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New Choral Music by Ruth Elaine Schram
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Away In a Manger
A beautiful new setting for String Orchestra that combines both of the Christmas carol tunes (one by James R. Murray and one by Jonathan Spillman) into one complete arrangement. This is an exceptionally colorful arrangement of these beautiful carols, with flowing lines and fresh harmonic treatments, which are sure to please both Young String Orchestra members and their audience. Ruthie has a reputation among choral directors, and her flowing style will surely be popular with string groups as well.

Grade 2, scored for Violin I, Violin II, Violin III / Viola in Treble Clef, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano.

Carl Fischer
YAS138 - String Orchestra and Piano

Behold That Light
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Fresh, upbeat arrangement binds together the traditional spirituals Behold That Star, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow, and Go, Tell It On the Mountain for a joyful seasonal selection for your church or school choir. Very singable voice parts and a lively piano accompaniment make this piece a pleasure to teach and perform! Available in three voicings.

Carl Fischer
CM8994 - SATB
CM8995 - Three Part Mixed
CM8996 - Two Part

Candles in December
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The image of flickering candlelight in this gentle piece creates a glow of warmth and peace for the holidays. The work shimmers as the voice parts flow from unison, expanding into lush treble harmonies. "Candles in December have no language or tongue, but they breathe a message of peace for everyone..."

Carl Fischer
CM9088 - SSA

A Day in the Life of the Sun
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Stunning, amazing choral tone poem with a soaring melody, accessible ranges, poignant text, and colorful piano accompaniment will captivate singers and listeners alike. Brilliant portrayal of the sun's journey across the sky, flexibly voiced for Unison, Two Part, or SSA choirs. Suitable for general use; particularly effective for Earth Day or Spring concerts. "I begin the journey with a fire of anticipation, I rise into the skies of blue; there is nothing but air beneath me..."

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9093 - Unison / Two Part / SSA

Fall, Slow Tears
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The SSATB revoicing of this best-selling title by Ruth Elaine Schram is her 1000th choral publication, making this an historic printing both for her and for Carl Fischer Music. In the musical lines of the voices and piano accompaniment alike, the "falling" motive of shed tears creates a highly symbolic experience for singers as well as worshippers. This lush, thought-provoking and reflective work calls worshippers to a time of repentance and recognition of what Christ has done for us by His death on the cross. This gorgeous piece is perfectly suited for Communion, Lenten or other services of confession. Stunning, beautiful, and hauntingly memorable!

Carl Fischer
CM8687 - SAB
CM8838 - SSATB

Follow the Golden Sun
Young choirs always enjoy singing about reaching their dreams for the future, and this piece will let them do it in a very gratifying way. "If I could choose, I would chase the wind ... I would soar the azure skies, if I had the wings to fly!" Perfect for spring concerts and graduation ceremonies, it is simply gorgeous!

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9219 - SATB

A Gentleman's Christmas
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This relatively easy medley for your TB choir includes "Go, Tell It on the Mountain," "Christ Was Born on Christmas Day," and "Good Christian Men, Rejoice." Set in a nicely laid-back 12/8 feel throughout, this fun, upbeat medley will be fun for everyone involved! The last two measures include an optional third part to fill out the chord and provide a climactic ending. Suitable for church or school use.

Carl Fischer
CM9031 - T(B)B

Glorificamus Te
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Traditional Latin text and original music (with the option of singing a cappella) by Ruth Elaine Schram make this effective choral work a natural for concert performance. For SATB voices, this is easily sung, but has big impact with lots of exciting dynamics. Very rhythmic and fast-paced, this would be a perfect opener or closing number for use any time during the year. The climactic off-beat entrances make this fun to rehearse and perform! Especially appropriate for contest and festival use.

Carl Fischer
CM8943 - SATB (opt. a cappella)

The God of Love Will Find You
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Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker have teamed up to create this piece that conveys God's promise to never leave or forsake His own. The text is a message of assurance, and is easily prepared for use any time during the church year.

Carl Fischer
CM8819 - SATB

His Eye Is On the Sparrow
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With a sense of comfort and protection from the tender text, this is perhaps one of the best loved and most performed of all gospel songs.  Heard in every form imaginable from recording artists to movie sound tracks, this is truly a universal favorite.  This beautiful arrangement for SATB or SAB choirs includes the addition of flute and cello parts which add a haunting and lyrical touch to this beautiful choral.  Perfect for special services of dedication, memorial and comfort as well as general services any time.  Sung with conviction, feeling and gratitude, this choral work will become a blessing to choirs and congregations alike.  A solo version is available in the collection "They Could Not" also published by Carl Fischer.

Carl Fischer
CM8841 - SATB/Flute/Cello
CM8842 - SAB/Flute/Cello
VF8 - Solo Collection

I Wonder As I Wander
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A beautifully harmonic setting of the popular carol with long, flowing lines, this will appeal to every church choir capable of singing three-part divisi for both women and men. The skillfully written keyboard accompaniment and flute obbligato provide marvelous support and tonal color throughout. Chord symbols are provided to add string synthesizer to complete the effect. Beautiful!

It has been scored for concert band by Larry Clark and can be performed by band alone or as an accompaniment to the choral setting giving you some great performance options.

Carl Fischer
CM9001 - S(S)AT(T)B with optional Flute and String Synth
SPS33 - Concert Band Set
SPS33F - Concert Band Full Score
SPS33P - Concert Band Parts

Il Est Ne
Unique partner song for Mixed voices 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 performance.

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9137 - SSATB

Il Est Ne (for SSA voices)
Unique partner song for SSA choirs 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 school or church use.

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9155 - SSA

Jesus Is My Shepherd
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"Jesus is my Shepherd, Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Shepherd, I won't be afraid anymore. Though the darkness is all around me, though my enemies surround me, I will trust in the Lord. I won't be afraid anymore..." Ruth Elaine Schram pairs the familiar "Jesus Loves Me" by Anna Warner and William Bradbury with original words and music. The result is a sweetly uplifting partner song, perfect for times of prayer, dedication, funeral services, and other occasions of intimate worship of the Lord as "our Shepherd" or studies of Psalm 23.

Carl Fischer
CM8917 - SATB

Listen!
Quoting the Traditional Gaelic melody "Bunessan" (Morning Has Broken) and "Merrial" (Now the Day is Over), Ruth Elaine Schram delivers a rhythmic, pulsing a cappella choral that is engaging and fun. Mixed meters are juxtaposed with homophonic, chorale-style harmonies, and build to a thrilling conclusion. "Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of life!" Voiced for Mixed choirs with divisi.

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9132 - S(S)AT(T)B

The Lorelei
Popular German folk song recounts the tale of the lure of the Siren's song and the sailor's fatal shipwreck in this haunting setting for male voices. Lush, romantic harmonies and lovely part writing create a dreamy effect as the story unfolds, and builds to its chilling conclusion. "Be warned, my friend, and heed not the call of the Lorelei!"

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9112 - TTB

Medieval Noel
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Combining "Masters In This Hall," "Pat-a-Pan," and "Sing We Now of Christmas," Ruthie Schram arranges these medieval carols in a stunning partner song combination that can be sung accompanied or a cappella.  This spectacular arrangement boasts madrigal style articulation of both text and vocal line, as well as intervallic reinforcement of the period.  The three carols, individually introduced thematically, become one beautiful canon in the closing section.  This is perfect for Madrigal Dinners, Medieval Christmas celebrations, or any holiday concert.  Suitable for church or school use.

Carl Fischer
CM8862 - SATB (opt. a cappella)

Miserere Nobis
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This appropriately mournful setting of the traditional Latin text is rich in harmonic nuances and lyrical melodic lines. With full Latin text, singable voice parts in open score, and a keyboard part that does more than support the voices, this is a work of high quality for mixed choirs. May also be done a cappella by more advanced choirs for an additional challenge.

Carl Fischer
CM8989 - SATB (Accompanied or a cappella)

Nearer, My God, To Thee
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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

A New Day Has Dawned
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Celebrate the coming of spring with this rhapsodic, poetic original on the theme of life's renewal and the rebirth of hope. " ... A new day has dawned, and in this very hour the time has come at last to flower. There is wonder all around, there is joy to be found, and a new song to sing as we celebrate the spring." Accessibly voiced for Three-Part Mixed choirs with an optional baritone part for a four-part choral texture.

Carl Fischer
CM9086 - Three Part Mixed with Opt. Baritone

Night Reverie
In this beautiful choral lullaby for treble choirs, Debussy's gorgeous "Reverie" is artfully woven with the Welsh "All Through the Night." Your treble choir will grow musically while learning this dreamy selection. "Sleep, dear baby, sleep all through the night..." Suitable for school or church use.

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9241 - SSA

O Come to Bethlehem
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This Christmas choral, which combines original material with two familiar tunes, "O Come, Little Children" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," is a great opener for school programs, particularly combined programs. The setting is just the perfect fit for mixed voices with a unison line (may be done by younger voices or a small ensemble of select voices), with very nice exchange of melody between them. The solid accompaniment supports the lovely melody while the text summons us all to come to Bethlehem. An optional string synthesizer part is included in the score, adding just the right touch. A beautiful orchestration by Ruthie's brother, John G. Gage is now available, making this a perfect opener for a Christmas Pageant or your Winter Concert in schools with band and orchestra programs.

Carl Fischer
CM8774 - SATB / Children with strings
CM8774IN - Orchestral Accompaniment
CM8774CD - Accompaniment CD

The Oak and the Ash
This jaunty arrangement of a traditional English folk song tells the story of a woman who laments being away from her home in the North Country. Lovely harmonic refrains contrast with lyric unison verses, all enhanced by the piano accompaniment and two optional flutes. (Flute parts are included in score.) In minor mode throughout, this is very tasteful and pretty for women's choirs!

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9341 - SSA

Railroad
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This swingin' arrangement of "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" by Ruth Elaine Schram offers program notes by the arranger inside the front cover, which include background information on this folk medley as well as some rehearsal tips and performance suggestions. With a couple of speech riffs and a little jazz flavor, this delightfully fresh presentation of this work will make a fun folk-novelty feature for any concert. Available for mixed choirs (includes some optional cues for divisi in the ladies) or men's voices.

Carl Fischer
CM9073 - SATB
CM9074 - TTB

Rise, Rise Thou Merry Lark
Melodic and singable, with delightful harmonies, this setting of the Welsh folk song has a bright, lilting feel. It's a great piece for teaching the musical line, and the ranges are very appropriate for young singers.

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9237 - Unison / Opt. Two-part

Set Down, Servant
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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

Sing We Fa La La
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This one will keep everyone on their toes! Delightful, creative medley of "Here We Come A-Caroling," "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Deck the Hall," and "Jingle Bells," all woven together seamlessly with plenty of unison writing to make it easy to put together in limited rehearsal time. Cleverly and tastefully done, utilizing moderate ranges for the high school or community musician, this is a healthy dose of holiday fun!

Carl Fischer
CM9030 - SATB

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 school or church setting, and is perfectly suitable for a Winter Concert or Christmas Eve service. With limited range SATB voicing (perfect for developing 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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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

Streets of Laredo
Ruthie Schram's arrangement of this traditional ballad opens with a solo voice describing the scene in this Texas town. When the rest of the TBB chorus joins in, they benefit from the full, rich part writing. A great selection for the male chorus!

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9160 - TBB

Sunset  New!
Ruth Elaine Schram captures the beauty of a sunset using various hues and word painting, in this lush setting for treble ensembles. "Sunset" offers a bounty of teaching opportunities to reinforce syllabic/word stress, tone development, and intonation. The artful piano accompaniment sets a wistful tone for this lovely work, or it may be performed a cappella.

A free MP3 accompaniment is available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9432 - SSA

The Talents We Possess
Commissioned by the Keene State College Choir in Keene, New Hampshire, Ruth Elaine Schram has penned a very thoughtful and beautiful composition. She encourages us all to use the talents we possess, and develop them to the best of our ability. Even though we are not all destined to be the best at what we do, we can still be the best we can be.

Everyone can relate to the inspirational message of the text, which is well served by the lovely music. This is a perfect selection for graduation or end-of-year ceremonies. "So, sing your song, let your radiance shine! Combine your gifts with those of mine. How lovely the world could be if we each gave our best of the talents we possess."

Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the publisher.

Carl Fischer
CM9171 - SATB

Thank You Again
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With tender music appropriate for her text, Ruth Elaine Schram has written a lovely two-part treble piece that will do much to encourage thoughtfulness in the young performers. The piece is particularly suitable for Winter and Spring Concert use, acknowledging the contribution of parents and grandparents in our lives, with alternate text to honor civil servants such as police, firefighters and the armed forces that would make this piece suitable for end of year, patriotic, or law-enforcement awareness celebrations.

Carl Fischer
CM9068 - Two Part Treble

They Could Not (cover) They Could Not
Sacred Vocal Solos for Christmas, Easter and General Worship featuring the music of Gary Hallquist and Ruth Elaine Schram.

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Venite Adoremus, Gesu Bambino
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An arrangement of rare beauty! Adeste Fideles and Gesu Bambino are woven together seamlessly, resulting in a stunning choral that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. There is some Latin, but most of the text is English, and the accompaniment with optional flute part (included in score) contributes its own voice as it supports the glorious sound of the voices. School and community choirs everywhere will be performing this with great success for many years to come!

Carl Fischer
CM8957 - SATB

Winter Feels the Sword of Spring
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A descriptive text on the coming of Spring by John Parker, and beautiful text painting with music by Ruth Elaine Schram in a minor mode, make this a perfect Spring concert selection for Middle School voices. Just stunning!

Carl Fischer
CM8961 - Three Part Mixed

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

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