, especially one that is SA and accessible for a wide range of abilities? If so, this selection by Timothy Takach […]
Week 18: Friday, July 20, 2018 “Alleluia, Rejoice” arr. J. Edmund Hughes Chant and liturgical antiphon SA, handbells (or hand chimes or piano) This arrangement by J. Edmund Hughes combines two separate holiday melodies – O Come O Come Emmanuel and Hodie Christus natus est – into one beautiful selection. The two melody lines dovetail […]
By Guest Contributor: Dr. Meredith Bowen Week 7: Friday, May 4, 2018 “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, ed. Meredith Y. Bowen Text: Marian Antiphon SA and continuo 17th-Century Italian convents were hotbeds of musical activity, housing internationally renowned composers, singers, and choruses. One of the thirteen known composers of early modern music, Chiara […]
Week 6: Friday, April 27, 2018 “Riu Riu Chiu” arr. Erica Phare-Bergh Traditional Spanish Christmas Carol, 16th century villancico SA, recorder, hand drum I know it is only April, but I’m jumping ahead to Christmas/holiday music for a week. This arrangement by Erica Phare-Bergh is a wonderful, accessible two-part addition to your holiday catalog. It […]
Week 3: Friday, April 6, 2018 “Breakable” by Jenni Brandon Text by Annabelle Moseley SA, piano My intermediate college group* is singing this in our next concert, and they have fallen in love with it. (*small ensemble, all non-majors, rehearses ~90min/week. Many have some performance experience before joining, but not all.) The 2-part nature of […]
By Brandon Moss There is no shortage of stellar choral programs in this country. Like many of you, I was privileged to attend this year’s ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, where we witnessed at least a couple dozen of the country’s most gifted ensembles from K-12 schools, universities, and churches. Think of how many other […]