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A La Nanita Nana  New for SATB!
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This hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the Traditional Spanish carol features the gentle feel of a lullaby and an interesting mixture of major and minor modes. Both Spanish and English lyrics are used, and a pronunciation guide is included.

Now available in multiple voicings; suitable for school or church use. Originally published in Ruthie's musical, "It's Christmas Everywhere." Beautifully recorded accompaniment CD is available, orchestrated by Greg Gilpin.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3330H - SATB
15/2490H - Three-part Mixed
15/2489H - Two Part
15/3061H - SSA
99/2378H - P/A CD

African Lullaby
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The beautiful Ugandan lullaby "Mwana Wange" is accompanied by piano and optional percussion in this tender, timeless song of the nativity adapted and arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. It paints a touching and gentle picture of the intimacy of Mary and the Christ child.  Appropriate for medium to small choirs, this piece can be used throughout the Advent and Christmas season, but is especially poignant in a Christmas Eve setting.  Available in two voicings (gentle percussion included in the score), suitable for church or school use.

Hal Leonard
08742783 - SATB
08742784 - Two Part

Ale Pun
This vibrantly rhythmic and percussive setting of the traditional Spanish tune is all decked out with a new English text and is absolutely infectious. The original Spanish is offered as a performance option, along with a pronunciation guide and translation, although the piece may be performed entirely in English. Percussion parts for tambourine, triangle, finger cymbals, jingle bells and wood block are included which will add a festive flair to this exciting multicultural creative programming gem.

A wonderful resource of the new Sing! catalog (Educational division of Choristers Guild) is the inclusion of a Learning Resource Page (included in this piece, inside the front cover). These provide students with focus questions and suggested learning experiences to become engaged with the work and the newly developed National Core Arts Standards for Music Ensembles (2014).

CGE38 - TB
CGE40 - Three-part Mixed
CGE41 - Two-part Mixed

All My Trials  New for SATB!
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The familiar African-American Spiritual has been expressively arranged in multiple voicings by Ruth Elaine Schram. It starts out in A minor with open, parallel fifths in the piano part then moves into C-major when the voices come in, and the ending just fades away, again in A minor.  Suitable for school or church use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL932 - SATB
BL166 - Three Part Mixed
BL167 - Unison / Two Part

All Through the Still, Silent Night
In the style of a tender lullaby, Ruth Elaine Schram intertwines "All Through the Night;" "Silent Night, Holy Night;" and "Still, Still, Still" to create a musical blanket of peace. Accessible and effective, this lyrical gem will highlight the musicality of your women's choir. Suitable for church or school use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3194H - SSA

Alleluia What a Happy Day
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Lively, energetic song in the style of a spiritual, with a joyful text by David Davenport. Scored for SATB; may be performed with piano accompaniment or a cappella.

10/2346LA - SATB

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The delightful, popular Spiritual is available with an all-Christmas text, in a truly choral arrangement.  After the chorus is sung, the first verse begins "See the tiny baby lyin' in the manger on Christmas morning!" and continues with the shepherds running to greet him in the lowly stable, the kings and wise men kneeling down before him, and the angels singing "Amen, Hallelujah, Amen!"  Powerful and fun, yet not difficult to prepare.  Suitable for school or church use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01035 - SATB
SVM01036 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01037 - Two Part
SVM01035CD - Accompaniment CD

Ruthie has arranged the "prequel" to her very popular "America the Beautiful" (BL276), skillfully setting "America" (My Country 'Tis of Thee; Thesaurus Musicus, words by Samuel F. Smith) for three-part mixed chorus and optional baritone. Beginning with an optional intro, the song starts a cappella and builds verse by verse to a powerful conclusion. While it is magnificent on its own, an alternate ending that enables a segue into her arrangement of "America the Beautiful" creates a stirring patriotic medley. Suitable for church or school use; perfect for Memorial Day or July Fourth services. Commissioned by the Midland High School Chorus, Midland, Michigan (Robert Sabourin, director).

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL675 - Three-part Mixed / Opt. Baritone

Angels Watching Over Me
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Equally suitable for church or school use, this delightful melding of three spirituals allows opportunities for young, developing choirs to create beautiful tone quality while preparing for an artistic performance. The comforting message of guardian angels watching over us begins with "All Night, All Day," then glides into "In the morning, when I rise ..." and concludes with "Every night when the sun goes in ... Angels watching over me...." For mixed or treble voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2548H - Three-part Mixed
15/2562H - Two-part
99/2418H - P/A CD

Away In a Manger
This rocking, soothing SSA setting of Away in a Manger by Ruth Elaine Schram is easy to learn and multi-functional. Ruthie has provided the option of using the holiday text or that of Robert Burns' well known poem "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" making it an excellent addition to your holiday or festival program. Suitable for school or church use. Free MP3 rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL736 - SSA

Be Still, My Soul
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This arrangement of the beloved hymn based on the immortal FINLANDIA theme by Sibelius is true to the spirit of the original while adding a freshness through the addition of an optional organ part to the piano accompaniment with optional flute. Thoughtfully and artfully arranged for the volunteer choir, this heartfelt choral expresses the comfort of God's promises. The third verse offers a chance to feature the men's voices, followed by a lovely SSA section.

Commissioned by the First United Methodist Church of Arab, Alabama, in honor of Eleanor Cobb and her many years of dedication and service, and based upon her favorite hymn.

Shawnee Press
A8695 - SATB, piano, opt. organ, opt. flute

The greatest gift is Jesus, whose death for our salvation is a glorious blessing. Ruth Elaine Schram's medley of three beloved, traditional hymns tenderly reminds us to count our blessings with an arrangement that is versatile for both large and small choirs.

10/4195L - SATB / Two-part Mixed

Children, Go Where I Send Thee
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Imaginative arrangement of the traditional favorite. This bright, crisp setting is very easy to sing yet sounds impressive when sung by even the youngest of choirs. Suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM04010 - SATB
SV98135 - Two Part

Christmas Dreams and Reflections
This collection, designed specifically for the capabilities of the developing voice, features a variety of creative Solo arrangements of carols from around the world by Ruth Elaine Schram. These solos may be performed individually or as a complete Christmas recital for school or church use. The collection is available for the Medium High or the Medium Low voice.

Professionally recorded Piano Accompaniment tracks are available FREE from the Lorenz web site. Visit and search for 30/3137H (Medium High voicing) or 30/3138H (Medium Low voicing). Click on the free download link, and download the appropriate MP3.

Songs include: A la Nanita Nana; All Through the Still, Silent Night; El Rorro; Fa La La Noel; Follow the Christmas Star; Go, Tell It! He is Born; Sing Noel; and What Child Is This?

Heritage (Lorenz)
30/3137H - Medium High
30/3138H - Medium Low

Come Thou Fount
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"Come Thou Fount" is one of the great songs of sacred literature. The soaring melody and expressive texts are powerfully set by Ruth Elaine Schram, capturing the strength and beauty of this exceptional work. Suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL337 - Unis / Two Part
BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

Day By Day (with Peace Like a River)
This moving setting of the beloved hymn "Day By Day" (by Caroline V. Sandell-Berg and Oscar Ahnfelt) has been artfully arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, incorporating the traditional "Peace Like a River." The result is an incredibly moving anthem that will provide wonderful moments in general worship as well as a tender reflection in funeral or memorial services. The song is dedicated in loving memory to Ruthie's precious uncle, Chandler Gage, who walked her down the aisle when she married Scott.

39128 - SATB

Do Lord
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The upbeat swing style of this classic African American Spiritual arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram is ideal for any concert, and suitable for church or school use.   Optional Guitar, Bass, and Drum parts are included in the score.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9985 - SATB
SV9985CD - Accompaniment CD

Down By the Riverside
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The wonderful African-American Spiritual has been given a powerful, upbeat treatment in this fresh arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. Available in multiple voicings, along with a compelling Accompaniment track. Will particularly appeal to youth choirs.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM02071 - SATB
SVM02073 - Two Part

Dry Bones
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The well-known spiritual has been arranged for voices of all ages, with the familiar ascending chromatic key changes in the first section and the descending modulations in the latter section.  Optional guitar, bass and drum parts are included in the score; suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01023 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01024 - Two Part

El Rorro
In this attractive arrangement, Ruth Elaine Schram gives a lovely but lesser-known Mexican lullaby a tender treatment for treble voices. Delightfully simple to sing and featuring delicate dynamic changes, this carol that is appropriate for both school and church settings includes performance options for the original Spanish text, Ruthie's English translation, or a combination of the two. A pronunciation guide for the Spanish lyrics is included.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2872H - SSA
15/2877H - Two-part
99/2926H - Performance / Accomp. CD

Every Night When the Sun Goes In
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Beautiful, legato arrangement of the African American spiritual is suitable for school or church use, and appropriate for contests and festivals.  Only moderately difficult, available in three voicings.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL219 - SATB
BL220 - Three Part Mixed
BL221 - SSA

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
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Inventive, rhythmic arrangement of the African-American spiritual. Both youth and adult choirs will enjoy this one! Suitable for church or school choirs. An accompaniment track is available; optional guitar, bass, and drum parts are included.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9791 - Three Part Mixed
SV9792 - Two Part

Follow the Christmas Star
Based upon the traditional spiritual, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," this mesmerizing setting is full of calls and responses to "follow, follow" and is easily accessible and wonderfully crafted for church or school choirs. The light percussion adds a little something extra to this wonderfully crafted Christmas anthem, flexibly voiced for Two-part any combination.

10/4128L - Two-part Any Combination

Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
Although this tune is often associated with up-beat, rhythmic settings, Ruth Elaine Schram's a cappella arrangement offers a more thoughtful and poignant approach befitting the reverent text. Rich harmonies and well-crafted choral lines ensure a captivating presentation for Christmas worship or holiday concerts.

10/4517L - SATB divisi, a cappella

Give Me Jesus
A lovely pairing of two traditional spirituals, this artful arrangement opens with "Give Me Jesus" then flows so seamlessly into "Steal Away to Jesus" that the listener is unaware of the change to the second tune. Beautiful harmonic colors and a supportive accompaniment make this anthem a great addition to any library. Suitable for General Use or during Lent.

The new Vocal Duet folio works with male or female voices.

10/4378L - SATB / Piano
80/1094L - Vocal Duet
99/3321L - Accompaniment CD

Glory Land Hallelu
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This energetic medley combines two traditional choruses, "Praise Ye the Lord, Hallelujah," and "Do Lord," sprinkled with references to Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus! Lively choral call-and-response makes this the ideal piece for teaching choirs to part-sing, and its flexible voicing is great for both treble and mixed choirs of all ages. Speech chorus and stomps and claps add to the toe-tapping fun! Tim Hayden's delightfully orchestrated CD accompaniment track is available.

00-24382 - Two Part any combination (Level Two)
00-24383 - InstruTrax CD

Go Tell It, He Is Born
Uplifting and lively, this new partner song arrangements pairs two of the most popular Christmas tunes, the traditional French carol, "He Is Born," with the traditional Spiritual, "Go Tell It On the Mountain." Crowned by an optional flute solo, equally suitable for church or school use or any Christmas celebration.

10/3907L - SATB with opt. Flute
10/3908L - Two-part Mixed with opt. Flute
99/2559L - P/A CD

God Is Our Strength
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This versatile anthem may be performed either a cappella or with the optional accompaniment. Based on Psalm 46 and incorporating Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," it underscores the strong and protective nature of God, making it a perfect choice for Reformation Sunday.

10/3345L - SATB (opt. a cappella)

God Will Make a Way
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Ideal for blended worship settings, the Don Moen praise and worship favorite "God Will Make a Way" is beautifully partnered with the hymn classic "He Leadeth Me" by Joseph Gilmore and William Bradbury. Supportive accompaniment and carefully crafted vocal parts make this an accessible anthem for choirs large or small.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3480L - SATB

Good News!
Two delightfully uplifting spirituals, "Good News" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" are partnered in this swing-style, upbeat arrangement for Two-Part Any Combination voices (suggestions given for mixed voices). Expertly crafted for beginning part singers or small, volunteer choirs, it opens with one spiritual, introduces the second, then partners them in the final section. Equally useful in a school or church setting, "Good News!" is a toe tapping, fun choice for both concerts and worship services.

10/3882L - Two-part Any Combination
99/2521L - P/A CD

Guide My Wayfaring Feet
In this inventive arrangement, Ruth Elaine Schram has paired the spirituals "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Guide My Feet." Each haunting melody flows seamlessly throughout the expressive vocals and accompaniment, and flexible voicing options allow for SATB, SAB, or Two-part choirs to perform this creative selection at any time of the year.

10/4066L - SATB or SAB
10/4067L - Two-part Any Combination

Hallelu!  He Lives! (cover) Hallelu! He Lives!
This highly accessible 8 minute mini-musical for unison / two-part children's choir tells the story of the final week of Jesus' life from Palm Sunday through Easter. (Anthems may also be done separately during Holy Week.) Weaving traditional melodies with original melodic material, and providing charming narration in verse form, Ruth Elaine Schram has created a lovely work well suited to the abilities of children, yet rich in meaning for all who hear. Parts for flute, two clarinets, cello, handbells, piano and percussion are available separately for live orchestra, in addition to the Accompaniment CD. Titles include "Joy on That Day," suitable for Palm Sunday, "Table of Love" for Communion / Maundy Thursday, and "Hallelu! He Lives!" for Easter Sunday.

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Heart in Praise
"I lift up my heart in praise to You. Of all creation You are King: to You my praises I will sing." Open your hearts to the love of the Lord and show your praise and thanksgiving with this original anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram. Incorporates an adaptation of "Lauda Anima" by Henry Lyte and John Goss.

37690 - SATB

Heaven!  New!
This bright, upbeat pairing of the spirituals "I Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord No More" and "I Got Shoes" features call and response and simple harmonies supported by a fun, rhythmic piano accompaniment. It is a superb choice for young and developing choirs, and would be very effective in a worship setting.

Choristers Guild
CGE95 - Three-part Mixed
CGE96 - Two-part

Hold On Noah!
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Delightful new work by Mark Cabaniss and Ruth Elaine Schram is sure to please. "Better build a boat and step inside, this is gonna be a bumpy ride!" This foot-tapping new spiritual is pure fun, and tells the favorite story of Noah in a fresh new way. Add the optional rhythm section for a jubilant celebration of faith! Optional parts for guitar, bass, and drums included in the score.

Hal Leonard
08743338 - SATB
08743094 - Bonus Trax

The Holly and the Ivy
Combined with an additional original melody, Ruthie Schram offers this simply joyful and supremely easy art-song setting of the familiar carol for treble voices. Optional Flute part included in score is the perfect complement to this Partner song.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL661 - Unison / Two Part

Holy Night, Silent Night
Perhaps the world's most beloved carols, "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" are masterfully combined in this powerful arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram. The two classics shimmer with rich harmonies, and the addition of the optional string orchestra create a sense of wonder and awe at God's gift of love to us at Christmas. Fitting for worship services and pageants as well as seasonal concerts, this heartwarming choral captures the beauty and essence of the birth of Christ. For mixed or ladies' voices. String orchestration includes reduction for Synth.

10/3899L - SATB
10/3903L - SAB
10/3904L - SSA
30/2506L - String Score (including reduction)
99/2552L - P/A CD

How Beautiful This Silent Night
Commissioned by the widow of David Davenport, this setting of his thoughtful text is gentle and captivating. The beautiful text images in this artful anthem are reinforced by subtle musical references to "Silent Night, Holy Night." Ruthie's melody is unforgettable. Perfect for Christmas Eve services, there is a dual text with Dave's original poem, "How Beautiful on Christmas Eve."

10/4414L - SATB / Piano

How Can I Keep from Singing
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Superb voice leading characterizes this SSA setting of the Traditional Quaker Hymn. A perfect choice for use any time during the church year. Your ladies will sound warm and sensitive on this flowing setting.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL462 - SSA
BLCD0T14 - Accompaniment CD

Hush, Little Baby (Mockingbird)
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This inventive arrangement of the traditional folk song has an alternate text for Christmas.  "Hush, little baby, don't you cry, Mama's gonna sing you a lullaby.  In that lullaby she sings, you'll hear the brush of angels' wings ..."  With a gently rocking interlude to separate the verses and a few harmonic surprises, this is sweet and lovely all the way.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM04029 - SATB
SVM04030 - SAB
04031 - SSA
SVM04029CD - Accompaniment CD

Hymn Tunes A to Z
Lorenz is pleased to present an abundance of preludes, offertories, and postludes in this monumental, 144 page collection compiled by Larry Shackley. Eighteen arrangers, including Mark Hayes, Anna Laura Page, Mary McDonald, Lloyd Larson, and Ruth Elaine Schram have contributed to this survey of beloved Christian hymns, providing at least one hymn tune for each letter of the alphabet. More than half of the pieces in this unique collection have never appeared before in print, making it a must-have volume for every church pianist's bookshelf. For Concert or General use.

70/1851L - Piano

I Have a Dream
From her collection "Every Day's a Holiday" (30/2477H), Ruth Elaine Schram offers this powerful partner song that celebrates our freedom and equality. The lyrical original melody pairs with the traditional "We Shall Overcome" in vocal parts that are accessible and easily learned. Sensitive and thoughtful, this selection is perfect for young and developing choirs and an obvious choice for Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day, or other patriotic celebrations. Beautifully orchestrated Accompaniment CD by Greg Gilpin is available as well.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2751H - Unison / Opt. Two-part
15/2257H - Three-part Mixed
99/2748H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

I Will Arise
Here is the Southern folk melody RESTORATION and its familiar lyrics in a subtly intense a cappella arrangement, featuring a variety of robust choral textures that dramatically fade into a quiet, comforting, and unexpected ending. Voiced SATB, with limited divisi in the Soprano and Alto only.

10/4619L - SATB

Il Est Ne
Unique partner song for S(S)ATB choirs begins with the popular French carol set in a tender, deliberate tempo. The men begin the song, setting the stage for the angelic entrance of ladies voices singing "Gloria in Excelsis!" from Ruth Elaine Schram's original "He Is Born, Gloria!" English subtext is included with the traditional French for flexibility in programming this during the holidays. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at

Carl Fischer
CM9137 - SSATB

Il Est Ne (for SSA voices)
Give the men in your choir a day off! Beautiful, unique partner song for ladies' voices (or Three Part Treble voices) begins with the popular French carol set in a tender, deliberate tempo. The altos begin the song, setting the stage for the angelic entrance of soprano voices singing "Gloria in Excelsis!" (from Ruth Elaine Schram's original "He Is Born, Gloria!"). English subtext is included with the traditional French for flexibility in programming this during the holidays. Suitable for church or school use. (Invite your high school girls to participate, and help them become involved in your church choral program!)

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, follow the link below to the Carl Fischer web site.

Carl Fischer
CM9155 - SSA

In Mercy Broken
The table of grace is the focus of this sacred song bringing to the choir loft a special opportunity to offer a ministry of mercy and hope. Incorporating a classic hymn text by Reginald Heber, the music (EUCHARISTIC HYMN by John S. Hodges) weaves an inviting spirit throughout the arrangement. Logical voice leading and a flowing piano accompaniment beautifully work together for the success of your ensemble.

Shawnee Press
35028987 - SATB / Piano

In the Christmas Spirit
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Incorporating the spirituals "Mary Had a Baby," "The Angel Band," "I'm Gonna Sing," and "Go, Tell It On the Mountain," Ruth Elaine Schram has tied them together with original words and music for a fun, upbeat medley. This bright swing-style piece will be a unique change of pace for the holidays. Suitable for church or school use (with alternate text included), available in multiple voicings.

Warner Bros. / Alfred
SVM05015 - SATB
SVM05016 - Three Part Mixed
SVM05017 - Two Part
SVM05015CD - Accompaniment / Performance CD

Infant Holy
Ruth Elaine Schram has created a gorgeous melding of the beloved carols "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" and "Silent Night" in a gentle arrangement that is equally suited for both church and school use. A gentle, worshipful contrast, it will bring moments of beauty and reflection to any seasonal worship service. Available for SATB, SSA, or Two-part Choirs.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2789H - SATB
15/2790H - SSA
15/2791H - Two-part
99/2774H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Instruments of Praise 2
This collection is a second volume in the popular and versatile format initially created by Ruth Elaine Schram. These creative and practical arrangements work equally well as solos or duets by any combination of C and B-flat instruments. They are ideal for preludes, offertories, special music, or recital programs. This collection features hymn tunes that are particularly suitable for Spring, Lent, and Holy Week, as well as general use.

There has been a resurgence of instrumental music programs in our churches in recent years. One of Ruthie's goals is to provide resources for Volunteer Musicians to use their unique gifts for the Lord. These arrangements are written with them in mind; the music will not look intimidating but will sound fresh and captivating to the listener.

An Accompaniment CD is included in the book to be used for Rehearsal and/or Performance, or as a demo to assist live musicians in interpretation of the arrangements.

30/3122L - C or Bb Instruments and Keyboard

It's All About the Cross
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A brief journey through scripture, outlining the unity of the Old and New Testament with respect to the plan of salvation, is beautifully enhanced with a distinctive melody that delicately paints the scene of Christ's love for us as demonstrated on Calvary. Weaving in themes from the beloved hymn, "When I Survey," the optional String Orchestra accompaniment adds a crowning touch to this moving work. For further flexibility for your music ministry, a string reduction is included with the string score.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3537M - SATB
30/2198M - String Orchestration
99/2046M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Jesus Is Our Christmas Peace
Strains of "Still, Still, Still" open this gently expressive anthem, weaving in and out of the texture as the text offers an ardent prayer for the Prince of Peace to bring peace to a world beset by turmoil. Ruth Elaine Schram and Paul Baertschi give us gorgeous new music with delightful harmonic surprises in this easily prepared anthem suitable for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Absolutely beautiful for Christmas Eve services.

10/4120L - SATB

Jesus Shall Reign
In this sturdy arrangement for brass and piano, Ruth Elaine Schram provides a setting that is well-crafted idiomatically for each of the brass instruments. Ideally suited for worship, "Jesus Shall Reign" (with "Crown Him with Many Crowns") features a supportive piano accompaniment that ensures that the brass will play with confidence and strength! The versatility of the well-known hymn tunes (DUKE STREET by John Hatton and DIADEMATA by George Elvey) makes this a resource suitable throughout the entire church year.

30/3006L - Brass Quintet / Piano

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
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This smooth pairing of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Fairest Lord Jesus" is a gracious intertwining of beloved hymn tunes. The flowing vocal lines and fine keyboard part propel the listener toward a hauntingly beautiful ending. This inventive anthem will inspire the choir and congregation alike. Scored for SAB voices with a fourth part cued in the bass clef to easily adapt it for SATB choirs.

Carl Fischer
CM8744 - SA(T)B

Jesus, Precious Treasure (cover) Jesus, Precious Treasure
This vocal soloist collection is filled with heart-felt songs of devotion to Jesus and hymns that focus on His Name. The varied seasonal themes ensure that this resource will be used throughout the church year with songs suitable for Advent/Christmas, Lent, Stewardship Emphases, and general services. Versatile, it includes optional synthesizer parts to provide a sparkling performance option when used with the piano accompaniment.

An accompaniment CD is included for rehearsal or performance purposes, and it contains two bonus tracks: a live orchestral accompaniment to "His Hands," and a live string accompaniment to "Christmas Grace."

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Jesus, Wayfaring Stranger
Melding the two tunes "Wayfaring Stanger" and "Were You There", Ruthie Schram has treated both with reverence in this easy-to-prepare setting. Flexibly voiced for SATB or Two-part Mixed voices, and supported by a forward-moving accompaniment, this anthem is sure to appeal to choirs of all sizes. Performance / Accompaniment CD available.

10/4623L - SATB/Two-part Mixed
99/3360L - Perf/Acc CD

Joseph's Song (God Was In Control)
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This delightfully amusing recount of the life of the Old Testament prophet, Joseph, is set to the familiar "Yankee Doodle" tune, making this easy to learn for your young singers. From his coat of many colors to his seat on the court of the Pharaoh, this charming, witty children's anthem by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram is ideal for worship, chapel, or Sunday School throughout the year. Sung in unison or in two easy parts, with optional Readings to give background information on this wonderful Bible story, this is sure to be an instant favorite. Fun, sparkling track by Tim Hayden is the perfect accompaniment choice.

29282 - Unison / Two Part
29283 - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
This accessible arrangement of the familiar African American spiritual makes an ideal selection for older children's choirs as well as youth or adult choirs. A well-crafted accompaniment nicely supports the vocals while also painting a picture of Jericho's tumbling walls using descending chromatic patterns heard during the song's introduction and interludes. Performance / Accompaniment CD available.

Shawnee Press
35029810 - Unison/Opt. 2-Part Treble
35029822 - CelebrationTrax A/P CD

Joy to the Whole World
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Winning mixture of "Joy to the World" and "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," suitable for church or school use. The song starts off in 4/4 with a bit of a swing, but for the third verse ("He's got the tiny baby...") it slows to 3/4 and goes to even eighths, while the accompaniment plays portions of "Brahm's Lullaby" and "Rock-a-bye Baby." The tempo picks back up for the fourth verse and a strong ending. The accompaniment CD is orchestrated by Steve Herold.

19136 - Unison / Two Part (Level One)
19137 - Accompaniment CD

Just a Closer Walk
This relaxed and joyful arrangement of the gospel favorite perfectly conveys the happiness of those who walk life's journey with God as their guide. Voiced Two-part Mixed for ease of learning, with an optional Rhythm Section (parts available separately) or an Accompaniment CD for fun and sparkle.

10/4560L - Two-part Mixed
30/3168L - Rhythm Score and Parts
99/3310L - Perf/Acc CD

Kum Ba Yah (published by BriLee)
View scoreView score page 4, page 5
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Unison / Two Part)
The beloved campfire song has been artfully arranged for Unison / Optional Two Part voices.  The familiar melody has been given beautiful fresh harmonies that a new generation will cherish.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL452 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Kyrie (based upon Largo from The New World Symphony)
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 7
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
Traditional Latin text set to music based upon Movement II, "Largo," from Symphony No. 9, Opus 95, "From the New World" by Antonin Dvorak, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. This well-known melody is also known as the Spiritual "Goin' Home." Optional oboe or other C-instrument part is included.

17977 - SATB (Level Three)
44237 - SAB
17978 - Three Part Mixed (Level Two)
17979 - Two Part / SSA (Level Two)

Little Children, Wake and Listen
This traditional French carol begins with the proclamation of "Noel" and is followed by elegant unison and 2 part writing. A lilting piano accompaniment supports the voices, and the shimmer of optional bells is sprinkled throughout. A gorgeous selection for the holidays, suitable for church or school use.

Accompaniment CD available on the Piano Trax Compilation CD for 2013.

Shawnee Press
HL 35028771 - Two-Part / Piano with Opt. Bells
HL 35028580 - Accompaniment CD (Compilation)

Little Innocent Lamb
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Both youth and adults will ask for this anthem! The traditional spiritual Little Lamb, Little Lamb, Little Innocent Lamb has been arranged for Unison and Two Part choirs. Easy to learn and to easy to teach, this offering is a great piece to introduce the traditional spiritual style, or just a treat for your singers! The text has been updated by the arranger to make it less confusing and more applicable to today's choirs.

Shawnee Press
E5525 - Two Part Treble
MD5545 - LiteTrax CD

The Lone, Wild Bird
View scoreView SATB score page 3, page 4
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
This traditional American folk hymn, while elegantly simple, has been given a fresh, stirring setting by Ruth Elaine Schram. An optional soaring flute obbligato is featured, while gorgeous vocal harmonies convey the image of the Great Spirit who comes in lofty flight to give rest to the weary. The richly flowing accompaniment underscores three modulating verses that gradually lift our souls to heaven. Suitable for Pentecost or General use.

23712 - SATB (Level 3)
23713 - SAB (Level 2)

A Long Way from Home
Gorgeous pairing of two beloved Spirituals; "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Going Home" (theme from Dvorak's "New World" Symphony). The two combine effortlessly in this lovely, flowing setting. Dreamy, poignant and tasteful, it will touch the hearts of all who hear it. Voiced for Three Part Mixed voices with an optional Baritone part, making it extremely flexible for the developing (or small) choir. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL638 - Three-part Mixed, opt. Baritone

The Lord Made Them All
Using the traditional English melody Royal Oak (All Things Bright and Beautiful), Ruthie has created an anthem that perfectly combines your adult choir, children (optional), and congregation (optional) in this lovely new setting. The optional Flute solo adds a crowning touch to this worshipful anthem that will be enjoyed by all ages.

42520 - SATB

Lullay Alleluia
View scoreView SSA score page 6, page 7, page 8
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SSA)
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
This gorgeous melding of two beloved carol tunes, "Lullay My Liking" and "The Coventry Carol," features an original text and provides a beautiful and worshipful Christmas lullaby for treble or ladies voices. Artful dynamics rise and fall with the melodic lines, then crescendo to a joyful alleluia. The cello obbligato truly enhances this stunning setting. Available for Two Part or SSA voices; Accompaniment CD available. Suitable for church or school use. This anthem also appears in the SSA collection Six Anthems for Women's Voices and would make a lovely trio or small ensemble piece.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2627H - SATB, with opt. Cello
15/2386H - Two Part, with opt. Cello
15/2418H - SSA, with opt. Cello
45/1158L - SSA Collection
99/2257H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

May the Lord Watch Over You
This anthem is quite versatile as it contains two texts: one to be used as a general anthem and the other as a benediction. Also, it can be performed in a shorter version as explained in the score. In each case, the text is well supported by the warm melody, lovely voice leading, and flowing accompaniment. It includes the time honored hymn, "God Be with You (Till We Meet Again)." An optional cello part is included in the score and adds further versatility. This lovely choral will truly help your congregation to sense the loving presence of our Lord in your worship service.

Jubilate (Alfred Music)
080689165238 - SATB / Piano / Opt. Cello

May We Enter the Stable?
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Lovely song by Gene Grier, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram for mixed voices. Incorporates the traditional "Polish Lullaby" (words translated by George Evans) and has optional flute part included in the score.

EverGreen Morning Press
EMP-0223 - SATB

My Lord, What a Morning
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MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
Stunning arrangement of the classic African American spiritual is appropriate for school or church use.  The SATB version of this expressive setting allows opportunity for a bass soloist (or section) to introduce each verse while the upper voices respond.  Supportive, beautiful accompaniment flows downward as "the stars begin to fall."

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL225 - SATB
BL226 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Nearer, My God, To Thee
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Exquisite! Lowell Mason's classic hymn, made more familiar by its use in the movie, Titanic, has been arranged in a simply gorgeous setting. The text's comforting and prayerful thoughts are reflected in the moving and emotional choral arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram and Walter Knapp, while the optional violin and cello lend an ethereal quality to this wistful arrangement. The musical quality is captivating and the stunning elegance will leave you and your congregation enveloped in the warmth of the Father's love!

Carl Fischer
CM8775 - SAB

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Unison / Two Part)
This well-known spiritual comes to new life in this exquisite arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram.  The harmonies are sonorous and warm, beautifully supporting the melody.  The syncopation gently propels the work through each phrase, ending softly on "Nobody knows my sorrow."  An aesthetic experience awaits your ensemble in this incredible arrangement.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL415 - SATB (limited range)
BL416 - Three Part Mixed
BL417 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T10 or BLCD0T12 - Accompaniment CD

Noel Peace Canon
A simple statement of the beloved "Dona Nobis Pacem" moves effortlessly to the cherished carol "The First Noel" in this striking choral work for Christmas. The two melodies are woven seamlessly into the musical and textual fabric of the anthem. The result is a cry for peace that is welcome in every December musical gathering: in the sanctuary, concert hall, community gathering, or snow-covered street corner. This inspired work is an absolute must!

42539 - SATB

O Come Little Children
"O Come, Little Children" is paired with "Angels We Have Heard on High" in this arrangement that is equally appropriate for school or church choirs. An open-fifth motive on "Come, come..." adds an element of mystery and hushed anticipation as the children approach the manger and the angels sing above. This is very sweet for choirs at all levels! Accompaniment CD available.

43417 - SATB
43418 - SAB
43419 - 2-part
43420 - SoundTrax CD

Open Hearts, Open Doors
Commissioned by the West Yarmouth Congregational Church of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in celebration of their Handicap Accessibility Renovation, this warm and reverent anthem calls all people to enter God's house to renew their faith and to praise Him. The centerpiece is the inclusion of two stanzas of the traditional hymn "In Christ There Is No East or West" (ST. PETER; words by John Oxenham, music by Alexander Reinagle). Flexibly voiced for either SAB or SATB voices.

10/4371L - SAB / SATB / Piano

Partner Songs for the Whole Year Long (cover) Partner Songs for the Whole Year Long
Original and traditional songs in combination for teaching part singing for elementary age children.

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Pat-a-Pan Noel  New!
This fast-paced, energetic and joyful pairing of "Pat-a-Pan" and "Sing We Now of Christmas" is enhanced by both flute and percussion. Available in five voicings to meet the needs of most any ensemble, this dynamic arrangement will create a high point in your holiday worship service or Christmas Pageant. Parts for Hand Drum and Flute are included in score.

Choristers Guild
CGE102 - TB
CGE103 - SSA
CGE04 - Three-part Mixed
CGE105 - Two-Part

Peace Like a River
View scoreView score page 1, page 4, page 5
Traditional African-American Spiritual is set for unison or two part voices with flowing piano accompaniment. Expressive arrangement begins in 4/4, then goes into 3/4 as the text changes to "love is flowing," then back into an energetic 4/4 section for "joy like a fountain," then ends up as it began. Suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL175 - Unison / opt. Two Part

Petit Enfant  New for SSA!
This arrangement of a lovely French carol may be performed in French or English. With canonic-like imitation throughout, this is a sensitive, haunting, beautiful carol, wonderful for seasonal worship. Flexibly voiced for Two-part Mixed / Optional 3-part Mixed voices (Alto part is optional throughout) with piano accompaniment, this is perfect for small church choral programs, youth choirs, or larger church choirs with minimal rehearsal time.

For free MP3 part-by-part Rehearsal and Accompaniment MP3, go to

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL823 - Two-part Mixed / opt. 3-Part Mixed
BL904 - SSA

Prayludes for Autumn
Ruth Elaine Schram finishes her musical trip through the seasons in this fourth volume of her popular Prayludes series. As you page through the leaves of this Autumn collection, you'll find medleys of hymns for Thanksgiving, Christ the King Sunday, All Saints' Day, as well as topical selections for missions or stewardship Sundays. As always, each medley is designed for maximum flexibility to help you to prepare brief fillers or full preludes and offertories. All are easy to prepare and lie comfortably under the hands. Complete your seasonal collection with this colorful fall celebration.

Songs Include: "Blessings," "Hallelujah!," "What a Beautiful World," "Tell the Nations," "Our Foundation, Our Guide," "Crown Him King," "We Thank You God," "We Gather, We Praise," and "For the Saints."

Prayludes for Communion
The seasonal collections of "Prayludes" by Ruth Elaine Schram have been received warmly by church musicians for the beauty of her arrangements and their flexible service uses. This collection contains nine creative medleys of hymns, gospel songs, and spirituals, and each gives you a variety of starting and stopping points to allow for the varying lengths of communion services. Each medley is also designed to flow smoothly into the following piece for times when longer musical meditations are needed. "Prayludes for Communion" will be one of your favorite resources for years to come.

Songs include "Let Us Break Bread" ("Let us Break Bread Together" with "There's a Wideness In God's Mercy"); "Lord Jesus, Break the Bread" ("Break Thou the Bread of Life" with "Fairest Lord Jesus"); "My King, My Shepherd" ("The King of Love My Shepherd Is" with "He Shall Feed His Flock"); "Holy Jesus, Lover of My Soul" ("Jesus, Lover of My Soul" with "Ah, Holy Jesus"); "Partake the Bread of the World" ("O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread" with "Because Thou Hast Said" and "Bread of the World in Mercy Broken"); "Mercy in the Silence" ("Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" with "Depth of Mercy"); "In Memory of His Mercy" ("In Memory of the Savior's Love" with "Only Trust Him"); "Feast of Glory" ("Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast" with "To God Be the Glory"); and "What Wondrous Love for Me" ("What Wondrous Love is This" with "Here, O My Lord, I See Thee" and "And Could It Be").

70/1833L - Piano

Prayludes for Spring (cover) Prayludes for Spring
Nine flexible Piano solos for the Easter Season, including arrangements of favorite hymns for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Communion services. Designed to be adaptable to the changing needs in today's Worship Services that often have time constraints, these arrangements are easily expandable or contractible with optional start and stop points, and optional short endings (to stop there) or long endings (that lead into the next section).

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Prayludes for Winter
Church musicians are expected to be flexible, and Ruth Elaine Schram is making that easier than ever in her continuing "Prayludes" series. A "praylude" is a medley of popular hymns, designed to be playable in several lengths, with optional start and stop points throughout. Easy to prepare but musically satisfying and creative, these nine medleys will take you through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, to the beginning of a New Year.

70/1684L - Keyboard

The REAL Christmas Story
This could quite possibly be the definitive Christmas Musical for young children! Straight from the Luke 2 passage of the Bible, The REAL Christmas Story becomes the script for this adorable preschool musical, created by Ruth Elaine Schram. Due to an unannounced snowstorm, the grandchildren and their parents are unable to fly to Florida to be with their grandparents for Christmas. With the capability to visit via video chats, the grandparents carry on the family tradition of reading the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus to the grandchildren on Christmas Eve. As each scene of "the Story" of peace, joy, hope and love is read, the children respond with five wonderful songs that are perfectly designed for preschoolers, both in content and musicality. Familiar carols and original songs are upbeat, fun, beautiful and sincere in this 15-minute presentation. Whether presented with the contemporary script of this musical, or with your traditional nativity enactment, these songs and music are sure to be a resource to be used year after year.

The accompaniment CD includes both Stereo and Split-Track formats. Downloadable versions of all products are also available from Lillenas Music online at:

9780834181229 - Book / Script
765762156227 - Kids Practice CDs (pack of 10)
765762193901 - Performance Pack (3 Books & Accomp. CD)
765762156326 - Stereo & Split-Trax Accomp CD

Rivers of His Love
View scoreView score page 12
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This ballad incorporates the beloved Spiritual "I've Got Peace Like a River" to create a beautiful song of assurance and praise.  The fluid piano part imitates the flowing water, and the optional flute part introduces the hymn tune later sung by the men.   Suitable any time during the church year for general use, during Lenten services, or for baptism.

Hal Leonard
08742530 - SATB

View scoreView score page 5, page 6
MP3 audioClick here to listen
Cute, light arrangement of the Traditional folk song arranged for SAB voices with optional percussion instruments. Lots of teaching opportunities with changing meters, styles, and tempos, but lots of fun to sing (and play!).  Suitable for church or school use.   Accompaniment cassette available; percussion parts included.

Shawnee Press
GM9806 - SAB
CT9806 - Accompaniment Cassette

Sanctuary (cover) Sanctuary
Beautiful Piano Solo arrangements of reflective hymns are augmented by optional instrumental obbligatos for various instruments including French Horn, Trombone, Cello, Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute and Violin. Instrumental parts downloadable in a variety of clefs and voicings, giving many of your church musicians an opportunity to share their musical gifts with your congregation. Fresh, creative arrangements by Ruth Elaine Schram and Walter Knapp in this useful resource for your music program.

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See Him in the Manger
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MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
This original, rhythmic, upbeat Spiritual by Ruth Elaine Schram will be a change of pace for your Christmas program!  "See Him in the manger, time for joy!   Heaven's love has given us a baby boy.  See Him in the manger, time for praise!  Finally, a Savior after all these days..."

Hal Leonard
08742372 - SATB

Set Down, Servant
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Ruthie Schram has created a wonderful arrangement that captures the very essence of the well-known classic spiritual.  Optionally a cappella throughout, with optional solo phrases, exciting dynamics and a joyful rhythmic feel.  Singable voice parts, featuring movement in the bass line, make it entertaining and fun for your choir and audience.  Sure to be a winner!

Carl Fischer
CM8855 - SATB (opt. a cappella)
CM8852CD - Accompaniment CD

Shalom, Pacem, Peace
Based upon the haunting "By the Waters of Babylon" folk tune, this gorgeous, poignant setting is a call for peace in three languages: Hebrew, Latin, and English. Set as a round, it will work for any combination of voices and will be easily learned by any age group. Optional instrumental parts for Cello and Two Violins (or Flute and Oboe) add depth and beauty to the flowing accompaniment in this piece that is equally effective for church and school. A very effective selection for 9/11 memorial services.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2948H - SATB with Descant / Piano
15/2796H - Three-part Any Combination
99/2778H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Shepherds! Sing Noel!
A delightful pairing of "Shepherds! Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" and "Sing We Now of Christmas" comprise this holiday feature for young male voices. Use the optional tambourine part included in the score to add a festive flavor to this joyful mini-medley!

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL711 - TB

Silent Night
Ruth Elaine Schram has created an arrangement of extraordinary beauty of the beloved carol . A lush piano accompaniment and cello part add the crowning touches to this wonderful carol setting which is equally appropriate for both school and church use. Cello part included in score; Performance / Accompaniment CD available.


Silent the Night
Gently moving and extraordinarily beautiful, "Silent the Night" opens with a beautiful original melody by Ruth Elaine Schram, then flows seamlessly in and out of The "Coventry Carol" and "Silent Night, Holy Night." Perfect for Christmas worship and school holiday concerts, it is easily prepared and effectively performed with any of the accompaniment options. (From the cantata "Night of Wonder, Night of Joy" by Niel Lorenz and Ruth Elaine Schram, Orchestrated by Stan Pethel; SATB--65/1999L; SAB--65/2000L)

10/4279L - SATB
10/4280L - SAB
30/2868L - Orchestral Score and Parts
30/2869L - Orchestral CD-Rom
99/3028L - Performance / Accomp. CD

Simple Gifts
View scoreView Two Part score page 8, page 9
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
The 18th century Shaker hymn tune has been artfully arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram for multiple voicings.  Use of unison and echo singing, in conjunction with beautiful harmonies make this piece easy to learn but lush to the ear.  Optional flute part is included in the score.  Equally suitable for church or school use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01028 - SATB
SVM01031 - SSA
SVM01032 - TBB
SVM01029 - Three Part Mixed
SVM01030 - Two Part

Simply Carols
In this collection of twelve beloved carols, Ruth Elaine Schram has arranged six unison or two-part songs that celebrate the musical traditions of France, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, and the United States. It boasts supportive piano accompaniments, reproducible song sheets, and an optional fully orchestrated CD recording (orchestrated by Tim Hayden). As an added bonus, reproducible narrations that give historical detail may be printed in your bulletin or added to the program to introduce each carol and create a special program. "Simply Carols" is an outstanding resource for children's and youth choirs, as well as small adult and senior choirs. Suitable for Church, Sunday School programs, or School.

30/2605L - Songbook and P/A CD
30/2606L - Songbook only

Simply Spirituals (cover) Simply Spirituals
Six easy Unison or Two Part Spirituals with reproducible song sheets arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Second in the "Simple Songs of Faith" series with young singers and developing choirs in mind.

30/2430L - Unison / Two Part Book
99/2451L - Accompaniment CD
30/2431L - Book / Accompaniment CD Combination

Sing Joy to the World
The beloved carol by G. F. Handel, set for three part treble voices, is creatively and attractively paired with "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi in the accompaniment, resulting in a delightful turn of two classics that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. Equally appropriate for school or church.

For free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments, go to

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL705 - SSA

Sing Now His Song
This sparkling anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram will be a joyful addition to any worship setting! Original musical material moves effortlessly into a statement of the well loved hymn, "Come, Christians, Join to Sing" and then back into the original music to end the piece with sounds of highest praise.

Parts for three octave handbell choir are included with the score and will only add further to the celebratory nature of this delightful piece.

Jubilate (Alfred Music)
080689203237 - SATB / Piano / Opt. Handbells

Sing We All Noel
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
This fun, upbeat pairing of two African folk songs (from Ruthie's collection, "It's Christmas Everywhere") is a dynamite choice for your choir of any age during the Christmas holidays. Two sets of lyrics are included, making this perfectly suitable for church or school use. Employing a variety of percussion adds to the fun, and specific suggestions and ideas for use are provided. For mixed or treble voices; delightful accompaniment CD orchestrated by Greg Gilpin. Three-part Mixed / SAB version works with E - C range or F - D range for guys.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2981H - SATB / Piano / Percussion
15/2488H - Three-part Mixed / SAB
15/2487H - Two-part
99/2377H - P/A CD

Sing We Two of Christmas
Compiled by Jean Anne Shafferman, this collection of Seasonal songs for Two Equal voices includes Ruthie Schram's beautiful arrangement of "A La Nanita Nana." These flexible duets are a great resource for holiday concert or Advent / Christmas worship. Both parts are scored in the treble clef and can be performed by unchanged treble voices, women's voices, men's voices, or mixed voices. Book includes mixed media CD.

30/2504L - Book/CD Combination

Sleep, Holy Babe
Based upon a relatively unknown carol by John B. Dykes, this lovely arrangement incorporates portions of the beloved "Still, Still, Still," which is always a favorite at Christmas time. This sensitive and accessible setting by Ruth Elaine Schram with its unexpected chord structure will be warmly received in either a church or school setting, and is perfectly suitable for a Christmas Eve service or Winter Concert. With limited range SATB voicing (perfect for smaller choirs or choirs with limited range abilities), Sleep Holy Babe is accompanied by piano with optional flute and glockenspiel.

Carl Fischer
CM9314 - Limited SATB / Piano, Flute, Glockenspiel

Somebody Bigger Has the World In His Hands
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Ruth Elaine Schram imparts a message of comfort and hope with this partner song pairing "Somebody Bigger than You and I" by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, and Sonny Burke, with the familiar tune "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The result is a powerful song that will be popular with both your choir and your congregation. Optional a cappella beginning sets the tone for a worshipful moment.

Carl Fischer
CM8924 - SATB

Somebody Got Lost
Give your ladies a Sunday off!! Terrific, upbeat arrangement of the lesser-known Spiritual for male voices. The music is so much fun, you may not even realize the import of the message: "We can all get lost in the storms of life!" Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at Voiced TB with optional third part.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL628 - T(T)B

Steal Away
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SSA)
Beautiful and sensitive setting of the well-known spiritual is suitable for church or school use. The musical imagery is exquisite with great expressive potential and lots of teaching opportunities. The limited range in the SATB version is perfect for the developing ensemble capable of four part harmony.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL353 - SATB
BL354 - SSA
BLCD00T5 or BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

Suo Gan
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 4, page 5
The gorgeous lullaby that has been heard in several commercials has been arranged for young voices, and will be a lovely addition to your holiday concert or festival repertoire.  Available in Three Part Mixed and Two Part voicings.  Suitable for school or church use. Now available in the new "Children of the World" book from Alfred.

Alfred (formerly Warner Brothers)
SV98116 - Three Part Mixed
SV98115 - Two Part
31193 - Book

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 1, page 2
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
Soulful arrangement of the African American Spiritual by Ruth Elaine Schram includes a mixture of up-beat swing eighths and a change of feel to lush, even eighths. Suitable for school or church use, with optional solo (which may be performed by unison choir).

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL245 - Three Part Mixed
BL246 - Unison / Optional Two Part

That Promised Land
In "That Promised Land," Ruth Elaine Schram has paired two traditional spirituals - "Walk Together, Children," and "When the Saints Go Marching In," and the result is a pure delight. After each song is first stated alone, they are cleverly partnered in a way that makes this arrangement both easy-to-learn and fun for any combination of two-part voices and choirs of all ages. Delightful accompaniment track (orchestrated by Tim Hayden) makes this tune sparkle! Suitable for school or church use.

10/4038L - Two-part Any Combination
99/2723L - P/A CD

There Will Be Joy
Handel's buoyant "Joy to the World" is referenced in this uplifting original anthem from Ruthie Schram, which is suitable for Advent or Christmas Eve. The flexible textures are sure to work well for smaller choirs or as a one-rehearsal anthem for larger choirs, offering a perfect worship resource for the busy holiday season. (Voiced SATB; for Two-part Mixed, simply omit the Alto and Bass notes.)

10/4132L - SATB or Two-part Mixed

There's a Song in the Air
The lilting melody and triple meter give the lovely carol "There's a Song in the Air" (by Josiah Holland and Karl Harrington) a tender quality that is enhanced by Ruthie's setting, which is full of lovely harmonic nuance. The text images are sheer poetry, focusing on the nativity and the message that Mary's babe is King of kings. The flexible SATB / SAB voicing makes it easily prepared for Christmas Eve, Christmas, or Christmastide. Optional Flute Part adds a crowning touch and is included in the score.

10/4226L - SATB/SAB / Flute
99/2975L - Performance / Accomp. CD

They Crucified My Lord
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Poignant pairing of two favorite Lenten Spirituals, "Were You There?" and "He Never Said a Mumbalin' Word." Mixed meters (moving from 4/4 to 3/4 and back) emphasize the thought-provoking text of "Were You There," without being jarring. Very effective for Maundy Thursday, Communion Services, or any time during Lent.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Bros.)
BSCM00022 - SATB

Wade in the Water
View scoreView SATB score page 5, page 6, page 7
MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
This light, jazzy "swing" arrangement of the folk song is perfect for general use in school or church. Guitar, Bass, and drum parts are included, and an accompaniment track is available. Moderate ranges are suitable for any age choir.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV98123 - SATB
SV98124 - Three Part Mixed

Walk in the Light
Appropriate for use during the entire church year, this anthem is intended to be easily learned and presented with selected sections teachable to the congregation. (Reproducible part for Congregation is included on back page.) It is flexible in design and can be used as a complete anthem or a simple benediction. Incorporating the popular South African Folksong "Siyahamba;" choirs may alternate singing the English words with the Zulu text.

42528 - SATB

Walk This Lonesome Valley
In this combination of two familiar and beloved spirituals, Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a thoughtful and captivating medley suitable for both church and school use. Beginning with "We must walk this lonesome valley, we have to walk it by ourselves..." then culminating in the invitation, "But I want You, Lord, to walk with me..." Gorgeous chords permeate the vocals and piano accompaniment, both of which are further strengthened by an optional cello obbligato which is included in the score. Available in multiple voicings.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2889H - SATB
15/2890H - Three-part Mixed
15/2891H - Two-part
80/1092L - Solo
99/2938H - Performance / Accomp. CD
99/2961H - Fall 2012 Accompaniment Trak 24

We Are Gathered Here
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MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
This beautiful piece weaves portions of the well-known hymns "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship" and "Amazing Grace" with original words and music.  The text reminds us why we gather together in our places of worship: to confess our shortcomings, to receive God's grace, to bring Him our hopes and our cares, to unite in prayer and praise.  This work resonates with a gentle reverence, as portions of the hymns are sung by the men underneath the original music sung by the ladies.  The modulation into the last verse is unique and dramatic, in that the singers will actually be singing in a lower key than before.  This piece can be a very moving musical and spiritual experience!

Hal Leonard
08742649 - SATB

We Wait
This unforgettable Advent anthem (in the "Ready to Worship" series) with lovely original text images incorporates the traditional carol "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (music by John H. Hopkins, Jr.). It prompts us to consider that we all are waiting for the Messiah. Flexibly voiced for SATB or SAB choirs, accompanied by Piano with a gorgeous Cello obligato (optional; available as a free digital download from Lorenz). Beautifully recorded Accompaniment CD available.

To download the cello part, visit and search 10/4372L.

10/4372L - SATB / SAB / Piano with Opt. Cello
99/3177L - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Were You There in Bethlehem?
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This expressive anthem suitable any time during the Christmas season incorporates portions of the beloved spiritual, "Were You There?" woven with original words and music. Poetic imagery gently paints the scene, building up to the dramatic chorus:   "...If I had been there in Bethlehem, with heart full of wonder, I would have welcomed Him; If I had seen Him, touched Him, held Him..." Optional flute part included in the score adds to the beauty of this piece. Highly effective for Christmas Eve services. Accompaniment track is available.

Hal Leonard
08742371 - SATB

The Wexford Carol
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Ruth Elaine Schram's arrangement of the gorgeous carol is exquisite for ladies' voices and suitable for church or school use. "...In Bethlehem, upon that morn, there was a babe so wondrous, born..."

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL400 - SSA
BLCD00T8 - Accompaniment CD

The Wexford Carol
The gorgeous Irish carol has been paired with the familiar "Venite adoremus Dominum" chorus from "The Snow Lay on the Ground" to create a lovely Christmas offering for treble voices. Optional flute and cello parts add a crowning touch to this exquisite selection that is suitable for church and school settings.

Performance/Accompaniment CD available.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3031H - SSA / Piano / Flute & Cello
15/3032H - Two-part / Piano/ Flute & Cello
99/3073H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

What Are You Dreaming Of?
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This delightful piece by Ruthie Schram lifts aspirations for a special Christmas moment for young voices with her precious song which partners "Silent Night" with an enchanting new original work. A wonderful teaching piece for choirs beginning to learn part-singing, yet eloquent enough to captivate choirs capable of harmony.

Shawnee Press
E5531 - Two Part Treble
MD5605 - LiteTrax Accompaniment CD

What Child Is This
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This gorgeous setting of the beloved carol is set for SSA voices. By featuring two clarinets, Ruthie has created a hauntingly beautiful and unique Middle Eastern aura. Optional lyrics are included to make it equally suitable for school use as well.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2826H - SATB
15/2680H - SSA
99/2612H - P/A CD

With What Shall I Come?
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Although this is an anthem suitable for general use, it would be particularly appropriate for a new stewardship emphasis or even as an offertory. Based on Micah 6:6-8, Ruth Elaine Schram's inspired treatment of this text is set in a minor mode, enhancing the essence of the scripture. A creative inclusion of a portion of the familiar Isaac Watts text "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all" is a fitting culmination and response to the opening question of the anthem.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/2849L - SATB

Wonderful Grace
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What fun!! Delightful medley of "Grace" hymns, beginning with "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" by Haldor Lillenas, moving on to "Grace Greater Than Our Sin" by Julia Johnston and Daniel Towner, and quoting "Amazing Grace." Arranged by the creative duo of Walter Knapp and Ruth Elaine Schram, you will need an accomplished accompanist to keep up!

Carl Fischer
CM8920 - SATB

Yoo Yoo (Baby Won't Sleep)
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Give your men a Sunday off during the busy holidays, or give your ladies an extra special moment in the worship service! This gentle Ruth Elaine Schram setting of a lovely Kenyan folk song is an opportunity to give your ladies a chance to tenderly tell the story of the Christ child in the manger. "...Star shine falling, brighter than day; shepherds calling, joyful are they. Tucked among the cattle and sheep, no wonder baby won't sleep!" Suitable for church or school use.

28493 - SSA

You Took Our Place
Ruthie Schram's original text examines the great mystery of our Lord's sacrifice on the cross as it pairs with the haunting Scarborough Fair melody. The flexible voicing (SATB or Two-part Mixed) makes this piece ideal for choirs of all sizes. Beautiful Cello part is available as a free download from the publisher. Visit and search for 10/4452L. Performance / Accompaniment CD is also available.

10/4452L - SATB/Two-part Mixed
99/3337L - Perf/Acc CD

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