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Children's Choir songs about STARS

Hello,
 
I'm programming a concert about Stars/Starlight and would love suggestions for my auditioned children's choir (ages 8-14). Aiming mostly for 2-part music with some SSA in the mix. It will be our first concert of the year with only a few months to rehearse, so we won't be attempting anything super challenging. I'm thinking that in addition to songs about stars/starlight, we'll also include some pieces that have to do with "sunshine" (being that the sun is our closest star). 
 
Thanks in advance!
 
Tania Mannion
Director
Davis Children's Chorale
on June 2, 2014 5:14pm
 Kesselman, Lee - There Will Be Stars Forever SS & piano 4-hands
description:  SS, Piano
 
Poet Sara Teasdale
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes (New York)
on June 2, 2014 5:24pm
Tania,
 
I did a program with my 1st graders featuring songs about the sun, moon and stars.  One piece that would be easy for your group to learn and has some simple unpitched percussion parts (shaker, clave, guiro, congas or bongos and triangle) is "My Star Wish"  by Greg Gilpin.  The first section is unison, then moves into two parts (with 1st graders I did the whole piece in unison)  Shawnee Press E0394
 
Matt Jenkins
on June 2, 2014 5:30pm
Hi Tania,
 
i composed a  piece called Srars and Moonbeams.  Brilee publishes the piece.  If you go to their website you can hear it.
denice Rippentrop 
on June 2, 2014 6:30pm
Tania:  Here are two pieces of mine that might suit.
 
     •The Cricket Sang (SA + Piano).  2:25.  The poem is by Emily
Dickinson.  You may read it here.  It doesn't mention stars,
but it is about sunset and the onset of evening.  You need a sunset
before you can see any stars!  Published by Hal Leonard (as part
of the Henry Leck Choral Series) as part of a set called Emily's Day.
Snippets of the score and audio may be located here.  Easy.
 
     •The Music of the Spheres (SSA + horn and piano).  The words are
from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.  (Vaughan Williams used the
same passage in Serenade to Music.)  Commissioned by the Contra
Costa Children's Chorus.  The duration is about five minutes.  Moderately
difficult for children's chorus; and finding a horn is another challenge.
(But if you're within driving distance, I'll be glad to play horn for you.)
Not in print, but score and a recording are visible/audible at the
Composers Showcase here.
 
Let me know if you have any questions.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
San Jose, CA
on June 3, 2014 2:33am
newly published Bob Chilcott: The Sun and Stars are Mine: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193400481.do This link takes you to an audio as well.
on June 3, 2014 6:31am
I really liked Shooting Star (2pt) by Andy Beck. Here's the page on J.W. Pepper: http://www.jwpepper.com/Shooting-Star/10069101.item#.U43NrCiZhVA
 
My elementary school choir did this last year. It worked well and the students really liked it.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on June 3, 2014 6:42am
Imant Raminsh:  Song of the Stars--2 part published Boosey & Hawkes.  Native American text.  Has some challenges and changing meters, but I did this in a December concert with my auditioned Children's Choir with 3 months of rehearsal.  Great piece--hope it's still in print.
 
Eloise Porter
voice101(a)gmail.com
on June 3, 2014 11:00am
Oh Watch the Stars is a beautiful traditional Appalachian song with only one verse.  I think I got it from one of The Revels' publications, but don't recall for certain as I always teach it by rote.  Mary Goetze composed a round which I have used with success, but I can't find it right now as my classroom is being readied for summer cleaning.  Something like "I think, if you rose up to the stars, O you would shine.........."
on June 3, 2014 1:19pm
Please consider WE ARE THE DUST OF STARS for 2-part treble choir with piano:  www.gregbartholomew.com/stardustindex.html
 
Commissioned for AppleChor of the Red Apple Elementary in Racine, Wisconsin, We Are the Dust of Stars is based on a fun text.  You may download a free perusal PDF score at the link above, as well as view the YouTube video of the premiere performance and read the text.
 
 
on June 3, 2014 3:10pm
Yes, Greg Bartholomew wrote We Are the Dust of Stars for my school choir last year.  It is a fine piece.   Singing the two parts is a bit of a stretch for most elementary choirs yet would be an appropriate challenge for high school girls. 
 
 
The words are sometimes silly and sometimes very serious.  It would work well for a freshman girl's choir down to elementary.  
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 2
on June 4, 2014 4:04am
STARS by Tom Shelton  Santa Barbara Music Publishing SBMP 832 uses two texts by Christina Rosetti.  The piece is written as two separate "verses" that are sung individually and then all together with a 3/4 arrangement of Twinkle Twinkle.  I've done it as a gentle concert closer divided between my various ensembles as it can easily be sung by a variety of ages.  
 
on June 4, 2014 8:40am
Stars - Larysa Kuzmenko - fabulous three part - short - satisfying - effective - good opener 
 
Stars - Nancy Telfer - interesting factual text - nice variety within the piece - kids enjoyed it
 
The Stars are with the Voyager - Eleanor Daley - beautiful! - SSAA or SA 
 
Enjoy!
J
Jackie Hawley
Artistic Director: Ottawa Children's Choir
www.ottawachildrenschoir.ca
Founding Director: Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa
www.cantiamogirlschoir.ca
 
 
on June 4, 2014 8:44am
Hi again,
 
 
The Leading Note is a fabulous music store in Ottawa! They are very helpful and have created this addition to their web site to assist us all with concert planning! Excellent! 
 
Bye,
J
Jackie Hawley (Ottawa)
on June 4, 2014 9:39am
Hi Tania,
 
Check out my inspirational song "One Star" on my website www.AmericasSongwriter.com. I think it is just what you're looking for!
 
Best wishes,
Hank Fellows
on June 4, 2014 9:52am
"Point Me to the Stars" by Mary-Hannah Kontz, 2-pt with Flute
 
Text:  “O music, wrap me in your arms. Let me soar to farther shores. Point me to the stars.” 
 
 
on June 4, 2014 11:54am
Here are more specifics regarding my earlier post.   Star Canon was written by Mary Goetze using words from Firefly by the Chinese poet Li Po.  "I think, if you flew up to the sky, beside the moon, you would sparkle like a star."   It is in the 5th grade book of the Macmillan music series Spotlight on Music, with performance, accompaniment and voice only tracks on CD #22.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on June 4, 2014 1:22pm
Stars Are For Those Who Lift Their Eyes--Pauline Delmonte (Choristers Guild)
Applauded by an audience of 2
on June 5, 2014 4:46am
Hello Tania,
While these 2 songs aren't specifically about stars they are about celestial objects. 'Ride Of Our Lives' is a 2-part song that would suit the ability and age of your choir. It's about all of us travelling through space on planet Earth and all of the amazing sites in the skies.
The other is a 3-part round about the planets in our solar system.  You'll find them both here on my SongLibrary website.
 
regards
 
Glyn Lehmann
on July 14, 2014 10:12am
Thank you to everyone who responded! Wonderful suggestions. I'm not done programming, but this has gotten me much closer! Thanks!
Applauded by an audience of 1
on July 15, 2014 1:16pm
Also, Song to the Stars (Andrew Simpson) published by Colla Voce (SSA, piano).
 
 
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