[quote name='principal4' date='Oct 21 2011, 10:21 AM' post='1098748']
I would put in a plea for Stanford'a "How beauteous are their feet" or Mendelssohn's "how lovely are the messengers", and don't forget Paul Manz's "E'en so Lord Jesus". or Es ist ein ros.
Thanks for giving me these ideas for 2012! Es ist ein Ros' is available in umpteen settings, so I'm sure that won't present a problem. Don't know the Stanford, Mendelssohn or Manz pieces, though, and they wouldn't be feasible unless they can be done by an SSA choir (I do a fair bit of arranging for my lot). Thank goodness for Grade 5 Theory!
If you have the Purple advent for choirs book, they're in there. There's also a lovely little German carol "A tender shoot" which I think you could arrange nicely for SSA.
The Mendelssohn is from St Paul and majors on Altos having the tune hence my love for it.
The Manz is tricky but very effective - not sure it would work without men, although the tenor part is pretty high so you could put some altos on to it and do it accompanied. VERY high in one part though.
There is a version of Es ist ein Ros' in the Kings Singers book of canons which would make a lovely introit from a side chapel (well my barbershop group thought so anyway) - being a round it isn't too hard. It is a bit high in the tessitura but I love it and you can work out how many times to do it.