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Solo/enemble pieces for a 12-16 member high school select ensemble

Hello Fellow Choir Teachers,
 
I am in my first year as a choir teacher and have never before been a part of Large Group contest or solo/ensemble contest as a director.
 
I am really sturggling right now with trying to find an appropriate piece or pieces for my select ensemble to sing for Solo/Ensemble contest.  There is some serious talent in my group, but we are from a small rural community and I've got the best of the students I have.
 
If there is anyone out there who thinks that they might have a couple of appropriate suggestions for my group, I would very much appreciate it. I'm pretty much in the dark on this one as far as what people take to contest.
 
Thanks!
Emily Dyess
on January 16, 2014 1:34pm
In my world in Reno, NV, almost anything is ok for large group solo/ensemble presentations.  Do you have balanced SATB?  Are you looking for sacred or secular?  Do you have access to an accomplished accompanist?  A few more details will help me know what type of piece to suggest.  
Jennie
on January 17, 2014 7:33am
Have to agree with Jennifer.  A bit more info would help - however...
"April is in my Mistress' Face" Morely
"Weep, O Mine Eyes" John Bennett
"If Ye Love Me"  Tallis
 
All found on CPDL.org -  several arrangements of each.  My students have had quite a bit of success with these in particular.  Accessible, challenging, cool music.
 
Message me for more ideas?
 
 
Good luck!
on January 17, 2014 7:53am
I lead several chamber ensembles singing Mon Coeur se Recommande a Vous (My heart is offered still to you).  It is moderatly slow, legato, and lush.  If we had sung it a hundred time, that would still not have been enough for those singers.  Another suggestion is Je le Vous Dirai.  There are several english translations.  This is fun, uptempo, and somewhat marcato.  My students loved singing this one as well because of the rhtyhm but also because they thought they were being very clever singing a superficially benighn song that has seductive implications expressed by all the "La, La, La"s.  Both chould be found at CPDL.org. 
 
Best wishes!
Michael Austin Miller
Dir. of Music-Christ the King Lutheran Church, Snohomish, WA
Concert Choir Director- Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA
Conductor- Bainbridge Chorale, Bainbridge Island, WA
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on January 17, 2014 7:54am
Emily,
    In Wisconsin, we have put together a list that all choral directors chose from for S/E. It might be a good startng place for you.  http://www.wsmamusic.org/music_list/search_13-14.html
 
Class a = advanced/colligiate level rep
Class b = intermediate/standard level
Class c = easier more accessible for the beg. group rep.
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on January 18, 2014 9:23am
I have had great success with these at small ensemble festival and large group festival in Iowa.
 
Three Madrigals - Diemer
Erev Shel Shoshanim - Klebanow
In Flander's Fields - Daley
With A Voice of Singing - Shaw
With A Voice of Singing - Jennings
The Cloths of Heaven - Stroope
Come to Me, O My Love - Petker
The Glory of the Father - Hovland
The Lord Is My Shephered - Pote
O Nata Lux - Porter
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