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Title:WeepNoMore Composer:DavidN.Childs Publisher:SantaBarbaraMusicPublishing,INC.

C. CatalogNumber:SBMP249 Voicing:SSAA ISSMA:WomensChorusSeniorDivision Ranges:S1E4E5 S2E4E5 A1B3D5 A2F#3D5 Language:English Key:f#mAf#m Meter:3/4,4/4 Tempo:Wistfully,Quarternote=72 Style:SlowBallad Accompaniment:Theaccompanimentforthissongisslightlydifficult.Therearea lotofrunningsixteenthnotepassagesintherighthandwhichwillcausesome trouble,especiallywhensightreading.Theaccompanimentsetsthemoodofthe song,withaverylegatoandpleasantsound,whilestillcreatingasortofpathosin thefeelingofthenotes.Itisimportanttonotethattheaccompanimentdoesnot havethemelodiesinit,butisaseparateentityuntoitself. GradeLevel:Thissongwouldbeappropriateforanupperlevelwomenschorus. TeachingPoints:Thissonghasalotofteachingpoints.Thesongstartsofffairly slowly,withmovingnotesintwoparts,andsustainedoneintheotherparts.This teachestheimportanceofbreathcontrol.Anotheraspecttaughtinthispieceisthe importanceoftuning.Therearealotofinstances,suchasinm.19whenthe composermakesuseofsuspensions.Thesesuspensionsusuallyresolveintoamajor chord,makingtheirtuningparticularlyimportant,asthesongisinaminorkey.This switchtomajorcatchesthelistenersattention.Thispiecealsoteacheshowtosing lowwithcontrol.Thesecondaltoparthasalowf#forthefirstnoteofthepiece. Thisisincrediblylowformostaltosandthereforewillprobablybepushedthefirst

coupleoftimesitisattempted.Thisiswhyitwillbeimportanttoteachproperonset techniquesaswellashowtohealthfullysustainthoselowpitches. Background:ThispieceisadaptedfromapoembyJohnKeats,whowasanEnglish poetthatlivedfrom17951821.ThepoemwasentitledFairysSong,andonlythe firststanzawasusedforthesong.Thepoemdiscussestheendoftheblooming seasonandthesadnessthatcomeswiththeapproachofwinter.However,thefairy istellingthelistenertoWeepnomoreaboutthedeathoftheflowers,astheywill bloomagainnextyear. TextPainting:Thispiecehassomebeautifultextpainting.Everytimethechoir singsthewordBloomthechordismajor,andonahighernotethantheprevious word.Thenthemotioncontinuesintheinnervoices,continuingtoBloom.Thereis alsoagrandeurtypeofchordonthewordMelodiesinm.58.Thissection emphasizesthebeautyofmelodyandonceagain,endsonamajorchord. TroubleSpots:Thefirstpartofthesonghasverylowranges,whichwilldefinitely beatroublespot.Therearealsochangesinmeterthroughouttheentirepiece, whichmakescountingdifficult.ThewordMelodiesinm.58willbeatrouble section,especiallythecounting.Iwouldapproachthissectionbyfirstlearningthe notes,onaconstanthalfnotepulse,andthenlearntherhythmindependently.Then Iwouldputthetwotogetherataslowspeed,untilitisperformancequality. Title:ThereIsNoRose Composer:Z.RandallStroope Publisher:AllianceMusicPublications,INC CatalogNumber:AMP0392 Voicing:SSA ISSMA:WomensChoirSeniorDivision Ranges:S1Bb3A5 S2Bb3G5 AF3C5 Language:English Key:Bb Meter:3/4,4/4,9/8,

Tempo:Dolceedespressivo,QuarterNote=66 Style:Expressiveandlegatowithsomefasterrhythmicsections Accompaniment:Thereisawrittenpartforoboe,whichhappensalotinStroopes pieces.Thepianopartstartsoutaccomplishable.Ithasmovingeighthnotesinthe lefthand,andchordsintherighthand.However,asthepieceprogresses,thereare verytrickyspotsintheaccompaniment.Thereisalotofeighthnotemotionand syncopationintheaccompaniment.Thepianopartworkswellwiththeoboepart, whichactsasacountermelody.Theaccompanimentdoesnotdoublethevoices. GradeLevel:Advancedhighschoolwomenschorus TeachingPoints:Thissonghassomeveryniceteachingpoints.Thereisaneedfor anicemelodiclineinthevoiceduringthispiece,whichteachesmusicality.There arealsopointswherethesingersswitchfromacommontimesignature,to9/8, whichisnotatedinparenthesisas3+2+2+2.Thesepassagesteachtheimportanceof subdividingaswellashowpulseemphasischangeswithmeter.Therearealso sectionsofthispiecethatcontrastdynamically,suchasm.82andtheffinm.51. Thesedynamiccontraststeachmusicalityaswellasproperbreathsupportneeded forachievingthedynamics. Background:Thissongisbaseduponananonymous15thcenturyChristmaspoem. ItwaswrittenfortheBelCantochoirofOmaha,Nebraska.Thepoemtalksabout howthevirtueofthebabyJesussurpassesthevirtueofanyrose.Thoughthepoem isreligiousinnature,thereisnotanoverbearingamountofreligiousterminologyin it.However,therearepartsofthetextthatareinLatin,specificallyGloriain ExcelsisandAlleluia. TextPainting:Thetextpaintinginthispiecefeaturessomebeautifulhushed alleluiapassages.Thisisactuallytheoppositeofwhatonewouldexpectduetothe rejoicingofthewordAlleluia.However,therearealsosomejoyousexclamations suchasinm.50,wherethevoicessplitandproclaiminafortedynamicGloria. TroubleSpots:Thesonghasmanytroublespots.Therearetimeswhenitswitches into9/8,suchasinm.50.Thispartwillhavetobecountedbeforesinging.Thereare alsosomeverydifficultmelodiclines,especiallyinthefirstsopranoandaltolines. Onespecificdifficultlineisinm.57wherethesopranosaresingingFdoublesharps, andAsharps.Thisnotationwillbedifficulttoreadforsomestudents.Iwouldsay thatthissongwillbeveryhardtomaster,thoughalowerlevelchoirmaybeableto performitwithoutallofthemusicalnuancespossible. Title:TheAwakening Composer:JosephM.Martin

Publisher:ShawneePress,Inc. CatalogNumber:CO286 Voicing:TTBB ISSMA:MensChorusSeniorDivision Ranges:Tenor1E3G#4 Tenor2E3E4 Bass1Ab2C#4 Bass2Eb2C#4 Language:English Key:fm,E Meter:4/4,2/4, Tempo:AndanteSostenuto,conrubato Style:expressiveballad Accompaniment:Theaccompanimentforthispiecewillbedifficulttoplay.There isalotofrubatointheaccompaniment,makingitjustasimportantasthevocal lines.Whenthevocalpartshavealotofmovement,theaccompanimentisusually static,usingwholenotes,orquarternotes.Whenthevocalpartsareresting,or holdinganote,thepianopartwillhavealotofmovingmelodiclinesitself.The accompanimentswitchesfromreadingthestandardway,withtwoclefs,tousing thebassclefinbothparts.Oneexampleofthisisinm.61.Towardstheclimaxofthe song,startinginm.73,therearealotofdescendingsixteenthnotepassagesinthe accompaniment.Thesewillprobablybedifficulttokeepintimethefirstcouple timesthattheaccompanimentisread.Inmeasure111thelefthandstartsusingalot ofleapsinordertofilloutthechords,almostinastridefeel.Thesesectionswillalso bequitedifficulttoplay,asthechordsarenotsimpleeither. GradeLevel:Iwouldusethispieceforabeginningmenschorus.Itisslightly difficulttosingbuttherangesarefairlydoable,andthemelodiclinesaresimple. TeachingPoints:ThispiecehasalotofniceEnglishdictionthatcanbeanadequate teachingpoint,suchasthereiterationofdream,andsilentthesewordscanbe difficulttoblend,sosomenicevowelmodificationtechniqueswouldbeapplicable. Thissongalsohasalotoftimeswhenthevoicesareimitative,andwherelisteningis important.Thishappensinm.73,wherethevoicescomeinimitatively.Thiswillbe

aninterestingsectiontobalance,butalsototeachtheimportanceoflisteningand blend. Background:Boththetextandthemusicofthissongwerewrittenbythesame person.ThepiecewascommissionedbytheTexasChoralDirectorsAssociationin commemorationoftheir40thanniversarycelebration.Thepieceisfairlynew, writtenin1995. TextPainting:Becausethispiecefeaturesthewordawakesomuch,therearea lotoftimeswhenitgoesfromafairlydissonantchordtoaniceopenchord.Thistext paintinghasanicewayofwakingupthemusic,aswellasthetext.Thebeginningof thepiece,whichspeaksofahorribledream,isveryquietandslowwithalotof rubato.Thistextpaintingportraysaverysadanddismalscene. TroubleSpots:Theharmoniesofthispiececanbeslightlydifficulttotune.There arealotof4ths,5thsandunisons.Thiscreatesaniceopensoundthatgiveswaytoa lotofexpression.However,itisveryimportantthatalloftheseintervalsare perfectlyintune.Thefugalsectionatm.73willbedifficultbecauseitisimportant thateveryparthasthesametimbreintheirvoice,inordertocreatetheappropriate feeling. Title:LetMyPeopleGo Composer:RogerEmerson Publisher:HalLeonard CatalogNumber:08551423 Voicing:3partmixed ISSMA:MixedChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:Part1D4G5 Part2D4D5 Part3G3D4(Opt.SplittoE4) Language:English Key:gm Meter:4/4 Tempo:PensivelyQuarternote=76,DrivingRockQuarternote=144

Style:Gospel Accompaniment:Theaccompanimentforthispieceisfairlyeasy.Thelefthandhas octaveeighthnotepatternsforalmostthewholething,whiletherighthandis playingchords.Thesechordsarethesamechordsthatthevoicesaresinging.The beginningofthesonghasaslightlydifferentaccompaniment,asthepiecehasan introduction.Theintroductionusesaharderaccompaniment,whichhaseighth notesintherighthand,andchordsintheleft. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforanupperlevel7thor8thgradechoir,or evenalowerlevel9thgradechoir. TeachingPoints:Therearenotmanyteachingpointsforthissong,butthereis definitelyalotthatcanbelearned.Thepiecehasalotofextramusicalareasfor instruction.Oneofthoseisthehistoryofthepieceasatraditionalslavespiritual. ThispiececouldgoalongwithastudyofAfricanAmericansongtraditioninthe UnitedStates.Amusicalconceptthatcanbetaughtinthispieceistheimportanceof alightsound,whilenotbeingsloworsustained.Itisimportantforthispiecetohave alotofenergy,butstilltobelight.Theaudiencedoesnotwanttohear12pagesof yelling,whichcouldhappeninapiecewiththismuchenergy. TextPainting:Thereisnotmuchtextpaintinginthispiece,otherthanacrytolet mypeoplegothenoteongoisalwayssustained,asitisaplea,aswellasa commandandthereforerequiresthatextraemphasis. Background:ThispiececomesfromatraditionalAfricanAmericanspiritual.The storytalksaboutthestrugglethattheIsraeliteshadintheBible,withtheEgyptians. TroubleSpots:Thetroublespotsforthispieceareintheuseofeighthnote rhythms.Therearemanytimeswhentheeighthnotesaretiedtoquarternotes, sometimesthishappensacrossbarlinesaswell.Anothertroublespotwillbeinthe lastmeasureofthepiece,whenthefirstpartendsonahighG.itwillbeimportantto makesurethatwhoeversingsthatpartisapproachingthenoteinahealthymanner, andfromabovethepitch.Thiswillhelpthesingersstayintuneonthetopnote. Title:CharlotteTown Arranger:EmilyCrocker Publisher:HalLeonard CatalogNumber:47103022 Voicing:2part

ISSMA:MensChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:Part1F4E5 Part2C4C5 Language:English Key:F,G Meter:CutTime,2/4, Tempo:Lively,Halfnote=104 Style:AmericanFolkTune Accompaniment:Thissonghasaveryvividaccompanimentfromthepiano.Itsets thestagetoaveryoldtimewesternfeelinthefirstfourbars.Duringthepiece,the pianoisdoinghalfnotesinthelefthand,outliningchords,andquarter/eighthnotes intherighthand.Thisaccompanimentisfairyeasytoplay. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforanearlymiddleschoolchoir TeachingPoints:Thissongwillteachhavinganenergeticsound,without screaming.Someofthenotesgetfairlyhigh,especiallyforaboywhomaybe startingtogothroughavoicechange. Background:ThispiececomesfromasetofAmericanFolkTunes.Theoriginaltune hasbeensettomanytexts,allfairlysimilartoeachother.Thepoemtalksabouta fireinCharlotteTown,andhowthepeoplewillbedying.Itisdoneinamuchless gruesomewaythanthat,buttheimagerystaysthesame.Crockerarrangedthis versionin1985. TextPainting:Thissongdoesnotincorporatetextpainting. TroubleSpots:Thetroublespotswillbetherange,iftheboysarestartingtogo throughvoicechanges.Anothertroublespotisinm.87,wherethereisanoptional split,andthetoppartsustainsaD.thiswillbedifficultbecauseitistheonly3part split,alsobecausethetoppartholdsthatDforalmost3measures. Title:SimpleGifts Adaptedby:AaronCopland Publisher:Boosey&Hawkes

CatalogNumber:48003222 Voicing:SA ISSMA:WomensChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:SopranoEb4F5 AltoAb3Db5 Language:English Key:Ab Meter:2/4 Tempo:QuietlyFlowing,Quarternote=72 Style:ShakerSong Accompaniment:Thepianoaccompanimentforthispieceisnotemphasized.While thesingersaresinging,thepianoismostlyjustholdingchords.Then,whenthe singersarerestingthepianohasaniceandshortmusicalinterlude.Thepiano accompanimentisfairlyeasyforthissong.Theonlyexceptioniswhen,inm.18, bothhandsswitchtotrebleclefandtherighthandhasdescendingoctavejumps. Thissectionisstillnothard,justalittlemorechallengingthantheprevioussections ofthepiece. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforallgradelevels.Itcanbedonewiththe grandeurofanupperlevelcollegegroup,orthesimplicityofabeginningchoir. TeachingPoints:Theteachingpointsonthissongarediction,creatingamelodic line,andrhythmreading.Thedictionisimportantbecausetherearesomanywords. Themelodiclineisimportantbecausethephraseshavealotofwordsandtherefore couldsoundverychoppy.Itwillbeuptothechoirandtheconductortomakesure thatthelinesarenotchoppy,butsmoothandconnected.Therhythmsforthispiece aredifficulttoreadonsight.However,oncethepieceisdissected,theyaremuch easier. Background:Thispieceisoriginallyan1848shakersongbyJosephBrackett. CoplandadaptedthesonginhissetOldAmericanSongsforvoiceandpiano,in 1950.Thesongisconsideredadance,andputsanemphasisontheimportanceto havingasimplelife. TextPainting:Thetextpaintingrunsthroughoutthepiece.Thesongdiscusseshow itisagifttobesimple,sothearrangementissimple.Thereareonlytwopartstothis

pieceandtheyinteractfairlyeasilywithoneanother.Bothlinesareeasytolearn andsimplisticinnaturewithoutalotofskipsormelodicdifficulties. TroubleSpots:Itwillbeimportanttohavethestudentsunderstandwherethebeat falls.Thenotationinthisarrangementcanbedifficulttoread.Itmaybebeneficialto havethesingersinsertbeamsinthemeasureswheresixteenthnotesandeighth notesare. Title:DodiLi Arranger:DoreenRao Publisher:Boosey&Hawkes CatalogNumber:48004146 Voicing:2PartTreble ISSMA:MensChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:Part1D4E5 Part2D4A4 Language:Hebrew Key:em Meter:CommonTime Tempo:Moderato,Quarternote=120 Style:TraditionalIsraeliSong Accompaniment:Thisaccompanimentisdifficultbecauseitislayered.Theleft handhashalfnotes,aswellasquarternotes.Therighthandthenhaschordsthat usequarternoteandeighthnoterhythms.Theaccompaniment GradeLevel:Thissongshouldbeperformedbyabeginningchoir TeachingPoints:ThissongisinHebrew,whichmeansthatitwillbeimportantto teachaboutthelanguage.Itwouldalsobeappropriatetoteachhowminorsongsare notalwayssad,asthisisacelebrationsongaboutlovethatisstillinaminorkey. Oncethevoicessplit,thetopvoicehasanonsetonahighE,whichwillbedifficultto starton.Itwillbeimportanttoteachhowtohaveaproperonsetonsuchahigh

note.Thissongisalsoagreatintroductiontotwopartsinging.Thevoiceshave similarpartsthatswitchthroughoutthepiece. Background:ThissongtakestextsfromtheOldTestamentbook;SongofSolomon. ThesongwasdedicatedtotheJerusalemMusicCenterin1992. TextPainting:Thissongtranslatesto;MybelovedismineandIamhis,the Shepherdgrazinghisflockamongthelilies.Whoisthiswhogoesupfromthe wildernessperfumedwiththemyrrhandfrankincense?Youhavecaptivatedmy heart,mychosensisterandbride.AwakenorthwindandcomeSouthwind.The textpaintingisdifferentthanexpectedbecausethesongissetinaminorkey,yet celebratesthelovebetweentwopeople. TroubleSpots:Thetroublespotsofthispiecefallinthetopvoice.Thedifficult vocalpassageinthetoplinewillbedifficulttotune,thoughthemelodyitselfisnot troublesome.Thereisasolosection,oroptionalsmallensemblepartthatoccurs throughoutthepiece.Thissectionwillbedifficultbecauseitstartsontheandof beatone,andthengoesimmediatelytoaquarternote,whichputssyncopationinto thepiece.Thelanguageisalsogoingtobeverydifficult.Ithinkthatitwillbe importanttohaveaninformantforthetextbecauseIamnotveryfamiliarwithit. Title:OMusic Arranger:DoreenRao Publisher:Boosey&Hawkes CatalogNumber:48004146 Voicing:3PartTreble ISSMA:WomensChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:AllPartsB3E5 Language:English Key:G Meter:4/4 Tempo:Moderato,Quartrnote=112 Style:19thcenturyAmericanschoolsong.

Accompaniment:Thereisanoptionalaccompanimentforthispiece,however, becauseitwouldbesunginthe3partcannonstyle,Iwouldnotusethe accompaniment.Itisanintermediateaccompanimentwithalotofeighthnote motion. GradeLevel:Thissongcouldbeusedforanygradeasawarmup,howeveritwould bebestperformedbyabeginningchorus. TeachingPoints:Thissongteachesthebasicabilityofsinginginparts.Becauseall ofthepartssingthesameline,itwillbeagoodintroductiontoharmony.Italsocan beusedtoteachbasicsingingtechniques,suchasbreathsupportanddiction.Thisis agreatpiecethatwillmakekidsbecomecomfortablesinginginachoir. Background:ThisarrangementisbaseduponasongbyLowellMason.Hewasthe firstAmericanpublicschoolmusicteacher.In1838heconvincedtheBostonpublic schoolsystemtoincludemusicaspartoftheschoolcurriculum. TextPainting:Thissongdoesnothavealotoftextpainting.Inm.13whenthefirst linesingsletthechorussing,themelodyisascending,whichautomaticallymakes thelinealittlelouderandmoreenergized.Thisisappropriateforthetextbecauseit isalmostacalltoaction,acalltosing. TroubleSpots:Thissongdoesnothavealotoftroublespots.Theshortmelizmatic passagesonthewordswewillmaybedifficulttotune,butIthinkthatgoingover itslowlyacoupleoftimes,andtalkingabouttheimportanceoflettingthevoicestay outonthemovinglineswillhelptheproblem.Anotherproblemisthebasicfactthat itwillprobablybethechoirsfirsttimesinginginthreeparts.Theywillwantto listentoeachotherinsteadofsinging,soitwillbeimportanttomakesurethat everyoneisconfidentontheirpart. Title:BogorditseDevo Composer:SergeiRachmaninoff Publisher:MussicaRussica CatalogNumber:MRSMRa028 Voicing:SATB ISSMA:MixedChorusSeniorDivision Ranges:SopranoF4G5 AltoAb3C5

TenorC3G4 BassG2C4 Language:Russian Key:F Meter:4/4 Tempo:Andante,MoltoDolce Style:ChoralVigil Accompaniment:ThissongistobeperformedACappella.Thepianopartgivenis anextractionofthevoiceparts. GradeLevel:Anupperlevelhighschoolorcollegechoirshouldperformthissong. TeachingPoints:Therearemanyteachingpointsinthissong.Thesongisin Russian,sotheextramusicallessonsontheRussianlanguagewillbeimportant.The piecealsorequiresafullbodiedsound,whilestillmaintaininganevenandgentle sound.Thiswillbeagoalofthechoir,tomaintainthecorrecttimbreandfeelingof pathosthatRachmaninoffindicateswithhismarkings.Itwillalsobeimportantto teachthebreathsupportneededforaveryquietsound,suchasthepppinthevery lastmeasure. Background:RachmaninoffsAllNightVigilwaspublishedin1915inMoscow. ThepieceisacommemorationtoMaryandisRussianOrthodox.Thevigilwassaid tobeRachmaninoffsfavoriteworkandwasperformedathisfuneral.The productionofthispiecewasbannedintheSovietUnionin1918. TextPainting:Thetextpaintingforthispiecewillbedifficulttosee,asitisin Russian.ThetexttranslatestoRejoice,OVirginMotherOfGod,Maryfullofgrace, theLordiswithyou.Blessedareyouamongwomen,andblessedistheFruitofYour womb,foryouhavebornetheSaviorofoursouls.However,thetextsettingis appropriatebecauseitisaslowsong,withalotofemphasisonthesweetyetfull soundneededtosingitwell. TroubleSpots:Thissongisverydifficulttomasterbecausetherearesomany difficultpassages,aswellasthefactthatthetimbrerequiredwillbedifficultto achieve.Inm.20,thealtoshaveaveryfloridlinewithmovingeighthnotes.This partmaybedifficulttotune,aswellasread.Inthefollowingmeasure,m.21,the tenorssustainahighG,whichwillprobablyberightinthebreakformostofthe highschooltenors.Thisnoteshouldbeapproachedfromabove,andverylightly.

Anothertroublespotisthedynamiccontrastneededthroughouttheentirepiece.It willbedifficulttosingonthevoice,andstillsingpiano,orevenpianissimo. Title:AllMyTrials Arranger:RuthElaineSchram Publisher:BriLeeMusic CatalogNumber:BL166 Voicing:3PartMixed ISSMA:MixedChorusJuniorDivision Ranges:Part1C4C5 Part2A3C5 Part3F3D4 Language:English Key:C,am Meter:4/4,2/4 Tempo:WithPathos,Quarternote=90 Style:AfricanAmericanSpiritual Accompaniment:Thispianoaccompanimentissimpleandfairlyeasytoplay. Thereisalotofeighthnotemotionintherighthand,andsteadyhalfnotesintheleft hand. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforamiddleschoolchoir.Iwouldprobably useitwitha7thor8thgradechorus. TeachingPoints:Thissongissupposedtobesungwithalotofpathos.Becauseof this,itwillbeveryimportantforproperbreathcontroltobetaught.Withoutthe correctbreathingtechniques,thesongwilllosesomeofitsmusicality.Thissongcan alsoteachsingingup6ths,asithappensinthethirdpartalot.Itwillbeimportantto teachhowtoapproachthosenotesandmakesurethattheyareintune. Background:ThissongcomesfromtheAfricanAmericantradition.Itwassetintoa choralarrangementin1998.Therearemanyversionsofthissong;mostofthemare

foranupperlevelchoir.Thesongissupposedtoreflecttheplaintivedesolationof slavery. TextPainting:Thissongusestextpaintinginordertocreatethefeelingof desolation.Theascendinglineinthemelodyrepresentsaconstantrisingupinto heaven,whichthesongisabout.Inm.43thereisasectionofthepiecethatbuilds upfrustration.Thedynamicsgetlouderaswellasachangeinattitudeforthe singers.Thesongendsonthewordoververyquietly,whichemphasizestheendof lifeandthecomingofdeath. TroubleSpots:Thelastnoteofthesongwillbedifficultbecauseitgetssofterand softer.Middleschoolvoiceswillhavetroublemakingthenotegetgraduallysofter, asopposedtojustgoingfromloudtoquiet.Othertroublespotsarethemeter changes.Thesonggoesfrom4/4to2/4andthesingerswillhavetopayattention. Title:DryBones Arranger:MarkHayes Publisher:Alfred CatalogNumber:19223 Voicing:TTBB ISSMA:MensChorusSeniorDivision Ranges:Tenor1E3Ab4 Tenor2E3F4 BaritoneAb2C4 BassF2C4 Language:English Key:em,fm,D Meter:4/4 Tempo:Spirited,Quarternote=138,Slower,Quarternote=88,Faster,Quarter note=144 Style:Spiritual Accompaniment:Thepianoaccompanimentforthispieceisverydifficult.Thereis alotofmotioninallofthehands,aswellasadoublingofthevoiceparteveryonce

andawhile.Inm.13thepianohasasectionthatisslightlyeasiertoplay,butthatis only4measures.Atthefastermarkinginm.24thepianoswitchestoreadingbass clefinbothlines.Thepartsaredifficultherebecausetheyaresyncopatedwithone another. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforahighschoolmenschorus.Alowerlevel highschoolchoruscanperformitbecauseitiseasytoread. TeachingPoints:Thissongteacheschromaticmovement,asmanyofthelines movechromatically.Thissongalsoteachestheimportanceofstayingmusicalwhile singingloudly.Thispiecewillalsotouchonrangegrowth,asthetenorssingAs everyonceandawhile.Itwillbeimportanttoworkontherangeofthechoirin warmupssothattheyarenotcaughtbysurpriseinthesong.Thehighnotesinthe songofferasortoficingontop,andthereforecouldbesunginthefalsettoif necessary. Background:Thispieceisincrediblywellknownandisatraditionalspiritual.The songisreligious,andisbasedoffofthetextinEzekiel.Thestorytalksof resurrectionandhowEzekielwastoldbyGodthatonlyGodhadthepowerto resurrect. TextPainting:Thispieceisnotparticularlyfulloftextpainting.Therearealotof dynamicchangesandstylechanges.However,thesechangesjustemphasizethe versefromthechorus.Inm.58thewordsarebonesroseupandasthewordsgo upthevoicepartsgoup.ThetenorsareholdinganAbonthewordup. TroubleSpots:Therangesinthissongarefairlytroublesome.Thefirsttenorpart holdsonanAbmorethanonce.Thesenoteswillhavetobeworkedon.Other difficultsectionsincludemm.6891.Thesemeasuresusealotofchromatic movementandhavealotofdissonance.Thisdissonanceisusedtocreateabuildup oftensionthatisfinallyreleasedonthewordLord. Title:Daniel,Daniel,ServantoftheLord Arranger:UndineS.Moore Publisher:WarnerBrothersPublications CatalogNumber:48740083 Voicing:SATBWithSplits ISSMA:MixedChorusSeniorDivision

Ranges:SopranoF#4A5 AltoA3D5 TenorF#3A4 BassF#2D4 Language:English Key:f#m,C# Meter:CutTime Tempo:ModeratelyFast Style:Spiritual Accompaniment:Thepianoaccompanimentforthispieceonlyforrehearsal.The songismeanttobesungacappella.However,therehearsalaccompanimentis incrediblydifficultbecausethevoicepartsareallverydifferentanddifficulttoplay. GradeLevel:Thispieceisforanupperlevelchoir. TeachingPoints:Thissongahsalotofteachingpoints.Therearealotofskipsup tohighnotes,whichmeansthatitwillbeimportanttoteachthechoirgoodwaysto approachthosenotes.Therearealsoalotofsplitsinthispiece,whichteachesthe studentstosinginsmallerparts.Thissongalsohasalotofsectionsthatare supposedtobeverysoftyetvibrant.Itwillbeimportantforstudentstostaylightin thesesections.Therearealsotwosolosinthispiece,whichwillteachgoodsolo singingtechniqueaswellasperformancetechniqueandstagepresence. Background:ThispiecegetsitstextfromastoryintheBible.Thestoryisabout David,whowaslockedinthelionsdenbutwassparedduetoGodsintervention. Thispiecewasarrangedin1958,yetithasacontemporaryfeelinitsperformance. TextPainting:Thetextpaintinginthispieceisverysmall.Itismoreofastylethat isappropriateforthetext,ratherthanspecificphrases.Thetopofpage10hasakey changeaswellasthesustainingofamajorchord.Thisisappropriatebecausethe choirisholdingthewordohanditissupposedtorepresentthepowerofGodas aninterfererinthestoryofDavid. TroubleSpots:Thissongisverydifficulttoperformwell.Therearemanytrouble spotsinthepiece.Thetwosolosaresomewhatlongandrequiregoodsolosinging technique.Thetenorsolohasaveryhightessitura,whichmakesfindingthe appropriatetenordifficultforahighschoolchoirteacher.Thetopofpage8marksa newsectionwherethecountingissomewhatdifficult.Thesecondmeasureofthat pagealsohasthefirstsopranoscominginonahighA,whichwillbedifficultfor

manyofthem.Thetopofpage10,wherethereisaffmarking,thechoirbrieflygoes intoC#major,foraveryshorttime.Thesemeasureswillbedifficultbecausethere isalotofchromaticmotion.Itwillalsobedifficulttotunethechordbecausethe studentswillhavethekeyoff#mintheirheadfromtheprevious9pages. Title:BridgeOverTroubledWater Composer:PaulSimon Arranger:KirbyShaw Publisher:ShawneePress CatalogNumber:A1906 Voicing:SATB ISSMA:Jazz Ranges:SopranoBb3F5(Opt.Bb5) AltoBb3D5 TenorBb2F4 BassBb2Eb4 Language:English Key:Bb Meter:4/4 Tempo:WithStrengthandConviction,Quarternote=76 Style:PopBallad Accompaniment:Thepianoaccompanimentforthispieceitverydifficultifplayed thewayitiswritten.Becauseitisapopsong,therearealotoftertianchordsaswell asalotofmomentswhensyncopationandirregularrhythmsoccur.However,there isamacroanalysisofthechords,soitisveryeasytoplay. GradeLevel:AHighSchoolchoir,suitableforanintermediatetoadvancedgroup. TeachingPoints:Becausetherearesomanysolosinthissong,itisimportantto teachthestudentshowtomakesurethattheyarebeingasupportivebackground, aswellasteachingstudentshowtomakesurethattheirsoundiscuttingthrough thechoir.Manyofthesolosareveryshortandthereforedonotrequirethesingerto

stepforward,butsingfromtheirplace.Thissongalsoteachestheimportanceof singingasachoir,whilestillmodernizingthesound.Itisimportanttomakesure thatthechoirisnotsingingpureLatinvowels,butcontemporaryEnglishones.That beingsaid,itisalsoimportantthatthechoirdoesnotsoundtoobrightduetotheir vowels.Thissongwillteachthehappymedianthatisrequiredforchoralpop selections.Thissongalsoteachestenorshowtoaccesstheiruppernotes,asthe tessituraforthetenorsisquitehigh. Background:thispiececomesfromSimonandGarfunklesalbumofthesame name.itwastheduosfifthandlastalbum,thoughPaulSimonwentontorecord underhisownname.Thesonghasbeenusedmanytimesinthemediaandiswell knowntomostaudiencemembers. TextPainting:Someimportanttextpaintingspotsarewherethechoirsingsthe wordtrouble.Whentheysingthatword,allofthepartsdescendonashort melizmaticrun.Thiscreatesthatsenseofturmoilthatgoeshandinhandwiththe messageofthesong,andtheriverthatisrushingviolently.Anotherpartiswhenthe wordbridgeissung.Duringthispart,thesingersholdtheirnote,astocreatea musicalbridgeconnectingthenotesbeforeandafter.Itisaveryeffective technique,andshouldnotberuinedbysingersbreathingeitherbeforeorafterthe note. TroubleSpots:Therangeforthissongcangetslightlyhigh,anditwillbeimportant thatthesingersdonotyell.Thelastchordofthesonghasthefirstsopranosholding aBb,whichmaybedifficulttotune.Itwillbeimportanttonothavetoomany sopranosonthatnote.Iwouldputeitheroneorthreesopranosonthatnote,asitis verydifficulttotunetwosingersthathighinthevoice.Therhythmsofthispieceare quitetricky.RehearsalletterBstartswithasolo,andthefemaleaccompanimentto thesolouseseighthnoterhythmsthataretiedacrossthebarline,whichcreates somemetricdisplacement.Therearealsoalotofpassages,suchasinm.44,where thechoirissingingtriplets,whichmaybeforeigntosomebeginningsingers. Title:InMyLife Composer:Lennon/McCartney Arranger:RogerEmerson Publisher:HalLeonard CatalogNumber:08742005 Voicing:SATBWithSolo ISSMA:Jazz

Ranges:SopranoD4F5 AltoB3C5 TenorD3E4 BassG2C4 SoloD4D5(D3D4ifMale) Language:English Key:G Meter:4/4 Tempo:Thoughtfully Style:PopBallad Accompaniment:Thissongisacappella;thevoicesactastheaccompanimentfor thesolo.Thevocalaccompanimentisveryeasy,andissupposedtoreplicatea guitar. GradeLevel:Thissongisappropriateforanylevelhighschoolchoir. Background:Thispiecewasarrangedin1999,andwasoriginallywrittenand performedbyTheBeatles.ItisoffofthealbumRubberSoul,whichwasreleased in1965.Thesonghasaninterludewherethepianopartissupposedtoreplicatea harpsichord.Thisisalsodoneinthechoralarrangement,whichthevoices representingtheharpsichord.Thissongisusedwidelyforweddingsand graduations. TextPainting:Whenthinkingabouttextpainting,theonlysectionthatcomesto mind,andisdefinitelythemostvividisthelastphraseofthesong.ThewordsIlove youmoreendonasustainedopentonicchord,andseemtofloatthroughoutthe roomaftersung.Thiscreatesthesenseofeverlastinglove.Itisanincrediblystrong andemotionalimageandiswellreceivedbybothsingersandaudiencemembers. TroubleSpots:Theaccompanimentpartsofthissonghavesometroublesome spots.Theinterludesectionofthepiece,whichstartsonmeasure21,isdifficult becauseitrequiresthesopranosandthebassestosingveryfastsixteenthnote passagesonneutralsyllables.Thesesectionswillbedifficulttotune,assome singerswillprobablynotsingthecorrectnotesthefirstcoupleoftimesthatthey readit.Itwillbeimportanttotakethissectionveryslowlyinordertomakesure thatthenotesareconcrete.