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Call for small church choir repertoire

Hi all small church choir musicians -- in the new community, "Small Church Choir", I'm gathering a library of people's repertoire lists. If you have a listing that's easy to share, please send it to me in pdf form (or word) and I can post it to the library.
  I'm hoping this community becomes a resource spot for people dealing with the challenges of the small church choir -- and of course, your participation is what will make it work!
on August 16, 2012 3:46am
Hi Patricia,
 
I am giving an Interest Session on repertoire, resources, and strategies for smaller church choirs at the 2013 ACDA National Conference in Dallas. As a part of that, I am in the process of gathering and reviewing repertoire to create an extensive repertoire list to distribute at that interest session and beyond. I will review repertoire people list here for possible inclusion in that list, too. After the national conference, I will find a way to share that list with people who cannot make it to the conference.
 
Matthew Caine
on August 16, 2012 3:52am
Hello there from the UK
As a composer I have specifically made an effort to write for the smaller church choir, my pieces are published in the USA by Alliance music (wwwapimusic.org) and in the UK by spartan press ( we have just started a accessible library series) www.spartanpress.co.uk
In addition to this a very good friend of mine Phillip Norman has a downloadable free database of music for 2, 3 and Unison pieces for Church choirs which is an absolutely invaluable resource,  http://www.small-choirs.org.uk/ is the link there are over 400 pieces here which it is my great pleasure to reccomend to you on his behalf
 
Tim Knight
 
on August 16, 2012 8:08am
Patricia:  You've probably found some lists already on ChoralNet, although not in the PDF or Word format you seek.  I had a pile of favorite 2 & 3 part pieces from when I conducted a small church choir a few years ago.  I'll look through that soon -- don't have access to it now.  Three that I recall are:
 
"Wilt Not Thou Turn Again, O Lord" by Phillip Dieterrich  (evidently out of print but in Sacred Anthem Book. (Ten Anthems for Mixed Voices in Three Parts). By Dale Wood. For SAB choir. Published by Sacred Music Press (LO.CS166).  That collection could be a good resource for you.
 
"Let The Whole Creation Cry" arr. S. Drummond Wolff,  Concordia choral series ; 98-2483, St. Louis : Concordia, c1980.
 
"Go and Tell John" by John Carter.  I couldn't find this anywhere, but ran across a "Trust in the Lord" by Carter & Beall for SAB, flute & piano that's nice.  Hope Publishing JC 320.  
 
Finally, you might look into my "Rejoice and Sing:  Nine SAB Anthems"  It covers various occasions in the church year with easier, accompanied anthems for SAB.  Some are arrangements of pre-existing tunes, e.g. "Our Father Who In Heaven Art (Vater Unser)" while others have original music.  In addition, my "Not Alone For MIghty Empire"  sets the "Geneva" hymn tune with a wonderful text for Thanksgiving or National Day.  Info including sound files and scores via the above links.
 
Cheers, chris
 
Christopher J. Hoh
 
on August 17, 2012 3:24am
Although it doesn't strictly deal with small church choir repertoire, the Massachusetts ACDA Music in Worship page/archive offers annotated repertoire listings from Massachusetts church choir directors.  Go to http://massacda.org/repertoire-standards/music-in-worship/
 
Tom
Massachusetts ACDA R&S Music in Worship Chair
on August 17, 2012 6:44am
Greetings, 
 
I have an SATB setting of Psalm 23 in the original Hebrew that has been performed by a number of church choirs as well as other groups. 
It is called Adonai Ro'i and was recorded by Judith Clurman on her Divine Grandeur CD on New World Records.  Let me know if you'd like to take a look .
 
Best,
Judith  Shatin
 
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