- June 20, 2018 at 2:10 PM #49013
The Dock AdministratorAdmin@admin
Choral directors spend a lot of time looking for music for their choirs. What songs (new or old) can you recommend to other directors? Song titles and links for purchasing sheet music would be great.
- June 23, 2018 at 3:50 PM #49102
“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” is a Christmas song I recently became acquainted with. It is a folk song collected (probably in Appalachia) in the early 20th century by John Jacob Niles, the man who brought “I Wonder As I Wander” to wide attention. One arrangement may be purchased here. And here’s another one.
William Billings’s Easter Anthem is always good.
- June 25, 2018 at 8:43 AM #49095
Mr. Wesley Gingrich, Administrator@wesleylittlemountainprinting-com
In the past, there has been discussion on sharing song ideas among choral conductors & music teachers. Assuming that many choral conductors are involved in both youth choirs and schools, the thought was “The Dock” would be the place to collaborate. When someone finds a new or exciting song, or songs that your choir enjoyed in their last session, why not share it around so others can be blessed? This forum is to be used to share links to new songs or ideas that have been a blessing to you.
Here are some general places to listen to and buy sheet music for songs. Once you find someone you like, you can search by author or whatever. For example, I like Jay Althouse on Alfred-music for Christmas songs. I have used all of the following in the past.
http://www.jwpepper.com or http://www.sheetmusicplus.com (It may be an overwhelming place to just listen to songs, however, start by typing in the search bar, words such as “Pepper Choplin”, “Bethlehem”, “Heaven”, or “Mary McDonald”. As you find song styles you like, search the author or publisher to find more songs you like.)
http://www.alfred-music.com/index.php?cPath=2 (Listen to mp3 or buy the music. Again, you can sort by author. For example, try sort to only arrangements by “Jay Althouse” and listen)
Larry Nickel’s arrangements: http://cypresschoral.com/Composers/Catalogue.html (This is where Larry Nickel has all of his songs.) I tend to search by composer. Honestly, I haven’t found much besides Larry Nickel’s arrangements on this site.
Lloyd Kauffman’s arrangements: http://lillychapelpress.com (Very nice songs. Tend to be a little more difficult for schools as some of the songs have 8 parts, although some arrangements for example “Unclouded Day”, have the additional parts as optional.)
Wild’s Music: https://wilds.org/store/voicing/satb/ (Many nice arrangements)
The Accapella Company: https://acappella.org/store/ (Click on Praise & Harmony, Keith Lancaster, Vocal Union, or other headers at the top, then click on the CD. Below the song list, is also a list of the sheet music you can purchase, or email them if they don’t show it. This site may not be your taste, but a good start, would be to click on “Praise & Harmony” and then the CD “Awesome God”. Praise & Harmony tends to be my first pick on this site.
Hallal Music: http://www.hallalmusic.com/store.html#!/A-CAPPELLA-SONGS/c/21693690/offset=0&sort=normal (Most of their songs are in one of their 3 songbooks: http://www.hallalmusic.com/store.html#!/SONGBOOKS/c/12402296/offset=0&sort=normal )
Wayne Hooper’s arr, very nice, especially for men. Just can’t listen to mp3s: https://www.voiceofprophecy.com/wayne-hoopers-quartet-arrangements
For CDs, here are two sites: http://www.forthelambstudio.com/choralrecordings.html & get a catalog from https://www.facebook.com/faithviewbooks/
Just a tidbit when photo-copying songs out of songbooks. First of all, you should have a CCLI license for copying. Place a blank sheet of paper behind the song you are copying. You can darken the print and the print from the next song doesn’t show/bleed through.
If you need any arrangements rewritten or something done for pretty cheap, here is contact info for Michael Owens: [email protected] 717-572-2078
Right now, Douglas Byler is in college and also writes songs for a reasonable price. [email protected]
Here is a way to get mp3 files off of youtube if you need for practice cds: http://en.savefrom.net/
- June 25, 2018 at 8:32 PM #49114
Sometimes I will take a hymn I would like to sing as an arranged song, and search for the title followed with SATB. This usually brings up several options for that song. Something else that I have done with success is to pick all of my songs from one songbook . last year I used the Church Hymnal and students and their parents both enjoyed it. It is always fun to introduce them to new songs they have access to in church.
One comment about CCLI. My understanding of CCLI is that it does not cover educational or performance use but is only to be used for congregations singing .
- June 29, 2018 at 4:54 PM #49338
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- July 13, 2018 at 5:25 PM #49561
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed introducing a few anthems from an old source, the Star of Bethlehem, first published in 1889. My edition is the 5th, printed in 1990. A few were Sing Unto the Lord; O God, Be Merciful,and Hark! The Song of Jubilee!
- July 21, 2018 at 10:05 PM #50676
Definitely check out Lyle Stutzman’s website blueskymusic.net. He has arrangements written specifically with our Christian schools in mind.
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