Jr. High and Middle School Choirs

Welcome to the Middle School/Junior High School Resource Page

Together, let’s share ideas to keep the students engaged in singing and growing as young musicians through quality repertoire and positive experiences.

Three part mixed suggestions work great, especially when you have 7th grade boys make up your third part. Many of the boys will still be singing the soprano or alto parts, but for those whose voices are changing the three part mixed repertoire is the perfect choice.

Some favorites from the three part mixed repertoire (titles with composer/arranger):

Nobody Turn Me Around                      Ginsberg

Climbin’ Up the Mountain                    Simms

Come in from the Firefly Darkness         Bernon

Nine Hundred Miles                             Silvey

Shenandoah                                         Spevacek

My Heart’s in the Highlands                  Beery

All For Me Grog                                    Hatfield (better for the end of 7th grade, a few lower notes)

I am the River                                       Bernon

Celebrate with Julilant Song                  Lightfoot

Sisi Kushangilia                                     Johnson

Ukranian River Song                              Yakub (listed as SA(T)B, has cue notes for 4th part, works for 7th grade)

La Vida                                                 Papoulis (this works great for 7th grade if you have many sopranos, have the sopranos sing parts 1 and 2, altos sing 3, and changing voices sing 4 – voicing listed as SSAB)

The Old Mill                                          Riggs (this works for the end of 7th grade or for the beginning of 8th grade, voicing listed as SAB)

Wind                                                    B. Story (this works well for the end of the year if you have a strong group. When my students needed a challenge, I gave them this piece)

Four part mixed suggestions work great for 8th grade and for those of you that have 9th grade too. This is the year they are begging for pop songs and I have included a few that work chorally. Here are selections that I have found very successful with these grades (titles with composer/arranger):

Pompeii                                               Smith

Skyfall                                                  Langford

You Will Be Found                                Machuff

O Music                                                Brunner

Hine Ma Tov                                         Ginsberg

I Love All Graceful Things                      Stroope

Fix You                                                 Martin (HL)

Carrickfergus                                        Caldwell/Ivory

The Isle is Full of Noises                         Ayres

Hlohonolofatsa                                     Jackson

Please email me with your ideas for Middle School/Junior High Choral Repertoire at aschoirgirl@aol.com

Your Resource Chairperson

Originally from Forty Fort, Pa., Amy T. Story received her B.S. and M.S from Mansfield University.  She spent the last three years teaching five choirs at the Alternative School for Math & Science in Corning, New York, serving as the seventh grade team leader and directing the school musical. Her groups at ASMS included the 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade choirs, as well as the Owl Chorale (treble choir), and the Boys Ensemble. Prior to ASMS, Mrs. Story taught for eighteen years in the Canandaigua City School District, including fourteen years as the choral director at Canandaigua Academy, where she directed the Mixed Chorus, Women’s Choir, Madrigal Choir, and Jazz Choir.  While at the Academy her groups all received “Superior” ratings at Fiesta-val and Festival of Music invitational festivals, performed annually with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with Rochester’s vocal group, Madrigalia, and were part of commissioning new choral works.   At Canandaigua, her choirs worked with many visiting conductors and composers, including Paul Basler, Eric Whitacre, Z. Randall Stroope, Jeff Tyzik, Michael Butterman, and Cy Stretansky.  She was the music director for thirteen Academy Player’s productions. Prior to Canandaigua Academy, she taught at the Canandaigua Middle School, at Northside Blodgett Middle School (Corning-Painted Post School District) and also at Arkport Central School.  Amy has conducted many Area All State and All County Groups in Pennsylvania and New York at both the middle school and high school level and serves as a NYSSMA vocal adjudicator.  She is a member of NYSSMA, MENC, and ACDA, listed in Who’s Who in America and named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  She has been a cooperating teacher for Mansfield University, Ithaca College and Crane (SUNY Potsdam). In 2007, she was awarded the Rochester Philharmonic Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators in the category of Choral Director.  This year for the twelfth time, she will co-direct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Gala Choir.  She was nominated by community members for the 2010 Athena Award recognizing leadership qualities.  In 2011, she was named to the Mansfield University Music Honor Roll and in 2012 she was presented with the Helen Kemp Award for “Lifetime Commitment to Excellence in Choral Music” by the American Choral Directors Association. Having just moved to Massachusetts, she is looking forward to more opportunities to contribute to ACDA and the wonderful world of choral music.