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Holiday Selections for Choir Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert?  Stanton’s suggests that you try one of these outstanding choices with your choir:

As Lately We Watched arr. Ian R. Charter
This festive Austrian carol in 3/4 time is perfect for your a cappella choir. Easy to medium four-part singing with a touch of contemporary harmony and a hearty male solo add a unique quality to this holiday gem.

Deck the Hall arr. Kirby Shaw
This classic song gets a bit of an “island” feel with this a cappella setting that will delight your listeners! It has a slight lyric twist in the middle that will add some spice before returning to the familiar traditional verse.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas arr. Molly Ijames
Molly Ijames is a familiar name in the church world, but a relative newcomer to the school market. Here is her lush, a cappella take on this all-time favorite Christmas standard.

Home for the Holidays arr. Mark Brymer
The social media sites came alive with Christmas cheer with the T-Mobile viral video! Shoppers at a Chicago-area mall were delighted by a surprise flash mob performance by dozens of pink-dressed carolers and an updated spin on a holiday classic!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day arr. Mac Huff
From their 2011 album “Peace on Earth,” this song by Casting Crowns offers a fresh perspective on a familiar lyric, with a fusion of contemporary and classical sounds that will provide a joyful and inspirational moment in your concert.

A Song of Santa arr. Mac Huff
He’s the man of the hour…Santa Claus! Liven up your holiday stage with this sparkling and fast-paced 9-minute mash-up of 12 top seasonal favorites.

Welcome Yule! by Sally K. Albrecht
Celebrate the joys of the holiday season with this cheerful, buoyant welcome! Perfect as a festive processional. Even features a stanza of “Ding, Dong! Merrily On High.” Delightful and different!

Ding Dong! Merrily On High arr. Ruth Morris Gray
This bright holiday favorite has been arranged with a rhythmic and fun contemporary piano accompaniment under the traditional melody and harmonies. Added sections of “ding dong” dot the arrangement and the optional glockenspiel or handbell parts allow this choral to shine for the holidays.

Up Above My Head arr. Andrea Ramsey
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!

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