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Epiphany Ideas

Epiphany Ideas
January arrives and a particular calm falls over my church and choir. The calm is most evident when one looks at attendance at worship and rehearsals. Lots of folks are going away, taking time off etc. – but those of us left behind are trying to run programs.
This is only particular to some of our situations but I have seen it two years in a row now in my current position and I need to deal with my lack in numbers. (Most folks come back to the fold close to the end of Lent.)
What do you do during a ‘calm’ time? Any tips?  L
on January 12, 2011 3:49pm
I greatly agree with you. I like to use material from St. James Music Press. All their music is on CD rom for download. They have several books on 2 part mixed, canons and even a book of 1 rehearsal anthems. Also, Oxford has a book of Flexible Anthems which are quite good.
Mark Downey
on January 13, 2011 10:51pm
My group is doing "Oh How Beautiful the Sky", arr. by Robert Wetzler.  It's arranged so you can do it as a 2 or 4-part anthem, depending on who shows up.
on January 14, 2011 1:25pm
Walk in the LIght arr. Andre Thomas is nice. It's available from Choristers Guild in SATB and a 2-part version. 
on January 17, 2011 11:09am
Mark: thanks for the St. James Music Press info. I like what I see there and think I will order their big resouce book for 2010. If you do the math it works out even if you use a few anthems. Thanks again L
on January 18, 2011 6:19pm
There are many options for smaller choirs. I too use the St. James Press publications - as well as some others. Look at children's anthems, such as those from Chorister's Guild. Often they can be used quite effectively with an Adult Choir. We are doing the 2-part version of "Walk In The Light" this Sunday - at the early service with the youth choir (they LOVE it) and at the later service with the Adult Choir. Yes - this time of year we lose several good singers who are "snowbirds". That and very active weather patterns have me planning less complicated anthems.
Good luck!
Mary Trigg
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
Ewing, NJ
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