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Items by Michael Sandvik

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Comment: Re: Great heroines in choral music
Hello Keith, You might consider something dealing with the Biblical story of Ruth. There are many settings of her famous words "where you go I will go; where you die I will die; your God will be my God, etc...". This text is often mistakingly assumed to be a romantic text (which it can work in th...
Comment: Re: Do you have a favorite self-published choral work?
I have frequently conducted self-published works (both my own and many others). Since there is much high quality self-published music as well as traditionally published music and public domain (CPDL, IMSLP) music, I have included it in my conducting repertoire.   I think there is a lot of advanta...
Comment: Re: Psalm Settings
Hello Monte,   I am a huge fan of John Ness Beck's setting of Psalm 67. After a richly harmonic slow opening it makes a vivacious launch into the second half of the Psalm (and remains lively through the remainder of the piece). Beck was an wonderful composer of church anthems, but his fantastic s...
Comment: Re: lively songs
Hello Roland,   I will suggest several pieces.   My piece "Are You Ready?" is an original spiritual written in 2010 that has been extremely well received by singers and audience alike (often the favorite piece for both categories). It is vocally demanding, but worth the work. If you are intere...
Comment: Re: So British!
Hi Carlos,   What a difficult task choosing out of so many wonderful options.   Here are some more excellent pieces:   Stanford: Quick we have but a second   Elgar: Ave Verum Corpus   Britten: Te Deum   Bob Chilcott: Jesus Springing   I'm surprised no one has suggested anything ...
Comment: Re: Convocation/Commencement Anthems SATB high school level
"The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus would be lovely and appropriate depending on the group of singers at the graduation.   God Bless, Michael Sandvik
Community Forum Post: Who has done who's music
Hello All,   I've been looking over music I've conducted/sung in the last couple of years and I thought it would be interesting and enlightening to know who of us has conducted/sung music by composers in this community.   Besides my own music, I've conducted "Psalm 150" by Hildegunnur Runarsdo...
Comment: Re: Breast Cancer Awareness program
Hi Ashlee,   Randall Thompson's "Bittersweet" would be a good fit into your program theme.   My piece "Hold On For A While" would also fit extremely well. Here is a youtube link to a performance by a good choir (amateur recording however) that also has the text listed below the video.   htt...
Comment: Re: American composer repertoire
Hi Megan,   I saw the recommendation for Billings' pieces above.   While I love Billings' music, it should be noted that you need strong basses and tenors for almost all of it (if performed at all close to Billings' desire: his ideal choir was about 50% bass, and then often writing the melody ...
Comment: Re: Help me choose rep for our Vienna/Salzburg/Munich tour!
Hi Kayla,   German pieces: the skiy is the limit, but I'm rather fond of Georg Schumann's (Robert's cousin) "Und op ich von wanderte" (part of the 23rd Psalm) for a rich a capella late romantic German piece, it is definitely an advanced high school/college level piece to be done well, but definit...
Comment: Re: A piece to introduce a church choir to Classical Music
Hi Kelsey, Some other very worthy pieces, along with many already mentioned are Edward Elgar's setting of "Ave Verum Corpus" and Mendelssohn's "Verleih uns frieden". God bless, Michael Sandvik
Comment: Re: Rousing Ender piece for high school chorus
My piece "Are You Ready" would be a great closer. It has been extremely well received by audiences and singers alike. It is written as a continuation of the 2nd Advent Spiritual tradition (USA primarily).   It is $1.50 per copy made from pdf.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUZYN5KBUvo If yo...
Comment: Re: Great Choral Music by "Forgotten" 18th & 19th Century Composers
I like Georg Schumann's (Robert Schumann's cousing) Und Op Ich Von Wanderte (text is part of Psalm 23, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death). The piece is lush romantic a capella writing.   In that same vein, Rheinberger's (not that forgotten in the choral world) Abendlied ...
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
You might consider Ola Gjeilo's "Sunrise" Mass (about 30 minutes). It is with string orchestra rather than full orchestra.
Forum message: Mexican folk song arrangements
Hello All,   I am looking for Mexican folk song arrangements for my satb (very) beginner (but improving) high school choir.   Requirements: no divisi (except very minimal allowed in soprano); not too difficult; secular lyrics are fine, but the lyrics must be appropriate for the conservative C...
Community Forum Post: compositions, commissions, performances
Just thought I'd give opportunity to share what is going on composition-wise for all right now. While writing has been slow for me the last couple of months (as it usually is when a new school year begins) I'm excited to share that the Naperville Men's Glee Club of Naperville, IL (Bonnie Klee Robert...
Community Forum Post: Balancing Time
For those of you who do more than just compose for a living, how do you balance your time to allow for composition? What has really worked well for you in making the time available? In the past I've been most productive when I've scheduled regular composing time rather than just relying on "inspirat...
Forum message: Searching for new unpublished Christmas music
Hello Composers,   I am looking for some new unpublished Christmas music. The works need to be sacred, a cappella, not longer than 5-6 minutes, not shorter than 1 1/2 minutes, SATB (with divisi being acceptable). I'm not willing to pay more than $2 per copy, but am a firm believer/supportor i...