Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir




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CD alone $15, Book & CD $40.

Peter’s work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

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Peter and Mary Alice’s choral arrangements and compositions are being sung by community, church and hospice choirs throughout the U.S. and the UK.  Now the Amidons have published two books and companion sampler CDs of collections of their most popular, musical and accessible arrangements.

This book “Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir” is geared particularly to choirs in small, mainstream Protestant churches.

Many of these were originally arranged or composed for the Guilford (Vermont) Community Church Choir, UCC, which rehearses only for the 40-60 minutes before each Sunday service, so the anthems are accessible to the typical small church choir with a mix of music readers and non-readers.

A second book, “Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs“, is geared particularly to UU church choirs. However, both collections are useful to any church, community, high school or hospice choir.

Here is a list of the choral arrangements/compositions in the “Fifty-Five Anthems” book.  “Sweet is the Day” was composed/arranged by Mary Alice Amidon.  All other arrangements by Peter Amidon. You can hear recordings of most of them by clicking on the titles.

      Corinthians 13


      Watts Cradle Hymn
 – traditional

      All Is Well
– traditional

      Jesus Gave Me Water
 – by L. Campbell (sung by Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers)

 – Leonard Cohen

      Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
 – Peter Amidon

      Thanksgiving Eve
– Bob Franke

      Born in the Night
– Goeffrey Ainger

      I Will Guide Thee
 – traditional

      Cool of the Day
 – Jean Ritchie

      Shout for Joy
 – traditional

      When Jesus Came Home
 – Peter Amidon

      Amazing Grace
 – John Newton (1779)

      Angel Rolled The Stone Away
 – traditional

      Prodigal's Return
 – traditional

      Turn Turn Turn
– Pete Seeger

      I Still Have Joy
 – Calvin Jackson

      By the Waters of Babylon
 – Brent Dowe & Trevor McNaughton

      Bid You Goodnight
 – traditional

      Balm In Gilead
 – traditional

      Psalm 126
 – Mary Alice Amidon

      Angel Band
 – Jefferson Haskell (1860)

      Acres Grace
 – Peter Amidon

      Here I Am Lord
 – Danielle L. Schutte

      Sweet is the Day
– Mary Alice Amidon

      Blessed Quietness
– Marnie Paine Ferguson

      You Can't Hurry God
– traditional, from the Warner collection

      Through All the World Below
– by Jeremiah Ingalls (1790), from Southern Harmony

      Brightest and Best
 – Jean Ritchie

      My Lord
– traditional

 – traditional

      Swing Low
 – traditional

      To Bethlehem
 – Nym Cooke

      Silver Rain
 – Alice Henderson & Marianne Zimmerman

      All in the Morning
  – traditional

      Christ Was Born In Bethlehem
 – traditional

      Little Moses
 – A.P. Carter

      What You Gonna Call
 – traditional

      This Little Light
 – traditional

      I Wonder As I Wander
 – John Jacob Niles

      Flower Carol
– traditional

      Angels Hovering Round
 – traditional

      Simple Gifts
 – Elder Joseph Brackett (1848)

      Precious Memories
 – J.B.F. Wright

      Joy Shall Come In the Morning
 – Mary Alice Amidon

      All Through the Night
 – Harold Bolton (1884)

Motherless Child – traditional; Peter’s SATB arr. based on Maggi Tucker’s piano arrangement.
Praise to God – Jonathan McNair
Shepherd’s Star – traditional
Sweet Hour of Prayer – Words: William Walford, 1845. Music: William Bradbury, 1861 (public domain)

Book $30,  Quantity discounts:   10-19 copies:  $25/each,  20  copies + up:  $20/ each
CD alone $15, Book & CD $40.


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