- May 11, 2017 at 10:47 am #536758
Peggy Haas HowellParticipant
The community children’s and youth choir (30-40 singers) that I direct will observe its 25th anniversary next season, and I’d like to plan something to celebrate. I’m thinking of inviting the 2 former directors to participate in a concert, as well as inviting alumni to come back and sing a few pieces with the current choir at a concert. Maybe have a Sunday evening performance, with rehearsal in the afternoon and a concert in the evening. I’d love to hear suggestions for an exciting celebration!
Peggy Haas HowellMay 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm #536826
Occasions like this offer an opportunity to possibly commission a new work. I’ve had 2 commissions performed for choir anniversaries. Perhaps this piece, for the 75th anniversary of the Australian Boys choir, fits your program: “Celebrate A New Day” – 3 part SSA a cappella – https://www.swirlymusic.org/music/choral-music/rich-campbell-celebrate-a-new-day-ssa-a-cappella/
-Rich CampbellMay 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm #536827
Hi Peggy —
This should certainly be a gala event, and you’ve got some excellent ideas for it. If you’re considering doing any larger pieces, you might want to take a look at “My Voice,” It was commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus. It’s for SSAA chorus, piano, and strings, though it can also be performed with piano alone. The original poem was part of the commission; it was written my my late wife, who was both a singer and author. It was about the singers in the chorus: What is my voice? Where does it come from? What do I do with it? Where does it take me? All materials are available from Swirly Music (https://www.swirlymusic.org/music/choral-music/anthony-doherty-my-voice-ssaa-chorus-string-orchestra/), where you can peruse the complete score. There’s also an audio link to the first performance.
In any case, congratulations on the anniversary, and I hope you have a wonderful celebration.
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