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Repertoire for concert benefitiing at-risk teenagers

Dear wise colleageus,
I am looking for suggestions for repertoire that lifts up the theme of at-risk teenagers  for a spring concert benefiting the same.  Two  choirs  will be performing - a 140 voice non-audutioend  SATB choir that can sing anything from easy to moderate difficulty, as well as a 60 voice SATB auditioned group that can sing just about anything.  I am also considering having a choir with  some of the teens we are benefitting (along their mentors) perfoming a piece as well.  This one would be a quick study - as there would be limited rehearsal time for this group.  All of my groups are accustomed to singing music from a  a wide variety of cultures an genres. 
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Mimi Bornstein - Founder/Artisitc Director - Midcoast Community Chorus
on December 14, 2015 4:36pm
I’ve written a chorus on the well-known African saying, It Takes A Village for multiple choirs of multiple abilities. 
It is a very driven piece and we’ve used it in festival performances with great results. 
A free download is available at
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on December 15, 2015 6:40am
HI Mimi,
Wishing you the best with your planning for this concert. 
"If I Can SIng, I Still Am Free," has an empoering message that suits your program:
on December 15, 2015 8:22am
Hi Mimi,
Please listen to my inspirational song "Carry On" on the "More Songs" page of my website This is a soaring power ballad about overcoming life's adversities, and I think it would resonate greatly with your choirs of at-risk teenagers. I have a beautiful SATB arrangement that is available free of charge.
Best wishes,
Hank Fellows
on December 15, 2015 8:25am
Take a look at Abby Betinis' "Be like the bird" -- an easy canon. The lyrics are a translation of a Victor Hugo poem:  "Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her -- and sings." 
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