Chanukah: SA elementary
Below is a list of suggested pieces for Chanukah for elementary school
choirs. Thanks to all who responded to my request.
"Hanerot Halalu" in Hebrew, but doable...can't think of the composer, but try
J. W. Pepper at jwpepper.com
Look at "Hanerot Halalu" by Blanche Chass. (Sorry, do not recall the
publisher.) It is in Hebrew and could be sung in unison. It's very upbeat
and lots of fun.
Ocho Kandelikas is in Ladino (very similar to spanish,
language of sephardic jews). The original melody is by
Flory Jagoda. The arrangement published by HaZamir is
SATB, but the Jagoda song itself is great for kids.
Hanukkah's Child - SA - Linda Swears
Happy Hanukkah! - SA - Mary Donnelly, arr. Strid
How Many Nights? - SA - Linda Swears
Sing For Hanukkah (Hevenu Shalom) - SA - Brownsey & Lantz
This Is Hanukkah! - SA - Schwartz
There are quite a number of songs by Allan Naplan that are wonderful. My
favorite is "Hine Ma Tov" in Hebrew. 2-part, but you could do it in unison.
Rousing chorus of "Lai, Lai, Lai. . ."I used to have my kids process to the
stage singing the chorus as many times as necessary to get them up there,
then begin the rest of the song. The 2nd verse is in English--all about
living together in peace. Very easy--and catchy. The students love it.
"Celebrate Hanukkah" by Brownley/Lantz. SA
Alfred Publishing Co.
"S'Vivon" by Valerie Shields SA
Another thought might be "Light the Legend", but it's
SSA. By Isaacson. Transcontinental Publishers.
1. Hanerot Halalu--Baruch Cohon, pub. Mark Foster. SA
2. S'Vivon--arr. Bertaux, pub. Boosey/Hawkes. Adds a series of counter
melodies. (total of 3). I've used all or some.
3. Mi Ze Hidlik--arr. Shields, pub. Mark Foster. Lovely SA/SSA arr.
w/flute. Could be done unison w/flute
4. Hine Ma Tov--Naplan, pub. Boosey/Hawkes. SA. Not exactly Hanukah, but
lively & accessible (simple, really) in Hebrew
5. Al Shlosha D'Varim--Naplan--same notes as #4 above
I would suggest Hanukkah Nagilah which is in Hebrew with a partner song in
A SONG FOR CHANNUKAH by John Biggs (SATB w/pno & fl) in
Hebrew & English. Not too difficult for that age group. See it listed at