You’re struggling to keep your flute choir members engaged, and concerts hardly draw an audience. So you decide to look for some pop flute choir music arrangements.
The right song can do wonders in keeping your players interested in coming to rehearsals. And if you promote your concert right, you can fill the house with an audience.
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Pop Flute Choir Arrangements
You can find a lot of good pop flute choir music arrangements out there. Here are a few that I would recommend.
Natural by Imagine Dragons
One of my favorite arrangements I’ve done is of the song Natural by Imagine Dragons. I arranged the work for 3 C flutes, an alto flute, and a bass flute.
So you can play it as a quintet or in a larger flute choir. The repetitive melody is super fun to play, and the accompaniment is also enjoyable.
Of course, like any piece of pop, it’s a great crowd pleaser. If you struggle to fill the audience, you can add this to your program to get people in the door.
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy
If you can’t tell, I like arranging “darker” pop songs for flute ensembles. I think they’re a great way to push the limits of flute playing, including my arrangement of My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.
Like my arrangement of Natural, this work is for 3 C flutes, alto, and bass. You can play it with one person per part in a flute quintet or double the parts in a larger flute choir.
This song is one of my favorites to play on various flutes. It has a few challenging parts, but it’s a good fit for an intermediate-level group.
Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Maybe you’re more a fan of movie music, so you’ll love to play Colors of the Wind from the movie Pocahontas. I arranged this song a while back near the start of the pandemic.
The melody sounds amazing on the piccolo, C flute, and alto flute. Meanwhile, the bass flute provides a consistent beat with some note changes.
You can play this piece with one piccolo player as well as two C flutes, one or two alto flutes, and a bass flute. Like other arrangements, doubling parts is an option.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
As much as I love promoting my own arrangements, I have to give a shoutout to my fellow flute choir member Dana Joras. She arranged Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, which we played earlier this year.
The parts are all more interesting than some other arrangements out there. Since I play alto flute in flute choir, I appreciated having the melody a bit.
Her arrangement has parts for piccolo, 3 C flutes, 2 alto flutes, and a bass flute. You can double the parts in a larger flute choir so that everyone gets to play.
Why Play Pop Flute Choir Music
As you look for the best flute choir music, you may wonder why pop songs are worth programming. Here are my top reasons for why you should play pop music.
They’re Crowd Pleasers
If you only ever play music originally written for flute choir or classical arrangements, you may only get a small audience. Sure, family members of the performers will show up.
But add a famous pop song to the promotional materials? You’re bound to attract more people who want to hear what (insert song here) sounds on a group of flutes.
Definitely don’t stop programming original works and classical arrangements. Also, don’t be afraid to share some arrangements of pop songs.
They’re Fun to Play
Pop music (in a flute choir setting or not) is also just fun to play. Sure, it can be a bit repetitive, but that’s a nice thing when you’re used to more difficult works.
Adding one or two pop songs to each concert is a great way to get and retain members. Since the music is a bit easier, it can also help keep beginners engaged.
You also get to have a fun time conducting the song. Don’t hesitate to get into it, and you and your performers can use your knowledge of the song to help learn the music.
Easy to Purchase
Another great reason to play pop flute choir music is that you can buy it easily. Programs like ArrangeMe make it easy for arrangers to write flute choir versions of copyrighted songs and sell the music.
You can shop on websites like Sheet Music Plus or Sheet Music Direct. Then, you’ll get the files for download right away, so you can bring them to your next rehearsal.
No more waiting for a company to ship the music to you. Just find a piece you want, buy it, and download and print the parts.
What Makes a Good Pop Flute Choir Music Arrangement
For better or worse, not every pop music arrangement you find will be of good quality. Keep the following in mind to ensure you get good music.
Most pop songs feature a somewhat simple melody. A knowledgeable arranger will be able to take that melody and make it work well on the flute.
That could mean transposing the song. Or it might mean breaking up the melody and assigning it to different parts throughout the song.
If a melody is boring after the first repetition, you can make sure no player plays it a second time. That way, everyone gets to play the melody without getting tired of it.
Of course, not all players get the melody at all times. That means a good arranger needs to keep the other players from getting bored of the accompaniment.
This could involve adding some ornamentation to the background parts. Or maybe it means adding new harmonies that weren’t in the original.
And with any change they make, the arranger should do so with the understanding of the flute in question.
Understand the Different Flutes
Speaking of understanding, a pop arranger should understand how the flute works. Not only that, but they should understand the piccolo and low flutes.
That way, the arrangements they write will work for all of the parts. Nothing’s worse than a piece of music written by someone who doesn’t understand the nuances of the instrument.
As a flute player myself, I can easily write for the instrument. You know you’ll get a quality flute part that works.
Can You Commission Pop Flute Choir Music?
I don’t generally feel comfortable doing commissions of copyrighted arrangements. If you want to commission me to arrange a pop song, you can attain the rights first.
Otherwise, I’m always open to requests of arrangements (no guarantees though). You can also shop my existing arrangements to see what’s out there.
I am open to commissions of original works and arrangements of public domain works.
Where to Buy Pop Flute Choir Music
You can buy pop flute choir music online from a few websites. Some of the most popular include:
- Sheet Music Plus
- Sheet Music Direct
Another option is to search for a specific arranger and find their website. While you can’t purchase my pop music directly, I do link to all of my arrangements.
Start Playing Pop Flute Choir Music Now
If you’re looking to spice up your flute choir programming, do it with pop flute choir music. That way, you can attract players and audience members.
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