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As the Ship Went Down  by Woodpigeon, arr. George Chung


SATB   with piano    $2.25    CP 1589  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:20

How long can you hold your breath? Imagine the trauma of being on a sinking vessel. This very cool song by Woodpigeon (Canadian band from Calgary) makes an exciting choral work with George’s arranging skills - complete with polyphony and canon.  Watch this video - you’ll be convinced!


Ave Maris Stella    by Diane Loomer
SATB    $2.25    CP 1218 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:00

A favorite Nova Scotia Latin canticle with a simple harmonic arrangement.


Behold Emmanuel   by Diane Loomer 


SATB    $2.35    CP 1002
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 5:10

This arrangement based on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" trades the familiar theme among all four voices, with each part taking its turn accompanying, yet it easily maintains the stylistic integrity of that beloved melody.


ELEMENTS: Earth, Air, Fire, Water    by  Katerina Gimon


SATB    $5.50    CP 1498 (the complete set) 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 12:10

This exciting composition is the first addition to the Vancouver Youth Choir Series.

Elements was composed in 2013 and premiered in March 2014 by Laurier Singers under Lee Willingham. This set of works abstractly depicts the four classical elements and explores the wide range of capabilities of the human voice - from overtone singing, to vocal percussion, to colourful vocal timbres.


This set of works is a 2016 SOCAN Young Composers Competition Winner, 2015 Vancouver Chamber Choir' Young Composers' Competition winner, and a 2014 IAWM Search For New Music winner.




1) Earth - (Elements - first movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1499  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 5:35

Earth is a beautiful, texturally-driven work depicting the simple yet unexplainable beauty of the earth. The work features harmonic overtone singing by a group of soloists; an accessible introduction to overtone singing in a choral setting. Earth is the first piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


earth

calm, constant

study, still, steady

rock, sand, soil, and terrain

earth 




2) Air - (Elements - second movement)
SATB    $2.25    CP 1500
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:10

Air traces the movement from calm breath to thick violent winds. Together singers gradually introduce new sounds and pitches, building an intricate texture with ever-shifting emphasis. The second piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


air

wind, breath

free, dynamic, transparent

moving, flowing, changing, and fuelling

air




3) Fire - (Elements - third movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1451
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:35

Fire is a fun, lively and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, nonsense syllables, as well as optional percussion. Fire is the third piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


fire

heat, light

strength, fuel, drive

burning, melting, evaporating, and transforming

fire 





4) Water - (Elements - fourth movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1501  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:50

Water presents powerful soaring textures, and lilting melodies that grow and decay like waves in the water. Water is the fourth and final piece the set SATB works called Elements.


water

growth, change

deep, reflective, fluid

flowing, connecting, nourishing, and cleansing

water



Patapan arr. Jon Washburn  


SATB a cappella    $2.50    CP 1657
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:10

Listen to the exciting Vancouver Chamber Choir performance. This song is the tenth movement in Jon Washburn’s “A Dylan Thomas Christmas”.  Several movements are also sold separately and this is one of them. The little drummer boy and friends visit the manger with a rhythmic welcome.


Royal Hudson by David  Baker    arr. Larry Nickel


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1130
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:40

SAB with piano      $2.35    CP 1516

Listen to the Chor Leoni performance. This song is a real cooker. Get on board and ride along British Columbia's famous coastline. Baker's railroad rhythm captures the excitement of one of BC's landmarks - famous engine #2850 - the Royal Hudson.


See amid the winter snow arr. Jon Washburn  


SATB a cappella    $2.25    CP 1658
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:10

Listen to the evocative Vancouver Chamber Choir performance and study the well crafted score. This song is the fourth movement in Jon Washburn’s “A Dylan Thomas Christmas”.  Several movements are also sold separately and this is one of them. It doesn’t get more Christmasy than this.


Still, still, still arr. Jon Washburn  


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1650
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:10

Listen to the serene Vancouver Chamber Choir performance and study the score. This song is the lovely opening to Jon Washburn’s “A Dylan Thomas Christmas”.  Several movements are also sold separately and this is one of them.


V'la L'Bon Vent    arr. Allison Girvan


SATB    $2.35    CP 1235 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:30

This classic French Canadian Folksong, is over 300 years old, and was sung by the Voyageurs and Coureur du Bois (pioneers) as they worked. Snappy rhythms and an unforgettable melody makes this piece stand apart.


Walk Out on the Water    by  Royal Canoe,  arr. Geung Kroeker-Lee


SATB a cappella (with divisi)    $2.75    CP 1633  
(see the score while you listen) duration - 3:45

Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Canada) is a band on a mission to construct ambitious and inventive music that push against the boundaries of pop music. ‘Walk Out on the Water’, written in quasi-gospel style, is about resilience and perseverance- the whole world is telling you to accept your lot, but in spite of that, you persist. This catchy arrangement will have the audience singing the chorus line all the way home. Check out this video to see it in action!

Percussion and Bass guitar parts are available upon request (gratis).



Yuletide Fires    by Diane Loomer  


TTBB    a cappella    $2.25    CP 1084 
(see the score while you listen)    

SATB    a cappella    $2.25    CP 1119

One of Chor Leoni’s favourite modern Christmas carols, this song is as warm and glowing as a glass of mulled wine.


 

Noted choral specialist, Carrie Tennant, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series:


The Vancouver Youth Choir Series

music for teens and young adults


“Welcome to our collection of choral music which offers a worthwhile challenge to mixed choirs. My own youth choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Singers of any age will enjoy these quality selections. Please click on the audio links below. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.”   C.T.



read Carrie’s biography here.