Light and Gold
Never in my life have I seen a choral composer achieve rock star status like Eric Whitacre, who picked up a Grammy for best choral recording just a few weeks ago. When you sing Sleep or A Boy and a Girl you quickly realize why his music has become a worldwide sensation. His innovation in the creation of the virtual choir (view the first and second of these performances on YouTube) brought more than two thousand singers together from fifty-eight countries and has around three million views on YouTube.
The book Eric Whitacre - Selections from Light and Gold is a collection of pieces for mixed choir, suitable for advanced high school or community/university choirs. It is an economical way to purchase 9 songs which will undoubtedly become standard choral repertoire. A second collection, aptly entitled Eric Whitacre Collection, is also available. And if a collection is not in your budget, most of his music is available as separate octavos.
If you have not performed anything by Whitacre, it is time to find out first-hand what all the fuss is about.