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need anthem ideas

Hello everyone:
I  would appreciate your  suggestions for a relatively easy SAB or unison Easter anthem with an equally easy organ or piano accompaniment.  I am in a new church choral situation with a struggling adult choir.  
Thanks, in advance, for your ideas.
    t
on March 8, 2011 5:22am
Dear Mr Shellenberger:
 
May I recommend "Festival Canticle:
Worthy Is Christ" by Richard Hillert--
it is published by Concordia--the catalog
number is 98-2305.
 
It is probably the strongest unison
anthem I know--and fortunately,
where your interests are concerned,
an Easter piece--it would be an
excellent choice, given your
circumstances.
 
The second statement of the refrain
has a descant--it is scored for tr 1-2,
tbn 1-2, timpani and organ--however,
I have done the piece without
brass--and it works fine.
 
Best wishes for your new position.
 
 
Cordially,
 
Thomas Sheets, D.M.A.
on March 8, 2011 1:18pm
Dear Thomas,
 
You might want to try our new publication Sing, Ye Faithful! - a hymn-anthem arrangement by Robert Lau... ironically, he will be premiering this at Paraclete Press' Publisher Reading Session on Thursday at 10:30 am, if you will be going to ACDA. 
It is arranged for SAB choir, congregation, organ and opt. trumpet, and is very accessible and written in a very moderate range for all voices, so perfect for the aging choir!
 
Another lovely Easter anthem is Christ Our Passover by Jeffrey Rickard.  This is Paraclete's No. 1 Best-selling Easter piece!!

This versatile and singable canticle setting may be performed by congregation and choir with or without the brass, timpani and handbell parts. The one SATB verse may also be done SAB or unison. A congregational part on the last page of the vocal score may be reproduced for congregational use. Separate brass and timpani parts are available.
 
I hope you find this helpful!
 
 
on March 9, 2011 10:09am
Three two-part anthems for Easter from Selah include
Christ the Lord Is Risen by Sam Batt Owens
 
Now the Green Blade Riseth by William C. Witherup
 
and Spring Bursts Today by Sam Batt Owens
 
You can download pdfs of the full anthems at each of those pages.
 
David Schaap
on March 9, 2011 1:37pm
Thomas -- May I suggest my arrangement of "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing?"  It's for SAB and organ (or brass), with first verse unison, second verse parts (slower and supported by accompaniment), third version starts in unison but breaks into parts.  The parts are not hard and the great old tune is fun and deserving of being heard more.  You can see a score and get more info at this web page.  Good luck, chris
 
Christopher J. Hoh
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