Are you tired of singing the same old carols with your choir? Freshen up your winter concert with one of these great arrangements – all are a fantastic opportunity to teach complex meters!
The familiar carol “O Christmas Tree” gets a fresh new arrangement in Tannenbaum in 5/8 for SSA voices. Creative countermelodies enhance the melody and the text weaves English and German together.
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen gets a “Take 5” treatment in Donald Moore’s new arrangement. Smooth unisons, some basic scat singing, and cool jazz chords make this perfect for high school groups – might be especially effective as your show choir’s ballad on this year’s concert.
John Rutter’s original Donkey Carol is set in an unbalanced 5/8 meter, and it really evokes the feeling of a donkey lumbering its way toward Bethlehem. It can be particularly successful when sung by children’s choirs in the 2-part or unison voicing.