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Finale for Middle School Choir

I am looking for a piece to put my 3 choirs (6,7,8) and our DARE choir together at the end of our Spring concert.  (For a great ending and to keep the kids there throughout the entire concert.)  Suggestions?  Two part would probably be best.
 
Thanks!
on January 27, 2014 7:56am
These are some pieces I have used with combined choirs of many ages, including middle school.  I currently direct a community children's chorus and we have also sung these with combined choirs of grades 1 - 12.  You'll see a theme of peace, unity, strength...
 
Song For World Peace; Haugen/Grundahl - Mark Foster.  It's 3 part round Dona Nobis Pacem partnered with "World Peace Prayer" (Lead us from death to life...)
 
We Will; Papoulis  -  a strong statement of unity
 
Sing A Song of Peace/This is My Country;  Gallina - Shawnee Press
 
Dreams That Children Dream;  Schram/Staggers - Heritage Press
 
Together Hand In Hand; Glenn Calcote/Gilpin - Shawnee Press
 
To Music; Bertaux - Boosey.   Unison with descant
 
Song For Peace (Lo Yisa Goy) arr. Deborah Baker Monday; Kendor Music, Inc -  energizing piece with Hebrew and english text
on January 27, 2014 8:48am
Here are some of my favorite pieces that I've used with alll 3 grades combined:
 
Oh Won't You Sit Down 3 pt or  SATB  Trad Spiritual, arr. Greg Gilpin   Heritage Press
Gabi Gabi   3-4 pt    S. African arr. William Powell     Hal Leonard
Glory, Glory 2 pt or 3 pt mx w/opt. baritone  Trad Spiritual, arr. Catherine DeLanoy   BriLee Music
Shine On Me  SAB   Rollo Dilworth   Hal Leonard
Spread Joy  3 part treble    Natalie Sleeth   Carl Fischer
 
Even though some of these are more than 2 part, you can combine them easily using any voice part.  Plus, they are all polyphonic in nature, giving each voice their own melody line.
on January 28, 2014 5:54am
Sahayta by Ben Allaway - call and response, then a refrain in three easy parts.
Al Shlosha by Naplan - two-parts.
 
Both have great texts for just about any situation.
on January 28, 2014 7:58am
I am putting together my Elementary and Middle School groups at the end of my spring concert, too.  This year we're doing the Georgia Sea Islands song, Yonder Come Day.  Last year we did Shine on Me by Rollo Dillworth - the kids love that one, and I actually have a copy that's two part with an optional descant.  It's a partner song, so the harmonies are easier.
on January 28, 2014 9:29am
Hi Laura,
Why not try "The Spirit of America" (a patriotic song) or "Take My Hand" (an inspirational song) by Hank Fellows? These are real crowd-pleasers, and bring the audience to its feet as a closing number or an encore. The songs can be listened to at www.AmericasSongwriter.com. Good luck with your Spring concert!
on January 28, 2014 10:48am
I just used "Let it Shine" for my finale, one grade on each part. It worked very well. Arrg. by Don Besig and Nancy Price.
on January 28, 2014 12:02pm
"Heal the World"by Michael Jackson arr. Mac Huff  
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