Specific resources available for each song vary, but they typically consist of a printable PDF and individual audio tracks for each voice part. The audio tracks include the accompaniment and additional voices, but the labeled voice is recorded at a higher volume to stand out. “Accompaniment” tracks either have no single voice enhanced, or include only the accompaniment with no additional voice parts.
In some scores, a solo vocal section might be written on the same staff as a part written elsewhere for a whole vocal section. When that happens, both the solo and group parts are likely to be included on the same rehearsal track. So if you’re using these rehearsal tools to memorize, it would be helpful to compare what you hear against the printed score, so you can distinguish solo from group parts.
A word about certain limitations in Sibelius audio files: Even though Sibelius is a sophisticated music writing program, it can’t synthesize human consonants. So it can’t actually “sing” the vocal lines. Instead, it uses a synthesized voice singing a nondescript vowel. The result is a vocal line you can follow to learn your part, even though there aren’t any words.
Sibelius also doesn’t follow repeats the same way a human would. For example, in “Down to the River to Pray”, certain notations instruct some singers to perform the repeat differently each time through. Sibelius doesn’t “see” those instructions, so it performs both passes the same way. But singers should heed the instructions. So, once again, while you’re in learning mode on a piece, it’s a good idea to compare a written score against what you’re hearing to improve your comprehension & accuracy.
Links to Additional Recordings:
*Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvyDchG2Mrg - (This is the piano accompaniment to our arrangement.)
*Colors of the Wind
*To find the Emerson arrangement of Ghostbusters, navigate to https://sbrhsmusic.wordpress.com/media/ for the page, then scroll down past the 'Vespers Concert Full Program 2019' to the 'Musictown Pops Night Full Program 2019' to the sixth recording, headed with "VOLTAGE SHOW CHOIR".
Cynthia Clawson’s version of “Softly and Tenderly” can be found here:
*(Thanks to Terrie Sternberg & Jean Shock for rounding up these links and to Jean Shock for suggesting that they appear here.)
Singers Should Have:
Colors of the Wind
Down to the River to Pray
Eye of the Tiger
Hawaii Five-O Theme
My Heart Will Go On
Over the Rainbow
Softly and Tenderly
The Morning After
Singers Should Also Have:
Mary, Did You Know?
Where Are You Christmas?
Blue Ridge Vocal Connection
Thomas L. DeBusk