Composer — Daniel E. Gawthrop Voicing + performing forces — SATB/a cappella Call Number — 4151 Level — Easy/Medium
“Sing Me to Heaven” is one of my all-time favourite mixed choir selections. Not really for beginning choir, it is definitely accessible by more mature, experienced high school choral groups. The text speaks to the power of music and the composer reflects on how we seek solace in music during the various chapters of our lives (“If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby…. if you would win my heart, sing me a love song…. if you would mourn me, sing me a requiem…”). The melodies are accompanied by delicious harmonies and there are many opportunities to work on phrasing and rubato. High school conductors are encouraged to seek out this piece, dig deep, and enjoy!
Composer — Eric Whitacre Voicing + performance forces — SATB and piano Call number — 5133 Level — Difficult
Eric Whitacre's "little man in a hurry," with text by E.E. Cummings, is a fast-paced, driving piece for SATB + piano that depicts the hustle and bustle by big city living. Have you been looking for a part-reading and rhythmic challenge for your choir? Look no further. Whitacre perfectly balances "oven-mit" cluster harmonies and numerous metres (4/4, 9/8, 7/8, 11/8!) with a gorgeous "teneramente" middle section.
Borrow Whitacre's "little man in a hurry" from the Choir Alberta library today!