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A La Nanita Nana
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From Ruthie's musical, "It's Christmas Everywhere," 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, a pronunciation guide is included. Suitable for school or church use, available for treble or mixed choirs. Beautifully recorded accompaniment CD is available, orchestrated by Greg Gilpin.

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

Adeste Fideles
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Powerful arrangement of the classic carol, in the original Latin (and some English) and incorporating the "gloria in excelsis Deo" of "Angels We Have Heard on High" in a dynamic ending. The accompaniment's trumpet-like fanfare signals the beginning of the processional or recessional.  Equally useful at the beginning of a concert, or as the ultimate finale.  Suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL319 - SATB
BL320 - Two Part
BLCD00T3 or BLCD00T4 - Accompaniment CD

African Lullaby
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African Lullaby is a tender, timeless song based on the Ugandan Lullaby, "Mwana Wange," it paints a touching and gentle picture of the intimacy of the nativity.   The optional gentle drum parts (included in the score) will enhance the mood of the quiet manger scene.  Available in two voicings, suitable for school or church use.

Hal Leonard
08742783 - SATB
08742784 - Two Part

All Because of Christmas (cover) All Because of Christmas
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"Time for cheer and time for joy; time for every girl and boy to find a gift beneath the tree, chosen for them lovingly, all because of Christmas..." Warm song about the happy anticipation and hope this time of year.

Shawnee
EA-209 - Two Part

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. Easily learned; suitable Two Part choirs of any age, 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

Amen!
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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

Angels Sing Gloria
This glorious Christmas offering melds the traditional text of "Angels We Have Heard on High" with J.S. Bach's beloved "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" melody. Opening triumphantly with an original "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" passage and incorporating engaging dynamic contrasts, this selection presents a fresh take on familiar material that will delight school and church listeners alike. Available in two voicings.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2924H - SATB
15/2925H - SSA
99/2957H - Performance / Accomp. CD

Angels, Spread Your Loving Wings
View scoreView SSA score page 1, page 2, page 3
MP3 audioListen to an excerpt
The exquisite text by Brian Busch has been set by Ruth Elaine Schram in a new voicing for mixed ensembles.  This song affords many opportunities for musical expression and is a good teaching tool as well as a beautiful performance piece for your winter concert or Christmas services.  Appropriate for school or church use. Free MP3 part-by-part rehearsal aids and accompaniments are available from the BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL205 - SATB
BL206 - SSA
BL746 - Three-part Mixed

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 BriLeeMusic.com web site.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL736 - SSA

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 use as well as church.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL114 - SSA

Beautiful Snow
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A winter-time piece which evokes the beauty of a fresh snowfall is ideal for December or winter concerts. Available in three voicings with piano accompaniment; full choral writing in the mixed voice editions, lovely treble harmonies in the SSA edition.

Alfred
18675 - SATB (Level Four)
18676 - Three Part Mixed (Level Three)
18677 - SSA (Level Three)

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

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.

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

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
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William Shakespeare's poetry holds the key to this powerful work, seeking the joy of life, even in the bitter bite of winter's winds. This setting has an expressive, yet somber feel throughout, although it tries to burst the bonds of "man's ingratitude" and "a friend remembered not." An excellent choice of text, message, and interpretive feel. Accompaniment CD is available.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL513 - SSA
BLCD0T17 - Accompaniment CD

By Candlelight
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This easy yet elegant original anthem tells the manger story in a fresh, new light, describing how beautiful that night must have been "by candlelight."  Optional Guitar, Bass, and Drum parts are included in the score.  This Warner Bros. number one seller is suitable for church or school use.   Due to the positive response to the other versions, an SSAA arrangement has been added with professional children's choirs or ladies voices in mind.

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

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

Carol Him Sweetly
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Absolutely gorgeous original work that partners seamlessly with "Silent Night, Holy Night" and is accompanied by optional harp and flute. This sweet Christmas lullaby will leave your congregation breathless.

Hal Leonard
08743087 - SATB with optional harp, flute

Carols for Solo Singers
This superb collection of favorite carols includes ten festive arrangements by Ruth Elaine Schram, Bret Rhoades, Donald Moore, Mark Hayes, Brian Lewis, Vicki Tucker Courtney, Andy Beck, and Sally Albrecht. Appropriate for many occasions during the holidays, suitable for school or church use.

Alfred
35529 - Medium High Songbook
35530 - Med. High Accompaniment CD
35531 - Book/CD Combination
35532 - Medium Low Songbook
35533 - Med. Low Accompaniment CD
35534 - Book/CD Combination

Celebrate, It's Hanukkah!
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 7
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Looking for something different? This is it! This one is in 3/4, rather than the typical "boom-chick" cut time, and has a strong, joyful text. Performance notes by Dr. Brian Busch, president of BriLee Music, give historical background for the establishment of this holiday, as well as teaching opportunities and tips for a superior performance.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL238 - Two Part

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 Around the World
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Delightful piece incorporating "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the Halls" (melody) which teaches students the phrase "Merry Christmas" in several languages, and also encourages acceptance of other cultures by focusing on the feelings we all share at Christmastime, no matter where we call home.  Text and music by Gene Grier and Ruth Elaine Schram.

Shawnee
D0570 - Three Part Mixed
E0439 - Two Part

Christmas Can Begin
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Gorgeous original ballad hearkens back to a time of innocence and beauty that is sometimes forgotten in the rush of the Christmas season today. Dreams, snow, packages with bows ... "When all the lights are out, and children are in bed, when dreamy visions dance inside each sleepy little head, when everyone's tucked in, Christmas can begin..." An elegant choral with gentle piano accompaniment features delicate harmonies; in two voicings.

Shawnee Press
B0629 - SSA
D0684 - SAB
CD0272 - Accompaniment / Performance CD

The Christmas Fir: A Story Song for Christmas
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Thoughtful story song for young voices by Gene Grier and Ruth Elaine Schram incorporates the traditional German carol "O Tannenbaum."  Teaching opportunities include changing meters and modes, yet the song is moderately easy to learn with very supportive accompaniment .

EverGreen Morning Press
EMP-E103 - Two Part

Christmas Is Just Love  New!
Shopping for holiday gifts, preparing Christmas dinner ... everything we do for one another during the holiday season translates into a simple yet profound message: Christmas is just love. Everyone will feel the warmth and sincerity of this Ruth Elaine Schram original when it is performed in your Holiday Concert.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL772 - SSA

Christmas With the Angels
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Cleverly combining two Christmas Spirituals, Chatter With the Angels and Mary Had a Baby, with the popular carol He Is Born, the result is a darling selection for your winter concert for your young developing choir. The use of optional chimes or finger cymbals creates a wonderful, shimmering effect and adds to the simplicity and charm of this piece. Orchestrated by Tim Hayden, a delightful Accompaniment CD is also available.

Alfred
27870 - Two Part Any Combination
27871 - Instru Trax Accompaniment CD

Deck the Hall and Decorate
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This Two Part (any combination) partner song is perfect for your holiday concerts.   It combines "Deck the Halls" with an easy-to-learn original melody that will give everyone a treat for that most wonderful time of the year!

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9999 - Two Part

Deep Peace (A Christmas Prayer)
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Transportive setting of an (adapted) ancient Gaelic prayer for peace. Free, expressive phrasing and ardent text make this anthem especially appropriate for Christmas concerts or worship. May be performed by both school or church choirs at Christmas or throughout the year.

Alfred
16103 - SATB (Level Four)

Dreidle, Dreidle
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Cute Hanukkah partner song for young voices, perfect for winter concerts.  Incorporates the traditional Jewish folk song "My Dreidle" with original words and music by Ruth Elaine Schram.  Easy to learn in conventional partner style for Two Part voices; may also be performed as a unison piece throughout.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM01052 - Unison / Two Part
SVM01052CD - Accompaniment CD

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

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 school or church choirs. The light percussion adds a little something extra to this wonderfully crafted Christmas anthem, flexibly voiced for Two-part any combination of voices.

Lorenz
10/4128L - Two-part Any Combination

A Friend in Winter
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"Walking through deep and drifting snow, it seems that there are miles to go. But there's a welcome sight ahead, as firelight through a window glows..." Text by Ruthie and her husband, Scott Schram, paints a picturesque analogy of the refuge friends can offer in difficult times: "come in, friend, come in from the cold."  A lovely choice for winter concerts for mixed or ladies' voices.

Alfred
19242 - SATB (Level Four)
19243 - Two Part / SSA (Level Two)

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

Gloria Hodie
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"Hodie, Hodie, Christus natus est." The familiar "Going Home" theme from Dvorak's New World Symphony is the inspiration for this glorious setting, constructed in partner song format between male and female voices. While the women sing the traditional Latin, the men sing in English (an original melody), "On this day, on this day, a tiny child is born..." The optional cello part adds marvelous warmth and color to this stunning choral. Suitable for school or church use.

Shawnee Press
D0752 - SSAB with opt. Cello
CD0360 - PianoTrax CD

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)

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 school or church use.

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

Good King Wenceslas
During the telling of this classic carol about a king who is generous to the poor during a harsh winter, Ruthie Schram mixes the use of soloists and word painting to help the audience experience the cold winds and the conversations between the good king and his loyal page. A wonderful holiday selection for the TB chorus.

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

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL672 - TB

Ha'Neirot Ha'Lalu
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The traditional Hebrew prayer has been effectively set to original music in this simple, elegant piece by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram. Unlike so many Hanukkah pieces, it is in major mode. It moves along in 3/4 time, weaving a beautiful melody on top of a flowing piano accompaniment. A part for optional C-instrument (it was recorded with flute but would be beautiful with violin or oboe) is included, as well as a description of the text by the authors, and a pronunciation guide.

Shawnee Press
E0592 - Two Part with Optional C-instrument
CD0331 - Piano Trax CD

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
99/1749H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #15 (Multi-song)

Hodie / Kyrie
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 1, page 2, page 3
This versatile piece has dual text; Hodie for seasonal use, and Kyrie for general. The melody was written by Brian Busch and Ruth Elaine Schram, and is arranged in three part mixed or two part voicings. Suitable for church or school use, with moderate ranges and difficulty levels for each voicing.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL168 - Three Part Mixed
BL169 - Two Part

Holiday Partners
This resource bridges the gap between unison and part singing with ten wonderful two-part selections for young singers arranged "partner" style by Ruth Elaine Schram, Sally Albrecht, Andy Beck, Mary Donnelly, Donald Moore, and George Strid. Teacher's Handbook includes Accompaniment CD (orchestrated by Tim Hayden) and reproducible singer's pages.

Alfred
35669 - Teacher's Handbook
35670 - Enhanced SoundTrax CD
35671 - Book/CD Combination

Holiday Train
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This up-beat, easy to learn holiday celebration by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram centers on the common themes of friendship, love, and acceptance (rather than commercialism or materialistic gifts) found in the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. An exciting addition to your winter program!

Shawnee Press
E0464 - Two Part

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. Fitting for worship services and pageants as well as seasonal concerts, this heartwarming choral captures the beauty and essence of the Christmas season. For mixed or ladies' voices. String orchestration includes reduction for Synth.

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

How I Love the Holidays  New!
Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker have collaborated to create an endearing song about the essence of the holiday season and its special treats. Bouncy and happy, this selection for your Winter Concert is sure to awaken special holiday memories in all who hear and sing it.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL762 - Two-Part

Hurry, Santa!
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"Hurry, Santa, Christmas is a-coming!" Full of excitement and the anticipation of Santa's arrival, this upbeat gem by David Davenport and Ruth Elaine Schram is easy to prepare with minimal rehearsal time. The familiar carol, "Deck The Hall", is featured as a partner melody, along with ample unison singing, complimented by echo phrases, and simple harmonies.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1711H - Two Part
99/1673H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #14 (Multi-song)

Hush, Little Baby (Mockingbird)
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB Christmas Lyric)
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

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 school choir capable of singing three-part divisi for both SSA and TTB. The skillfully written keyboard accompaniment and flute obligato provide marvelous support and tonal color throughout. Chord symbols are provided to add string synthesizer to complete the effect. A beautiful addition to your winter concert!

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.

A podcast of an interview with Ruth Elaine Schram and Rae Moses, editor for Carl Fischer, is available here.

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

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

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 rehearsal and accompaniment available by download from the publisher at carlfischer.com.

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.

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 the Arms of Winter
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Here is a simple, picturesque winterscape voiced in SATB (limited ranges) for young Mixed Choirs. "Winter days for warmth are yearning, winter nights to frost are turning; frozen pond and snowy landing, glass beneath where you are standing..." An outstanding non-holiday winter selection by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL486 - SATB (limited range)
BLCD0T13 - Accompaniment Track

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

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 school and church use. A subtle programming contrast, it will bring moments of beauty and reflection to any performance. 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

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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Jeannette Isabella
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Tender and expressive setting of the familiar French carol may be sung in French, English, or a combination. Its soaring melody is paired with a running accompaniment as Jeannette Isabella hurries to the manger. Arranged for ladies voices, suitable for church or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL366 - SSA
BLCD00T5 - Accompaniment CD

Joy to the Whole World
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
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.

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

Kindle the Candles Tonight
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Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram have created another unique offering for Hanukkah. A fluid piano accompaniment underscores melodic vocals in this memorable original, featuring effective dynamic contrasts which reinforce the lyrics and provide interest. Set in 3/4, it tells the story of "the ancient light" with picturesque imagery, giving students the opportunity to learn about this holiday and its meaning for the families who celebrate it.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2352H - Three-part Mixed
15/2353H - Two-part
99/2274H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Kindle the Lights of Hanukkah
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(L'Had-Lik Nayr Shel Hanukkah)
This easy to learn Hanukkah piece by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram for Three Part Any Combination voices begins unison, then develops into a three part round. The third part may be taken down an octave for a Mixed Ensemble or sung as written for Treble Voices. The lyrics consist of an authentic Hebrew phrase and English translation, giving you the opportunity to teach your students about Hanukkah and its meaning to the families who celebrate it, while the music has a truly ethnic feel. Your students will have a memorable moment in their winter concert with this lively seasonal work.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1998H - Three Part Any Combination
99/1870H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #17 (Multi-song)

Little Bit of Santa
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Fun, fun, fun! Linda Marcus' clever lyric is set to lively music by Ruth Elaine Schram for Unison or Two Part voices. "Time to buy some presents, cards and gifts galore; hurry to the market, hurry to the store. Just when you think you're finished, you remember one thing more! But, look around, you're not the only one! 'Cause there's a little bit of Santa in everyone..." A delightful addition to your winter concert! Greg Gilpin has also added adorable choreography, and a demonstration video is available from the publisher.

Shawnee Press
E0436 - Unison / Two Part
CD0071 - Accompaniment CD
VC0004 - Choreography Video

Little Children, Wake and Listen  New!
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)

A Little Night Caroling
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This beautifully blended medley of "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and "All Through the Night" will stir hearts and minds, back to the night when the angels sang and peace was promised to our world. Suitable for church (especially meaningful for Christmas Eve) or school use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL504 - SSA
BLCD0T17 - Accompaniment CD

Lullaby
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Delicately arranged from beginning to end, "Lullaby" combines an adaptation of the traditional Welsh "Suo Gan" text with "All Through the Night." Gorgeous accessible vocal lines are supported by a flowing accompaniment, all of which can be enhanced by the use of optional descant. The Flute obbligato adds a crowning touch to this lovely piece. Ruthie Schram has created a charming and versatile setting for children's or treble voices.

Lorenz
10/4043L - Two-part Treble / Descant

Lullaby On the Wind  New for SATB!
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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

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)

The Most Precious Gift
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Lyrical work brings forth the true meaning of the holiday season. "...It's the hope that shines so brightly in the candles that are lit. It's the thought behind each present and the love behind each gift. It's the faith that we'll remember through December and beyond, what we really need is each other. That's the most precious gift of all..." Available in several voicings.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SVM03022 - Three Part Mixed
SVM03023 - Two Part

Nature's Song of Christmas Peace
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This lovely song by Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers, celebrates the beauty and wonder of winter and the harmony of nature. "See the falling snow, earth and sky in harmony, singing nature's song of Christmas peace. Hear the gentle dove, soaring through the calm of night, singing nature's song of Christmas peace..." Lyrical and sensitive, available in a flexible Unison / Optional Two Part voicing.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL387 - Unison / Two Part
BLCD00T9 - Accompaniment CD

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 accompaniment are available from the carlfischer.com web site.

Carl Fischer
CM9241 - SSA

No More the Winter's Hand
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Haunting harmonies and mysterious vocal lines by Ruth Elaine Schram and John Parker lead us through the harshness of winter, "for Spring has cried 'No more the Winter's hand!'"  Breathtaking in its colors and expressive qualities, this one is worth the effort it will take to perfect.  An exquisite and unique offering for your winter concert.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL448 - SSA
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Now the Winter
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This expressive piece by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram celebrates the change of seasons from Autumn to Winter in all its unique beauty. It is available in two voicings for Ladies Voices or Mixed Ensembles. In the chorus, the composers have utilized independent voice leading as upper voices carry the line forward singing "...Gone, the leaves without a trace, Autumn's hues have been erased, barren branch and windswept face; all are gone..." Meanwhile the lower voices hold the chord on the word "gone" at the beginning of each measure. Use this as a teaching opportunity to help your singers learn how to bring out the moving line and hold back on the supporting line. This effective tool may also provide your ensemble with a stunning moment in performance. Set in minor mode, but sprinkled with a touch of major, providing interesting contrasts and making this work a scrumptious, subtle programming choice.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2071H - SATB
15/2072H - 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

Of the Father's Love Begotten
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The beautiful, legato, 13th century plainsong melody arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram may be performed accompanied or a cappella.  There is no meter signature for this chant-like work; this among many other elements are teaching opportunities, including developing expression, phrasing, and dynamics.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL312 - SSA
BL313 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD00T3 or BLCD00T4 - Accompaniment CD

On Winter's Eve
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Gorgeous text and melody by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram depicts the point of time when autumn relinquishes its time in the year's cycle of seasons to the three months of winter. Although the music may include some unexpected chord progressions, the writers were careful to keep the voice leading easy to learn. Suitable for Winter concerts, contests and festival use.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL251 - SATB
BL252 - SSA

Pacem, Christus Natus Est
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Lovely work incorporating the classic canon, "Dona Nobis Pacem."  Each voice part is given the opportunity to sing the canonic melody, interspersed with original words and music by Ruth Elaine Schram.  Available in two voicings, suitable for church or school use.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1604H - SATB
15/1613H - Three Part Mixed
99/1581H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Peaceful, Silent Night (cover) Peaceful, Silent Night
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This beautiful 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

Promise of Spring
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This exuberant anthem for ladies voices in lilting 6/8 time has optional flute, guitar, and tambourine parts included in the score. The text by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram speaks of the beauty, the treasures of earth hidden beneath the winter snows that will be revealed in the Springtime.  It would be an interesting and unexpected selection for a winter concert, or an ideal choice for a Spring program or Earth Day.  Also appropriate for festivals and contests.

Shawnee Press
B0592 - SSA

The Rocking Carol (cover) The Rocking Carol
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This beautiful Czech carol is a tender song of adoration to the Christ child. Arrangement is available with an optional flute part (or other C-instrument), and is suitable for school or church use.

Alfred
16272 - SATB (Level Four)

The Rose E'er Blooming
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Stunning, transportive anthem that lyrically weaves together the traditional "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "What Child Is This?" to create an unforgettable work for your winter concert.

Alfred
20941 - SATB (Level Three)
20943 - Unison / Two Part (Level One)

Scandinavian Yuletide
Festive Partner-song arrangement of the Swedish carol "Yuletide is Here Again" and the Danish carol "A Child is Born in Bethlehem" is a nice, joyful change of pace for your holiday concert. Set in bright triple meter, the two songs are introduced individually then combine effortlessly to celebrate the season. Free MP3 rehearsal and accompaniments are available by download from the publisher at BriLeeMusic.com.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL617 - Two Part

Season of Light (This Is Hanukkah)
In this Hanukkah selection for developing voices by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram, the text poetically tells the meaning of the season. Contrasting tempi and minor/major shifts between verse and chorus add interest, as between a ballad and a dance. "From past to present, from light to light, we pass the flame of hope tonight..."

Shawnee Press
35027107 - Three-part Mixed

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 www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL711 - TB

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

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 recording (orchestrated by Tim Hayden). As an added bonus, reproducible narrations that give historical detail may be added 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 school or church.

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

Sing a Song of Hanukkah
Ruth Elaine Schram and Linda Marcus have once again combined their considerable talents to create this marvelous musical gem for Hanukkah. Set in minor mode with strong melodic lines, effective dynamic contrasts, and an uplifting text, this celebratory selection will be the perfect addition to any holiday program. Available in two voicings.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2896H - Three-part Mixed
15/2897H - Two-part
99/2943H - Performance / Accomp. CD

Sing and Dance, It's Hanukkah!
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Combining the celebration of the festival of lights with the traditional "Hava Nagila" makes this work a unique selection for your winter concerts!  Available for Three Part Mixed or Two Part voicings, with optional rhythm parts included in the score (tambourine, high, medium and low conga, and shaker).

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9919 - Two Part

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 www.BriLeeMusic.com

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL705 - SSA

Sing We All Noel  New for SATB!
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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

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 in Heavenly Peace
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This gorgeous arrangement skillfully intertwines "Silent Night" and "What Child is This?" into an arrangement that is destined to be a classic.   This haunting setting moves back and forth between the two carols before ending softly with "sleep in heavenly peace."  A must for your winter concert!   Perfect for school or church use, with parts for optional guitar, flute and bells included in the score.  An accompaniment track is also available.

Alfred
18678 - SATB (Level Four)
18679 - SAB (Level Three)
18680 - SSA (Level Three)
18681 - Accompaniment Track

Sleep, Holy Babe  New!
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

Sleep, Tiny Child
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Christmas lullaby for ladies' voices based on an unexpected pairing of the beautiful Traditional Welsh carol, "All Through the Night," and the gorgeous Traditional English "Coventry Carol," combined with original material by Ruth Elaine Schram.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL180 - SSA

The Snow Has a Song
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Lyrical melody for SSA voices about the beauty of the winter snow. "The snow has a song all its own, it sounds like a lullaby as flakes gently fall to the earth from a silver sky..." Perfect for Christmas or Winter concerts. A piano accompaniment track is also available.

Shawnee Press
B0597 - SSA
CD0075 - Accompaniment CD

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..."   This best seller is scored in multiple voicings, with beautiful piano accompaniment.

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

Snowflakes Dance
This Celtic-style original by Linda Marcus and Ruth Elaine Schram brings to life a text full of alliteration that describes the falling snow dancing its way to earth. A lilting piano accompaniment with optional flute (part included in score) supports the beautiful imagery. Available: 2-Part; PianoTrax CD.

Shawnee Press
HL 35028062 - 2-Part / Flute
35028009 - PianoTrax CD

Spirit of Christmastime
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The melody of this delightful little Christmas song encompasses the range of a 6th. It is compact and lyrical, with few skips or jumps. While written in unison, it can be performed by any age group (or any age soloist) and would make a useful addition to your Winter / Christmas concert.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL269 - Unison

Stars In the Night
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"... and there's a song in the air that's barely there, for a sweet young mother is singing her first lullaby..." As serene and soft as the first lullaby sung to the baby in the manger, this is a very sweet selection for ladies' voices or select children's choirs. The pastoral color of the flute will greatly enhance the effect as your audience listens carefully for this tender message of love at Christmas.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL562 - SSA with Optional Flute
BLCD0T20 - Accompaniment CD

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

Suo Gan
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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

Trilogy of Snow
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If you're looking for something different for your mixed chorus this year, take a close look at this original work by Ruth Elaine Schram and Lynne Wolfe-Richards that delightfully explores three aspects of snow: the frantic, harsh, night time blizzard; the magical morning blanketed beautifully in white; and the fun of playing in the snow and enjoying its charms. Artistic and playful, the accompaniment supports the three sections and provides opportunities for your choir to showcase dynamic range and distinct modes.

Shawnee Press
A2195 - SATB
CD0173 - Piano Trax Accompaniment CD

Velvet Shoes
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Based on the exquisite poem by Elinor Wylie, this work exudes quietness, softness, and a sense of tranquil peace and soundless space. The beautiful melody allows for lots of emotional interpretation, assuring your young choir and its audience of an aesthetic experience.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL524 - Unison / Opt. Two Part
BLCD0T18 - Accompaniment CD

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

We Wish You Peace for Christmas
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Timely and meaningful work for the holiday season partners original material with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" for Two Part male voices. The lyric opens "If I had one wish, one wish for Christmas ..." and sets the stage for wishing Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and peace throughout the year.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL347 - TB
BLCD00T5 - Accompaniment CD

Welcome December!
The familiar traditional carols, "Deck the Hall," "O Tannenbaum," and "The Wassail Song" are joined with some original words and music in this clever partner-song setting. "Welcome, December, the holidays are near. So, we welcome December, the best time of the year..." Pure delight for your winter programming!

Shawnee Press
35026769 - Two Part
35026770 - Studio Trax CD

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  New!
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 school and church 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 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

Who Is This Tiny King?
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"Who is this child in the manger in Bethlehem? ... Who is this tiny King?" Easy to learn work begins with the question which is then answered "His Name is Jesus." Rhythmic and upbeat, this will be the highlight of your Christmas or winter program!

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM02002 - 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

Winter Is a Quiet Celebration
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Stunning original work for your winter concert by Ruth Elaine Schram and Linda Marcus. The quiet, reflective aspects of winter and all its beauty are rendered with a peaceful tranquility in both the music and the text in this exquisite offering for mixed or treble choirs.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1799H - SATB
15/1800H - SSA
15/1836H - Three Part Mixed

Winter Sings
Depicting the different aspects of winter and its singular beauty, this song of exquisite charm highlights the contrasts of this season—silent and still on the one hand; powerful and strong on the other. Accessibility, limited ranges, and expressive dynamics characterize this superb seasonal choice by Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers, for young and developing choirs.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2767H - Two-part
99/2761H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Winter Solstice
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From the collection "Every Day's a Holiday!" (30/2477H) emerges this haunting, almost-mysterious musical description of the longest night of the year. Information explaining this celebration (and the text of the song) is included, making this a wonderful cross-curricular teaching piece for young and developing choirs and a unique selection for your winter or holiday concert.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2629H - Three-part Mixed
15/2630H - Unison/opt. Two-part
99/2576H - P/A CD

Winter Songs
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Music and text are beautifully married in this wistful winter concert or festival piece by Gene Grier and Ruth Elaine Schram. "Winter moonlight frosty glow, shining brightly in the snow; glistening snowflakes all around. Can you hear the sound as they fall?..." Available in two voicings.

Hal Leonard
08744927 - SSA

Winter Starlight
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With a shimmering accompaniment by Ruth Elaine Schram and an original text by Jan McGuire, this song sparkles from beginning to end!  "Winter starlight glistens in the sky, winks and blinks and teases from on high.  What a cheerful, happy sight to see; winter starlight, joyful and carefree..."  A welcome addition to the winter repertoire for young voices!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/1934H - Two Part
99/1816H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #16 (Multi-song)

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

Yoo Yoo (Baby Won't Sleep)
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In this gentle Ruth Elaine Schram setting of a lovely Kenyan folk song, triadic harmonies in the voices are sometimes close and other times open to create breathtaking treble sonorities. "...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 school or church use.

Alfred
28493 - SSA

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