Recommended

For School Choirs:

A Social Madrigal

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In this secular SAB piece in a quasi-madrigal style, 16th-Century harmony meets 21st-Century technology. This piece is a great way to introduce middle school and lower-level high school singers to modal harmony and approachable polyphony. The clever lyrics will engage singers and audiences alike. A Social Madrigal is published by Shawnee Press. You can purchase it directly from the publisher, or from major music retailers like J. W. Pepper.

Sacred music for any time of the year

When Ye Shall Receive These Things

When Ye Shall Receive These Things is a piece for accompanied SATB choir.  The music features accessible, modern harmonies for choral singers over a beautiful flowing texture in the piano part. It received an honorable mention in the 2013 Music Composition Contest sponsored by yourLDSmusicstore.com, and it is a part of their compilation titled Reflections.  You can buy the entire book or this piece alone.

Gratitude


Gratitude is lovely modern Thanksgiving hymn for a cappella SATB choir. The original text expresses appreciation for the earth, family relationships, the restored gospel, overcoming trials, and ultimately the Savior – “the giver of them all.”Gratitude is available through HolySheetMusic.com.

The Other Prodigal

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This emotional song for male voice and piano tells the story of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of his brother.  MP3 and sheet music are available for instant download.

Peace Be Unto Thy Soul


Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is a shimmering modern piece for a cappella SATB choir. It is a promise of peace in the midst of affliction. Beautiful dissonant harmonies and dynamic contrasts make this a great choice for moderate to advanced SATB choirs. Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is available exclusively through HolySheetMusic.com.

Ideal choral selections for Christmas

Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains

(audio from Jackman Music)

This Christmas selection is an exciting addition to the repertoire of any church or school choir. The classic lyrics by John Menzies Macfarlane have been set to an exciting new tune in mixed meter. A supportive piano part makes the flowing lines and chromatic harmony approachable for most SATB choirs. Order through your sheet music dealer or directly from the publisher.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly


Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is a beautiful new arrangement of a memorable Polish Christmas carol for SATB choir with piano and optional violin or flute. It features beautiful, natural SATB harmony over gorgeous contrasting instrumental lines. This is an ideal Christmas selection for church or school choirs with limited rehearsal time. This arrangement is available exclusively from HolySheetMusic.com.

Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy [TTBB]

Men’s Quartet (TTBB)

Philip Paul Bliss’s gorgeous hymn Brightly Beams our Father’s Mercy describes the Christian obligation to reflect the Savior’s light and help others find Him. This a cappella arrangement offers engaging, approachable variations on the theme of the basic men’s choir version in the LDS hymnal. This arrangement was written for an upcoming conference of the Greeley, Colorado Stake.

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A New Look and New Arrangements

As I’ve been working through the transition to a new visual format, I’ve also tied up a few loose ends, and the result has been a couple of new files available on NathanHoweMusic.com.

First, a few reasons for the changes.  Most of the content has remained the same, but the look of the website has been changed for better speed, greater clarity in navigation, and optimized viewing on mobile devices.  I’m also happy to part with some of the uglier elements of the previous design.

You might notice that almost every piece now has a thumbnail image and a sound player, which will help visitors to find and evaluate music more easily.

Along with the formatting cleanup, I also added a few things I’ve been meaning to post.  First, a vocal solo adaptation of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  This is based on the choral version previously published on this site.

Second, to help with Easter preparations, I have released two new arrangements of Resurrection Hymn: a hymnal-style version and an SATB choral version.  Since there are many versions of this piece, and since it’s very popular for Easter, here is the complete listing:

Finally, for you school choral directors out there, don’t forget to check out A Social Madrigal, a great secular SAB piece just published by Shawnee Press.  It’s just right for a middle school or lower-level high school choir.

As always, let me know how I can help you with more great music for the future.

Best,
Nate

Resurrection Hymn [Hymnal Version]

SATB hymn

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In this arrangement, Nathan Howe’s award-winning vocal solo Resurrection Hymn is presented in a standard hymn format with SATB writing and no separate piano accompaniment. Continue reading Resurrection Hymn [Hymnal Version]

Resurrection Hymn [SATB]

SATB choir with piano

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By popular demand, Nathan Howe’s award-winning vocal solo Resurrection Hymn has now been arranged for SATB choir. Continue reading Resurrection Hymn [SATB]

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing [Vocal Solo]

Vocal Solo with Piano

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A beautiful standard in many Christian hymnals, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is presented here in a dignified yet modern arrangement. This vocal solo is based on the choral arrangement available here.

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A Social Madrigal

SAB choir with opt. piano

A Social Madrigal - cover

In this secular SAB piece in a quasi-madrigal style, 16th-Century harmony meets 21st-Century technology. It has the normal madrigal storyline: a shepherd courting and serenading his love. But their love story is really brought together by Google, Facebook, and Twitter. And, as happened so often in the 2000s, their relationship is torn apart by Friendster.

This piece is a great way to introduce middle school and lower-level high school singers to modal harmony and approachable polyphony. The clever lyrics will engage singers and audiences alike.

A Social Madrigal is published by Shawnee Press. You can purchase it directly from the publisher, or from major music retailers like J. W. Pepper.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

SATB choir with piano and opt. violin or flute

Just in time for the Christmas choral season, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is a beautiful new arrangement for SATB choir with piano and optional violin or flute. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (often sung with the text Stars were gleaming, shepherds dreaming…) is a memorable Polish Christmas carol.

This arrangement features beautiful, natural SATB harmony over gorgeous contrasting lines in the piano and optional violin or flute. The instrumental parts also include subtle quotations from Jesus, Once of Humble Birth and The First Noel. This is an ideal Christmas selection for church or school choirs with limited rehearsal time.

This arrangement is available exclusively from HolySheetMusic.com.

Rehearsal Recordings now available for The Star-spangled Banner [SAB or SATB]

The popular Nathan Howe arrangement of the United States national anthem, The Star-spangled Banner, is now easier to learn for your choir members.  Rehearsal recordings for each part have been created.  The stereo recordings feature the part to be learned on the left side and the other three parts on the right side.  Find the new rehearsal recordings here.

Gratitude

SATB a cappella

Gratitude is lovely modern Thanksgiving hymn for a cappella SATB choir. The original text expresses appreciation for the earth, family relationships, the restored gospel, overcoming trials, and ultimately the Savior – “the giver of them all.”Gratitude is available through HolySheetMusic.com.

Peace Be Unto Thy Soul

Medium voice(s) with piano


Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is a shimmering modern piece for a cappella SATB choir. It is a promise of peace in the midst of affliction. Beautiful dissonant harmonies and dynamic contrasts make this a great choice for moderate to advanced SATB choirs. You can read more about how the piece was created on the HolySheetMusic.com blog. Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is available exclusively through HolySheetMusic.com.