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Christmas song for radio contest

We belong to the smallest high school left in our town.  I'll have about 35 members in my choir this year, most of them girls.  We compete every year against huge schools on a radio contest for $5,000 to boost our music program.  To have a fighting chance, we need a great song.  I'd love to hear your best ideas :).
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on August 8, 2014 9:36pm
You might take a look at my own Sky Can Still Remember (SAB piano).  It was originally written for the kind of situation you describe (minus the radio).  It shows off skills in mental focus, breath control, articulation, and blend.  It has a great text and the music is one of the most beautiful melodies I’ve ever written.  It’s published by G. Schirmer.
 
 
Hope that helps.
Michael A. Gray
 
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on August 9, 2014 3:48pm
You are very talented.  This is a gorgeous song.
on August 10, 2014 5:13pm
This is a wonderful piece! I have done it many times with our Youth Chorale. I'm so glad to have finally come into contact with it's composer! Beautiful job!
 
Judy Gary
on August 9, 2014 2:45am
Hi Angela,
 
If you want something that the judges won't be sick of hearing, try my original setting of "In The Bleak Midwinter" - I have a version for SSAB available which would suit a mainly-women choir. You can hear it at 
and a score for the SATB version is on my website at www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk .
The difficulty should be fine for a high school choir - there are very few chromatics or tricky jumps, and only a few unusual rhythms (which all go with the words, I think).
If you'd like a copy of the SSAB score, email me - chris(a)hutchingsmusic.co.uk .
Thanks,
Chris Hutchings
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on August 9, 2014 3:49pm
Beautiful!
on August 9, 2014 2:51am
I’ve got an SATB of a terrific NEW holiday song! Please check it out! 
 
 
The accompaniment can be piano OR a pre-recorded track. There’s a fun YouTube, too!!  
 
 
Thank you for checking it out, Angela!!
 
Marilyn Harris
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on August 9, 2014 3:47pm
Marilyn, This one is super fun!  The kids would love it.
on August 9, 2014 7:39am
You don't mention the criteria for the contest:  Is this a pop style contest, or are you looking for a tune from the "classical" repertoire?  That will help to define the responses you will get...
Break a Leg!
on August 9, 2014 3:43pm
Thanks, Dennis.  There's no requirement except that it is Christmas.  I work at a Christian school so sacred is fine, but probably the more fun it is to listen to, the better.  I'm thinking SAB or SATB would be best. 
on August 9, 2014 7:47am
Hi, Angela - I have several Christmas pieces that might suit - two of which are SSA (Click the title for the link):
This Day (SSA)
and Once in the City (SATB)
 
These are published, and I have others awaiting final proofreading... ;)
 
This Day and Child of Mine are my favorites.
 
Thanks for your consideration!!
 
Dianna
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on August 9, 2014 3:53pm
Dianna, I love that you are writing for SSA.  We definitely need more choices in this voicing. I get to meet with only the girls on Tuesdays and will have them listen to these.  They are all lovely, but I especially like Child of Mine.
on August 10, 2014 2:54am
Hi Angela,
I'm not clear on the age range of your students, but assume a high school is equivalent to a UK secondary school (11+).  I've sent you a direct message with a couple of suggestions, including "Christmastime in the eyes of a Child" (SATB version), which I hope you will like - see http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/christmas-time-in-the-eyes-of-a-child-version-for-mixed-choir-satb-with-optional-children-s-choir-digital-sheet-music/19977418
on August 11, 2014 8:45am
This song is really cute.  lt would be lots of fun.  
on August 10, 2014 10:06am
Hi Angela,
 
You might consider my piece "Soon One Day". It is SATB no divisi (also available in TTBB which wouldn't be what your looking for) with approachable ranges and tessitura. Choirs and listeners have consistently loved this piece. If you are interested it is $2.00 per copy made from pdf. You can view the score and listen at the link I've provided to my website, it can also be heard on youtube.
 
 
 
If you are interested in purchasing, please email me at michael.lee.sandvik(at)gmail.com
 
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
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on August 10, 2014 11:20pm
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on August 12, 2014 4:34am
Just to add another:  I also have a suite of three Christmas songs called Show me the Child - Hodie; Song of the Piper; Show me the Child

The main melody in "Hodie" is the Gregorian chant for Christmas Day. The sopranos sing the English translation of this text and this then becomes a counter-melody to the plainchant. The words "hodie" and "born today" bring the movement to a peaceful close. Song of the Piper includes a wind obligato (originally for Northumbrian Pipes but can be played on flute, oboe or recorder). The third movement of this choral suite eventually returns to the plainchant theme and shares the same closing bars as the first song.

This is available in three versions: (i) treble voices; (ii) S.A.T.B; (iii) male voices.

See it at http://rossleighmusic.co.uk/showmethechild.html

 

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on August 12, 2014 9:36am
A new, exciting mid-tempo telling of the Christmas Eve story. "And Still The Stars Shine," is for mixed SATB chorus with piano accompaniment. Accessible for both audiences and singers (highest soprano notes: a few "e's" at the end). Ideal for Christmas concerts and services; great for high school, college, church and community choirs. Duration: 3 1/2 minutes. View the score at: http://www.richcampbell.us/composer.htm ---  mp3 provided upon request to: campbellsongs(a)verizon.net
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on August 14, 2014 6:53am
Dear Angela,  Please have a look and listen to my new Christmas carol The Age Old Reason for Joy.  It's traditional yet modern with 'new' words and a message to teach the young and remind the older just what Christmas is really all about.  It has an 'earworm' of a melody which is great fun to sing and it stays in the mind.  There is a SATB score and a 2 part score avaialble on the dedicated page on my website where everything needed for learning and performance is there as free downloads.  You can also see and hear a performance with lots of smiling faces on YouTube.
 
Good luck with the contest
Robin
 
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