Linda Berg, R&S Chair for Children's Choirs, offers literature suggestions

As I write this article, the weather in Boise is HOT – we are working on a record of 9 days in a row of over 100 degrees, and unfortunately, we will probably make it.  I am sipping a diet Coke and thinking about the fact that school starts in about a month and holiday music needs to be selected.  I selected some of mine already, but then a colleague  mentions a piece, or as we have an ACDA National Convention coming up, the music for the children’s chorus reading session has started to come in and there are a couple of really great pieces that I think I will want to use in one choir or another, so the process continues.  I thought, perhaps some of you might be on the same page of the hymnal, so to speak, and decided to give you a list of music, which is certainly not exhaustive, but should acknowledge some old favorites and perhaps present some new possibilities for your choir.

Each of us has different needs for music of the season and different choirs – from auditioned community and school choirs to y’all come school choirs, so our needs and levels of music vary.  As I put together this list of tried and true selections, I attempted tnw-boychoiro address some of those needs, but certainly not all.  Most of the music is 2 part, although there are some unison and SSA selections.  Some of the 2 part pieces are easily adaptable to a younger, unison only, group.  I am always excited to find new and interesting repertoire for my various choirs, so please feel to forward any titles you would care to share and I will, with your permission, share them with others in the Northwest region.

Below are some tried and true gems.  When I look at lists like this, if I find one or two new pieces I am always thrilled, so have fun exploring these titles and sharing them with your young singers.

Angels’ Carol - John Rutter
            Hinshaw HMC986 2pt – optional harp accompaniment
Angels Divine - arr. Ken Berg
            Hal Leonard 08742154 – SSA
Bethlehem Hallelu - Jay Althouse
            Alfred 20140 2pt – hand drum
The Birds’ Lullaby - Marilyn Broughton
            Hinshaw HMC 2037 2pt
Born, Born in Bethlehem - arr. Donald Moore
            BriLee Music BL365 Unison/2pt – tambourine
The Candlelight Canon - Audrey Snyder
            Hal Leonard 08551320 2pt
Carol of the Cuckoo - Carolyn Jennings
            Choristers Build CGA228 Unison/2pt – flute
The Carol of the Dance -Noel Goemanne
            Alliance AMP0268 2pt – timpani and flute
Catch The Spirit, Share The Magic - David Maddux
            Alliance AMP0469 2pt
Chrissimas Day - arr. Shirley McRae
            Plymouth HL521 2pt – flute (violin), small percussion
Christmas Bells are Ringing - Mark Patterson – hand bells
            BriLee Music BL481 2pt
Christmas Day - Terry Kirkland
            Heritage H5883 2 pt
Deck The Hall And Decorate - Ruth Elaine Schram
            Warner Brothers SV9999 2pt
Dormi, Dormi - arr. Mary Goetze
            Boosey and Hawkes OCTB 6128 Unison – optional harp accompaniment
El Desembre Congelat - arr. Valerie Shields
            Boosey and Hawkes OCTB6897 2pt
Go Tell it on the Mountain - arr. Ed Childs
            Mark Foster YS0103 Unison/2pt
Hallelujah! A Baby is Born - Jay Althouse
            Alfred 17759 2pt
Happy Winter (A Partner Song with “Frosty the Snow Man”) - Jill Gallina
            Hal Leonard 41525047 2pt
Hot Cup of Cocoa - Phyllis Aleta Wolfe
            Heritage 5863 2pt
Housetop Carol  - arr. Catherine Bennett
            Alfred 7776 2pt
In Dulci Jubilo - arr. Audrey Snyder
            Warner Brothers SV9403 – 2 pt
Jingle-Bell Rock - arr. Mac Huff* new – sent as part of ACDA preview materials
            Hal Leonard 08745384 2pt
Long, Long Ago - Cyndee Giebler
            Colla Voce 20-96280 2pt – recorder, glockenspiel, bass metallophone
Mid-Winter - Bob Chilcott
            Oxford T121 2pt
Minka (a Russian Folk Song) - arr. Jill Ann Jones
            Shawnee Press EA-179 2pt – sleigh bells
It’s Christmas Day - Dave and Jean Perry
            BriLee Music BL 208 2 pt
Nino Lindo - Ruth Boshkoff – soprano glockenspiel
            Boosey and Hawkes OCTB6876 2pt
One Candle, One Flame - Linda Sobo
            World Music Press VTS42 2pt
One Little Candle - Audrey Snyder
            Warner Brothers SV8748 2pt
One December, Bright and Clear - Mack Wilberg
            Oxford 019386134-8 2pt – piano four hands
Pat-a-Pan - arr. Joan Whittemore
            Boosey and Hawkes MO51474967 Unison with optional descant - flute
Rushing Troika - Sara Glick/Judith Herrington
            Pavane P1262 2pt
Sixty Million Snowflakes - Phyllis Aleta Wolfe
            Heritage 1004 2pt
The Shepherd’s Carol - David L. Brunner* new sent as part of ACDA preview materials Boosey and Hawkes 48018988 Unison        
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol - John Rutter
            Oxford – U141 –Unison          
Snowtime Fantasy - Dave and Jean Perry
            BriLee Music BL318 2 pt
Something Told the Wild Geese - Sherri Porterfield
            Heritage H5890 2pt
Still, Still, Still - arr. Patricia Lou Harris
            Heritage H5885 Unison – flute
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening - Vera Kistler
            Warner Brothers SV9106 2pt – violin obligato
Sunny Bank -Mark Sirett
            Hinshaw HMC1939 Unison/2pt
The Time of Snow - Bob Chlcott
            Oxford 019342632-3 Unison
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime - arr. Michael Bedford
            Augsburg 0800674316 – flute/recorder, hand drum
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy - arr. Valerie Shields
            Colla Voce HL247 –flute, optional brass and percussion
Whatcha Gonna Call That Baby? - Phyllis Wolfe-White
            Lorenz 15/1457H 2pt

As mentioned above, we have an ACDA National Convention coming up March 7-10, 2007, in Miami.  I hope many of you will consider sending some of your singers to the TREBLE YOUTH HONOR CHOIR, which will be directed by Jean Ashworth Bartle.  It should prove to be a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity – singing with others from all over the United States and working with a director of this caliber.  Audition materials must be postmarked by Monday, October 2, 2006.  All information and audition forms are available in the June 2006 Choral Journal and are available at www.acdaonline.com