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Middle School Choruses and Choirs
The accessible vocal ranges of LRA scores for boys, allows these 7th and 8th graders to sing Pitoni's "Cantate Domino" a cappella, in Latin, and in tune.
- Singers will value historical choral literature as it becomes apparent to them that they can sing it well.
- If a choir demos an arrangement found on this site, it will be sung by actual 7th & 8th graders rather than adults.
- Tenor parts will require a range of no more than an augmented 5th, with the lowest note G below middle C.
- If tenor parts are too low for a particular choir, optional higher keys are often provided.
- For extra support, LRA tenor II parts can generally be doubled by altos, and also typically by any conductor, male or female.
- Bass parts will require a range of no more than a perfect 5th, with the lowest note a second line B flat.
- Male singers using LRA will not strain for notes that are too low; nor will they be required to use their falsetto in the presence of the young ladies in their choir. Boys normally shudder at matching pitch with girls.
- Bass parts will be optional when possible, meaning that the piece sounds "full" as an SAT arrangement.
- Scores are often available without piano staves to save paper; (VPO = Vocal Parts Only).
- Scored piano accompaniments are often available with piano part and melody only, to save page turning;
(PVG = Piano/Vocal/Guitar, with only one staff for voice).
- Many arrangements have been performed successfully (i.e rated "superior") in Adjudicated Events.
- Certain pieces with lyrics intended for Christian worship have been rewritten with culturally sensitive lyrics so that more choirs can make use of them. Look for labels that state "multicultural lyrics" or "secular lyrics."