SAB: SAB favorites
Thank you to all who responded on my request for a favorite SAB
number - your responses were great! The compilation is as
Shenandoah arranged by Linda Spevacek. Great piano part, too.
For fun, try Pete Schmutte's arrangment of "Manhattan Melodies"
It's a medley of Forty-Second Street, New York New York and
Lullabye of Broadway.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, by Jerry Estes is excellent, as long as latin
isn't a problem. My experience with the piece was with an eighth
grade choir. It is minor key, fairly slow tempo with opportunities for
One happens to be a song I wrote based on a Georgia Sea Islands
spiritual (Yonder Come Day)...quite easy for three parts.
On the other end of the difficulty spectrum is Carlos Abril's
arrangement of the old Cuban criolla, El Mambi. Not tremendously
difficult, but not easy (appropriate for honor choir or select or
chamber choir)...in Spanish, fabulous, very typical Cuban setting.
Around the Campfire: Three Israeli folksongs is very lively and
flexible in terms of parts, not too challenging but enjoyable.
Dowidzenia is a round in easy Polish (farewell my friend until we
meet again) to be sung acappella or with piano/recorder
accompaniment. Very modal sound.
Coast Salish Medley is six traditional bone game songs from the
NW Coast Indians...3-part treble or mixed choir, percussion. Lively,
can become raucous in a fun way if you use the bone game with it
Somagwaza is a South African coming of age song. Take it as
written and create a longer arrangement with the students' ideas.
Judith Cook Tucker
"Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John (SAB & piano) 4:30 by John Biggs
Allen Pote The Lord Is My Shepherd
Come and Be Joyful Vivaldi (arrangement for SAB of Gloria)
Come My Way, My Truth My Life (to the tune Scarborough Fair)
arr. by Richard Delong
Alleluia by Edward Harris
Rise And Shine by Todd Jolly
SAB Mixed Voices and Piano
Pavane Publishing (Intrada) P1025
If you are looking for a "winner" that is not too difficult, or if you
know there are not many in the baritone section, a recent gospel
arrangement of the Spiritual "Shine On Me" by Rollo Dilworth is
great. It is published by Hal Leonard # 08551557 My kids love it!
I use a lot of SAB music with my freshman choir. I have found the
following editions to work well Sansa Kroma--Felicia Sandler Blue
Moon-- (Not sure of the arranger, I think it's Roger Emerson) Poor
Wayfarin' Stranger Mairi's Wedding--Bob Chilcott Non Nobis
Domine--William Byrd (this piece is standard repertoire for my
Freshmen/women) Canon(fuga a tré) Praetorius Follow the Drinking
Gourd-- (again not sure of the arranger)
Alexander's Ragtime Band SAB--Berlin/Wagner, pub. Coronet or
Play for Me A Simple Melody SAB--Berlin/Shaw, pub Hal Leonard
Both are easily put together, yet have a nice choral sound and the
kids, (7th/8th graders) like them.
I'm having great success with an sab arrangement of the Vecchi
"Fa una Canzone" (there's a very little bit of divisi into tenor and
bass, but very easy--open fifths, repeated). Also, Stephen
Hatfield's "When It Was Yet Dark" is absolutely beautiful (B&H).
"This Little Light of Mine" published by Hal Leonard and arranged
by Neil Johnson has been a proven winner for 24 years. It has
never failed (that I know of) at any festival. The 3pt Mixed version
has sold over 200,000 copies so there must be something to it. (I
am not just saying this because I arranged it.) Good luck.
by Eric Unruh
very lyrical, easy to learn
If you have questions on any of the suggestions, feel free to email
Dixie High School