I have a soft spot for obscure Christmas songs, and I was quite taken with Carols and Lullabies by Conrad Susa when I first heard it on the same program with Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. (Here’s another Massachusetts chorus doing the Britten/Susa program [Chorus Pro Musica].) Right away, I wanted to my own set of carols with harp. My set “Shepherds and Angels” includes a prelude and 9 songs: early New England and Appalachian songs, both earthy, energetic revivalist singing and the most tender and gentle lullabies. I added a violin for some fiddling flavor.
So how do I get the word out to all the choral directors who need music like this? The 200+ postcards and 300+ emails I sent are just a drop in the bucket. There is also the ChoralNet forum, which includes a community of composers. From that effort, I’ve arranged two performances and I hope there will be more.
The Mastersingers will give the eastern Massachusetts premiere and Geneva College will premiere it in Pennsylvania.
Do you know a chorus that might be interested? If you sing in or direct a chorus, is it too hard or too easy for your group?
Is “Shepherds and Angels” programming you need for your local Christmas concert?