Arranger:   Cecil Effinger
Publisher:   G. Schirmer
Edition:   50314230
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied


Mike Tamte-Horan
St. Cloud State University 2002
R&R Chair High School Choirs

Every public school choir director should have this tasteful arrangement of “America the Beautiful” in their library. Colorado composer, Cecil Effinger, has set each of the four verses differently – verse 1: SATB unison; verse 2: four-part a cappella with some divisi; verse 3: unison men on melody with women singing chords on “ah” and verse 4: SATB unison with optional audience participation, ending with added soprano descant on the refrain. An interesting introduction and interludes with some original harmonizations give this arrangement added appeal. Moderate in difficulty with good vocal ranges for high school age singers.