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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

All For a Baby
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After a brief introduction that implies glittering points of light in a midnight blue December sky, treble voices float in the upper register before the fluid accompaniment enters. This gorgeous original is absolutely enchanting and equally suitable for school or church use, for mixed or ladies voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2526H - SATB
15/2527H - SSA
99/2400H - P/A CD

All the World is Winter
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This wonderfully descriptive piece by Ruth Elaine Schram and Celsie Staggers depicts the stark beauty of winter. A lovely musical picture is painted with lush, close harmonies and fluid piano accompaniment for SATB or SSAA ensembles. A piano track is also available.

Shawnee Press
A2172 - SATB
B0610 - SSAA
CD0137 - Accompaniment CD (piano only)

All Through the Night (cover) All Through the Night
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This gorgeous arrangement of the Welsh folk song is a perfect choice for the Christmas season or any time. Easily learned; suitable for children's voices or ladies voices.  The SSA version of this song was a number one seller and this arrangement was adapted for use in the HBO television series, "The Sopranos".

Also available in the "Rise Up and Sing!" SSA concert collection.

Alfred
11303 - Two-Part (Level Two)
11302 - SSA (Level Three)
22943 - SSA collection
22944 - collection SoundTrax CD

Angels Watching Over Me
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Equally suitable for school or church use, this delightful melding of three spirituals allows opportunities for young, developing choirs to create beautiful tone quality while preparing for an artistic performance. Beginning with "All Night, All Day," the song 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

The Ash Grove
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The soaring Welsh folk tune is surrounded by a flowing piano accompaniment and imitative counterlines in this delightfully sensitive setting. With rich, easily singable harmonies, this will make any choir sound wonderful.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01033 - Three Part Mixed
SVM04007 - SATB
SVM01034 - Two Part
SVM04008 - SSAA

Balulalow
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The ACDA Choral Journal called this Ruth Elaine Schram text "intelligently written and highly poetic," an "enchanting work."  This sensitive, expressive lullaby is destined to be a classic for ladies voices. The wonderful Christmas story is painted in hushed tones and gently brought to life. Suitable for school or church use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL114 - SSA

Bleak Midwinter's Silent Night
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Joining two respected carols into a touching tapestry, this beautiful partner treatment of two loved melodies is a creative selection for the holidays. Suitable for school or church use. Optional Flute part is included in the score and adds a wistful touch.

Featured in the Golden Globe and Oscar nominated film, "Joy" starring Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Shawnee Press
E5296 - Two Part Treble
MD5219 - Jubilation 2005 Accompaniment / Performance CD

Blow, Bugle, Blow
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Memorable melodies abound in this distinguished setting of the Tennyson text. The haunting main theme and canonic effect of the chorus echo make this piece easy to learn and extremely accessible for young singers and developing choirs. A perfect starter piece to begin the year, and the modal flavor creates a splendid programming contrast!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2638H - Three-part Mixed
15/1176H - Two- or Three-part
99/2592H - P/A CD

By Candlelight
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This stunning Christmas original by Ruth Elaine Schram is now available for Two Part Mixed voices in addition to the other voicings. A marvelous lyric describes how beautiful the first Christmas night must have been "by candlelight." Gentle, lyrical music ebbs and flows to perfectly complement the text. Simple and elegant in every way, this is a must for your church and school choirs. In addition to the lovely piano part, a beautifully orchestrated Accompaniment CD is also available.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9943 - SATB
42931 - Two-Part Mixed
SV9944 - Three Part Mixed
SV9945 - Two Part
SVM01001 - SSAA
SV9943CD - Accompaniment CD

By Your Side and In Your Heart
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This inspirational text by Lynne Wolfe-Richards has been set to powerful music by Ruth Elaine Schram and makes the perfect graduation piece. "...Let the river be your guide, let the sun be your warmth, let the trees be your shelter, let the wind be your force; you have nothing to fear, nothing to hide, and remember I am always by your side and in your heart..." Due to the themes of nature woven throughout, this song would also be a good choice for Earth Day or Spring concerts.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM00075 - SATB
SVM00076 - SAB
SVM00075CD - Accompaniment CD

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

Dreams that Children Dream
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There is an innocence and optimism about the way children view the world, and this inspiring original by Ruthie Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers, captures the essence of their delight and wonder. Beginning with the anticipation of morning, then moving on into their daily exploration of the world around them, the piece then culminates in the warm satisfaction of day's end. We are encouraged to dream with them the dreams that children dream: dreams of hope, happiness, peace and security. A terrific signature piece for your choir!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2224H - Two Part
99/2131H - Performance / Accompaniment CD
99/2025H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #19 (Multi-song)

Every Day's a Holiday (cover) Every Day's a Holiday
Delightful collection of twenty songs for celebrations throughout the year. Includes a fabulous chronological listing of national and international observances for all 365 days of the year! Suitable for Grades 2 - 6.

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Fly High, You Grand Old Flag
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How do you spell built-in success for young, developing choirs? A partner song that works! The patriotic George M. Cohan favorite "You're a Grand Old Flag" is partnered with a delightful original melody for use any time of the year. A rousing, energetic gem that will get your audience on their feet!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2194H - Two Part
99/1961H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #18 (Multi-song)

Grumble Too Much
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Based on the premise that women "grumble too much," this upbeat arrangement of the Jamaican Folk Song features lots of fun, back-and-forth dialogue and interplay between the men and the ladies in the SATB edition, and the higher and lower voices in the TTB edition. Several small percussion patterns are included and may be employed throughout, and portions of the accompaniment are designed to sound like steel drums, lending an authentic Island feel for an effective performance.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2112H - SATB
15/2113H - TTB

Hanukkah Shalom
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Ruth Elaine Schram & Linda Marcus have created a different yet authentic Hanukkah song for your winter concert. This gentle, quiet setting in 3/4 about lasting peace, love, and goodwill is very nicely done.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1792H - Two Part
15/2951H - Three-Part Mixed
99/1749H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #15 (Multi-song)

I'm So Glad It's Christmas
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This winsome work will be a delightful addition to your holiday concert, reminding singer and listener what is truly important, what really lasts forever, and what this season of love and caring represents. A perfect concert closer, in easy-to-learn unison voicing.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL364 - Unison
BLCD00T6 - Accompaniment CD

In My World
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"In the world of my dreams, there is love, there is harmony.  There is laughter and joy, there's a home for every girl and boy. In my world, no child goes to bed feeling hungry.  There is plenty for everyone.... How hard can it be to make the world of my dreams the world that we see?  We have the vision, and the courage, and the power and the knowledge to make it so!..."  Powerful, uplifting song, perfect for graduation ceremonies, Spring concerts, or general use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01055 - Two Part

In the Bleak Midwinter
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Beloved text by Christina Rossetti and music by Gustav Holst has been given a fresh setting by Ruth Elaine Schram for ladies voices. Hints of favorite Christmas carols can be heard throughout the piece, both in the alto part and in the piano accompaniment, underscoring germane portions of the text and in the segues between verses.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL270 - SSA

It's Christmas Everywhere (cover) It's Christmas Everywhere
This multicultural delight is an around-the-world celebration of Christmas, exploring carols and traditions from Germany, Japan, Australia, Africa, Mexico, Canada, and Spain.

A marvelous budget-stretcher, this book includes vocal/piano scores, reproducible vocal parts, narrations, and a Performance/Accompaniment CD. Approximately 25-30 minutes in length, it is equally suitable for school or church use.

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Kyrie (based upon Largo from The New World Symphony)
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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.

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

Lullaby On the Wind
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In the hushed silence of Bethlehem we are drawn to a simple stable by the lullaby of a new mother mingled with sounds of a baby's soft cry. This tender moment is beautifully depicted with original music incorporating portions of Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr's "Silent Night" in a tender lullaby that will leave your audience breathless. Sensitive and artistically done. Add wind chimes (each time "Silent Night" is introduced) for an unforgettable effect!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3036H - SATB / Piano
15/1763H - Three Part Mixed / Piano
15/1764H - Two Part / Piano
99/1749H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #15 (Multi-song)

Lullay Alleluia
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This gorgeous melding of two beloved carol tunes, "Lullay My Liking" and "The Coventry Carol," features an original text and provides a beautiful Christmas lullaby for treble 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 school or church use.

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 Road Rise to Meet You
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This fresh setting of the "Old Irish Blessing" is gentle and positive, yet can be sung with firm unanimity.  The message of hope and encouragement, and wish for a safe return, is appropriate for use throughout the year.   It would make a very meaningful benediction, or end to a Spring concert or Graduation ceremony.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL184 - Three Part Mixed
BL185 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Oh, Shenandoah
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The beautiful, early American folk melody is arranged in a lovely new setting by Ruth Elaine Schram, available in multiple voicings. Expressive arrangement gives conductors teaching opportunities with freedom of interpretation.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL153 - SATB
BL154 - Three Part Mixed
BL155 - Two Part

Peace Like a River
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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

Peaceful, Silent Night (cover) Peaceful, Silent Night
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This best-selling anthem is based on the well-known Christmas carol "Stille Nacht," but set in 4/4 rather than the traditional 3/4, giving the melody a more relaxed feel. An original second melody (with original lyrics) works alone or as a lower descant or counter-melody. The lush keyboard part may also be used as a piano solo during the holidays.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL106 - Unison / Optional Two-Part
BL149 - SATB

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 school and church.

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

Shine For You
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Hear the stars tell the Christmas story from their point of view!  "...I see the wise men bringing incense and gold to you. Traveling from afar, searching the skies for a star! I will shine for you, if it's all I can do, I will shine for the child of Christmas!..."  Delightful selection for your winter concert, suitable for school or church use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01039 - SATB
SVM01041 - Two Part
SVM01039CD - Accompaniment CD

Shule Aroon
Ruthie Schram's dynamic setting of this eighteenth-century Irish folk song is the perfect creative programming choice for your treble choirs. A mixture of thoughtful rubato and energetic rhythms, a Gaelic chorus--written phonetically throughout--and an optional violin obbligato all contribute to the lively Celtic flavor and flair. Perfect for Concert or Festival Use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3183H - SATB
15/3002H - SSA
99/3052H - P/A CD

Simple Gifts
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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

Sing We All Noel
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This fun, upbeat pairing of two African folk songs (from Ruthie's collection, "It's Christmas Everywhere") is a dynamite choice for your winter concert. Optional sacred lyrics are included, making this perfectly suitable for school or church 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

Singing in the Rain
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The classic favorite by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Delightful arrangement captures the innocence and joy of another era. Accompaniment cassette or CD is available; optional guitar, bass and drum parts are included.  The Two Part version has been added to Warner Bros.' new "Spotlight on Kids" series, with arrangements of pop standards and Broadway tunes specifically arranged for younger voices.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
CH9765 - SATB
CH9767 - Two Part
CD9767 - Accompaniment CD

The Sky Is Crying On the Sea
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Commissioned by the Learwood Middle School 8th Grade Chorus, Avon Lake, Ohio, this thoughtful, expressive work soars with dramatic intensity and dynamic contrast. The text (based on ideas submitted by the students) is filled with beautiful imagery describing seasonal changes and the circularity of life-giving water, which falls as rain or rises as mist from sea to sky and back again. Stunning, yet accessible for mixed choirs or ladies' voices. Suitable for concert, contest or festival use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2103H - SATB
15/2104H - SSA

Snow is Falling (cover) Snow is Falling
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Wonderful addition to your winter concert, this expressive song depicts the beauty of the falling snow as it "...turns a dreary morning to a magic winter day..."   The original two part and SSA voicings were so popular, SATB and SAB voicings were added.   Beautiful piano accompaniment supports the voices.

Alfred
16214 - SATB (Level Four)
16215 - SAB (Level Three)
11357 - Two-Part (Level Two)
11356 - SSA (Level Three)

The Song That Nature Sings
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This little gem is a proven winner!  Within the interval of a 6th, this beautiful melody is in everyone's range. "...In everything, there is music, a melody, a bit of song; though it may not meet your ear, if you tune your heart to hear, you will recognize and sing along the song that nature sings..." Perfect for general use, Spring concerts or Earth Day. Once your choir has learned this song, everyone has a solo ready for festivals, recitals, or auditions.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL109 - Unison
BL700 - SSA

Still, Still, Still
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Easy to learn but effective arrangement of the familiar German carol, now available for SATB as well as Three Part Mixed or Two Part voices. Suitable for school or church use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV98106 - Two Part
SV98105 - Three-Part Mixed
SVM00049 - SATB
SVM00049CD - Accompaniment CD

We Sing, We Dance!
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This upbeat original vibrates with joy and intensity! The rhythm of the earth is represented in the drums, stomps and Flamenco-style claps, which build to the contrasting bridge. This flowing section celebrates the gift of music, then moves us full circle back to the joyful opening theme for a climactic conclusion. Commissioned by the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association and premiered at the FMEA All State Elementary Chorus concert. Scored for Two or Three Part Treble voices,with opt. drum part included in score.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2223H - Two Part (Opt. SSA)
99/2066H - Performance / Accompaniment CD
99/2025H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #19 (Multi-song)

What Child Is This
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This gorgeous setting of the beloved carol is a most-welcome addition to treble choral literature. 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 or church use.

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

Whispering Snow
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The stark beauty of winter is contrasted to the other seasons in the wistful lyrics of this thoughtful, evocative piece. It is a stunning showcase for treble voices, with opportunities to teach dynamics, phrasing and expressive singing. Perfect for your winter concert.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2218H - SSA
99/2096H - Accompaniment CD

Why Does the Willow Weep?
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Ruth Elaine Schram is at her expressive best in this thoughtful tone poem that exquisitely personifies in nature the causes for human sadness. Vividly poetic with sweeping melodic and harmonic textures, this is both a memorable concert work and music of exceptional maturity for treble or mixed choirs. In addition to the Two Part version as well as the soaring SSA version, now available for SSAB ensembles.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1761H - SSA
15/2486H - Two Part
15/2952H - SSAB
99/2376H - P/A CD

Winter Wonderland
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The favorite pop classic for the holidays by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard comes to life once more in this wonderful arrangement by Ruth Elaine Schram.  The laid back swing style is fun and rhythmic, yet easy to sing.  Available for SATB and Three Part Mixed voices with optional Guitar, Bass and Drum parts included in the score.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
CH9989 - SATB
CH9990 - Three Part Mixed

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