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CoverA Shepherd’s Carol [level: Easy]
Traditional, arr. Ken Berg | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1001 | duration: 3:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: percussion

Three drums set the pace and add great interest to this sprightly carol. Energy abounds as the voices continue to call for the shepherds to sing noel! This creative setting would be very effective used as a procession.

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CoverAnd Draw Her Home with Music [level: Medium]
Nancy HIll Cobb | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 905 | duration: 4:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

The Shakespeare text concludes: Come, ho! and wake Diana with a hymn With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear, And draw her home with music. A sensitive, and dramatic piece to add some real class to a program by the men’s choir.

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CoverArirang [level: Medium]
Korean folk song arr. Mark Templeton

voicing: TTTBBB | catalog number: SBMP 888 | duration: 3:50 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: a cappella

The beautiful and beloved Korean song in a sensitive, poignant arrangement for men. The score includes a pronunciation guide.

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CoverAt the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners [level: Medium]
René Clausen

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 874 | duration: 4:00 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: a cappella

The well-known text by John Donne offers the male chorus an opportunity to sing from their hearts. Commissioned for an honor choir, the piece was very well received by singers and audience.

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CoverAve Maria [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: TBB | catalog number: SBMP 358 | duration: 4:06 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

Like no other Ave Maria before it, here is a setting at once dramatic, beautiful, and stunning in its inpact.

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CoverBack to Ethiopia [level: Medium]
arr. Paul Rardin | Jerry Blackstone Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 155 | duration: 5:10 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A poignant, hymn-like setting that is beautiful for the men's chorus. Written as a companion piece for Hol’ You'Han', the piece could also stand on its own .

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CoverBarbra' Allen [level: Medium]
arr. Randall Gill

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 37 | duration: 3:57 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

This popular ballad is a natural for male choruses. The arrangement is not difficult and has the support of a contemporary folk style piano accompaniment.

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CoverBarcarolle [level: Medium]
Jacques Offenbach, arr. Sherwood Dudley | Daniel Hughes Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 638 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The famous Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffmann sings of a night of love on a canal in Venice. Choose from the original French or an alternate English text.

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CoverBe Strong in the Lord [level: Medium]
Tim Sarsany | Bowling Green State University Choral Series
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voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1308 | duration: 3:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

This is a great piece for the large men’s choir. The composer, noted for his settings for men, has come up with another winner. Powerful by design, it could work as an opener or closer for a concert.

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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
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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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CoverCindy [level: Medium]
arr. Alice Parker | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1215 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

I wish I was an apple”....guys will delight in singing this clever arrangement of the American folksong. The arrangement can work for a quartet or a choir of 150 singers.

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CoverCornerstone [level: Medium]
Shawn L. Kirchner
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voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1385 | duration: 3:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

The composer pulls out all the stops on this gospel piece. The piano part soars; the tenor soloist dramatically rises above the choir. Long a favorite of SATB choirs, men now have their chance to enjoy this one.

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CoverDa Coconut Nut [level: Medium]
arr. Randy Stenson, Ryan Cayabyab | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 844 | duration: 2:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: a cappella

arranged for TTBB by Randy Stenson from the St. Mary's International School in Tokyo, Japan. Phillipine composer/performer, Ryan Cayabyab created this whimsical piece extolling the worthiness of the coconut palm tree. Upbeat fun, this is a crowd pleaser. Also available for SATB

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CoverDer Gondelfahrer [level: Medium]
Franz Schubert, ed. Carl Zytowski | Terry J. Barham Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 253 | duration: 2:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: a cappella

One of Schubert's famous part-songs, here carefully edited with a word by word translation and a singable English text. Young men's groups will love the challenge of this piece.

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CoverDown by the Riverside [level: Medium]
arr. Merrilee Webb

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 216 | duration: 2:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

An upbeat, fun arrangement.

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CoverDown by the Riverside [level: Medium]
American Folk song arr. Brant Adams | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 678 | duration: 5:30 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

Excitement all the way with this substantial, upbeat arrangement. The Ohio State men added some more excitement with the addition of a drum—great in performance, tho the recording didn’t quite do it justice. Also available for SA or SATB.

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CoverDu bist die Ruh [level: Medium]
Franz Schubert, arr. Peter A Eklund | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 502 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: piano

A romantic song composed by Schubert for solo voice, now tastefully arranged for three-part men.


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CoverExsultate justi in Domino [level: Medium]
Brant Adams

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 173 | duration: 4:45 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

A wonderful concert opener or closer, or contest piece. Full of vitality and rhythmic interest. Also available for SA or SATB

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CoverFreedom Come [level: Medium]
Ben Allaway

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 68 | 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 SSAA.

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CoverFuji [level: Medium]
David N. Childs

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 636 | duration: 4:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Set to an ancient text that lauds the wonder of Mt. Fuji, composer Childs has created a majestic setting worthy of the glorious mountain and of men's choral groups.

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CoverGloria [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud
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voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1262 | duration: 3:50 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano/opt. strings

Often credited to Mozart, but more likely composed by his contemporary, Wenzel Muller, this beloved piece has had great success with mixed voiced choirs. Now tastefully arranged for TTBB, it promises to be a welcome addition to this repertoire.

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CoverGrace in the Sun [level: Medium]
arr. Ethan Sperry | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
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voicing: TTBB (T solo) | catalog number: SBMP 1350 | duration: 4:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano; opt. electric bass and drum kit

This creative arrangement has Amazing Grace for lyrics, with a touch of House of the Rising Sun. Hence the title, Grace in the Sun. A super closer, the singers really swing with this, and the tenor soloist(s) has the opportunity to improvise and maybe steal the show. This is bound to be an audience pleaser.

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CoverHakuna Mungu [level: Easy]
arr. William McKee
NewIssue
voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1358 | duration: 2:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

Lively and upbeat, this African song will be fun to sing and great to hear.

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CoverHol' You Han' [level: Medium]
arr. Paul Rardin | Jerry Blackstone Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 123 | duration: 3:30 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: optional steel band

A show-stopping hit. Much rhythm and action in this piece.

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CoverI See the Heaven’s Glories Shine [level: Medium]
Andrea Ramsey

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1063 | duration: 4:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The singers get to shine in this majestic piece set to a poem by Emily Bronte. An outstanding showpiece. Also available for SATB or SSAA.

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CoverI'm A-Rollin' [level: Medium]
arr. Paul Rardin | Jerry Blackstone Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 474 | duration: 4:40 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

Rardin again creates an upbeat winner. A great closer. Also available for SATB.

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CoverInvictus [level: Medium]
Nancy Hill Cobb | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1025 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

A song of bravery and hope, the ending phrase proclaims “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” The music majestically projects the meaning of the text, and a bravado piano accompaniment provides great support and vitality.

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CoverIt Is Well With My Soul [level: Medium]
arr. Robert T. Townsend and Stacey V. Gibbs | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1142 | duration: 3:50 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

The beloved hymn is set in a stunning arrangement for men.

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CoverIt Takes a Village [level: Medium]
Joan Szymko

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1127 | duration: 3:45 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: percussion

The familiar African saying, ”It takes a village to raise a child,“ is given African-style treatment. A great closer, this piece is a proven audience favorite.

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CoverJohnny Schmoker [level: Medium]
arr. James Rodde

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 344 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

Time to ham it up with this one. Guaranteed to add a good time to your concert.

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CoverKpanlongo [level: Medium]
arr. Derek Bermel | Jerry Blackstone Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 186 | duration: 2:00 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

A West African dance song provides a highly rhythmic center for this rousing piece. It builds from one part to a dramatic ending in six parts. To be sung in the native language. Also available for SATB.

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CoverKyrie eleison [level: Medium]
Randall Johnson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 839 | duration: 2:50 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The composer skillfully creates a lot of music without divisi or excessive difficulty. The musicality of the piece is excellent, the harmonies and rhythms give it a contemporary feel, the vocal writing is superb. Also available for SATB or SSA.

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CoverLaudate nomen ejus [level: Medium]
Nancy Hill Cobb | Bowling Green State University Choral Series
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voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1382 | duration: 3:30 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

Jubilate rings true in this dramatic setting. A great closer or opener, it will add great spirit to any program.

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CoverLes Béatitudes [level: Medium]
David N. Childs | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series

voicing: SSAA or TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 946 | duration: 3:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The Beatitudes were translated into French for this elegant composition that features a chant-like melody and a dramatic harmonic structure. Beautiful!


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CoverLet All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence [level: Medium]
Ken Berg | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 973 | duration: 4:20 | price: $1.50
accompaniment: handbells

The composer created an original chant melody for this text. All voices take their turns singing it

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CoverListen to a Jubilant Song [level: Easy]
Tim Sarsany | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 500 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The antiphonal second choir echoes choir one, a four-part homophonic middle section adds contrast. A resounding piece for the male choir.

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CoverLo, How a Rose E're Blooming [level: Medium]
arr. J. Edmund Hughes

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 372 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: handbells

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming“ is joined by “O Come Emmanuel.“ Handbells add a festive touch to this fine arrangement.


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CoverMusica! [level: Medium]
Brant Adams | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 653 | duration: 5:00 | price: $2.35
accompaniment: piano

The Latin text made famous by di Lasso, as set by Brant Adams, gives the choir a dramatic opportunity to sing the praises of “Musica.” Great vocal lines, exciting rhythms, a big, wonderful, impressive piece. Also available for SATB.

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CoverO Come, O Come Emmanuel [level: Medium]
arr. Mark D. Templeton

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 891 | duration: 4:30 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

A stunning setting of this favorite for the advanced male ensemble. Sing it in English or Latin.

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CoverO sacrum convivum [level: Medium]
David N. Childs

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 627 | duration: 5:00 | price: $1.85
accompaniment: a cappella

David Child's first published piece for men! Opening with the unison chant, then progressing to a short section for a small group or octet, the full group makes a hushed entrance which builds to the final full-voiced "alleluia." Great drama here.

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CoverPrayer of Black Elk [level: Medium]
Karen P. Thomas | Robert J. Ward Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1167 | duration: 5:14 | price: $ 2.25
accompaniment: piano

“Hear me, four quarters of the world. A relative I am!” This profound statement of the prayer of Sioux Indian Black Elk dramatically begins this piece. Upbeat in tempo, with a spirited piano accompaniment and great harmonic color, this is a welcome addition to repertoire related to peace or humanity.

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CoverPrayer of St. Francis of Assisi [level: Medium]
arr. Rachel & Randy Stenson, David N. Childs | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 637 | duration: 3:20 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Arranged for TTBB by Randy Stenson & Rachel Stenson "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace." Randy Stenson, far off in Tokyo, Japan with a fine HS men's group, fell in love with the SATB version of this piece; he and his accompanist wife created this fine arrangement based on the mixed voice version. Stunningly beautiful, now for men.

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CoverQuest of the Kings [level: Medium]
Jacob Narverud

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1183 | duration: 3:20 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella

We Three Kings is here treated to a highly imaginative, dramatic arrangement. A great concert piece, it also offers the possibility of functioning as a processional.

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CoverRed River Valley [level: Medium]
arr. Timothy Jon Tharaldson | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series

voicing: TTBB/bar. solo | catalog number: SBMP 886 | duration: 4:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A gorgeous arrangement of this beloved folk song.

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CoverSanctus [level: Medium]
Randall Johnson | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1045 | duration: 3:35 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, tympani

Upbeat and dramatic, an optional timpani joins the piano to add to the rhythmic drive of this outstanding piece. The traditional Sanctus text leads to aleatoric treatment of ”Praise God” in several languages, accompanied by the baritones in unison singing the “Old Hundredth” melody, that text in English:
“From all that dwell below the skies,
Let songs of hope and faith arise,
Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung,
Through every land on every tongue.” A recapitulation of the rhythmic Sanctus concludes the piece.

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CoverSea Fever [level: Difficult]
Nancy Hill Cobb

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 727 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano

A great piece for men bolstered by an energetic, sea-rolling piano part. Verse one of the text, a Salt Water Ballad by the English poet John Masefield, sets the tone for this dramatic piece about the love of the sea. - POEM - I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

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CoverShenandoah [level: Medium]
arr. Philip Serino | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series

voicing: solo/TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 971 | duration: 2:25 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

A counter-tenor (or alto) solo poignantly opens the piece, accompanied by the calm of the river as reflected in the choral underlay. Suddenly the river comes to roaring life and the beloved Shenandoah drama unfolds. A show-stopper is the final result!

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CoverShenandoah [level: Medium]
arr. Matthew and Shelly Armstrong | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series
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voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1386 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano, cello

Start with a short piano introduction, add a cello and then a superbly creative vocal rendition and you have something extra special. This would be a great concert closer.

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CoverShine [level: Medium]
Timothy Snyder

voicing: TTBB | catalog number: SBMP 1104 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: a cappella

The Walt Whitman text celebrates the glow of friendship as it “shines” in the warmth of the “great sun.” Harmonically colorful and tuneful, choirs will delight in the power of this stunning piece.

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