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on July 12, 2010 2:36pm
Hi Allen and all,
I am programming some Swingle Singers arrangements next spring.  Since we really are a chamber choir, doing "serious" stuff, I feel a little bit out of my element.  I have paired the Swingle things with Harris arrangements of Shakespeare--and some PDQ Bach to round it out.  I am nutz?  My choir thinks it will be fun but I am second guessing myself.  Help!
on July 19, 2010 7:40pm
What Swingle arrangments have your programmed? I have attempted to do some with my jazz choir (a volunteer community based choir that is quite skilled and dedicated) and I have steered away from the extremely complex, rythmically challenging charts. We've done some of the Ticket to Ride charts, and I hope to learn one or two of the original Ward Swingle Bach charts this year.
If you find that the swingle arrangments aren't gel-ing, give a go at arrangements by Jeff Funk or Julie Eschilman. Funk has arranged Peter Gunn, Excerpts from the Nutcracker, The Can-Can and Eschilman has a great arrangment of The Overture from William Tell.
Just some thoughts for you.
Good luck and let us know how it works out-
Ryan Pryslak
Director, Opus One Vocal Jazz
on July 20, 2010 7:23pm
Thank you, Ryan, for commenting. I have about ten copies each of Ward Swingle arrangements--Bouree, Canon in D, Sleepers Awake--as well as the William Tell.  I am still dithering--since I won't start rehearsals until late February or March for this concert--but Ilke the "Music History 101" and am thinking of programming some of that.  Most of my singers have degrees in music of some sort, are music teachers or choir directors so I am not too concerned about complicated  but......this will be different for us.  Poulenc they can do, am not sure about Swingle!
Marie Grass Amenta, founder and music director
the Midwest Motet Society
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