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​​CHORAL WORKS​​










UNISON

Gloria! - easy, available from BriLee Music

                                                                                   SA

Agnus Dei - easy, available from [email protected]


Kyrie - easy, available from BriLee Music




SSA

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers - easy, a cappella, includes Round Reader

I Shall Not Live in Vain - easy, acc. - includes Round Reader

John has composed a number of choral pieces that take the Music Literacy process from the first read to concert performance. NOTE: Many of these works include Readers or Round Readers, which serve as a platform for sight reading choral music. Music reading instruction is enhanced when each melody develops into a carefully crafted choral work. Association members may email [email protected] to order a perusal copy or a License to Copy of these work s.

Sanctus - easy, available from BriLee Music

   
I Reason Earth Is Short - medium, stg. bass acc. - includes Round Reader
   
   
I’m Nobody!  Who Are You? - med./easy, a cappella, Includes Round Reader

The Sighing Sea - med./advanced, a cappella
   
   


SAC/ THREE-PART MIXED 


El Dorado - easy, in A minor, 6/8, acc., includes Round Reader

Lookin' For That Blue Note - med. easy, C minor, 2/2, acc.


SAB


Thank God for the Music - easy, Bb, 6/8, acc. (commissioned by Phoenix Congregational Church)


SB

Choral Songs for Soprano & Baritone


Commissioned by Grinnell High School, Roger Henderson, Choral Director
These arrangements are written for young high school and mature middle school choirs as two-part songs, with piano accompaniment, in a choral setting. They are accessible, yet melodic and authentic.

     Ev'ry Night When the Sun Goes In
     Da Unten im Tale
     O Cessate Di Piagarmi
     Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

SSAB

True Love’s Redemption - jazzy, piano or stg. bass acc., moderately easy - Readers included.  AMLA commission for Abundant Life Christian High School choir.

SATB & SSATB

A Dream Within A Dream - med. easy, 2 short solos, A minor, 6/8, acc. (winner, Iowa Choral Commissioning Competition)
   

   
The Dance - easy, with piano, lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne. Commissioned by Drake University College/Community Chorus
   
   
Dangerous Men - medium to advanced, SATB with some divisi, a cappella, finalist at the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition

Deus Creator Omnium - advanced, a cappella, SSAATTBB for double choir (commissioned for St. Ambrose Cathedral 150th celebration, Des Moines, IA)
   
   
El Dorado - easy, A minor, 6/8, acc., also available as SAC

Emily D. Trilogy - medium to advanced, high school/college level, a cappella
    I Years Had Been from Home
   
   
     I Started Early
   
   
    Much Madness (winner, Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest)
   
   
Free to Be - easy, SATB with children's choir and piano (commissioned by the Michigan State University Community Children's Choir)

Hallelujah! - medium, SSATB, a cappella (includes a Round Reader)

The Hero's Way - easy to medium, SSATB, a cappella, text by Kerryanna Kershner, written for QuintEssence and the Baldwinsville, NY, Chamber Choir.

Holiday Madrigal - easy, with solo/soli for young SATB choir, a cappella, Reader included, introduces FI and SI alternating with FA and SO, very accessible - a secular holiday piece.

I Love You in Silence - medium, soloist, with piano
   
   
I Shall Not Live in Vain - easy, acc. - includes Round Reader

I Wonder What Child - medium, solo with SSATB, a cappella

I’m Nobody!  Who Are You? - med./easy, a cappella, includes Round Reader

Joy, Grace, and Beauty - medium, for chorus, brass quintet, percussion  and piano .  Piano reduction available also.  This is a blockbuster arrangement of three great songs:
     Ode to Joy
     Amazing Grace - featuring a soprano solo
     America The Beautiful - includes audience singing on one verse
     (commissioned by Drake University)

Light Up the Sky - SATB with piano, text by Kerryanna Kershner (commissioned by Auburn High School)

On Music, med. SSATB, a cappella, commissioned by Wallkill High School

Open Up!  Kaleidoscope! - medium to advanced, SSATB, a cappella

Over the Rainbow - arrangement - easy, w/violin and piano.  RECORDING AVAILABLE (commissioned by Drake University)

Remember My Name - medium, a cappella, dedicated to a young soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan
   
   
SOULfeggio - medium, SATB acc. with soloist, part of text is solfeggio!   

This World Is Not Conclusion - advanced, solo with SSAATB, a cappella (premiered by Drake University Choir)
   
   
Turtle Dove, medium-easy, a cappella, soloists featured

Up-Hill (Christina Rossetti poem) - medium, SATB a cappella with soloist, premiered by Maryland Honor Choir

Wandering Sailor, medium, SSATB a cappella, a jazz waltz, lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri (commissioned by Drake University Chamber Choir)