Full Playlist - NJSMA Region 1 Honors Choir
Tunggare - Leek
Director's Note - I have spoken with the composer and hope to add some percussion to this piece. Beware the 5/4! (p.s. - their pronunciation isn't quite right.)
Loch Lomond - Johnathon Quick
Director's Note - We will be changing some of the pronunciation to reflect the "Scots" dialect/language. If you want the solo, learn it! (audio tracks are already provided)
Music of Stillness - Hagenberg
Director's Note - The composer is a lovely woman, I look forward to sharing with you some of what she has shared with me regarding the performance of her version of this text. If you want to know more about this piece, look up the author who wrote the words. There will be ONE soprano (ok, maybe three, ish), auditioned, soaring on "the high note..." ;-)
I Know I've Been Changed - Dandridge
Director's Notes - Our tempo will build more than this group. Two soloists for us... don't sing it square (I can help with improv if you want suggestions), don't sing it in a "pop" style, sing in tune with POWER... auditioned (The first soloist drops a 1/4 tone in 7 notes and pushes the whole choir down!). Diction, power regardless of dynamic level, emotion in every syllable... breathe better than this group. We WILL NOT be doing the ridiculous break you hear at the ending of this performance between "My" and "name."
Where Your Barefoot Walks - David Childs
Director's Note - This piece is a guilty pleasure; I've been waiting 8 years to have the chance to perform this piece with a group. DARK, gorgeous tone; long, seamless phrases; emotion through extraordinary attention to dynamics... dissolve...
The Best of All Possible Worlds from "Candide" - Bernstein
Director's Note - Thanks to my extraordinary colleague, Mrs. Kane (who introduced me to this arr.), our closer is demanding in every possible manner for a singer: range, text, musicianship... and it is loads of fun to learn and perform.
This is a decent recording of the COMBINED number. In my opinion, it is rather fast, but the audio is clean enough to hear parts and that may help you to be prepared along with the part tracks. I don't know about solos yet, my suggestion is learn it if you want it :-)