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Interfaith Combined Service Needs Choral Music

I wish more directors would post in our community like this.  I feel guilty having you all as a tremendous resource and others not using it.   If this is successful I will post about it in the repertoire forum.
 
I volunteered to unite a bunch of church choirs in my city for an interfaith service.  We have choirs of many denominations, all amateurs.   I would love to use a piece or two by CCMC members.  I know most of you write for ensembles of a much higher performance level than what I am looking for so please look over the specs before suggesting your works.
 
SAB or SATB
Level easy
Texture: Mostly homophonic
Solos optional
Accompaniment: Piano
instruments: optional instruments such as flute, violin, cello, trumpet (1 or 2). Must not be required.
Text: sacred or community focused
Theme: preferred-something about unity or general praise.  We have Catholics, Methodists, Unitarians, African American Baptists, ELCA Lutherans mostly with some Jews and Muslims.  I would not look at praise songs to Mary, songs about the cross or repeated text about Jesus.  (Sorry Jesus, you know I love you) All the churches are fairly liberally bent.
Payment would be in the form of purchaces of your music by the individual churches.  I don't know how many will combine. 
I would prefer if music was available via PDF for speed.
Due Date: ASAP concert June 2
 
Post your replies or message me.  
 
Here's an example of the max difficulty level (typical church choir):
Without his Cross by Joseph Martin
(couldn't find it in English)
 
on April 27, 2013 2:05pm
Jack, 
 
Consider David Barton's A Prayer for Peace (SAB, organ/piano)  Each part repeats once it's in, and the music is easy.  You can view the music and order online.
 
Two other very simple interfaith arrangements of mine on the theme of peace are Hinei Ma Tov (in Hebrew and Englsih) and Yarabba Ssalami (in Arabic and English, completely homophonic).  
 
You could do all three!
 
Sheena Phillips
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 27, 2013 3:14pm
Please consider using my arrangement of "The Wind of the Spirit" (SATB, piano and wind chilmes).  You may see a sample copy and order at http://www.redhouseartspace.com/wind.html
 
Thanks!
 
Chris Humphrey
RedHouse Arts
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 27, 2013 6:03pm
Hi Jack,
"World of Many Colors" might be something to consider, since it celebrates the tapestry of cultural diversity and creative collaboration.
Please read the notes on the pdf copy and feel free to view the live video. Regarding the end canon- that section could be sung by each of the different choirs (instead of SATB) in round for an antiphonal treatment if desired.
 
Perusal PDF
 
Youtube Video (link should skip the orchestral intro)
 
Thank you!
Stephen Bigger
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 27, 2013 6:21pm
Hi Jack,
 
Thanks for thinking of the community! Please consider my early set of '3 Peaces', either individually, or as a set. I wrote them for my first church choir. 2 texts from the Old and 1 from the New.
 
 
Best,
Ryan
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on April 27, 2013 10:22pm
Hello Jack,
 
I'm so glad I happened to look at ChoralNet after a hiatus.  Please do consider my "A Choral Quilt of Hope" which is based on the wonderful adaptaion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by my collaborator, Susan Suntree.  There are several versions available; one for SATB of the Preamble to the UNDHR which runs about 3 minutes, another of the entire work which runs about 14 minutes.  Parts can be sung in unison, in divisi, in SATB with piano accompaniment.  The most recent performance in March here in Los Angeles included some speaking parts along with unison singing and a few SATB parts.
 
More information and a brief sound file can be found at:
 
Please contact me for more information.
 
Adrienne Albert
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on April 28, 2013 1:10pm
Hi Jack,
 
I would like to recommend my Peace Flows Into Me - a setting of a poem by Sara Teasdale that I actually wrote as an ecumenical work. SATB (optional SAB) with piano accompaniment, it is a simple, lovely statement for peace and would work well for these groups.
 
All best,
 
Jake Runestad
 
on April 30, 2013 10:40am
Hello Jack,
 
Yes– let's hope your idea catches on with other conductors!
 
I have three short pieces which could be of interest. I have been an organist & choir director off an on for, well, at least half a century and have written and had published considerable sacred music. However, there are three pieces– an 'entrance' song Lend and Ear, a song of thanks Lord, We Thank You and a 'dismissal' or 'exit' song Thank You for the Love, which were written for a small country church where I was organist and choir director, which have never been performed except at 'The Creek' church, and with a modest choir. Each is under 20 measures, and each is SATB without divisi., although Lend and Ear has an optional descant. All three may be sung a cappella or with keyboard accompaniment (as in the manner of a hymn), and two of them have a specially written somewhat 'gospel' type of accompaniment, two of which, Lend an Ear and Thank You for the Love I got carried away and re-wrote just this week. We used to sing all three of them twice– first by the choir alone (a cappella or with hymn style accompaniment), and then by all. The melodies, while not facile, lend themselves to this kind of use virtually immediately. They were all written since 2004. They may be heard at http://donaldpatriquin.com/SATB_Sacred.html  (Bottom of the page- 'Petition and Two Blessings'). I can send you PDFs to look at. I am in the throes of redoing my website and do not have them up presently. I believe they satisfy all your parameters!
 
Regards,
 
Donald
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