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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
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.”
Here’s an arrangement of “The First Noel” with a Celtic flair! Let the choir enjoy singing this rousing Christmas anthem with new and familiar melodies. In addition to a spirited piano accompaniment, the optional violin and hand drum parts are included.
Listen to an audio sample here.
Preview pages here.
Purchase your copies here.
Maybe you would like some more Christmas piano music? Here are a couple of options:
Publisher’s Description: A church musician himself, James Koerts understands the delight that an infusion of Christmas music can bring to a worship service. In this collection, he brings together some of the most inspirational music about Jesus’ birth and carefully arranges these favorites into medleys that express the true joy of the season. Read more…
Publisher’s description: This popular contemporary worship song by Martin Smith is a prayer for guidance as the soul searches for God’s will. Arranger James Koerts’s simple yet effective setting features accessible choral writing with warm harmonies and has a hint of the hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be” in the accompaniment.[audio:http://koertsmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Lord-You-Have-My-Heart.mp3|titles=Lord You Have My Heart]
Publisher Description: This beautiful arrangement is a collective statement of faith and resolve to be the church that God has called the community of faith to be. A contemporary hymn by the dynamic writing team of Getty, Getty, and Townend, it is a sturdy and inspiring anthem suitable for mission and outreach emphases or church anniversaries.
New from Lorenz, this anthem is a new setting of the gospel song, “Lead Me to Calvary,” affirming the believer’s commitment to remember Christ’s great sacrifice for us.
“I’ll not forget Thine agony; I’ll not forget Thy love for me. Lead me to Calvary.” An elegant optional cello obbligato opens this pensive devotional anthem and sets the tone for James Koerts’s quiet, sensitive choral writing. Incorporate this piece into your Lenten worship or use it throughout the year to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us.
New from Lorenz, this expressive anthem is a gentle reminder to rely on God’s unchanging nature and faithful promises throughout the uncertain circumstances we face throughout our lives.
Peace and quiet contemplation are conveyed with gentle urgency in this delightful arrangement of the Getty, Getty, and Townend favorite. Men’s voices introduce a flowing melody and pass it to the women, leading into a warm, full-choral texture with soothing harmonies and prayerful lyrics. An optional clarinet obbligato adds inspiration for troubled souls.
New from Lorenz for Christmas 2009, this anthem provides simplicity and a gradual crescendo to a triumphant ending. Of particular interest is the optional flute obbligato and percussion. I’m quite pleased at how this song turned out. And you heard it here first!
Here’s the publisher’s description:
This beloved 15th century tune has been the inspiration of numerous secular and sacred settings through the ages. In his extraordinary new setting, James Koerts suffuses the tune with the awe of Christmas Eve: “What star is this, with beams so bright, more lovely than the noonday light?” Harmonic colors surprise and delight, and optional flute and percussion add to the mood of this beautiful, yet accessible piece.
See the music here.
Purchase it here.
The Mikado Choir at Mikado Baptist Church premiered this anthem roughly a year ago at a special “Lord’s Table Service” in which we singularly focused on the death and burial, and resurrection, of Jesus Christ. These unique communion services are such a joy for our congregation. Duane Nichols did an outstanding job with the text, and the music is jubilant and inviting, as the title indicates. Here’s the publisher’s description:
A joyful, folk-like invitation to gather at our Lord’s table, this communion offering exudes the love of Christ for His family of faith. The simple choral writing perfectly complements the richly flowing accompaniment. With an infectious spirit and a memorable melody, it is hard to forget, yet easily prepared!
Lorenz has just released a Christmas anthem that I am very excited about. This is an excellent Jonathan Cook text that will take you right to Bethlehem. The violin obligato throughout the piece adds such a nice touch. (It was written by Lorenz editor Lloyd Larson, who always offers excellent editorial suggestions.) Here’s the write-up for the piece:
Captivating and awe-inspiring are apt descriptions for this gentle Christmas ballad. Easily sung by choirs or ensembles of any size, it is the perfect choice for Christmas Eve worship. It is a poignant reminder of the significance of the Christmas story: “Salvation’s joy has come, God’s glory, our delight, and now new hope to all is giv’n on this still and silent night.”
Purchase it here.