Hymn Arrangements

I love the hymns. Over the years as a choir director and accompanist I have arranged many of them: the fruits of those ongoing labors are here. While generally not the learn-in-a-week variety, these arrangements have all been performed locally and are within the ability of the average ward choir. When you purchase one you’ll receive a link to a pdf file from which you can print as many copies as you need – no stickers or signatures required. Please contact me directly if you need a different key or other adjustments, or if you have a request for a new arrangement.

Adam Ondi Ahman SATB

This decidedly Mormon hymn was written in the 1830’s in Missouri, perhaps even in Adam-ondi-Ahman, where Joseph Smith taught that Adam had lived. William Phelps used a tune from a shape note hymn of the time and wrote his own words. The first verse in my arrangement features the original tune from Southern Harmony. I later simplified my original arrangement by cutting the contrapuntal ending and adapted it for flute and piano.

All Creatures of Our God and King SATB Organ

I have done a few arrangements of this great hymn. This one is for easy choir and organ. It kind of stems from an alternate fourth verse that I made up as a teenager playing the organ in sacrament meeting. The congregation was long suffering I think…

Beautiful Savior

Originally written for a men’s choir, I have also had this performed by women in a lower key. The piano part requires a confident pianist.

Best for Last (Children)

An original Mother’s Day song for Primary children. I love the idea of Heavenly Father as the consummate artist. While he proclaimed all his creations good, woman, who was created last, was his masterpiece.

Book of Mormon Medley SAB

My father-in-law requested this combination of An Angel Came to Joseph Smith and The Golden Plates for his ward choir.  I’m quite pleased with the result.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today SATB Organ

Treating one of the world’s best loved Easter hymns, this dramatic arrangement, featuring underscored narration from the Gospel of Luke, is quite easy for the choir but challenging for the organist. 

Come, Follow Me

John Nicholson, author of the text of Come, Follow Me, was a Scottish convert who joined the church in 1861 and emigrated to Utah in 1866. The text, especially the last verse, gains deeper significance when you realize that he was the first Recorder of the Salt Lake Temple, a calling he fulfilled until his death in 1909. 

Come Ye Children of the Lord SATB Organ

Come, Ye Children of the Lord and Now Let Us Rejoice are arrangements I composed for the choir which I conducted at the dedication of the Montreal, Quebec Temple in 2001. Half of the 18 voice choir was from northern Vermont, half from Ottawa, Ontario.

Did You Think To Pray? SATB

This is becoming one of my favourite arrangements – simple, yet effective. It was adapted from the Soprano solo found on the “Vocal Solo – Sacred” page. You can read the story of this hymn and my commentary on this arrangement in my blog

Firm Foundation Medley (Children)

This combination of How Firm A Foundation with The Foolish Man and the Wise Man was suggested by Julie Duty, a Primary singing leader in Arizona, as a way to make the 2017 Primary Presentation special. The hymn matches so well with the folk song musically and conceptually, I couldn’t resist.

Give Said the Little Stream SATB

Fanny Crosby, the author of these famous verses, was blinded in her infancy, but from (and she said, because of) this trial she was inspired to write poetry. Fanny wrote thousands of published hymns and poems, so many that publishers had her use aliases of which she had around 200! 

God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son SATB

This arrangement was written for my ward choir in Edmonton in the spring of 2009. We performed with a solo violin playing in the intro and interludes, and doubling the sopranos on the last verse.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives SATB

One of my most requested works, this arrangement was originally written as an alto solo and is available in many settings and keys. This SATB setting features Soprano and Baritone soloists.

Jesus, What A Friend For Sinners SATB

This is a hymn text common in many Protestant denominations, sung to the tune Hyfrydol, which Latter-day Saints sing as the sacrament hymn, “In Humility Our Savior”. I have altered the text somewhat and added a new verse. This arrangement is based on the soprano solo version.

Let No Hands Be Idle Here SATB

This is one of my favourites from the Orson Scott Card collection, which I arranged in 2016 for my ward choir. This arrangement is not included in the book.

Lord, We Come Before Thee Now SAB

One of the very few (5 to be exact) LDS hymns in a minor key, I love the harmony in this beautiful hymn. This arrangement was done for my small ward choir to perform.

Love At Home SAB

This is a sweet arrangement of an LDS favourite. Written when I was a university student, I later revised it to simplify the original arrangement. My ward choir found it very effective.

More Holiness Give Me

Set in a different metre, Rachmaninoff ‘s beautiful Prelude in D was the inspiration for the piano accompaniment of this moving hymn.  It struck me as I listened to the music that it would easily make a lovely Soprano/Baritone or instrumental duet, so I have added scores for that purpose. There are also solo and duet arrangements available. Read the story of this hymn in my blog.

Now Let Us Rejoice SATB Organ

At the dedication itself we performed somewhat simplified versions, but a month later at a Stake Conference in Ottawa I reassembled the choir to sing the full arrangements, and these recordings were made during the conference. The solo in Now Let Us Rejoice is sung by Greg Johnson, who was later accepted into the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (2018). The original arrangement has a section for 4-part men that I have simplified to Tenor/Bass, more suitable for most ward choirs.

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning SATB

Also know as Joseph Smith’s First Prayer, this LDS favourite was arranged early in 1986 for my ward choir. I’m particularly fond of the dramatic third verse and the shift to the tune of Jesus, Lover of My Soul, which fits the fourth verse perfectly. The idea is that the dramatic moment of the Prophet’s First Vision has changed everything forever. An adaptation for Soprano solo is also available.

Praise To the Man SATB

I wrote this after hearing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement, so I must give him credit for the inspiration. This has always been one of my favourite hymns. I’ve had a few people tell me they never liked this hymn until they heard this arrangement.

Precious Savior SATB

I’ve woven two other tunes into this arrangement of Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer: the tune of Come Thou Font of Every Blessing which suits the second verse so well, and the well-known Dona Nobis Pacem, which is basically the latin translation of the closing phrase “Grant us everlasting peace”. 

There Is A Green Hill Far Away SATB

This is a very simple but effective arrangement that can be mastered by the smallest or least proficient of choirs. I have often used it as an initial piece when starting with a new ward choir. They can easily concentrate on vocal production and breathing. 

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today

This beloved hymn was written by Eliza Hewitt when, after six months in a body cast and having it finally removed, she was able to take a walk in the park on a sunny day. Written for a Stake Conference Women’s choir, this arrangement features 4-part women which I have adapted for SATB.

Weary Not SATB

Once included in several LDS hymn collections, this gospel song from the turn of the century has been sung by the choir in recent General Conferences. Thanks to Amy Zimmerman for commissioning this arrangement for her ward choir. 

When I Am Baptized

This lovely masterpiece by Nita Dale Milner (also known by it’s first line, I Like to Look for Rainbows) is one of my top five favourite Primary songs of all time. Although a song for children, the importance of repentance and feeling that you want your “life to be as clean as earth right after rain” becomes more poignant as we age — I have a hard time not getting emotional when I perform this song. This simple arrangement is great for beginner or small choirs.

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