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CoverAugust [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1692 | duration: 3'30" | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

The simple beauty of Francis Ledwidge's late summer poem shines in this elegant work for a cappella mixed chorus. Homophonic, with little divisi throughout, this poignant piece is ideal for developing ensemble unity and musicality. A heartfelt tune for the sensitive, expressive choir.

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CoverI Never Saw [level: Medium]
Davide Riva | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1679 | duration: c. 2'24" | price: $2.20
accompaniment: a cappella

Davide Riva’s beautiful acapella setting for four-part mixed voices is set to the beloved poem by Emily Dickinson. The composition is divided into two repeated sections. In the first section, the choral texture is homo-rhythmic and in the second section, the voices are set into a simple counterpoint. “ I Never Saw”  closes on the dominant chord creating a feeling of suspension that enhances the concept of faith expressed by Dickinson.

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CoverTelescope [level: Difficult]
Krishan Oberoi | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SSATB | catalog number: SBMP 1691 | duration: c. 2'30" | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

Telescope mirrors in music what the Kate Wakeling created so skillfully in her composition of the poem. Just as the poem “revolves” around the fixed point of the letter O, Telescope uses the fixed point of a single pitch with the harmony embellishing and supporting that pitch. 

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CoverThe Soul of a Tree [level: Medium]
Amy F. Bernon | Jamie Hillman Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1683 | duration: 3’15” | price: $2.40
accompaniment: piano

Ancient trees represent longevity, wisdom and steadfastness in our ever-changing world.  Amy Bernon brings these qualities to life in “The Soul of a Tree” through new melodies that echo those from early music. This piece was runner-up of the first ACDA Pearl Prize contest.

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CoverBreathe [level: Medium]
Coleman Peterson | Daniel Hughes Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1674 | duration: c. 4’55” | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

This composition is the First Place Winner of our 2020-2021 Rachel Moore Composition Contest. “Breathe" is the product of humanity during a time of disconnection and isolation. The year 2020 brought with it skies of fear and uncertainty, and magnified the importance of personal connection, comfort, and togetherness. During this time, and the many times in our lives that have felt or will inevitably feel similarly, we came to understand just how crucial it was to keep meaningful, honest relationships alive. May this piece remind us all how to sit alongside those swallowed in their own clouds of worry, and breathe.

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CoverHold On [level: Medium]
arr. Daniel Jackson
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SSAATTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1690 | duration: c. 2'50" | price: $3.20
accompaniment: a cappella

Hold On is a beloved spiritual and has become an American favorite. The text is a call to solidarity as people unite during difficult times that create hardship.  When we face challenges today, we must hold on to what we know is good and true.

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CoverHold On [level: Medium]
arr. Daniel Jackson
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SAT(B) | catalog number: SBMP 1688 | duration: c. 2'50" | price: $2.35
accompaniment: a cappella

Hold On is a beloved spiritual and has become an American favorite. The text is a call to solidarity as people unite during difficult times that create hardship.  When we face challenges today, we must hold on to what we know is good and true.

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CoverI Feel Tired Sometimes [level: Medium]
Judy A. Rose
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1675 | duration: c. 3'25" | price: $2.35
accompaniment: a cappella

I Feel Tired Sometimes is an original African American spiritual that blends Renaissance era counterpoint using the Latin text “Cum Sancto Spiritu In Gloria Dei Patris, Amen. This piece will be suitable for Honor Choir, festivals or liturgical settings. May this spiritual be an invitation for choirs to honor the grief and joy of this time on the planet.

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CoverMorningsong [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SSATB | catalog number: SBMP 1677 | duration: c. 3'15" | price: $2.60
accompaniment: piano, opt. flute

A delightful new piece that radiates with joy! Available for both treble and mixed choirs, the text describes the glory of the morning and the hope that comes with each new day. The lilting piano accompaniment supports the memorable melodies and an optional flute part adds lovely character. Vocal ranges are conservative throughout, making this an accessible piece for choirs of all ages.

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CoverNdandihleli [level: Medium]
arr. Charlotte Botha | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1687 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: opt. djembe

This poignant, traditional isiXhosa Love Song from South Africa has been skillfully arranged by Charlotte Botha for mixed ensembles of all ages. Memorable and enjoyable, with a text that will spark conversation in rehearsal, your singers will want to sing this one over and over again. Complete with both IPA and Phonetic pronunciation guides, detailed movement instructions, and an optional djembe part available as a free download.

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CoverPrairie Lullaby (Home on the Range) [level: Medium]
arr. Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1699 | duration: 4'30" | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

This classic American folk song has been reimagined as a gentle, peaceful lullaby for mixed choirs with piano. Narverud incorporates American pastoral sounds with fresh, contemporary harmonies, a new verse, and an optional descant. Beautiful and accessible, this tender ballad will be a lovely addition to any program.

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CoverThe World Will See [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1681 | duration: c. 4'13" | price: $2.30
accompaniment: piano

Another winner by Kyle Pederson, this time with a trendy 90's rock ballad vibe. With uplifting, hopeful lyrics and a rockin' piano accompaniment, this piece is fresh and fun to sing. The perfect concert closer for any high school mixed choir.

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CoverThe Little Creek [level: Easy]
Matt Carlson | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: March 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1678 | duration: c . 4:30 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano; opt. guitar

“Every door you enter you find a piece of something inside you never knew.” Choirs will love this inspiring text that brings comfort to those in times of struggle. Character building texts of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-worth are set beautifully to music that is accessible for choirs of any level. It features unison melodies that are excellent opportunities to build your choir’s legato tone, along with part writing that is quick to learn and satisfying to sing. This piece speaks to the heart of what it means to be human, and it is sure to be an all-time favorite of singers and audience alike!

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CoverAlways Keep This Close [level: Medium]
Zachary J. Moore | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1665 | duration: c. 3’30” | price: $2.30
accompaniment: piano, opt. strings

The text will be dear to the hearts of choral singers with its sentiments such as “no notes are as connected as the souls that sing them”, and the final statement, “we are one.” Musically strong and creative, this is destined to be a compelling addition to the mixed voice repertoire.

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CoverGaudeamus Hodie [level: Medium]
Victor C. Johnson | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1653 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Composer Victor Johnson has created a feel-good concert opener with a fun, memorable melody and a joyful, accessible accompaniment. Translated as “Let’s Rejoice Today” with a combination of both Latin and English texts, this is full of teachable moments and makes for a great introduction to mixed-meter singing. With comfortable ranges for developing voices and clever use of octave doubling, all choirs will feel and sound good singing this piece. Ideal for any concert or festival.

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CoverGood News, the Chariot's Comin' [level: Medium]
arr. Stacey V. Gibbs | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1651 | price: $2.30
accompaniment: a cappella

Stacey Gibbs does it again, a fabulous setting of the Traditional setting of Good News, The Chariot’s coming!  his spirited setting of the favorite spiritual for a cappella mixed voices is easily learned and rhythmically accessible. An excellent concert or contest feature!

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CoverHeartbeat [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1656 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano and djembe (with optional bass drum)

Following in the footsteps of his popular “Hands are Knockin’”, Kyle Pederson returns with another original containing a positive and uplifting message. With a fun and clever piano part and speech-driven rhythms in popular-song style, this piece contains a mixture of pop, gospel, and blues with a combination of new, original lyrics in English and traditional Shona text from South Africa. The djembe and optional bass drum parts are available as a free download on the SBMP website. A perfect concert closer, and ideal for festivals/combined choirs, this is sure to quickly become a new favorite.

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CoverLight the World [level: Medium]
Connor J. Koppin | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1664 | duration: c 5'00" | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

With text from the inaugural addresses of three former presidents (FDR, JFK, and Obama), this very inspirational and dramatic selection will be a great concert piece for more advanced mixed choirs. Featuring a variety of sections, this song in mixed meter includes a brief a cappella section toward the end and has a challenging piano accompaniment that your pianist will enjoy.

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CoverLong Ago (In the Bleak Midwinter) [level: Medium]
Gustav Holst - arr. Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1669 | duration: c. 4’55” | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano and optional string quartet

This haunting setting of Holst's timeless melody will be the highlight of your next Holiday concert. Rossetti's famous poem soars off the page in Narverud's nostalgic new arrangement for accompanied mixed choir, which features each section of the ensemble as well as the pianist.

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CoverMy Spirit Looks [level: Difficult]
arr. Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1661 | price: $2.30
accompaniment: a cappella

Narverud’s arrangement of Daniel Read’s popular gathering song from the nineteenth century Book of Sacred Harp will encourage ensemble unity and sound exploration while adding contrast on your next concert. With notated stylistic features of shape-note singing traditions developed in the Northeast, this new arrangement is energetic, fun to sing, and promotes social togetherness. The comfortable ranges for all voice parts and octave doubling between Sopranos and Tenors make this an ideal piece for school or community ensembles.

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CoverO Captain! My Captain! [level: Medium]
Jonathan Rippon | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1652 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

Walt Whitman’s famous text is creatively set to music by British composer Jonathan Rippon in a fresh, modern a-cappella style where the voices serve as the accompaniment to the haunting melody. Perfect for the Sea-Shanty craze, this piece contains elements of nautical themes and musical imagery where each voice part is featured throughout. Moderate ranges and little divisi make this a great choice for high school and collegiate choral ensembles.

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CoverThe Front [level: Medium]
Christopher Fox
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1667 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, snare drum, cello

A sonnet to a fallen soldier/poet, this moving work examines the healing effect of nature in the aftermath of war, and midway through, shifts to recognize the sacrifice made by so many.   The lyrical content provides an opportunity for singers to explore the difficult theme of war while focusing on healing and looking forward, supplemented by a lush cello and bookended by a marching snare cadence reminiscent of the sound of battle.

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CoverThe Moth’s Serenade [level: Medium]
Andrea Ramsey | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1660 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Clever goings on here, starting with the famous poem by Paul Fleischman, herein enhanced by the special drama of the music. This is both sophisticated and fun.

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CoverWinter Is Past [level: Medium]
Jeremy Samuel Faust, M.D. | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1659 | duration: c. 3’30” | price: $2.15
accompaniment: cello

After a beautiful and contemplative opening--written to acknowledge a coming together after the Covid-19 pandemic, though also appropriate for other times--Winter is Past builds in momentum, eventually lunging towards a thrilling climax. It captures the re-emerging of life, its splendor, and with it, the joy we take from making music, even as we reflect on what has happened: "The rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the Earth; The time of the singing has come!"

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FEATURED NEW RELEASE
AUGUST
by Jacob Narverud