Spring Choir Season: 16 Songs to Bring the House Down

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Spring is upon us, which means choirs all around the globe are preparing for their spring programs. Here are 16 of the hottest new and noteworthy choral arrangements that will take your performance to the next level!

Shallow (from A Star Is Born)

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (arr. Mac Huff)

2-Part | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

What can be said about "Shallow" that hasn't already been said? The emotive duet from A Star Is Born has won two Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar, so it's a sure-fire hit for your spring program!

Mary Poppins Returns (Choral Highlights)

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (arr. Roger Emerson)

2-Part | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

The great thing about this choral arrangement by Roger Emerson is that you don't need to choose only one great song to perform from Mary Poppins Returns. This 10-minute medley comprises six of the best titles from the film, including lullaby tune "The Place Where Lost Things Go" and song-and-dance number "Trip a Little Light Fantastic."

Aladdin Medley

Alan Menken (arr. Ed Lojeski)

2-Part | SAB | SATB

After Dumbo hits the big screen, next in line for a Disney live-action remake is the 1992 classic, Aladdin. Which means it's a perfect time to pick up some of the great songs from the original movie that are about to get a new lease of life. Ed Lojeski's medley includes "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World" among others.

This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)

Pasek & Paul (arr. Mac Huff)

2-Part | SSA | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

While we're on the topic of movie musicals, we can't forget to mention arguably the biggest one of this century. Pasek & Paul's The Greatest Showman is the gift that keeps on giving, but "This Is Me" is a rousing powerhouse of a song, expertly arranged by Mac Huff.

A Tribute to Queen

Queen (arr. Mark Brymer)

2-Part | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

Inject a bit of classic rock into your spring programming with this topical Queen tribute. Mark Brymer has put together a medley which features four of the band's biggest songs: "We Will Rock You," "Another One Bites the Dust," "We Are the Champions," and (of course) "Bohemian Rhapsody." While this particular medley actually came out in 2006, it will save you from having to select just one of the myriad Queen choral arrangements to piggy-back off the successful rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

High Hopes

Panic! at the Disco (arr. Roger Emerson)

2-Part | SAB | SATB

Keeping with the rock theme, Panic! at the Disco released their sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked last year and its second single, "High Hopes," became the band's highest-charting single worldwide. The song tells a story of optimism and triumph through adversity and receives Roger Emerson's expert treatment here.

Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

Bebe Rexha (arr. Mac Huff)

2-Part | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

Speaking of chart-topping hits, Bebe Rexha's hit song from last year, "Meant To Be," is a feel-good country-tinged pop song. Mac Huff's arrangements are sure to have audiences clapping and singing along.

In My Blood

Shawn Mendes (arr. Jacob Narverud)

SAB | SATB | TTBB | Instrumental Pak

Shawn Mendes has been steadily on the rise ever since his 2015 release, "Stitches." Last year saw Mendes release his eponymously-titled third album, which kicks off with the anthemic "In My Blood." This one is sure to be a popular addition to spring programs.

Change the World (a cappella)

Eric Clapton (arr. Deke Sharon & David Wright)


From a long list of excellent a cappella arrangements, we're highlighting Eric Clapton's 1996 classic "Change the World." Deke Sharon and David Wright collaborate on this arrangement which features some gorgeous harmonies.

You Say

Lauren Daigle (arr. Heather Sorenson)

SATB | Instrumental Pak

Taken from Lauren Daigle's 2018 album Look Up Child, Grammy-winning song "You Say" is one of the biggest Contemporary Christian songs of the last 12 months. Heather Sorenson's beautiful arrangement would be a great addition to any religious choral program.

Nine to Five

Dolly Parton (arr. Ed Lojeski)

SSA | SATB | Instrumental Pak

At this year's Grammy Awards, we were treated to a star-studded Dolly Parton medley which starred Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus among others, including even Parton herself. The performance featured her timeless hit "Nine to Five," which is the subject of a brand new choral arrangement by Ed Lojeski.

True Love (from Frozen: The Broadway Musical)

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (arr. Mac Huff)

SSA | SAB | SATB | Instrumental Pak

Having made a successful transition from screen to stage in 2017, Frozen opened on Broadway last year and features several new songs by husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. While several of these exist as choral arrangements, our pick of the bunch is "True Love," from Mr. Mac Huff.

Part of Me (from Dear Evan Hansen)

Pasek & Paul (arr. Roger Emerson)


While we're on the topic of music from the stage, one of the most successful Broadway musicals in recent years is the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen, which is currently touring North America and opens on London's West End later this year. The musical is full of the type of well-crafted and catchy songs for which Pasek & Paul are renowned. And despite the number being cut from the original Broadway production, "Part of Me" is no exception.

The Windmills of Your Mind

Michel Legrand (arr. Paris Rutherford)

SSA | SATB | Instrumental Pak

Sadly the music world lost a very talented individual earlier this year when French composer, arranger and pianist Michel Legrand passed away at the age of 86. His song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair won Legrand his first Oscar and Paris Rutherford's arrangement is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary career.


Eric Whitacre (arr. Emily Crocker)


Having established himself as one of the most popular composers and conductors of today, Eric Whitacre is best-known for his impressive choral works. The hauntingly beautiful "Glow" was performed by a number of our Hal Leonard cohorts last year and would deliver a serene moment in any choral program.

Be Still My Soul

Jean Sibelius (arr. Ruth Elaine Schram)


While most of our selections are by composers and musicians who are still very much active today, "Be Still My Soul" is a hymnal text set to the music of "Finlandia" – a symphonic tone poem by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, which he wrote as a patriotic offering. Ruth Elaine Schram's SATB version is a fantastic arrangement of a classic composition.

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