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CoverAdon Olam [level: Difficult]
Kenneth Lampl | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1194 | duration: c. 6:00 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

The award-winning film composer produced a dramatic setting of a celebratory Hebrew text. Rich harmonies and exquisite melodic interest distinguish this fine composition.

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CoverAlleluia Incantation [level: Easy]
Andrew Miller

voicing: SSA, TBB or SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1191 | duration: c. 2:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A chant melody on the word Alleluia is joined by a drone on a perfect fifth. Adaptable to any voicing, this could work in the round, as a processional, or in concert formation on risers. The tempo can easily adjust to fit the acoustic. This would be a stunning opener or closer for a concert.

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CoverAngels and Shepherds [level: Medium]
Daniel Schreiner

voicing: SAB | catalog number: SBMP 1195 | duration: c. 4:00 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano, trumpet

A jewel of a Christmas piece, the shepherds tell their story, the angels sing the beloved carol that has them “heard on high,” and the piano and trumpet add stylish accompaniment. Have a listen and you will want to program this.

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CoverBig Sky [level: Medium]
Seth Houston | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1185 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Crafted in the traditional shape-note style, the composer/poet again gives us a special piece inspired by his love of nature and concern for the environment. The concluding line begins with “the ocean and air, forest, hill, and plain, animal in flight, are in your care.” Distinctive music here enhances a great message.

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CoverChild of My Heart [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1192 | duration: 4:20 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano, cello

“Only you are you” the text proclaims as it celebrates the life of a child. As in an art song, the cello and piano accompaniment colorfully support the vocal lines of the singers. A beautiful piece with a special message.

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CoverDe civitatibus [level: Difficult]
Nick Vasallo

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1190 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The obscure Latin text attracted the composer during the US engagement in Iraq. It translates: “The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the souls of the wounded cry out for help. But God charges no one with wrongdoing.” Musically amazing with no divisi and great melodic and harmonic interest, this is a unique addition to the wealth of choral literature.

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CoverGao Shan Qing [level: Medium]
arr. Reed Criddle | Cameron LaBarr Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1182 | duration: 3:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

The Taiwanese aboriginal tune has been superbly arranged to create a show-piece for the men’s choir. Ever true to the five-tone modality indigenous to the Orient, the result is a unique style and authentic flavor.

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CoverHuron Carol [level: Medium]
arr. Susan LaBarr | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1179 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: a cappella

The haunting minor key Canadian tune from the 1600s, now superbly arranged with English text, is a special addition to the Christmas repertoire. Conservative ranges put this within reach of choirs both young and mature.

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CoverI Am [level: Easy]
Melanie Horne | Robyn Lana Choral Series

voicing: 2 part | catalog number: SBMP 1178 | duration: 2:45 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

Young singers can easily learn this cleverly constructed piece. Melodies are present at all times. When combined they add contrast and interest.

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CoverI Am the Still Rain Falling [level: Medium]
Matthew Emery | Joseph Ohrt Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1188 | duration: 1:35 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The whimsical Sara Teasdale poem inspired this gem of a piece, the composer reveling in the great opportunities it afforded for expressive word painting.

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CoverIesus Ahattonnia [level: Medium]
arr. Susan LaBarr | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1180 | duration: 4:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: percussion

The Huron Carol is here presented in the original language of the Huron people sung by a soloist. The choir repeats the words of the title providing a harmonic underlay for the solo. A drum adds ethnic authenticity and rhythmic interest.

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CoverIndodana [level: Medium]
arrangers: Raif Schmitt and Michael Barrett | Cameron LaBarr Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1177 | duration: c. 3:50 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: a cappella

This highly dramatic traditional African song was arranged by two South African composers, both experts in this genre of music. The treble voices carry the melody, the men provide the harmonic underlay. The ethnic flavor is palpable.

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CoverO Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice [level: Medium]
Haydn, arr. Jacob Narverud | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1186 | duration: 2:05 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano/optional strings

This exuberant piece is from Haydn’s Creation and can be sung in English or German. For the young choir it presents a wonderful vehicle for developing excellent vocal techniques; For the advanced choir it offers a splendid opportunity to demonstrate their finest singing.

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CoverOrpheus with His Lute [level: Medium]
Debra Scroggins

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1193 | duration: 4:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Shakespeare’s text comes to vibrant life via a beautiful melody that permeates all four vocal lines. Choirs will love to sing this fine piece.

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CoverOse Shalom [level: Medium]
arr. Brant Adams | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1187 | duration: 4:50 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

This arrangement of a beloved traditional Israeli melody is a tour de force for the male choir. A lively piano accompaniment adds to the spirit of the piece. It is guaranteed to be a concert highlight.

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CoverQuest of the Kings [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1183 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

We Three Kings is here treated to a highly imaginative, dramatic arrangement. A great concert piece, it also offers the possibility of functioning as a processional.

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CoverSing to Me [level: Easy]
Andrea Ramsey

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1176 | duration: 2:40 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano

Melodic interest in all parts, conservative ranges, and an uplifting text are the hallmarks of this fine piece. Choirs of many ages will find this piece a delight to sing.

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CoverSpring [level: Medium]
Joshua Shank | Daniel Hughes Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1184 | duration: 4:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Dramatically combining two Sara Teasdale poems, the composer has painted an enlightened statement on the spirit of spring. No bird calls in this, rather it might best be called a tone poem for singers.

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CoverThe Passionate Shepherd to His Love [level: Medium]
Ethan McGrath | Cameron LaBarr Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1189 | duration: 3:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, ob or fl

The nature loving composer found a poem by Christopher Marlowe that reflects this love of nature, and beautifully, and artistically set it. A flute or oboe adds special color to the sublime melodies of the choir.

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CoverThe Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy [level: Medium]
arr. Drew Collins & Brenda Ellis | Jerry Blackstone Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1181 | duration: 4:25 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: percussion

Percussion instruments add authenticity to this stylish arrangement of the Trinidad carol. The melody gets tossed around from one voice part to another in a quasi conversational manner, with all coming together for a grandiose ending.

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