Maybe your choir isn’t Pentatonix – okay, your choir definitely isn’t Pentatonix. Maybe it seems difficult to perform in the contemporary style of a cappella when your group has 20 members, or 45, or more! Having a large ensemble may seem more suited to performing traditional choral music, but there are a LOT of contemporary arrangements out there for you to sing. Here are just a few examples – each arrangement listed here has either a performance link or a purchase link.
Stay With Me (Sam Smith)
This arrangement from Jon Smith (no relation) is performed here by University of Delaware’s Vocal Point.
This advanced intermediate arrangement from Pentatonix arranger Ben Bram is a great high-energy number for your ensemble. You can find plenty of arrangements like this on sheetmusicplus.com.
This 9-part (SSSAATTBB) arrangement from a cappella influencer Deke Sharon is one of many available on Noteflight’s new Marketplace, where you can purchase and edit arrangements all in one location.
Is This Love (Bob Marley)
Lisa Forkish arranged this classic Marley tune for the Oakland School for the Arts’ Concert Choir.
Another Ben Bram arrangement – this one is intermediate, which may be a better fit if you have a younger or less experienced choir.
This is just such a fun song, arranged here by Deke Sharon and available on Noteflight.
In addition to independent arrangers like Jon Smith and Lisa Forkish, you can find a lot (and we mean a LOT) of copyright-approved arrangements on sites like Noteflight and Sheet Music Plus.
What other awesome arrangements for large ensemble are out there? Let us know in the comments!
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