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CoverAlways Keep This Close [level: Medium]
Zachary J. Moore | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Ramesey | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series
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voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1660 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Clever goings on here, starting with the famous poem, 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
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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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