As part of Programming Week, today I suggest you take part in the Alice Is 90 celebration during the 2015-16 season.Melodious Accord, the nonprofit organization led by Alice Parker, is promoting the 2015-16 concert season as one to celebrate. On December 16, Alice will celebrate her 90th birthday. She is still writing, teaching, and leading group sings; this year, they are urging you to program a piece of hers and participate in the #AliceIs90 Project.
Here are a few programming ideas that will be successful with your students; you should definitely to include one of Parker’s works in your program this year, either these or one of her many other published works. Melodious Accord now provides a complete database of Parker’s works, both published and manuscript.
Deep River (Spiritual)
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye (Irish folk song)
Ya Viene La Vieja (Spanish Carol)
Note – the Melodious Accord database lists 508 works for SATB chorus, including everything from folk songs to original extended works. You are assured of finding something there!
Cindy (Traditional American)
Vive l’Amour (Traditional American)
What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? (Sea Shanty)
The Definition of Beauty (4 Emily Dickinson settings)
Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal (Shape Note Hymn)
Punching The Dough (Canadian Folk Song)