recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists
Involve your youngest singers in worship this spring with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!
Come, Sing a Joyful Alleluia! by Dan Edwards
A classical-sounding piece for the Easter season! Voices shine in this new anthem from Dan Edwards, which is an excellent choice for worship, festival, or concert setting. This cheery piece is written in a terrific range for treble choirs. Also great to use as a liturgical selection – and appropriate as an Introit, Hymn of Praise, Gospel Acclamation or Offertory.
Hosanna, Hosanna! by Patti Drennan
This joyful anthem for Palm Sunday retells the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem as crowds shouted, “Hosanna, hosanna! Blessed is He who comes!” Written in 6/8 meter with optional handbells, the piece works well as an opening processional or a stately service anthem for any choir of unison voices from children to adults.
Risen Today! by Cindy Berry
Celebrate the miracle of Christ’s resurrection with this dynamic anthem set in ABA form. A stirring refrain, seasoned with gentle syncopation, recurs throughout the piece and later combines with an optional descant that brings the piece to a glorious conclusion.
Springtide Birds Are Singing, Singing by Nancy Raabe
This poetic anthem combines a youthful melody and a historical text, expertly crafted by Nancy Raabe. Perfect for Easter Sunday or any Sunday in the Easter season, we are reminded of the hope we have because of Christ’s death and resurrection. “Life for death on death’s throne meeting, joy for sorrow, faith for fear; Christ is ris’n, he is not here!”
God Is Never Late by Nathan Smith
A fun, imaginative composition from Nathan Smith! With lighthearted syncopation sure to delight your choristers, this anthem is a great way to introduce concepts of musical rhythm while teaching an important lesson of faith – we may not always see God at work, but we know and trust God to be faithful. Simple rhythm instruments add to the fun!
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.