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Short piece(s) for modest community chorus and orchestra

Greetings -
I'm a visitor here, from orchestra land, and would greatly appreciate your guidance.  I'm looking for a piece (or two),  10-20 minutes, for SATB chorus and orchestra.  The chorus numbers about 50, an enthusiastic community chorus of quite modest ability.  They will probably be happiest in English, and we're looking for something fun and "singable."  While this is not for a Pops concert, it would be just fine (maybe even desirable)  if it tilted a little in the pops direction.  "Frostiana" would probably be about the right level of difficulty (but the director didn't warm to it).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you can offer.
Peter Rubardt
Pensacola Symphony, Music Director
Meridian Symphony, Music Director
Gulf Coast Symphony, Music Director
on February 5, 2016 5:38pm
John Rutter's folk song set, "A Sprig of Thyme" would fit the bill nicely.  Or a few of Copland's "Old American Songs"
hope that helps.
on February 6, 2016 7:38am
Hello Peter,
I have a 15-minute work for SATB chorus and orchestra that might fit the bill, it is called "A Day of Sunshine" and is a setting of three poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  The piece won first prize in the Longfellow Chorus International Composers Cantata Competition in 2010 and also was a finalist for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra's Young Composers Competition in 2013.  You can listen to a recording here:  The middle movement can also be performed on its own (5 minutes):
Please let me know if you are interested.
Keane Southard 
on February 6, 2016 12:39pm
Hello Peter,
    thank you for turning to the Forum for suggestions.  I would like to offer my composition, "Sempervirens," (about majestic redwood trees).  Here is a recording by the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and Schola Cantorum of SF. 
    Contact me directly if you are interested.
thank you,
John Beeman
on February 7, 2016 5:26am
You miight be amused by my setting of Lewis Carroll's famous poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter (13:00) SATB and piano. Perhaps I could be inspired to orchestrate the keyboard part,
which is quite challenging. Let me know if you'd like to have a look/listen -- MP3 SIbelius playback, score in PDF.  The piece has not nyet been performed. Send me your direct email 
address so I can forward it.  James Johnson
on February 7, 2016 8:58am
I recommend Tse Go La by Andrea Clearfield, it's a ton of fun and in both English and Tibetan.
The whole thing is about 35 minutes, but there are a few movements that are often done as stand alone pieces. She has a recording on her website:
on February 7, 2016 11:31am
Have you had a look at this ChoralNet Resource, prepared in response to a similar question?
The Vaughan Williams suggestions look very suitable.
Best wishes,
on February 8, 2016 2:58am
Take a look at the pieces offered on  It is set up to help people learn their individual parts,mwhich is a big help if your singers - great for singers of modest abilities.
on February 12, 2016 1:23pm
My An die Musik arrangement (Schubert) for chorus and orchestra was commissioned by the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. It is a lovely song, as I'm sure you know, and the arrangement is quite accessible.
Hear it, see score samples, and order it here:
All best,
Loretta Notareschi
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