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FA ’17: MUED 376: Choral Music, Methods and Materials

Dr. van der Vat-Chromy
A-24. Concert Programming Assignment

 This assignment is the opportunity to design a major seasonal
concert program that will include three/four different ensembles of
different vocal settings.

 Each program must include 12 pieces, varying in voicing, style, and
difficulty. For example, plan to program 3 pieces for your SATB choir,
3 for your Men’s Ensemble, 2 for your Children’s Choir, 3 for your
Women’s Choir and a combined Finale.

For example, you may choose from:

K-12 choirs: Fall/Winter/Spring/Graduation Concert
Church choirs: Advent/Easter Program, etc.
Grades 6 -12: Cabaret/MUTH/Opera Performance (“An Evening at the Opera”)

 Please give your concert a name or a theme, which will serve as the
organizing principal for your concert.

 For each selection, please enter the necessary information into the
template found on the next page, re-titling “Piece 1”, “Piece 2”, etc. as
you proceed.

 After completing your assignment, please save your document as a
.pdf, and send it to everyone in the class. In this way, we will have 17
concert programs in our files!
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MUED 376: Choral Music, Methods and Materials
Concert Programming Assignment

Conductor Name: Miss Kayla Morgan

Date: November 15th

Concert Theme/Title: Adventures in Our World

To be performed by: (List your choirs by name)
Cantilena (SATB), Ragazzi (TTBB), Na Leo (SSAA)

Concert Rationale:
(Why you chose the theme and groups in this assignment.)
This program has been created for highly advanced high school singers that have
been in the choral organization from the time they begun elementary school. For an SVCC
or HYOC type choir.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
(List pieces, composers, accompanists, soloists and instrumentalists as needed)

TITLE Composer/dates

1. R- Sorida Rosephanye Powell
arr. William C. Powell (1962-)

2. R- Inscription of Hope Z. Randall Stroope (1953-)

3. R- Cantar! Jay Althouse (1951-)

4. N- A la Ru, a la Me Traditional Folk Song of Northern New Mexico
arr. Bradley Ellingboe (1958-)

5. N- Vuelie Frode Fjellheim (1959-) and Christopher Beck (1972-)

6. N- Tottoyo Cristian Grases (1973-)

7. N- Will the Circle Be Unbroken Traditional Appalachian Folksong

Intermission
8. C- Laetatus Sum Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)

9. C- Over the Sea to Skye Traditional Scottish Folksong
Arr. Russell Robinson

10. C- E Nana Kakou I Na Manu Herb Mahelona (1969-)

11. C- Gabi Gabi arr. William Powell (1962-)
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12. Tutti- Ukuthula (African Prayer) Traditional Zulu Gospel Song

PIECE #1
Title Sorida
Composer Rosephanye Powell
Arranger William C. Powell
Voicing TTBB
Length 3:15
Time period/genre/style Zimbabwe Greeting
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Percussian insturments
Difficulty level & age level High School – MA
Key(s) AbM
Meter(s) 2/4
Publisher and Publisher # Hal Leonard Corporation 00147423
Cost per octavo 1.90
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below:

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A beautiful choral arrangement of a Zimbabwe greeting that can be used to strengthen
musical skills in 2/4. Also introduces multiple ostinatos and triplets as the song cycle
repeats and continues. Can teach a lot about balance, tuning, and listening within the
choir.
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PIECE #2
Title Inscription of Hope
Composer Z. Randall Stroope
Arranger Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing TTB
Length 3:35
Time period/genre/style Modern
Sacred/secular Sacred
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano
Difficulty level & age level High School – ME
Key(s) EbM/FM
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Heritage Music Press 10307418
Cost per octavo $2.10
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: F3-Eb5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A beautiful piece that has shown our members a softer side to singing, Inscription of
Hope is a wonderful song full of melody and movement. Our members have connected
with this piece even more after learning how the text was written on a cellar wall during
WWII.
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PIECE #3
Title Cantar!
Composer Jay Althouse
Arranger Jay Althouse
Voicing TB
Length 2:40
Time period/genre/style Stylistically Authentic Salsa
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano and Shaker
Difficulty level & age level High School – M
Key(s) FM
Meter(s) 2/2
Publisher and Publisher # Alfred Music Publishing 10352513
Cost per octavo $1.85
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: C#3 – D4

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

Fun and uplifting, Cantar! Is a stylistically authentic salsa work from Cuba. It combines
English and Spanish to create a multi-dimensioned piece that everyone can enjoy. The
repetitive themes have allowed the choir members to create their own dynamic contrasts
within the piece that are stylistically their own.
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PIECE #4
Title A la Ru, a la Me
Composer Traditional Folk Song of Northern New Mexico
Arranger Bradley Ellingboe
Voicing SSA
Length 2:30
Time period/genre/style Traditional Folk Song of Northern New Mexico
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano, 2 Flutes
Difficulty level & age level High School – ME
Key(s) EM
Meter(s) 6/8
Publisher and Publisher # Hal Leonard Corporation 00147423
Cost per octavo $1.95
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below:

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A sweet and unique traditional song of Northern New Mexico, A la Ru, a la Me is an
uplifting lullaby. It is a wonderful piece to work on 6/8 with the choir and perfect reading
more unique rhythms.
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PIECE #5
Title Vuelie
Composer Frode Fjellheim and Christopher Beck
Arranger Frode Fjellheim and Christopher Beck
Voicing SSAA
Length 1:49
Time period/genre/style Inspired by the traditional Sami joik
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) A capella & Percussion
Difficulty level & age level High School – M
Key(s) Gm
Meter(s) 2/2
Publisher and Publisher # Boosey & Hawkes, Inc 10542729
Cost per octavo 2.15
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: C3-G5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

Inspired by the traditional Sami joik, this piece from Disney’s Frozen has quickly
become one of our favorites this year. We have learned a lot about blending and finding
the tonal centers of our sound with the pure and forward vowels.
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PIECE #6
Title Tottoyo
Composer Cristian Grases
Arranger Cristian Grases
Voicing SSA
Length 2:40
Time period/genre/style Upbeat Caribbean
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano
Difficulty level & age level High School – E
Key(s) Eb M
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Pavane Publishing 10351131
Cost per octavo 2.35
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: B4-F5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

Tottoyo tells the story of a mystchiveous young Caribbean boy who refuses to come
inside once it got dark so he could stay and play more. Tottoyo runs and hides when his
mother calls him from the house after he hadn’t been listening to her! The fun rhythms
and melodic harmonies make this piece one that is fun to dance along to.
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PIECE #7
Title Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Composer Traditional Appalachian Folksong
Arranger J. David Moore
Voicing SSAA
Length 2:30
Time period/genre/style Traditional Appalachian
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) A Capella
Difficulty level & age level High School – ME
Key(s) EM
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Fresh Ayre Music – 10341993
Cost per octavo $2.95
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: F3-G#5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A fun piece from our own area, Will the Circle be Unbroken is a piece that describes the
bonds we share with one another. It is challenging both harmonically and rhythmically
but a pleasure to master.
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PIECE #8
Title Laetatus Sum
Composer Johann Michael Haydn
Arranger David Stein
Voicing SATB
Length 3:30
Time period/genre/style 1700s
Sacred/secular Sacred
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano
Difficulty level & age level High School – M
Key(s) Bb
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Theodore Presser Co 312-41607
Cost per octavo $2.50
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: A3-G5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A classic piece in a singer’s repertoire. Laetatus sum provides teachable moments
through breath control, word stress and several rules. It’s a good medium piece for more
advanced singers.
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PIECE #9
Title Over the Sea to Skye
Composer Traditional Scottish Folksong
Arranger Russell Robinson
Voicing SATB
Length 2:50
Time period/genre/style Traditional Scottish Folksong
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano
Difficulty level & age level High School – ME
Key(s) GM / AbM
Meter(s) 6/8
Publisher and Publisher # Alliance Music Publications, Inc. 10015880
Cost per octavo 1.70
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: D4-E5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

Over the Sea to Skye is a highly emotional piece about the last battle and subsequent
events leading to the fall of the Scottish nation to the British in 1745. This piece is one
with flowing melodies and harmonies that have challenged our perception of blend and
strengthened our vowel matching this semester.
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PIECE #10
Title E Nana Kakou I Na Manu
Composer Herb Mahelona
Arranger Cantilena
Voicing SA(TB)
Length 3:40
Time period/genre/style Hawaiian
Sacred/secular Secular
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Piano & Piccolo
Difficulty level & age level High School – E
Key(s) FM
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Colla Voce Music, Inc.
Cost per octavo $1.85
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: B4-E5 (before rearrangement)

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

This beautiful piece by Herb Mahelona has allowed Cantilena the experience of
rearranging an existing piece to better fit their voices and vision of the music. We hope
you enjoy the fruits of our labors and the culmination of all of our learning this semester!
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PIECE #11
Title Gabi Gabi
Composer traditional South African praise song
Arranger William Powell
Voicing SATB
Length 2:15
Time period/genre/style traditional South African praise song
Sacred/secular Sacred
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) Percussion
Difficulty level & age level High School – ME
Key(s) Ab
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Hal Leonard Corporation 00147423
Cost per octavo $2.10
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: F2-Eb5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

An uplifting traditional piece from South Africa, Gabi Gabi talks about praising the Lord
for freeing the captives and giving them food. Its an important cultural song and one that
we had fun learning more about this semester. In addition to the meaning we also had fun
learning challenging rhythmic parts that helped us solidify patterns we have used in other
pieces this year.
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PIECE #12
Title Ukuthula (African Prayer)
Composer Traditional Zulu Gospel
Arranger Andre van der Merwe
Voicing SATB
Length 3:30
Time period/genre/style Traditional Zulu Gospel
Sacred/secular Sacred
Forces (a cappella, instruments?) A Capella w/ Percussion
Difficulty level & age level High School – M
Key(s) Dd M
Meter(s) 4/4
Publisher and Publisher # Earthsongs 10318789
Cost per octavo $1.75
Miscellaneous

Ranges: Please list or notate on the staff below: F3-F5

Annotated discussion, program notes, and/or important information for consideration:

Describe this piece in detail (3 – 5 sentences) in such a way that you have written the program notes for this
work. Include thoughts about structure, genre, important teaching concepts, where it could fit into a school
calendar, what kinds of ensembles, composer notes, overall difficulty, overall effectiveness, meaning,
poetry, and why students would both like and learn from singing this work?

A traditional Zulu prayer for piece its slow and encompasses our through line for the
year of multicultural and peaceful. It has a lot of improvisation that can be done through
solos and solo groups and can simply be a celebration of all we learned in the semester.