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International Competition/Music

I am a choral conductor taking suggestions for rep for an international competition. 30 singers: High school age select ensemble. Wide vocal range, talented singers.
Compulsory music:
A piece before 1750
A living composer
A composer from our native country (USA)
Can have up to four pieces
My thoughts so far:
Byrd- Justorum Animae
des Prez- Mille Regretz
Villette- Notre Pere
Kverno- Ave Maris Stella
Whitacre- Lux Aurumque
Morris- I Thank You Jesus
Moore- Daniel, Daniel Servant of the Lord
Esenvalds- O Salutaris Hostia
Thanks colleagues!
on May 26, 2014 4:21pm
If you are interested in looking at additional sacred repertoire by an American, you might look at these three selections:    and
Best wishes on your participation in the competition!
Frank La Rocca
on May 27, 2014 2:36am
Dear Charles,
I've read a couple of comments where judges say they're sick of hearing Whitacre - if you're interested in exploring other living composers, I have several suitable pieces at
For a high school choir of 30 singers, I'd recommend "O Vos Omnes" (which is in Kwazulu-Natal Youth Choir's repertoire for this season) or "Regis Regum Rectissimi" (being performed later this year by the National Youth Choir of Scotland). You might also enjoy "As the rain hides the stars" (world premiere available), a setting of an old Scots love song (or possibly a prayer, the source is wonderfully unclear!)
(Scores, and recordings where available, are linked from the above page.)
Chris Hutchings
on May 27, 2014 3:00am
Hi Charles,
For either the living composer or native composer category, you might consider my own Do You Hear How Many You Are? for SATB choir.  It was performed beautifully several times by the Longmeadow High School (MA) Lyrics last year on their tour of England, and just recently won the Warren County (PA) Summer Music School's Promising Young Composers Competition.  You can hear a recording and preview the score here:
-Keane Southard
on May 27, 2014 3:56am
A composer from our native country (USA)
Hello Charles,                     
I would seriously consider 'Going Home,' sung with feeling it would be an absolute show stopper for your choir. However, your choristers must connect with the emotion of the lyrics individually. Then of course with precise control of the dynamics and phrasing you would then collectively create and evoke the profoundly emotive, haunting yet somewhat comforting spiritualism of this piece with your audience. How to get them to connect and visualise the sentiments would be your individual challenge. Far too often this critical aspect is often not taken as seriously as it should be it's vital. In a competition naturally technique is a valuable ingredient but delivery and making that all important audience connection through the emotion of the words is the real key to success.
Please view/listen to this paricular arrangement by the BYU choir comes very close to perfection it's a great interpretation and I would contact them to enquire whether they would be able to provide you with it.
Good luck!
on May 27, 2014 11:28am
For works by living composers, you might take a look at the ChoralNet Composition Showcase:  
You will find a brief description of each work together with links for PDFs and mp3s.
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on May 28, 2014 2:05am
Hi Charles,
beside beeing Managing Director of meeting music ( I would like to introduce Porfiri & Horváth Publishers to you as a house for exclusive choral works and arrangements of all kinds of difficulties and styles,for various kinds of choirs and voicings. Please take you time for a little journay on our website and catalogue (
If you are alos looking for international competition and would like to have a little impression of what a choral competition can be, enjoy the review on Venezia in Musica right here  (12th Venezia in Musica 2014, International Choir Competition & Festival,  April 30 - May 4, 2014   Caorle - Venice (Italy).
For any question you have get back to us through info(a)
Best wishes
Piroska Horváth
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