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CoverPrairie Lullaby (Home on the Range) [level: Medium]
arr. Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
Released: August 2022
voicing: TBB | catalog number: SBMP 1701 | duration: 4'30" | price: $2.40
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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CoverPrairie Lullaby (Home on the Range) [level: Medium]
arr. Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
Released: August 2022
voicing: SSA(A) | catalog number: SBMP 1700 | duration: 4'30" | price: $2.40
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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CoverAin’t I A Woman [level: Medium]
lyrics: Ronald W. Cadmus, music: Robert S. Cohen | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1698 | duration: 4'35" | price: $2.45
accompaniment: piano

The cause continues!  In highly emotional times!  Ain’ t I A Woman is an anthem for these urgent days.  Women raise their voices in a time plagued by differences that threaten freedom and human rights.   It speaks of equality, through our voice, resilient and determined, in the unyielding struggle of our fundamental freedoms.  Here is an anthem, where voices, lifted in action, stand in solidarity proclaiming to the world Ain’t I A Woman.  

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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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CoverDance with the Birds [level: Difficult]
Hyun Kook | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1695 | duration: c. 2’17” | price: $2.20
accompaniment: piano

Welsh musician and poet Euan Tait’s lyric, one of his bird series, is magically set in this sparkling art song by Korean composer Hyun Kook. The composer focused the word ‘dance’ in the poem and added mystical atmosphere with whole tone scale in fast minuet style. This challenging work will give much achievement!

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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 Singing Bowl [level: Medium]
Jeff Newberry | Jamie Hillman Choral Series
RELEASED: July 2022
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1696 | duration: c. 3’25” | price: $2.45
accompaniment: piano

Jeff Newberry has written an engaging and rhythmic piece that is a joy for singers to learn and perform. Embracing stylistic elements from pop music, this layered work allows each vocal section to shine. 

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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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CoverExultate Pacifica [level: Medium]
Randall Johnson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1686 | duration: c. 2'40" | price: $2.30
accompaniment: piano

Dr. Randall Johnson is known for a unique mix of classical and contemporary jazz harmonies contrasting with driving rhythms and melodic sensitivity. Exultate Pacifica combines melodic and rhythmic fragments from island cultures throughout the Pacific. Prominent in this short piece is a gentle hymn from the Solomon Islands.

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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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CoverLeave Her, Johnny [level: Medium]
arr. Daniel Lynch
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: TTB | catalog number: SBMP 1682 | duration: c 4'32" | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Leave Her, Johnny is a Sea Shanty in which the crew would communicate disapproval of their living and working conditions on board. The "Her" mentioned throughout the song is referring to a ship rather than a woman. This shanty would typically be saved for the end of a long voyage in which the sailors sing of leaving the ship. 

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CoverMorningsong [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SSA(A) | catalog number: SBMP 1676 | duration: c. 3'15" | price: $2.30
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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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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CoverMusic Makers [level: Medium]
Laura Hawley | Jamie Hillman Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: Unison/2-part | catalog number: SBMP 1673 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Music Makers is a joyful piece celebrating creativity! Shimmering piano tremolo chords usher in the opening theme that climbs up a series of fourths to create an open, soaring feeling.  Phrases filled with rhythmic vitality alternate with soaring sustained tones are supported by a vibrant, fun piano accompaniment.  

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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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CoverThree Poems of Emily Dickinson [level: Easy]
Aidan Vass | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: June 2022
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1680 | duration: c. 4’45” | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Three intriguing poems by Emily Dickinson (Hope, Shade, Soul) are brilliantly set to music here for Two-Part treble choirs with a gorgeous piano accompaniment. Imaginative and highly singable, this charming new work is perfect for children, youth choirs, and developing secondary ensembles. Many teachable moments here!

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CoverSisi ni moja (We Are One) [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud
RELEASED: May 2022
voicing: Unison | catalog number: SBMP 1697 | duration: 4:10 | price: $2.60
accompaniment: piano, djembe

Ever clever, composer Narverud came up with a highly rhythmic celebratory composition. The title translates “We are one”, the theme being that all human beings have much in common. The energetic djembe sets the tone, the piano adds its own rhythmic design, and the singers deliver the message, at times sounding as though there should be a campfire at the center of their circle. This BEST SELLER is great fun, a profound message, and an intriguing piece. See composer notes below for pronunciation.

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CoverSisi ni moja (We Are One) [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud
RELEASED: May 2022
voicing: Two Part Mixed | catalog number: SBMP 1694 | duration: 4:10 | price: $2.50
accompaniment: piano, djembe

Ever clever, composer Narverud came up with a highly rhythmic celebratory composition. The title translates “We are one”, the theme being that all human beings have much in common. The energetic djembe sets the tone, the piano adds its own rhythmic design, and the singers deliver the message, at times sounding as though there should be a campfire at the center of their circle. This BEST SELLER is great fun, a profound message, and an intriguing piece. See composer notes below for pronunciation.

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CoverSisi ni moja (We Are One) [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud
RELEASED: May 2022
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1693 | duration: 4:10 | price: $2.30
accompaniment: piano, djembe

Ever clever, composer Narverud came up with a highly rhythmic celebratory composition. The title translates “We are one”, the theme being that all human beings have much in common. The energetic djembe sets the tone, the piano adds its own rhythmic design, and the singers deliver the message, at times sounding as though there should be a campfire at the center of their circle. This BEST SELLER is great fun, a profound message, and an intriguing piece. See composer notes below for pronunciation.

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CoverIPharadisi [level: Easy]
arr. Brad Richmond |
RELEASED: April 2022
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1684 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: djembe

This traditional South African song celebrates life and the paradise that is to come. An upbeat a cappella texture is punctuated with the rhythmic text and singable melody in a dynamic world music selection that makes a terrific opening procession or concert closer!

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CoverIPharadisi [level: Easy]
arr. Brad Richmond | Nicole Lamartine Choral Series
RELEASED: April 2022
voicing: TTB | catalog number: SBMP 1689 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: djembe

This traditional South African song celebrates life and the paradise that is to come. An upbeat a cappella texture is punctuated with the rhythmic text and singable melody in a dynamic world music selection that makes a terrific opening procession or concert closer!

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CoverLullaby for a King [level: Medium]
J. Edmund Hughes
RELEASED: March 2022
voicing: Unison | catalog number: SBMP 1647 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano, violin

This gently rocking lullaby incorporates a charmingly beautiful melody with original text for two verses, then brings in the traditional text of Silent Night for verse three using the same memorable melody and harmonic ideas. Easily learned, it is a very accessible piece that is perfect for Christmas services or concerts.

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CoverLullaby for a King [level: Medium]
J. Edmund Hughes | Nicole Lamartine Choral Series
RELEASED: March 2022
voicing: TB | catalog number: SBMP 1685 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

This gently rocking lullaby incorporates a charmingly beautiful melody with original text for two verses, then brings in the traditional text of Silent Night for verse three using the same memorable melody and harmonic ideas. Easily learned, it is a very accessible piece that is perfect for Christmas services or concerts.

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CoverThe Little Creek [level: Easy]
Matt Carlson | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: March 2022
voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1642 | price: $2.50
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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CoverThe Little Creek [level: Easy]
Matt Carlson | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
RELEASED: March 2022
voicing: SAB | catalog number: SBMP 1672 | duration: c. 4:30 | price: $2.60
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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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: $2.60
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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CoverFriendship Dance [level: Medium]
Tim Sarsany
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1636 | price: $2.15
accompaniment: flute, tom tom drum, bells

Colorful, stylish and dramatic, the singers take on a chant-like style with a drum and flute adding to the impact of the piece.

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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: $2.40
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: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1650 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

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

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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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CoverHark! The Herald Angels Sing [level: Medium]
Felix Mendelssohn - arr. Josh Sparkman | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1670 | price: $2.40
accompaniment: piano

This joyful new mixed-meter arrangement of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is the perfect winter concert opener or closer. Scored for mixed choir with piano accompaniment, all parts are accessible, rhythmic, and exciting. Sparkman's stunning, slower middle section brings contrast and warmth to Mendelssohn's melody, and the exuberant ending will leave your audience in awe.

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CoverHeartbeat [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1656 | price: $2.60
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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CoverHeartbeat [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SAB | catalog number: SBMP 1657 | price: $2.60
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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CoverJoy [level: Medium]
Hans Bridger Heruth | Cameron LaBarr Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1662 | price: $2.70
accompaniment: piano 4 hands

Four hands on the keyboard give great rhythmic support to this dramatic piece. A superb festival offering for the large choir, it is guaranteed to brighten any program. The SSAA setting of Joy is dedicated to Dr. Erin Plisco and the 2021-2022 Missouri State University Women's Chorus

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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: $2.40
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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CoverMay Wind (Set Me Free) [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SSA(A) | catalog number: SBMP 1655 | duration: c. 3’16” | price: $2.30
accompaniment: piano

Narverud’s setting of this evocative Sara Teasdale poem tells a story about how experiencing nature and music can inspire deep love and happiness. Soaring vocal lines combined with rich, dissonant harmonies and a rocking piano accompaniment make this a powerful piece that will resonate with treble choirs of all ages. The duple-against-triple patterns represent the conflict between Love and Stubbornness, which ultimately ends with the triplet pattern (Stubbornness) surrendering to Love (duple pattern) for a beautiful, empowering ending — “Love: Set Me Free!”

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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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CoverNdandihleli [level: Medium]
arr. Charlotte Botha | Jacob Narverud Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1654 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: opt. djembe

This poignant, traditional isiXhosa Love Song from South Africa has been skillfully arranged by Charlotte Botha for Tenor-Bass 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 on the SBMP website.

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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: $2.40
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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CoverSing On! [level: Medium]
Lane Johnson
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1668 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

"Whatever comes your way, sing on! Keep your music going... sing on!" A great concert piece for SATB voices, SA and now SSA. Carefully crafted melodic lines with exciting rhythms lie over a lovely harmonic progression that is supported and enhanced by a flowing piano part. The uplifting text and spirit of the piece will appeal to singers and audience members alike.

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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 Gift to Sing [level: Medium]
Matthew Emery | Jamie Hillman Choral Series
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1663 | duration: c. 3’25” | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

The Gift to Sing, the inaugural piece in the Jamie Hillman Choral Series, is a setting of the poem of the same name by revered African American poet and civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson. Matthew Emery’s (b. 1991) unique ability to tell a story through song is perfectly coupled with Johnson’s hopeful and inspiring words on the power of singing to overcome grief, strife, and adversity. The work utilizes a somewhat varied strophic form, though phrases are slightly varied and developed. Different textures are created so that each section presents the main theme, and various voices add counterpoint which cause the piece to blossom. An exciting choice for concert, festival, honor choir, competition, assembly, or Black History Month.

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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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CoverThe Parting Glass [level: Medium]
arr. Stuart P. O’Neil
RELEASED: January 2022
voicing: TB | catalog number: SBMP 1658 | duration: c. 3’15” | price: $2.15
accompaniment: piano, flute

According to tradition, "The Parting Glass" was to be sung at the end of social gatherings of friends and families. This stirring and achingly beautiful folk song can be traced back to seventeenth-century Scottish and Irish publications. Perfect as a concert closer.

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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
Hark!
The Herald Angels Sing

arr. Josh Sparkman