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Help me finish a set for Spring Concert!!

Hello, I am directing a smaller select Treble Choir who can sing medium-difficult two-part, simple 3-part, and unisons beautifully.
 
I need help finding an appropriate closer for their set in my Spring Concert. I've scoured everywhere and nothing. Desperate for new ideas!
 
Song 1 - "When I am Silent" - SA with piano acc. - beautiful song inspired by Auchwitz and the youth that died there.
Song 2 - "Bist du bei mir" - Unison with piano acc. - sung in German, theme: peaceful rest, nearness of loved ones at the end of our lives.
Song 3 - WHAT???? I want to end hopeful, but not cheesy. Beautiful but not slow. Prefer English
 
Any ideas for song three?
 
Thanks.
 
Jacob
on April 10, 2014 3:28pm
If you want to try this new one of mine, I will happily send a PDF as a one off
Tim Knight
 
on April 11, 2014 3:24am
My students are working on "Labour of Love" by Stephen Hatfield right now and love it. Seems to fit your criteria nicely, as well as complimenting the artistic theme of your other two pieces. You can find recordings on iTunes (I'm fond of the one by Hopewell Choirs) and YouTube. For easy SSA (lots of unison), piano, and violin. Good luck!
on April 11, 2014 3:41am
Hi Jacob -
Perhaps an arrangement of the spiritual "(I've Got) Peace Like a River" might work.
Best wishes,
Mike
on April 11, 2014 4:36am
I have a lovely composition based on Robert Burns' Red Red Rose. It is mostly three parts with an occasional divisi. You can view and listen (at the same time) an excerpt at http://www.bvpublishing.net/ Just scroll down to Red Red Rose and click.
on April 11, 2014 7:10am
"Everlasting Melody" or "Jonah" by Rollo Dilworth.
on April 11, 2014 7:49am
Al Shlosha D'varim by Allen Naplan.  Very hopeful and might tie nicely with "When I Am Silent."
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 11, 2014 7:58am
Uplifting message. Young singers enjoy it. I can send a realization via email--- contact me at campbellsongs(a)verizon.net
-Rich
on April 11, 2014 8:12am
It might stretch them, but if they can do the other two, they can probably handle this with some part-help/rehearsal sound files at home - whatever you use.
It is worth it.  They will love this piece.  And I think it fits your description/spot well.  Might even be worth pulling in some help from another group/local college class.
"Hold On" by Clifton Noble
I think I have some pre-made part-rehearsal sound files to help you.  Email me through Choralnet if you are interested.
 
You can scroll in past the director's "Thank-you,Parent" speech and the song starts at about 1 min, 30 sec..
 
 
(I own no rights to anything here, and am not a professional promoter..)  I see that sheetmusciplus has a version on sale for 2.07 per copy.   I think the publisher number is   1722496
on April 11, 2014 9:43am
Not sure what your group's ages are but:
Chumbarra by Dave and Jean Perry would make a great contrast, it is a lot of fun, the audience loves it and it keeps singers on their toes (SA)
Great Day by Rollo Dilworth, uplifting and well arranged
Tishialuk Girls by Nancy Telfer, a great arrangement, lively and fun
J'amias on N'a Vu  arr. Judith Herrington  bilingual french and english but just a bit of french. Celebrates friendship
Kingston Market  arr.  R. Powell  arrangement of the well know folk song. 
Good luck with your concert :)
on April 11, 2014 3:00pm
"We Are Blessed" by Andrea Ramsey
   - Upbeat, English, easy 3-part and so amazing you won't ever want to stop singing it!
"Rhythm of Life" arr. John Leavitt
   - Upbeat, English, 2-part is definitely easier than 3-part, and it still sounds complete.
 
These other two song ideas are English, beautiful, not cheesy, but they are slower. If you can't use them this time, keep them in mind for your group another time.
"How Can I Keep From Singing?" arr. Littleton (2-part)
"One Wish" Perry & Perry (2-part)
on April 12, 2014 5:17am
Bestor's "Prayer of the Children" !
on April 12, 2014 6:51am
"Birdsong" from I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Charles Davidson.  This is from a suite of songs with poetry written by children at Terezin.  The text is beautiful and positive.  "He doesn't know the world at all who stays in his nest and doesn't go out. He doesn't know what the birds know best, nor what I want to sing about, that the world is full of lovilness. When dewdrops sparkle in the grass, and Earth's aflood with morning light, a black bird sings upon a bush, to greet the dawnign after night, then I know how fine it is to be alive...Hey try to open up your heart to beauty. Go to the woods someday, and weave a wreath of memory there...then if tears obscure your way, you'll know how wonderful it is to be alive!" 
 
Mostly upbeat except for the very end, where there is a short Hebrew chant over the choir sustaing the notes. I don't know if it is published separately from the set. Charles Davidson lives outside of Philadelphia and is an acquaintance of one of my chorister families. The full suite was performed and recorded in the '90's by the American Boychoir.
 
Let me know if you are interested and can't locate it.
Joy
 
on April 12, 2014 8:34am
Hi, Jacob,
 
I might have the perfect piece for you: English, moderate tempo, hopeful text (Emily Dickinson), and predominantly two-part with an easy three-part split at the climax.  It's called A Dedication.  You can see the score and hear a recording here:
 
 
and at the bottom is a link to the purchase site (it's published by ECS), which I'll duplicate here:
 
Good luck rounding out your program!
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
www.josephgregoriomusic.com
www.aretemusicimprints.com
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 14, 2014 6:51am
THANK YOU to all of your help. I am very grateful for your ideas and insight. I'll be finishing with Joseph Gregorio's 'A Dedication.' Thank you again!
 
Jacob Notch
Applauded by an audience of 3
on April 15, 2014 1:36pm
Hi Jacob,
 
I have two suggestions:
 
We Are the Dust of Stars, for 2-part treble choir, was commissioned by and premiered last year by the AppleChor of Red Apple Elementary School, Racine, Wisconsin, directed by Jack Senzig, who collaborated with me on the text.  You may see their performance on YouTube, listen to a demo recording and download the free perusal PDF score on my website at www.gregbartholomew.com/stardustindex.html
 
The Promise of Liberty, for either unison or 2-part treble choir, is an adaptation of the famous poem on the Statue of Liberty ("Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor").  Again, you may view a performance video, listen to a recording and download the free perusal PDF score on my website:  www.gregbartholomew.com/libertyindex.html  
 
best wishes,  Greg
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