Come, Come, Ye Saints is a classic American folk hymn written as the Mormon pioneers journeyed West. This modern setting of the text evokes the hardships and joys of early pioneers. With its refrain of ”All is well, all is well!” this piece is ultimately triumphant and optimistic. The piano part is challenging and beautiful.
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.
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Now available in an SAB edition, this 2010 cantata includes four brand-new choral pieces, two choral arrangements of familiar Christmas hymns, and narrated piano solos that shine new light on some old tunes.
In this arrangement, the traditional harmonies are kept for choir and congregation to sing together, while a bit of counterpoint in the piano provides energy between verses. It was arranged as a part of the 2010 Christmas cantata Come and Behold Him. This sheet music is an excerpt from the full cantata score; measure and page numbers correspond with the full score.