Chapter Anthem Reading Session Review


On Saturday, September 21st, our first program of the 2013-2014 season was presented. A hearty group of
21 organists and music directors gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford (Erik Eickhoff, Organist & Music Director) to share and sing anthems they consider worthy and useful for the “average” choir.

5ef79ccd86881f21f38dc48cae5038ffA wide range of styles–from early Baroque to CCM– was represented. The attendees led the anthems they brought, conducting an excellent “instant” choir. Percussion spiced up the morning as well.

The program concluded with a complimentary lunch. Many thanks to Kari Magg, Erik Eickhoff, and Deb Gemma for their work running the event. Here are the anthems that were shared:


“All Things New” by Randy Cox, Kris Crunk Discover, SATB and piano

“Amid the Calm of Winter’s Rest” by Richard Weidner, unison or SATB, accom- panied

“Be Still” by David Kauffman, SATB

“Blessed” by Dave Parker, Kathy Walden (available from J.W. Pepper), SATB or SAB

“Epiphany Alleluias” by John Weaver, SATB or 2pt. and organ

“A Communion Invitation” by Martin

“Gentle Mary” by Margaret Sandresky, SATB a cappella

“Holy God, Faithful and Unchanging” by Anthony Marks, RSCM, St. James Music Publishing, SAB choir and keyboard

“I Can Do All Things” arr. Mark Burrows,

Choristers Guild #CGA1309, unison/2-pt. with piano, optional tambourine

“I Will Praise the Name of God” by John Blow

“If We Will Seek the Lord” by Nancy Price, Don Besig. Glory Sound #D-5377, SAB

“Improperium” by McNeil Robinson

“Jesus, Gentlest Saviour” arr. Alan MacMil- lan, Paraclete Press, unison/2-pt. and piano or organ

“Let in the Light” by Alfred Fedak, Selah Publishing Co. 410-674, 2-pt. mixed choir and organ

“Let the Praise Go Round” by William Boyce, arr. Hal Hopson, HW Gray Publications/Bel- win Mills Publishing Corp. SAB

“Listen” by Dave Parker, Kathy Walden (available from J.W. Pepper), SATB or SAB

“Lord, You Have My Heart”
by Martin Smith, arr. James Koerts, Lorenz 10/4183L, SATB

“The Prayer of St. Francis” by Bradley Ellingboe, Kjos Music Ed. 5767,
SAB choir and keyboard

“Rejoice, My Friends” by Betty Bertaux

“The Shepherd’s Story” by Alan MacMillan, Paraclete Press, unison choir and piano

“Sing Out With Joy” by Mark Patterson, Choristers Guild CGA1051, Unison/2-pt. with piano, optional finger cymbals, claves

“The Stone Is Rolled Away” by Victor C. Johnson, Lorenz Music Publishing, SATB a cappella

“Wexford Carol” by Peter Neidmann, Augsburg-Fortress, SATB and organ