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A Cappella SSA Rep Suggestions for freshmen/sophomore girls

Looking for pieces for an advanced freshmen choir (aka girls who were middle school Varsity level, now high school JV) of about 20.  Must be a cappella, SA or SSA.  No preferred language, theme, or style.  It's a plus if it's on the UIL PML (grade III preferred), but not a necessity.
 
What are your go-to pieces?
on December 17, 2013 6:53am
To give an idea of their level, they've done Victor Johnson's Heart We Will Forget Him, Peter Williams' All Men Draw Near, and Brunner's Yo Le Canto.
on December 17, 2013 6:53am
Please see http://www.kaiasing.com/kaiamusic.html for a slew of options. Sarvam Brahman is a super-easy Hindu chant for SSA that sounds lovely when done by a chorus. A lot of our pieces have more voicings than what you're looking for, but let me know if you're interested in any of them and I can hook you up with music and rights.
 
Sing on!
Cairril
on December 17, 2013 7:22am
Hello, May I suggest my setting of Norma Farber's whimsical poem, "How they brought the good news by sea," SA divisi, about 2:00. First sung by the Radcliffe Choral Society under Beverly Taylor
in 1983, then put of one of their CDs; then sung dozens of times by the girls choirs of my important Danish colleague Klaus Lyngbye, music director of historic Søllerød Kirke just
north of Copenhagen - also on one of his CDs. Score written in Sibelius, and I can send you an mp3 audio, and the first page in PDF if you povide a direct email address. James Johnson
 
See my choral works on my ChoralNet page. 
on December 17, 2013 8:09am
Hi Megan,
 
Oxford has a new series out called Songbird that features high quality music for upper voices.  They describe the series:  
Songbird presents new and exciting original material for upper voices. Showcasing the work of today's most innovative names in choral writing, the series includes songs in a variety of scorings, from SA voices with piano to SSAA and percussion. With well-crafted and characterful pieces in a range of distinctive styles, Songbird represents upper-voice choral music at its best.
 
You might find a couple in there that would work for your girls!
 
My other go-to pieces include:
 
Frobisher Bay - James Gordon
Songs of Gahu - arr. Kathy Armstrong
Anything by Stephen Hatfield - incl. The Green Shores of Fogo, Las Amarillas
 
Happy hunting!
 
-Sarah


on December 17, 2013 12:35pm
Hi Megan,
Check out my piece "Johnny Said No!" SSA a cappella published by Heritage Music....it is fun, rhythmic, and tells a story that the gals and audience will smile at......good luck!  Vijay
Applauded by an audience of 2
on December 17, 2013 7:54pm
"How Can I Keep from Singing" - Judith Herrington, SSA a cappella, English -- It's on the UIL PML aaand it's grade 3!
"Yumemitamonoha" - Makiko Kinoshita, SSA a cappella, Japanese -- Not listed in the UIL PML and rather difficult to find, but here's a link:  http://www.panamusica.co.jp/en/product/4344/#5
on December 18, 2013 3:03am
Joshua Fit the Battle, SBMP
on December 18, 2013 7:01am
Anything by Stephen Hatfield. There is a ton of repertoire by him out there, much of it a cappella, varying from unison to 4+ parts. All really interesting, most of it multicultural.  Great stuff!
 
on December 18, 2013 7:13am
I always love "Lift Thine Eyes" by Felix Mendelssohn. 
 
Also, "Love Learns by Laughing" by Thomas Morley.
 
Too, check out stuff by Joan Szymko. She's a wonderful composer, especially for women's voices!
on December 19, 2013 7:02am
Hi Megan,
 
Here's an SSA score of mine with a text by an American poet: Winter Stars.
 
-Rich
on December 19, 2013 9:36am
Email me at andrew.j.miller.4(a)bismarckstate.edu if you would like to purchase copies.  Sold a ton of these.  Very accessible, been performed by middle school all way through PROFESSIONAL ensembles!
 
Andrew
on December 19, 2013 10:39am
I second Ashley's suggestion of "Lift Thine Eyes", as well as "He watching over Israel" (if available a cappella).  I can't judge the difficulty or feasability, as I work at the elementary level, but these are both so exceptionally beautiful that they still spring spontaneously to mind decades after I was introduced to them in high school and college choirs.  In addition to being part of a major choral work, they also provide connections to so many other important topics: ancient history, theology, Mendelssohn and Bach, Mendelssohn and his talented sister, Mendelssohn and Wagner, antisemitism and diversity.
 
Recently I learned that there are some arrangements out by members of Sweet Honey in the Rock (African-American women's a cappella group), but don't know if these are commercially available.
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