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Creative Programming: In a Classical Style Tuesday, October 09, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Build choral skills with these new compositions for middle and high schools choir – then, apply those skills as your students develop and are ready for authentic Classical era literature!

cfn-bl1031-fExultate Justi by Dan Davison, SA(T)B with piano
Inspired by the classical style of music writing, Dan Davison has done a masterful job with this SA(T)B original work, “Exultate Justi.” With the tenor part doubling the soprano part or matching the bass part in unison, young singers will find this piece to be very accessible. Exciting and joyful to sing, this piece will enhance the programming for any concert or festival.

Tuba Mirum by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
With a lashing, powerful piano accompaniment to impel the equally dramatic traditional text from the Requiem Mass, this commanding musical setting for men, women or mixed chorus is spellbinding indeed. It is an exceptional repertoire choice for concert or festival performances, displaying rich passages from a full-throated forte to a lovely, controlled piano, all while exuding an air of fiery, rhythmic drive and a sense of urgency. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

lorenz-522098Exsultate! Fill Your Heart with Gladness!
by Richard A. Williamson, 3-part mixed with piano

Choral textures range from unison writing to gentle independent counterpoint in this bright, forward-moving original work that’s perfect for concert or festival programming. The Latin and English text and fun to play Baroque-style accompaniment make this original musically satisfying and easy to learn!

About the Author:
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.

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