One Small Voice 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.
Product Includes: Sheet Music * Lyric Sheet * Soprano MP3 * Alto MP3* Baritone MP3 * Piano MP3 * FullMix MP3
One Small Voice is a great way to introduce solo singing to your group. As you know, sometimes you get lucky and have natural soloists present in your choirs, while other times nobody wants to sing alone. Creating an environment where each student feels comfortable to sing on their own takes some thoughtful consideration and time to cultivate.
Before presenting your group with a lofty solo-heavy piece, it could be helpful to ease them into the concept of singing on their own with smaller sections of solos. One Small Voice is an excellent stepping stone as the parts begin as duets. Having another person to stand out with is not only harmonically desirable, but also comforting. It helps to build the confidence needed to sing longer, more complex solos.
This song can also be used to introduce a capella singing to your group. Perhaps have students take turns singing the solo parts so that they can get used to their voices without the support of having a piano part.