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Precious

Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Esperanza Spalding
Arranger:   Kerry Marsh
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   N/A
Voicing:   SSAA w/ rhythm section
Setting:   NA

Reviewer:   

Ryan Deignan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs
rdeignan@d.umn.edu

Virtuoso jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding released this funk tune on her second studio album in […]

May 16th, 2022|Categories: JAZZ CHOIRS|Comments Off on Precious

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   J. David Moore
Publisher:   Fresh Ayre Music
Edition:   1072-01
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   a cappella

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

This new setting allows for a trio to sing some tight harmonies and once the choir kicks […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Comments Off on Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Lake Isle of Innisfree

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Eleanor Daley
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Edition:   ISBN 0-19-342652-8
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   With Piano

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

Written in the key of D-flat major, Daley’s beautiful lines and luscious accompaniment make this enjoyable for […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Comments Off on Lake Isle of Innisfree

Jenga Imani Yako

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Israel Kagaruki
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   08750933
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Percussion

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

This Tanzanian folksong is a terrific opportunity to work on unison singing, diction, rhythm, and add some dancing to bring […]

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Fight the Dragons

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Andrew Lippa
Arranger:   Greg Gilpin
Publisher:   Alfred Music Publishing
Edition:   47111
Voicing:   TBB (7th-8th grade)
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

From the show Big Fish, this number calls for soloists and middle school students will love […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Comments Off on Fight the Dragons

Der Gang Zum Liebchen (The Trysting Place)

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Johannes Brahms
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   Catalog No. 391
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

A frequent piece on the All-State choir lists, this Brahms motet is a good challenge for concert choirs.

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The Cuckoo

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   American Folk Song
Arranger:   Robert I Hugh
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   8750093
Voicing:   SAB
Setting:   Piano and Cajon

Reviewer:   

John Habermann
Mounds Park Academy
SON Star Program Author

This choice is perfect for beginning ninth grade choir.

Link:  https://www.jwpepper.com/The-Cuckoo/10070876.item#.Yk8g5ijMJPY

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May 15th, 2022|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Comments Off on The Cuckoo

Sometimes I’m Happy

Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar
Arranger:   Rosana Eckert
Publisher:   Anchor Music Publishing
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SATB w/ rhythm section
Setting:   NA

Reviewer:   

Ryan Deignan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs
rdeignan@d.umn.edu

Grammy-winning vocalist and composer/arranger Rosana Eckert sets this well-known standard in a medium […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: JAZZ CHOIRS|Comments Off on Sometimes I’m Happy

White Noise

Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Amanda Taylor
Arranger:   Amanda Taylor
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SSATB
Setting:   NA

Reviewer:   

Ryan Deignan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs
rdeignan@d.umn.edu

Best known as a stellar soprano in the professional groups säje and Groove for Thought, Amanda Taylor is also an […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: JAZZ CHOIRS|Comments Off on White Noise

Back Pocket

Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Jack Stratton
Arranger:   MaryAnne Muglia Smith
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   7-part SATB
Setting:   NA

Reviewer:   

Ryan Deignan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs
rdeignan@d.umn.edu

The American funk band Vulfpeck has developed an almost cult-like following since its founding in 2011. Among the […]

May 15th, 2022|Categories: JAZZ CHOIRS|Comments Off on Back Pocket
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