Contemporary Commercial

Hello CCDA colleagues!

As the Repertoire and Resources Chair I am happy to lend a hand whenever I can to show choir directors or those wanting to begin a show choir at their school. Also if you need help finding good pop music, whether or not it’s for a show choir I can help!

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Repertoire and Literature recommendations

(Song title – original artist – arranger – voicing)

FEMALE

    • A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Disney – Rochefort/Minshall – SSAA
    • At Last – Etta James – Kerry Marsh – SSSAAA
    • Bellas Finale – Pitch Perfect – Deke Sharon – SSSAA
    • Blue Skies – Irving Berlin – Renee Craig – SSAA
    • Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper – Deke Sharon – SSAA or SSA
    • In My Life – Beatles – Steve Zegree – SSAA
    • Just The Way You Are/Just A Dream – Pitch Perfect – Deke Sharon – SSSAAA
    • Sentimental Journey – Doris Day – Audrey Oakley – SSAA
    • Stitches – Shawn Mendes – Brandy Kay Riha – SSA
    • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – Joey Minshall – SSAA
    • White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix – Alan Billingsly – SSAA

 

  • Sweet Adelines Mass Sing Songbook – SSAA

MALE

    • All Of Me – Billie Holiday – Scott Kitzmiller – TTBB
    • Bright Lights/Magic – Pitch Perfect – Deke Sharon TTTBB
    • Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra – Kevin Keller – TTBB
    • For The Longest Time – Billy Joel – Roger Emerson – TTBB
    • Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars – Chris Peterson – TTBB
    • Lazy Day – Gas House Gang – David Wright – TTBB
    • Naitivity Medley –Committed – Roberto Burton – TTTBB
    • Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder – Deke Sharon – TTBB
    • Stand By Me – Ben E. King – Raugh/Sharon – TTBB
    • S’vivon – The Men of Independence – Gary Lewis – TTBB
    • To Make You Feel My Love – Adele – Aaron Dale – TTBB

 

  • BHS Barberpole Cat Book (free, standards) – TTBB

MIXED

    • Africa – Toto – Bryan Sharpe – SATTB
    • Dynamite – Taio Cruz – Alex Phan – SATTB
    • Firework – Katy Perry – Ben Bram – SSATTB
    • Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson – Robert Dietz – SSAATB
    • I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris – Ben Bram – SSATB
    • I’ve Got the Music In Me – The Sing Off – Deke Sharon – SSAATTBB
    • Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri – JD Frizzell – SSATB
    • Lida Rose/Will I Ever Leave You – From “The Music Man” – Mo Rector – SSAATTBB
    • Run To You – Pentatonix – Kirby Shaw – SSATB
    • Stars and Stripes Forever – Traditional – David Wright – SATB
    • Sing – Pentatonix – Wayne Grimmer – SATB

 

    • CASA Songbooks (multiple volumes) – SATB

 

 


Documents & Resources

Contemporary a cappella and barbershop can be found throughout the modern media, in movies, television, viral videos, etc. Here are a few places to start looking for information and inspiration, and those will lead you to others.

TUTORIALS:  Visit www.acappella.how for a comprehensive list of online resources, including starting a group, directing, vocal percussion and instrumental tutorials, arranging tips, etc. The site is updated a few times a year.

FESTIVALS:

COMPETITIONS:

BOOKS: (all available at amazon.com and/or barbershop.org)

  • A Cappella – Deke Sharon, Brody McDonald & Ben Spaulding
  • A Cappella Pop – Brody McDonald
  • Barbershop Arranging Manual – Barbershop Harmony Society
  • A Cappella Arranging – Deke Sharon & Dylan Bell
  • Theory of Barbershop Harmony – Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Successful Performance Manual – Barbershop Harmony Society
  • The Heart of Vocal Harmony – Deke Sharon

MOVIES & TELEVISION: Pitch Perfect & Pitch Perfect 2: http://www.pitchperfectmovie.com

ARTICLES:

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: Other specialized organizations that can help in various ways include:

ARRANGERS:

CALIFORNIA CLINICIANS:

Contemporary:

Barbershop:

 


SAMPLING OF CALIFORNIA A CAPPELLA GROUPS

(note – those that are student-directed can vary in quality more than a faculty directed group. Always check recent video to get a sense of the current year’s group before inviting)

High School:

College:

Professional:

Barbershop Quartets:

Barbershop Choirs:

 


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