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High school teacher from Columbus, OH here.  I love doing a processional for my first concert in the fall and I'm trying to find a good one that's not Heleluyan, quite frankly I'm sick of that song.
What are some of your favorite and/or most successful processional pieces?
on July 18, 2014 8:28am
Take a look at Praise The Lord from earthsongs and arranged by Ralph Johnson. Or Sing dem herrn by Praetorius 
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on July 18, 2014 12:04pm
My favorite processionals from high school were "Sing We and Chant It" (Morley) and "All Ye Who Music Love" (Donato).
on July 18, 2014 12:54pm
Hi Brandon,
I have frequently performed a simple but very appealing and heart-warming processional - music written by William Byrd, with my text underlay of: Dona nobis pacem. I have editions/arrangement for three parts: S  A/T  B; S  Mezzo A; T1  T2/B1  B2, and I would be happy to email a document of any version you might like.
Byrd's motet is very well-known: Non nobis Domine. It is a round and works splendidly as a processional using Dona nobis pacem - Part I sings the complete tune which consists of three phrases; then Part II joins Part I in canon-duet; then Part III joins parts I and II as a canon trio. The sound gets fuller and fuller as the texture increases, as the choir enters and moves into positions. One can repeat several time the 3-part canon (that by now has grown to mf/f. At a pre-arranged time, Part III stops singing at the end of their third phrase; parts I and II sing their duet until Part II drops out at the end of their tune, leaving Part I. The whole creates a marvelous natural diminuendo that ends very quitely and meditatively.
Happy to send this to you if you think this might be helpful.
Jim Marvin
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on July 19, 2014 3:56am
If you have some good brass and timpani available I suggest Henry Cowell's Suplication (Edition Peters).  Very easy to learn, great effect and my choirs have really enjoyed doing it over the years.
on July 19, 2014 10:49am
If this is a holiday concert, take a look at All This Time by William Walton (OUP)—easily learned; fresh-sounding to this day.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Community College of Philadelphia
robertamross(a) <Robert
on July 20, 2014 1:01pm
Processional Alleluia, by C. Harry Causey, sung in our church.   SAB, but lovely.  Accompanied by handbells, the women sang from the front, and the men processed from the back when their part began.
on July 30, 2014 3:05pm
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
on July 31, 2014 7:30am
Hi Brandon,
"Dereva Ni Mungu" has become a favorite processional among many choirs. Watch a video here:
Scores are available here through JR Music.
All best,
Jake Runestad, composer
on August 1, 2014 4:33am
If you want an African flavour, try Somagwaza, collected and arranged by Pete Seeger. We've also enjoyed Jubilate Deo by Praetorius, a six-part canon.
Thanks for the question!
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