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2016 Spring Choral Contest
This spring we held a school choral program contest, in which choir directors at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels were encouraged to submit the repertoire list for their school's spring choral concerts. The choral programs were judged based on originality, thematic content and age appropriateness. The winners received a $200 gift certificate to Sheet Music Plus. They shared the inspiration behind their creative programming with us.
Congrats Melba from Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso in Ruidoso, New Mexico!
Her concert program theme was entitled "A Tribute to Scotland"
"Digging through the choir’s music library, I happened upon some pieces that the choir had not performed in recent memory. One is the famous folk song “Loch Lomond.” The other, “A Red, Red Rose,” is set to a poem by the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns. These two songs led to the idea of exploring the music of Scotland.The poetry of Robert Burns seemed like a logical place to start. In addition to “A Red, Red Rose,” we will be presenting “Afton Water,” and “O Whistle and I’ll Come to Ye.” These three songs are arranged by master choral composers John Rutter, Mack Wilberg and Z. Randall Stroope who skillfully weave the music with Burns’ brilliant words.
From there, the search was on for Scottish composers in the classical tradition. The women of the choir will sing “Night” by the Romantic composer Hamish MacCunn.
James MacMillan is arguably Scotland’s most famous contemporary classical composer. The sacred a capella piece “O Radiant Dawn,” serves as an introduction to his style.
In the more popular vein, we will be performing “For Your Eyes Only,” as made famous by Scottish singer Sheena Easton, as well as “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the duo The Proclaimers.
The program is rounded out with the traditional “Skye Boat Song,” “Auld Lang Syne” as a sing-along, and a song devoted to the famous mythical monster of Loch Ness."