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GOSPEL GREATS: Accessible Anthems for SAB Choirs (Choral)

Arr. Larry Shackley Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Joel Raney

Here are eight best-sellers from four of the most creative arrangers, known for their energetic, catchy gospel writing. Each of these are set for SAB voices and can be accompanied by piano, CD track, or Rhythm Parts which are available separately.


WOMEN IN SONG VIII (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Here is the 8th volume in our successful series of settings for women's choirs. Included are eight top-sellers composed and arranged by Joel Raney for SSA voices. There are selections for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Communion, and general occasions throughout the year. A CD of Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.


EASY ANTHEMS VIII (Choral)

Arr. Various Arrangers

Here is the 8th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers. All of these nine titles are proven winners set for SAB voices. There are selections for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent and general occasions throughout the year.


O GOD BEYOND ALL PRAISING (Choral|Vocal)

Gustav T. Holst / Words By: Michael Perry / Arr. Rodney Abriol

Newcomer to the Hope catalog, Rodney Abriol, has set THAXTED in a way that emphasizes a sense of wonder, as reflected in this popular contemporary hymn text. Varied textures in the vocal parts and supportive piano accompaniment add richness to the memorable melody.


TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This beloved Christmas spiritual is set in a soulful, gospel blues style and comes from Joel Raney's popular gospel Christmas cantata, Joy!, code no. 8721. The syncopated rhythms and dynamic choral parts make this a perfect choice for school concerts and church programs.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bassoon, String Reduction for Keyboard.


PREPARE THE WAY (Choral)

Brad Croushorn / Words By: Brad Croushorn

A new writer in the Hope catalog, Brad Croushorn provides an original anthem for the Advent season complete with the option for a "soulful" vocal soloist and finger snaps. This jazzy number is contagious in melody and words and even has a hint of the spiritual, "Keep Your Lamps," in the middle. Choirs are sure to have a great time with this musical offering!


WE ARE ONE IN THE LORD (Choral)

Arr. Joseph M. Martin

This engaging communion anthem draws on the unity of all believers who are gathered to break bread. It features a powerful melody that supports the text, "Come to the feast and be restored, we are one at the table of Christ, the Lord!" the tune KINGSFOLD appears in the middle and perfectly complements the hymn text, "In Christ there is no east or west," making this an ideal selection for World Communion Sunday.


O LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO (Choral)

Mary McDonald

The familiar words of this beloved hymn are brought to new life with original music and rich piano accompaniment reminiscent of Brahms or Chopin. The power of this prayer is felt in new ways with its pleading melody and sustained choral lines. This compelling anthem is ideal for any worship service centering on the love of God.


BLEST ARE THEY (Choral)

David Haas Arr. Mark Hayes

Based on The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), this text retells the words of Jesus to his followers and is filled with life lessons for each of us. The refrain, "rejoice and be glad," is a powerful moment that will leave everyone wanting to sing along! The option to add light rhythm takes it to another level of energy and enjoyment.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Djembe & Violin.


PEACE (Choral)

Patricia Mock / Words By: Patricia Mock / Arr. Richard A. Nichols

This is an ideal anthem for services dealing with prayer for peace in our world and the prayer for the light of Christ to shine: "In a world where hatred seems so strong, may your grace right the wrong. Give your peace." Whether it is the strife we see around us, the worry we feel inside, or the shadows that gather during the course of our lives, we need God's peace. This choral setting, featuring a powerful text and gorgeous music, is a prayer for that peace.


ROYAL DAVID'S CITY (Choral)

Henry J. Gauntlett Arr. Joel Raney

This hymn is used to open the Service of Lessons and Carols, heard annually in the chapel of Cambridge College each Christmas Eve. That event is what Joel Raney had in mind when he crafted his new setting for SATB and children's choir. The pairing of the familiar words along with bits of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," plus Joel's original themes, join together for a powerful anthem.Instrumental Parts: Conductor's Score, Flute & & Handbells.


SWEET LITTLE JESUS BOY (Choral)

Robert MacGimsey Arr. Joel Raney

This lovely, Christmas spiritual is given an infusion of both jazz and gospel elements in this dynamic new setting. The augmented choral line provides a slow, smooth ballad that almost sings itself - ideal for worship and Christmas concerts. Accompaniment options include Ed Hogan's orchestration, rhythm parts, or CD which included a split-track.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass; Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet) Strings for Reduction for Keyboard.


IT IS WELL (Choral)

Philip P. Bliss Arr. Milt Friesen

We welcome Milt Friesen to the Hope catalog with this magnificent setting for SATB voices and piano accompaniment. Spafford's hymn text was written as a response to great personal tragedy and a response of incredible faith in the midst of adversity. The power of this hymn is captured in the masterful writing with rolling accompaniment, and harmonic shifts that float effortlessly over delicate syncopation and meter changes.


THERE'S A WIDENESS IN GOD'S MERCY (Choral)

Mary McDonald / Words By: Frederick W. Faber

This compelling gospel setting pairs the familiar hymn text with original music to capture the alluring, early Americana feel, similar to Mary's setting of "Down to the River to Pray." This is a toe-tapper that draws everyone in on an expression of the vast love of God.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth (B3 Organ Pathc), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion & Drums.


ACCLAMATION AND PRAISE (Choral)

Arr. Marty Parks

With a text adapted from Psalm 95 and 96, here is a powerful rhythmic setting for SATB choir, piano, optional trumpet. The theme of worshipping before God makes this a useful anthem anytime of the year, and especially for festive occasions. The subtle change in meter creates easily learned word patterns and heightens the overall energetic impact.


A RIVER GLORIOUS (Choral)

James Mountain Arr. Joel Raney

A bright, jazzy style provides an energetic, gospel setting for this beloved hymn. Choirs will enjoy the light, syncopated rhythms and four-part harmony that is both catchy and accessible.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth (B3 Organ Patch), Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion & Drums.


TO GOD BE THE GLORY (Choral)

William H. Doane / Words By: Fanny J. Crosby / Arr. Mary McDonald

This classic hymn text is given a lavish, masterful treatment which opens with a snare drum and a regal horn call before the men begin softly singing. The listener will be transported to new heights with such a commanding arrangement, proclaiming the greatness of God through soaring vocal lines and Ed Hogan's grandiose orchestration.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Horn (or Alto Sax or Clarinet), 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), Double Bass.


GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS (Choral)

William M. Runyan / Words By: Thomas O. Chisholm / Arr. John Ferguson

Fully expressing God's unwavering faithfulness, this choral setting with organ and optional brass quintet displays the power and grandeur of this time-honored hymn. A reproducible congregational part is included, making it possible for everyone to lift their voices in song!Brass Parts: 2 Trumpets (C or B-flat), 2 Trombones, & Horn (in lieu of Tbn, 1)


AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD (Choral)

George F. Handel Arr. Hal H. Hopson

This classic Christmas chorus from Handel's Messiah has been seamlessly pared down for SAB voices by arranger Hal H. Hopson, who has masterfully kept the essence of the original, even in the polyphonic section, while simplifying the parts for smaller choirs.


FOR THE FRUIT OF ALL CREATION (Choral)

Words By: Fred Pratt Green / Arr. Mark Hayes

Opening with a flourish, this hymn anthem launches into the dynamic statement "Give thanks to God! Let every voice give thanks to God!" For SATB choir with piano accompaniment, this is especially useful for services of thanksgiving and praise. A reproducible part for the congregation to sing on stanza three is included. If you have yet to introduce this glorious hymn to your congregation, here is a festive way to do so.


LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This Quick Study Choral is easily learned and has a simple accompaniment provided by six handbells. The exquisite hymn melody is presented in a simple three-stanza form with a minimum of parts singing, and the transparent bell accompaniment gives it an effective, chant-like feel.


WE FALL DOWN (Choral)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

This popular contemporary song is set here for SATB voices and creates an impactful expression of worshipping before God, as we sing, "holy, holy, holy." The light rhythm adds another element to the overall majestic presentation.Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion & Drums.


SING GLORIA, SING NOEL! (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This Christmas original is a wonderful way to combine adult voices with children's choir. It's set in a delightful calypso style, and features a call and response, with the children ending each phrase in a playful rhyme scheme: "day-o, hay-o, lullaby-o, asleep-o sheep-o," etc. It all adds up to a joyous version of the Christmas story, highlighting all the characters that were present at Jesus' birth.Instrumental Parts: Conductor's Score, Flute & Percussion.


LOVE'S PURE LIGHT (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening, followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five readings, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 5 optional handbells are included.


HE'S ALWAYS BEEN FAITHFUL (Choral)

Sara Groves William M. Runyan / Words By: Thomas O. Chisholm

Both accessible and straightforward, here are two settings of Sara Groves' contemporary reworking of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," available in both SATB and SAB opt. Two-Part Mixed with piano accompaniment, this is an easily learned piece for traditional and contemporary worship.


O HOLY NIGHT (Choral)

Cantique De Noel by Adolphe C. Adam / Words By: John S. Dwight / Arr. Joel Raney

A creative treatment of the beloved Christmas classic, this arrangement comes from Joel Raney's best-selling gospel Christmas cantata Hope!, code no. 8831. Choirs will enjoy the rhythmic groove and emotion that this setting offers, making it ideal for school and church choirs alike. Accompaniment options include piano, rhythm, full orchestration or CD, which includes a split-track.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), String Reduction for Keyboard.


SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS (Choral)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

This dynamic setting features the French carol NOEL NOUVLET and the familiar words "Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel," which lead beautifully into a refrain of "What Child Is This." Culled from Lloyd's top-selling cantata, Were You There on That Christmas Night code no. 8611, this regal carol is available in both SATB and SAB opt. Two-Part Mixed settings with piano or orchestral accompaniment.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), Horn (or Clarinet), 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), 2 Trombones (or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Harp, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, String Reduction for Keyboard.


THE NAME OF THE LORD (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Based on the words from Colossians 3, "to service the Lord with a joyful heart and being your best to the King, and to do it with all your heart, in the name of the Lord," this expressive ballad is especially useful for Sundays dealing with commitment, ministry, and stewardship. The optional orchestration provides a heightened musical expression.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Horn (or Alto Sax or Clarinet) 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Acoustic Guitar (w/separate Cap Guitar Pt.), Electric Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet).


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (Choral)

Arr. Allen Pote

This lively Christmas anthem begins with the familiar Latin phrase translated as "Glory to God in the highest and good will to all people on earth." Including contrasting verses depicting angels singing to the shepherds with an accented, syncopated accompaniment, the music builds to an exciting climax with voices in full, rich harmonies. This is a perfect way to incorporate the song of the angels into a Christmas worship service or school concert.


I WILL BE WITH YOU (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

The text of this original gospel anthem takes on the voice of God speaking in the first person to his children and provides confidence and assurance that through any trial, he is there. "When you pass through the water, when you walk through the fire, when the rivers overflow, I will be with you." The dynamic vocal writing and optional rhythm and synth parts all work together to create a powerful presentation.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion and Drums.


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