Date: October 29, 2015
I teach in a rural small school. I have 2 small choirs (accurate statement) and very few men in choir (understatement). In SH choir (9-12th) I have 6 young ladies and one tenor. He's very willing, teachable, and has a nice voice. He's not particularly loud. In 7-8th grade JH choir, I have 10 really young ladies with great potential (they outsing the SH ladies every day!) and 1 young man of baritone range, has potential, still getting to know his voice and temperament, seems willing enough. I do usually combine these choirs, so at our concerts there should be 2 young men.
Questions: Is there any good way to do 2 part literature with split ladies and the guy(s)? If not, how can I use and plug in these guys in a way that helps all and is musically beautiful? Where can I find some appropriately voiced literature (of any style, particularly not something dumb) that I can fit these young men into?
I would like to do regional choral events, but doing SAB music with one man in each group scares me. Should I have the ladies perform 2 part music without the men for these few events only? Seems hard on the guys to leave them out even for a few events.