Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Lead your congregation in Holy Week and Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!

35030635A Journey to Hope by Joseph M. Martin
This major sacred work is musically inspired by traditional spirituals and tells of the ministry, passion and resurrection of Jesus through familiar repurposed tunes, narration and scriptures. Two endings are provided, one for Holy Week and one with a jubilant Easter finale, making this a versatile and inspiring work for a variety of Spring programming. From the rhythmic vitality of “Ride On, King Jesus” to the languishing strains of “They Crucified My Lord,” from the stately dignity of “Give Me Jesus” to the festive joy of “Great Day,” this work delivers both ministry and artistry. Whether presented with Brant Adams’ inspired orchestrations, or with piano alone, you will find “A Journey to Hope” a unique and effective cantata experience.

The Alleluia Tree by Mark Hayes
The shame and pain of the cross was transformed into a triumphant symbol of hope through the message of Easter. This well-crafted 25-minute five song cantata beautifully and poetically depicts the Easter journey with fresh songs and familiar hymns…from reflection to resurrection. It’s easily prepared, yet powerful, and perfect for large and small choirs alike. It can be performed as a complete cantata or as separate anthems during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

A Living Hope by Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
Even Jesus’ closest friends doubted His promise: “In three days I will rise again.” However, Christ triumphed over death, and through His resurrection, those who follow Him have a new and “Living Hope.” This cornerstone of our faith serves as the foundation for Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi’s impassioned extended work for Easter. Distinguished by its use of nineteenth-century American hymnody, Shaker melodies, and spirituals, this celebratory cantata also includes the option for three soloists and six narrations for one or more readers. Michael Lawrence’s powerful orchestration adds to the brilliance of this hope-filled work that is sure to engage your choir and congregation in celebration of the risen Christ!

For more recommendations for your church choir during the upcoming Lenten and Easter season, please call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer Fry is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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