BOOKS

Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir
Jonathan Palant
Hal Leonard Corporation

An ideal resource for choral directors, teachers-in-training, singers and choral enthusiasts, this practical volume explores the challenges and rewards of working with evolving adolescent-through-adult male singers. In addition to his own valuable insights, Dr. Palant includes interviews with over two dozen seasoned vocal music educators. Topics include: A History of Men’s Choral Singing; Anatomy of the Male Voice; The Product: Choral Tone; Intonation; Parts and Placement; The Adolescent Male Voice: Categorization to Maturation; Programming and Repertoire Selection; Auditions; Warm-Ups; Sight-Singing; Recruiting; Fund-Raising; Travel. Sample programs and repertoire lists are also included.

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MUSIC

Black Is the Color
arr. Connor J. Koppin
Brothers, Sing On! Jonathan Palant Choral Series
Mark Foster/Hal Leonard Corporation
TTBB and piano

This beautiful folk song has been arranged many times. Rarely, if ever, have the words and music been so beautifully merged. Both love and despair are delicately depicted in this beautiful new setting by Connor Koppin.

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If There Is
Dominick DiOrio
Brothers, Sing On! Jonathan Palant Choral Series
Mark Foster/Hal Leonard Corporation
TBB and piano

This is a rousing anthem about the power of each person to make positive change with our actions – even the smallest but most committed of our convictions can lead to a better world, and it starts with the “courage in the heart.”

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If You’ve Only Got A Moustache
Stephen Foster
arr. Reed Criddle
Brothers, Sing On! Jonathan Palant Choral Series
Mark Foster/Hal Leonard Corporation
TTBB and piano 4-hands

Here is an arrangement of a classic Stephen Foster melody that takes full advantage of the drama and humor in the lyrics. Your men will love bringing these lyrics to life as Reed has inserted dramatic pauses for the singers to dramatically react. Fun and laughter will be had by all.

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Joshua Fit the Battle
arr. Ramon Gonzales
Brothers, Sing On! Jonathan Palant Choral Series
Mark Foster/Hal Leonard Corporation
TTBB unaccompanied

New compositions and arrangements in the Jonathan Palant series are designed to fit the young, changed male voice. This new arrangement of the classic spiritual fits this description perfectly with results that will have your young men sounding like a fully developed male choir.

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You Stayed with Me
Taylor Scott Davis
Brothers, Sing On! Jonathan Palant Choral Series
Mark Foster/Hal Leonard Corporation
TTBB and piano

A beautiful melody captures the essence of the poetry of John Thornburg. In a safe place, among their friends, the young men of the choir can explore feelings and emotions not always available to them as they move into adulthood. A truly special musical and emotional experience.

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Da Hai Ah, Gu Siang
Wang Li Ping, arr. Jonathan Palant
Alliance Music Publications, Inc. AMP 0707

This popular Chinese melody was composed during the mid-twentieth century.  It is folk-like in both musical character and subject.  The English transliteration should be pronounced exactly as written using Latin vowels.   For younger choirs or ensembles with fewer singers, this arrangement may be performed without the bass voice part.

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ARTICLES

Finland’s YL Male Voice Choir: An Interview with Conductor Pasi Hyökki
Choral Journal, May 2014, pp. 61-64.
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Wagner’s Choruses for Men’s Voices
Choral Journal, May 2012: pp. 59-65
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High School Boys: Relish the Rowdiness with Repertoire
Choral Journal, June 2007, pp. 53-55
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