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SAB Sight Reading Repertoire

Greetings List, 
I'm beginning a term as the Choral Representative for the California Music Educator's Association Bay Section. As part of this position, I'm  continuing the work of my predecessor and revamping our sight reading music for our choral festivals. I've obtained the Southern Music Company's "Songs for Sight-Singing" for SATB, SSA, SA, TTB and TB, but we have middle school ensembles that are singing SAB music and some even SATB repertoire in performance. 
My questions to the collective wisdom of the list are: Are there and beginning to intermediate level SAB octavos written specifically for sight singing? Is there a list somewhere that list all of the sight-singing repertoire from SMC by grade level like the band and orchestra literature? 
Thanks for any assistance you can offer and have a restful summer, 
Bruce Lengacher
Acalanes High School
Lafayett, CA
on June 4, 2013 4:50am
I've used practice materials written by Tom Stokes (available through Musical Resources).  Also, contact the Michigan School Vocal Music Association for information on our state's sight reading festival sight reading materials and requirements.  We use newly composed exercises each year as opposed to commercially available octavos.
Mark Lundgren
Standish-Sterling Central HS/MS
Standish, MI
on June 4, 2013 7:15am
I teach in a high school where I often need tons of SAB sight reading music - my source is:
lots of free sight singing music in different keys and different levels of difficulty.  Hope this suggestion is helpful.
on June 4, 2013 8:40am
Bruce, I'm not an expert on reading etude compendia, but I have a new piece that is definitely readable by intermediate SAB groups.
(My Beautiful Dream)
SAB, piano, opt. flute(s)
DURATION: 4 minutes.
A slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with a canon middle and sweet ending.
This song expresses an idealistic, innocent dream about the future of our suffering world
and the hope that our children—and their children—may heal both the Earth and human
society and live in peace forever—a beautiful life.
The song setting is suitable for youth choruses and community/adult choruses. It is not
complex and can be learned fairly easily, as the pentatonic tune is appealing and natural.
The voicing is SAB with optional A2 divisi. 
I would be glad to offer it at a deep educational discount for your reading sessions.
It is available on our own Composers of Choral Music Composition Showcase page on ChoralNet here
and you can also see a sample pdf score and listen to a MIDI demo MP3 on my website here
Please let me know offlist at davshalomov(a) if you would like to use this song.
Best regards,
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012/Orchestral Composition
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija” sacred choral music competition 2013, Siauliai state chamber choir, Lithuania, second place
Project : Encore, Schola Cantorum/Hudson, recommended choral work of exceptional merit 2012
on June 4, 2013 9:07am
Hi Bruce:  To answer your question, yes, there is SR music written specifically for SAB.  There were also lists of titles for each school year used at UIL.
I have been writing SR music for the UIL in Texes since 1991.  Every SATB piece subbmitted had to have a SAB version.  Songs for SR Volume 2 - HS/Jr HS  B520 contains all SAB pieces, 19 songs in all.  Since you can no longer order through  SMC, I guess that is all available through Hal Leonard who, I think, carries all of the SMC SR.  At least, they have my pieces listed under my name.  I should have some SAB pieces listed.
If you would like to talk or email me personally, please feel free to do so.  I hope I can be of some help.
Tom Council
on June 4, 2013 10:30am
Songs fro Sight Reading is a god place to start. Many state adopted textbooks also ahve some SAB sight reading music included in them. The state of Texas has a sight reading component to it's contest system (the contest is called UIL). New UIL pieces in all voicings are written for many years (25 at least) for the contest. I know that JW Pepper in Ft. Worth has a copy of the list that goes back many years - if you contact Lu Marler (the branch manager of that Pepper's) I know she can help email you that list.
on June 5, 2013 4:31am
In Maryland, we use sight reading materials by Masterworks Press ( as part of our adjudication process at district and state festivals.
The examples we use are not octavos specifically designed for sight reading but rather are 8 measure examples broken down by type (rhythmic and melodic), and they have examples for every level (I-VI) and several voicings within each level. I love that I can buy examples from past years to use with my students as we prepare for festival.
The company does also have several collections of other types of sight reading materials in various formats, so you may find the octavo format you seek!
Best wishes,
Briana Gresko
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