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20 minutes piece for undergrad choir

I'm writing to ask for help.
I'm a grad student in choral conducting and next semester I'll have a choir for a recital for the first time.
The choir is pretty large (60 singers), but the majority of the singers are not music majors.
I can work a piece a capella or with a small orchestra, and I can have soloists also.
My goal is to find a 20, 25 minutes piece that is not so difficult and, at the same time, with some musical challenges great enough to convince my teachers of its importance.
I thought about Haendel's Utrecht Te Deum.
But I'd love to hear some suggestions.
Carlos Vieira
on April 7, 2013 9:29pm
Mozart's Solemn Vespers (Vesperae Solemnis de Confessore) or his earlier Litanie Lauretenae (K. 107 I think)
on April 8, 2013 3:56am
Hi Carlos,
Purcell's Come Ye, Sons of Art is quite accessable, or perhaps, an early Mozart Mass like Missa brevis in G (K. 49) for example.
Good luck,
Brian O'Connell
Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop
on April 8, 2013 6:53am
Hello Carlos,
I have a suggestion which is off the beaten track, but which I know would work well for the purposes intended. I am referring to the work Titanic Requiem, which was performed in some 16 places in the USA & Canada, and will be performed at Choralise in France this summer. The choral forces required, and the writing are such that it has been performed successfully by a (very) modest SATB church choir of 4 persons (only 2 of them readers!) but also - and most recently - by a choir of one hundred and fifty, in Salt Lake City, under Maestro Brady Allred. It is the kind of piece, which if the conductor is up to it, really shows a choral director's ability to handle relatively untrained voices, but also to handle instrumental musicians of excellent amateur or professional capabilities.  Virtually all of these performances were sung by good amateur singers, many without formal musical or vocal training.
Titanic Requiem was written to commemorate the 80th. anniversary of the great disaster, and was revised slightly and performed throughout the USA and Canada in 2012. It has been performed in Brandon, Manitoba; Columbus, Ohio; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Lancaster, PA; Montreal, Canada; Ormstown, Quebec; Phoenix, Arizona; St. Johns, Newfoundland; Salt Lake City, Utah; Traverse City, Michigan; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and Choralies Festival, France (in 2013).
I would be pleased to send you a score and ‘voices only’ samples; a brief excerpt of the work may be heard at  A CD of the work under my direction is also available. The work is approximately 22 minutes long.
Now that the 100th. anniversary has passed, I would be pleased to make the scores available to you in PDF format.
Donald Patriquin, composer Titanic Requiem
on April 8, 2013 12:47pm
If a new work is an option, John Rutter's Gloria is shorter (about 16min) but a great work. Kentaro Sato's Requiem Pacis and Te Deum are great works that non-music majors will enjoy.  Both are about 25min, and can be performed with piano/organ or chamber orchestra or some instruments from it. Requim do require a good soprano solo, by the way.
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on April 9, 2013 7:35am
Speaking of pieces that are somewhat shorter then 20 mins. long but that are OUTSTANDING in addition to approachable:
Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.
Kristina Boerger
on April 9, 2013 7:50am
I have a 17 minute work for choir (some div.), & small orchestra: *Of Arts and Elements*, commissioned by my old high school for the dedication of their new performing arts complex. On an original libretto by Charles Crawford, it explores the performing arts in terms of the 4 primal elements (of yore): air (=music), fire (= drama), water (=dance) and earth (the edifice itself). Scoring is for 3 trumpets, piano obbligato, 2 perc. & str; scoring is customizable to a degree.
I have scores and recordings available if this might be of interest.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
on April 9, 2013 12:15pm
Hi Carlos,
"Water Ruminations" for choir and organ (or some of it) might suit your needs. Its 6 movements last 26 minutes altogether, but some movements can stand alone. A movements can be heard here: . The other movements are also on YouTube.
Good luck with your search.
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