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Ecumenical Music

I have been asked to form & direct an ecumenical choir of a few singers from each church in the area, hopefully their better singers who read music. maybe about 30 or so. Any suggestions for traditional hymns, anthems and or/upbeat contemporary arrangements? We will have about 3 rehearsals and the service is in January so I have time to organize. My background is Catholic.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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on July 25, 2013 7:59am
Mary, please look at my web site: .  My choral music is described, in detail, concerning sacred music; considerable information regarding the level of difficulty, duration, style, and instrumentation of each composition is given.  You can reach me at if any of the MANY titles interest you.  I'll send you a pdf. score and an .mp3 of anything you wish to hear.
Several of my pieces are posted on The Composer's Market of ChoralNet.  Scores and sound bytes accompany every title.
Incidentally, I own Picardie Court Publications.
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on July 31, 2013 7:30am
thanks, I will check out your site.
on July 25, 2013 7:59am
"Praise to the Lord," "Old Hundredth" (festival version by Ralph Vaughan Williams), anything along those lines.  "Now Thank We All Our God" - and so many others.
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on July 31, 2013 7:31am
Thanks, also, good hymns.
on July 25, 2013 8:50am

A really neat piece is "How Sweet The Sound" - Hayes based on Amazing Grace but in a jazz arrangement.  Go to to listen.  If you can afford a jazz guitarist I highly suggest it but if not it's still great.  I've used the piece several times and had someone play a small shaker on even eighths with piano when I couldn't get a guitarist.  It's got syncopated rhythms but is easily doable with readers.

I've been Director of Music at an Episcopal Church for the past six years with a long background in Catholic liturgy and music.  I've incorporated many contemporary choral selections from OCP and GIA and they always go over well.

Here are some others:

One Spirit, One Church-Quinlivan
Promised Land-Sleeth
They'll Know We Are Christians-Larson arr. (remember this?)
Sing A New Song-Schutte ( new arr.
One Church, One Faith-Getty

These are all pretty upbeat and contemporary and you can Google them for more info.  As far as traditional well there's so much but you might want to keep it simple (sort of) and go with something familiar like The Heavens Are Telling-Haydn or O Clap Your Hands by Ralph Vaughn Williams - both are upbeat.  If they can handle it John Rutter choral works are very nice.  If you have good tenors a short but pretty a cappella piece is "I Sat Down Under His Shadow" by Edward C, Bairtstow from "Anthems for Choirs", Oxford University Press.

I hope the above will help some and feel free to contact me if you wish.

God bless,
Deena Jaworski
on July 31, 2013 7:35am
Thanks, so much Deena, I will check out your suggestions.
on August 1, 2013 7:15am
For an ecumenical, eclectic choir, you could visit:
Bruce Merrill
on August 3, 2013 5:30am
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