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New Choir Music

October 28, 2016 - By 

I realized I haven’t shared some of my recent choral music, so this post will serve to make you aware of some new and fairly new choir anthems released within the last few years. Click on the pictures to access more info such as demos, preview pages, and purchase information


Not Ashamed

Publisher description: James Koerts’s rhythmic arrangement of Patricia Mock’s uplifting Gospel song expresses gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and underscores the message: “I’m not ashamed to sing out His story!” Add the optional rhythm to amplify your worship experience.

Forever and Until

Publisher description: This anthem of dedication beautifully expresses the believer’s desire to respond to God’s call until Christ returns. “We are here and we are Yours, lead us in Your way. May we be Your messengers tomorrow and today.”

Read more…


I Will Sing

November 21, 2015 - By 

Publisher’s Description: Like a Celtic folk dance, this contemporary composition lilts from the page and into the heart. Immediately engaging, this melody connects with the words, beautifully presenting a praise-worthy testament of worship. Accessible vocal writing sounds great with smaller ensembles, while bigger groups will enjoy performing this festive number with the optional Celtic consort orchestration. Score and Parts (ac gtr, mndln, b, dm, pnywhst/fl, fdl/vn) available as a digital download.

Purchase your copies here (offsite).

See the demo:

If you can’t view the video above, paste this url in your browser: https://youtu.be/b3AngYe7cNE


Captured By His Grace

September 28, 2015 - By 

I really enjoyed teaming up with Duane Nichols for this wonderful song, Captured by His Grace. Here’s the publisher’s description:

This warm, contemporary ballad contrasts the life of a believer before and after experiencing the saving grace of Christ. Sensitive lyrics, a memorable melody, and inclusion of the well-known chorus of “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” will make this selection an instant favorite with choirs and congregations alike.

Listen to the demo here.

Preview pages here.

Purchase the music here.


Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

November 26, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: Here is an approachable choral arrangement of Beethoven’s famous melody. Koerts gives us the perfect harmonies and textures to “lead us sunward in the triumph song of life.”

Preview sample pages and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

November 12, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: James Koerts provides a lovely original melody set to a classic text by Joseph S. Cook in “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child.” Rising to a note of majestic praise and closing quietly and meditatively, this piece is ideal for late Advent or Christmas programs.

Preview samples and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


Grace Alone

May 22, 2013 - By 

Here’s a new choir anthem that affirms that anything good about us is only because of Christ and His grace. I have enjoyed leading our choir in this song; I trust it will be a blessing to you, should you decide to purchase it.

Purchase here.


Take It To the Lord in Prayer

December 14, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: The power of prayer and the faithfulness of God permeate this soulful contemporary ballad with deep purpose. This choral is a perfect “blended” selection as it mixes a modern song with the traditional What a Friend We Have In Jesus. The partnering of these two is truly inspired! A great “one rehearsal wonder” for anytime! Available separately: SATB, LiteTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:08.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


Shout to the North

December 11, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: An incredible message of mission is proclaimed in this uplifting and engaging song arranged by James Koerts. Includes optional flute and violin parts, which will add an fresh element of color and excitement to this outstanding rendition. Available separately: SATB, BonusTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


What a Savior

December 7, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: An impacting contemporary worship song is given an effective choral setting in this quickly learned octavo. A solid piano accompaniment lays down a steady pulse while the gently syncopated theme acclaims the attributes of our Lord and Redeemer. God’s mercy and his atoning sacrifice are major themes throughout this thoughtful selection. This popular selection will join young and old alike in a chorus of adoration and praise. Available separately: SATB, StudioTrax CD (Accomp/Split/Perf). Duration: ca. 3:58.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


For All that You Are

December 4, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: The cheerful lilt of 6/8 infuses this creative offering with a pleasing spirit that hints at a Celtic folksong. Filled with worshipful proclamations of God’s graceful ministry, this anthem is a confident statement of faith. Ideally suited for general programming, your choir will be encouraged by the thoughtful part writing and the supportive piano accompaniment. Adding the colorful consort instrumental option creates another layer of joyful expression. Available separately: SATB, LiteTrax CD, Digital Instrumental Parts (violin, guitar, bass, perc 1&2). Duration: ca. 2:48.

For All that You Are

Click here to purchase your copies today.


Remember Me

November 12, 2012 - By 
Remember Me

Publisher’s description: Appropriate for communion or commitment, this Mark Schultz song has become a timeless classic for this worship generation. Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD. Score and parts (fl, ob, cl, bn, perc, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a CD-ROM and as a digital download. Duration: ca. 3:35.

Remember Me

Purchase your copies today.


Video: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

August 26, 2012 - By 

I came across this video of a teen choir singing this new release. Take a listen… they did a great job!


God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

June 7, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: Koerts brings us his usual practical approach to a Christmas song that every church or school choir needs to have in their repertoire. This piece can be rehearsed in little time, yet it is fulfilling to sing.

Purchase it here.


O For a Thousand Tongues – TTBB

June 5, 2012 - By 

If you enjoyed the SATB version of this arrangement, I’m sure you’ll want to consider this version for your men’s group. SoundForth did a great job of re-purposing this arrangement, and they included the C-instrument obbligato within the octavo.

Also, check out this awesome recording with men’s chorus, string orchestra, and saxophone:

Publisher’s description: Charles Wesley’s exuberant hymn is colorfully arranged for TTBB choir, keyboard, and optional C-instrument obbligato. The melody and accompaniment dance from the page, giving both your singers and pianist something fun to rehearse and perform. It will encourage musicianship from your choir and inspire your congregation to worship!

Now… go get it!



May 9, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: A communion moment from the Christian airwaves travels to the choir loft in this sensitively adapted choral. The heart-felt images of the table of mercy are presented with vivid imagery and sensitive music. The words are a bittersweet reminder that in Christ’s suffering we find our healing through his death we are redeemed. An insightful choice for communion observances.

Get a closer look here.


There Is None Like You

May 7, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: A powerful statement of confidence and faith, this praise anthem springs from the contemporary Christian artist genre but translates beautifully to the choir loft. A good balance of unison singing and four-part writing assists in quick learning, and the inclusion of the time-honored hymn, My Jesus, I Love Thee, is a pleasant addition. An excellent choice for blended worship.

Get a closer look here.

Purchase the music here.


Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven (The Children’s Carol)

May 3, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: This charming new carol from the creative pens of team Getty is a splendid holiday song. This unique choral teaches us about the miracle of the King of Heaven becoming a little baby. Taking us beyond the manger, the child grows and begins his life growing in wisdom and in favor with God and man. Consider this modern carol for the Sundays following Christmas incorporating your children’s choir for an effective worship moment. Oboe (or C-instrument) part included.

[audio:http://koertsmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Jesus-Joy-of-the-Highest-Heaven.mp3|titles=Jesus Joy of the Highest Heaven]

Get a closer look here.

Purchase the music here.


I Lift My Hands

May 1, 2012 - By 

Publisher description: Already becoming a standard song in the praise and worship genre, James Koerts has put this worshipful song into stellar form for your choir. Easy to sing rhythms and harmonies make this a winner.

Take a closer look here.


I Stand Redeemed

February 25, 2012 - By 
I Stand Redeemed

Publisher’s description: The thought of standing before God’s throne, knowing we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, is an amazing truth expressed in this uplifting arrangement by James Koerts. Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD. Score and parts (fl, ob, cl2, tpt 1-3, hn, tbn 1-2, tbn 3/tba, perc, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a CD-ROM and as a digital download. Duration: ca. 4:00.

Preview sample pages.


Jesus Is Lord

December 23, 2011 - By 

Publisher’s description: Koerts gives us a stately, straight-forward arrangement of a well-loved Getty hymn. This anthem powerfully reminds us through “the cry that echoes through creation” that Christ is Lord. A great piece for any occasion.

[audio:http://koertsmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Jesus-Is-Lord.mp3|titles=Jesus Is Lord]

I Will Sing of My Redeemer

December 19, 2011 - By 

Publisher’s description: Set in a bright, cheerful tone, James’s new setting utilizes a familiar text. Exciting piano and double-instrument obbligato are added to give your choir full opportunity to join in this uplifting moment. Perfect for a service opener or general anthem use.

[audio:http://koertsmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/I-Will-Sing-of-My-Redeemer.mp3|titles=I Will Sing of My Redeemer]

Lamb of God

November 25, 2011 - By 

Publisher’s description: This classic, hymn-like praise and worship song travels freely from contemporary sanctuaries to traditional halls alike. Appearing in hymnals everywhere, Twila Paris’ poignant song has become a standard. The arrangement is straight-forward and thoughtfully presented in choral format as a testament to the grace and mercy of Christ.

[audio:http://koertsmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/14-Lamb-of-God.mp3|titles=Lamb of God]

Shout to the Lord with How Great Thou Art

November 22, 2011 - By 

Publisher’s description: The name says it all in this creative coupling of two of our most celebrated sacred songs. The character of the Almighty is declared in both of these favorites and in an achievable format that even the most numbers challenged choirs can feel good about. The piano part is of moderate difficulty and the anthem could even include a spontaneous inclusion of the congregation singing with the choir.



November 11, 2011 - By 

Publisher’s description: James Koerts’ setting of this powerful statement of faith is solid and great fun to sing. You will want your congregation to sing along! Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD. Duration: ca. 4:00.


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