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High School Honors Choir

Hello fellow ACDA members,
 
I am a member of the Illinois State University ACDA student chapter and I am trying to put together an honor choir together for the Bloomington-Normal high schools in Illinois. Orginally I wanted to perform Faures requiem but due to the inability to get an orchestra to play, I have been forced back to the drawing table. Do you have any suggestions of a larger work that is obtainable for a large high school group and has an organ accompanient? I really appreciate any help you can provide me!
 
Sincerely,
 
Matt Koehlinger
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on August 20, 2013 7:39am
Matt,
 
What about the Vivaldi "Gloria"?  It is repertoire that is quite attainable, and I might suggest the soloists could be fellow singers from ISU--inspiration for the high school singers.  You then can concentrate on the choruses, which are really wonderful for their voices!
 
All best,
 
Bob Boyd
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on August 20, 2013 11:01am
Thank you very much Bob! I will take a look at that and definitely make it a possibility! 
 
Matt
on August 26, 2013 7:42am
Not sure why you're hesitant to do the Fauré without an orchestra, Matt.  The old FitzSimons edition has a reduction listed for "piano" that I've heard done on organ many times.  And even Rutter's edition has an organ part that covers what you need, even if there's no orchestra.  Even the harp part on the "In Paradisum" can be covered by the organ, though it's much nicer on a harp.  
on August 27, 2013 11:51am
Matt, the Faure Requiem has an excellent organ accompaniment. Use it and perform that gorgeous work.  Add a harp and a violin here and there if you wish or just organ. I did and it was well-received by the local AGO/ACDA members.
on August 29, 2013 6:31pm
Matt,
Benjamin Britten's, Rejoice in the Lamb would be an excellent choice as well.
 
Best,
Rick
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