Timothy Shaw’s setting of Robert Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?” (Unison/2-part, piano, optional C treble instrument) is included in Hope Publishing’s Quick Study Chorals, Vol. 1, which received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper. Other titles in the collection are written by Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Brenda E. Austin, Jeremy Walton, and others.
Here are nine top-selling quick-study chorals from some of today’s best arrangers. Each can be easily learned with a minimum of rehearsal. The vocal ranges are well within the reach of any size choir. These anthems are available separately but are offered together here in this budget-saving collection. There are titles for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Communion, and general occasions.
MorningStar Music has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas” (Unison, Treble Instrument, and Piano, with opt. Descant). A simple but lovely original melody fits the Rosetti text beautifully, making this a sure winner for your upcoming Christmas season. Adult or youth choirs will find this an effective anthem for the season, requiring little rehearsal for maximum effect. An optional descant blends nicely. Consider also for a solo opportunity. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
Augsburg Fortress has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison/2-part, keyboard, opt. treble instrument). Beauty and flexibility abound in this strophic setting of the beloved Apple Tree Carol. Written in a minor key with a pensive mood, the unison stanzas could be shared by children, soloists, or choir sections. Optional vocal harmony and instrumental obbligato add further texture options. While not limited to the Christmas season, this is a great addition to your next Lessons and Carols service or to sing during Christmas worship.
Augsburg Fortress has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” (SATB, a cappella). This is a sensitive, expressive anthem based on the sturdy early American tune DETROIT, perfectly capturing the deeply personal text that seeks to grow in the love for God. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
MorningStar Music will publish Timothy Shaw’s newest Christmas anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” on a picturesque text by Christina Rossetti. The original music is scored for Unison Choir (with an optional descant on the final stanza), Piano, and optional Treble Instrument. This piece is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.
From Peter Hilliard comes this dynamic musical offering on a text by 17th-century metaphysical, Welsh poet Henry Vaughan. A simple melody is embellished throughout to underscore images from the text, and a horn obbligato sounds the clarion call (“Awake!”). Invest time rehearsing this breathtaking number with your choir—it is well worth the effort. This piece, for SATB choir and horn, won the 2008 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.
Augsburg Fortress will publish Timothy Shaw’s original choral setting of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison or 2-part, keyboard, violin) as part of their Fall 2021 release. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” is an anonymous text full of vivid imagery. This original choral setting achieves timbral variety using minimal forces. The anthem is appropriate during Advent and Lent, as well as throughout the year.
MorningStar Music has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread” (SATB, piano). Set to a graceful original melody, this 19th-century text is reminiscent of Psalm 23. The supportive piano accompaniment complements a nicely varied choral texture. Truly lovely, this anthem is perfect for World Communion Sunday or any time you want a personal response to the Eucharist. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
Indulge in the nostalgia of the holiday season with this beautiful setting of a favorite carol, expertly arranged by Peter Hilliard. Easy to learn, yet full of harmonic and melodic interest, this is sure to become a favorite of choir and audience alike. Program this as the closing number for this year’s Christmas concert or Christmas Eve service. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Daniel Barta’s masterful interpretation of Psalm 46:1-4 will leave a lasting impression on all who perform and listen to it. A quiet homophonic section opens the piece, followed by a contrasting middle section, and then the opening theme returns for musical balance. Use this in any service or concert as a musical reflection on the God who is an ever-present help in trouble. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.