Iowa Choral Directors Association
R&S – High School Choirs

Octavo of the Month (10th in a series)
Mike Walag, Iowa High School R&S Chair

O Clap Your Hands

Michael Jothen
Heritage Music Press
SATB (15/1788H)

Duration: 2:30
Easy to Moderate Difficulty

This up-tempo (quarter=126), a cappella original by Michael Jothen presents some interesting possibilities for intermediate choirs.  Parts are independent rhythmically with lots of syncopation.  Ranges are very moderate, and there is a solo which is designated as soprano or alto, but, could be sung by any voice.  As the title suggests, there is some optional hand clapping on the final chorus.

This is a good piece to feature your bass section.  The bass part frequently has the melody and leads off the start of each chorus.  Overall, Michael has written a fun piece that could add a change of pace to your concert.