Every Child of God was written for the 20th anniversary of the Greeley Children’s Chorale. The piece features a beautiful piano part, a partner-song style chorus of Alleluias, and a culminating canonical passage on the text, “”Let all my work be praise.”
Every Child of God was originally written for and performed by a double choir – an adult SA(T)B choir and a children’s SSA choir. The double choir version is available, as well as a version for SSA treble choir alone.
Although God is mentioned in the title, the text is not overtly religious. This piece is appropriate for sacred or secular performance settings.
“Every Child of God” is available through MusicSpoke.
Why Not? was commissioned as a combined piece celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Greeley Children’s Chorale and the 50th anniversary of the Greeley Chorale. The playful lyrics look forward to various stages of life, imagining the amazing things that will surely happen in the future. However, the dreaming always leads back to the question, “Why not just be happy now?”
With a rollicking 4-hand piano accompaniment, this accessible piece for young voices is available in its original double choir voicing (Unison or 2-part children’s chorus with SATB chorus), a two-part treble voicing, and an SAB mixed choir voicing. The double-choir version is terrific for district-wide festivals with varying ages of singers, the SAB version is ideal for middle school and high school choirs, and the 2-part treble version is ideal for children’s choirs and women’s choirs through early high school.
Based on the 2013 SATB setting of Eliza R. Snow’s classic hymn text, How Great the Wisdom and the Love is now published in an SAB version. This edition is ideal for choirs with smaller men’s sections. An SSA women’s choir version is also available.
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.