Frog Song
For Three Part Treble Voices, a cappella    (1'40")

Neil A. Kjos Music Co. (#6277)

There once was a frog named Humongous
Who came, and was singing among us;
He often sang flat
So we told him that
If he couldn't raise pitch, "He'd be fungus!"

                                               ~ by Brad Nelson

This limerick, written by the composer, illustrates why he deliberately avoids writing his own lyrics!  In this case, the creative impulse was unavoidable!!  In Brad's own words;

"The inspiration for the text of Frog Song spontaneously arose -- immediately after I had directed an a cappella anthem in a worship service.. The choir sang flat on the anthem (a universal pitfall in the choral profession), so in retaliation, I was moved by self-pity to write this limerick.  The poem was tucked away, having accomplished its purpose of providing me some therapeutical recovery.  Years later, upon hearing a wonderfully animated concert by an outstanding community children's chorus, the music literally sang its way up from the dirt!" 

In addition to providing literature for the ever-growing children's choir movement, this piece is well-suited to advanced women's choruses of all ages, still searching for their prince!

You must see this photo a friend sent from her driveway in Indianapolis!





Pike High School Treble Choir - Indianapolis, IN



Notable Broadcast!
November 14, 2013 - Broadcast throughout the world from Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom.  Click here for more information.

Colorado Children's Chorale
Denver, Colorado
Deborah DeSantis, Artistic Director
(Permission was granted to add an improvised piano part!)

International Premieres!
March 1-10, 2006
Spain  (Terrassa, Pals)
France  (Montelimar, Gassin, Puget-sur-Argens, Cavalaire, Aubagne, Saint Maximin)
...and also for the
Dedication of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado

(Copies available from Kjos Music, 1-800-854-1592)


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Women's Ensemble
Poway High School Choral Department
Poway, California
Barbara Fletcher, Director



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