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Two Part and Unison Mens (High School level)

Hi everyone,
 
I'm looking for suggestions for a small high school mens choir.  Since there will only be a handful of guys, we will only be able to sustain unison and two part music.  Any ideas would be awesome.  They're all beginners, as well.
 
This year they really liked Rollo's Wayfaring Stranger.  And I reduced down the TTBB If I Only Had a Moustache, down to two parts.  It was hilarious - with the stick on moustaches, even.  
 
Thanks
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on May 21, 2014 3:36am
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"  by Vera Kistler is written for 2 part treble, but worked very well for my Junior Varsity level Men's Chorus.  One young man read the Frost poem beforehand.  http://www.jwpepper.com/Stopping-by-Woods-on-a-Snowy-Evening/1770353.item#.U3x_s9q9KSM
 
"Cuncti Simus"  has been a good piece for my Women's Chorus.  This year I tried it with men and it was a HIT.
 
 
 
 
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on May 29, 2014 4:57am
I'll second the "Stopping By Woods".  You can teach a TON with this piece, and it is effective.  I paired mine with an SSA arrangement of the same text, and it made for a nice set.
on May 21, 2014 6:15am
I'd check out music by Victor C. Johnson.  He teaches middle school choir and accompanies the Texas Boys Choir, so he 'knows the ropes' of situations like yours.  His writing is often simple and clean, yet beautiful.  And, he's a nice guy - I wouldn't hesitate to contact him for recommendations. 
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on May 21, 2014 6:51am
We have used several Laura Farnell arrangements and my men always like them-
 
"She Walks in Beauty" was a favorite with HS.
 
My 7&8th grade men's group did "Salaam Aleikum"  and it worked really well for that beginning level.
 
Good luck!
 
on May 21, 2014 8:22am
Hi Rebecca,
 
Give a listen to the patriotic and inspirational songs on my website, www.AmericasSongwriter.com. I think "The Spirit of America," "The Tree of Life," and "Carry On" would work especially well for a small high school men's choir. All of these songs have been well received in choral performances across America. Good luck with your search!
 
Sincerely,
Hank Fellows
on May 22, 2014 10:44am
 
Rebcecca,

I wrote a couple pieces for a young men's consortium a year ago, here is some more info: 
 
"Empty" TB, piano, optional djembe - text by Joyce Sutphen
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/Empty.html
 
"Go" TB, hand drum, wood block or clapping
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/Go.html

"It Is Not the Fact That I Will Die That I Mind" TB, piano - text by Jim Moore
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/ItIsNottheFact.html
 
Tim
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on May 22, 2014 11:11am
Here are some that have worked for me over the years:
 
I'm Bound Away - arr. Donald Moore
If I Have My Ticket  arr. Donald Moore
Fifty Cents (Great Closer) - George Frederick McKay
Kyrie eleison - Dan Davison
Dar Kom Die Alabama - Jeffrey Haskell (written for treble voices, but transfers nicely to a TB group)
Boatman Stomp - Michael Gray
Good News! - Andre Thomas
Der Herr Segne Euch - JS Bach
Loch Lomond - Earlene Rentz
Shine on Me - Rollo Dillworth
Jonah - Rollo Dillworth
Rain Music - Laura Farnell
Tell My Father - arr. Andrea Ramsey
Sing, Now, Ye Sons of Art - Purcell/arr. Victor Johnson
 
Hope this helps!
 
Jim Moyer
on May 22, 2014 4:32pm
Check these out.....they work well!
Medieval Gloria - Vijay Singh  TB Alfred
Russian Hammer Song - Vijay Singh TB  National Music Publishers/Fred Bock
Medieval Kyrie - Vijay Singh  TB BriLee Music
Novum Gaudia - arr. V. Singh TBB BriLee Music (holiday)
Soldier's Hallelujah - Vijay Singh  TB  BriLee Music
With My Swag All On My Shoulder - arr. V. Singh TBB w/piano and melodica (Australian Folk)
*And anything TB/TBB?TTBB by my Male Ensemble Northwest brothers Dan Davison, Kirk Marcy, and Reg Unterseher!!!!!
 
Best,  VS
 
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on May 29, 2014 10:12am
I used Benjamin Britten's "Oliver Cromwell", unison (B&H) with frosh boys.  Although very short--it was sweet!
 
Bob Boyd
IL 
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