Academic occasions: Dedication of a concert hall
Thanks to all for your help. Here is my original query plus responses:
My adult mixed choir has been asked to perform at a new concert hall
>dedication. I am considering Vaughan Williams "Serenade to Music". Any
>additional sugguestions. Possible accompaniment is piano, organ or
>perhaps chamber orchestra. I will compile and post responses. Many
There is a fine work by L. Pfautsch entitled "Miusick's Empire" which I
recommend to you for a building dedication. You will like the text.
work is a cappella, but worthy of a good ensemble. I think it is
by Schirmer/Leonard, but don't quote me on that fact!
Best of luck.
Lyons Township High School
La Grange, Illinois
I would advocate doing the *Serenade* **ONLY** if orchestra is
available--I've heard it done with keyboard, and it's disappointing.
Three thoughts if chamber orchestra is available:
Britten: *The Building of the House* (SATB, varible orchestrations)
Michael Hurd: *Music's Praise* (SATB, str) (Novello)--Accessible, not
and virtually unknown in America (you may wind up with a US premiere!)
My own *Of Arts and Elements*--SATB div., 3 trpts (3 trbs ad lib),
perc, str (min 3-3-2-2-1) on an original text by Charles Crawford
Music, Drama, and Dance to, respectively, the ancient elements of Air,
and Water; Earth is represented by the stage/building itself. This was
commissioned by my old HS for the dedication of their new performing
complex in 1999, so it is 100% accessible music. I can send a tape of
premiere and a vocal score if this might be of interest; it would be
second performance (1st if you use the trb parts!).
Please let me know if the above is of interest, and I hope this helps--
Happy New Year/Century/Millennium!
Robert A.M. Ross, Artistic Director
Voces Novae et Antiquae
Vaughan Williams' "Lord Thou HAst Been Our Refuge" is another great
anthem unless you want to stay secular.
How about Behold I build an house by Lukas Foss?
Janet Yamron, Associate Dean
Boyer College of Music
Philadelphia, PA 19122
First thing that comes to my mind is Bruckner's "Locus Iste" which is a
gradual for the dedication of a church. Don't know if it's appropriate
your context, but it's a great piece, not too difficult, but beautiful
sing and listen to.
K-6 general music
Cherokee County, GA
Ben Allaway's Freedom Come: Inside These Walls, Santa Barbara Music
Also "Joys of the Temple" Ben Allaway, for choir and organ or 4-hand
available from LMNOP Publications, 515-288-8883 or benlmnop(a)aol.com
Also "From This House" by Ben Allaway, Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Des Moines, IA
"Behold I Build an House" by Lukas Foss is an excellent piece for choir
and piano. Very powerful.
Paul Olsen, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Salem Oregon
Let me re-post the answer from the late beloved Wally Collins:
>Date: Wed, 7 Jun 1995 10:18:41 -0600 (MDT)
>From: Walter Collins
>Subject: Re: ANTHEMS FOR CHURCH DEDICATION
>Let me recommend to you "Choral Music for Dedications" by Choralister
>Nina Gilbert. This is issue #144 of the Research Memorandum Series,
>1987, published by the American Choral Foundation and ACDA. It is an
>extensive list of such compositions.
>Contact Chorus America (211 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103) for
Chorus America can now be contacted online at
http://www.chorusamerica.org, and you can find an index (and ordering
instructions) for the Research Memoranda at
I have no financial interest in sales of reprints (which I think cost
$2.50), except that I'm glad that my work supports Chorus America.
Hope this helps,
Check out Lukas Foss' Behold I Build An House Quite a powerful
but takes some good work for the choir