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A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
As We Are Walking in the Light
Bright Morning Stars Are Rising
Canticle of Praise
The recording will give you some ideas about word stress, especially on page 2.
Two songs by William Billings. We’ll do “Chester” stanza 2 only. First tenors need to learn the soprano part; second sopranos need to learn the tenor part, an octave higher.
Dare to Dream
Day by Day
Dream/The Impossible Dream
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
The classic encore by Cole Porter! You’ll hear this arrangement has a bit of a surprise when it jumps into “warp speed” at the top of page 40.
Gee, But It’s Good to Be Here
Go Light Your World
God Bless America
The most important feature of this – and other songs with the word “America,” is the initial sound “uh” (not “ah”) – and the “m” sound needs to be exaggerated. we will also sing the unprinted middle section [“When the storm clouds gather”] as a solo. We may also recruit a brass ensemble for this song.
I Am But a Small Voice
CUT: last measure of page 4 go to the top of page six, second measure. You will also have an edited ending page.
I Can Do Without You
I Hear Music
Let the River Run
we will give you an edited ending .
Let There Be Music
A choral fanfare written for us by Garry Cornell. Note the word “harmony” is pronounced har’-muh-nee. Listen for the unstressed second syllables in words like “rhy’thm,” “won’der,” and “beau’ty.” We’ll use a dental “t” (sounds like “d”) in “beauty.”
Little Innocent Lamb
[Men] – Note the use of the dental “t” [sounds like “d”] in the word “little.”
No Man Is an Island
Inspired by a poem by John Donne [some of you will have studied it in English literature], this song reminds us that we are all interconnected. We’ll add an introduction to the beginning.
On This Night of a Thousand Stars
One Tin Soldier
A protest song that is a tongue-in-cheek message about peace. Change: measure 46 and word “said” to unison; back to parts at measure 48. Two solo opportunities.
Pledge of Allegiance/Keep the Dream Alive, America
CUT: two measures before letter C, to two measures before letter E [and change the words before letter E to “freedom’s song would last.”] At the end of the second system, page 6, go directly to the coda, page 10. Page 11, before the pick up to the second system, jump to the pick up to page 12. Change the text, pick up to letter N to end: “Keep the dream alive for all!” We’ll give you the moving parts at the end.
Rock-a Ma Soul
A steady, slow tempo allows this piece to really cook! Even the title tells you that dialect is important to singing this genre! Change “I” to “ah” and “myself” to “mahself.” As the arranger suggests, we’ll make assignments for measures 45 – 50 at the Workshop.
Sing We Merrily Unto God Our Strength
Song of Farewell
Tell My Father
A new arrangement of a solo from the musical The Civil War. Change the rhythm at the top of page 4 (“was a”) to a dotted eighth and sixteenth.
Change all the “want to”s to “wanna”.
The Poet Sings
[Women] – If you read the quote on the first page, you will be ready to learn this emotional song. You’ll notice that we repeat the refrain at the end [measures 59 through 61], and change the ending slightly. We’ll give you those notes at the Workshop.
This Is My Father’s World
Way Over in Beulah Lan’
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
The first page will be a solo. Notice the stopped “t” on “won’t” – so it doesn’t sound like “wohnchew.”