As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your middle school choir:
Al Tambor arr. Victor C. Johnson
Start the fiesta with this animated, Latino programming gem about playing drums. The use of small percussion adds to the fun of this lively and spirited folk song from Panama. An optional English text is also provided as a performance option, along with a pronunciation guide for the Spanish.
Festival Cantate by Victor C. Johnson
Full of bright syncopation, rhythmic excitement, and lively melodies, this original selection for developing choirs sparkles with energy. Texts in Latin and English, a contrasting middle section, and engaging choral writing all combine to create a dynamic offering for use throughout the year.
Johnson Boys arr. Cristi Cary Miller
This bluegrass style folk arrangement tells the story of the Johnson boys who are so backward that the “sight of a pretty girl make them afraid.” Your younger choirs will enjoy the American folk harmonies and foot-stomping fun!
Rise, Rise Thou Merry Lark arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Ruth Elaine Schram has set this delightful Welsh Folk song for Unison voices (optional two-part) and keyboard in a lilting, bright manner. A great piece for teaching the musical line, the ranges are very appropriate for young singers.
We Circle Around arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Based on an Arapaho folk tune, this enchanting piece from the talented pen of Ruth Elaine Schram celebrates the beauty of nature and the circularity of life. An optional flute obbligato adds the crowning touch to this evocative work full of mysterious melodies and thoughtful harmonies.
Winter’s Waking by Amy F. Bernon
Amy Bernon’s original text and tune compellingly personify Winter as we imagine her wandering through “a deep sky of onyx…frozen stars falling from her hands.” Evocative and unique, this piece views the season from an intriguing perspective and brings a touch of mystery to a winter performance.
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