Winter holiday concerts always need an uplifting piece to add to the festive feel of the season. The lyric line covers the positive, fun and enjoyable activities we all love during that time of year. The message and melody, combined with a very active piano part, add to the joy of this selection.
Type of ensemble: This arrangement is for SAB and lets all voices take part in singing the melody. The harmonies are straight forward and easy to understand while the melodic line flows easily through the piece.
Story line: This piece focuses on the joys of the holiday season in a very jolly way with a vibrant piano accompaniment part and very appealing melodic line. This is totally upbeat throughout and has a great ending.
Teaching technique points: This piece would focus on getting the message and feeling across to the listener. The group would need to make sure this is a happy sounding performance. All smiles, no frowns or deep thoughts.
Program placement: This would make a great closer or opener to your holiday program. It has lots of life, sparkle and joy in the lyric line and the melody is very catchy.
This piece would fit perfectly into your Veterans Day program or be a great selection to add a little drama to your fall or spring concerts. The message is heartfelt and speaks of friendship and the positive belief in another person. A mellow piano accompaniment adds a great deal to the feel of the piece.
Type of ensemble: In this piece the baritone doubles the melody in many cases giving the boys a chance to really shine and get into the lyrics.
Technique teaching points: Very fluid and dramatic melodic lines offer some great ideas for sustained breath control and dynamic contrast.
Story line: This piece is dedicated to all those special people in our lives that have made a positive impact on us. They could be parents, friends, first-responders or service people that have made our lives better.
Program placement: This selection can stand alone in the middle of your program or could also be a special dedication piece for someone in the audience or community.
This typical Broadway up-beat type of selection will have your choir and audience feelin’ good. The lyric line describes a beautiful sunny day just waiting to be enjoyed. The melody and harmony go together beautifully and are enhanced by a traditional Broadway-infused piano accompaniment.
Type of ensemble needed: The piece is written for SAB and sounds best with the baritone part included, however the alto part covers the harmony quite well so the piece could be effectively done SA.
Technique teaching points: The selection is a Broadway show piece which requires lots of energy throughout. The dynamics are terraced so there is little finesse required in the phrasing.
Story line: The lyrics speak for themselves. This is an uplifting piece with lots of enthusiasm positive feelings.
Program placement: This is an excellent opener or closer to your program. It could also be used as an encore piece to finish your program on a positive note.
The piece begins with an a cappella overview of the message. The song then features a soprano/alto duet, followed by the full ensemble for the remainder of the selection. The true meaning of the lyrics is that it only takes one small voice to encourage belief in yourself. The piano background is soothing and fits well into the melodic and harmonic lines.
Type of ensemble: This piece relies on a balanced 3 part ensemble and starts with an a cappella section that sets up the lyric line for the remainder of the selection. There are also two soprano/alto soli parts that feature your outstanding soloists.
Story line: This piece is full of optimistic thoughtfulness and the feeling that there will always be a better way in the future. There is a powerful bridge section that will bring true feelings within the ensemble to the front.
Program placement: This would be a great way to start the second half of your program, or use it as a segue to a more dynamic part of the concert. It could also be a featured as a more dramatic piece in the middle of your concert.
Here is a great production piece to feature all of your choirs. The open harmonies and haunting melodic line provide an outstanding base for a mass choir selection. This would also be an excellent opportunity to include an improvised African drum part. The lyric line is simple and speaks of the never ending winds of Africa. The piano accompaniment part is challenging and adds a special spice to the ensemble.
Type of ensemble: Voicing is SAB and depends on all three parts to make it sound properly. The baritone part is copying the melody much of the time so it’s quite easy.
Technique teaching points: Sections of the song go from smooth legato lines to powerful accented phrases so there is a wide variety tonal techniques to cover.
Story line: The lyrics refer to a broad overview of Africa with it’s majestic and mysterious winds that continually sweep over the continent and it’s people.
Program placement: This would be an excellent piece to close your concert. It could also be a selection to have all your choirs learn and have a mass production at the end. It would be easy to add percussion parts to enhance the effect of the total performance.