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“Five from the Folder: Children’s Choir” by Marcia Patton

1. “Art Thou Troubled?”  G.F. Handel.  Unison.  Novello 16-0066
 This unison piece lies beautifully in children’s voices, and they love the language and the simplicity of the line. Add Baroque ornamentation on the DC.
2. “Let Me Know Beauty.” Allan E. Naplan. Two part treble. Boosey & Hawkes 48021161
The text, supported by haunting melody,  leads into meaningful discussions about music and about life.  Very accessible range and parts, with challenges in musical phrasing and breath.
3. “Something…..”  Sheldon Rose. Unison. AMP 0836
Great audience and singer pleaser for staging, communication, diction, articulation,  imagination, and playful interaction between the pianist and the choir.
4. “Oro Mo Bhaidin.”  Irish Folk Song, arr. Boshkoff. SA. Santa Barbara SBMP 820
Lush expressive children’s song.  Gaelic is challenging, but set beautifully in the voice.  (Language spoken at  Calls for a descant vocal or C instrument.
5. “Menina Me Da Sua Mao.” Brazilian Folk, arr. Green. Two part. Hal Leonard 08752989
Bossa Nova, in Spanish, but children learn it quickly.  Accessible vocal parts and supportive movement. Parts for Latin hand percussion.
(“Five from the Folder” provides brief, text-length reviews of vocal works currently in the folders of choral directors throughout the United States.  To share five from your folder, contact Scott Dorsey at