• 6th Grade Choir, Spring Concert 2019 

    Usiku Mwema. . . . . . Christain Oliver

    6th Grade Select Singers

    After hearing this piece, you might be surprised to learn that it is based on an African lullaby! Christain Oliver has certainly made the song his own by using an upbeat tempo and driving rhythmic passages, and while we have enjoyed singing this piece very much, we've often wondererd: if it's a lullaby, why does it sound like a party? Perhaps a desperate babysitter or parent is trying their best to wear their child out so they'll finally fall asleep. Maybe the beginning is the child falling asleep, and the rest is a dream. Whatever you envision, we know you'll enjoy this setting of Usiku Mwema. 

    Tue Tue . . . . . . . . . . .arr. by Ruth Morris Gray

    6th Grade Choir

     Tue Tue is a traditional Ghanaian folk song with many different interpretaions. One possible translation for the text is: "Sorry, sorry, sir. This small boy has made you fall flat." We envision a small boy running recklessly through the streets of a busy town, when he suddenly rounds a corner and collides with a stranger. Through class research, we also found that Tue Tue is sung as a harvest song, and children play a partner clapping game while they sing. We've enjoyed learning and practicing the game in class, and we hope you enjoy this setting of Tue Tue! 

    From "Trilogy of Dreams"

    Rollo Dilworth has set these famous Langston Hughes poems with powerful and mysterious musical foundation. While there are 3 songs in the set, tonight we will perform the first two for you. We have so enjoyed the powerful imagery behind these poems, and we hope you will take a moment to read the text on your own. 

    I. Dream Keeper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rollo Dilworth

    6th Grade Choir

    Bring me all of your dreams,

    You dreamers, 

    Bring me all of your

    Heart melodies

    That I may wrap them

    In a blue cloud-cloth

    Away from the too-rough finers

    Of the world.   

    II. Dreams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rollo Dilworth

    6th Grade Select Singers

    Hold fast to dreams

    For if dreams die

    Life is a broken-winged bird

    That cannot fly.

    Hold fast to dreams

    For when dreams go

    Life is a barren field

    Frozen with snow. 

    J'entends Le Moulin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. by Emily Crocker

    2019 SCMMEA Honor Choir Members

    J'entends Le Moulin is a French Canadian folk song from the province of Quebec, which translates to "I Hear the Windmill". In Canada, English and French are both official federal languages and Quebec is primarily French speaking. Windmills have been used for centuries to grind corn and wheat. Windmills can also produce elctric power by pumping water. In this song, the French words "tique tique taque" imitate the wound of the rturning sails of an old windmill when the wind blows.  

    Old Joe Clark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .arr. by Mary Goetze

    6th Grade Select Singers

     Though the original composer is unknown, Old Joe Clark is one of the most widley known Southern fiddle tunes. It has become a favorite among singers, instrumentalists, children and adults alike with countless versions and arrangements. Old Joe Clark may have been a mountaineering character, it is also thought he may have been a musician who wandered town playing on his fiddle. This arrangement by Mary Goetze features a fun and challenigng "banjo section"; we hope you enjoy this exciting verion of Old Joe Clark.  

    Old American Songs, Set 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .arr. by Aaron Copland, adapted by Janet Klevberg

    6th Grade Choir 

    Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990) is still one of America's most loved and respected composers. He incorporated American jazz and folk elements into his compositions and advanced the cuase of American music across the world. The first set of Old American Songs was composed in 1950 and was premiered in Englad by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten. This setting includes "Simple gifts" and "The Boatmen's Dance" from the first set, and "Ching-A-Ring Chaw" from the second set.

    I. The Boatman's Dance

    Published in Boston in 1843 as an "original banjo melody" by Old Dan D. Emmett, who later composed "Dixie". The song reflects the landscape of the Ohio river: can you hear the echo of the main motive as it travels across the water? 

    II. Simple Gifts

    Simple Gifts originated as a Shaker song; Aaron Copland used it's melody in his famous ballet Applacian Spring, ensuring it's endurance throughout time. You've likely heard the melody many times, whether sung or played on instruments. The text emphasizese the value in simplicity, that living a simple life may bring clarity and joy. 

    III. Ching a Ring Chaw

    Ching a Ring Chaw has been adapted from it's original text. The driving accompaniment and fast moving text prove to be a fun challenge for singers, and this adapted song has been performed by countless choirs across America and the world.


     7th Grade Choir, Spring Concert 2019


    Ad Astra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jacob Narverud

    7th Grade Combined Choirs

    The translation to this Latin text is: "To the stars, through difficulties, look upward, move forward, leave all cares behind." This piece simply radiates energy with a message of hope and empowerment!

    Will there really be a "Morning"? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Hella Johnson

    7th Grade Womens Choir

    A thought-provoking poem by Emily Dickinson is paired with a tender, lyrical original tune to create this heartfelt setting. Exquisite vocal lines, lush harmonies, and a sensitive accompaniment marvelously frame the poignant text to create this beautiful piece. "Will there really be a morning? Is there such a thing as day? Could I see it from the mountains if I were as tall as they?" This poem questions the nature of the morning: is it a time, or is it a place? Does it have roots like the water lily, or feathers like the bird? What can we learn from the morning; can some scholar, sailor, or wise men who have seen more of the world teach us? 

    Salaam Aleikum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Farnell

    7th Grade Mens Choir

    This traditional African piece has a simple message: "May peace and love be in your heart, in your home, in your land and in the world!" The meaning is delivered with an enethusiastic piano line, percussion part, and exuberant "Ho yahs!" throughout.  

    Trouble, Fly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patricia McKernon Runkle

    Windy Nights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kirk Aamot

    Portrait by Eleanor Mathewson, 7th grade student, inspired by the text of Windy Nights

    7th Grade Womens Honor Choir

    Used in a poetry anthology compiled to comfort the children of New York City after the events of September 11, 2001, Trouble, Fly by Susan Marie Swanson has offered solace to many readers. In this choral setting, which closely follows the mood of the text, a soaring melody wafts over a pulsing piano accompaniment that gradually moves from discord to harmony. In Windy Nights, a sense of mystery and excitement infuses the brisk, galloping setting of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous poem. "Whenever the moon and stars are set, whenever the wind is high, all night long in the dark and wet a man goes riding by..." 

    Night Winds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Farnell

    Featured 7th Grade Womens Ensemble

    In this lyrical, dreamy song of the summer sky, with text by African-American poet Joseph Cotter, Jr., the night winds could never be sad with the shining stars and moon for companionship.  The haunting melody conveys the text beautifully and elegantly.  "With the silver moon to whisper to and the golden stars to kiss amid the blue of a summer sky, why do the night winds sigh?"  

    Vive L'Amour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Traditoinal

    Featured 7th Grade Mens Ensemble

    One of the most well-known and oft-performed works for male chorus of the last thirty years, the tune of Vive L'amour has been reused and adapted countless times! This convivial tune is about camaraderie and brotherhood. In some versions, it serves as a call and response; one soloist will sing each line, with the entire group singing back "Vive la companie!" between each verse.  

    Sing To Me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Farnell

    7th Grade Combined Choirs

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox is an American poet from the late 19th century; this piece by Laura Farnell is based off her poem of the same title. The poem describes the intense feelings experienced during the trials of life, but expresses the need to focus on something beautiful and uplifting in order to get through those times. The message is criticial for our students: life can be incredibly difficult, but there are always beautiful and uplifting things around us to where we can find strength. We must not lose sight of these life preservers; but instead cling to them, and above all: sing.