We know many of you are getting started recruiting musicians and selecting music for this year. To help you with that, we’ve put together a list of pieces you may want to consider for Advent and Christmas. Feel free to check out our Advent and Christmas playlist on YouTube as well!
Carl F. Schalk | SATB, Organ, Flute, and Oboe
Here is an exquisite, soothing lullaby that features flute and oboe alongside the choir and organ. It also has optional parts for string quartet, so it’s great for churches that would like to involve people of multiple talents during the holidays. With some a cappella sections, it’s a piece that is great for more advanced choirs. See purchasing info for Lullaby for Christmas >
John A. Behnke | SATB and Organ or Piano
This elegant choral arrangement of the classic hymn is accessible for all choirs. It alternates between SATB and unison and can be accompanied by either piano or organ. It’s great for beginning choirs or those that have limited rehearsal time around the holidays. See purchasing info for O Holy Night >
Jacob B. Weber | Organ
This partita for organ moves through several different moods, from relaxed and almost improvisational to mighty and majestic. The three movements offer versatility, as they can be played throughout the service or together as an introduction. This partita is also part of a collection of six that was written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. See purchasing info for Savior of the Nations, Come >
Sondra K. Tucker | Trumpet and Organ
Trumpet players at your church will jump at the chance to perform these pieces. Each arrangement is based on a familiar Christmas carol and features a beautiful trumpet melody with exciting organ accompaniment. See purchasing info for Repeat the Sounding Joy >
Sandra Eithun | Handbells
For weeknight Advent services and Christmas, it can be especially difficult to find handbell players who will play during worship. This collection of hymn arrangements is ideal for times like these when you are short on ringers. With pieces in a variety of keys, the collection balances small manpower with varied and interesting beauty. See purchasing info for Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells >
Lauran Delancy | Handbells and Organ
The opening bell peal is like the angels’ voices proclaiming that the Son of God has arrived in the flesh. With “Joy to the World” weaving between the shimmering bells, this piece truly evokes the excitement of the Nativity, helping listeners remember that the real joy of Christmas is in the coming of the Messiah. See purchasing info for From Heaven Above to Earth I Come >
Want to listen to more pieces?
Listen to our Advent and Christmas playlist on YouTube.