Programming my opening fall concert is always a challenge because each year I have so many brand new singers. In fall 2010 all my singers performed "Aya Ngena" and that worked wonderfully. Last fall my
A cappella Choir (which does sing accompanied pieces) sang my new Alfred Publication, "Over Hill, Over Dale". I chose this text after seeing a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at my school. Because the piece has so many piano interludes, I thought it would be fun to add drama and movement to the performance. I recruited the students who had played Oberon and Puck in the play (and yes, they sing in choir!). They wore capes and ran through, around, and in front of the choir sprinkling fairy dust (sparkling confetti) during the song. "Over Hill, Over Dale" was the hit of the show!