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Repertoire suggestions from Helen Deitz, R & S Chair for Jr. High/Middle School Choirs
Check these titles; they may be exactly what you're looking for to finish out the year!

deitzOne of the joys of being an R&S Chair is sharing ideas and meeting people.  I have learned a lot working with the NW and Oregon Boards and I plan on continuing to help when my term is up.  I value the input from the State R & S Chairs from each state and I enjoy helping new teachers connect with veteran teachers.

In Oregon, we have an all-state Middle School Choir that meets during the OMEA conference and every director in the state may submit names and the choir chair tries to include every school’s top pick (until the soprano section is full) and then some schools, depending on timeliness of entry, will have two participating students.  District II in the East Multnomah area has adapted the same idea but, with fewer schools, each teacher can submit more students thus have a closer connection with the process. The singers continue to bring the wealth of  the experience into the daily rehearsal.

I am including two repertoire lists.  The first is honor choir and reading session selections.  The second is from the Clear Creek Middle School Library – my students picked the songs they would like to sing again.


NW ACDA JH/Mid reading session: 06
Linda Hamilton,  Washington President, presents JH selections  

Title Composer/Arranger Voice Pub/Number  
Be Still, Look up and Listen Mark Patterson SATB 15/1995H  
Never Seek to Tell Thy Love Sherri Porterfield SATB 23461  
Son de camaguey - Cuban Folk Song arr. Stephen Hatfield SATB 48004718  
Tournez, Tournez!
Z. Randall Stroope SATB AMP-0499  
Ah Robyn! William Cornysh arr. Liebergen SAB CM8870
Where Dwells the Soul of My Love David Childs SATB SBMP-463  

Kurt McKee, NW Men’s R&S Chair, presents men’s selections        
Glory! Hallelujah! Amen!
Ken Berg TTB HL08501487~ or WLG108 (Walton)
American Folk Rhapsody by Linda Spevacek TB Heritage-15/1779H  
The Drover’s Dream arr. Vijay Singh TB National-NMP370  
My Bonny Lass, She Smileth
Morley, arr. Leininger TBB Southern Mus.~~ SC712  
Three Jolly Coachmen
arr. Michael Levi   TBB AMP 0212  
Helen Deitz  NW JrH/Mid R & S Chair   presents middle school
Joshua's Battle   
arr. Greg Gilpan    3 pt mxd   BL470  
Gloria in Excelsis                
Lotti, arr. Spevacek    3 pt mxd 15/1872H  
arr. Shirley W. McRae        4 pt P1268  
Build Me Up Buttercup        arr. Jeff Funk      3 pt mxd CHM 04015  
Fire    Joyce Eilers     3 pt mxd 08551625  
Always Something Sings        
Spevacek    3 pt SSA 15/2056H 15/2029H
Kaki Lambe     
arr. Brian Tate    SATB   P1249  
We Can      arr. Jeff Funk 3 pt. mxd    CHM03064  
Prints of Peace     Rollo Dilworth    SAB   08744630  
NW Jr High Honor Choir ‘06 - Andre Thomas, conductor        
Cuncti Simus ed. Ricardo Soto Unison    
I'm Gonna Sing      Andre Thomas    SSA    
Walk in Jerusalem     arr. Rollo Dilworth    SATB    
Kyrie Eleison   
ed. Jim Leininger    SATB    
I Dream a World   
Andre Thomas    SATB    
My Heart's in the Highlands  
Victor Johnson    TTB    
Oregon All-State Middle School Honor Choir ‘06
Rebecca Reames, conductor
Cantar!      Jay Althouse SATB    
Roses I Send To You from Songs of a Prospector      
Stephen Chatman   SATB    
Gloria (Mariazellermesse)   
Haydn,  arr. Liebergen    SATB    
Be Simple Little Children     
Bob Chilcott   SSA    
'Til the Walls Come Down       Lon Beery   TTB    
Sesere eeye   
ed. Matthew Doyle      
Make Them Hear You      arr. Jeff Funk     SATB    
Oregon District II MS Honor Choir  2006,
Mia Hall Savage, conductor
Louez le Signeur (Praise the Lord) Cameroon Processional Song  
arr. Ralph Johnson SATB    
Sing with Pleasure     
Handel arr: Patrick Liebergen SAB    
Turn the World Around    Harry Belafonte SAB    
I Dream a World     
Andre Thomas    SATB    
Praise His Holy Name  
Keith Hampton SATB    
Oregon ACDA Summer Workshop
Middle School – Dr. Lynne Gackle
Hold Fast Your Dreams          
Brunner             2 part      12162400  
Mozart-Crabb 2 part    18277364  
Gloria                                                 Berg    SSA 16183863  
Life Has Loveliness to Sell                    
Lightfoot   SSA 9416053  
Lang    Various   18276861  
Exsultate Justi        Viadana-Porterfield     SAB 17880562  
Follow the Drinking Gourd       
arr. Davison              SAB  15099352  
If With all Your Hearts       
Mendelssohn-Rentz     SAB 18277462  
Let My People Go                        
arr. Emerson    SAB
2 part
Peaceful Gloria                             
Gilpin      SAB 17821962  
Jubilant Psalm                               
Crocker SATB    3085600  
Lord Is My Shepherd                      Pote        Mixed    8218661  
2 Choral Sketches                                 White       SATB      
Wayfaring Stranger                         
Emerson     SATB      
Come Travel With Me                           Farthing    TTB
Kyrie Eleison                              
Davison      TB
2 part        
Pam Nordquist –
Oregon R&S Chair for Middle/Junior High
Can You Hear the Bells          
Emerson       SAB or TB    
Lacrymosa                             Mozart-Robinson         SAB    
Salvation is Created           
Tschesnekoff-Robinson   SAB ac    
Sing a New Song                       Scott    SSAB or 2pt    
Something Told the Wild Geese    
Porterfield    2 part, TTBB
Vamos a La Playa                      
Perry & Perry  SATB, SAB    
2 Unison Songs for Male Chorus             Patterson Unison    
Winter Feels the Sword of Spring               
Parker & Schram   SATB    
Fillimiooriay                          arr. Beery           TTB    
Stand Together                            Papoulis   SSA    
Hey Nonny Nonny                     
Nygard   SATB    
Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie               arr. Emerson SAB    
Oregon District II MS Honor Choir, 2007   
Margaret Green, conductor
Jabula Jesu                     
Stephen Hatfield SATB 48004481  
Festival Sanctus                          
John Leavitt SATB SV8821  
Two Choral Sketches          
David Ashley White SATB AMP 0510  
Walk in Jerusalem               Rollo Dilworth SATB 08744360  
OR MS Honor Choir     Patrick Patton, Clinician Portland, OR   January 10 & 12, 2007
Consecrate the Place and Day (from Triptych)    

Lloyd Pfautsch SATB a cap LG51420  
Sing We and Chant It     Morley; arr. Robinson      
Bach Again      

Rhonda Sandberg SATB, a cap 1064  

Eric W. Unruh SATB, Piano P1322  
Muie Rendera    

C.A. Pinto Fonesca SATB, a cap Earthsongs  
Clear Creek Middle School’s Top Tunes
Blue Rondo A La Christmas      
arr. Kathy Strauss         SSAB   SV8625  
Dance Today With Joy           
Vijay Singh                   SATB NMP-257  
André J. Thomas        SATB    15/1797H  
He Never Failed Me Yet                                Robert Ray SATB 44708014  
Heaven’s Gate                                     Strommen   SATB   D 0514  
Homeward Bound                         
Marta Keen   SATB    Alfred 7845      
Rhythm of Life  
arr. Richard Barnes    SATB   A-1316  
Seasons of Love        arr. Emerson    SAB/SATB 08621074  
Birth of the Blues            arr. Strommen SATB
3pt mixed  
How Can I Stop Singing My Song? 
Cynthia Gray      3pt. mixed    15/1344H  
Inscription of Hope            (also SATB) Z. Randall Stroope 3 pt.mixed 15/1316H  
Joshua’s Battle  
arr.Greg Gilpin       3 pt. mixed      BL470  
One Light               (also SATB)
Marcus & Schramm    3 pt. mixed   98740939  
Sound of the Sea                  Mark Wilson   3 pt. mixed      K217319  
Old Joe Clark   
arr. Roger Emerson        TB    08551737  
Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia  David L. Brunner      SA   OCTB6932  
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Greetings and Repertoire Suggestions from your new R&S Chair for Music in Worship
by Benjamin Brody, R&S Chair for Music in Worship

brodyGreetings from your new R&S Chair for Music in Worship.  I am thrilled to be able to serve you in this position.  I am an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Church Music Studies at Whitworth College, and Director of Music at Colbert Presbyterian Church.  From 2000-2005 I served ACDA as Washington R&S Chair for Music in Worship, and was site chair for the 2000 Convention in Seattle. 

I hope that you will join me in thanking my predecessor, Dr. Paul Aitken for his excellent work in this role.  Paul has moved on to replace Scott Dean (First Presbyterian, Bellevue, WA) as the National Chair for Music in Worship. 

I would like to encourage you to make plans to attend the upcoming National Convention in Miami in March.  The National and Division chairs have been working hard at preparing the ecumenical worship service, sacred music reading session and roundtable discussion forums.

As a part of the committee that chose music for the sacred reading session, I read through what I would estimate were perhaps 300-400 sacred choral octavos published over the past two years.  The following are a few of my recommendations that I hope you will find usable for your choirs in the coming year.  I look forward to serving you!

I to the Hills, Will Lift Mine Eyes – Ronald D. Hailey
SATB, Keyboard (Kjos Ed. 9040, 2006)
A beautiful setting in d minor of Psalm 121.  The work features unison women’s chorus on the first verse, men on the melody in the second verse, and four-part voicing as the piece modulates to Eb minor for the last verse.

Thou Hidden Love of God – J. Aaron McDermid
SATB, Piano (Morningstar Music Publishers, MSM-50-6056, 2005)
A John Wesley translation of a moving pietistic text by Gerhard Tersteegen is set to a tune based on the German chorale tune VATER UNSER.  Some three-part women’s divisi in the 2nd verse, and frequently shifting duple and triple meters make this piece a bit challenging, but well worth the effort.

Let Everything That Hath Breath – Jeffery L. Ames
SATB, Piano (Earthsongs, 1998)
An exuberant and rhythmic work in gospel style with parts for optional vocal solo and bass included.  Piece requires a talented pianist.

How Firm A Foundation – arr. Albert L. Travis/Benjamin Harlan
SATB, Piano 4-hand (H.W. Gray 25535, 2006.
A very accessible work consisting of much unison and 2-part writing.  The piano 4-hand accompaniment makes it seem more challenging than it is!

Christ Hath a Garden – Gerald Near
SAB, organ (Belwin-Mills 25554, 1973, 2006)
A reprint of Gerald Near’s adaptation of the English folk tune “O Waly, Waly” with text by Robert Bridges.  The voice parts are accessible, with only one verse in three part voicing, and the other two in unison.  The work is also available in an SATB voicing.

The Hidden Stream that Feeds – Eleanor Daley
SATB, unaccompanied (Oxford, 2006)
This gorgeous setting will be a good challenge for more advanced church choirs.  Thomas Troeger’s hymn text is set creatively in a hymn-like setting, with soprano descant on the last verse.  This work is number three in the set “Four Canticles of Praise.”

Round Me Falls the Night – David W. Jepson
SATB, organ or piano (Banks Music, 2006)
An evening hymn setting a unique melody in triple time.  The sustained nature of the accompaniment makes organ the preferable instrument. 


NW ACDA Spotlight on Oregon

In search of a new year
by Hal Eastburn, OR-ACDA President

Oregon is not new to the spotlight.  With the recent tragedies highlighting the dangers of our isolated wilderness, it might seem appropriate to take precautions and travel with a guide. Besides the great scenic, but sometime treacherous beauty, Oregon has many music events that are worth a visit. I will highlight some of the choral music events that mark the calendar landscape this year.

The first stop on our tour is the Oregon ACDA Sacred Music Workshop, January 19-20 at Warner Pacific College in Portland. This traditional event takes on a whole new look this year with presentations by six well known northwest church musicians. The diverse sessions include such topics as, Anthems with Biblical Texts presented by Russell Otte, Pres. Elect Oregon ACDA and Minister of Music at Ascension Lutheran Church in  Medford Oregon and Anthems with Religious Poetry  presented by Tuesday Rupp, Music Director at Milwaukee Presbyterian Church. Literature and Strategies for the Successful Church Youth Choir will include a demonstration youth choir. The presenter, Mia Savage is director of Pacific Youth Choir and the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Youth Choir. Session four is Your Church Music Program as a Ministry by Dr. Paul Klemme, who is adjunct professor at Willamette University and Organist & Choir Master at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem. Dr. Larry Marsh of Linfield College and the First Baptist Church in McMinnville, will present a session aimed at Improving the Skills of the Church Choir Director and Dr. Solveig Holmquist, Music Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Western Oregon University  will present Sacred Literature Without Piano or Organ, but with Bells, Brass, and Guitar, etc. Music packets will be provided by Sheet Music Service who will be available to fill your orders for multiple copies of the music presented. http://www.acdaonline.org/states/OR/SacMusRegFormJan07.pdf

Oregon ACDA Ensemble Festival has a new home. After twenty years at Linn-Benton Community College, this unique venue for the best chamber choirs in the state has moved to Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon on April 14th. The eighteen chamber choirs include choirs ranging from children to adults. Each choir performs for adjudication comments and Gold Silver and Bronze medals. Some limited seats are available to the public. http://www.umpqua.edu/events/RegForm07.pdf

The annual ACDA Collegiate Festival is held at Corban College, Salem on April 17. This non-competitive concert event features some of the finest college choirs in the northwest. A diverse group of choirs, including church schools, community colleges and universities will present a full day of wonderful singing. Some limited seats are available to the public. http://www.acdaonline.org/states/OR/festivals.html#collegiatefest

The annual Oregon ACDA Summer Workshop will be held August 16-18 at the University of Portland. Featured co-headliners include Dr. Leslie Guelker-Cone, Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Western Washington University and Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor of Music at the School of Music at North Park University in Chicago. This promises to be a wonderfully diverse workshop with an emphasis on the study and development of repertoire in the gospel tradition, as well as training the voice in a choral rehearsal, movement and characterizations for the choir and individual conducting lessons for some of the attendees. Look for more information on the state site and our newsletter, the award winning Choral Focus.

Before we end our Oregon tour, visit the new Oregon website, which is now in the expert hands of Howard Meharg, our NW ACDA website editor and manager. www.oregonacda.org  has a new look that is easy to navigate for information and inspiration. Use our calendar to keep up to date and informed.  Happy travels.

Hal Eastburn
Oregon ACDA President

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