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Check out the sections below for some great resources!

“Go-To” Electronic Resources for Choral Repertoire

ACDA compiled list of domestic and international publishers of choral music: https://acda.org/Files/3-26-10_Publishers-List.pdf

 

ChoralNet repertoire forums (www.choralnet.org), including archives

 

Musica: searchable international database of choral music available to ACDA members (log in through ACDA website)

 

Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL.org): featuring thousands of free editions of public domain choral works

Recommended Language E-Sources

Omniglot (www.omniglot.com): a guide to alphabets and languages, with useful foreign phrases, tips on learning languages, language-related links, multilingual texts, and much more

 

The Diction Police (https://dictionpolice.com): Dresden Semperoper coach, Ellen Rissinger, has compiled an amazing resource for classical singers that includes dozens of lyric diction podcasts, IPA transcriptions and more

 

The LiederNet Archive (http://www.lieder.net): a rich resource for foreign language texts for choral music and art songs, with translations (not all are public domain)

ACDA High School Reading Lists
HIGH SCHOOL-APPROPRIATE CHORAL WORKS, POST 1950

Benjamin Britten, Five Flower Songs (1951)

SATB a cappella, chamber work

Benjamin Britten, Choral Dances from Gloriana (1953)

SATB a cappella version

version for tenor solo, harp and chorus

Francis Poulenc, Gloria (1959)

Ambitious work for large SATB forces and orchestra, with soprano solo

Randall Thompson, Frostiana (1959)

song cycle for chorus and piano setting texts of Robert Frost

Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms (1965)

20-minute, three-movement choral work scored for SATB chorus, SATB plus treble or countertenor solo and orchestra

Reduced orchestration for harp, organ and percussion

John Rutter, Gloria (1974)

Three-movement work scored for choir, brass, percussion and organ, with an alternative version for choir and orchestra

John Rutter, Requiem (1985)

Approachable seven-movement hybrid mass, that includes movements of the Latin Requiem mass with other Biblical texts

Scored for soprano solo, SATB chorus and orchestra or chamber ensemble

 

Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man (1999)

Dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, this anti-war piece combines part of the Ordinary of the Mass with additional sacred and secular texts: the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata

Notably the French Renaissance folk tune, L’homme armé, is quoted in the first and last movements

James Whitbourn, Annelies (2005)

A full-scale choral work based on the Diary of Anne Frank

Scored for soprano solo, SATB chorus, clarinet, violin, cello and piano

 

Bob Chilcott, A Little Jazz Mass (2006), and other works

An effective Missa Brevis in the jazz idiom, scored for SATB chorus, piano and optional bass and drum kit.

 

Dan Forrest, Jubilate Deo (2016)

Large-scale work (45-50 minutes) that “brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, ‘O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,’ by setting it in seven different languages and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines some characteristics of its language-group’s musical culture with the composer’s own musical language. Movements include liturgical Latin, intertwined Hebrew and Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, Song of the Earth (untexted), and a closing movement combining several of these languages with English. The result is a stunning global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, ‘omnis terra, jubilate!’”

Scored for mixed choir with soprano and alto soli and optional treble choir, with three instrumentations available.

Dan Forrest, Lux (2017)

Five-movement work for chorus and orchestra, exploring the image of light (“lux”) in texts from chant to contemporary love poetry; full orchestra, reduced orchestra with organ and chamber orchestration available

CELEBRATE COMPOSER ANNIVERSARIES WITH SONG (2018-2019 SEASON)

2018

100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
French Choruses from The Lark
Charming and approachable a cappella choruses that Bernstein wrote as incidental music to a Lillian Hellman play about St. Joan of Arc
Missa Brevis
Challenging a cappella work that is based on extant Latin Choruses from The Lark
Mass
Challenging masterwork written for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971, with music by Bernstein and texts from the Roman Catholic Mass and additional texts by Stephen Schwartz
Some movements are published as excerpts
A new publication, Mass: Concert Selections for Soloists and Chorus, edited by Doreen Rao, makes a shortened performance accessible to choruses
Chichester Psalms
20-minute, three-movement choral work scored for SATB chorus, SATB plus treble or countertenor solo and orchestra
Reduced orchestration for harp, organ and percussion
Choruses from Candide, arr. Robert Page
It Must Be So
Life Is Happiness Indeed
Make Our Garden Grow
The Best Of All Possible Worlds
This World (Candide’s Lament)

100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans
These choral gems are the only small-form SATB choral pieces published by Debussy

125th anniversary of the death of Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
many secular a cappella and accompanied pieces, including
The Nightingale
Dawn
Night
Three Choruses: 1. Tis Not the Cuckoo in the Damp Pinewood
2. Why Did the Merry Voice Grow Silent?
3. Without Time, Without Season

200th birthday/125th anniversary of death, Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
St. Cecilia Mass
With excellent soloists, one could excerpt a movement or two from this masterwork

375th anniversary of the birth of Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

475th anniversary of the birth of William Byrd (1543-1623)

2019

175th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Varen (Last Spring), SATB a cappella
I Himmelen (In Heaven), SATB a cappella
Ave Maris Stella, SATB a cappella

200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
3 gemischte Chöre, SATB a cappella
1. Abendfeier in Venedig (Ave Maria)
2. Vorwärts
3. Gondoliera

About the Chairperson

Chairperson: Jason Iannuzzi

Jason Iannuzzi is thrilled to be acting as High School Repertoire and Resources Chair for ACDA Eastern Region. Mr. Iannuzzi is serving in his tenth year as Director of Choruses at Lexington High School, where he conducts the Lexington High School Chorale, Chamber Singers (formerly Women’s Chorus), Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers; oversees a large student-directed a cappella program; and serves as Music Director for the spring musical. Mr. Iannuzzi holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a student of Robert Page. An experienced music and drama educator, Mr. Iannuzzi has taught students at the middle, high school and college levels in both public and private school settings for the past eighteen years. He has served as Artistic Director for the Murrysville Festival Chorus and interim director for the Blazing Star Chorale, as well Assistant Conductor to the Bucks County Choral Society, leading that ensemble in a concert tour of Germany and the Czech Republic. As Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Mr. Iannuzzi prepared the professional, symphonic chorus for performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony and world-renowned maestros including Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Mariss Jansons, Yan Pascal Tortelier and the late Richard Hickox.

Mr. Iannuzzi also has extensive experience as a director, vocal coach and musical director for opera and musical theater productions. He has served as chorus master and assistant conductor to both Westminster Choir College’s Opera Theatre and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music.

Under Mr. Iannuzzi’s direction, Lexington High School choruses have presented seven world premieres, the East Coast premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Winter Light, and the first complete high school performance of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, and have collaborated with the Lexington and Concord Symphonies, Harvard University Choruses, New England Conservatory Choirs, Boston’s Back Bay Chorale and renowned fiddler Eileen Ivers. His choirs have appeared in a number of important Boston-area venues, as well as on tour in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, China, Greece and Bulgaria. Next January, Lexington High School honors choruses will appear in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Iannuzzi has presented at the National Convention for the National Association for Music Education and for the Massachusetts chapter of ACDA, and he has adjudicated honors auditions for Massachusetts Western Senior District Chorus and New Hampshire All-State Chorus. He was a contributor to Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir and Becoming Musical, both published by GIA. His choirs have appeared three times at the Massachusetts All-State Convention. Mr. Iannuzzi has worked with outstanding high school musicians in Westminster’s High School Conservatory Chorale, Princeton High School’s instrumental music department, and Pittsburgh’s Junior Mendelssohn Choir. He was a 2009 nominee as Pennsylvania’s Educator of the Year. A native of New Hampshire, Mr. Iannuzzi currently resides in Lexington, MA with his wife, Allison (an elementary music teacher in Wellesley, MA) and their three sons–Joshua, Luke and Noah.