Choosing repertoire for church choirs is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks of all choir directors, whether they direct larger or smaller choirs. There are some unique challenges facing those who direct smaller choirs, though. To support you in your work, this blog has many helpful posts on the subject. Find some time to read any one (or all!) of the following posts for inspiration and ideas:
- Instant Anthem 1.0
- Choirs With Limited Resources: Part 1 – The Hymnal as a Resource
- Working with Small Choirs: Part 2 – Other Resources
- Strategies for Supporting the Small Choir
- Unison Choral Singing
To assist you even further, in this post I provide a list of 25 anthems for 2-part or 3-part mixed voices, arranged according to the liturgical calendar. I focus on mixed voices, since repertoire for SSA and TTBB are substantial topics in themselves. Not all of the pieces on my list are easy, so approach them as you would SATB anthems. Also, in my estimation, these anthems sound “complete”—you, your choir, and your assembly will not miss those other one or two vocal parts. Follow the links to the publishers’ websites, where you can listen to demo recordings and view sample pages. When you find something you like, most of these titles are available for download through Prelude Music Planner!
“Comfort, Comfort Now My People,” arr. Richard Proulx. SAB, finger cymbals, and tambourine. MorningStar, AE-110.
“Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” arr. Sam Batt Owens. SAB, keyboard. MorningStar, 50-0203.
“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers,” arr. John Ferguson. SAB, organ. Augsburg Fortress, 9781451401684.
“Stir Up Your Power, O Lord, and Come,” Carl Schalk. SAB, organ. MorningStar, 50-0205.
Christmas and Epiphany
“A Christmas Roundelay,” Austin Lovelace. 2-part, keyboard. ECS, 7316.
“O Lord of Light, Who Made the Stars,” Daniel Schwandt. 2-part, organ. MorningStar, 50-9932.
“On Christmas Night,” arr. Hal Hopson. 2-part, keyboard, optional handbells. MorningStar, 50-1204.
“We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth,” Timothy Shaw. SAB, piano. Concordia, 98-4170.
Lent and Holy Week
“At the Cross,” arr. Patricia Hurlbutt. 2-part, solo. Augsburg Fortress, 9781451479317.
“Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God,” C. F. Mueller. SAB, organ. G. Schirmer, 50303010.
“Deep Were His Wounds,” Timothy Shaw. SAB, piano. MorningStar, 50-3125.
“Out of the Depths,” Carl Schalk. SAB, organ. MorningStar, 50-3410.
“Christ Is Risen,” Ronald Arnatt. SAB, organ. ECS, 7050.
“Now Is Christ Risen from the Dead,” Frederick Frahm. 2-part, keyboard. Augsburg Fortress, 9780800678920.
“The Day of Resurrection!” arr. Brian Wentzel. SAB, keyboard. Augsburg Fortress, 9781451451665.
Ascension and Pentecost
“Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me,” arr. K. Lee Scott. 2-part, organ. Augsburg Fortress, 9780800646134.
“Jesus, My All, to Heaven Is Gone,” arr. Howard Helvey. 2-part, piano, oboe. Beckenhorst, 1562.
“Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart,” Robert Buckley Farlee. 2-part, keyboard. MorningStar, 50-5555.
“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Timothy Shaw. SAB, keyboard. MorningStar, 50-5310.
“O How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings,” Carl Schalk. SAB, organ. MorningStar, 50-6204.
“Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show,” David Schelat. SAB, conga drum. Oxford, 9780193865518.
“Psalm 150,” John Harper. 2-part, organ. Oxford, 9780193511200.
“Put on Love,” Lee Dengler. SAB, keyboard. Augsburg Fortress, 9781451420784.
“The Beautiful Land,” Scott Perkins. SAB, piano. Augsburg Fortress, 9781451485752.
“The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” John Rutter. SAB, piano. Oxford, 9780193416598.
Do you have a favorite 2-part or 3-part anthem? Share your repertoire suggestions in the comment section below!