- 34 students, 8 boys.
- Mostly 9th graders, mostly new singers.
- This is my third year. We went from 12 to 34 members this year.
- Songs to feature my boys.
- I always split the time between solo, small grop, and large group.
- I need songs that develop voices.
- I have an accompanist now, so I can stretch a bit.
- We are recording an "album" in April. So I have chosen some public domain.
So I decided to do a "best of" cycle. I'm going to hit some historical highlights and some traditional choral repertoire.
- Sing We and Chant It. Renaissance favorite of mine. This will definitely be a festival tune. We will sing this SAB and SATB (small group)
- Mozart's Dies Irae. Classical selection. We will sing SAB, which I am usually against for classics. This is a reach.
- Shine On Me by Dillworth. Gospel. I really like this song. Everyone can sing it. We will use this to focus on diction discussions.
- Beautiful Day by U2. Closer, graduation song. Rock/modern. Vowels make this song harder than it looks.
- Homeward Bound our flowy-choir-beautiful song. Graduation potential. We are singing SAB.
- Guys and Dolls selections. This is where I can focus on my guys. Sit Down, Luck Be a Lady, the Fugue are cool guys songs. I hope to kind of show choir these.
- Motown acapella type (TBA)
- Bist Du Bei Mir by JS Bach for our Baroque selection.
- Lots of American songbook songs including Somethings Gotta Give, Always on My Mind, Nightingale in Berkley Square, etc...
We start Tuesday. Can't wait.