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HIgh School Repertoire Suggestions

Today I seek the wisdom of this fine choral community.
What pieces have you found to work really well in a high school (choral clinic/festival, all-county choir, etc.) setting in which you have 1 or 1.5 days to pull of 5-7 pieces of music? This can be for mixed Choir, women's voices, or men's voices.  I am curious as to you have found in your personal experience that did or did not work well.
Many thanks in advance.
In music,
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on October 21, 2013 8:11am
At Intermuse, a 2 week Kodaly certification program, where many of the singers are at a high school level, they did my settings of tongue twisters, Ten Tone Twisters. Music and a video of the performance can be found here:
on October 27, 2013 11:35pm
Thank you so very much for your kind and quick reply. I appreciate all of the info you have provided.
Many thanks!
on October 22, 2013 9:57am
Thanks for your question! My "Nyon Nyon" has been championed by Andre Thomas and Francisco Nuñez and programmed for several high school all-state and honor choirs. With a bit of preparation beforehand, the students have come together to produce a wonderful performance and have shown great excitement for the music! You can watch a video here:
This work is available through JR Music. Click here for a perusal score and more information.
Jake Runestad, composer
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on October 29, 2013 6:49am
My piece "Autumn" is one that high school choirs have picked up rather quickly.  Here's a recording of the piece: 
The piece can be purchased at  If you'd like a perusal score, please contact me directly at doldenb(a)
Dustin Oldenburg
on October 29, 2013 9:28am
Hi Chris,
My husband, composer and pianist Mike Strickland wrote a choir piece titled "Music In My Soul".  It is pop oriented but would be perfect for a festival or combined choir event.  We self-publish this piece and I would love to get other choirs to try it.  If you are interested, I would be happy to send you a set of scores for free. 
Kristi Strickland
Mike Strickland Productions
on October 29, 2013 9:49am
Hello Chris!
I recently used Banana Fanfare 2 in two different workshop scenrios in which repertoire had to be leared quickly for a performance. The first workshop was a mixture of 8-18 year olds including some low-voiced young men, the second was about 100 11-14 yr olds. Both were successful. It's in 3 parts and the voices are all of a similar range - I used octave displacements for the lower voices - it works well. I've also heard of it being used as a warm-up. You can hear it here (towards the bottom of the page):
There may be other pieces of use to you, but would perhaps take longer to learn, Autumn Sea, Henry Hotspur Percy and In The Bleak Midwinter would perhaps be the quickest for learning:
Hope you find something you like!
Best wishes
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on October 30, 2013 9:41am
Bruckner's Locus Iste is a beautiful piece which is great for any mixed choir and is perfect for what you are looking.  All the best,
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