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A La Nanita Nana
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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."

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Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3330H - SATB
15/2490H - Three-part Mixed
15/2489H - Two Part
15/3061H - SSA
15/3537H - TB
99/3587H - P/A CD

Angel Carols
Part of their "Brass and Ivory" series, this setting of three beloved angel carols, "Gloria," "Mendelssohn," and "Regent Square" are given Ruthie Schram's delicate, deft arranging touch. Arranged for traditional brass quintet plus piano, but flexible with optional 3rd trumpet and 2nd trombone parts to replace horn and tuba if needed. For Trumpets 1 & 2, F Horn or Trumpet 3, Trombone 1, Trombone 2 and/or Tuba, and Piano.

30/2511L - Brass Quintet and Piano

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

Carols A to Z
The 38 settings of hymns and carols in this Piano Solo Collection cover every facet and mood of the Christmas narrative from Advent to Epiphany. Fourteen of your favorite composers created processionals, lullabies, meditations, and outbursts of unrestrained joy that range in style from classical to folk, jazz and world music. Among the composers included are: Pepper Choplin, Lloyd Larson, Ruth Elaine Schram, Larry Shackley, Anna Laura Page, and many more. Titles include: A La Nanita Nana, Angels We Have Heard on High; Bring a Torch; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; How Great Our Joy!; The Wexford Carol; Ye Nations All, on You I Call; and others both familiar and new to your congregation.

70/1899L - Keyboard

Carols We Love (cover) Carols We Love
Similar to its predecessor, Hymns We Love, six well-known contemporary church music composers have each chosen two of their favorite carols to be included in this collection for piano. As an added bonus, each arranger tells why they chose these particular pieces and why they set them as they did. A wonderful addition to your keyboard library, or a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite pianist!

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Christmas Carol Celebrations
Celebrate the season by combining your musical resources with this versatile collection of ten of the most popular Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany hymns. These titles, scored for handbells and keyboard, function as stand-alone offerings and may be used to heighten the corporate worship experience by supporting congregational singing. For maximum flexibility, optional endings and repeats have been indicated, permitting directors to customize the length of each selection. In addition, hymn texts have been included so the ringers can keep their place and sing along, if desired. Set in key signatures that are ideal for handbells, yet singable. Available for 2-3 octave choirs, or 4-5 octave choirs, with Reproducible Parts for your ringers.

20/1479L - Keyboard / Handbell Score
30/2448L - Reproducible Handbell (2-3 octaves)
30/2449L - Reproducible Handbell (4-5 octaves)

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

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

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

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

Christmas Prayludes (cover) Christmas Prayludes
Eight reflective organ solos for the season.

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The Church Pianist's Library, Vol. 13
Drawn from the long-running periodical from Lorenz entitled "The Church Pianist," each volume of "The Church Pianist's Library" contains ninety-six pages of music that is satisfying to play but technically accessible and in a handy spiral-bound format. The music is linked to the church calendar, and each piece is timed to help you plan ahead. With songs for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Thanksgiving, and General use, this volume will be an instant boost to your repertoire at a very reasonable price.

70/1838L - Piano

Classic Hymns We Love
Lorenz's popular "Hymns We Love" series has already explored Gospel songs, carols, and spirituals; this time our team of arrangers has focused on "classic hymns" - those perennial favorites whose tunes and lyrics transcend the boundaries of time. This book is filled with fresh ideas for church services and recitals, and, as in previous volumes, each arrangement is preceded by an introduction from the arranger with background on the hymns and personal insights. Arrangements by Ruth Elaine Schram include: "How Firm a Foundation" and "Fairest Lord Jesus." Moderately Difficult.

70/1766L - Keyboard

Come, All Believers (cover) Come, All Believers
Creative vocal solos for worship throughout the entire church year by Melody Bober, Pepper Choplin, Craig Courtney, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Stephen Lawrence, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Larry Shackley

30/2398L - Book / CD Combination

Fairest Lord Jesus
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Built around a brass quintet nucleus with piano accompaniment, the "Brass and Ivory" series is designed to provide practical yet creative resources for church musicians. The arrangements in this series are crafted by some of today's leading arrangers, and they are worthy considerations for preludes, offertories, and general service music. They are accessible for most church, school, and community brass ensembles.

Flexibly voiced for Trumpet 1 and 2, French Horn (or Trumpet III), Trombone 1, Trombone II (or Tuba), and piano.

Ruth Elaine Schram's arrangement of "Fairest Lord Jesus" is a worthy addition to this series. Suitable for general use throughout the church year, the familiar "Crusader's Hymn" is given a fresh, expressive treatment your brass and keyboard players will quickly master. Ranges are comfortable and accessible for most volunteer musicians.

30/2451L - Brass Quintet

God of Grace and Glory (cover) God of Grace and Glory
Eight of the best contemporary songs of faith for today's church soloist, arranged by Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Larry Shackley

30/2427L - Book / CD Combination

Gospel Hymns We Love (cover) Gospel Hymns We Love
Another volume in the series that began with "Hymns We Love" and continued with "Carols We Love." Once again, Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Larry Shackley have chosen a dozen great hymns, this time focusing on the great Gospel tradition that began in 19th century America. As expected, the team has come up with a satisfying blend of moods and styles, making this a versatile addition to your library. And as in previous volumes, each song is prefaced by a personal note from the arrangers, explaining their choice.

70/1662L - Piano Book

How Great His Love (cover) How Great His Love
Vocal Solos for Lent and Easter, including "His Hands" and "How Great His Love" by Ruth Elaine Schram and others by Joseph Martin, Pepper Choplin, and Lloyd Larson.

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

70/1851L - Piano

Hymns We Love (cover) Hymns We Love
Six well-known contemporary church music composers have each chosen two hymns to be included in this refreshingly unique collection for piano. Also included are their personal stories and thoughts about why the chosen hymns are their favorites.

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Hymns You Love
In 2006, Lorenz brought together a team of six top arrangers and asked them to write new versions of some of their favorite hymns. That book, "Hymns We Love" (70/1791L), was so popular that it generated four successful sequels. Now, for the sixth and final book in the series, Lorenz decided to turn the tables and let their audience pick the music. So here's the result: twelve selections from your favorite team of arrangers, all on the list of "top hymns" drawn from the online survey. Each piece is preceded by program notes from the arrangers: Ruth Elaine Schram, Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, and Larry Shackley.

70/1791L - Keyboard

Instruments of Praise (cover) Instruments of Praise
Solos or Duets for C and/or B-flat Instruments with Keyboard Accompaniment

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

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

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

30/3122L - C or Bb Instruments and Keyboard

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

30/3006L - Brass Quintet / Piano

Jesus, Christmas Treasure
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These beautiful melodies and inspired lyrics, artfully crafted by Ruth Elaine Schram, will enhance any yuletide worship experience. Vocalists and accompanists alike will embrace the lush musical settings, and congregations will be equally moved by these musical renditions that anticipate and celebrate the birth of the Messiah. This versatile resource includes an accompaniment CD for rehearsal or performance purposes. Optional String Synth keyboard parts are also included on the CD as data files, providing a creative performance option when used with the piano accompaniment. (These files are also available as a free download from the publisher.)

In addition to the ten Accompaniment Tracks, two bonus tracks are included: "Hear the Angels Sing" (full orchestration by Stan Pethel recorded with live instruments) and "Holy Night, Silent Night" (medley of "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night," orchestrated by Ruth Elaine Schram, recorded with live String Orchestra).

30/2596L - Medium Voice / Piano & Synth

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

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

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Masterworks for Two
This outstanding collection features ten classic songs for any combination of two voices and piano. Alfred Music's top masterwork arrangers provide supportive accompaniments, well-crafted vocal lines, and historically informed editorial markings plus IPA pronunciation guides and complete translations for every piece in a foreign language. Superb recital, concert, and contest repertoire for developing singers! Arrangers include Ruth Elaine Schram, Patrick Liebergen, Earlene Rentz, and Russell Robinson.

Titles include: Abendlied (Mendelssohn); Alleluia (Mozart); Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod); Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart); Bon Dì (Lully); Caro Mio Ben (Giordani); Kyrie (Dvorak); The Maiden (Dvorak); Pie Jesu (Faure); Where'er You Walk (Handel).

45625 - Book / CD Combination
45626 - Book
45627 - Accompaniment CD

Praise Is Rising
"Praise Is Rising" is a must-have collection for pianists involved in contemporary or blended worship services. The editor, Larry Shackley, has selected a dozen of the most popular and enduring worship songs of the past three decades and asked six of your favorite arrangers to provide fresh, original settings that you can enjoy at home or share with your congregation. Sometimes introspective, sometimes majestic, and sometimes bursting with exuberant praise, "Praise Is Rising" is a book you'll turn to again and again!

70/1811L - Piano

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

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

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

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

70/1833L - Piano

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

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Prayludes for Summer
Looking for a prelude appropriate for Father's Day, a patriotic medley, or an offertory for Trinity Sunday? You'll find them all in this third volume of Ruth Elaine Schram's Prayludes series. As in previous volumes, each selection is a medley of two or more songs with several clearly marked optional starting and stopping points for maximum flexibility in the service. Aside from holiday-oriented materials, there are many general medleys with themes of praise, love, trust, and surrender that can be used anytime.

Titles include: "Holy, Holy, Holy;" "Shepherd, Lead Us;" "Praise the King!" "Father's Day Tribute;" "I Will Trust;" "I love You, Jesus;" "Standing;" "Invitation;" "Mercy, Wide and Deep;" and "America."

70/1717L - Keyboard (Level 2)

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

70/1684L - Keyboard

Prayludes for Worship
This remarkable addition to Ruth Elaine Schram's Prayludes series is a musical exploration of who God is. Each selection brings together two or three treasured hymns, centered around the characteristics of God. The well-written arrangements are accessible and flexible, making this an incredibly handy and valuable resource for use throughout the church year.

Hymn tunes include: Nicaea; Grosser Gott; Holy is the Lord; Showalter; Lancashire; Wellesley; El Nathan; Forest Green; Ellacombe; St. Denio; At. Margaret; Martin; Eventide; Whole World; Ein Feste Burg; St. Anne; Moody; Cwm Rhondda; Darwall's 148th and Lyons.

70/2129L - Piano (Intermediate)

Prayludes of Praise
Here are nine fresh arrangements that are moderately easy to prepare in minimal rehearsal time, and designed to lay comfortably under the fingers for most church organists. Pedal parts are included on the second staff and avoid large intervals. There are "No Ped." sections to provide aural variety and an opportunity for the feet to rest. The songs are organized to provide a nice flow and mixture of styles, and, like all of Ruthie's "Prayludes" books, have clearly labeled optional start and stop points to make it easy to customize the length of song needed on the spot, or reprise an excerpt later in the service.

Songs (structured as mini-medleys) include: All Praise to Thee (Sine Nomine/Dix); Praise and Glory (Italian Hymn/To God Be the Glory); Glory and Grace (Lemmel/New Britain); Joyful! (Hymn to Joy/St. Anne); Praise and Worship (Lobe Den Herren/Lyons); Holy King (Nicaea/Darwall's 148th); Crown Him (Coronation/Diademata); and Heaven (Heaven/St. Thomas).

70/2082L - Organ

Rejoice the Lord is King
Ruth Elaine Schram gives this classic hymn a bold and triumphant treatment for the "Brass and Ivory" series. The timeless melody will resonate with instrumentalists and congregations, while the supportive piano accompaniment enables musicians of varying skill levels to play with confidence and strength. An exciting arrangement that will be played and enjoyed for many years to come!

30/2212L - Score and Parts

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

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Shout to the Lord
For two decades, the musicians at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia have provided churches around the world with worship songs that glorify God and speak to the Christian's heart. For this new collection, "Shout to the Lord," Lorenz selected ten Hillsong favorites and asked ten of your favorite writers to arrange them as piano solos. The wide range of styles and moods in this collection means that you'll be able to find a song to fit almost every need in contemporary or blended services, and we're sure you'll also enjoy playing them at home in your personal worship time. Includes arrangements by Ruth Elaine Schram, Tood Beaney, Larry Shackley, Mark Hayes, Craig Curry, Lloyd Larson, Matt Hyzer, Douglas Wagner, Mary McDonald, and Jeff Bennett.

70/1775L - Keyboard

Spirituals We Love
In this fourth installment of the "Hymns We Love" series for piano, six of your favorite arrangers apply their skills to the melodies and rhythms of the American spiritual. Because spirituals share roots with many popular music styles, you will find more than a touch of jazz in this collection, but there is also a sensitive and beautiful side to this repertoire. Songs by Ruth Elaine Schram include: "All Night, All Day," and "Chariot's a-Comin'!"

70/1725L - Keyboard (Level 2+)

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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Traveling On (cover) Traveling On
Solo Songs for the Male Changing Voice

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Until We Meet Again
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Simple, yet strikingly beautiful, "Until We Meet Again" is an inspired, yet practical worship offering by Ruth Elaine Schram that incorporates the beloved traditional hymn "God Be with You Till We Meet Again." It can be performed without the extended "amens," as a brief benediction with congregational participation. The closing "amens" can serve as a separate response or benediction, or combined with the opening section for a truly memorable benediction anthem.

Customized Instrumental Accompaniment is available for this choral work! Click here for more info.

This Orchestration premiered by Covenant Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

10/4044L - SATB / Opt. Congregation

When I Reflect (collection) (cover) When I Reflect (collection)
a collection of motivational vocal solos & duets featuring the music of Greg Gilpin, Mark Hayes, Ruth Elaine Schram and Carl Strommen

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

Customized Instrumental Accompaniment is available for this choral work! Click here for more info.

This orchestration premiered by Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, Owensboro, Kentucky.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/2849L - SATB
10/5114L - SAB / Two-part Mixed

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