“Song for WESTERN AUSTRALIA” for SCHOOLS

The Mt Pleasant Primary School Choir with Director Ms Jenny Coleman and Composer Rod Christian

The Mt Pleasant Primary School Choir with Director Ms Jenny Coleman and Composer Rod Christian

Year 4/5 Class Poseidon Primary School with Marie Paragelli and Rod Christian Composer.

Year 4/5 Class Poseidon Primary School with Marie Paragelli and Rod Christian Composer.

Hello Primary and Secondary music teachers. This song is gaining momentum and popularity in WA schools and choirs. Recently 4 Primary schools, Leeming Primary School, Mt Pleasant Primary School, Creaney Primary School and Poseidon Primary School in Heathridge performed Western Australia at their assemblies. The reaction was amazing, so much so, I have decided to publish the work so that all schools and colleges and choirs can access the song. You can now purchase the song in single or two part harmony complete with piano score and full backing track. The package now available is. 1. A full backing track. 2. A complete piano/ guitar/vocal score. 3. A video of the song that can be projected on an AV screen while the song is performed.This appears below featuring extracts from the video.  Total cost is on application, depending on your requirements. This also covers the copyright for reproducing multiple copies of the score. Please contact me here directly for more details: rodmusic@bigpond.com

I will invoice your organisation and send the package to you on receipt of payment.

I have just completed a recording of the choir at Mt Pleasant Primary School singing “Western Australia” under the direction of  Ms Jenny Coleman. View the video below:

Click here to view the first two pages of the score.

WA Song SAMPLE Pages 1-2

Lyrics reproduced below:

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Lyrics Copyright 2007 Rod Christian

Listen to and watch excerpts from the video featuring Courtney Murphy on vocals.

OH SUSANNAH! An arrangement for SSSAA a capella choir.

OH SUSANNAH, a traditional song composed by Stephen Foster in 1840 is a song that lends itself to choral part singing. I arranged this in a jazz style as I have a real interest in unusual chords and the jazz genre.
The setting is for five parts, Soprano 1 & 2 with splits; Alto 1 and Alto 2. There is also an SATB setting of the song. The two arrangements are available from my publisher here, Middle C associates in Geelong Victoria.
From the publisher: This stunning treatment of the 1848 Stephen Foster classic was crafted by one of Western Australia’s most talented composers and arrangers of choral music. Featuring tight jazz influenced chords and interesting harmonies, Christian achieves an uplifting, reflective, almost spiritual sound. The arrangement contains an optional piano part and is available for treble SSAA or mixed SATB choirs.
Click here to hear OH SUSANNA performed by the Iona Presentation College Chorale.

SONG for WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Anthem

Western Australia Song and Vision

The song Western Australia was inspired by the sheer beauty and vastness of this great state we live in. The message is simple; “it’s the best-kept-secret in this land, West Australians welcome you” and, “Let us join together with friends and family. To celebrate this great state and live in harmony.”

I wrote the song as an anthem to WA. The sheet music is now available. The arrangements are scored for full SATB choir, SSA choir, primary and secondary school choirs, and solo or two part voice male/female with piano/guitar accompaniment. A full backing track is now available as well.

A recent interview with Today Tonight and the premiere of the song on Australia Day at Council House Perth launched the song, which has already received amazing reviews.The Spirit of WA Choir and Courtney Murphy performed the song at the the City Of Perth Citizenship Ceremony. The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi gave the song the “thumbs up” as did many of the invited guests who met the choir at a reception afterwards.

Hear the song as sung by Courtney Murphy accompanied with vision from WA Tourism. Also available on iTunes.

Please contact me at email: rodmusic@bigpond.com or, via the contact page on this website for schools. Here you will find details as to how you can purchase the package for your school or choir. This includes full piano/guitar score, full backing track and your own copy of the video.

Photo: The Spirit of WA Choir at Council House WA with Courtney Murphy.

Video 1: Today Tonight Interview with Rod Channel 7.

Video 2: Spirit of WA Choir with Courtney Murphy live, Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day 2013

Video 3: Mt Pleasant Primary School Choir sing Song for WA.

Video 4: Extracts from Western Australian Anthem Video.