Featured Chorals

Chorals for Concert and Contest

Vela Sikubone* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

Translated roughly as "Come forth, let us see you!" this traditional South African song is a solid opening selection. With just a few repeated phrases in the Xhosa language, this is easy to teach and perform. Accompanied with piano or track, but you can add percussion for bongos, congas, claves, and shakers with notated parts in the score. Add some simple movement to complete the effect. 2 pt.,3 pt mxed, SATB voices

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In His Eyes* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

 

This lovely choral has a message relevant throughout time that "in His Eyes, we are one, all God's children ‘neath the sun". A beautiful sentiment of unity, compassion, and acceptance. The two parts can be successfully performed with any combination of voices.

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Heave Away Me Jollies* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

 

A traditional sea chantey from Newfoundland. The joyful rollicking feel of the chantey lends itself to the hand claps and foot stomps included in the choral arrangement. They should be performed with gusto and spirit! During the instrumental sections, feel free to improvise and embellish with added choreography such as adding step dancing or Irish jig style dance set in front or to the side of the choir. Be sure to end the piece with a powerful accented Heeyah!

The percussion instrument used in the piece should be an inverted plastic 5 gallon bucket struck with hands or soft mallets.2 pt, 2 pt mixed, TBB, SATB voices.

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The Kerry Dance

This charming arrangement stands out for its musical contrasts between lilting melodies and sad melancholic phrases, along with a surprise partner song ending. With a bright rhythmic accompaniment and additional original lyrics and melody lines, this piece works for any combination of voices with its two equal range parts. 

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Cantate Domino 

A cappella

One of a number of short motets written by Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, this was originally scored for six voices. Now SSA choirs can enjoy this Late Renaissance - Early Baroque a cappella work, carefully weaving selected vocal lines from the original to create a stylistically authentic sound. For SSA voices.

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The Lord is My Shepherd* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

This gentle anthem of praise is set as a 2-part partner song that works perfectly in any two part combination of voices, including a traditional choir setting. You may also want to divide the parts between your adult and youth choirs or your choir and congregation. The Lord is My Shepherd also provides an excellent opportunity to feature two of your singers in a lovely duet.

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Sing a Spring Song

Using Mendelssohn's music from Songs Without Words as introduction and interlude music, this original music and text by Jill Gallina is a wonderful selection for your spring concert. The verses in simple unison and the choruses in harmony are repeated to help retention so your chorus members can easily learn and love this piece. 2 pt voices.

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Venga Nel Nostro Coro

A cappella

This was originally a four-part canon, or round. The lyrics invite those with "difficulty to come to the choir with the promise of happiness and peace." For a cappella voices, it is a joyful invitation to partake of the happiness that singing together can bring! In Italian, with a pronunciation guide. SSA and SAB voices.

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Mo Li Hua

This traditional Chinese folk song about the jasmine flower is first sung in Chinese, with pronunciation beneath, then in English.  "See the lovely jasmine flower..."  A graceful flute part floats delicately above the piano accompaniment.  This is a refreshing alternative in the multicultural category. 2 part voices.

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Pie Jesu

The famous soprano aria from Faure's Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 takes on a shimmering, angelic quality in this superb setting for women's choir! It retains all the beauty and character of the original work, scored in three-part harmony, with a supportive piano accompaniment. This little gem belongs in every SSA library!

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Patriotic Celebrations

My America!* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

Commissioned by the Indiana Music Educators for their 2019 All State Middle School Honor Choir, "My America" was written to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all the people who live in our country. Although our ancestors came from lands that span the entire globe, the legacy of freedom that was forged by all who came before us has made it our responsibility to treat each other with kindness, respect and dignity. The lyrics invite everyone to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and special. This is the message of "My America.” The words tell the story and are of the upmost importance. Please honor tempo markings and be sure to stress diction and enunciation. 2pt, 3 pt. mixed, SATB voices.

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To Those Who Serve - Veterans and Flag Day!

Commissioned to honor Travis Hunsberger , a young veteran who tragically died in Afghanistan and his courageous family, this powerful original is a perfect selection for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or any commemorative occasion honoring our troops. Available in multiple voicings, this piece is perfect to collaborate for a mass choir number. A majestic band-like accompaniment track is available for your patriotic performance. Available separately: SATB, 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 4:00.

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Graduation

My Purpose* Available now in a Complete Virtual Choral Kit!

Commissioned by a music teacher, who requested a song to inspire graduating students on their journey. The lyrics are based on the Quaker verse "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall never pass this way again.” Arranged for 2 pt, 3 pt mixed and SATB voices perfect for graduation or any inspirational occasion!

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