A Very Rhythmic Christmas to You!

Christmas tree with giftsAre you tired of singing the same old carols with your choir?  Freshen up your winter concert with one of these great arrangements – all are a fantastic opportunity to teach complex meters!

Deck the Halls in 7/8 is a long-time choral favorite!  The rollicking “Fa-la-la’s” give great motion to the arrangement.  Also available for men’s and women’s choirs.  It’s a sure-fire audience pleaser!

The familiar carol “O Christmas Tree” gets a fresh new arrangement in Tannenbaum in 5/8 for SSA voices.  Creative countermelodies enhance the melody and the text weaves English and German together.

Your guys will love Earlene Rentz’s imaginative setting of We Three Kings!  The jazz-flavored 5/8 meter is fresh, easily learned, and fun to sing.

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen gets a “Take 5” treatment in Donald Moore’s new arrangement.  Smooth unisons, some basic scat singing, and cool jazz chords make this perfect for high school groups – might be especially effective as your show choir’s ballad on this year’s concert.

John Rutter’s original Donkey Carol is set in an unbalanced 5/8 meter, and it really evokes the feeling of a donkey lumbering its way toward Bethlehem.  It can be particularly successful when sung by children’s choirs in the 2-part or unison voicing.

For more creative winter concert programming ideas, contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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