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10-15 minute piece for advanced SSAA group

I have a wonderful ladies' vocal ensemble of 14 members.  Six of these will graduate this spring, and I want to feature the group somewhat in our spring gala.  I am interested in a piece 10-15 minutes in length that will not only challenge and showcase these lovely voices, but that will be an audience-pleaser as well.  We have an orchestra, so I have access to all types of instrumental accompaniment. 
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on January 4, 2010 2:55pm
 Where Life is Written in Water by Gary Fry.  Wonderful piece commissioned by Colorado Children's Chorus. We performed it a year ago. Can be done with a chamber orchestra. contact Gary directly, as it is in manuscript. Don't know if only 14 women could cover it all, but it is a really great piece!
 
 
on January 4, 2010 3:06pm
Hi Laura,
 
I am a composer of many choral works.  I have composed a 14 minute SSAA choral piece called "A Child of God".  I do not know if you are looking for sacred music.  This piece has three sections done with percussion and the last section has two pianos accompanying.  The percussion parts are stunning.  I worked with one of the percussionists from the Minnesota Orchestra in writing this work.  I would be more than willing to send you a complimentary copy of this work if you would like to review it.
 
Denice Rippentrop
on January 4, 2010 3:24pm
 Here's a related ChoralNet resource.
on January 5, 2010 12:47am
hi Laura
 
I have a challenging work for SSAA titled "Lux Lucis" -- it's in 3 movements, about 10 minutes duration, on texts by Hildegard von Bingen . I wrote it for the small women's ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, which had about 17 members at the time. It worked very well for that size ensemble and was a real audience-pleaser.
 
You can hear a couple of the movements on the Seattle Pro Musica website, on the CD page:
 
I would be happy to send a perusal copy if you like.
 
all best,
Karen Thomas, Artistic Director
Seattle Pro Musica
on January 9, 2010 8:25am
 Hi Karen, beautiful motets, thanks for posting the link!
 
My choir http://www.readingphoenix.org.uk has a couple of competitions coming up (BBC Choir of The Year and the Cheltenham (UK) Festival) and these would be great for the ladies (they won their category at the Jersey Festival last year, us men could only manage second ;) ) I've recommended O lucissima especially to our MD.
on January 5, 2010 5:57am
Only about 5 minutes - but maybe you'd like to listen anyway, also if 6 of your ladies are leaving this might fit exactly the 8 left. 8 SSAA + one cello: http://cyrad.is/tonlist/Vokalisa.m4a
on January 5, 2010 7:20am
Hi, Laura -
 
You might be interested in my Magnificat for women's voices (SSAA) and harp. It was recently premiered by the professional group In Mulieribus from Portland, OR, and was very well received. It will be posted soon on YouTube - you can listen to it there. If you want scores, visit Troparion(a)richardtoensing.com.
 Best wishes,
Richard Toensing
on January 5, 2010 9:23am

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