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Closer for Anniversary Concert

I'm looking for a closing piece for our upcoming Anniversary Concert.  All six levels of our girls chorus will sing together for this finale.  The theme of the concert is "20 Years of Helping Girls Find their Voices", and the concert will focus on women and girls speaking through song.  I'd like something that isn't extremely difficult, since our younger singers will need to be able to learn it, although if there is a small difficult section, that could be sung by our more experienced singers. SSA arrangement has worked well for us in the past.   I'd prefer something in English, and secular.  A beautiful text would be great, but nothing too syrupy.  
 
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!  
 
 
on October 18, 2013 7:05am
We use "So Glad I'm Here" as an opener, but it would make a nice closer, too. Our version is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEO7R6NnsA8. We have two or three people on lead and then the rest of us on various harmony lines. We don't have written music but it would be easy to transcribe. It's a playground song that we heard from Sweet Honey.
 
Sing on!
Cairril
on October 18, 2013 8:13am
I have a setting of Martin Luther’s Frau Musica in English (yes, it is secular!) entitled Lady Music Speaks for unison/2-pt. & piano (certainly orchestratable if that's what you are looking for). Perusal copies and a MIDI snapshot are available on request.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
robertamross(a)verizon.net
http://soundcloud.com <Robert Ross 11>
on October 18, 2013 8:44am
Hi, Karyn --
 
I might suggest my own piece A Dedication, with a simple and beautiful secular text by Emily Dickinson.  You can see and hear the score here:
 
It's published by ECS and available here:
 
Good luck with your Anniversary Concert!
 
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
www.josephgregoriomusic.com
www.aretemusicimprints.com
on October 18, 2013 10:30am
HI Karyn,
 
Please check out my new song, "Let the Children Play", here:  http://www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/
 
5 minutes.
 
I also have a fun short canonic "Happy Anniversary" song you can see and hear there. 
 
Let me know if either is of interest. I publish in inexpensive .pdf
 
Nice theme for a concert, BTW
 
David Avshalomov

Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
davshalomov(a)earthlink.net
ravenmusic(a)roadrunner.com
www.davidavshalomov.com
310-480-9525
 
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
Project : Encore, Schola Cantorum/Hudson, Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2012
on October 18, 2013 9:50pm
How about Beethoven’s “Bundeslied” Op. 122?  Sometimes known as his “Song of Unity”, it is usually done with men but seems to have originally been scored for 2 soloists, a women’s choir, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, and 2 horns.  Check it out; it’s a wonderful little-known piece!  Does anyone know a vocal score with piano and/or English translation?
on April 7, 2014 12:29pm
I ended up choosing the 4-part version of Greg Gilpin's "Why We Sing".  We had one of our younger girls sing the solo, our older choirs sang the 4-part section, and ended with everyone in 4-parts, plus a descant.  It was a real hit, and a beautiful way to end the concert.  Here's a link to the performance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R6p5-ulNzI
 
Thanks for your suggestions everyone!
 
 
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