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WORSHIP OPENERS IV: Introits That Work! (Choral)

Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Finding effective choral introits/worship openers that captivate and inspire the beginning of worship can be a challenge. Extracted from some of the choral 'gems' in the Hope catalog, this collection features twelve introits that really do work! Each can be accompanied by piano, but several lend themselves to the organ as well.


WOMEN IN SONG VII (Choral)

Arr. Jack Schrader Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Joel Raney

Here is the 7th volume in our successful series of settings for women's choirs. Included are ten top-sellers composed and arranged for SSA voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.


ESSENTIAL TWO-PART ANTHEMS, Vol. 1 (Choral)

Arr. Complied and Edited by Jane Holstein

Here is a collection of nine top-sellers in our catalog all for occasions throughout the church year. All of these are proven winners that are extremely accessible and set for Two-Part Mixed voices.


ACCESSIBLE ANTHEMS FOR FESTIVE OCCASIONS, Vol. 1 (Choral)

Arr. Jack Schrader Daniel Bird Natalie Sleeth, Allen Pote, mark Hayes, Joel Raney

Here are seven accessible voicings of top-selling settings of festival hymns in our catalog. All of these are proven winners set for SAB and Two-Part Mixed voices.


WE WILL REMEMBER YOU (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Lloyd Larson Louis F. Benson

Incorporating the 19th-century hymn text "For the Bread Which You Have Broken" with original music, this communion anthem reflects on the remembrance of the Last Supper. Easily learned, this comes from Lloyd and Joel Raney's 2017, Lenten cantata, Hope in the Shadows, code no. 8801. Instrumental parts: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe, Soprano Sax or Clarinet (Sub for Oboe), Clarinet, Horn, Alto Sax (Sub for Horn) Clarinet (Sub for Horn), Cello/Bassoon, Bass Clarinet (Sub for Cello/Bassoon) and Piano.


A GOSPEL ALLELUIA (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Fred Pratt Green

The familiar words of "When in Our Music God Is Glorified" are the basis of this distinctive gospel anthem. The piano accompaniment sets the groove and builds to the choir singing a strong, rhythmic chorus of "Alleluias!" The combination of a fabulous hymn text with an inventive, new melody makes this a sure winner. Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth (B3 Organ Patch), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion & Drums.


CREATION SINGS (Choral)

Kristyn Getty Stuart Townend, Keith Getty / Words By: Stuart Townend / Arr. Lloyd Larson

This stirring anthem celebrates the wonders of God's creation and reminds us that all of creation sings "Hallelujah!" and that "we must tell the wonders of creation's King." Compelling vocal parts are supported by a solid rhythmic accompaniment with options to add violin, cello and percussion. Instrumental parts: Conductor's Score, Violin, Cello, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Percussion & Piano.


ONE WORLD, ONE COMMUNION (Choral)

Arr. Pepper Choplin

This charming communion anthem celebrates the unity of sharing the act of breaking bread with all believers worldwide proclaiming, "there is room for everyone." Imbued with a unique global flavor enhanced by flute and light percussion, this is the ideal anthem for World Communion Sunday. Percussion Part: Cabasa or Shaker, Congas or Bongos.


COME, LORD JESUS, COME (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 6 optional handbells are included.


THANKS BE TO GOD (Choral)

Arr. Russell Schulz-Widmar

Fred Pratt Green's text, "For the Fruit of All Creation," begins with traditional Thanksgiving themes but then goes beyond that, gradually incorporating themes of stewardship, interdependence, and ecological responsibility. Russel Schulz-Widmar has set these words to the traditional Welsh melody AR HYD Y NOS, arranged for SAB choir and six handbells. The music begins simply and builds gently as the text unfolds.


A SONG IN THE AIR (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

With a delightful "Latin American" feel, original music is paired with the familiar words by Josiah G. Holland "There's a Song in the Air." A strain of "Away in a Manger" is dropped in to round out the story of the manger in Bethlehem. This upbeat Christmas anthem from Joel's best-selling cantata, Joy! (code no. 8721) can be accompanied by piano, orchestration or rhythm. Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard. Orchestration: 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 and String Reduction for Keyboard.


GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS (Choral)

William M. Runyan / Words By: Thomas O. Chisholm / Arr. Mary McDonald

Fully expressing God's unchangeable faithfulness in any circumstance, this epic choral setting displays the power and grandeur of this cherished hymn. The orchestration by Michael Lawrence magnifies the dramatic sweep of this ebullient, "raise the rooftops" setting. Orchestration: Conductor's Score, 2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, Bassoon, 3 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and String Bass.


I WANT TO WALK AS A CHILD OF THE LIGHT (Choral)

Kathleen Thomerson Arr. Mark Hayes

This 20th century hymn is useful for so many occasions during the church year including Epiphany, Transfiguration, Discipleship, and even the Advent and second coming of Christ. It is rich with scriptural references and set for SATB voices, piano, and solo trumpet in a straightforward, solid presentation.


JESUS, WHAT A WONDERFUL CHILD (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Ideal for both church and school Christmas celebrations, this high energy arrangement also includes the spiritual "Amen," and comes from Joel's best-selling cantata, Joy! code no. 8721. It may be accompanied simply with piano, or with an added rhythm section, or full orchestra. Any way you choose, choirs will enjoy the upbeat rhythms and joyous proclamation of the birth of Jesus. 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 and String Reduction for Keyboard.


WE SING THE SONG OF CHRISTMAS (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Timothy Dudley-Smith

Timothy Dudley-Smith's text is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story through the wise men, the shepherds, the song of Mary, and the angels. The beautiful original music and poetic lines build to the angel's "Gloria" and the closing refrain of adoration, "O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"


WELCOME TO OUR WORLD (Choral)

Chris Rice Arr. Lloyd Larson

This arrangement of Chris Rice's popular contemporary Christmas song comes from Lloyd's best-selling cantata, Were You There on That Christmas Night?, code no. 8611. The SAB setting is also included in Lloyd's collection, Easy Settings III and may be sung as either SAB or as a 2-part mixed setting by simply omitting the alto. Orchestration: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon (Bass Clarinet), Horn (Clarinet), 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones (Baritone T.C.), Percussion I & II, Piano, Harp, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and String Reduction.


O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST (Choral)

Words By: Isaac Watts / 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."


ANTIPHONAL FOR ADVENT (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Children's and adult choirs join forces in this original antiphonal anthem calling for all to "rejoice" in Emmanuel's coming. The addition of seven handbells answers the exuberant invitation to "let the bells ring out!"


DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE (Choral)

Arr. Mary McDonald

Combining two familiar Spirituals this dazzling arrangement utilizes an abundance of rhythmic energy to express the need to lay down our burdens and stand before the Lord in prayer. Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synthesizer (Rhodes Patch), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion & Drums.


WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This compelling ballad by Joel Raney perfectly reflects the words from Micah 6:6-8 when he is standing before God asking, "what can I offer, what can I bring?" The familiar words build to a strong, highpoint as the choir sings, "to strive for justice, to act with mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." The addition of violin and cello creates a sweeping and emotional anthem useful for stewardship and services of dedication.


WE BELONG TO CHRIST (Choral)

Arr. Emily Lund

One of today's most popular hymns, from our neighbors in Mexico, is Pues Si Vivimos (When We Are Living). The Latin American rhythms of the tune SOMOS DEL SENOR complement the lyrical lines of the instrumental obbligato and SATB voices. The text quotes Paul's words to the Philippians that "to live is Christ, to die is gain," making this anthem of assurance and hope especially powerful in the face of suffering or loss.


BRING FORTH THE KINGDOM (Choral)

Marty Haugen / Words By: Marty Haugen / Arr. Susan Naus Dengler Lee Dengler

This bright and upbeat arrangement of Mary Haugen's well-loved "You Are Salt for the Earth" features a delightful keyboard accompaniment which provides a joyful backdrop to the very accessible choral writing. Quoting the direct words of Jesus found in Matthew 5:13, this anthem of encouragement is fitting for any service that focuses on missions, outreach, or discipleship.


GRACE ALONE (Choral)

Scott Wesley Brown & Jeff Nelson Arr. Molly Ijames

With lush harmonies and multiple textures this popular hymn is set for SATB voices and piano with optional violin, and cello. With a theme of grace and discipleship, it is ideal for confirmation, graduation, or any service of faithful commitment.


GREAT ARE YOU LORD (Choral)

Arr. Allen Pote

Based on Psalm 145 this stately anthem for choir, organ and trumpet, is ideal for Thanksgiving as a praise psalm. Alternating between a strong unison line and 4-part harmony, the anthem moves toward an exciting climax. The addition of the solo trumpet adds to the majesty of the presentation.


ALL GOOD GIFTS (Choral)

Arr. Joseph M. Martin

This Thanksgiving anthem is a flowing, tender ballad that reminds the listener of all of the treasures of life that "are gifts sent from heaven." The inclusion of "For the Beauty of the Earth" is another familiar reminder of our gratitude and grateful praise. Easily learned and a great opportunity to sing thanks to the Lord for family, friends, and blessings from above.


MAKE THIS CHURCH A WELCOME PLACE (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: J. Paul Williams

This Quick Study Choral focuses on the church as a welcome place for all to gather in unity and inclusion. The church is called to reach out beyond the doors and walls, making this a powerful worship moment for services of church community and outreach-easily learned with a minimum of rehearsal.


IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR (Choral)

Richard S. Willis / Words By: Edmund H. Sears / Arr. Joel Raney

This lovely, artistic setting is sure to be a highlight of many Christmas concerts, school programs, and Christmas worship services. The piano part plays a significant role in creating an ethereal, peaceful, and solemn Christmas night building to the moment when "all the weary world rejoice!"-simply stunning!


SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG (Choral)

Arr. Mark Hayes

This jubilant new choral setting of Psalm 96 is set in a spirited 6/8 meter. Written in an A-B-A form, the first section has an engaging and robust melody, which invites us to "Sing to the Lord a new song!" The middle section is a capella, in 4/4, evoking a more reflective mode, asking us to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." This festive anthem is lush with nuance in dynamics and blend and is perfect for an introit or for general use throughout the year.


ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME (Choral)

Words By: Fanny J. Crosby / Arr. Mary McDonald

This time-honored Fanny Crosby text is paired with the beloved Swedish tune, BLOTT EN DAG, and given an elegant, reflective treatment. The lyrical choral writing brings new meaning and depth to these classic words that follow the believer's walk with God.


O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING (Choral)

Daniel Mattix / Words By: Charles Wesley

The timeless lyrics of this classic hymn are joined with a joyful, original melody with a light, Celtic lilt, bringing a contemporary flavor to a well-loved, historic text. Accessible and fun to sing, with optional parts for violin and hand drum.


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