THE VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR SERIES
New Adventures for Youth Choirs

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THE VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR SERIES
New Adventures for Youth Choirs

Noted choral dynamo, Carrie Tennant, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series: “This collection offers a worthwhile challenge to mixed choirs. My own youth choirs have delighted audiences with this music and singers of any age will enjoy these quality selections. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” C.T.

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As the Ship Went Down

by Woodpigeon, arr. George Chung

SATB with piano $2.35 CP 1589
SSAA with piano $2.35 CP 1708

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.

Ave Maris Stella

by Diane Loomer

TTBB – a cappella $2.35  CP 1007
SATB – a cappella $2.35  CP 1218
SSAA version available upon request

Presented by many choirs since its publication, the is a favorite Nova Scotia Latin canticle with a simple harmonic arrangement.

Behold Emmanuel

by Diane Loomer

SATB – a cappella $2.35  CP 1002

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 - 1) Earth 2) Air 3) Fire 4) Water

by  Katerina Gimon 

SATB a cappella (vocalese)  $5.50   CP 1499 (EARTH) – duration – 5:35
SATB a cappella (vocalese)
 $5.50   CP 1500 (AIR) – duration – 1:10
SATB a cappella (vocalese)
 $5.50   CP 1451 (FIRE) – duration – 1:35
SSAA a cappella (vocalese)  $5.50   CP 1635 (FIRE) – duration – 1:35
SATB a cappella (vocalese)
 $5.50   CP 1501 (WATER) – duration – 3:50
SATB a cappella (vocalese)
 $5.50   CP 1498 (COMPLETE SET) – duration – 12:10

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.

Patapan

by Jon Washburn

SATB – a cappella  $2.35 CP 1657

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
TTBB with piano $2.35 CP 1336
SSA   with piano $2.35 CP 1347
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

by Jon Washburn

SATB – a cappella $2.35 CP 1658

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

by Jon Washburn

SATB – a cappella $2.35 CP 1654

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.

To the Peak of the Mountain

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.50   CP 1784  duration – 3:25
“To the Peak of the Mountain” combines folk-like melodies, explorative textures, and driving rhythms to create an anthem about growth and perseverance. This work was commissioned by the University of Montana for the 2019 of M All-Star Choir Festival and premiered January 20, 2019 by the 2019 All-Star Choir and U of M Chamber Singers in Dennison Theater (Missoula, Montana).
Come away, away now! To the mountain away.
On a path through a forest of endless green

V'La L'Bon Vent

by Allison Girvan

SSAA – a cappella $2.35 CP 1105 – duration – 2:30
SATB – a cappella $2.35 CP 1235

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 Geung Kroeker-Lee

SATB – a cappella $2.75 CP 1633
Percussion and Bass guitar parts are available upon request (gratis).

Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Canada) is a band on a mission to construct ambitious and inventive music that pushes 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.

Yuletide Fires

by Diane Loomer

SATB – a cappella $2.35  CP 1119
TTBB – a cappella $2.35  CP 1084

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