Whether you are a church soloist or other working vocalist, you may be called upon this month to provide some holiday music this month that is more classical in style (not that there’s anything wrong with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” but it doesn’t always fit…). Select something from one of Stanton’s favorite classical Christmas collections, and you’ll be sure to provide the appropriate mood:
The Christmas Collection
This beautiful volume is a large resource for classical singers of 53 songs for holiday services and events, designed for a lifetime of use. Contents include 26 Art Songs/Traditional Songs, 19 Christmas carols – including 5 Alfred Burt carols, arrangements by John Jacob Niles and Harry T. Burleigh, and 14 arrangements by Richard Walters – and 8 popular Christmas standards in arrangements especially for singers. The same song list appears in the High Voice and Low Voice volumes.
Christmas Solos for All Ages
The most practical, all-around Christmas collection for singers, with 45 essential solos for the season. There are traditional carol arrangements, art songs and traditional Christmas songs, and three of the greatest of all popular Christmas standards. All songs are in English. Available in three keys, this collection is perfect literature for teaching voice.
The Classical Singer’s Christmas Album
Christmas music selected especially for the classical singer. Contents: The Virgin’s Slumber Song (Reger), O Holy Night, The Birthday of a King (Neidlinger), Jesus of Nazareth (Gounod), Noëls Des Enfants Qui N’Ont Plus De Maisons (Debussy), O Jesulein Suess (Bach), Ermuntre Dich (Bach), Nun Wandre Maria (Wolf), Schlafendes Jesuskind (Wolf), Epiphanias (Wolf), Silent Night (arr. Walters), In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. Walters), I Stand Here at the Cradleside (Karg-Elert).
12 Christmas Favorites
Custom arrangements for voice and piano in two keys, High Voice and Low Voice, including: Caroling, Caroling, The Christmas Song, Do You Hear What I Hear, Ges Bambino, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, I Wonder as I Wander, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, O Holy Night, Silver Bells, Some Children See Him, White Christmas. CD includes full performances as well as accompaniment-only tracks.