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for SA children's choir and piano
RCL-009
SA
3'10"
English
“The Wind” was commissioned by the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a result of Rich Campbell winning the Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize. The text is from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1885 A Child’s Garden of Verses. The choir begins by emulating the sound of the wind, and then sings directly to the wind, describing the […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-002
SSA
4'
English
“Celebrate A New Day,” is an uptempo, rhythmic piece that was composed for the 75th Anniversary of the Australian Boys Choir. It is ideal for special occasions like graduations and is suitable for all young treble choirs, mixed children’s choirs, as well as boys and girls choirs. The work received the “Audience Favorite” award at […]
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12 performance rounds for incurable fuddy-duddies
BKR-006
Equal Voices
SSAA
1′30-2′ each
English
Latin
Are you a square? Can you easily retrieve a gas bill from 1979? Do you pine for the return of spats? Do you chew each mouthful forty times while letting the bottle “breathe”? And when you watch TV, do you recoil from all murders except those committed on the village green? If so, these rounds […]
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for Chorus and Body Percussion
MGN-007
SATB
SSAA
TTBB
3'45"
English
This piece was written while walking through the Mission District of San Francisco on a rainy evening. California has been experiencing a serious drought these past few years. I was thrilled to feel the raindrops, hence the celebratory feeling of the piece. — Mark Growden Also available in TTBB and SSAA versions.
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13 Comic rounds for partnered voices
BKR-002
Equal Voices
SSAA
SSAB
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
The round in Western culture has been associated as closely with wit as it has with praise. Here are thirteen risible rounds of varying difficulty intended for a cappella performance. Admirably suited to treble voices, they may be sung by mixed groups of all ages. The lyrics are light and teasing, the music jaunty and […]
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13 performance rounds for hungry singers
BKR-010
Equal Voices
1′30″ - 2′ each
English
If music be the food of love . . . then you’ll simply love this collection of rounds that has Food as its theme. Expect some heartburn as you sing of pumpkins, peas, eels, gammon steak and applesauce—all washed down with ale and black coffee. The twelve rounds encompass many moods and offer more than […]
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12 rounds in the Folk tradition for mixed voices
BKR-009
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The voice of the English-speaking working classes is preserved in the rich body of song that developed in the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution and in the years surrounding the Great Depression. The songs abound with hope, despair, delight, passion and humour. This original collection of 12 folk-inspired rounds borrows lyrics from English […]
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13 performance rounds for young partnered voices
BKR-003
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The round is the first tool of any music teacher wishing to develop in children an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds also build cohesion among singers, providing opportunities to improve ensemble, sight-reading, articulation and breathing. Here are thirteen original rounds of varying difficulty for Youth Choir: while intended for […]
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for children's choir and piano
GTT-003
SA
Unison
2'50"
English
Christmas Time in the Eyes of a Child is a light-hearted secular Christmas song for children, although it could be performed by adults. This version is specifically arranged for children’s choir with piano accompaniment, and can either be sung in unison or in two parts (SA). There is also a solo version and a mixed choir (SATB) version available, the […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-020
SSAA
3'35"
English
This is the SSAA treble choir version of the award winning “In Those Years, No One Slept.” The text is a scene from a time of conflict/war, by Romanian-American immigrant Claudia Serea. The score is at once rhythmic and exciting, haunting and unsettling. It was a winner of the 2018 Uncommon Music Festival Composition Competition. […]
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10 Nativity Rounds for partnered voices
BKR-001
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
All vocal groups need short, portable items in their repertoire. A round is a melody which can unfold into harmony, the prime tool of choral directors who wish to develop in singers an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds build cohesion among singers and provide opportunities for improving ensemble, sight-reading, […]
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for SSA choir and piano
RCL-012
SSA
3'
English
“Community of Unity” is an exciting and uplifting piece written specifically for civic and municipal events. Beginning with a lyrical, unison verse, the soundscape opens up to a chorus in 3 part harmony. A driving, rhythmic piano accompaniment propels the piece throughout. There is a 4 measure a cappella section near the end, and two […]
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12 performance rounds from Shakespeare to Synge
BKR-008
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Britain form a golden age of round-singing; even the nineteenth provided some fine examples. These twelve rounds, set to texts by Shakespeare, Skelton, Swift, Dryden, Johnson, Carroll and Synge, are of varying difficulty and may require rehearsal. Keeping as they do to the style of the period, they […]
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for SATB Choir (with optional children's part)
GTT-012
SATB
Unison
4'50"
English
This light-hearted holiday song was commissioned by a local community chorus, one of whose members wrote the words. I was asked to include a part for children’s choir, and I understand everyone enjoyed taking part. It has a simple message – to chase away the gloom, and spread light and happiness to all at Christmas […]
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for SSAA Chorus and Body Percussion
MGN-013
SSAA
3'45"
English
This piece was written while walking through the Mission District of San Francisco on a rainy evening. California has been experiencing a serious drought these past few years. I was thrilled to feel the raindrops, hence the celebratory feeling of the piece. — Mark Growden Also available in SATB and TTBB versions.
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for two-part equal voices & piano
SWM-021
Equal Voices
4'30"
English
As winner of the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ (OAKE) 2020 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, I composed Redbirds in August/September of 2020 for a premiere at OAKE’s 2022 national conference, conducted by Ruth Dwyer. With the mission of OAKE and children’s choirs in general in mind, I wanted to choose a text for this piece that […]
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for 2-part choir (with divisi) and piano
POA-023
Equal Voices
2' 55"
Latin
Corde natus ex parentis is a 4th century hymn by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348 – c. 413). This piece sets the first, fourth, and fifth stanzas of the nine-stanza poem (the ninth of which is a paraphrase of the Lesser Doxology), paired with the traditional chant associated with the text, “Divinum mysterium,” […]
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for unison chorus and piano
MGN-019
Unison
3' 11"
English
A dramatic setting of the classic Russian folk song. Good for developing singers, but also a good choice for some lovely unison singing with more advanced ensembles.
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for unison chorus and piano
MGN-018
Equal Voices
Unison
2'27"
A moving setting of the classic American lullaby. Good for developing singers, but also a good choice for some lovely unison singing with more advanced ensembles. The students we arranged this for absolutely loved it. We hope your choir does too.
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for SSA adult or children's choir and piano
SWM-020
SSA
2'
Hebrew
Composed in the summer of 2020, Psalm 117 is a fun and uplifting setting of this psalm (“Praise the Lord, all nations!”) sung in Hebrew (IPA pronunciation guide included). The recording here is an electronic demo.
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for SSA chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004b
SA
SAA
SSA
SSAA
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for 2-part choir & organ
ROC-006
SA
SS
5'
English
The Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc dimittis (Song of Simeon) are biblical canticles. Mary sings the Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) on the occasion of her visit to Elizabeth, as narrated in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:39–56). Simeon sings the Nunc dimittis (“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”) […]
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for upper voices (SSA) and piano
GTT-034
3'30"
This arrangement of the traditional carol, which combines the words of “While shepherds watched their flocks by night” with the refrain, “Sweet chiming Christmas bells”, is written for three-part upper voices (SSA) and piano. It’s very light and jolly, and incidentally makes reference to one or two other Christmas tunes in the piano accompaniment!   […]
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for choir (SATB with divisions) + organ, piano or orchestra
GTT-030
5' 20"
Forget the traditional setting of “We thee kings of Orient are”! This is a much more reflective version, for choir and orchestra, given its first performance by the Nidarosdomens Guttekor in the splendid setting of Trondheim Cathedral in December 2017. They also performed the piece on their pre-Christmas tour, using just organ for accompaniment. The […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-019
SA
3'
English
“Community of Unity” is an exciting and uplifting piece written specifically for civic and municipal events. Beginning with a lyrical, unison verse, the soundscape opens up to a chorus in 2 part harmony. A driving, rhythmic piano accompaniment propels the piece throughout. There is a 4 measure a cappella section near the end, and two […]
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for SSA voices and piano
JDM-006
SSA
5'30"
Latin
This setting of the traditional “Hail Mary” prayer takes a new approach, employing a lullaby rhythm in F minor. The voices become a haunting plea for forgiveness and intercession. The piano accompaniment provides support for the singers while still maintaining its own voice.
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16 painless rounds for Young voices
BKR-005
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Without doubt, children of all ages enjoy singing rounds. The rounds they learn are likely to be the old worthies of past centuries: “Sumer is icumen in”, “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John” or “Well Rung, Tom!” This original collection balances the standard repertoire with a variety of easy, feel-good rounds: the sweet, the comic and the […]
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for SSAA chorus a capella
KSR-001
SSAA
4'
Looking for a challenging piece for your high school or college women’s chorus? Kirsten Shetler’s setting of “Alleluia” will be a beautiful addition to any program in any season.
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Youth Chorus with piano, optional percussion
BLS-008d
3'
Jane Goodall and the Chimps Music and Lyrics by Bruce Lazarus Commissioned and first performed by North Cambridge Family Opera Chorus Jane Goodall went to Gombe to learn about chimps never realizing she would be there to stay. She was told, “stay aloof” but she named them and waited. Oh, Jane Never despair. We see, […]
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for mixed choir and piano w/optional children's choir
GTT-026
3' 15"
This joyful harvest song may be of particular interest to choral groups within the Jewish tradition, but it may equally prove to be a useful addition to the harvest or thanksgiving repertoire of any choir. The text is taken from World Healing Prayers, with additional text by Linda G Marcus, adapted by the composer. There’s […]
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for children's choir and piano
GTT-025b
This very simple Christmas song is aimed at younger children. It is in unison throughout, apart from a brief optional descant part near the end. Accompaniment is for piano, and a few simple percussion instruments may be added if desired. As the original version (GTT-025a) refers directly to Christ’s Nativity, I have also been asked […]
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for children's choir and piano
GTT-025a
2' 45"
This very simple Christmas song is aimed at younger children. It is in unison throughout, apart from a brief optional descant part near the end. Accompaniment is for piano, and a few simple percussion instruments may be added if desired. This is the original version (GTT-025a), which refers directly to Christ’s Nativity, and is suitable […]
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for a cappella treble chorus (SSAA)
KEM-1044
3'30"
Nearly every December, Christmas sneaks up on me far too quickly, busy as I am with end-of-semester grading and final exams. I’m an admittedly nostalgic guy who unabashedly loves Christmas music, and every year I think to myself ‘I really should have written a Christmas piece this year’. Christmas 2015 followed a similar pattern, except […]
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for 2-part chorus of equal voices and piano
JBN-002b
Equal Voices
3'
English
An original song the lovingly evokes images of the Golden State.
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for 2-part treble chorus and piano
JBN-002a
Equal Voices
2'50"
English
An original song about the Golden State.
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for Soprano solo, children’s voices (or women’s semichorus), mixed chorus, chamber orchestra and piano.
CHR-1504VS
SATB
11' 00"
English
Rosa mystica is a sacred devotional cantata combining various texts in which a rose or flower is used as an analogy for the Blessed Virgin Mary, including the Rosa Mystica tradition, and Mary as the stem of the rose from which, arising out of the root of Jesse, grew Jesus, the Spotless Rose. In three […]
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children's chorus (treble voices) and piano
BLS-008b
SS
1'30"
English
The Sun and the Moon is a short, fun, tango-ish, and scientifically accurate choral song for children’s chorus (grades 2-8) with music by Bruce Lazarus and lyrics by Bobbi Katz, noted poet of children’s educational verse. The chorus is divided into two groups representing “Sun” and “Moon” and sing apt descriptions of each. Written for […]
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children's chorus (treble voices) and piano
BLS-008a
Unison
2'50"
English
ROY G BIV: The Colors of The Rainbow, for unison children’s chorus (grades 2-8) and piano is an easy, fun, upbeat, and educational song about the visible part of the spectrum. The title stands for “red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet”; the conventional mnemonic for the colors of the rainbow. Newton found white light splits up […]
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for SSA chorus a cappella
ADY-026
SSA
3'
French
German
A traditional Alsatian Christmas song, with both French and German texts. A reference (non-singing) English translation of both is included.
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for SSA chorus
ADY-016
SSA
6'55"
English
Four delightful 16th-Century poems in a variety of settings that make a great addition to a choral concert. Ideal for middle school, high school, and college choruses, but fun for adults as well.
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for SSAA chorus, piano, and strings
ADY-018
SSAA
14'
English
The work was commissioned by the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus for its 25th anniversary season (2008-09) and was first performed December 20, 2008. The poem “My Voice” was written especially for this work by author Patricia Doherty to celebrate the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus’s achievement, as well as the role of music in the lives […]
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for SSAA chorus, piano, and double bass
ADY-017
SSAA
4'
English
A close-harmony setting for SSAA chorus, piano, and bass of Shakespeare’s lovely invitation to music from King Lear (Act V, Scene 1). Shakespeare and jazz — together again!
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for SSAB Children's Chorus
JWS-003
SSAB
3'
This composition written for Kingswood Oxford middle school Marcus Carreras Castro, Director. Written on the poetry of Williams Yeats.
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for SSAA Children's Chorus
JWS-002
SSAA
2'20"
This piece was written for the Boston Children’s Chorus for the Martin Luther King Celebration on National ABC Television. Recorded on there second CD sounds Harmony in 2009 and available from CD baby. “Dreams” It’s about building community and breaking down barriers. The song that you will hear aim to tell a story and teach […]
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for baritone solo, treble choir and piano
MDC-009
for children's choir and piano or orchestra
GTT-006
SA
Unison
4'35"
English
Written for the CBSO Children’s Chorus, and first performed by them in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, this light-hearted piece describes a day-dreaming shepherd boy, who suddenly finds himself drawn into the Christmas story. It has also been performed by a youth chorus in Liverpool, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool […]
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for treble choir a cappella
KEM-1013
SSAA
4'30"
Latin
Commissioned premiere performance at Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The explosive Lang work was appropriately contrasted by the excellent, gentle and more subtle O Magnum Mysterium by Kurt Erickson. This world premiere was commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Here the “mystery” part of the thematic trinity […]
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