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If YOUR Chamber Choir were selected for . . . .

If YOUR Chamber Choir were selected to sing a 25 minute set for an MENC Convention concert hour what would you select as the "I've gotta do this tune" selection? My group is 23 voices and we do largely a cappella selections ranging from early to contemporary music. I'd love to hear what you would do as I'm preparing my program. Thanks in advance.
 
Mike Allen
South Kitsap High School Vocal Music
Port Orchard, WA
Replies (9): Threaded | Chronological
on October 24, 2010 3:47am
Mine was and will also sing in Bellevue - congrats Mike!  Having that publiciity photo due on Friday will get you thinking of repertoire!
 
ACDA has a publication of all music sung at ACDA conventions (conferences  now) for 30 years - that's a great resource .  Check out Dehning's letter to the editor in this months CJ - it's an impassioned argument for including master composers from before 1900.  I'd suggest exploring the music of VIctoria, Lassus, Tallis or Byrd in the Renaissance - for example.   Others from other periods include Purcell, Haydn (wrote some nice part songs), Rheinberger, and many more- which I'm sure you already know, but are particular favorites of mine.  and in the 20th/21st century - Britten is very fine Finzi also.  I must say, my colleague Vijay Singh has a way with voice leading and connecting emotionally with the choir.  His "Dusk to D\awn" is very nice,, as is "let peace abound".
 
For traditional spirituals, I also have a soft spot for Shaw's sometimes I feel like a moanin' dove, and deCormier's let me fly. 
 
As for CWU - since ACDA NW in March was mainly 20th and 21st century music, I'm thinking more traditional at MENC.  Bach's Lobet den Herrn, for sure, and then in the running - a couple of Monteverdi madrigals, a couple of Lauridsen fire madrigals.  I've got the basses for perhaps some Rachmaninoff Vespers, I love a lot of Brahms' stuff also.
 
HTH - and have fun exploring.
 
Best,
Gary
on October 24, 2010 4:01am
Hi Mike,
 
I am a young composer (24) and I write a large amount of vocal/choral music.  I have a piece that just went into print (Boosey & Hawkes) that would be great for your chamber choir!  You would have one of the first performances as well - a very exciting opportunity for your group to share a new piece at the convention!
 
Here is a recording:
 
 
Purchase here:
 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Thanks,
 
Jake Runestad
 
on October 24, 2010 5:04am
Mike,
     I would do "The Evening Primrose" by B. Britten:-)
Linda Martin
on October 24, 2010 2:21pm
I love the whole "Five Flower Songs, Opus 47" by B. Britten and have prepared them with my adult chamber choir.  I like the "Marsh Flowers" and think the last movement, "Green Broom" may be just what you're looking for.
 
Marie
on October 24, 2010 5:23am
What's a MENC? and then I might be able to answer :) Please remeber that this is an international list.
on October 25, 2010 1:47am
MENC => http://www.menc.org/  Easily Googleable (and I'm not in the States either)...
on October 24, 2010 6:21am
Dear Mike,
I'd suggest Zwei Gesänge Op. 34 by Richard Strauss. Talk about "slow food"...
Regards,
Pertti
on October 24, 2010 12:13pm
How Do I Love You? or Agnus Dei by Kentaro Sato
on October 24, 2010 2:41pm
Hi Mike,
 
I conduct an adult chamber choir and have so many favorites (see below) to suggest.  This repertoire is only limited by our imaginations--how to narrow it down?
 
Since I conduct "The Midwest Motet Society", I would suggest motets---pick your favorite composer, see what they have you like and let 'er rip.  Poulenc motets are wonderful---both the Advent and Lent sets --if you want contempory and unaccompanied.
 
My group also sings secular music and have done some wonderful folk song settings including Holst, "I Love My Love", unaccompanied. If you have a worthy pianist or two, we did the Brahms, "Gypsy Songs, op. 103" a few years ago--with piano, two hands and the "Liebeslieder, op. 52", piano, four hands. Schubert quartets, again, with a good pianist, are fun, fun, fun.  We did "Der Tanz" and "Lebenslust" last spring.  What about a Gesualdo madrigal?--tough, interesting, Renaissance and unaccompanied.
 
Please take your question to the Chamber Choir/Vocal Ensemble ChoralNet Community--as its editor, I'd like to get some action there!--and we'll see what else we can come up with. I will tag this for the group.
 
Have fun!
 
Marie
 
Marie Grass Amenta, Founder and Music Director
the Midwest Motet Society
the Chamber Choir for Chicago's Southland
 
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