Six Degree singers announces
the seventh annual young composers competition!

We invite choral composers aged 18-40 to apply for a chance to win a $250 commission from Six Degree Singers.

The winning selection will be performed as part of Six Degree Singers’ Winter 2019 concert series, Choral Inspirations, a program that draws from the choral music that inspired our members in their formative years and encouraged them to continue singing today. The text of the submitted composition should be secular and appropriately themed to be performed as part of that concert program. For more details, please visit our Young Composers Competition Page!


Six Degree Singers is a vibrant community choir of about 40 young adult performers dedicated to making quality music and bringing it to the Washington, D.C.-area through performances, volunteer work and musical education.

 Six Degree Singers before their Winter 2018 concert, the Madrigal Mystery Tour, at Hughes United Methodist Church

Six Degree Singers before their Winter 2018 concert, the Madrigal Mystery Tour, at Hughes United Methodist Church


Jai Ho! - A. R. Rahman, arr. Ethan Sperry
Dancers: Trisha Sanghavi and Arjun Rawal, The SAPAN Institute
Video courtesy of Arts Laureate

Notes:
Jai Ho! was written for the 2008 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. British director Tony Boyle asked Indian film composer A. R. Rahman to write this song for the end of the movie to include elements of Indian film tradition. While the song has little to do with the story line, it serves as a final victory dance for the protagonists. Ethan Sperry arranged this high-energy piece for mixed choir and percussion in 2008 and it features exciting dance rhythms and fast diction!

 

Translation:
Jai Ho! (Dance With Me!)

Come, come my Life, under the canopy.
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Iota by iota, I have lost my life. In faith
I've passed this night dancing on coals;
I blew away the sleep that was in my eyes;
I counted the stars 'til my finger burned.

Dance! Dance!
Now with me, you dance for today,
for our day of movements.
No matter what problems may be:
Cheers! Dance! Dance!

Taste it, taste it. This night is honey!
Taste it, and keep it; it's a heart at its final limit.
You're a dark black, coal-black magic, aren't you?

 

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