With summer fast approaching, many churches are nearing the end of the traditional “choir year.” Keep your choristers active during the summer by featuring them on a few services throughout the season – your congregation will thank you! Cancel your mid-week rehearsal and meet before the Sunday service to work up an easily-prepared anthem from one of these choral collections:
Jack Schrader’s Easy Choir series from Hope Publishing has been a long-time best-seller. The latest edition is Easy Choir Volume 7, which includes 10 anthems. Don’t miss the first six volumes for more programming ideas.
One Rehearsal Wonders contains everything from contemporary chorals for worship to expressive songs of devotion and praise, all in high-quality 2-part, SAB and simple SATB arrangements. These 8 anthems (and a bonus benediction) are easily learned, and this collection is a valuable budget-stretcher. Volume 2 continues the series with even more possibilities!
Summertime is also a great opportunity to feature your women’s and men’s sections separately (essentially giving half of your choir a week off). For ladies’ groups try Women in Song, and Singing Men for your gentlemen. Both are available in three volumes, so you’re sure to find the perfect anthem for any liturgical occasion.