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Church Music

♦  Please select one of the following categories, or simply scroll down:

♦  To learn more about any piece below, click on the title.

♦  If you have the “Sing We Noel!” CD and would like a program with
    complete texts, click here for a printable PDF.

♦  To watch music videos of selected pieces on this page, please explore my YouTube Playlist entitled “Church Music.”



~  CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOR CHORUS & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA  ~



Christmas Music for Chorus & Chamber orchestra

I've written nine Christmas arrangements for chorus and chamber orchestra, which would be perfect for a church service. You can select individual pieces to include in your program, or you can use all of them to create a wonderful Festival of Lessons and Carols.

♦  To learn about this music and hear sound clips, please visit the chamber music section of my Holiday Pops pages. (Please note that these nine pieces serve double duty as being equally appropriate for a church service as for a pops concert.)

♦  To see how I used these pieces in a Festival of Lessons and Carols, click here for a pdf of the program.

♦  This music is available on a CD, which you can purchase here.



~  CHORAL MUSIC FOR CHURCH  ~

NOTE:  Most of my choral pieces are located in the main Choral Music section
of my website, but many of them would also be suitable for a church setting.



All My Heart This Night Rejoices!  (arrangement)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $45
Scoring:  SATB (no divisi)   —   Duration:  ca. 2:00   —   Difficulty:  4/5
Description:  A Baroque-style chorale motet, with the cantus firmus in the soprano part


Balulalow  (Lullaby)  (original composition)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $45
Scoring:  SATB (minimal divisi), acc. by piano   —   Duration:  ca. 2:45   —   Difficulty:  2/5
Description:  A gently flowing setting of the anonymous 16th-century text


Ding Dong! Merrily on High  (arrangement)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $40
Scoring:  SATB (minimal divisi)   —   Duration:  ca. 1:00   —   Difficulty:  4/5
Description:  A brief and rousing setting, perfect as a concert opener or introit


In the Bleak Midwinter  (arrangement of the Holst melody)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $45
Scoring:  SATB (minimal divisi), acc. by piano   —   Duration:  ca. 6:20   —   Difficulty:  2/5
Description:  A subtle but moving arrangement that's inspired by the serenity of the text


Psalm 121  (I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes)  (original composition)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $45
Scoring:  SATB (some divisi), acc. by piano   —   Duration:  ca. 4:40   —   Difficulty:  3/5
Description:  A serene setting of the psalm, suitable for a concert or church setting


Psalm 150  (Praise Ye the Lord!)  (original composition)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP (coming soon)   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $50
Scoring:  SATB (frequent divisi), acc. by organ   —   Duration:  ca. 3:00   —   Difficulty:  4/5
Description:  An exuberant and dramatic piece for a concert or church setting


Simple Gifts  (an arrangement of the American Shaker song)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $50
Scoring:  SATB (some divisi), acc. by piano   —   Duration:  ca. 4:35   —   Difficulty:  3/5
Description:  This piece has a variety of moods, including tranquil, robust, and majestic.


Sing We All! 'Tis Christmas Morning  (original composition)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $45
Scoring:  SATB (minimal divisi), acc. by organ   —   Duration:  ca. 2:30   —   Difficulty:  3/5
Description:  A jaunty, original setting of an Appalachian text from Kentucky


The Holly and the Ivy  (arrangement)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP (of chamber orch. version)   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO (of chamber orch. version)   /
SCORE  SAMPLE (of the organ-accompaniment version)   /   PDF:  $50
Scoring:  SATB (some divisi), acc. by organ   —   Duration:  ca. 3:30   —   Difficulty:  2/5
Description:  A charming arrangement, with a surprise quotation from Bach!


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  (arrangement)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Choral Music section.

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   SCORE  SAMPLE   /   PDF:  $50
Scoring:  SATB (some divisi), acc. by piano   —   Duration:  ca. 2:30   —   Difficulty:  3/5
Description:  A sprightly arrangement done in a combination of 6/8 and 5/8 meters



~  HYMN ARRANGEMENTS  ~



Joy to the World  (hymn arrangement, 3 verses)
Note:  Clicking on this title will take you to the Chamber Music section of my Holiday Pops pages.  

SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   PRICE:  $125
Scoring:
  Choir and congregation, acc. by chamber orch. and org.   —   Duration:  ca. 3:30

Description:  A dramatic and somewhat Hollywood style” hymn setting, featuring a fugue for the choir in verse 2 and a brief, majestic coda for the choir after verse 3


It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  (hymn arrangement, 2 verses)
SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   PDF OR PRINT:  $25
Scoring:
  Congregation, acc. by organ   —   Duration:  ca. 2:30

Description:  A gentle and somewhat Mendelssohnian” arrangement of the carol, with the congregation singing in unison throughout.


Thine Is the Glory  (hymn arrangement for the final verse)
Scoring:  Choir and congregation, acc. by brass quartet and organ   —   PDF PRICE:  $10
Description:  A majestic setting of the final verse.



~  ORGAN & CHAMBER MUSIC  ~



Toccata on Of the Father's Love Begotten”  (postlude) 
SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   PDF OR PRINT:  $20
Duration:
  ca. 2:00

Description:  This jubilant piece makes a dramatic ending to a Christmastide service.


Blessed Be That Maid, Mary  (offertory) 
Duration:  ca. 4:00   —   PDF OR PRINT:  $20
Description:  A meditative piece in the romantic impressionist style of Kodály, based on the traditional English tune


Go to Dark Gethsemane  (prelude or offertory) 
Duration:  ca. 2:00   —   PDF OR PRINT:  $20
Description:  A reflective and gentle piece, appropriate for Lent


A Christmas Interlude for Oboe and Organ  (offertory) 
SOUND  CLIP   /   YOUTUBE VIDEO   /   Duration:  ca. 4:00   —   PDF:  $25
Description:  An arrangement of Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming” and The Sussex Carol” combined into one delightful piece


A Christmas Interlude for Strings 
Scoring:  String ensemble (any size, with at least 3,3,2,2,1)   —   Duration:  ca. 5:00
Description:  An arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Quem Pastores”  —
NOTE: ”In the Bleak Midwinter” can be performed separately.


Nyland”  (Finnish Folk Tune)
Scoring:  String ensemble (any size, with at least 3,3,2,1,1)   —   Duration:  ca. 4:00
Description:  A tender and expressive arrangement of the Finnish folktune Nyland,” which is also the melody for the hymn In Heavenly Love Abiding”