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Items by Bob Boyd

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Comment: Re: opera choruses
"Va Pensiero"
Comment: Re: Favorite Lullabye
"Sleep, My Baby" is published by Colla Voce.  There is a file on their website.  
Comment: Re: Two Part and Unison Mens (High School level)
I used Benjamin Britten's "Oliver Cromwell", unison (B&H) with frosh boys.  Although very short--it was sweet!   Bob Boyd IL 
Comment: Re: BEST SATB Christmas Music with Harp
Michael Fink's "What Sweeter Music" published by ECS is quite nice.  Shifting rhythms, lovely voicing.
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Might I add to this wonderful list "The Succession of the Four Sweet Months" and even more touching "The Evening Primrose" from Benjamin Britten's Opus 47.  The latter has always touched the singers I have had the pleasure of sharing this little gem! Bob Boyd  
Comment: Re: What songs/groups for students to listen too
In general I would heartily recommend listening to recordings of Chanticleer, Kings' Singers, the Robert Shaw (even going back to the Robert Shaw Chorale) for a start.  Lots of inspiration for your singers right there.  Depending on the repertoire, check out the Cambridge Singers as well.   ...
James,   In addition, I would be remiss if I did not also suggest:   "Come All Ye Worthy Gentlemen", TTB, Colla Voce 15-95560 Holiday a cappella   "Skye Boat Song", TTBB and keyboard, Colla Voce 15-96220 Folk song with lilting piano part, optional Baritone solo   "Vive l'amour", TTBB a...
James,   You will find the better rep listing at IL-ACDA Recommended Choral Repertoire further down on the page of the IL ACDA listing:   Also on the tab of Top Ten lists on the Repertoire page.   So...
James,   Check out the repertoire listings on the Illinois ACDA website.  I think you will be happy with the suggested male chorus repertoire.   Bob Boyd    
Comment: Re: Two Words You Must Hear
Thanks for this post, Scott. Blessings to you for all you are doing for ACDA, as well.   Bob Boyd  
Comment: Re: High School Honors Choir
Matt,   What about the Vivaldi "Gloria"?  It is repertoire that is quite attainable, and I might suggest the soloists could be fellow singers from ISU--inspiration for the high school singers.  You then can concentrate on the choruses, which are really wonderful for their voices!   All best,...
Comment: Re: What are your must have pieces for sacred male ensemble?
Consider "We Shall Walk Through the Valley" arranged by William Appling published by World.  Wonderfully sensitive and touching. "Rise Up, O Men of God" arranged by Ken Jennings published by Augsburg is a sure winner. "Non Nobis Domine" by Quilter, publised by Boosey & Hawkes, is also worthy...
Comment: Re: Unaccompanied music for inauguration or academic subject
James,   "Consecrate The Place and Day" by Lloyd Pfautsch, published by Alfred.  Wonderful! (His "Musicks Empire" is also quite good for this occaision.)   Bob Boyd
Comment: Re: database/spreadsheet/list of all state programs?
Scott, This is a listing of the Illinois All-State and Honors Choirs from 2006 to the present:   Title Composer Arranger Voicing Publisher Publisher Number Year               Cheryl Frazes Hill             Musicks Empire ...
Comment: Re: Addressing Older Choir Members Overall Sound/Vibrato
Shawn,   I wonder if you are located close enough to a university/college who has a voice teacher who would be willing to come in and work a part of the rehearsal at the start of the church year.  Being lucky to be in the Chicago area, I know of some wonderful voice technicians who are very wil...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir pieces about singing, songs, etc.
Jenn,   There is an SSAA a cappella setting of "Sigh No More, Ladies" in the Carl Fischer catalog that has been done at both the college and high school levels I composed a number of years ago.  The second verse sets "sing no more ditties"...etc.  CM8238.   All best,   Bob Boyd
Comment: Re: Needing a Christmas piece (sacred) for SATB & Children's Choir
There is a work by Carolyn Jennings which should fit your needs:  "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain".  Lovely work, to be sure.
Comment: Re: Good TTBB Pieces for Music Fraternity
Russell, Check out "Brothers, Sing On" by Grieg, ed. McKinney. It is a great male chorus for your needs. All best. Bob Boyd  
Comment: Re: Rep for Men's Choir
Clay,   Works for three-part male chorus with accompaniment that might fit your situation:   "Fire Down Below", arr Berg  (Colla Voce) "Annie Laurie", arr. Johnson  (Leonard) "To Work Upon a Railway", arr. Rentz  (Heritage) "Stars I Shall Find", Johnson  (Heritage) "Sing Me a...
Comment: Re: Rep for Men's Choir
Clay,   "Viva Tutti" published by EC Schirmer is TTB or TBB, and is a cappella.  The Italian text is very easy to learn as there is a lot of repetition.   Bob Boyd Central Division Male Chorus Rep.
Concert: St. Charles Singers presents Candlelight Carols
The St. Charles Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt will present their annual Candlelight Carols Concert on November 30 in Fourth Presbyterian Church (Michigan at Delaware), Chicago and December 1 and 2 at Baker Memorial Methodist Church, St. Charles.  The program will include:   Bog...
Comment: Re: Best Shakespeare texts set to music
Ross,   Check out "Songs and Sonnets" by George Shearing for SATB, bass and keyboard.  The set is published by Hinshaw  (HMB226).  Lovely settings in a contemporary style to Shakespeare favorites!   All best,   Bob Boyd
Comment: Re: Brass and Percussion piece needed to program with Rutter's "Gloria"
Dear Lee,   I concur with the suggestion of Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata".  The three movements are quite varied and musically satisfying for the choral forces.  The second movement is quite evocative, and a bit of a challenge tuning at times, but oh, so worth it.  I love the third moveme...
Comment: Re: Favorite Women's Choir repertoire?
Dear Sarah, If you have a harpist, (or a very fine pianist available) I hope you will look at Set III of Holst's "Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda", Opus 26.  There are four wonderful choruses in this opus, and each one is a gem of the repertoire.  I would also suggest "Sweet and Low" from H...
Comment: Re: Request to music publishers - and suggestions for good sites
Jennifer,   Check out for a variety of choral works.  Colla Voce, Inc. is out of Indianapolis, and has a wide range of choral music.   Bob Boyd  
Concert: Magnificent Mozart--The Mozart Journey 5
The St. Charles Singers will be joined by the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra in performances of works by Mozart under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt.   The dates are: Saturday evening, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church St. Charles, IL   Sunday afternoo...
Comment: Re: Intermediate SATB with 4 Hands Piano Accompaniment
Dear Briana, There are some great SATB octavos with duo piano accompaniment arranged by Mack Wilberg.  There are some carol arrangements Mr. Wilberg did, particularly "Fum, Fum, Fum" which is delightful.  Check out his works at both Hinshaw and Oxford.  I would highly recommend looking at a ...
Comment: Re: Your all time favorite SSA piece
Might I add to the listing: "My True Love Has My Heart", Butler (Hinshaw) "Three Mountain Ballads", Nelson (Presser) "You le Canto todo el dia", Brunner (B&H) Bob Boyd Music Education Northwestern University
Comment: Re: Scarborough Fair arrangement
Helen:  I think the following arrangment might fit your needs! Please consider the arrangement published by Colla Voce:
Comment: Re: SA duet music for State Festival List
Anne:   Please consider the Saint-Saens "Ave Maria" published by Colla Voce  15-96110
Concert: St. Charles Singers present Candlelight Carols
The St. Charles Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt will present their annual Candlelight Carols concerts at Baker Memorial Methodist Church (St. Charles, IL) on Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 at either 3:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.  The choral ensemble will feature ho...
Concert: Northwestern University's University Singers and University Chorus
Northwestern University's University Singers under the direction of Robert A. Boyd and the University Chorus under the direction of Robert A. Harris will present a concert on Tuesday evening, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Evanston, IL campus.  Composers represented...
Comment: Re: High School Men's Chorus - Your top picks!
Dear Sandra:   I would suggest the following titles not included so far:   "Blow the Candles Out", arr. Richardson, Mark Foster "The Animals a-Comin'", arr. Bartholomew, Hal Leonard "Byker Hill", arr. Sandler, Hinshaw "Do You Hear What I Hear?", Simeone, Shawnee "For the Fallen",...
Comment: Re: HELP! Decent literature for SA ensemble
Anne,   You might check out "Ave Maria" of Camille Saint-Saens,  published by Colla Voce:  15-96110   If you search SA on their website, there are a host of additional treble voiced pieces you may choose from.  See:   All best,   Bob Boyd Northwestern...
Comment: Re: Literature Suggestions for a Chamber Ensemble?
Dennis:   The Britten "Five Flower Songs" are particularly challenging and lovely.  (Boosey & Hawkes) The Hindemith "Chansons" are little bonbons, but should be performed more frequently. Madrigals by Byrd, Wilbye, Gibbons, Morley, Weelkes, are standards for such an ensemble. And d...
Comment: Re: Repertoire Presentation for Choral Literature Class- Andrew Pollard
Andrew:   You might consider the following for high school choirs, representing just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful repertoire:   Cantate Domino, Pitoni David's Lamentation, Billings Fa Una Canzona, Vecchi Der Tanz, Schubert Hallelujah, Amen (Judas Maccabeus), Handel  (quit...
Comment: Re: John Rutter: High School Music
Jenna:   Please consider "The Sprig of Thyme", a collection of eleven folksongs with various voicings for SATB, women and men published by Oxford.  Out of this collection you can purchase separately "Three folk-songs for upper voices" and "Two folk-songs for male voices", depending on your r...
Comment: Re: In Search of Repertoire about Spring
For SATB, please consider "The Succession of Four Sweet Months" from Britten's Five Flower Songs, along with beautiful "The Evening Primrose".  They are wonderful pieces a fine high school choir will love.   Best regards,   Bob Boyd Northwestern Univ. Music Education
Comment: Re: "Love" Song Suggestions
I, too, applaud James Mulholland's "A Red, Red, Rose", I would also suggest you check out Mulholland's "If Love Should Count You Worthy" for piano, SATB Choir and French horn.  Truly memorable--and a joy to sing!
Comment: Re: Men's Choral Music for Camp
In addition to Frank's suggestions, I would add:   Soldier's Hallelujah, Singh, TB,  BriLee (similar to the Medieval Gloria already noted) Viva Tutti, ed. Hunter, TBB, Lawson Gould (a cappella)--easily taught in a short time span Oliver Cromwell, Britten, Unison, Boosey & Hawkes--E-flat major,...