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Music for Mixed Chorus

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (2014)

This is an old hymn that I stumbled across as a youth - a moving text by Horatius Bonar paired with Thomas Tallis' "Third Mode Melody".  (The music was later used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".)  I've arranged the hymn into a somewhat more choral setting for mixed voices (SATB divisi).

  • View/download the score - PDF
  • Hear our small ensemble performance - YouTube

This arrangement is offered free to all in memory of my late wife, Pastor Ann Dwelle Ward.  You are invited to download, copy, and use without cost, so long as the complete score (including cover, copyright notice, and attributions) are present in all copies.

Note: This was originally intended as for men's voices, so a TTBB arrangement may be posted in the future, also available without cost.


A Winter Ride (2013)

A commission for women's voices led to three pieces.  This one I rewrote for mixed voices. (JWP)

  • A Winter Ride, Amy Lowell (1874-1925).  SATB, accomp.  About 2:00 in length.
    Energetic and full of the joy of life.  See the SSA version in the Women's Chorus listing.
    • View the score - PDF
    • Recording from the Schubert Club premiere (12/18/2014) M4A
    • Computer-generated MP3
    • Revised score (2014) minor changes after Schubert Club performance - PDF


A Prayer of Dedication (2011)

SATB with piano accompaniment. (JWP)

Setting of the familiar "Prayer of St. Francis", with a lively syncopated rhythm through much of the work.

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3


Poetry by Bill Holm

Bill Holm was a well-loved Minnesota author, poet, and SMSU professor.  After his death in 2009, I was asked to set a couple of his poems for the SMSU Concert Choir.  "Bread Soup" was performed at a tribute in the Spring of 2009, and "Letting Go of What Cannot Be Held Back" was premiered in 2010.

I have permission to share these works with interested Minnesota choirs at no cost.  Please contact me by email if you'd like to receive a copy.


  • Bread Soup: An Old Icelandic Recipe (2009) SATB a cappella.
    Bill's version of the recipe emphasizes the time it takes to steam and soak and boil until the soup is "just right".  Perhaps a metaphor for the creative process in general?
  • Letting Go of What Cannot Be Held Back (2009) SATB a cappella.
    The final poem in "Playing the Black Piano", from a section reflecting on the loss of a dear friend, this poem reconciles with the realization that in the end you must let go and "practice your own song".
    • Concert Choir performance from Spring, 2010 - MP3


Danny Boy (2008)

SATB with piano accompaniment.  An easy arrangement for both singers and accompanist. (JWP)

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3


Hard Times, Come Again No More (2008)

SATB a cappella with oboe obbligato. (JWP)

An arrangement of the familiar Stephen Collins Foster song, with a bit of a Celtic twist.  Includes three verses, sung out of order.

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3


Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) (2012)

SATB a cappella.

A straightforward adaptation of the original harmonies for 4-part chorus.  Simple but sings well.

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3


Revelation (2008)

SATB a cappella.

An early poem of Robert Frost captures the tension between needs for intimacy and anonymity.

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3


MnSCU Fight Song (2009)

SATB a cappella.  Strictly for fun - a fight song for the seven universities of MnSCU, all at once!

  • View the score - PDF
  • Computer-generated MP3