One Voice Arizona
Connecting Communities through Singing
What is the initiative?
To teach as many Arizonans, in as many venues as possible, two pieces of sung music each year in a six-year rotation for the purpose of creating a common body of music that people can sing together in either an organized or spontaneous fashion in public venues.
What is the repertoire and where do we find it?
Each year features one short easy piece, that could be teachable by rote, and one longer, but still accessible, piece that could be sung in a variety of voicings and might be better suited to concert programming. The selections are intended either to have a universal appeal or to represent a specific segment of our Arizona population.
Year One (2017-2018)
- Lift Every Voice and Sing
- This Land is Your Land
Year Two (2018-2019)
- I’ve Got Peace Like a River
- Star-Spangled Banner
Year Three (2019-2020)
- De Colores
- May the Circle Be Unbroken
Year Four (2020-2021)
- My Country ‘Tis of Thee
Year Five (2021-2022)
- You are My Sunshine
- O When the Saints
- America the Beautiful
How do we get it?
Lift Every Voice and Sing
- If you attended the 2017 Arizona ACDA Summer Conference, you have a copy included with of your all-conference sing selections. You may use the information on that copy to order copies from a music distributor.
Lift Every Voice and Sing by James W. Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, SATB with piano, Hal Leonard, HL00007740 ($2.25 each)
- You may email me at to request copies. There are funds to support purchase and distribution for those who cannot afford to purchase copies.
This Land is Your Land
This title is not public domain. You have a single copy as part of our all-conference sing selections – do not copy it! Please request additional copies from me at and I will send them to you. We have a limited number to distribute at the Summer Conference and will mail out more as requests come in when these run out and we will handle payment for use of this copyrighted music.
For future titles
Information will be available on our Facebook page and on our website. Check in at the end of each school year to find out how to get your free copies!
How is the music taught and shared?
All teachers and conductors are encouraged to teach one or both pieces to all of their students/singers for use in the classroom, in public concerts, in worship or in outreach performances as appropriate and preferably with all or part of it from memory (for example the first verse or a refrain). Teachers/conductors are asked to consider including outreach opportunities for underserved populations, including at schools in lower socio-economic areas and for Boys and Girls Clubs, after school programs, etc. Teachers and conductors also are encouraged to teach one or both pieces TO the audiences for which they sing, and invite them to sing the pieces WITH them in whatever creative way they might devise (with the choir standing around the audience for example, on the refrain only, or on a final verse, for example). Festival, regional choir and event organizers are encouraged to include one or both pieces each year in their programs, including for massed events on which all of the groups could sing one or both of them together to open or close the event.
Why are we doing this?
- To get people singing again, and singing together
- To connect diverse and divided communities
- To provide meaningful musical experiences for underserved populations in our state
- To reverse the effects of the elimination of public communal singing opportunities
(for example, singing the national anthem at athletic events)
Who is this for?
How can I be involved?
- Find and like the One Voice Arizona Facebook page and keep checking in there as well as at azacda.org for more information.
- Determine how you can use the two pieces for this year in as many ways and with as many singers as possible; get your music; teach your pieces!
- Look for opportunities to share the pieces not only with your singers, but with your audiences (for concerts, for feeder schools, etc.) and as massed choir selections, and any other ways you can think to do so!
- Seek out underserved musical communities for outreach performances – Boys and Girls Clubs, after school programs, at-risk youth programs, nursing homes, etc.
- Seek out opportunities to sing them with other groups who are participating or just find opportunities to sing them in public and encourage others to join in.
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