Good 2-part Lit. for HS Choir

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    Hello all,

    I am currently teaching Band/Choir in a small school district in rural Oregon. As is the case for many schools around here, the choir I teach is a mixed bag of students who want to be in choir and some who were put there because of scheduling. As a result, I find it hard to do more than 2 parts. There is also no middle school choir which means many students, even the committed ones, have missed out on a lot of vocal instruction.

    With that said, do you guys know of some good 2-part music that appeals to high school students? There is no shortage of good 2 part music but it seems to be targeted at a younger age group.




    Consider ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ arr. Donald Moore – (mark foster publications)
    Come Jesus Holy Son of God – Handel (availlable in 2 part mixed)
    Lion and the Unicorn – 2 part treble – but very adaptable
    Old Abrahm Brown – Benjamin Britten
    I’ll write back when I think of more!
    Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel – Arr. Gilpin- – two part treble but highly adaptable

    Alan Scott
    Murray High School Choirs


    Hi Brandon,

    These are some of my go-to 2-part pieces… If you’d like this in a better format, feel free to send me an e-mail at and I’ll send you an excel spreadsheet.


    keyboard 1 And This Shall Be For Music (text, R.L. Stevenson) Lightfoot, Mary Lynn 152479H Heritage Contemporary 2 PT
    keyboard 2 May God Bless You (Der Herr segne euch) Bach, J.S. arr. Barry Talley HL08745952 Hal Leonard Baroque 2 PT
    keyboard 1 Morning (text Emily Dickinson) Gardner, Janet E0545 Shawnee Contemporary 2 PT
    keyboard 2 Old American Songs (Choral Suite II) Copland, Aaron ed Klevbery Day HL48019369 Hal Leonard Traditional 2 PT
    keyboard 2 Oseh Shalom (A Prayer for Peace) Beckow, Joan arr HL08745046 Hal Leonard Traditional 2 PT
    keyboard 1 Rose, The Cobb, Jeffrey 152449R LORENZ Contemporary 2 PT
    keyboard 2 This Little Light of Mine (no.3 from Four Spirituals) Harris, Robert A arr HL048004669 Hal Leonard Spiritual 2 PT
    acappella 2 Sing Dem Herren (2-5 Voices) Praetorius/DePue SV8640 Alfred Renaissance 2-5 VOICES
    keyboard 3 Hail, Judea, Happy Land (Judas Maccabaeus) Handel, Allen arr BL566 Brilee Baroque 2-PT
    keyboard 3 All Things Bright and Beautiful Rutter, John 663 Hinshaw Contemporary SA
    keyboard 3 Am Strande Brahms, arr Hall WHC099 Emerson Romantic SA
    keyboard 2 Cantate Domino Cobb, Nancy Hill SBMP 282 SBMP Contemporary SA
    keyboard 1 Dance, Boatmen Dance Minstrel/Scott arr BL138 Brilee Contemporary SA
    keyboard 4 Der Herr Ist Gross Schutz, Heinrich ed. Almquist AMP0126 Alliance Baroque SA
    keyboard 4 Duet from Cantata #9 Bach, J.S. ed Rao HL48004155 Hal Leonard Baroque SA
    keyboard 4 Herbstlied Mendelssohn, arr Hall NMP145 LORENZ Romantic SA
    keyboard 1 In the Meadow (Hungarian folk) Krone, Beatrice arr Ed 6120 Kjos Traditional SA
    keyboard 2 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin Gilpin, Greg arr 20-96439 Colla Voce Spiritual SA
    keyboard 2 Mayim, Mayim (flute & violin) Shields, Valerie arr Earthsongs Contemporary SA
    keyboard 4 Nigra Sum Casals TC120 Colla Voce Contemporary SA
    keyboard 3 Nine Hundred Miles Silvey, Philip arr SBMP438 SBMP Traditional SA
    keyboard 2 Rise Up Singing Purcell, arr. Leibergen 00-19308 Alfred Baroque SA
    keyboard 1 Road Not Taken, The (text, Robert Frost) Williams, Mark BL509 Brilee Contemporary SA
    keyboard 1 Sakura, Sakura Japanese folk/Matthews 16-96870 Colla Voce Contemporary SA
    keyboard 4 Sam Was A Man Persichetti HL50303310 Hal Leonard Contemporary SA
    keyboard 2 Simple Gifts Copland BH48003222 Hal Leonard Traditional SA
    keyboard 3 Sing a song of Sixpence (two clarinets) Mendoza, Michael D. AMP0317 Alliance Contemporary SA
    keyboard 4 Sound The Trumpet Purcell 487 ECS Baroque SA
    keyboard 3 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Mathews, Peter AMP0291 Alliance Contemporary SA
    keyboard 2 When I Am Silent Varner, Joan AMP0210 Alliance Contemporary SA
    keyboard 4 An die Nachtigall Schumann, Robert WHC086 LORENZ Romantic SA OR TB
    keyboard 3 Die Meere (The Seas) Brahms, Johannes WHC057 Emerson Romantic SA OR TB
    keyboard 3 Herbstlied (Autumn Song) Schumann, Robert WHC054 Emerson Romantic SA OR TB

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