#52: Friday, July 5, 2019
Commissioning a new piece of music is a wonderful way to participate in the life cycle of our choral art. This endeavor directly supports composers, and it furthers the expansion of our current field of repertoire. One way to commission new works is to be a part of a commissioning consortium.
#38. “A Round For Hildegard” by Luke Mayernik
Text from a traditional English carol
SSSSAAA, viola, cello, percussion
On first glance, “A Round for Hildegard” may seem a bit daunting, with a listed voicing of SSSSAAA. Do not be deterred though! At its core, it is a large round in seven parts. With strings, percussion, and handclaps, this song joyfully rings in the holiday season for your advanced or small-but-mighty women’s/treble ensemble.
#35. “Ad Amore” by Lee R. Kesselman. Text by Dante Alighieri. SSAA, unpitched bells.
This piece clocks in under 2 minutes, but it hits the ground running and keeps your attention the whole way. Festive fanfare rhythms, close harmonies, and lively unpitched bells, coupled with Dante’s spirited text, make “Ad Amore” an excellent choice for the opening of your next concert sequence.
Week 21: Friday, August 10, 2018 “Dance Ablaze!” by Janika Vandervelde Text by Jody Johnson SSA, percussion, hand claps A rhythmic, energetic piece, this work by Janika Vandervelde is both a physically and emotionally engaging selection for your women’s/treble choir. Between the mixed meter, the handclaps, and the poetic text, your singers and audience alike […]
Week 19: Friday, July 27, 2018 “Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jésus” arr. Ron Jeffers Traditional French carol SSA, a cappella This is a favorite carol of mine to program. Over the last decade, I have used it for three different choirs, at two different schools. Ron Jeffers’ a cappella setting of this 13th century French […]
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 […]
Week 17: Friday, July 13, 2018 “Da Pacem” by Jeff Enns traditional liturgical text SSAA, a cappella If your ensemble enjoys long lyrical lines and leaning into dissonances, this is a piece for you. My singers love this kind of crunchy-yet-pleasing harmony and couldn’t get enough of this song by contemporary Canadian composer Jeff Enns. […]
Week 16: Friday, July 6, 2018 “Simple Gifts” – traditional Shaker / Joseph Brackett, arr. Amy Dalton SSAA, a cappella A quintessential part of America’s musical heritage, “Simple Gifts” is a timeless hymn from the Shaker tradition, written by church elder Joseph Brackett. It was made known to a wider audience by Aaron Copland, who […]
Week 15: Friday, June 29, 2018 “Leave My Heart Its Songs” by Dominick DiOrio Poetry by Amy Lowell SSA, piano, two violins, viola This selection for three-part women’s/treble chorus, piano, and upper strings is a beautiful combination of Dominick DiOrio’s lush musical setting and Amy Lowell’s passionate text. The text is from the poem “To […]
Week 14: Friday, June 22, 2018 “Be Like The Bird” by Abbie Betinis Text by Victor Hugo 5-part canon With a beautiful minor-key melody and stunning inspirational text, this round by Abbie Betinis is a flexible and accessible selection for any women’s chorus or treble ensemble – from elementary to advanced auditioned. The term “round” […]