Choosing music for your large group program can really keep a director up at night. There are so many elements that you want to include in your program: varying tempi, foreign language, sacred, secular, accompanied, a cappella, differing time periods, world music, and selections that show your group can sing in diverse styles. Check out the selections below to help you on your way to a diverse and educational program!
All the Pretty Little Horses by Andy Beck
(English, secular, American Folk Song, swing/jazz waltz, MM 152,)
This innovative arrangement presents the well-known American folk song with a jazzy twist. Unexpected, but highly creative, it’s something truly different for concert or jazz groups.
El Capotin arr. Lois Fiftal and Greg Gilpin(Spanish, secular, Puerto Rican Folk Song, MM 198, 3/4 time )
This Puerto Rican folk song has been arranged as a lively partner song using an original melody and both English and Spanish text. Combined with the festive piano accompaniment and shakers for all to play, this spirited choral is a multicultural gem.
For Everything There Is a Season by Jay Althouse (English, sacred, contemporary composer, 4/4 time, MM 84)
This contemporary setting based on this timeless and poignant text deserves a place in your upcoming contest program. Superb choral literature, guaranteed to touch all who hear it.
Kalinka arr. Audrey Snyder (Russian/English, secular, folk song, 2/4 time, spirited w/ many tempo changes)
Audiences and singers will thrill to this famous Russian folk favorite in an accessible setting for younger and developing choirs. Exciting tempo changes and dynamic contrasts will be tremendously fun to rehearse and perform!
Strike It Up Tabor by Thomas Weelkes, ed. John Leavitt (English, secular, Renaissance Madrigal, 3/4 Time, MM 198-207, a cappella)
This spirited 3-voice madrigal with hand drum dances with humor and rhythmic energy! Excellent as a processional or opening number, your singers will enjoy the clever wordplay and vocal effects!