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CoverHands are Knockin‘ [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson: Bio and other works
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1551 | price: $2.60
accompaniment: piano, djembe
INSTRUMENT PART: djembe part FREE Download

A juxtaposition of English and Arabic text throughout reinforces the universality of the message—an invitation to all to open our minds, hearts and hands to each other. This fascinating piece will be the highlight of a program.

performance by: First Readings Project directed by David Ostenso Moore [© all rights reserved]

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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem

Naftahhu athhanana, alhamdulillah
Naftahhu qulubana, alhamdulillah
Namuddu aydeeyana, alhamdulillah

We open our minds, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We open our hearts, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We reach out our hands, thanks to God (Alleluia)

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Hands are Knockin‘ choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

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CLICK HERE: Kyle Pederson performance notes
A Blessing of the Hands ceremony prior to the start of a recent school year proved to be a moving experience, bringing to light the incredible power of our hands—hands that can heal, support, comfort, and give--and hands that can just as easily hurt or push away. It is my hope that this piece might inspire those who experience it to become more deeply committed to using their hands to extend compassion, love, and wholeness out into the world.

My intent when writing the piece was to be as inclusive as possible (brother, will you let them in? sister, will you let them in?...believing that symbolically, we are all brothers and sisters to each other). But I now understand that not everybody identifies as a brother or sister; in an effort to be as inclusive as possible, and provide an even more all-embracing message, I offer the following adaptations to that particular text.

Text Modifications:
PRINTED TEXT: Brother, will you let them in? Sister, will you let them in?
OPTION 1: Can you, can you let them in? Will you, will you let them in?
OPTION 2: Hear them...will you let them in? See them...will you let them in?

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Las Vegas Academy Singers - Megan Franke, Matthew Ostlie, directors

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Featured on the following reading sessions
2023 | Kansas ACDA Summer Convention Middle Level Festival and Concert Rep Reading Session
2023 | Central - Ohio MEA Professional Development Conference OCDA High School and University Reading Session
2023 | Indiana Music Educators, January
2023 | Illinois Music Education Conference
2023 | ACDA VU Reading Session
2023 | Mississippi MEA Fall Workshops Choral Reading Session
2023 | National - 2023 Carol Krueger Summer Workshops Choral Reading Session
2023 | Kansas ACDA Summer Convention Honor Choir Reading Session
2022 | Eastern - 2022 Syracuse University Summer Choral Reading Session High School Reading Session Reading Session
2022 | Southwestern - Missouri ACDA Summer Conference 2022 Reading Session #3: New Music for Progressing Voices Reading Session
2022 | Southern - South Carolina ACDA Conference 2022 SC ACDA Reading Session Reading Session
2022 | Ohio MEA PD Conferece Reading Session - February 3rd
2020 | CMEA Reading Session - April 3
2020 | Southeastern Connecticut regional PD Day - March 12
2019 | New Music Reading Clinics - August 13-15
2019 | New Sounds Cerritos, CA - July 30-31
2019 | New Sounds of JW Pepper - July 11-13 & July 24-26
2019 | Rodney Eichenberger Summer Choral Workshop
2019 | Univ of South Dakota Choral Directors Institute - June 19-21
2019 | ACDA of MN Summer Dialogue 2019 - August 6-9
2019 | Hawaii ACDA - Honolulu, HI - August 31
2019 | New Sounds of JW Pepper - Septemeber 28
2019 | SD ACDA Summer Conference-August 1-2
2019 | Summer Reading Session-Toronto, ON-August 22-24
2019 | J.W. Pepper New Sounds Reading Session
2019 | Fairbanks Professional development day-Fairbanks, AK - September 27

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Sean Barnette