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Christmas Seasonal Chorus with Brass Quintet Possibilities

I'm the music director of a 60-voice community chorus in Eastern North Carolina.  I'm planning my Christmas 2013 season and looking for suggestions for seasonal music, sacred and secular, with brass ensemble.  We're a very accomplished and experienced chorus, so any musical era, style, degree of challenge, etc is welcome.  Thanks for any help.
Finley Woolston
Music Director
Crystal Coast Choral Society
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on June 27, 2013 8:42am
I have composed Now is the Time, a carol cycle for chorus, baritone solo, brass quintet
and timpani.  It is possible to skip the timp.  The music is original; the words are mostly medieval, modernized.  
There is more music in this set (16 numbers) than most groups care to perform - but you could
pick the numbers that suit your needs.  Several of these have won composition contests,
and some are published in other versions.  Tuneful, accessible, not difficult for the chorus.
Send me your address if you care for review a vocal score and recording.
Brian Holmes
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on June 27, 2013 4:23pm
I am also interested in this Xmas piece you mentioned above
I have 24 adult singers in the Carolyn Eynon Singers
I am hoping to program a brass ensemble with SATB holiday music.
My address is;
Carolyn Eynon
po Box 235
Cedar Glen
ca. 92321
Thank you for a perusal score asap. I order by July 10.
Carolyn Eynon
on June 28, 2013 3:12am
We commissioned a carol from Ian Higginson called 'Behold now the babe' for just those forces. I'd be happy to send you an inspection copy. Email me at info(a)
on June 28, 2013 4:22am
Try TWO KINGS, by Joseph Clokey.  Sorry, don't know the publisher anymore.  But must still be in print somewhere! It is SATB with unison brass. That may sound strange, but IS effective.
There is a setting of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, for SATB and brass by the Canadian Brass.  VERY nice!
IN DULCI JUBILO by Praetorius, a multi-mov't work -- again, the publisher name escapes me.  Wonderful Christmas fare!
Good luck in your search!
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on June 28, 2013 12:18pm
The scoring is for trumpet section in unison and trombone section in unison; always fanfare-figures and always an octave apart; the choral scoring is SSAATTBB. The publisher was J. Fischer; swallowed a long time ago by Belwin; so whoever now has what's left of Belwin may still have this...
I have a setting of a sonnet by Carl Oxholm, III: Ye Men of Vision (Venite Adoremus) for SATB, brass 5tet and organ which might be of interest. Also:
Glory to God for SA[T]B, brass 5tet & 2 perc
If you truly mean seasonal as opposed to exclusively Advent/Christmas, etc., I have a setting of Al Hanissim for Chanukah for SA[T]B, brass 5tet & rock band (kbd., e-bass., opt e-gui., kit & opt. tambourine)
Any number of carols arr. for choir, congregation, org & opt. timpani; full listing at And, of course, the "Big 8" arr. David Willcocks arr. SATB, cong., brass 5tet, org, opt timps published by OUP.
I have perusal scores available for all of these upon request.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
on July 11, 2013 4:54pm
Hi Robert,
May I request a perusal score of your Al Hanissim for SATB choir and Brass.
My address is
Carolyn Eynon singers
p o box 235
Cedar Glen
Ca 92321
I will return it after perusal. How many brass?
on June 28, 2013 9:37pm
do you know where I can see the Night before Xmas with Canadian Brass, publ?
mp3 or any other you tube?
thank you,
Carolyn Eynon
on July 2, 2013 7:25am
Hello:  here is the information you requested.  I pasted this from the Pepper website.  I wish the news was better, but they say it's oop;  but perhaps you could make a request of someone on this website.  It's been 12-15 years ago since I did this with my HS choir. Although I enjoy the well-known Ken Darby version, this was a great alternative.  My students enjoyed it a lot!  Best wishes...
DEDRICK, C - Hal Leonard Corporation
Here's an imaginative setting of Clement Moore's classic poem as realized by Christopher Dedrick and the Canadian Brass. Performed with brass and percussion or piano alone, this is sure to be a holiday... view details
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on June 28, 2013 4:47am
Hello from New Zealand. I can offer a Christmas cycle for choir (SATB with divisi) and brass quintet. The four texts are a mix of the traditional and the southern hemisphere experience of a summer Christmas. The programme note for the work is as follows:
I was keen to avoid texts with references to snow and plum puddings, and therefore sought out texts more appropriate to the New Zealand experience of a summer Christmas. In the end, the opening and closing texts chosen are more traditional in nature, but also rather general in their language. The opening text is simply a short anonymous poem stating when Jesus was born and how joyful a thing that was.
The second text is a New Zealand carol “Christmas Come In” and I’ve used its title for the cycle as a whole. J.R. Hervey was a poet who lived from 1889 to 1958. The words of the carol make passing references to the time of year in New Zealand: “Winter a ghost, summer the host...”.
The third text, “Melaleuca Morning” is by Australian poet Jeff Guess. According to the internet:
Melaleuca is “...a genus of around 170 species in the Myrtle family...(they) are commonly known as “Paperbarks” in the tree forms and :Honey Myrtles” in the smaller forms,...(and) are generally plants of open forest, woodland or shrubland. The stamens are often brightly coloured with red, pink, mauve, purple, and yellow being common.”.
The final text is an anonymous blessing for Christmas.
The work is about 12 minutes long. It has had successul UK and USA performances.
Contact me if interested. I have a reasonably good recording of the premiere (performed by an 8-voice ensemble).
David Hamilton
email: david(a)
on June 28, 2013 7:06am

"Welcome all wonders" was published by Paraclete Press in 2010. There are 2 versions: one for choir and organ, and the original for choir and brass quintet. There is a great deal of soprano divisi. If you search it on the Paraclete website, you can hear a recording of the version with organ (there is a wrong note in the organ intro). It's a lyrical setting with brass, which might contrast nicely with other pieces with more traditional brass parts. Please check it out.

Jay Wilcox

on June 29, 2013 5:06am
Christmas Cantata - Daniel Pinkham
pub. Robert King Music
SATB Chorus, 2 brass ensembles or brass ensemble and organ
on June 29, 2013 2:48pm
Craig Phillips' Benedictus Dominus/Song of Zechariah, published by Selah, is a splendid 6-7 minute work for choir and brass quintet.  (If you know this piece, the brass quintet/timp. accompaniment was composed just last year.  Ask for it when you talk to Selah/David Schaap.)  Moderate difficulty.  Highly recommended.  
Canite Tuba, by Don McCullough (Hinshaw), also highly recommended.  Also, Gwyneth Walker's Alpha and Omega (ECS) is an excellent 3 movment work for choir and brass 5-tet.  (the full orchestra version is more satisfying but the brass version works well).  An excellent advent anthem for choir and brass is K. Lee Scott's Have You Not Known.  (maybe Morning Star or Augsburg?)
I am also interested in this Xmas piece you mentioned above
My address is:
Tom Brown, Ed.D.
Dir. of Music
Covenant Presbyterian Church
3003 Northland Drive
Austin, TX 78757
on June 30, 2013 12:26pm
Highly recommended is the Magnificat op.72 by Dr. Arnold Rosner for mixed choir , brief alto/tenor  solos, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones. (15 min)
  It has been recorded in San Diego on Laurel LR-849CD, also Spotify.
  Score available at HORIZON BAY Music
3311 Shore Parkway #2A, Brooklyn NY 11235
 Do let me know if you need Dr. Rosner's email
 As worthy a contemporary setting as I've ever heard!
on June 30, 2013 3:45pm
I have arranged two carols for chorus and brass quintet (2 tr., hn., tbn., tuba)
In Dulci Jubilo - lively and easy - works well with audience participation on the tune
Of The Father's Love Begotten - stately - unison voices on the plainchant hymn
Please contact me by email sheenaphillips(at) if you'd like to order licensed PDFs
Sheena Phillips
on July 1, 2013 8:26am
Picardie Court Publications (  has a very large collection of Christmas music with descriptions of each piece.  Those descriptions include: vocal ranges for each section of the choir, the duration of each work--and levels of difficulty. 
Since I was either in a choir (the American Boychoir--originally, the Columbus Boychoir--as a 10--15 year-old singer; or directing a choir, until I was in my 40s; or composing and arranging music in all styles and all voice combinations; or creating choral music, both secular and sacred compositions until the present; one might say that I'm a "specialist" in vocal music. 
There are a couple of my Christmas pieces posted in the ChoralNet Composers Showcase.  Please hear one; most of my posted works are live performances by real choirs.
on July 2, 2013 3:47am
If you were looking for something a little more extended, I did a setting of the Gloria for choir SATB (with some divisi) and brass, which could be suitable for a Christmas programme.  I scored it for brass band, as we were doing a joint concert with my chamber choir and a local band, but I have also done a shortened version with a smaller brass ensemble, and could easily adapt this for a quintet.  The setting is fairly 'upbeat' and mainly in 7/8 time.  There are some extracts from a rather echoey performance on Youtube at
The piece is unpublished, so please get back to me if anyone would like to have a look at the score.
With best wishes,
Gordon Thornett
Birmingham, UK
on July 3, 2013 5:01am
If there is organ and timpani available, how about Flor Peeter's "Entrata Festiva" as an opening/processional?
on July 12, 2013 3:23am
Have you considered the Rutter Gloria?
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on July 12, 2013 11:24am
Whenever I see Christmas and brass in the same sentence my mind always jumps to the Rutter Gloria and the Scott Incarnation/Christmas Cantata.
on July 15, 2013 7:32am
Hi Finley,
Here are a few recommendations for you:
O Holy Night by Brian Luckner:
Dominus Dixit Ad Me by Brian Luckner:
Let me know if you have any questions!
Estelle Cole
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