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Music to avoid at festival, land mines

Do any of you have experiences with music to avoid at festival.  Music with "land mines."  I try to avoid music with clapping simply because you never know if a student is going to zone out and clap at the wrong time. 
A title that comes to my mind is "In Flanders Fields."  too many fermatas.
 
Any thoughts?
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on April 15, 2014 8:37am
As a long-time adjudicator at festivals in Wisconsin, I am surprised a couple times each year by choirs whose directors choose to do pop music at Festival. There is no rule about repertoire, other than one song from the published list in the appropriate class, and no music from a lower class. But I feel that festival music should be serious, significant, composed-for-choir music. Am I just an old fuddy-duddy?
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on April 15, 2014 10:34am
Any particular titles that should be avoided?
on April 15, 2014 9:34pm
The pieces that get performed by a lot of groups get tiring for adjudicators. Whitacre's "Seal Lullaby" has been done a lot, and while it's a good piece, when you hear it too often, it just seems overdone. I also have a bias against pieces with "optional" accompaniments that double the voice parts. Some edition(s) of Viadana's "Exultate Justi" come to mind. It tends to be used by groups that don't have the skill to do it a cappella. Another set of land mines are pieces with non-traditional vocal production and/or avante-garde notation. These are often difficult to judge using rubrics designed for traditional choral music. "Don't Stop Believin" is both too poppy and too often done. There are others that I can't remember right now...
on April 17, 2014 3:20am
Barry -
Are you asking about music your own choir should avoid performing at festivals - or about music that a combined festival choir with limited rehearsal time should avoid?
Best wishes,
Mike
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