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Repertoire Suggestions for a University President's Innaugeration Ceremony

Greetings to all!
I am seeking repertoire suggestions for works in the spirit suitable for the innaugeration of our new university president.  My 40-voice auditioned SATB choir will be singing in our large baketball arena with a professional amplification system.  My request is two-fold...
                  1) Repertoire for the choir either unaccompanied or with piano, and
                  2) Repertoire for the choir with wind ensemble.
Thanks in advance for your help!
James Stegall
Western Illinois University
on June 15, 2011 6:19am
I have a work, Ut Prosim, which would be appropriate for this occasion, SATB and piano -- complete info, including sample score PDF and performance MP3, available at
All best!
Jonathan Santore
on June 15, 2011 6:21am
Don't know if it would "translate" well at a state university, but at our Christian institution I've found that Thompson's "Last Words of David" has a text that fits the occasion and was received well.  
Chuck Livesay
on June 15, 2011 7:25am
Hello, James,
I am assuming you do not want a full-length work. Let me offer one of my works, for choir with wind ensemble. I would recommend the finale, "All Eyes Are Opened to the Rights of Man" from Principles, SSAATTBB, a secular oratorio, tuneful, populist, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from Thomas Jefferson. It is accessible, thinking person's patriotic music. The finale is a revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the Declaration of Independence, based on his last letter, a long buildup with a powerful final peroration on the refrain, "All Eyes are Opened to the Rights of Man."  Medium difficulty. With amplification, your choir would have no trouble being heard over a normal size wind ensemble. About 7 minutes.
Please contact me offline if you would like to see a sample p/v score and hear a demo MP3.
Best wishes,
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
2402 4th St. No. 5, Santa Monica CA 90405
310-480-9525 cell 310-392-2641 Home/Fax
on June 15, 2011 8:45am
We did Norman Dello Joio's A Jubilant Song for our president's inauguration this past year.   Our new president specifically asked for a theme that celebrated learning particularly in the liberal arts and community. The text fit very well and our performance of it was well received. 
Dennis Malfatti
University of Evansville
on June 15, 2011 8:06pm
I have an arrangement of *Gaudeamus Igitur* for SATB div. brass, percussion & organ which could be transcribed for wind ensemble. I can forward a score and a link to a video performance--please let me know if this would be of interest.
Robert A.M. Ross
on June 16, 2011 6:48am
Does the layout of your performance space allow for the wind ensemble to be split in two, perhaps to either side of the choir? U Trau for SSAATB choir and large wind ensemble (11 minutes) published by EC Schirmer works best with an antiphonal set-up. Let me know if you would like to see or hear more.
Christopher Marshall
on June 16, 2011 9:18am
Greetings, my fellow SFASU grad!
I have sung Hanson's Song of Democracy for a university president inauguration and it worked quite well. You can do it with either piano or wind ensemble.
Tod Fish
Round Rock, Texas
on June 16, 2011 12:54pm
A suitable closing piece might be the PHILIP STOPFORD setting of the Irish Blessing  "May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back.............." These words were recently sung to Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Ireland and should suit a University President. The Stopford setting can be heard at and copies are available from  What about contacting Philip Stopford at that website to discuss a commission for your Choir? Student Choirs love music written specially for them plus a chance to meet the composer!
on June 17, 2011 9:23pm
If you're looking for a large work, last year my college choir and wind ensemble performed Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" and David Hollsinger's "Canticles! Three Modern Psalms of Praise" for a concert in honor of the innaugeration of our new president. For a regular length work try "The Road Not Taken" or "Choose Something Like a Star" from Thompson's "Frostiana", Stephen Paulus' "Pilgrimn's Hymn", Copland's "The Promise of Living", or Joseph Martin's "The Quest Undending" or "The Awakening".
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