My children’s anthem A Psalm of Thanksgiving is one of three pieces for Junior Choir (grades 3-6) at the upcoming 23rd annual Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Festival, Orlando, FL, March 8, 2014. The festival’s director, Suzanne Gifford has written a helpful note about how to rehearse the piece.
Based on Psalm 100, this is an attractive, cheerful piece for one- or two-part children’s choir. It is in an ABA form, the A being “Come, all the earth, and praise the Lord, Be joyful and sing, for the Lord is good,” and the gentler B section being, “You know the Lord is God who made us, and we are his.” The A material returns with a fun Alleluia descant. Shaw gives kids a singable, solid piece for Thanksgiving or throughout the year.
What a nice surprise—my music is now available in Scandinavia! Gehrmans Musikförlag has released my setting of Blessed Be the Lord (unison/2-part, keyboard, treble instrument), titled Lovad vare Herren. I don’t read Swedish, but it’s fun to look at the score and see the text in a different language!
The 58th Annual Convention of the Texas Choral Directors Association (July 21-24, 2013) includes my children’s choir anthem A Psalm of Thanksgiving in a reading session of unison/two-part sacred choral music. This is a huge convention, and I’m pleased to be on the program.
The March 2013 edition of the ALCM’s journal CrossAccent contains the following review of my music:
How Can I Keep from Singing? is a handy piece to have on file for when there is limited rehearsal time. Most church choirs would likely have this learned with just a few minutes of rehearsal. The tune and words, attributed to Robert Lowry, are arranged in an exuberant Southern folk hymn setting. The two-part harmony would work with any combination of adult or children’s voices. The C-instrument part could be learned easily by a high-school-level instrumentalist of average ability. Shaw’s How Can I Keep from Singing? offers quality with minimal time commitment.
Shawnee Press has released my original setting of Philippians 4:4, 6-8 for children’s choir, Rejoice in the Lord (Unison/2-part, keyboard, opt treble instrument). You can view sample pages and listen to a demo recording here. This piece will work well with choirs of all ages. Although written primarily in unison, the anthem concludes with a simple, but optional two-part ending.
Shawnee Press has released my newest Christmas anthem for children’s choir, A Christmas Gloria! (Unison/2-part, keyboard). You can view sample pages and listen to a demo recording here. This selection should work well with both unison and unison/2-part choirs, especially choirs of older elementary voices.