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Simple Men's Chorus Arrangement of Down to the River to Pray??

I'll be working with a small, beginner-level collegiate Men's Chorus this fall.  I need an arrangement that is straightforward with minimal divisi.  Any advice?
Thank you!
Helena von Rueden, DMA
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Director of Choral Activities
Hampden-Sydney College
on July 11, 2014 5:37am
Joe Johnson, a cappella arranger, choral director, has a very straight forward 4 part arrangement available for free on his website (, complete with midi-learning tracks.  I'll be introducing it to my barbershop chorus soon.  It may not fit your "miminal divisi" requirement, but for a 4-part a cappella arrangement it's pretty straight forward.
About Joe:  His bio says, "I have been involved in music in various ways for most of my adult life, having served as a trombonist and arranger in the Air Force Band, a bass player in many jazz and rock bands, a choral singer, and a pianist and choir director in my church. Having a consuming passion for arranging, I have written music for many of the groups in which I have performed."
He's been involved in arranging barbershop for the past 10+ years and has become an arranger of some renown in the Barbershop Harmony Society, so his site is a good resource for TTBB choruses.  
Also, all of his sacred arrangments are available for free on his website.  ( 
I've sung and conducted several of his arrangements, and have enjoyed each.
on July 11, 2014 6:41am
I have a simple arrangement that I did for my high school men's choir. If you would like to take a look, email me at lauren.ramey(a) Thanks!
on July 11, 2014 8:09am
Dear Helena,
I have an arrangement as well--it seems to be a popular tune to re-work. I pilot-tested mine on the University of Maryland Men's Chorus in 2008 with about 18 members, and I revised it for the 40-man chorus in 2011. A cappella, a little over 2 minutes long, in four parts eventually but unison and two-part through much of the first half, and mostly pentatonic until the final refrain. The choir really liked it. Also, you could talk me into visiting for a rehearsal or performance since I like to visit my brother who teaches literature at Hampden-Sidney. Let me know if I may send you a copy!
Josh Perry-Parrish
DMA-composition, postdoctoral MM-choral conducting
jperryp at gmail dot com
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