Bring A Torch Jeannette, Isabella SATB
This is the English translation of a favourite Christmas carol, Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle, from 16th century Provence in France. I originally wrote this arrangement for SAB but later adapted it for the standard mixed choir and piano.
Christ Child Lullaby
I wrote this with my friend Carol Huber when I was a grad student at UBC and singing in the Vancouver Canata Singers under James Fankhauser. Jim asked me to contribute a piece for a Christmas concert and I asked Carol for a poem. The recording here is the premiere performance. This can be played on harp or piano, and the obbligato part is optional.
Christmas Lullaby SSA
Years after writing the Christ Child Lullaby, I wrote my own words to the song and republished it as the Christmas Lullaby. Here is the women’s trio version recorded by my wife Karen and her sisters Wanda (soloist) and Andrea.
Companions All Sing Loudly SATB
This energetic Basque carol is arranged here for easy choir, accessible to the average ward choir.
The First Noel TBB
This arrangement was made for all the men in my congregation to sing: most would sing melody, some would sing the bass part from the hymn book, and a few tenors would sing the composed counter melody. The piano part is very easy as well. So, if you need something for mostly untrained singers to perform, this is a good choice (or a trained choir, of course).
The Friendly Beasts
This charming Christmas song is always well received by choirs and audiences. I made an arrangement of Friendly Beasts for a women’s choir who had a member who played a fine viola. I have also adapted it in the past for SAA. The piano accompaniment makes this arrangement quite flexible.
Good King Wenceslas SATB
This arrangement is from a set I wrote for my chorale in 2000. It has been performed several times since then – great fun (if you have a good pianist…)
I Wonder As I Wander SAB
One of my father’s favourites, he would often sing it as a solo at Christmas with me at the piano. I arranged this beautiful Appalacian carol for him to sing with my chorale in 2000.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree SAB
This lovely American Carol has become one of my favourites. I adapted this choral arrangement from my arrangement for Soprano solo.
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming SAB
Originally written for three-part women’s voices, I later adapted this arrangement for SAB. This, of course, is the famous Christmas carol written by Michael Praetorius in 1609, the German title of which is “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen“.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel SATB
One of the most beloved Christmas carols, this arrangement featuring organ accompaniment was commissioned in 2008 for the Ottawa Stake choir.
O Little Town of Bethlehem SATB
This famous Christmas carol was arranged for my ward choir – simple, yet effective.
Silent Night SATB Organ
I have written a few arrangements of Silent Night over the years. Recently I felt like I should do a new, more creative version, the outlines of which came to me in the course of a few minutes. This arrangement is not for the beginner choir, but it will bring ample rewards to the skilled. You won’t have heard anything quite like it before.
Winter Lamentation (Sad Jingle Bells) SA
Anyone who has experienced a Canadian winter will easily relate to this comical choir number. It will be a hit at your winter concert (in northern climes at least!)
When First T'was Heard That Christ Was Born
This Christmas Carol was written when I was a graduate student, on a Sunday when I stayed home with a sick baby. It won a Carol competition at Brock University. The recording is of my Chorale in 2000.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks SATB
This delightful chorus is an expansion of a “fuguing” version of this popular carol, found in “The Easy Instructor”, a shape-note book published by William Little in 1798 (my copy is from 1841). The recording is from my chorale’s Christmas concert in 2000.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
I wrote this solo on the famous Christmas carol by Mendelssohn for an intermediate piano student of mine. Mendelssohn’s hymn was originally written in praise of Gutenberg!
This early intermediate arrangement has echoes of my choral arrangement.
We Three Kings
A piano arrangement specially requested by one of my early intermediate level students.
Organ Prelude - O Little Town of Bethlehem
I wrote this prelude one Christmas when I was visiting home and was asked to play something at the Stake Christmas fireside. It has been an audience favourite (and one of mine) ever since.
Prelude on Silent Night
This is a prelude I wrote in 2017 to play at my ward’s Christmas Eve sacrament meeting.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Adapted from the piano solo, this makes for a very effective and energetic duet.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Lovely duet for firesides or worship services.