Alleluia, Cantate (Sing Today!) Ruth Elaine Schram
Ruth Elaine Schram has captured the joyous celebration of music with Alleluia, Cantate, which translates as “sing today”! Suitable as a concert opener, contest or festival piece, it is set partly as a round, and is easy to learn with minimal preparation. Additionally, this piece has the rewarding quality of sounding deceptively difficult! Duration: 2:00
The traditional ABA form of the "Kyrie" is supported by a change from the 'antiphonal' section of the "Kyrie" with the more homophonic treatment of the "Christe" in this setting. Susan Thrift also uses meter to reinforce form as she moves from the common time of the "Kyrie" to the 3/4 signature in the B section. This is a very sensitive setting of the familiar prayer and is suitable for both concert and festival use. The a cappella setting adds to the warm and unencumbered delivery of the text. 1:10
This is a fun selection based on two popular Latin American folk songs. The familiar setting of "Rice Pudding" is interrupted with a brief rendition of "La Raspa," a Mexican dance from Veracruz that is recognizable everywhere. This may be performed in the unison setting, or with the optional second part. 2:10
The crisp rhythms and flowing verses combine to create gorgeous music in any language. Sunny Link has created a gem that you will find your students singing on the way out of rehearsal. The infectious chorus is accessible enough for audience participation! 2:20
“Brand New Song” gives thanks for each day that we are alive and able to lift voices high in praise, with music of great rhythmic energy. An adagio section in the middle offers a contrasting, legato style that really sets up the rhythmic, ending section. It will be a great closing number for concert use! 2:29
The Bull Frog American Folk Song, Arranged by Lon Beery
Two-Part (any combination), accompanied
This favorite American Folk Song has been arranged for 2-Part voices in any combination! Singers of all ages will enjoy the nonsensical Bullfrog language! This piece is a sure bet to get feet tapping along at any concert! 1:37
This is the perfect holiday piece to teach unison and independent two-part singing. The clever acronym using the letters CHRISTMAS, originally written as a benediction for chapel, can easily cross over into your school holiday concert/program. Singers and audience are sure to be in the holiday spirit after hearing “C” is for Christmas. Duration: 2:03
Carol of the Bells M. Leontovich, arranged by Steve Kupferschmid
One of the most beloved holiday favorites can now be performed by the developing choir as BriLee offers Carol of the Bells for the first time in their catalog. Accompanied with optional glockenspiel, young singers will be thrilled to perform this at any holiday event.
Carol of the Russian Children Russian Folk Song, Arranged by Donald Moore
Donald Moore gives us this brief, but charming arrangement of a well known Russian folk song. The usually dark and somber context of this carol is contrasted with a lighter arrangement and brighter tempo. Very suitable for young or developing treble chorus at holiday time. 1:00
Here is a piece that is pure fun! That is the only way to describe this novelty work for 2-part chorus. Join Corky as the calorie-indulgent reindeer puts his bowl of spaghetti aside to save the day for Santa! 2:38
Dona Nobis Pacem Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Becki Mayo
Unison (optional Two-Part), Accompanied
Here we have a wonderful unison setting of the Dona Nobis Pacem text. Becki has adapted the words to the familiar Adagio Cantabile movement of Beethoven’s “Pathétique Sonate”. The familiar melody makes this work instantly accessible to both singers and audience. The Latin text and long, melodic lines showcase good tone and phrasing. 2:45
This is a joyous, festive arrangement of “Edi Be Thu”, a tune from medieval times. Dance-like rhythms and tempos are used in a unison setting with optional flute. Alternate lyrics make this piece appropriate for festival or holiday program. 1:20
The Fiddle Incorporating "Over the Hills and Far Away"
Two-Part accompanied, with optional Fiddle
Quoting "Over the Hills and Far Away,” Lon Beery has created pure fun with this Neil Munro text. Complete with violin/fiddle part, the audience will certainly appreciate this fun remembrance of a beginner's infatuation with their first significant song. Duration: 1:45
This is an excitingly rhythmic work for 2-part treble voices with a text by John Parker. The piece paints the conspiracy of five grackles, birds notorious for their loud, cacophonous nature, as they devour a field of grain. Thrilling! 2:09
The exclamation mark in the title is there for a reason. This rhythmic presentation of the text is indeed exciting! The piano accompaniment provides the underlying pulse while the voices soar above. A wonderful opener, this selection is perfect for festival or concert use. 1:35
Glory, Glory, Halleluia! Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Catherine DeLanoy
Two-Part with optional descant, accompanied
This ever-popular spiritual is sure to be a winner with singers and listeners alike. The opening features a soloist or small ensemble and unfolds to the first chorus. At that point, the piano accompaniment gains momentum, propelling the singer into melodic variations, an optional descant and hand claps. Choirs of all levels will enjoy learning and performing this song. Also available 3-part mixed with optional baritone. Duration: 3:44
Go Down, Moses Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
We never tire of singing this time-honored spiritual favorite! Courtney’s jazzy 2-part accompanied arrangement incorporates appealing rhythmic elements flavored with exhilarating melodies. Appropriate for concert or festival use.
Vicki Tucker Courtney's arrangement of this traditional spiritual uses the singers' voices in the beginning and end of this traditional spiritual to emulate a train, and the piano accompaniment provides a driving, train-like tempo. 2:07
Hail, Judea, Happy Land Georg Friedrich Handel, Arranged by Virginia Allen
Virginia has successfully arranged this stirring chorus from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus for two treble voices. It will make a brilliant opening number for festival or concert program. Rhythmic precision and contrasting dynamics are needed to let this chorus shine. This is an excellent choice for younger choirs looking for a Baroque work to perform. 2:00
While being completely original in music and text, this "jewel" from David Eddleman presents all of the style associated with Hebrew folk song. The Hanukkah story is told with the dance-like qualities of the hora. The piano provides a rhythmic accompaniment to the voices as they move between long lines and syncopated melodies. 2:50
The introduction and ending accompaniment incorporate the traditional carol “The Holly and the Ivy” as a reminder of the holiday season. This beautiful 2-part work, with text by Herb Frombach, conveys the holiday message of love, peace and hope through this circle, this holiday wreath. 2:24
Laura Farnell has provided a fresh, new melody as well as a new interpretation of this classic hymn text that was originally published in 1869. The message of optimism in the midst of despair is timeless. There is hope in love and comfort in singing, requiring the song to go on and the question to be asked, "How Can I Keep From Singing?" An absolutely gorgeous setting appropriate for unison or two-part chorus of any age. 2:50
Gilpin’s original setting offers a fresh, soulful melody and interpretation of this classic hymn text. With optional solo opportunities, Gilpin rocks both vocal and accompaniment lines. Sure to be an audience pleaser, this toe-tapper is appropriate for any concert or festival. Also available for SSA voices (BL704) and three-part mixed voices (BL152) and SATB voices (BL789).
How I Love the Holidays Ruth Elaine Schram & John Parker
Schram and Parker’s endearing text about holiday treats captures the essence of this special season. How I Love the Holidays is a bouncy, happy, two-part accompanied tune, sure to awaken special holiday memories in all who hear and sing it.
Glenda Franklin is a master of descriptors in this song of faith. For two-part voices, the counter-melodies in this hopeful choral are as beautiful as the melody, both eloquently supported by a lyric accompaniment. Appropriate for any concert venue, you won’t want to overlook this lovely song. Duration: 2:44
Inspired by everyone’s favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Darrell Parrish’s original song also gets your young group into two-part singing. Caution: just like the Charlie Brown themes, this tune is VERY catchy!
With inspiration from the Jon J. Muth book "The Three Questions," Tom Sugar has provided a handsome, yet simple, background to question what is truly important in life. Whether performed as a unison work or with the optional second part, this is a selection that will touch the hearts of both the performer and listener. 2:45
The juxtaposition of long vocal lines over the rhythmic ostinato of the piano produce a very moving setting of this Latin text. Full of contrast, both rhythmically and dynamically, this will be a favorite of chorus and audience alike. 1:40
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning African-American Spiritual, arranged by Glenda E. Franklin
This well-known African-American spiritual contains level-appropriate melodies which provide effective tools for teaching independent part-singing and musical line to choir members of all abilities. The soulful accompaniment will further enhance your performance. Duration: 2:10
Long lines and elongated vowels distinguish this setting of the "Kyrie Eleison." The use of quartal and quintal harmonies give this work an open and evocative feel. An ideal setting for treble groups of any age and suitable for concert and festival use. 2:45
These 2-part accompanied settings of two of William Blake’s most famous poems paint descriptive pictures of the subject matter. With optional percussion, Cynthia Gray’s arrangements are some of the best your choir will ever sing!
Elementary and above. Duration: The Lamb 1:37, The Tiger 1:47
Lascia, ch'io pianga Georg Friedrich Handel, Arranged by Catherine DeLanoy
Two-Part Treble, accompanied
Another Handel classic! Catherine DeLanoy has arranged this familiar aria from Rinaldo for 2- part treble voices. The Italian text has an English translation provided. For more advanced ensembles, the last refrain is also voiced with an optional additional harmony part that features a more independent line. 3:12
Mark has done it again with this distinctive setting of a Sarah Teasdale poem. It opens with a very expressive rubato tempo with the two parts moving from a unison pitch to a dissonant second, and features a beautiful melodic line. Divisi sections use staggered entrances of the melody, which adds greatly to the motion of the line. Beautiful! 3:40
Little Bird Traditional American Folk Song, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
Based on a traditional American folk song, this animated, multi-meter arrangement compliments the whimsically child-like nature of the text. Range-appropriate for 2-part accompanied choir, Little Bird is a great addition for any concert occasion.
The text of this rhythmically exciting two-part work celebrates the power and timelessness of music. Composer Laura Farnell incorporates the well-known text Music Alone Shall Live with her own infectious lyrics in this accessible duet about the strength of music. Appropriate for any concert. Duration: 3:44
This is a delightfully gentle unison setting of original text by Sandra Howard: “In the dew of Autumn’s dawning, the morning glory vine opens up her tender flowers ‘till the mid-day sunshine.” The melody is just as delicate as the flower, and there is an optional descant on the last verse. This makes an excellent choice for concert or festival. 2:50
Unison, optional Two-Part accompanied, with optional Flute
Mark Patterson has set a beautiful text to a lovely melody in this piece, which has a flowing 6/8 meter. An optional flute part adds to the delicate texture of this work which was written in honor of the Cary Children's Concert Choir. Duration: 2:10
Text that reminds the listener that the comfort of home is never far away from the journeys in life combines with an expressive melodic line in this setting by Mark Patterson. This may be presented in a unison voicing or expanded with the optional second part. Very suitable for the concert stage by any age group. 2:50
Laura Farnell has done a masterful job setting this text by the acclaimed African-American poet, Joseph Cotter. While the night wind is often characterized as having a sad or melancholy quality, Farnell has ably captured Cotter's perspective that the wind could never be sad with the shining stars and moon for companionship. A singing melody and moving harmony lines create an elegant composition. 3:15
This delightful song about hope and excitement is highly suitable for young singers. Written by Mark Patterson, the free-flowing, range-appropriate vocal line also affords opportunities for rhythmic and metric skill building.
The innocence of childhood daydreams is captured perfectly in this setting of Bert Stratton's text. With optional flute, this work is appropriate for a concert at any time of year and will be as pleasing to perform as it will be to hear. Duration: 2:24
The melody of this tender prayer of peace is beautifully lyrical with simple phrases that create a tranquil, peaceful feeling. Appropriate as a concert closer or benediction, this unison, optional two-part song with accessible accompaniment is sure to touch your audience. Duration: 2:22
Rockwood River Mark Cabaniss, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
Unison, Optional Two-Part, accompanied, with optional fiddle and string bass
Pure fun abounds in this unison/optional two-part accompanied folk song by Mark Cabaniss, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Your choir will enjoy singing about the folks from Rockwood River, where life is easy and the pace is slow. The optional fiddle and string bass parts, enhanced with intermittent clapping, add a realistic musical depiction of a Huck Finn / Tom Sawyer adventure. Also available in three-part mixed. Duration: 2:17
This is a gorgeous and strikingly original setting of the traditional Sanctus text. Flowing melodic lines are highlighted while the range is constrained to one octave. Wonderfully appropriate for concert or festival at many levels. Duration: 2:45
This song explores themes of renewal and longing in deep winter through the metaphor of light. A pretty melody in 3/4 time is augmented with an optional second part that provides harmonies at key points. While the text is very appropriate for winter/holiday concerts, Neches has provided alternate text that would make it very suitable for a more sacred setting. 3:00
The uplifting text of this beautiful and original work by Darrell Parish makes it perfect for concert use throughout the year. This piece works equally as well with Unison or with Two-Part voicing. Duration: 2:34
Vicki Tucker Courtney has delightfully set this text from John and Jillian Parker in a flowing 6/8 meter. You can truly hear and appreciate the "Song of the Sparrow," even to the "la, fa, la" signature of the sparrow's song. 2:41
This lilting and elegant two-part arrangement with optional descant, while simplistic in nature, affords many musical teaching opportunities. Set in a meter of three, there are accessible syncopations and harmonies afforded young singers in this choral set to a poem parodied by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. Duration: 2:04
Two-part, accompanied, with optional finger cymbals, and wind chimes
With simple rhythms and an unforgettable melody, Stars and Moonbeams truly captures the mood of the text’s title. Singers will delight in learning this capricious, imaginative 2-part song with optional percussion.
From the most famous Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, Janet Gardner sets the text of "Swallows Travel To and Fro". Rich tone and attention to phrasing will make the word painting come alive. Suitable for all ages. 3:20
Unison, optional descant, accompanied, with optional Piccolo or C-instrument
In Tarantella, the music and text work together in portraying an exuberant and frenzied character found in many Southern Italian folk dances. Originally believed to be a cure for the symptoms induced by the venom of the tarantula spider, victims would whirl around until felled by exhaustion! The piccolo part can also be played by a flute, violin or any C instrument. Duration: 1:32
Two German Carols Traditional German Carols, arranged by Tim Winebrenner
Two-Part, a cappella
Kling, Glöckchen and O Du Fröhliche, both well-known traditional German Christmas Carols, may be performed separately or as a set. Written for two-part a cappella, they are highly accessible and would make an excellent addition to a holiday or festival concert program. Don’t let the German text deter your selection of these charming carols - the text is simplistic and easy to learn. Duration: 2:42
Two Spanish Folksongs Latin American Folk Songs:
1."Riqui, Riqui, Riquirrán", 2." El Capotín"
Arranged by Bruce Trinkley
Unison (optional Two-Part), Accompanied
This is a delightful pairing of two Latin American folk songs, arranged by Bruce Trinkley. “Riqui, Riqui” is a rhythmic nonsense song sung by children throughout Latin America, and “El Capotín” is actually two songs in itself that have long been sung together with great lyrical contrast. I - 0:39; II - 1:20
Glenn Calcote’s upbeat, rhythmic and inspiring song addresses the timeless theme of love. Of all of the good things in life which inspire song and for which we are thankful, love is at the top of the list. Written for 2-part voices with optional 3-part, this song will be appreciated by young and seasoned singers alike at any time of the year.
What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby? Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Greg Gilpin
Two-Part accompanied, with optional Descant
With a majestic opening, Greg Gilpin has used an energetic, rhythmic accompaniment to set this familiar Christmas text. The ending gives an opportunity for a descant voice (or section) that adds richness to the texture. This piece is a great opener or closer for your holiday concert! Duration: 2:00
Based on an introspective poem penned by a teenager, the lyric melodies in Will You Teach Me? are sure to touch the hearts of singers of all ages. Phil Raddin tenderly sets questions about life, love and forgiveness in a sensitive, simplistic, and tender manner. Duration: 3:37
Franklin’s charming unison setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s children’s poem is laden with opportunities to teach comprehensive musicianship to young singers. Written in ranges which enforce proper singing technique, this song is perfect for developing singers.
Wind Through the Olive Trees With "The First Noel" Traditional English Carol, arranged by Becki Slagle Mayo
Becki Mayo has combined the 16th century carol "The First Noel" with the classic "Wind Through the Olive Trees" for a partner-song that relies on tradition. The opening carol with its minor key portraying the mystery and wonder of the season contrasts nicely with the quiet, almost meditative setting of "The First Noel." 2:35
Vicki Tucker Courtney’s setting of this upbeat message of hope is sure to be inspirational to your singers. The exciting, driving accompaniment accentuates its positive message: “We’re the rising generation…together we can change the world.” Duration: 2:48
Yuletide Memories With "Auld Lang Syne"
Traditional, arranged by Gary E. Parks
Two-Part accompanied, with optional Flute
Gary and Cathryne Parks have created a lovely partnering of a new melody with the traditional Scottish tune "Auld Lang Syne." With the option of adding a flute, this work is the perfect combination of new and "Auld" that audiences will enjoy during the holidays. Duration: 1:55