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Rousing Ender piece for high school chorus

I need a rousing piece for an ender on the high school spring concert.  The theme is world music.  There are 250 kids in the 6 choirs to combine for the last piece.
on April 6, 2014 5:57pm
Please take a look at my "It takes a Village."  I used it several times for the ender and it works quite well.  It's free and at
on April 6, 2014 6:15pm
O Sifuni Mungu
Gate Gate
Mayim, Mayim
on April 7, 2014 4:43am
Great fun! Very old-school! Good massed choir number !
RUSSIAN PICNIC - arr. Harvey Enders - 
Good luck in your search.
on April 7, 2014 6:04am
Oye by Jim Papoulis is great and a relatively quick learn. Balia di Sehu (earthsongs) is a blast, and you might even be able to teach the audience the chorus - the language of the verses can be tricky. Peze Kafe (Walton) - great fun; Turn the World Around (Larry Farrow), Amani (also Jim Papoulis - technically SSA, but I've done as an SSA/TTB split. Just a few ideas - also love Ethan's suggestions - I've used Gate Gate several times in particular.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on April 7, 2014 6:11am
At the school I was student teaching at earlier this spring, we did "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt, the middle part of which is in Hebrew. I also like the suggestion below of "O Sifuni Mungu" but I find that piece to quite often be a little overdone, as it is a "go to" for world music. Additionally, if you don't mind teaching by rote, I'm a huge fan of Njengebhadi Libhadula, which is a South African piece in the Xhosa language. Best of luck!
on April 7, 2014 6:20am
I would take a serious look at Jake Runestad's Nyon Nyon or Dereva Ni Mungu! Your students and audience will love either one of these compositions. On the links listed above, you will find perusals and YouTube performances of both pieces.
on April 7, 2014 7:09am
Please take a look at my "House Song to the East" -- published by Alliance. More info, including links to the work on Alliance's site, available at:
All best!
Jonathan Santore
on April 7, 2014 7:16am
Hello Kerry,
If you've not performed J'entends le moulin (earthsongs) as a combined choir work, I'd like to recommend it. It is available in several voicings– SA/SS, SATB, and very recently SSA and TTBB. The energetic piano accompaniment – not for the faint hearted! – is the same for all versions, so that any voicings may be effectively combined. J'entends le moulin has helped a number of choirs receive first and high placings in choral festivals and competitions around the world. Although this world music work is in the French language, it is highly repetitive and not difficult for choirs to pick up. One of the finest SATB versions on the Internet is a brilliant performance under Dr. Brady Allred < >. My French Canadian wife assumed it was sung by a French choir when she first heard the the University of Utah performance– which is highly recommended for pronunciation purposes.
Arranger J'entends le moulin
on April 7, 2014 7:18am
If you are looking for a spiritual my arrangement of Rock A My Soul would be a great choice. If you are looking for something more formal then Sing Your Praise would be a great closer. It was just used by a choir that was honored at a conference. Both can be found on my website: There are samples of the scores and recordings there.
on April 7, 2014 7:53am
Thanks to all for the suggestions.  I like and have used several of them.  Maybe "Turn the World Around" would work.
on April 7, 2014 8:33am
This one perhaps more needed now than ever before----God Bless America arr. Roy Ringwald, Shawnee Press A-275.

on April 7, 2014 8:43am
Consider Tres Cantos Nativos.  Not hard, very exotic and rousing.  We did it with the rainstorm effect popularized by Jazzile Perpetuum on their you tube cover of "Africa"
Audience loved it.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on April 7, 2014 9:49am
While not a world music piece, this piece by Mike Strickland certainly qualifies as a combined choir piece and a rousing piece!  You can view info about it here:
on April 7, 2014 10:51am
Kerry:  A great idea is the setting of "Great Day" by Marques Garrett, published by GIA.  It goes into 8 parts, a cappella. Wonderful energy --- we just used it at the Chicago a cappella Youth Choral Festival, which Rollo Dilworth conducted beautifully.
Another zippy closer is my "Shehecheyanu," duration 1:30, joyous Hebrew prayer -- you can hear most of it at:
Eval copy on request.
Jonathan Miller
630-240-3073 mobile
on April 8, 2014 7:03am
We use Dubula as our concert finish. We started with the Stephen Hatfield arrangement but then made it our own, giving it more of a roots feel and adding interesting percussion. You can download our studio version at
Sing on!
on April 9, 2014 5:48am
FIRST CHOICE:  Music Down In My Soul (Hogan)
Sahayta (Allway). SSA, but doubles nicely an octave below
Tres Cantos Nativis Dos Indios Krao (Leite)
on April 9, 2014 9:56am
Hi Kerry:
How about "We Are the Music Makers".  I would be pleased if you looked at it.
on April 9, 2014 8:45pm
No question.  For this topic, this age:  Turn the World Around - Roger Emerson - WITH CHORALOGRAPHY !   I've used it with 2 honor choirs. 
on April 10, 2014 6:30am
My piece "Are You Ready" would be a great closer. It has been extremely well received by audiences and singers alike. It is written as a continuation of the 2nd Advent Spiritual tradition (USA primarily).
It is $1.50 per copy made from pdf.
If you are interested please contact me at
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
on April 11, 2014 5:01am
Kerry, a piece from years ago that spans quite the spectrum
of emotion and World Music would be:
"A Jubliant Song"by Norman Dello Joio.
It does require a good accompanist.
Part of the text:
Oh, Listen to a Jubilant Song,
A life full of music, a life full of concord and music.
Dennis Houser,
on April 14, 2014 11:18am
W Will Sing ... Kirby Shaw Hal Leonard 00118968. Listen to full recording at
on April 15, 2014 2:20pm
From a World Music perspective Tres Cantos gets my vote.  If you want to represent the US or English speaking world, Stomp Your Foot - Copland or Finale from The Gondoliers - Gilbert & Sullivan are always tons of fun.
on April 16, 2014 10:22am
We Will Sing, Love Is A Wonderful Thing, Oh Happy Day, The Power of Love, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Bridge Over Troubled Water,Listen to the Music... One World, One Voice, One Song, People Got to Be Free, The Power of One, Tear Them Down, Plenty Good Room, That's When the Music Takes Me, With One can hear full recordings of all of these at
on April 17, 2014 10:24am
Look at "Tambur" arr. Lajos Bardos (Hungarian Folk Dance....great closer that I've used for a number of All-State choirs...brings down the house!) or my piece "Carpenters of God" (published by Santa Barbara Music) if the sacred text is not an issue.....quality videos/recordings of these exist everywhere....both are proven powerful closers!  Best,  Vijay
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