Women’s Choirs

Willem de Kooning, “Women Singing II”

“I have had pleasure enough

I have had singing.”

―Ronald Blythe

Welcome to California ACDA’s Women’s Choir Repertoire and Resources resource page! Whether you’re a veteran of the treble realm or a newcomer wondering what to do without any tenors and basses, I hope you’ll find this page a useful source of ideas, connections, and inspiration. Consider this site an ever-evolving construction zone, and please feel free to let me know what you think belongs here!


 

Where to find women’s-chorus literature

Most publishers include treble-voice titles in their catalogs, but here are a few with especially wide and appealing selections—and a handful of off-the-beaten path possibilities!

  • Treble Clef Press publishes exclusively upper-voice music. Preview pages and sound files of many pieces are available.
  • Earthsongs is an excellent source of new and multicultural treble music, along with a few chestnuts. Preview pages and recordings are available for many titles.
  • Santa Barbara Music Publishing has an extensive list of titles, many with previews and recordings.
  • Alliance Music publishes several hundred treble works, including many multicultural titles.
  • Vox Bulgarica has made the music of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares available to Western women’s choruses! Many titles are available as digital downloads.
  • Musica Russica publishes several dozen titles for women’s voices.
  • Here’s information on how to find music and arrangements performed by Anonymous 4.
  • For something beautiful and unusual, try Artemisia Editions, which publishes works written by Italian nuns of the 16th and 17th centuries to be sung in their convents!
  • The wonderful Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble offers several songbooks of haunting and gorgeous Eastern-European music at this link.
  • Scroll down on this page to find Sweet Honey in the Rock’s songbook; other Sweet Honey favorites can be found through Barnwell’s Notes Publishing.
  • Like Deke Sharon’s pop a cappella works? Check out Natural Woman, a collection of ten of his arrangements for women’s voices.

Chorus repertoire lists

The ensembles below maintain online repertoire lists that may be useful as you choose literature for your ensemble; you’ll find works of all different voicings and difficulty levels here.


Here are some great recommendations from admired conductors from a variety of levels across California. They were asked: What one women’s piece would you conduct every year if you could? As you can see, a few of them couldn’t stop at one, proving that these pieces are worth taking a good look at.

Lori Marie Rios – College of the Canyons, CSUF, ACDA VP, Los Angeles Bach Festival

  • Heart, We will forget him-Michael Henigin
  • Ave Maria – David MacIntyre
  • The Snow – Elgar
  • Nigra Sum – Casals
  • Schlaf Mein Kind – Allan Naplan
  • Hoj, Hura Hoi – Otmar Macha

Keith Hancock – Tesoro High School

  • Ouvre ton Coeur – Bizet
  • If I Were a Velvet Rose – Memley

Lesley Leighton – Los Robles Master Chorale

  • Orpheus with his Lute – Vaughan Williams
  • Songs of the Caravan – Betinis

Chelsea Dehn – Chapman University, Foothill High School

  • Suite de Lorca- Einojuhani Rautavaara
  • Tu agni from the Rig Veda- Holst
  • Hymn to the Waters from the Rig Veda- Holst
  • Tancnota- Kodaly
  • Turot eszik a cigany- Kodaly
  • Ave verum corpus- Poulenc
  • O salutaris Hostia- Frank Ferko
  • Tota pulchra est Maria- Durufle
  • I Am Not Yours- David Childs
  • Liebesgram- Robert Schuman
  • Chorus of the Peasant Girls from Eugene Onegin- Tchaikovsky

Carolyn Teraoka-Brady, San Marcos High School

  • Dixit Dominus – Johann Michael Haydn

Rodger Guerrero – Harvard-Westlake High School

  • Three Mountain Ballads – Ron Nelson

Other useful links


  • What else ought to be on this page? E-mail Jeffe to send your suggestions and to let us know how ACDA can be helpful to you!