Now Shall My Inward Joys Arise (Tune: Africa)

voicing: SATB a cappella | Brad Holmes Music Store | Duration: 3:00 | Price: $1.50

The Early American hymn tune, Africa, by William Billings is arranged for mixed chorus divisi.  This arrangement was used recently as a processional for the Millikin University Choir.  To order, click here.

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 And the Heart Replies 

Voicing: SATB, piano | Santa Barbara Music Publishers - SBMP 1145 | Duration: 4:45 | Price: $2.25

“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds” is the text of the dramatic opening. Soaring melodies prevail in this impassioned, lively piece with text by William Cowper. A great concert opener or closer, this is superb for the large choir. The arrangement is available for purchase from Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

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voicing: SATB a cappellaBrad Holmes Music Store | Duration: 3:00 | Price: $1.50

From his Early American collection, Brad Holmes minimally arranges this hymn by William Walker with text by Charles Wesley.  To order, click here.

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Lift Your Voice in Praise and Thanksgiving - Handel

voicing: SATB, piano | Brad Holmes Music Store | Duration: 2:00 | Price: $1.50

A terrific Handelian chorus without the usual melismas. The original text has been adjusted in order that the piece may stand on its own. A short keyboard introduction is added to the original. To order, click here.

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Noel (Cover)


voicing: SATB or TTBB a cappella | First Step Publishing | Duration: 3:55 | Price: $1.50

His best-selling arrangement, “Noel,” is a communal song of celebration in the Katuba dialect.  Noel has been performed by All-State choirs and festival choruses across the country.  The arrangement is available for purchase from First Step Publishing.

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Oh, Sing Jubilee to the Lord

Voicing: TTBB | Morning Star 50-2611 | Duration: 4:45 | Price: $1.50

Written for the Norsemen choir from Luther College and performed on the 2012 ACDA  National Conference.  O Sing Jubilee is a festive setting of the tune GUDS MENIGHED, SYNG that may serve both concert or worship.  For the advanced male chorus.  The arrangement is available for purchase from Morning Star Music Publishing.

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Shaker Dance (Cover)

Shaker Dance

voicing: SATB a cappella First Step Publishing |  Duration: 2:30 | Price: $1.50

This skipping 6/8 Shaker melody is found in historical sources without text.  Holmes has provided syllables which may be altered as a choir envisions what kind of event this tune might have enhanced (work song? barn dance?). The playful melody affords opportunities for mild staging with solo ‘characters’.  A great novelty piece or encore.  The arrangement is available for purchase from First Step Publishing.

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Star In the East-coverStar in the East

voicing: SATB a cappella | Brad Holmes Music Store | Duration: 3:00 | Price: $1.50

An Early American hymn found in Southern Harmony.  Its vibrant joy has made the arrangement a favorite seasonal selection for a broad range of ensembles from church choirs to All-State choruses.  To order, click here.

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Swell-200Swell the Full Chorus

voicing: SATB, piano | Brad Holmes Music Store | duration: 2:45 | price: $1.50

A return to the original text removes this chorus from the oversize-pool of ‘sacred’ Handel choruses.  Though the piece has graced many worship settings (with altered text), the original was actually written as an exaltation of the human King Solomon.  Melismas are at a minimum though the basses have one extended line to navigate.  To order, click here.

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Verbum Caro Factum Est-coverVerbum caro factum est – Hassler

voicing: SSATBB, a cappella  |  Brad Holmes Music Store  | Duration: 3:00 | Price: $1.50

Hassler’s triumphant motet is re-voiced, creating a baritone part from what was two equal-voiced tenor lines.  Antiphonal presentations of this “Venitian” motet make for an effective concert opening.  To order click here.

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Weeping Mary

Voicing: SATB a cappella | Santa Barbara Music Publishing  - SBMP 750 | Duration: 2:00 | Price: $1.95

Shape note music comes to life with the SATB choir divided into three choirs to lend a dramatic, antiphonal effect to this arrangement. At times all singers are involved, or only one of the three choirs, or a combination of two. The voicings: Choir I: SSA; Choir 2: SAT; Choir 3: A/T TB. The recording conducted by the arranger demonstrates the performance style needed for this piece. The arrangement is available for purchase with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

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Windham (Cover)


voicing: SATB a cappella | Brad Holmes Music Store | Duration: 3:00 | Price: $1.50

This Early American Hymn by Daniel Read is minimally arranged for SATB divsi choir.  Bright, Triumphant and straightforward.  To order, click here.

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