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High School TTB/TBB Literature

I have a high school men's chorus of about 14 Jr and Sr members.  Most of these singers are brand new to choir.  I'm looking for some literature that will be challenging, but at the same time, they will be successful performing.  My bass 2’s and tenors are the stronger singers. 
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on October 17, 2011 2:15pm
Hi Doug,
I've used the following with some success over the years with beginning choirs:
"Tollite Hostias" - Saint-Saens
"Spanish Ladies" - Parker/Shaw
"Adoramus te Christe" - Ruffo (CPDL)
"Der Herr Segne Euch" - J.S. Bach (TB duet)
"Homeward Bound" - Strommen (TTB)
Be sure to check the Repertoire Resources here on ChoralNet for other ideas and go back to the ACDA website Repertoire & Standards section under Male Choirs.  Either look at the reading lists or contact your R&S Chair for ideas.  I've kept all the reading packets and programs from ACDA, TMEA, TCDA, or like conferences.  They are usually a big help when I'm trying to think of something to program.  I write all over them at conference so I remember what I thought of the selections.  Some good, some not so good. 
Best of luck,
on October 17, 2011 3:12pm
I've had excellent success with these works:
Workin' on the Railroad, TTBB, arr. Barham, Santa Barbara 937
Vive L'Amour, TTBB, arr. Barham,  Santa Barbara 457
Down in the Valley, TB, arr. Berry, Santa Barbara 510
I've Got Peace Like a River, TBB, arr. Berry, Santa Barbara 706
on October 17, 2011 6:26pm
Go to and check out their men's catalog. Lots of good beginning men's choir muisc there - be very careful of ranges as you choose beginning men's music.
Mary Jane
on October 17, 2011 4:36pm
Here are some tried and true titles I've used with my beginning men's choirs:
"Man Is for the Woman Made"  TBB by Purcell/arr. Arthur Frackenpohl from Hal Leonard #00007773
"Rise Up My Love, My Fair One" TTB by James McCray from Hal Leonard #08762295
"Chickens In the Garden" TBB by Stephen Hatfield from Hal Leonard #48005188
"All Ye Who Music Love" TTB by Donato/arr. Sherri Porterfield from Hal Leonard #08741094
"A-Rovin" - TB by Ron Jeffers, from Earthsongs Music Publishers
"Vive La Compagnie" TBB arr. Dave and Jean Perry from Hal Leonard 35024778
"Star of County Down" TBB arr. Dave and Jean Perry from HL 35027541
"I'm Bound Away" TTB arr. Donald Moore, pub. by Alfred
"Viva Tutti" TTB ed. Ralph Hunter, published by Alfred
Go to this Hal Leonard website for fun Doo-Wop and Broadway pieces for 3-part men's groups:  
Food for thought:  I might move one tenor down to baritone and one bass up to baritone to pad the inner harmony part.  
Have fun! 
-Denise Baccadutre
on October 25, 2011 12:32pm
PATER NOSTER (The Lord's Prayer in Latin) by R. K. Biggs. TTBB, easy, rich harmonies. See it listed here:
on October 28, 2011 1:45pm
Thanks for everyone's input.  Some great ideas
on October 29, 2011 9:25am
[Shameless plug department]  Our glee club (university and community men) has performed my setting of "Jenny Kiss'd Me" a couple of times now.  It's a very short TBB, not too tough, a capella (but I won't grumble if a piano plays along).  You can grab a review copy at
I'd also offer my "Let the Toast Pass", but your principal might object.  "Drink to the lass.  I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass."  Maybe not for high school!
on October 29, 2011 9:30pm
Another shameless plug...
I have arranged Clara Schumann's lied, "Warum willst du, andre fragen" for TTB and I also have arranged Peter Lutkin's "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" for TBB. Both may be seen and heard at my Score Exchange page,
on October 30, 2011 4:18am
I have a group of 14 as well....but several of mine are freshmen, two of whom have completely unchanged voices and cannot sing as low as a middle C!!!  They are a wonderful crew though and we're managing just fine.  We just performed "Lots 'a fish in bonavist harbor" arr. Miller with a lot of success.  Every concert will be a new experience as the voices mature and change.  Good luck!
on November 8, 2011 9:59am
Check out these...they all work very well for HS guy choirs:
Finnan Haddie - Vijay Singh  TTBB w/piano/recorder/opt. guitar (Alfred) Humorous Celtic folk style
Fergus an' Molly - Vijay Singh  TTBB w/piano/recorder (Alfred) Celtic folk style
Medieval Gloria - Vijay Singh  TB a cappella (Alfred) Great processional!
Novum Gaudia - Vijay Singh TBB a cappella/opt. drum  (BriLee)
With My Swag All On My Shoulder - arr. Vijay Singh TBB w/piano (National Music/Fred Bock) Australian folk/humorous
Sailor Songs (3 song set) - Vijay Singh  TTBB a cappella (Hal Leonard) 3 tunes in one octavo....
Any of the great Norman Luboff arrangments (Walton)
Songs of a Young Man - Richard Nance TTBB w/piano (Walton)
Good luck!
on January 6, 2012 9:48pm
Si iniquitates observaveris - Samuel Wesley
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace. arr. W. Appling
Alleluia - as recorded by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, unpublished but I could send you a transcription/arrangment.
on January 7, 2012 6:12am
Check out the Giuseppe Tartini "Stabat Mater" - although written originally for SSA trio (on the odd-numbered verses) with unison choir (on the even-numbered verses), we did it very successfully with my church choir for TTB, taking it down a step (from F to Eb).  This is available on CPDL (which you may want to look at for other ideas as well) (  Although the version on CPDL has 20 verses (the entire prayer) you obviously need not do all of them - in a religious setting it's appropriate, but in a concert setting I wouldn't, as lovely as it is.  Have fun with it, though - and I would take the suggestion made in an earlier post to move a baritone up to the second part and a tenor down to the second part to give it some needed umph in the middle, especially if you have a good strong 1st tenor and 2nd bass for the outer parts.
on January 8, 2012 7:55pm
Jubilate Deo, by Laura Farnell
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