July 24, 2009

Choir Arrangements

As Ward Choir director, one of the biggest challenges is finding appropriate music. There are many lovely hymn settings that sound glorious as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but don't work for small groups.

I'm not old, nor wise, but I have had a lot of music callings throughout my life, and one thing that I think is unique about me is my is familiarity with the hymnbook. I especially like the little gems which are rarely sung, but should be.

Combining my love of obscure hymns with my calling, I have created my first hymn arrangement for church choir. It's actually two hymns that go nicely together: Lord, We Come Before Thee Now, and Saints, Behold How Great Jehovah. Calling it an arrangement is a bit of a stretch, as many parts are taken directly out of the hymn book. But I did a couple of fun things to them so that they are easy to learn, but attractive to perform.

Having been granted permission by the Church's Intellectual Property division, it is available on the side bar--for church or non-commercial use only.


Judy said...

I'm trying again

Judy said...

Yay, it worked! Now I can say Congratulations on your beautiful site, photo and arrangements! Have I said enough how proud I am of you--and Julie too!