MMEA Northeastern District Boys Chorus
Congratulations on being accepted into the Junior District Festival! Your interest in singing and the hard work you have put into becoming a better musician has paid off. I am very much looking forward to meeting you and hearing you sing. I have chosen some of my favorite pieces and cannot wait to share them with you.
Please use this page to help you practice and learn more about each piece we are singing. I can’t wait to meet you in a few short months. See you soon!
Welcome Letter from Conductor, Mr. Blake Leister
Questions? Email Mr. Leister
The Cuckoo - arr. Robert I. Hugh
The Cuckoo - GMEA All-State 2015 Middle School Chorus
- Take a listen to their great diction and articulation. The tempo is a bit faster than I'd like to perform it.
The Cuckoo is accompanied by piano and a percussion instrument called the cajon. Check out this incredible cajon player below!
Al Shlosha D'varim - Allan E. Naplan
- Please number the measures! (49 total)
- Sopranos - sing Soprano
- Altos - sing Alto
- Tenors - sing Tenor
- Basses - sing Bass
- Everyone learn m.1-28, either octave. Although I may ask the Tenors & Basses to try it in their falsetto!
- Consider auditioning for the solo in m.5-12 - can be sung in any octave
The Trout (Die Forelle) - Franz Schubert, arr. Ed Harris
Schubert: "Die Forelle" sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (famous German baritone)
- This recording is terrific and you can use it to help you with your German pronunciation. Note: The recording is slightly higher than our version (Key of Bb).
Tenting Tonight - Walter Kittredge, arr. Earlene Rentz
- Please number the measures! (62 total)
- Sopranos - sing Bass part up the octave
- Altos - sing Tenor part as written doubling with the tenors
- Tenors - sing Tenor part as written
- Basses - sing Bass part as written
- If the tenor part is too low for the Altos at any point, sing Bass part up the octave with Sopranos
- Use the punctuation, as a marker for when to breathe. Example: no breath after “cheer” in m. 10.
Ballad of the Cross-eyed Sailor - Dave & Jean Perry
Ballad of the Cross-Eyed Sailor - Asbury University's Men's Glee Club
- I really enjoy their energy and expression in this performance as well as how they interpreted the dynamic and tempo changes.