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Creative Programming: For Middle School Choir Monday, April 30, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

leon-5125331Yundah by Audrey Snyder
Young singers can discover the sights and sounds of the Scottish Hebrides and an ancient chant sung by the people of that remote location. This setting includes original music that frames the chant and creates an atmosphere of imagination and adventure. With Irish flute or any other C instrument.

I Will Sing by Andy Beck
A nature-inspired text reveals beautiful music all around “and if you listen closely,” even inside of yourself. Andy’s craftsmanship and artistic fingerprint is evident throughout from the sparkling piano introduction and hushed opening phrase, to the memorable refrain, ascending bridge, and most surprising finish. Not to be missed!

leon-5139711Weevily Wheat arr. Shawn Kirchner
This is an exciting two-part arrangement of a traditional American country dancing song. It is meant to be sung a cappella with optional hand and body percussion parts.

Quem Te Ensinou a Nadar arr. Daisy Fragoso
Infuse your concert program with music of the world with this vibrant setting of a Brazilian playground song. The lyrics in Portuguese are easily learned and playful, translating as “Who taught you how to swim? Was it the little fishes from the sea, sailorman?”

Find more unique options for middle school choirs on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

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