March 27, 2023

Choral music for Ordinary Time

Choral music for Ordinary Time

Discover music for your choir from the Choral Review Service. With songs of varying difficulty, instrumentation and style, the Choral Review Service will introduce you to inspiring, seasonal choral works from respected liturgical composers three times per year. Below are just a few examples of the music in the Winter 2023 packet.

Hold On to Love/Aférrate al Amor
Jesse Manibusan/Rodolfo López/Estela Garcia-López

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: Choir, Descant
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Cello, Assembly

Since its first publication in 2016, this song has become repertoire fixture for many choirs. With this new Spanish translation, more parishes than ever will have access to this beloved song. Its simple but profound text and straightforward musical setting make it accessible to all communities. This bilingual presentation will help your congregation come together in God’s love.

Keep Me in Your Heart
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

Difficulty level: Easy
Voicing: Choir
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Assembly

Composed for use during times of grief, this octavo’s delicate simplicity allows the congregation to focus on the themes of courage and strength in the text. The composer’s note, to sing “simply and quietly” without embellishments, makes it appropriate to use for comfort and for a time of reflection in preparation for reconciliation services.

The Body of Christ
Sarah Hart

Difficulty level: Medium
Voicing: Three-part Choir
Instrumentation: Guitar, Piano, Assembly

A sense of wonder and adoration permeate this beautiful Eucharistic song, which confirms throughout its three verses the Real Presence of Christ. Harmonically straightforward, the song is immediately accessible to any assembly, especially the reverent refrain. The quick-moving triple meter (almost felt in one) gives the piece an attractive lilt.

Blest Be the Star
Christopher Wilcock

Difficulty level: Medium
Voicing: Choir, Descant
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Assembly

Scored for SATB choir with descant, keyboard, and guitar, all in a concise octavo, this song can be fleshed out in various ways depending on the forces available. An accessible 3/4 hymn, this song is sure to be a hit with your choir and congregation.

Inside of You, My God
Carey Landry

Difficulty level: Medium
Voicing: Two-Part Choir
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Oboe, Cello, Assembly

Lilting and sweet, this song is a four-verse reflection on the hope, trust, and rest that we find in God, tempered by a gentle exhortation to bear witness to these values in the world.

To Christ the Seed
Ephrem Feeley

Difficulty level: Medium
Voicing: SAB Choir, Descant
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Solo Instrument in C or B♭, Assembly

This gentle setting of the Irish prayer Ag Chríost an Síol is a beautiful selection for the Preparation of the Gifts. An instrumental introduction sets the tone for the unison soprano and alto melody, which transitions into three-part SAB harmonies. The lyrical solo cello part is accompanied by a delicate piano arrangement.

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Peace on Earth [Octavo]

Bob Hurd, Kim Oler, Alison Hubbard, Antonín Dvo?ák

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Choral Review Service

These songs can be found in Choral Packet 104 from the Choral Review Service. Offering music for traditional and contemporary choirs, children’s voices and intercultural ensembles, the Choral Review Service is the best way to find something new for your choir and community.

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