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I'll appreciate any suggestions, anthologies etc., for concert repertoire (all levels of difficulty) for male choirs, TTB, TTBB, or five part.
Some sacred welcome, but mostly want secular repertoire from all periods. Have already found available scores by the Comedian Harmonists.
(A great movie about them, The Harmonists, is very much worth watching, with all the singing by the Harmonists themselves, expertly lip-synched
by the actors.)  Thanks, James Johnson
Please have a look at my choral works on my ChoralNet page.  And please Google "ISLE OF INIQUITY YouTube" for a look/listen to nine clips
now posted from the NYC April 6 preview of my original musical satire, ISLE OF INIQUITY, more to come soon.
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on September 7, 2013 7:04am
I wrote a setting of Charles Stuart Calverley's funny poem 'Canst thou love me lady?' for the men of the St Louis Chamber Chorus in the 1990's.
The poem is almost an 'ode to greed', with a good deal of debasement thrown in.
These lines from the poem give a reflection of what is in store. 'Will thou love me fairest, thou thou art not fair? And I think thou wearest
someone else's hair?"
If you would like me to send you a copy of the setting let me know at smacmus(a)
Stuart McIntosh
on September 7, 2013 7:28am
Check out the repertoire listings on the Illinois ACDA website.  I think you will be happy with the suggested male chorus repertoire.
Bob Boyd
on September 7, 2013 1:15pm
Mr. Boyd, Thanks very much for the lead. However, the selected window will not open on your site (I get error 404). WOULD like to see this. James Johnson
on September 8, 2013 3:42am
I have a number of arrangements: folk,Gospel, and classical that I would be happy to share. Send me your email if interested.
Jerome Malek
on September 8, 2013 3:53am
 Hi James,
I have pasted our repertoire list for 2013/2014 below - this is music that we know and can sing out without scores - in addition we are learning the following
Lux Arumque - Eric Whitacre
Ave Maria - Franz Biebl
O love, that will not let me go - David Phelps
La Pastorella - Franz Schubert
Der Psalm 23 - Franz Schubert
Cantate Domino - Claudio Monteverdi
Sure on this shining night - Morten Lauridsen
Sixties Medley (part of) -Alan Simmons
MLK - U2
Pensive, on her dead gazing - Stephen Smith
Furasato - traditional Japanese song (in Japanese)
Rule the World - Take That (commissioned arrangement)
If ye love me - Thomas Tallis
Fire, Fire - Thomas Morley
Angels - Robbie Williams (commissioned arrangement)
Let the lower lights be burning -trad hymn
Grease Medley -
Seasons of Love - from Rent
I hopw this is of some interest and if I can help in anyway please don't hesitate to contact me
Best wishes

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice
Words and Music by Lewis Hartsough
Arranged by John Tudor Davies
Beati Mortui
Words from a Latin version of Revelation 14:13
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Ride the Chariot
Words and Music Traditional
Arranged by William Henry Smith
Non Nobis, Domine
Words from a Latin version of Psalm 115:1
Music by Rosephayne Powell
The Seal Lullaby
Words by Rudyard Kipling
Music by Eric Whitacre
The Cloths of Heaven
Words by William Butler Yeats - Music by Randall Stroope
Voice of the Child
Words by Sarah McNeill - Music by Goff Richards
Down by the Sally Gardens
Words by William Butler Yeats
Music Traditional – Arranged by John Rutter
My Luve Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Words by Robert Burns
Music Traditional - Arranged by Hugh Roberton
Deus Salutis
Words and Music by Hugh Griffith Jones
Arranged by Mansel Thomas
I Believe
Words and Music by Kevin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman – Arranged by Hawley Ades
Let It Be Me
Words by Mann Curtis – Music by Gilbert Becaud
One Moment in Time
Words and Music by John Betts and Albert Hammond
Words and Music Traditional – Arranged by Mark Sirett
The Rose
Words and Music by Amanda McBroom
Kiss from a Rose
Words and Music by Seal
When You Say Nothing At All
Words and Music by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Blue Moon
Words by Lorenz Hart, Music by Richard Rodgers
Arranged by Jocelyn Lavin
The Rhythm of Life
Words by Dorothy Field – Music by Cy Coleman
Arranged by Alan Simmons
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, Music by Ray Henderson Arranged by Ruth Artman
Words and Music Traditional
Arranged by Marshall Bartholomew
We Rise Again
Words and Music by Leon Dubinsky
Arranged by Stephen Smith
One Voice
Words and Music by Barry Manilow
Arranged by Jocelyn Lavin
Come, let us to the Lord our God
Scottish Psalm Tune “Kedron”
Arranged by Hugh S Roberton
Take me Home
Words and Music by Edwards and Hand
Paper Cranes
Words by Julia Klatt Singer - Music by Timothy Takach
From the German Mass II - Music by Franz Schubert
The Old Woman
Words by Joseph Campbell - Music by Hugh S Roberton
E’en as a lovely flower
Words by Kate Krocker - Music by Hugh S Roberton
Calm is the Sea
Words by John Guard - Music by Heinrich Pfell
Seigneur, je vous en prie
Words by St Francis of Assisi – Music by Francis Poulenc
Sing for your Life
Words and Music by Alan Simmons
African Prayer
Words and Music by Enoch Sontonga – Arranged by Eric. Jones
Walking with God
Words and Music by W H Pontius
Bui Doi
Words  by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jnr
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. 
on September 8, 2013 4:11am
Please consider the following original compositions and one arrangement published by ECS Publishing ( and distributed by Canticle Distributing ( For more information, please visit this page on my website: Thank you for your consideration.
Haneirot halalu - (a piece for Chanukah - original setting of a traditional Hebrew text) tenor solo, TTBB - 1999, art. 2010. - ECS Publishing #7688.
Land of Crystal Dreams (a secular carol for the winter holiday season in F Major) - (English - text by Erica L. Hoffman) - TTBB chorus & optional percussion (glockenspiel and vibraphone) - 2002, arr. 2012 - ECS Publishing #7939. The optional percussion parts are ECS Publishing #7940.
Psalm 117 - (English, Translation by the composer) - TTBB - 2000 - ECS Publishing #5754.
Psalm Beyond the Silences, A (a piece for Jewish Holocaust remembrance - English - text by Joseph H. Albeck) - TTBB & piano - 1994, arr. 1999 - ECS Publishing #5325.
She Gave Him All Her Heart (English - text by Zallman Shneour) - TTBB & piano - 2000, arr. 2004 - ECS Publishing #6624.
Vocalise - music by Sergei Rachmaninoff arranged for men’s chorus (divisi), or optional tenor or soprano solo,
men’s chorus (divisi) - arr. 2010 - ECS Publishing #8049.
on September 8, 2013 5:00am
I have several works for men's voices at  "To the Ladies" is a set of three pieces.  All are settings of poems by British authors celebrating aspects of relations between the sexes.  "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" adds a counter-melody to the well-known hymn.   "The Fox" has a little fun with the old ballad.  (Still awaiting a premiere, I believe.)
on September 8, 2013 5:08am
Also, ECS Publishing ( has a large catalog of works by many composers and arrangers for male choirs. Just click on "catalog by genre" to see the listings.
on September 8, 2013 6:23am
I have just uno word to say to you: MENDELSSOHN!!!!!
on September 8, 2013 6:26am
We have about 50 copies of the Cutty Wren for sale. Too many were ordered for our group. It's a great men's piece. Let me know if you are interested. 
Here is a link. 
on September 8, 2013 8:56am
You will find the better rep listing at IL-ACDA Recommended Choral Repertoire further down on the page of the IL ACDA listing:
Also on the tab of Top Ten lists on the Repertoire page.
Sorry for the confusion.
Bob Boyd
on September 8, 2013 9:12am
In addition, I would be remiss if I did not also suggest:
"Come All Ye Worthy Gentlemen", TTB, Colla Voce 15-95560
Holiday a cappella
"Skye Boat Song", TTBB and keyboard, Colla Voce 15-96220
Folk song with lilting piano part, optional Baritone solo
"Vive l'amour", TTBB and keyboard, Colla Voce  15-96460
Traditional tune, rollicking
All best,
on September 8, 2013 11:52am
James, you sound ambitious. Let me share a few things from my catalog:
A powerful half-hour secular oratorio for large TTTB/divisi chorus with solo movements for baritone, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from texts of Thomas Jefferson. These include the revelatory Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Declaration of Independence, plus his mottos, epitaph, and quotes from two late letters.
Tonal modern/populist in style, tuneful, rhythmic, singable, stirring, "thinking person's patriotic," the work has strong listener impact, and a big inspiring ending—a final peroration on "All Eyes are Opening to the Rights of Man." This is a rousing, major statement, with texts for our times. It can be performed with either piano, piano with percussion, or symphonic wind ensemble. Excerpts are also possible (Declaration movement; Finale)
You can listen to a rehearsal/reading demo (in the SATB version) with piano of the first half on my website here:
and hear a MIDI demo of the band scoring here:
There are also perusal pdfs there of the p/v score and full score.
I publish it in inexpensive .pdf. And I offer educational discount
TTBB chorus, Tenor, Baritone soli
Concert band or combo
Fun transcription medley from the Beatle’s amazing first concept album. Created for and premiered by the USAF Band and Singing Sergeants, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Commander/ Conductor.
I also have a few novelties, including the USAF Fugue, a purple harmonization of the National Anthem, and a 1-minute Happy Anniversary setting.
Please let me know off list if any of these are of interest.
Best regards,
David Avshalomov

Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
Special Citation Winner, American Prize 2012, Orchestral Composition
Dual Finalist, American Prize 2013, Choral and Orchestral Composition
Winner, Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2013
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija” Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013, Siauliai State Chamber Choir, Lithuania, Second Prize
on September 9, 2013 3:27am
Hello James,
I'm not the first to reply :)
But take a look at:
on September 9, 2013 5:42am
And, of course, we have to mention "Brothers Sing On" (Grieg) and "Man of La Mancha" (Leigh) as manly men standards.
Other favorites from our library:
"Stopping by woods on a snowy evening" from Frostiana (Thompson)
"Betelehemu" (Whalum)
"Deep River" (Burleigh) from the Cantus series
"Loch Lomond" (Quick)
"Riders in the Sky" (Jones) - became a Christmas concert standard!  No idea how or why.
"She Moved Through the Fair" (Takach) - very smooth
And for something completely different, roll your own arrangement of "The Lumberjack Song" (I'm a lumberjack....) or "The Restroom Door Said 'Gentlemen'".
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on September 9, 2013 8:01am
on September 9, 2013 8:02am
Here's one of mine.  (Cheap plug!)  For tenor, baritone, and bass with a bit of additional divisi, a cappella.  Music is available through and if you have an account, or I can email you a pdf.  
Have fun!
Maggie Furtak
on September 9, 2013 8:27am
Dear James,
I invite you to look at my two works for male chorus, Dona nobis pacem (traditional Latin text) and Sudden Light (text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti).  Both are published by ECS and can be perused at  I have a third work, When Music Sounds, which sets a beautiful poem by Walter de la Mare, which was commissioned and will be premiered in November by the Penn State Glee Club under the direction of Christopher Kiver.  I'd be happy to send you a perusal .pdf privately.
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
on September 9, 2013 8:18pm
Thanks for your inquiry! I'd like to recommend my Fear Not, Dear Friend for TTBB voices. It was arranged for and premiered by Cantus ("The premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States." - Fanfare).
You can listen to a recording of the SATB version here:
Perusal score:


You can learn more by clicking here.
Thanks for your interest!
Jake Runestad, composer
on September 9, 2013 8:19pm
Also, be sure to check out the works of Tim Takach!
Jake Runestad
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on September 10, 2013 9:39am
I have any number of originals and arrangements for men's chorus (many of which are either awaiting world premiere or only been performed once or twice) including at least one award-winning piece. Contact me privately and I will send samplers/recordings (when I have them).
Robert A.M. Ross
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on September 11, 2013 4:59am
...i.e., when I actually have said recordings and not just MIDI snapshots!
Robert A.M. Ross
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