Newsletter for Men’s Choir – August 2019 – Cypress Choral Music
Dear Men’s Choir Director, please click on a title to listen to a quality recording – while studying the score,
Did you know that I sang in Chor Leoni for 5 years? (pictured above) What a privilege! It was during those years that Diane Loomer asked me to write and arrange many pieces for her men; including Four Strong Winds, Royal Hudson, All the Diamonds, The Storm is Passing Over, and In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Chor Leoni brought the house down at a National ACDA convention with We Rise Again and became admired internationally.
Of course the most popular score in our catalogue (commissioned by Chor Leoni) is Jonathan Quick’s Loch Lomond.
Ron Smail also sang in and wrote for the choir: please check out The Field Behind the Plow, Northwest Passage, Barrett’s Privateers, and Fogarty’s Cove Ron’s “There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight” has been an exciting opening for many Men’s Choir programs.
Our big hit last year was All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir. Dr. Loewen’s Peaceful Niagara is gorgeous.
Recently we’ve added Cotton Jenny to the TTBB list. Also Fisherman’s Son, Canadian Pacific and A Kind Heart.
I highly recommend the new Sempre Vicino– which was made quite famous by the Canadian Tenors.
Caccini’s Ave Maria has recently been set for TTBB sweet-spot registers. Also Don MacDonald’s Tabula Rasa.
Christmas Angel has been a timeless classic – also Frobisher Bay and Chi Mi Na Mórbeheanna. Diane Loomer’s Goin’ Home and Ave Maris Stella continue to sell each year.
Music for Memorial and Remembrance Day: Long Black Arm, We Shall Remember, After the War, Dulce et Decorum (which had the TTBB premiere at a national ACDA convention)
Should you come across a Cypress publication and say “I wish this was set for my Men’s Choir!” please let us know. Our composers are quite handy at revoicing a composition. If you are looking for something to fit a theme – don’t hesitate to ask.