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2-part music for high school choir

Suggestions for 2-part music for high school choir. In other words, music in which S & T are doubled and A & B are doubled. Preferably music that is easily accessible to a new choir (think beginning with very little exposure to classical or choral standards). 
on August 6, 2014 1:10pm
Hymn to the night, by Brent Pierce. It's SA or TB, I did it with my MS age choir with only two changed boys. I put the young basses on part 1 down the octave, and it worked really well.  Both parts could easily be doubled at octaves if you have the voices for that.
on August 7, 2014 10:27am
Several 2pt mixed pieces I have used successfully with entry-level high school singers (in random order):
The Rock Island Line - arr. Janet Klevberg Day, Hal Leonard  0-8551740
Old Joe Clark - arr. Earlene Rentz, Heritage (
Festival Sanctus -  John Leavitt, Alfred, SB9536 (historic text)
Clap Your Hands! - Albert Zabel, Concordia, 98-3883
Humpty Dumpty - Dave/Jean Perry, Alfred 28546 (novelty, light, fun)
Belle of Belfast - arr. Judith Herrington, Pavane P1225 (probably best SA but could be sung antiphonally with the men with good ensemble interaction).
Fairest Lady-Nick Page, Boosey and Hawkes 48004859 (Unison with optional 2-part in last section; llullaby, nice accomp., repetitive) part of the CME repertoire series: good lit!
You can use any number of canons in as many parts as the singers' ears can handle. Examples:
Hava Nashira - arr. John Leavitt (Israeli folksong) Hal Leonard 08552042
O Music - Lowell Mason/arr. Emily Crocker, Hal Leonard 08744323 (I seem to remember a Boosey and Hawkes pub. arr. by Rhau?)
Jubilate Deo- Michael Praetorius (various PD sources)
I teach in a Lutheran High School (500 students in the school) with singers entering with a W I D E range of skills vocally and musically.  I hope that some of these may be helpful for you.
on August 7, 2014 3:19pm
We Shall Not Pass This Way Again    2 Pt. Mixed   Douglas Wagner     Theodore Presser 392-42336     
All Things Work Together for Good   2 pt. Mixed   John Carter  Providence Press  PP117
2 gorgeous pieces that have real content for high school students.   
on August 10, 2014 8:55pm
Thanks for these wonderful suggestions!
on August 11, 2014 4:30am
There is a 2 part score for schools and young choristers of my new Christmas carol The Age Old Reason for Joy.  If you click the link below and I think that it's 9th in the list.  It is great fun to sing and carries message in the words. You can also see a video of a performance by a full choir with young children helping out.
Good luck and joyous singing
Robin Mayhew
on August 11, 2014 4:46am
Sam was a man - Vincent Persichetti - G. Schirmer, Inc.. Text is an e. e. cummings poem. 2-part mixed, treble, or men's. Really neat piece. A bit of a challenge, but my kids loved it. 
on August 11, 2014 6:36am
Hello, Tania -
E.C. Schirmer carries my work, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" for 2-part speaking chorus and rhythm track (or optional percussion). Based on Matthew 6:24-34, the text, rhythms and accompanying track are presented in modern-day "hip-hop" style.
Here is a link to purchase the scores on
Your group should have fun with it!
- Clare Shore
on August 12, 2014 2:44am
Hi Tania,
"Non nobis, Domine" is a short a cappella two-part setting of the Latin words "Not unto us, O Lord".   In case it is of any interest, you can find it at, where you can have a look inside and listen.
Best wishes,
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