News & Views Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Church Anthems for Fall 2017 Monday, September 04, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

As church choirs start up for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:

HopeChoralTemplateAgnus Dei (with How Great Thou Art) arr. Joel Raney
This Michael W. Smith “classic” is ideal for any worship occasion and especially communion services reflecting on Jesus, the Lamb of God. The inclusion of a portion of “How Great Thou Art” expands and reinforces this anthem of praise to the Lord God Almighty.

Down to the River to Pray (with Lord, Listen to Your Children) arr. Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald captures the spirit and message of two popular songs that deal with the significance of prayer for the individual believer and the church as a whole. The spiritual, “Down to the River to Pray,” is seamlessly combined with Ken Medema’s “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying.” Together, they poignantly ask for the Father’s love, the Spirit’s power, and the grace of Jesus to direct the lives of all believers. Choirs will enjoy the flavor of this partnered song with its unhurried rhythmic style and supportive accompaniment.

lorenz-515129I Surrender All to You by Mary McDonald
This accessible SATB anthem combines a familiar Irish melody with a piano accompaniment that highlights the origin of the tune. The four-part choral texture is written with sensitivity to vocal limitations, and careful voice-leading will help choirs successfully execute this piece with minimal rehearsal time.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past arr. Joel Raney
This festive setting of the well-known hymn text incorporates the hymn tunes, ST. ANNE and ST. COLUMBA. The options to add 4-hand piano accompaniment and trumpet heighten the excitement and proclamation of Psalm 90, “our hope for years to come.”

Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him! arr. Lloyd Larson
Based on Psalm 148 and the timeless HYFRYDOL, this robust setting is a joyous anthem of praise. The resounding organ and optional handbells provide an inspirational backdrop, and the optional inclusion of congregation at the conclusion ensures a truly memorable moment in worship.

lorenz-515201Since Jesus Came Into My Heart arr. Larry Shackley
Larry Shackley presents a lively medley that brings together three beloved Gospel songs to celebrate the joy of having Jesus in our hearts. With clever interaction between vocal parts and a rousing rhythm accompaniment, this spirited selection is a delight to sing and hear.

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace arr. Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes’s dynamic setting of this enduring hymn emanates energy from the opening notes to its grand conclusion. The sparkling piano accompaniment, dramatic meter changes, and powerful choral writing all combine to lift this beloved hymn to inspired heights of joy!

bpi-bp2112-fWho But the Lord? by Craig Courtney
An opening tenor/bass chant of an obscure verse of “O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL” sets the stage for this contemplative consideration of Isaiah 58. While perfect for Advent, the encouraging, hopeful nature of the text makes it useful year round.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, visit our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


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