Dan Sharp: Favorite Choral Anthems

Here are some wonderful pieces that are well written and not too difficult with some good work.

The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, Jean Berger
SATB—Augsburg Publishing 0800645596
A classic a cappella setting of Psalm 145:15-16
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Followers of the Lamb, Phillip Dietterich
SATB—Hope Publishing AG 7223
American folk tune, a cappella

Even When God Is Silent, Michael Horvit
Available SATB/SSAA/TTBB—Transcontinental Music Corp.
The text was found written on a wall in a basement in Cologne, Germany by allied troops after World War II. Jewish, a cappella.

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Elizabeth Poston
SATB—Hal Leonard HL 08300514
A cappella (Christmas) with rich text imagery and metaphoric language.

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord, Hank Beebe
SATB—Hinshaw Music HPC7011
Magnificat setting with piano, brass (3,3,3,1) or organ, bass and drums

For the Mountains Shall Depart, Hank Beebe
SATB—Hinshaw Music HMC144
Jazz piano, bass, perc, flugel horn, soprano or tenor solo

Praise His Holy Name, Keith Hampton
SATB/SSA/TTB—Earthsongs S-85
Black Gospel with piano, bass, percussion
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Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal, arr. Alice Parker
SATB—Warner Brothers Publications LG51331-W
A cappella American folk hymn arranged for the Robert Shaw Chorale
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Praise the Lord, arr. Ralph Johnson
SATB—Earthsongs S-45
Traditional Cameroon melody used as a processional song in West Africa.
A cappella or accompanied, percussion
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Salmo 150, Ernani Aguiar
SATB/SSA/TTBB—Earthsongs S-40
Rhythmic a cappella piece in Latin from Brazil
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The Lamb, John Tavener
SATB—Chester Music
A cappella setting of the famous poem by William Blake

Originally posted October 2005.

About the author

DWS 703 Professor and Minister of Worship Arts at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, FL.