Alexander's Ragtime Band Irving Berlin, arranged by Joe Ambrosio
SSA Voices with Keyboard
One of the best-known of all American popular songs, this lively new arrangement is sure to be a hit with the choir and audience alike. This is a skillful arrangement that will be perfect for a Show Choir or Pop Group concert.
Ave Maria (No. 2 from Magnum Mysterium) Thomas Juneau
SSA Voices with Piano or Harp
Juneau's setting for SSA voices and piano or harp was inspired by the Latin text from the Middle Ages. The simple, serene, and haunting melody employs polyphonic imitation in which each vocal line is equal in importance. While Ave Maria can easily stand alone in performance, it may be paired with one or both of the other two movements from Magnum Mysterium : I. O Magnum Mysterium (CM9335) and III. Resonate in Laudibus (CM9277). The harp part is available as a free download below.
Sam Houston State University Women's Chorus,
(Denise Eaton, director)
SSA(A) Voices with Keyboard and Optional English Horn or Oboe
Originally scored for SATB voices, Michael Trotta’s compelling SSA(A) arrangement contains lyrical legato vocal lines which unfold to reveal a subtle interplay between voices, interwoven with piano and optional obligato for oboe or horn. The text, an account of two lovers faced with parting, concludes with the yearning refrain “Stay or else my joys will die,” giving voice to the dichotomy of joy and pain. Also available for SATB choir (CM9296).
In this gentle piece, with words and music by Ruth Elaine Schram, the flickering of seasonal candles offers the warm glow of warmth and peace so characteristic of the holiday period. The universal appeal of these sentiments and the easily mastered music will make this an outstanding choice for holiday concert programming.
Carol of the Birds Traditional Catalonian Carol, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
SSA Voices with Keyboard
This Catalonian carol has been recorded by many, including Joan Baez. It was a favorite of the master cellist Pablo Casals, and now Vicki Courtney beautifully conveys the exclamations of the birds expressing their feelings about the birth of the Christ child in this new arrangement.
Charlie is My Darlin' Scottish Folk Song, arranged by Tim Winebrenner
SSA Voices with Keyboard & Optional Violin, Hand Drum, or Guitar
Your treble choir will enjoy this spirited Scottish folk song arrangement scored for SSA with optional violin, hand drum and guitar (in any combination). Each verse showcases a section (S1, S2 or alto) with the melody, supported by boisterous clapping. Depending on the needs of the ensemble, it may be performed with accompaniment or a cappella, and is appropriate for concert or festival use.
Unison, Optional Two-part or SSA Voices with Keyboard
Ruth Elaine Schram combines a soaring melody with form that paints the sun's journey through the sky. Intriguing part writing makes this piece appriopriate for unison, two-part, or SSA voices. Stunning! Junior High and above. 3:46
Originally commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association for the Middle School/Junior High Honor Choir in 2009, Earlene Rentz chose the wonderful poetry of Joseph Corban as her inspiration. The result is a lovely choral work that is suitable for concert or festival use by SSA voices of any level.
Dawn Lenore Sonntag presents a complex setting of poetry by Sidney Lanier. With the help of flute accompaniment, the piano provides a sonorous foundation to harmonically rich vocal lines. High School and above.
This SSA accompanied choral by Earlene Rentz provides many musical teaching opportunities. Rentz includes her signature prep sheets to aid the teacher in teaching this expressive work systematically and sequentially. Junior high and above. Duration: 2:40
As the first part of a trilogy, David Farrell Smith introduces us to the theme that the spirit of a warrior is many times bound to the promise of love awaiting his return. Regardless of the conflict, history is replete with stories that highlight the faith of love, the fire of battle, and the hope of return. Inspired by the interactions of men and women as they embraced loved ones on either side of the journey, Smith starts his epic with this song for treble voices. The second offering in the set is for male voices and the conclusion is set for SATB voices. These work well individually, but are very moving when presented as a group.
The strong, driving rhythms and dynamic contrasts in this setting of a familiar Latin text will keep audience and chorus engaged right up to the final vigorous “Hallelujah!” Its dynamic writing will make it an exciting Festival and Concert selection. It is also available for SA, SAB and SATB voices. Junior high and above. Duration: 2:05
Golden Leaves Traditional Folk Song, arranged by Gary E. Parks
SSA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Flute and Percussion
This traditional folk song arranged by Gary Parks features beautiful text written by Cathryne Parks. The announcement of autumn is creatively accompanied by optional flute and percussion. The conclusion of this octavo is optimistic; as we are reminded "the golden leaves have made a bed for flowers in the spring!"
Vicki Tucker Courtney's rockin' R & B choral suggests we must care for those around us, no matter who, because it's the right thing to do. A fun, up-tempo addition to any concert, Gonna Love My Brother is sure to inspire both singers and audience alike. Also available SATB CM9364.
"Shout for Joy and Clap Your Hands"! David Smith sets this Hallelujah text to exciting and rhythmic choral parts. Syncopation and mixed meters abound, making this work sound more difficult than it is. A real joy for your chorus to sing!
Hope (Is the Thing with Feathers) Glenda E. Franklin
SA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Flute
This uplifting poetry of Emily Dickinson is tastefully set by Glenda Franklin for SA voices with optional flute part. Like the title, its uplifting message of hope will comfort both the singers and the audience.
Philip Silvey, new to the Carl Fischer Choral Catalog, honors iconic poet Emily Dickinson with this transparent yet powerful a cappella setting for treble voices. His writing effectively captures the spirit of determination expressed in her poem. Sure to affirm women's choirs and an excellent festival or concert selection.
John Parker’s text will resonate with your treble choir in this tender adaptation by Vicki Tucker Courtney. Appropriate for any concert setting, this piece would also be wonderful for an end-of-the-year celebration or remembrance. Junior high and above. Duration: 3:25
I'd Wed If I Were Not Too Young John Cunningham, arranged by Bruce Trinkley
SSA Voices, a cappella
I'd Wed if I Were Not Too Young is a witty Irish poem about a young girl's desire to be married, in a setting by Bruce Trinkley. Lively movement in 6/8 meter makes this an excellent unaccompanied selection for treble ensembles of any size. High School and above.
D. Farrell Smith has composed an elegant melody to accompany this Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem. The sophistication of the writing, both musically and textually, make this a worthy addition to your program.
Il est ne French Traditional Carol, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
SSA Voices with Keyboard
Ruth Schram uses the exquisite French carol as the basis for this work, which opens in French (with English as an alternate language). Schram then introduces an original "Gloria" section with additional text, and the piece concludes with a combination of the two elements. You can almost hear the angels singing!
In dulci jubilo 14th Century German Carol, arranged by Vicki Tucker Courtney
SA Voices, a cappella, with Optional Triangle
This timeless seasonal favorite is arranged masterfully for a cappella SA chorus and optional triangle. Vicki Tucker Courtney’s music and lyricist Bert Stratton’s marriage of Latin and English text create a joyful, lilting melody, appropriate for holiday concerts or festival use.
This lively best-seller from Vicki Tucker Courtney is now available for SA voices. You can almost see the gliding sleigh, trotting horses and jingling bells in this favorite piece. A wonderful holiday choice for treble chorus.
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier Civil War Ballad, arranged by Gary E. Parks
SSA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Percussion (Triangle, Windchimes)
Sometimes known as "Buttermilk Hill," this Civil War ballad is simply and beautifully set for SSA voices by Gary Parks. It also calls for optional wind chimes and triangle, which add to the tenderness of the text. Junior High and above.
Vickie Tucker Courtney has us preparing for winter in this evocative setting of an original text by Herb Frombach. The pleasures of summer and autumn fade, but there is still so much for us to look forward to. This piece will be a fine selection for Fall Concert or Festival use.
Originally written for the National Middle School Association 2003 Conference Honor Chorus, this SSA accompanied arrangement skillfully combines rhythmic ostinato with a legato vocal line. Appropriate for any concert or festival, Jubilate! is also available 3-part mixed voices (CM9168).
SA Voices with Keyboard & Optional Horns, Strings, and Continuo
Scored for optional horns, strings and continuo, this SA arrangement with optional solo opportunities will both delight and challenge your treble choir. Banner’s classical arrangement is of the highest quality appropriate for festival or concert use.
“Lead Gently, Lord” is the second of three installments in Adolphus Hailstork’s Three Dunbar Hyms, featuring text by Lawrence Dunbar, the first known African-American author of hymn texts. This soulful SAB octavo is a testament to the hope inspired by the Lord and the guidance He provides.
The strong fanfare-style of the keyboard introduction sets the tone for this solid, tuneful and rhythmically apt setting of the “Jubilate Deo” text with additional English words by Greg Gilpin. This piece is a strong candidate for Festival and Contest use in either of its two versions (3-part Treble and 3-part Mixed Voices).
Lift Thine Eyes Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Russell Robinson
SSA Voices with Optional Keyboard
Russell Robinson has revoiced this chorus from Mendelssohn's "Elijah" for SSA voices. An optional piano accompaniment is also provided. Altogether, "Lift Thine Eyes" is a very flexible arrangement of a classic chorus.
Little David, Play On Your Harp Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Glenda E. Franklin
SSA Voices with Keyboard
Glenda Franklin has penned a great arrangement of the popular spiritual "Little David, Play on Your Harp" for SSA voices. This arrangement has lush, full harmonies that make it a pleasing program choice for concert or festival.
David Eddleman has outdone himself with this fantastic, fun, and rhythmic accompanied arrangement for SSA voices, set to the poem of the same name from Alice in Wonderland. Excellent diction is essential in telling this fantastical story, in which Alice meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, who teach her to dance. Eddleman’s playful and unique accompaniment highlights the interplay between the unison and three-part sections. Perfect for any concert or festival need.
Richard Ewer has set the venerable, but anonymous, poem "Love Me Little" in a sweet and flowing composition. The entreaty to "love little, love long" is absolutely heartfelt and demands sensitive singing by a mature ensemble.
For SA choir and piano, Make Space for Life to Live offers compelling, expansive melodies interwoven with a piano accompaniment that makes subtle allusions to the main theme. Its persuasive text is sure to resonate with singers and audience members alike. Appropriate for concert or festival use throughout the year. Also available for TB voices (CM9283) and SAB voices (CM9289).
Laura Farnell has drawn her inspiration for this gospel-style composition from the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others like him, who worked to break down the barriers of racial and social discrimination. A gripping Van Dyke text delivers the powerful message: when we choose love and sing together in community, surely “peace and love will conquer hate and strife.” Also available for S(S)ATB voices (CM9294).
My Dancing Day Traditional English Carol, arranged by Drew Collins
SSA Voices with Piano, opt. Percussion (Tamb., Triangle)
Drew Collins, new to the Carl Fischer Choral Catalog, has penned this jaunty, original setting of the standard English carol text. Collins's unique setting for accompanied treble voices is rhythmic, witty, and dance-like. Each of the verses is unique in texture, and every voice sings the melody at some point. The 7/8 meter and optional percussion lend a slightly middle-eastern feel. Women's choirs of any age will enjoy learning and performing My Dancing Day, and it will make a lively addition to your next holiday concert.
Night Reverie (Incorporating Reverie by Debussy and All Through the Night)
Ruth Elaine Schram
SSA Voices with Keyboard
Ruth Elaine Schram artfully weaves Debussy’s Reverie with All Through the Night in a soothing SSA setting. Your treble choir will grow musically while learning this dreamy selection. Junior high and above. Duration: 3:59
O Magnum Mysterium (No. 1 from Magnum Mysterium) Thomas Juneau
SSA Voices with Piano or Harp
Juneau's setting for SSA voices and piano or harp provides two primary ideas: the divine mystery of the beautiful Latin text and a sense of joy which permeate the holiday season. While O Magnum Mysterium can stand alone in performance, it may be paired with one or both of the other two movements from the set: II. Ave Maria (CM9336) and III. Resonate in Laudibus (CM9277). The harp part is available as a free download below.
The Oak and the Ash English Folk Song, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram
SSA Voices with Piano, opt. Two Flutes
This jaunty arrangement of a traditional English North Country folk song tells a story of a woman who laments being away from her home in the North Country. Lovely harmonic refrains contrast with the lyric unison verses, all enhanced with the optional two flute accompaniment.
On Christmas Night Anonymous Early English Carol, arranged by James McCray
SSA Voices a cappella
James McCray’s haunting melody is set in three-verse form for a cappella treble choir. The varied two- and three-part writing shifts between interesting harmonies and unisons, further conveying the wonder of the Christmas story. A lovely addition to any holiday or festival program.
Philip Silvey, new to the Carl Fischer Choral Catalog, brings fresh melodic and poetic possibility and vision in this hopeful setting for SSA voices, piano and optional horn. Silvey's text, inspired by Emily Dickinson, invites us to enter the realm where there is a shift of perception — to reach a place where all is well, and well within reach.
Resonet in laudibus (from O Magnum Mysterium) Thomas Juneau
Juneau Vocal Alliance,
Thomas Juneau (cond.),
Elaine Christy (harp)
SSA Voices with Keyboard or Harp
Thomas Juneau’s setting of the Latin text Resonet in Laudibus (“Let the voice of praise resound”) for SSA voices is reminiscent of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Juneau masterfully shifts from a rhythmically charged compound meter infused with proclamations of “Eja,” to a nimble simple meter evoking the excitement of the holiday season. Accompanied by piano and optional harp, this piece is sure to be a favorite for singer and listener alike.
B.J. Brooks' setting of this well-known Robert Frost text for SA voices and piano, examines the meaning of the text and its implications through text painting and within the contour of the melodic phrases. "Two roads" of tonal and neo-tonal concepts are at play between the vocal melody and the undulating accompaniment. New to the Carl Fischer Choral Catalog, Brooks' thought-provoking and musically interesting piece is a must-sing for any women's choir.
Based on text from Song of Songs, Thomas Juneau brings a wonderful new SSAA a cappella work to the Carl Fischer choral catalog. The expressive part-writing truly compliments this beautiful text, and it is suitable for advanced treble concert, festival or honor chorus.
Sound the Trumpet (from Come, Ye Sons of Art)
Henry Purcell, arranged by Russell Robinson
SA Voices with Keyboard
Russell Robinson has arranged Purcell’s well-known two-part ode in a new key, accessible to young singers. He adds a re-written keyboard/continuo part that gives support to the vocal lines, making this a classic addition for any concert or festival performance. Junior high and above. Duration: 3:09
These Things Shall Never Die D. Farrell Smith & Shelley J. Smith
SA Voices with Piano
David and Shelley Smith's tender setting of Dickens' well known text for SA voices and piano will resonate positively with any women's choir. The heartfelt, yet strong, melodies coupled with accessible harmonies afford many musical teaching moments and ensure a positive musical experience.
Andrea Ramsey's powerful setting of a Walt Whitman text celebrates and empowers the beauty of the human voice and spirit while embodying the sisterhood found when singing in community. A poignant piece for any concert.
Travelin' Home Incorporating sacred Harp tunes White and Long Sought Home, arranged by Andrea Ramsey
SSAA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Violin
Inspired by the sacred harp tunes “White” and “Long Sought Home,” Andrea Ramsey’s SSAA arrangement with optional violin affords your singers the opportunity to experience the tradition of sacred choral music as it flourished in the southern United States. The plaintive text and tender harmonies will resonate with singer and audience alike. Appropriate for concert and festival.
Up above My Head Traditional Christmas Gospel Melody, arranged by Andrea Ramsey
SSA Voices a cappella with Descant and Solo or Small Ensemble Sections
(Any Combination of Voices) and Optional Percussion (Djembe or Congas)
New to the Carl Fischer catalog, prolific composer Andrea Ramsey presents a traditional Christmas Gospel melody for SSA a cappella with percussion. A great holiday concert or festival selection, this choral allows for numerous solo/small group opportunities throughout. Your students will love to sing this song! Junior high and above. Duration: 3:42
We Celebrate the Birth of Spring! Vicki Tucker Courtney
SSA Voices with Keyboard
To a sprightly text by John Parker, Vicki Tucker Courtney has crafted a joyful piece that conjures up the delights of the awakening of the earth in springtime. This piece is an ideal selection for the choir’s first Spring Concert! We are pleased to present this charming number in versions for SSA and SATB Voices.
What Child is This? 16th Century English Melody, arranged by Bob Burroughs
SA Voices with Piano
One of the most well-known of all holiday favorites, arranged for SA choir and piano by Bob Burroughs, What Child is This? offers a rhythmically interesting, unique yet supportive piano accompaniment. With accessible vocal parts, Burrough's up-tempo arrangement is sure to add variety to your holiday concert.
What If I Never Speed? John Dowland, Arranged by Russell Robinson
SSA Voices, a cappella
A popular piece by madrigal master John Dowland (1563-1626) has been expertly re-voiced by Russell Robinson. The text, devoted to the sorrows and joys of love, will have great meaning for the young singers and the classic music makes the piece eminently suitable for Festival and Contest situations.
New to the Carl Fischer Choral Catalog, Victor Johnson's What Maiden Weeping? explores a mournful text by John Parker. With lyric melodies throughout, Johnson's beautiful, plaintive refrain "sing me your sadness — love left me alone" will surely touch the hearts of singers and audience members alike. An excellent concert or festival selection.
SSA Voices and Optional Soprano Solo with Keyboard and Optional Flute
New to the Carl Fischer catalog, composer Michael John Trotta infuses a pulsating, rhythmic intensity to the Rabindranath Tagore text in this SSA accompanied choral with optional flute. The optional soprano solo in the B section makes the return of the spirited A section even more exciting. Also available for 3-part mixed. A must for any concert or festival. Junior high or above. Duration: 3:45
While In Music and Verse Henry Purcell (1659–1695), arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen
SSA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Flutes
A great edition and arrangement of this Henry Purcell selection by Patrick M. Liebergen. Accompanied by two flutes, this cadenced selection is a wonderful representative of its time. Junior High and above.
Who Were the Shepherds, Mary? (No. 2 from Three Basque Christmas Carols) Traditional Basque Christmas Carol, Arranged by Ken Berg
SSA Voices with Keyboard and Optional Unpitched Bells
In this, the second of Three Basque Christmas Carols, the strong and independent character of the Basque people is well represented. This lullaby asks Mary, mother of Jesus, who the people were who felt compelled to come and adore the new-born baby with such reverence and awe. The second of three carols (each voiced differently), this piece has enough individual character to stand on its own.
A vividly written seasonal piece with words and music by Steve Kupferschmid, that will have the choir feeling the chill of winter. The writing is colorful, vocally expert and this piece is sure to be a favorite with both choir and audience in any of the three versions being issued (Unison/Two-part Treble, SSA or SAB Voices).