A new choral work by Shane W. Dittmar is available in print just in time to start planning Christmas repertoire for your advanced a cappella singers. “Annunciation to the Shepherds”is an evocative setting of the angels’ pronouncement in Luke II filled with luscious text painting, mixed meters, and joyous harmony. The piece was premiered by the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Al Sturgis and is available today from Hinshaw Music, who also published Shane’s internationally performed piece “Cantate.”
This is an advanced unaccompanied motet for skilled mixed divisi choirs. Written for the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir, this setting of “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace” engages the listener through evocative harmonies, varied textures, a familiar text, and successful declamation. If you’re looking for a challenge, this is it!