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Lorenz Corporation
(Exaltation, Heritage Music Press, Kirkland House, Laurel Press, Monarch, Triune Music)

Featured works published by Lorenz Corporation by Ruth Elaine Schram:

A La Nanita Nana
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
MP3 audioCustomized Instrumental Accompaniment (Demo using synthesizer)
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."

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

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

An Advent Reflection
With quiet, flowing characteristics, the text of this original anthem aptly depicts the imagery of the Advent season. Optional flute and cello parts complement the texture and expressiveness. The flexible choral parts have been conceived to be performed with either SATB or two-part mixed choirs.

Flute and Cello parts are available as a free download from the publisher.

10/5169L - SATB/Two-part Mixed
99/3939L - P/A CD

All For a Baby
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
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 Through the Still, Silent Night
In the style of a tender lullaby, Ruth Elaine Schram intertwines "All Through the Night;" "Silent Night, Holy Night;" and "Still, Still, Still" to create a musical blanket of peace. Accessible and effective, this lyrical gem will highlight the musicality of your women's choir. Suitable for church or school use.

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

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3194H - SSA

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

Banyan Tree
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 2, page 3
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
Bright, happy, dance-like arrangement of the Jamaican Folk Song features stomps, claps, and a tasty, articulated accompaniment which provides additional percussive interest. The song gradually builds from lots of unison to harmony with the use of echo and descant, then softens down to "pp" at the end as the dancers "fade away" into the distance. Fun!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2117H - Three Part Mixed
15/2118H - Two Part

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

10/4195L - SATB / Two-part Mixed

Born to Be the Bread
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
An optional cello obligato (included in the score) adds the crowning touch to this tender anthem that reflects the mystery and wonder of the incarnation. Specifically designed for the observance of Communion during the Christmas season.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3599M - SATB
99/2159M - Accompaniment CD

Bring Us Hope
Choirs large and small will find this flexible anthem to be a tender, readily learned addition to their Advent or Christmas programs. The message touches on several prominent themes, making it an ideal option to return to again and again: "Bring us hope, bring us love, bring us peace from above."

10/4871L - SAB / SATB with Cello
99/3732L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Call Him Jesus
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
With or without piano accompaniment, this infectious rhythmic anthem is easy to prepare and fun to sing! For Advent or Christmas, with optional Hand Drum part included in score.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3416LA - SATB (opt. a cappella)

Add some "island flair" to your holiday concert with this delightful Venezuelan carol tune set in a light calypso style. Limited vocal ranges, repetitive motives, and the included bell parts make this Ruthie original a no-brainer for developing choirs easing into part-singing.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3242H - Two-Part
99/3531H - Perf/Acc CD

Carols Sing
This haunting, simple melody, co-written and recorded by Michael W. Smith, is a perfect fit for the arranging gifts of Ruth Elaine Schram. The gospel-focused text by Paul and Martha Puckett, so simple even a child can sing and understand, is as beautiful as the melody that presents it. This SATB setting is signature Schram, as she gives line and movement to the inner voices in a way that creates both tension and interest. The optional instrumental accompaniment (Keyboard, Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, and String Bass) is lush and supportive, but in keeping with the simplicity of the vocal importance of the anthem. Your choir will thank you for the opportunity to sing this work! Orchestral Score available in print or CD-ROM format. A lushly recorded Accompaniment Track is also available.

9780834182066 - SATB / Piano
765762207608 - Orchestral Score and Parts
765762206007 - Printable Score CD-ROM
765762156623 - P/A CD plus Split Track

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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A Child, A King
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers, have collaborated on this gentle anthem with a powerful message exploring the mystery of Almighty God becoming a tiny Child, fragile and helpless and at the mercy of those in whose care He was placed. "...a manger holds redemption's plan: the Son of God, the Son of Man! Behold, the Holy Child of whom the angels sing: a Child, a King! The Holy Child, my King." For SATB voices and keyboard, with optional String Orchestra.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3596M - SATB
30/2248M - Conductor's Score, String Orchestra
99/2156M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

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 Grace
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Inspired by and dedicated to Ruthie's granddaughter, Natalie Grace (whose name means "Christmas Grace"), this tender offering beautifully reflects God's gift of grace to us through His Son. Seeing the helplessness of her tiny, brand new grandbaby was the inspiration for this timeless piece. "To take God's Son from heaven, to turn the Lord of all into a helpless infant, a baby weak and small; to give to our Creator a fully human face: This is Christmas Grace..." Hints of "Amazing Grace" occur in the piano accompaniment and String orchestration for added emphasis to the theme of God's grace coming to us in the form of a tiny Child. String Orchestra score and parts available separately.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3278M - SATB
10/4644L - SAB/Two-part Mixed
30/2018M - String Orchestra Score and Parts
99/1889M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Come Close to the Manger
This lovely original Christmas anthem by Ruthie Schram and Paul Baertschi boasts inspired text imagery and incorporates mesmerizing references to the favorite carol "Away in a Manger." This flexibly voiced anthem works beautifully either with SAB or SATB voices, and has a lovely flute part which is included in the octavo. Performance/Accompaniment CD available.

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

10/4380L - SAB or SATB / Piano / Opt. Flute
99/3175L - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Come From Heaven Above
Ruth Elaine Schram presents this energetic, syncopated original selection with dual texts, one each for Advent and Christmas. Call-and-response choral writing with dynamic contrast makes it both fun to sing and to hear! The flexible vocal texture is great for smaller adult or youth choirs. What a nice change of pace to have something upbeat for Advent! An optional Percussion part is available from the publisher as a free download.

10/4241L - SATB / SAB
99/2996L - Performance / Accomp. CD

Come to Us, Emmanuel
Ruth Elaine Schram pairs the chant-like "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" with an expressive original melody to create this sensitive Advent anthem. Its flexible voicing (for SAB or SATB) makes this piece a versatile choice for seasonal worship, and one that will be easily learned in minimal rehearsal time. Part for optional C instrument is included in score, and an Accompaniment CD is available.

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

10/4576L - SATB or SAB
99/3319L - Accompaniment CD

Cross of Sorrow, Cross of Love
View scoreView score page 1, page 2, page 6
MP3 audioClick here to listen
The tender text of this sensitive original anthem reflects Christ's great love for us on Calvary. A delicate melody with moderately easy choral parts shares a brief a cappella section incorporating the beloved "Man of Sorrows, What a Name" ("Hallelujah! What a Savior," by Philip P. Bliss) before the quiet, fitting conclusion. Suitable for Lent or Holy Week, with Optional String Orchestra as well as Piano accompaniment. (String Orchestra includes Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Reduction.) P/A CD also available.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3622M - SATB
30/2280M - String Orchestra and Parts
99/2201M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

This lovely pentatonic Korean folk song is framed with gentle harmonies and a free-flowing melody. Lyrics in both Korean and English are sure to capture the hearts and minds of your singers and audience. A refreshing addition to any concert program! A pronunciation guide is included.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3521H - Three-part Mixed
99/3775H - Accompaniment/Perfomance Pack

Dreams and Reflections (cover) Dreams and Reflections
This outstanding vocal Solo Collection includes ten of Ruthie's beautiful, inspiring original works alongside her creative arrangements of folk songs and spirituals. These solos may be used individually, or the book is laid out in an artful programmatic order to support performance as a complete recital. The ranges are moderate and well within the capabilities of the developing voice (Medium-high: Middle C - 5th line F; Medium-low: A below Middle C - 4th line D). Accompaniment CD included.

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Dreams that Children Dream
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
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)
15/3530H - SSATB
15/2224H - Two Part
99/2131H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Echoes of Kindness
In this delightful original work, Ruth Elaine Schram and Linda Marcus offer a sincere and important message about the lasting effects that our words and deeds have on everyone around us. "...In every single life we touch, a tiny difference can mean so much…may the echoes of kindness go on and on and on..." Limited ranges, ample unison, and easily learned vocals all spell success for your young and developing choirs.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2746H - Two-part
99/2744H - Performance/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

Emmanuel, Expected Jesus
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
This fervent plea for the Messiah to come is truly a creative blend of familiar texts and tunes that work surprisingly well when partnered. Ample unison passages ensure quick preparation of this devotional anthem during the busy Advent/Christmas season. The optional cello part (included in score) adds a dimension of warmth to this inspired anthem.

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

10/3724L - SATB with Opt. Cello
10/4753L - Two-part Mixed
99/2312L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Every Time I Think of You
Based on scripture passages and perfect for special occasions throughout the year, this original selection serves as a tender tribute to those who inform and shape our lives. The flexible vocal texture suits any combination of voices, and the optional flute and/or cello accompaniment options add a unique touch to this heartfelt piece. From the "Ready to Worship" collection, the score is easy to read, learn, and sing. Suitable for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Funerals, Graduations, Teacher or Pastor Retirement or Relocations, and many other occasions. Flute and Cello parts are included in score.

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

10/4713L - SATB, SAB, or Two-part Mixed
99/3429L - PA/CD

Fa La La Noel
"A la Media Noche;" "Deck the Hall;" and "Noel Nouvelet" represent three nationalities in this bright medley. With a quick-moving pace and pulse in two, the first "fa la la" establishes the festive mood. This work intriguingly mixes major and minor modes to keep your choir on their toes and the listener engaged! For treble or mixed voices; Performance / Accompaniment CD available singly or on the compilation CD.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3118H - Two-Part
15/3119H - Three-Part Mixed
99/3507H - P/A CD
99/3503H - Heritage Compilation Trak 26

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

Farewell, My Friend
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 3, page 4, page 5
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
This lovely adaptation of an African Folk Song is hauntingly beautiful and yet accessible for young singers. An optional Flute obbligato and Orff accompaniment (included in score) adds to the beauty of the piece and helps the work build throughout, only to come back to a soft climax that will leave your audience breathless. The portion from Measure 25 to the end would make a beautiful, memorable encore at the end of your concert and a fitting closer. The chorus also appears in canon, making this piece easy to learn and express.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2148H - Three Part Mixed
15/2184H - Two Part
99/1970H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

First Fruits
This anthem of grateful devotion celebrates God's wonderful gifts to us. Quoting I Chronicles 29: 1, 14, the text reminds us that all that we have already belongs to the Lord. Opening with original music, it quite naturally leads to a statement of the beloved traditional hymn "Hendon" by Frances Havergal and Cesar Malan, "Take My LIfe and Let it Be." Elegant keyboard accompaniment is crowned by an optional obbligato for flute or other C-instrument. For General, Harvest, Thanksgiving, or Stewardship use.

10/3898L - SATB with opt. Flute
99/2551L - P/A CD

Fly High, You Grand Old Flag
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
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)

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

10/4128L - Two-part Any Combination

Garden of Tears
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Ruthie Schram's considerable gifts as a lyricist and melodic writer abound in this poignant reflection upon Christ as He prayed alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. The lyrics recall the gospel story. The music flows in 3/4, with sensitive text declamation and colorful harmonies. An optional oboe (or C Instrument) obbligato adds a mournful touch.

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

10/3787L - SATB
99/2461L - Accompaniment CD

The Gift of My Life
View scoreView SATB score page 6, page 7
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
Shepherds brought humble gifts of love, wise men brought expensive gifts of adoration, while angels brought celestial lullabies to the Christ Child.  The gift of the present-day seeker, as this poignant anthem by David S. Gaines and Ruth Elaine Schram states, is to offer "the gift of my life" in response to the gift of His life for us.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3197L - SATB
10/3198L - SAB

Gifts of Bread and Wine
View scoreView SATB score page 4, page 5
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
Prayerful communion anthem with gentle, flowing accompaniment and delicately painted text ..."Sustenance for my spirit, basic elements, yet divine; cleansing for my soul in the gifts of bread and wine. A new covenant based on mercy, the Father's grace revealed. In communion with you, Lord, I am healed..." Gorgeous string parts (available separately) will create an unforgettable worship experience.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3388M - SATB
10/3389M - SAB
30/2095M - Opt. String Orchestra
99/1946M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

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

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

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

Gloria Tibi Domine
This uplifting setting of a traditional Latin text will make the perfect opening statement on your next concert. Extended repetition helps to ease the learning process while saving rehearsal time. Available for Two Part or Three Part Mixed voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3224H - Three-part Mixed
15/3225H - Two-part
99/3522H - Perf/Acc CD

God Will Make a Way
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Ideal for blended worship settings, the Don Moen praise and worship favorite "God Will Make a Way" is beautifully partnered with the hymn classic "He Leadeth Me" by Joseph Gilmore and William Bradbury. Supportive accompaniment and carefully crafted vocal parts make this an accessible anthem for choirs large or small.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3480L - SATB

God's Big Family
In "God's Big Family," celebrated composer Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a great resource for today's Christian children's choirs. Its six easy unison anthems are both fun and fun to sing and include optional second voice parts written in easy-to-teach formats such as echo, call and response, and partner song. With texts that serve the entire church year, each piece in this collection features a supportive and playable keyboard accompaniment.

Songs are included for Advent, Christmas, Easter, Family Emphasis, and General use. There are also optional parts for small percussion and body percussion that reinforce rhythmic acuity, and optional body motions and sign language provide beautiful visual appeal while developing gross motor skills. The corresponding reproducible narrations make these anthems perfect for worship, Sunday School and Christian School programs, and special fellowship events. The collection includes reproducible song sheets and (if purchased in this format) a Performance/Accompaniment CD delightfully orchestrated by Tim Hayden.

30/2716L - Book/CD Combination
30/2726L - Songbook (only)

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

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

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

Celebrate Hanukkah with this delightfully singable selection by Ruth Elaine Schram and Linda Marcus. Much melodic repetition and accessible options for percussive additions will have your performance ready in no time.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3331H - Two-part
99/3578H - Accompaniment/Perfomance Pack

Heaven Came Down Tonight
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Ruth Elaine Schram and her friend since childhood, Paul Baertschi, have combined their talents to create this charming arrangement, which incorporates "Gesu Bambino." Creative choral lines are supported by a flowing keyboard accompaniment that can be augmented with the use of optional flute and cello. A wonderful choice for Christmas Eve services celebrating the awe of Jesus' birth.

10/4004L - SATB / Opt. Flute and Cello
99/2694L - P/A CD

His Hands
View scoreView SATB score page 5, page 6, page 7
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
This brilliant text takes us on a journey of Christ's life through hands which took the impact of childhood falls, felt the textures of wood in a carpenter's home, blessed bread to feed multitudes, healed the sick, washed feet, and ultimately bore the scars of crucifixion on a cross. It is a moving anthem sure to inspire choirs and congregations alike. Available SATB or SAB, with beautiful orchestration that will not overwhelm even a smaller choir. (From the cantata for Holy Week or communion, "The Living Last Supper". Orchestration includes parts for flute, oboe, clarinet 1 & 2, percussion, Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.) Suitable for Lent, or observances of the Lord's Supper throughout the church year.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3654L - SATB
10/3655L - SAB
30/2296L - Small Orchestra Score and Parts
99/2219L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Hold On!
"Keep your hand on-a that plow..." An absorbing accompaniment and attractive chord structure support the vocal lines in this dynamic and powerful arrangement of the popular spiritual. It is a terrific choice for use at your next performance as an opening or closing number! Available for SATB (with some divisi) or SSAA voices.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3085H - SATB
15/3086H - SSAA

Holy Child
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MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
This powerful Christmas anthem unexpectedly and powerfully incorporates the hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy." Its poignant message speaks of the holiness of the Christ Child and the impact of His birth on us today. Available for SATB or SAB voices, this anthem has strong dynamic contrast and a heartfelt, memorable melody. Beautiful String Orchestra Score (available separately; includes a reduction) or Accompaniment CD are also available.

10/3698L - SATB
10/3699L - SAB
30/2349L - String Orchestration
99/2299L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

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

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

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

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

10/4414L - SATB / Piano

How Great His Love
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How great is the Father's love for us! Full of awe and wonder, this song of reverent faith opens quietly, with unison voices. The vocals thicken gradually as the verses rise in successive keys, warmly supported by the artful accompaniment. Lyrical and reflective, it is a gift of love for our gracious, compassionate God. (From the cantata "The Living Last Supper.")

Suitable for Lent, Communion services, or general use. Beautifully orchestrated for flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, Percussion (wind chimes and suspended cymbal), Violin I and II, Viola, Cello, and Bass. All instrumental parts are optional and work with the piano to support and augment, but not overwhelm, the voices.

10/3789L - SATB
10/3790L - SAB
30/2422L - Small Orchestration
99/2441L - Accompaniment CD

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 We Love to Sing Vol. 2
With the overwhelming success of the Lorenz collection "Hymns We Love to Sing," (45/6111L) they are delighted to present the second installment of musically sound, accessibly voiced anthems. Featuring arrangements by some of the top composers and arrangers in the industry, this collection contains music written from a place of spiritual sincerity and musical practicality for the church choir of today.

A number of the selections include the option for additional instrumentation, and an accompaniment CD is also available. With a wide breadth of styles and accompaniment options, this easy-to-prepare collection is sure to become a staple in your choral music library.

45/1629L - SAB / Two-Part Mixed
99/3717L - Accompaniment CD
30/3168L - Rhythm Score (Just a Closer Walk)
30/3054SF - Instrumental Score (O Love that Will Not Let Me Go)
30/2229M - Brass / Rhythm Score (I Must Tell Jesus)

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

I Hear the Windmill
This fast-moving setting of the French Canadian folksong "J'entends le Moulin" is perfect for developing choirs. Optional percussion parts, English or French lyrics, and performance suggestions make this accessible work a delight to prepare and perform! Performance / Accompaniment CD available.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3106H - Three-part Mixed
15/3107H - Two-part
99/3499H - P/A CD
99/3503 - Heritage Compilation Trak 26

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

10/4619L - SATB

I Will Stand Up for You
Strongly impact your choir and their classmates with a message of friendship and acceptance with this inspirational piece by Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers. Celsie is an Elementary Music teacher, and wanted to create a song that took a strong stance against bullying, but from a positive standpoint.

May be performed by Unison or Two Part voices, with comfortable ranges and a strong melodic chorus. Perfect for the ensemble just beginning to learn to sing independent harmonic lines.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3100H - Unison / opt. Two-Part
99/3496H - P/A CD
99/3503H - Heritage Compilation Trak 26

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

The Inn By the Edge of the Wood
Combining a plaintive Irish carol tune with an emotional text by Charlotte Lee, Ruth Elaine Schram portrays the true spirit of the season with rich imagery of a magical winter night. "No strangers walk this pathway, but friends both great and good, who find a kindly welcome at the inn by the edge of the wood." Optional oboe and cello parts are available as a free download from the Lorenz website. Visit and search for 15/3240H. Accompaniment CD is also available separately.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3240H - SATB
99/3569H - P/A CD

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

An Irish Prayer
A haunting keyboard introduction recurs as a unifying device and beautifully complements the mesmerizing melody throughout this tender original selection by Ruth Elaine Schram, utilizing the familiar Irish Blessing "May the Road Rise to Meet You" and an Irish Prayer. Well suited for use in worship throughout the year, it will also serve as a wonderful benediction.

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

10/4643L - SATB

It's All About the Cross
View scoreView score page 1, page 2, page 3
MP3 audioClick here to listen
A brief journey through scripture, outlining the unity of the Old and New Testament with respect to the plan of salvation, is beautifully enhanced with a distinctive melody that delicately paints the scene of Christ's love for us as demonstrated on Calvary. Weaving in themes from the beloved hymn, "When I Survey," the optional String Orchestra accompaniment adds a crowning touch to this moving work. For further flexibility for your music ministry, a string reduction is included with the string score.

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

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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It's the Spirit of God
This creative anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram and Aren Newell Williams tells the story of Pentecost and Christ's Ascension in an invigorating, upbeat, and uplifting way. As part of the Singable Solutions series, this concise and easy-to-learn anthem is a perfect option for those looking for a Pentecost anthem with a unique twist!

10/5243L - Two-part Mixed

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

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

10/4120L - SATB

Jesus, Christmas Treasure
MP3 audioClick here to listen
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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Just a Closer Walk
This relaxed and joyful arrangement of the gospel favorite perfectly conveys the happiness of those who walk life's journey with God as their guide. Voiced Two-part Mixed for ease of learning, with an optional Rhythm Section (parts available separately) or an Accompaniment CD for fun and sparkle.

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

Like a Child, I Wait
View scoreView score page 1, page 2
MP3 audioClick here to listen
This tender ballad is an insightful look through the eyes of the child in all of us as we await the promised Messiah. The memorable melody, accessible parts and supportive accompaniment make this the perfect anthem consideration for Sundays early in Advent. "Like a child, I wait for the promises to be fulfilled...with a simple child-like faith..." Optional Flute part included in score. Beautiful!

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

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3575L - SATB with Opt. Flute
99/2142L - Accompaniment CD

The Living Last Supper (cover) The Living Last Supper
A Dramatic Musical Experience for Holy Week or other observances of Communion. The set is based on the brilliant portrayal of the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, music and script by Ruth Elaine Schram. Suitable for choirs of all sizes, easily accessible for smaller music programs in SATB or SAB.

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The Living Last Words (cover) The Living Last Words
A Dramatic Musical Experience for Lent, Holy Week or Easter, for choir, speakers, piano, and optional small orchestra, exploring the words Jesus said in His final hours -- words that had not only the immediate meaning to the eye-witnesses at His crucifixion, but have universal, relevant meaning to us today. Available SATB or SAB.

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The Living Light (cover) The Living Light
A Dramatic Musical experience for the Christmas season tells the story of Christ's birth and examines various reactions to His arrival. Accessible and within the capabilities of any size church or music program, available SATB or SAB. Small Orchestra parts are available separately (strings, winds, and light percussion, all optional) which will not overwhelm even a small choir.

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Longing for Spring
Written to sound like an awakening, the lovely musical lines and beautiful harmonies support an introspective, allegorical text that will bring out the very best in your singers. Set in minor mode, a longing for the return of springtime is captured by both the music and the text, and offers the ensemble the chance to communicate those ideas to the audience. Great selection for concert, contest, or festival!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3453H - SSA

Lord, Be Glorified
Ruth Elaine Schram's inspired pairing of Bob Kilpatrick's contemporary hymn with Pachelbel's beloved Canon in D creates a lyric, pastoral setting that is perfect for celebrating the Christian family at home and in worship during any time of year. Flexibly conceived, this piece is easy to prepare for SATB or Two-part Mixed choirs and includes optional parts for congregational participation.

10/4068L - SATB or Two-Part Mixed

MP3 audioClick here to listen
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 adult treble voices. Besides being suitable for Christmas, this would be a beautiful selection for Baptism or Child Dedication services.

10/4043L - Two-part Treble / Descant

Lullay Alleluia
View scoreView SSA score page 6, page 7, page 8
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SSA)
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
This gorgeous melding of two beloved carol tunes, "Lullay My Liking" and "The Coventry Carol," features an original text and provides a beautiful 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

Make My Life an Alleluia
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MP3 audioClick here to listen
Commissioned by the Grace UCC Choir of Frederick, Maryland, this tender prayer is composed with delicate harmonies in a simple, yet compelling, style. The text is based upon thoughts submitted by the singers and director (Truuke Ameigh) of this group. Suitable any time of year; makes a very meaningful song at memorial services.  Available in two voicings for mixed choirs.

Now included in the SATB/SAB/Two-part Mixed Songbook "Ready to Worship," featuring easy anthems for the entire church year.

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

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3170M - SATB
10/3171M - SAB
45/1172L - SATB/SAB Songbook

Moments Like These
This touching anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram and Aren Newell Williams is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate home and family. With an option to incorporate a Children's Choir (and/or Youth Choir), this flexible selection provides an opportunity to unite God's family in worship. The two-part voicing makes it easy to learn and prepare, and the optional flute part adds a tender touch. This is an excellent choice for a multigenerational piece to celebrate Mother's Day. (Flute part is available as a free download from the publisher.)

10/4971L - Two-part Mixed and Children or Youth
99/3833L - P/A CD

Music in the Valley
Ruth Elaine Schram's delightful pairing of the lilting English folk tune "Early One Morning" and a fresh, original text by Charlotte Lee focuses on the power of one to brighten the landscape with joy and hope. "Music in the Valley" is perfectly suited for treble voices and offers a delicate selection for a spring concert. Accompanied by Piano and Optional Flute (Part included in score).

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3337H - SSA

My Heart, Your Bethlehem
View scoreView score page 6, page 7
MP3 audioClick here to listen
A delicate, yet powerful musical message is tastefully joined with the familiar carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in this heartfelt expression for the Christmas season by David Gaines and Ruth Elaine Schram. A short, optional a cappella section quoting the hymn is artfully woven in to this arrangement. Optional string orchestra parts (by David Dixon) bring additional beauty to this reflective setting. String score and parts or an Accompaniment CD are available separately.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/2805M - SATB
10/3997L - SAB
30/1762M - String Parts
99/1683M - Accompaniment CD

My Memory
Written in loving memory of her father and based upon a cherished childhood memory, this original selection by Ruthie Schram is a tender and unique portrayal of love and loss. Lovely melodies adeptly illustrate poetic images of autumn's bold and brilliant colors juxtaposed with the gray of winter. The addition of the optional bell part enhances the shimmering texture of this unforgettable piece.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2928H - SSA
99/2959H - Performance / Accomp. CD

The Mystery of the Savior's Love
Sometimes it is appropriate to pause in a moment of worship to contemplate the mystery and depth of God's love for His people. Ruth Elaine Schram and Paul Baertschi have created a solemn and powerful piece for these moments that are fitting and so necessary throughout the Lenten season. A memorable and expressive melody is perfectly complemented by a delicate, flowing accompaniment and optional oboe obbligato.

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

10/4069L - SATB with opt. Oboe

Never Let Us Go
Ruth Elaine Schram crafts a tender and expressive devotion to the unswerving love of God for His people, incorporating the beloved hymn "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" and an optional flute obbligato. Flexibly voiced for SATB or Two-part Mixed, this anthem is a great fit for choirs large and small. A Performance / Accompaniment CD is also available.

Suitable for General use, Lent, or Wedding Services.

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

10/4812L - SATB / Two-part Mixed
99/3665L - P/A CD

Night Noises
View scoreView Three Part Mixed score page 1, page 2, page 3
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
With just the right touch of mystery, this unique original will captivate and enchant your singers as well as your audience! Vivid word pictures paint the scene of the musical noises we hear in nature after the sun sets. Rhyme and alliteration are employed to full advantage to make the text memorable. A marvelous, creative programming choice for your developing choir!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2228H - Three Part Mixed
15/2229H - Two Part
99/2089H - Performance / Accompaniment CD
99/2025H - Heritage Accompaniment CD #19 (Multi-song)

Night of Wonder, Night of Joy (cover) Night of Wonder, Night of Joy
"Night of Wonder, Night of Joy" is a worship service that celebrates the wondrous miracles surrounding the birth of our Savior, composed by Niel Lorenz and Ruth Elaine Schram with full orchestration by Stan Pethel.

Lasting approximately 35 minutes, the presentation may be as simple as two narrators, or may involve more speakers and/or characters in Biblical costume. Available for SATB or SAB voices.

This dramatic musical experience is certain to fill the hearts of all believers with a sense of wonder and joy in God's goodness to us through the gift of Jesus.

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Noel Alleluia
Bright and joyous, this work is custom-tailored for smaller church choirs at Christmas. With flexible part writing that can be presented by SAB or Two-part Mixed choirs, and options for handbells, its inclusion of "O Come, Let Us Adore Him" makes this one-rehearsal anthem especially appealing. Handbell part is included in score for a wonderful "Ring and Sing" holiday anthem!

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

10/4757L - Two-part Mixed / SAB
99/3450L - P/A CD

The Ocean Is a Restless Heart
The music so beautifully captures the feeling of a restless heart, this minor-key original by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram is a true treble showpiece. The memorable melody and effective mixed meter make the contemplative lyrics come to life!

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2956H - SSA

Once in Royal Bethlehem
Cleverly combining two Christmas favorites, this tender anthem provides the opportunity for a children's choir (or soloist or small ensemble) to open with the melody to "Once in Royal David's City." This transitions seamlessly into "O Little Town of Bethlehem." The optional cello accompaniment helps to set a mood of peace and joy for your Christmas Worship Service.

10/4911L - SATB/Children's Choir
99/3776L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

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

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

10/4371L - SAB / SATB / Piano

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 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 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

Resting In Your Arms
With a fun-to-sing gospel swing feel, this flexible anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram and Aren Newell Williams focuses on the peace found in trusting the Lord and walking with God. The tune "Peace Like a River" is cleverly paired with the original melody. This anthem can be quickly prepared and has a broad application and usability in worship services.

10/5168L - Two-part Mixed / SAB

The Road Not Taken
Ruth Elaine Schram brings Robert Frost's distinguished poem to life in this expertly crafted original. With all three parts given equal opportunities to sing the melody and a truly accessible men's part, this warm, expressive setting is sure to become a three-part mixed favorite. A good choice for performance at Graduation, Festival, or Contest. Performance / Accompaniment CD available.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3235H - Three-part Mixed
99/3522G - P/A CD

Scripture Songs
Part of the new "Created for Praise" series, "Scripture Songs" offers a great way to teach the Bible to young children, offering twelve delightful traditional children's tunes with new lyrics adapted from scripture. Easy to teach and fun to sing, each title is arranged by Ruthie Schram for unison voices and keyboard with opportunities for beginning two-part singing. Great for children's choir, Sunday School, Christian school, Vacation Bible School, or church camps, this collection features reproducible lyric/activity pages. As an added bonus, Tim Hayden has created an exciting orchestrated CD track.

30/2479L - Book/CD Combination

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
15/3507H - Two-part
99/3774H - Accompaniment/Performance Pack

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

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.

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

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

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

Sing 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 Allelu
With one text for Christmas and another for Easter, Ruthie Schram's "Sing Allelu" is a versatile, celebratory anthem. Great for singers of all ages, it is flexibly voiced for Unison / Two part voices with optional Handbells for three octaves. The text is meaningful and the melody memorable throughout. The joyful mood can be supplemented with the use of the optional handbells or handchimes (included in score; also available as a free download from the publisher) which fits wonderfully with the flowing keyboard accompaniment.

10/4037L - Unison / Two-part / opt. Handbells

Sing Along with Sacred Songs (cover) Sing Along with Sacred Songs
From Abednego to the Wise Men, the Bible's many appealing--and instructive--characters are the centerpiece of this collection of delightful songs by Ruthie Schram. All of the songs, a mix of familiar favorites and originals, are very easy to sing. Accompanying body motions are suggested too, adding another layer to the fun.

Great for Sunday school, Christian school, children's worship, children's choir, vacation Bible school, and church camp, this collection also features reproducible lyric/activity pages.

The CD includes accompaniment tracks that facilitate rehearsal or performance in a choral setting along with performance recordings that are perfect for modeling and create an irresistible invitation for children to join along in song.

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Sing We All Noel
MP3 audioClick here to listen (Three Part Mixed)
This fun, upbeat pairing of two African folk songs (from Ruthie's collection, "It's Christmas Everywhere") is a dynamite choice for your 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

The Sky Is Crying On the Sea
View scoreView SATB score page 6, page 7
MP3 audioClick here to listen (SATB)
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

Somewhere Above the Clouds
Possessing artistic poetic images by Herb Frombach, gorgeous melodies and beautiful harmonies by Ruthie Schram, this unforgettable showpiece for treble voices encourages us to "listen with our very soul" to the angels' song, "Somewhere Above the Clouds." This selection is perfect for concert and festival use throughout the year.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2990H - SSA / Piano
15/2991H - Two-part / Piano
99/3054H - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Song of Joyful Thanks
This tender original anthem from Ruth Elaine Schram and Aren Newell Williams is excellent for the Thanksgiving season or throughout the rest of the year. Voiced for two-part mixed or SAB choirs, it is an easy-to-prepare anthem that serves many purposes. Energetic and joyful!

10/5167L - Two-part Mixed / SAB

Starry Night, Noisy Night (cover) Starry Night, Noisy Night
Delightful, charming Christmas Musical by Ruth Elaine Schram and Scott Schram for Grades K - 6 in a budget-stretching all-inclusive Book/CD combination. Filled with humorous references to modern distractions that prevent us from experiencing the true meaning of Christmas, the story is told from the stable animals' point of view. Appropriate for performance by as few as 10 children or many more, flexibly designed with minimal dialogue and many familiar melodies.

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Stay With Me
View scoreView score page 4, page 5
MP3 audioClick here to listen
This tender anthem eloquently demonstrates God's desire for us to open our hearts to Him. With flowing accompaniment and simple harmonies, this touching setting is accessible for choirs of all skill levels and sizes. Suitable for general use, and due to its references to the promises of Advent, perfect for the Sunday after Christmas as a reminder to keep Jesus in our hearts all year long. "...Stay with me, let me be your counselor (Wonderful Counselor). Stay with me, let me be your God (Mighty God). I know it can seem hopeless, but this is why I came; stay with me, in your heart let me remain..."

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

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3401LA - SATB

Step by Step with "Lead Me, Lord"
Ruthie Schram has seamlessly woven together the tune "Step by Step" by David Strasser with the traditional nineteenth-century hymn tune "Lead Me, Lord" (by Samuel Wesley) in this gently flowing prayer for God to lead us throughout life's journey. Part of the "Ready to Worship" series, this inspired arrangement features easy vocals that are beautifully supported by the accompaniment options. Scored for Piano, String Synthesizer, and live Cello; suitable for Discipleship, Eastertide, and General use.

10/4222L - SATB
30/2808L - Score for Digital Strings and Cello
99/2973L - Performance / Accomp. CD

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

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

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

10/4132L - SATB or Two-part Mixed

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

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

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

Time is Precious
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Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie Staggers, follow up the successful "Dreams that Children Dream" with this new signature piece. Possessing unique beauty and a powerful message that will resonate with young singers and audience alike: "Cherish every moment that you can; it will never come again! Time is precious ..." An excellent teaching piece, the vocal part writing is a perfect balance of unison melody, harmony, and independent singing.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2564H - Two Part
99/2422H - P/A CD

To Touch the Heart of God
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With an enchanting melody and gorgeous accompaniment, this piece captures the wonder of our ability to move God's hand through the power of prayer. This simple yet powerful merging of text and tune captures the delicate theme of this eloquent work. "To come before the throne, to know His boundless love; to feel the breath that moves like the wings of a dove; to lift my heart and mind to the nobler things above; to touch the heart of God -- this is prayer..." Another signature piece from Ruth Elaine Schram, complete with poignant text, memorable melody, and playable, supportive, yet strikingly beautiful accompaniment.

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

10/3704L - SATB

Together We Can Change the World
"Together, We Can Change the World" (Songs for a Better Planet) is breaking new ground - all of the scores and resources are provided as data files on the CDrom, making this collection 100% reproducible. In addition, the folder in which the CD is encased is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled material.

Whether you need unison choral pieces, a resource to introduce your students to part-singing, or a full-scale musical complete with narrations and supporting materials, these enriching songs fit the bill. The optional use of partner songs and simple two-part harmony subtly underscores the themes of cooperation and community building that run throughout this collection. Beginning with songs that encourage friendship and acceptance, the collection progresses to songs that introduce "green" themes of reducing waste, recycling, and working together to cherish and protect our natural resources. Narrations are included to give additional information and introduce each song, and delightfully orchestrated Accompaniment tracks (by Tim Hayden) are included.

Heritage (Lorenz)
30/2629H - Folder/CD Combination

Until We Meet Again
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MP3 audioCustomized Instrumental Accompaniment (Demo using synthesizer)
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

Walk This Lonesome Valley
In this combination of two familiar and beloved spirituals, Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a thoughtful and captivating medley suitable for both school and church use. Gorgeous chords permeate the vocals and piano accompaniment, both of which are further strengthened by an optional cello obbligato which is included in the score.

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

We Circle Around
Based on an Arapaho folk tune, this enchanting piece from the talented pen of Ruth Elaine Schram celebrates the beauty of nature and the circularity of life. An optional flute obbligato adds the crowning touch to this evocative work full of mysterious melodies and thoughtful harmonies.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/2885H - Three-part Mixed
15/2886H - Two-part
99/2936H - Performance / Accomp. CD
99/2961H - Fall 2012 Accompaniment Trak 24

We Praise Your Name
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A bright swing tempo and blues harmonies create an infectious spirit in this anthem as the two vocal parts call to each other: "Jesus, we praise your name!" The independent vocal parts are easily taught to young singers, and a supportive accompaniment insures successful performance for any age group. (May be done unison as well.) Fun and energetic, this piece conveys the important message to trust in God during times of trouble. Delightful Accompaniment Track is available, orchestrated by Tim Hayden.

10/3818L - Two Part
99/2466L - 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)

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

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

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

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

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

When I Honor You
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Perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christian Family Sunday or any service with a family focus. The innocence and sincerity of the text is lovingly crafted in a simple melody for children, echoed and enhanced by the SATB choir. The children begin by stating to parents, "When I honor you, God is lifted up..." and from there it builds into a beautiful statement of the importance of honoring and respecting one another in God's design for home and family.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3404LA - SATB with Unison Children

When Jesus Wept
Ruth Elaine Schram artfully weaves an original melody with the beloved American hymn by William Billings. Hauntingly beautiful, this accessible anthem will make a great addition to your Lent and Holy Week collection. Flexibly voiced for SATB or Two-part Mixed choirs, with optional Oboe obbligato. Oboe part is available as a free download from the publisher.

10/4491L - SATB / Two-part Mixed

When You Call
In this moving anthem, Ruth Elaine Schram seamlessly combines a haunting melody with striking harmonies evoking a strong, prayerful passion. "...Where You lead me, I will follow; Where You send me, I will go...." The intimate text and flowing arrangement for SATB and keyboard give us one of Ruthie's most powerful pieces to date. Perfect for ordination services, baptism, missions emphasis, stewardship, or general use.

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

10/4121L - SATB

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 He?
Displaying the unique and creative gifts of Ruth Elaine Schram and Ken Bible, this song poses the question asked by those who witnessed the triumphant entrance of Christ into Jerusalem just days before that same crowd would cry for His crucifixion. The artfully written text for Palm Sunday also answers the question: who is He who comes to die? Exalting Christ as Savior, the music is beautifully presented to support the celebratory mood of the crowd and the solemnity of the pending death on the cross. The celebratory feel of the music is enhanced by a dance-like clarinet (or C-instrument) part that weaves in and out of the melody line with grace and style. The addition of percussion instruments contributes color and an appropriate quasi-Hebrew flavor to the overall effect. Accompaniment Track is available and includes both Stereo and Split Track formats.

9780834183001 - SATB / Piano
765762168824 - Performance/Accompaniment CD

Will You Make Room?
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Reflecting on the many things that make Christmas so special, the writing team of David S. Gaines and Ruth Elaine Schram asks, "Will you make room for the Christ-child, a home for Him on earth? Will you make room for the Spirit as He brings new birth? Will you make room in your life for love's pure light to shine?..."  Poignant and filled with sentiment, this anthem moves quietly through a mood of introspection, and briefly quotes portions of "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne."  (The entire hymn is printed on the back of the anthem if you wish to incorporate it into the anthem or your worship service.)  Effective any time during Advent or Christmas.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3179M - SATB

Wings of the Wind
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A majestic opening statement soon gives way to an easy, more contemporary "feel" in this original ballad with supportive, flowing piano score and a theme suitable for youth or adults alike: "God, how wonderful you are!" Based on Psalm 104 and commissioned by the Youth Choir of First United Methodist Church of Ft. Worth, Texas, under the direction of Mark Burrows. "Who makes the clouds His chariot? Who rides the wings of the wind? Who laid the earth's foundations, which shall not be moved? ... Who stretches out the heavens, just like a curtain of stars! Who wears the light as a garment, Who rides the wings of the wind..." Powerful, fresh setting of the poetic "Bless the Lord, Oh my soul" text.

Suitable for Transfiguration Sunday as well as general use throughout the church year.

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

10/3696L - SATB

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

With These Gifts
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In an evocative yet understated fashion, this anthem of supplication and thanks to our Creator is appropriate for any worship service, but especially those celebrating Harvest and Thanksgiving.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3432LA - SATB

The World of Rhythm (cover) The World of Rhythm
Follow the genesis of rhythm and musical styles from the 1800s to the present in this entertaining and educational journey for Unison / Opt. Two Part Voices. Book/CD Combination is suited to classroom or performance use.

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You Are My Hero
Based upon ideas submitted by students at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake, Ohio, this sincere tribute provides an opportunity to celebrate the people that we admire. Offering a refreshing view of family, school, and community through the eyes of young people, this piece is an excellent choice for Graduation, Concert, Festival, or for honoring a special teacher.

Optional parts for Violin (or Flute) and Cello are available as a free download from Lorenz. Go to and search 15/3016H or 15/3017H.

Heritage (Lorenz)
15/3016H - SATB / Piano / Violin (or Flute) & Cello
15/3017H - Three-part Mixed / Piano / Violin (or Flute) & Cello
99/3067H - Performance / Accompaniment CD

You Are the Bread
The sacrifice of Jesus' life for mankind and His invitation that we must simply come to Him for salvation is never as clear as in this tender anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram. A flowing accompaniment supports text that references both John 6:48 and the Passover blessing. (The actual blessing Jesus would have quoted when He blessed the bread and broke it.) The addition of a flute obbligato helps to make this piece an ideal choice for a reflective Communion service. Available SATB or SAB. Extracted from the cantata "The Living Last Supper" (SATB -55/1110L; SAB - 55/1116L)

10/3952L - SATB
10/3853L - SAB
99/2644L - Accompaniment CD

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

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

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

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