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January 2016
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CoverA Blessing [level: Medium]
David N. Childs

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 504 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: piano, flute

Melodist Childs has done it again. A beautiful setting of the Sara Teasdale poem with a final benediction for peace from the bible. A soaring flute part and rhythmically supportive piano part add to the beauty of this gem.

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CoverA Father [level: Medium]
Kevin S. Foster

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1072 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

Celebrate fatherhood with this delightful song. Opening with “A father walks with you below the tall trees and stars,” this sets the tone of the endearing poem. An impressive piano accompaniment provides great charm and vitality as it lends support to the chorus.

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CoverA Hope Carol [level: Medium]
David Dickau | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1048 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

A beautiful setting of the contemplative Rossetti poem, ever melodic, it will be a joy to sing. An artistic piano accompaniment adds color and support. Choirs of all sizes will enjoy this special piece.

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CoverA Living Dream [level: Easy]
Jonathan Adams

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1109 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, flute

The Henry David Thoreau poem presents a challenge for all: “Live the life you’ve dreamed.” Not just a great graduation piece, this maxim is a challenge for all. Musically rich, and not difficult, many choirs can enjoy this excellent piece.

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CoverA Prayer Before Sleep [level: Medium]
Carson Cooman

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1174 | duration: 2:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: flute

Set to a Gaelic prayer translated into English, the flute plays the protagonist, dramatically opening the piece with a slow but flourishing melody, suggesting that this sleep may indeed be special. The choir is chant-like in their response to this opening as they implore “I am placing my soul and my body On thy sanctuary this night.” Sophisticated treble choirs won’t want to miss this most unusual piece.

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CoverAdeste [level: Medium]
arr. J. Edmund Hughes/Dan Hooper

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 371 | duration: 6:00 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: organ, handbells

“Angels We Have Heard on High“ joins “Adeste Fideles“ for a unique Christmas offering. Chant, handbells, optional audience/congregation sing-along, and a rousing, dramatic ending make this a great addition to the Christmas literature. Choirs can process in to this piece, a children’s choir could sing the unison melodic section—endless are the possibilities. Six minute duration.

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CoverAfter the Storm [level: Medium]
Susan LaBarr

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1066 | duration: 5:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

Written in homage to the city of Joplin, MO, the 2011 victim of a horrific tornado disaster, the text resonates profoundly in our world of all too frequent natural disasters. The composer paints a musical collage of the ending sentiment of the poem as it suggests how to recover “one step at a time.” This beautifully rendered composition would provide a thought-provoking moment in a program as it deals with the extraordinary power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit.

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CoverAll Things Bright and Beautiful [level: Medium]
Philip E. Silvey

voicing: 2 part treble | catalog number: SBMP 749 | duration: 4:00 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

A charming setting with its text excerpted from the famous Cecil Alexander poem. Syncopation gives it a contemporary style, while some staccato writing adds to its color. It includes unison, 2-part harmony, occasionally a counter-melody for the lower part, and some 3 part divisi to emphasize the climatic moments. Featured on the 2009 ACDA National Reading Session

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CoverAlleluia Incantation [level: Easy]
Andrew Miller

voicing: SSA, TBB or SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1191 | duration: c. 2:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A chant melody on the word Alleluia is joined by a drone on a perfect fifth. Adaptable to any voicing, this could work in the round, as a processional, or in concert formation on risers. The tempo can easily adjust to fit the acoustic. This would be a stunning opener or closer for a concert.

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CoverAlleluia, Rejoice! [level: Medium]
arr. J. Edmund Hughes

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 54 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: handbells

The Hodie chant is skillfully combined with “O Come Emmanuel” in the neo-medieval style. Organ may be substituted for handbells. Can be sung “in the round,” or used as a processional. A great program opener or closer. Also available for SA or TB

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CoverAnd Nature Smiled [level: Medium]
Allen Koepke

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 36 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

Girls love this inspirational song. Also available for TBB

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CoverAnd the Heart Replies [level: Medium]
Brad Holmes

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1145 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano

“There is in souls a sympathy in sounds” is the text of the dramatic opening. Soaring melodies prevail in this impassioned, lively piece. A great concert opener or closer, this is superb for the large choir.

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CoverAnswer to a Child's Question [level: Easy]
Timothy Strang

voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 98 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, flute

The text of Samuel Taylor Coleridge provided composer Strang with a wonderful opportunity to write a piece with great appeal to young people.

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CoverArrow and The Song, The [level: Medium]
Joshua Shank

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 597 | duration: 3:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Longfellow's poem about friendship is given dramatic, haunting treatment here. Simple but effective, and great to sing. Also available for SATB

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CoverAs the sun opens the flower [level: Medium]
Andrew Miller | Robyn Lana Choral Series
NewIssue
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1232 | duration: 3:55 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

A beautiful melody delivers the contemplative text while a flowing piano accompaniment adds color and drama. Singers young and old will find this a delightful addition to their repertoire.

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CoverBeauty of Your Dreams, The [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 564 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Famous statements of Eleanor Roosevelt provide the text for this inspiring piece. The dramatic writing of Joan Szymko vividly brings the text to life. A special showpiece for the women's choir.

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CoverBenedizione [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 799 | duration: 2:50 | price: $1.65
accompaniment: piano

Inspired after a visit to Assisi, the composer uses as text the Italian version of the beloved Blessing of St Francis, “The Lord Bless You and Keep you.” The beginning and ending of the piece feature a beautiful unison melody; the middle section divides briefly into 4 parts for a dramatic contrast.

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CoverBig Sky [level: Medium]
Seth Houston | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1185 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Crafted in the traditional shape-note style, the composer/poet again gives us a special piece inspired by his love of nature and concern for the environment. The concluding line begins with “the ocean and air, forest, hill, and plain, animal in flight, are in your care.” Distinctive music here enhances a great message.

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CoverBlessing in the Leaving [level: Medium]
Susan LaBarr | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
NewIssue
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1241 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Retirement, remembrance, gratitude, the text fits them all. With musical elaboration on the word love, this is especially appropriate when honoring a person. As always, the composer treats each vocal line with great care so all feel central to the piece.

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CoverBloom [level: Medium]
Philip E. Silvey

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 634 | duration: 3:08 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

Ah, spring! This piece celebrates the season and allows the chorus to bloom. The piano brings great life to the piece with its running eighth notes, eager to aide in the bloom of the season.

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CoverBoy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly, The [level: Medium]
Joshua Shank

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 450 | duration: 4:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

Whimsy with a touch of pathos, this highly imaginative piece by young composer Shank will delight choirs and audiences. Also available for TTBB.

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CoverBoy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly, The [level: Medium]
Joshua Shank

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1022 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Whimsy with a touch of pathos, this highly imaginative piece will delight choirs and audiences. Shank writes wonderfully for the men’s chorus by showcasing full, resounding harmonies and beautifully shaped phrases. Also available for SATB.

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CoverBright Morning Stars [level: Medium]
arr. Shawn L. Kirchner | Robert J. Ward Choral Series
NewIssue
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1246 | duration: 5:00 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

This artful arrangement of a great Appalachian folk melody will be loved by both singers and audiences. A superb piano accompaniment adds greatly to the texture that grows and builds as the song progresses and ultimately returns to the unadorned beauty of the opening solo. Also availalbe for SSAA and SATB

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CoverChild of My Heart [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud | Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1192 | duration: 4:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano, cello

“Only you are you” the text proclaims as it celebrates the life of a child. As in an art song, the cello and piano accompaniment colorfully support the vocal lines of the singers. A beautiful piece with a special message.

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CoverChild of Song [level: Medium]
Kim André Arnesen
NewIssue
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1271 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Composed to honor the memory of Stephen Paulus and premiered by the world-renowned Vocal Essence, this tender song is beautifully set to a profound poem by Welsh poet Euan Tait. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen once again exhibits his natural ability for creating melodic interest with this impressive composition. "No child of song falls into silence, but into love's rest."

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CoverCrossing the Bar [level: Medium]
Michael J. Mills | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 994 | duration: 3:50 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: a cappella

Winner of the 2010 American Choral Directors Association Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest, the piece was premiered to great acclaim at the 2011 ACDA National Convention. Set to a poem by Alfred Tennyson, the poet used the metaphor of an ocean sand bar to describe the barrier between life and death. In order to reach the shore, the ocean waves must crash against the sandbar, creating a sound that Tennyson describes as the “moaning of the bar.” Mills dramatically captures this text. An elegant piece for the mature choir.

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CoverDear Sarah [level: Difficult]
James Syler | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 686 | duration: 8:14 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

The text is a poignant letter written by a young man to his wife during the Civil War just days before he was to be killed in the Battle of Bull Run. Great emotion runs deep in this fabulous piece.

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CoverDo, Lord, Remember Me [level: Medium]
arr. Alice Parker | Joseph Ohrt Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1108 | duration: 2:35 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

This long-time favorite song of campfire sing-a-longs has been elevated to concert status by the legendary Alice Parker, now 86 years young. The publication was made extra special by the opportunity to include her creative and inspirational advice on how to perform it. Conservative ranges make this gem of a piece accessible to many choirs.

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CoverDona nobis pacem [level: Medium]
Joshua Spacht
NewIssue
voicing: SATB, SA solos | catalog number: SBMP 1279 | duration: 3:40 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano, opt. strings

A mini-masterpiece, two soloists and an elegant piano accompaniment add substance and interest to this special setting of the beloved text. After a chant-like beginning, the piece grows in intensity, ending with all involved in the hushed, reverent ending.

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CoverDown in the River to Pray [level: Medium]
arr. Matthew Culloton | Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1154 | duration: 2:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

This fine a cappella arrangement sounds fresh from the Appalachian mountains. Treble choirs will delight in singing this popular folk song.

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CoverDream It! [level: Easy]
Allen Koepke

voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 1115 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano, cello

Koepke’s final opus was commissioned for a large honor choir of 9-12 year olds. Ever-inspirational with his special gift for lyrics, this upbeat piece is a fine example of the talents of this special man. Note: the cello part is optional.

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CoverEmerald Stream [level: Medium]
Seth Houston | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1046 | duration: 2:00 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

The then 17 year old composer was in a canoe fishing with his dad in Colorado when the inspiration for this great piece began. The music draws from the “shape-note” singing tradition featuring a hearty, strong sound, an imitative fuging section, melodic ornaments, open intervals, and doubling at the octave. It is unusual, in that the melody is in the bass part. The text by the composer draws on the hymn-writing style of the great theologians of the shape-note tradition, while it proclaims a more contemporary message of environmental stewardship. It has had an extensive pre-publication life that included performances by Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Christmas Revels, Village Harmony, and Northern Harmony.

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CoverEmily’s Creed [level: Medium]
Philip E. Silvey

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 962 | duration: 3:40 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

Poet Emily Dickinson succinctly presents her plan for a fruitful life. A sprightly accompaniment gives action to this plan, while melodic lines for all parts bring the singers closely in touch with the expression of the text.

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CoverEveryone Sang [level: Medium]
Paul Rudoi | Sharon Hansen Choral Series

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1024 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

The profound poem, with a subtle theme of war and peace and alive with colorful images, has been given vivid musical treatment. A highly creative piano part soars on its own, coupled with superb melodic writing for the voices. An excellent piece for the mature choir blessed with a fine accompanist.

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CoverEverything She Touches [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 738 | duration: 4:40 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

The composer's creativity never ceases to amaze. She discovered the Wiccan text for this piece when researching the triple goddess, Brigid, for a Celtic ritual Imbolc (Candlemas) choral presentation. Wicca relies heavily on ancient Celtic symbols, beliefs and celebrations) Her notes explain: The Goddess Triad archetype is found in many ancient Indo-European cultures, as well as in some mythologies of Africa and Asia.

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CoverFamine Song [level: Medium]
VIDA, arr. Matthew Culloton | Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1007 | duration: 5:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Written by a quartet of women named VIDA and inspired by the stories of Sudanese basket weavers who expressed the pain and hope experienced by those in the famine of the 1980s, this is a most unusual and fascinating song. Arranger Culloton has captured all the pathos of the original version. A proven audience pleaser. Also available for SATB.

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CoverFear Not [level: Medium]
Daniel Schreiner
NewIssue
voicing: SATB div./SATB soloists | catalog number: SBMP 1228 | duration: 7:15 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: a cappella

A song for our times, the text implores us to not be afraid. Drama is abundant in this superb composition. An excellent centerpiece for a program, four soloists add color and impact to the overall effect.

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CoverFireflies [level: Medium]
Tara Traxler | Robyn Lana Choral Series
NewIssue
voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 1253 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Pin your dreams upon a star then let them wander free and far. So ends the inspired text of this splendid piece. Loaded with drama, rhythmic interest, and great melodies, this one has it all, and is bound to be a favorite of singers and audiences.

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CoverForever is composed of Nows [level: Medium]
Jonathan Adams

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 626 | duration: 1:55 | price: $1.55
accompaniment: piano

Forever is composed of Nows is the second piece of two in a set titled Emily Dickinson Speaks of Time and Eternity. The first piece is The Chariot. Both pieces have conservative ranges making them accessible to young developing choirs, and each piece features some unison writing, a canonic section, and easy four-part writing. The piano part cleverly adds interest while providing harmonic support for the singers.

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CoverFreedom Come [level: Medium]
Ben Allaway

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 67 | duration: 5:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

In the style of a South African freedom song. Easy vocal writing and one or two soloists provide a dramatic uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a celebration of a special sort. Great audience appeal and an excellent concert closer. Also available for TTBB or SSAA.

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CoverFreedom Come [level: Medium]
Ben Allaway

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 133 | duration: 5:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

In the style of a South African freedom song. Easy vocal writing and one or two soloists provide a dramatic uplifting experience. The words may be altered to suit the occasion, be it Christmas or a celebration of a special sort. Great audience appeal and an excellent concert closer. Also available for SATB or TTBB.

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CoverGod Is Nigh [level: Medium]
General Daniel Butterfield, arr. Nicholas McKaig | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
NewIssue
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1198 | duration: 4:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

“Taps” now can be sung! The elegant arrangement projects a rich harmonic palate before gently ending with the simplistic melody of a solo bugle. The programming possibilities where this could have a profound impact are numerous.

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CoverGood Trees [level: Medium]
Mary Ellen Haupert
NewIssue
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1281 | duration: 2:35 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The story told here regarding the growing of good trees presents a subtle metaphor of similar challenges people face as they mature. Well-constructed musically, all parts get to share the spotlight and contribute.

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CoverGrace Before Sleep [level: Medium]
Susan LaBarr | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1005 | duration: 3:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Sara Teasdales poem of thanks inspired a beautiful, melodic setting by composer LaBarr. A quiet opening builds into a gorgeous, resounding climax before coming to a more reflective, thankful close. The piece could provide a tender, thoughtful ending to a concert, or be part of a theme of thanksgiving.

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CoverHands Across the Universe [level: Easy]
David N. Childs

voicing: SA | catalog number: SBMP 983 | duration: 4:25 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Composer Childs turned lyricist, captures the legendary power of song in this meaningful text, and creates a song that needs to be sung. The middle verse: May our song of joy reach across the universe; may it touch upon the hearts of people in the world. Errata: Ms. 33-35 alto text should read "May our song of joy reach across the" Also available for SAB.

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CoverHands Across the Universe [level: Easy]
David N. Childs

voicing: SAB | catalog number: SBMP 985 | duration: 4:25 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

Composer Childs turned lyricist, captures the legendary power of song in this meaningful text, and creates a song that needs to be sung. The middle verse: May our song of joy reach across the universe; may it touch upon the hearts of people in the world. Also available for SA.


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CoverHave You Ever? [level: Medium]
Giselle Wyers | Giselle Wyers Choral Series

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1020 | duration: 7:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: vibraphone

The inner feelings of a teenager come to us first-hand via the text. The music beautifully, and pensively, takes us to the heart of the matter, the vibraphone adding great drama and color. If music can help us understand each other, it is here in this special piece.

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CoverHe Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven [level: Medium]
Daniel Brinsmead | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1148 | duration: 5:45 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

Composer Brinsmead again demonstrates his talent for creating an impressive a cappella piece. The composition dramatically comes to life, with each musical phrase beautifully crafted giving distinctive sensitivity to the delivery of the text.

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CoverHealing River [level: Medium]
Fred Hellerman, arr. Sheena Phillips

voicing: SSAA | catalog number: SBMP 681 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

The versatile composer is renowned in the world of folk music for his association with the Weavers, that legendary group of the fifties and sixties who received an honorary Grammy in 2006. Sheena Phillips created a splendid choral arrangement of this moving piece; it is also available for SATB.

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CoverHeart is the Compass, The [level: Medium]
Neil Ginsberg

voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 300 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

Lyricist Linda Marcus and composer Neil Ginsberg collaborated to create a piece for the millennium that will thrill singers and audiences. Provocative and fun. Not to be missed by "with it" choirs in the years 2000 and beyond.

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