Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir

Peter's work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360ยบ Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

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Peter and Mary Alice's choral arrangements and compositions are being sung by community, church and hospice choirs throughout the U.S. and the UK.  Now the Amidons have published two books and companion sampler CDs of collections of their most popular, musical and accessible arrangements.  

This book "Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir" is geared particularly to choirs in small, mainstream Protestant churches.

Many of these were originally arranged or composed for the Guilford (Vermont) Community Church Choir, UCC, which rehearses only for the 40-60 minutes before each Sunday service, so the anthems are accessible to the typical small church choir with a mix of music readers and non-readers.

A second book, "Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs", is geared particularly to UU church choirs. However, both collections are useful to any church, community, high school or hospice choir.

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Here is a list of the choral arrangements/compositions in the "Fifty-Five Anthems" book.  "Sweet is the Day" was composed/arranged by Mary Alice Amidon.  All other arrangements by Peter Amidon. You can hear recordings of most of them by clicking on the titles.

Corinthians 13 -  Peter Amidon

Beatitudes - Peter Amidon

Watts Cradle Hymn - traditional

All Is Well - traditional

Jesus Gave Me Water - by L. Campbell (sung by Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers)

Halleluia - Leonard Cohen

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace - Peter Amidon

Thanksgiving Eve - Bob Franke

Born in the Night - Goeffrey Ainger

I Will Guide Thee - traditional

Cool of the Day - Jean Ritchie

Shout for Joy - traditional

When Jesus Came Home - Peter Amidon

Amazing Grace - John Newton (1779)

Angel Rolled The Stone Away - traditional

Prodigal's Return - traditional

Turn Turn Turn Pete Seeger

I Still Have Joy - Calvin Jackson

By the Waters of Babylon - Brent Dowe & Trevor McNaughton

Bid You Goodnight - traditional

Balm In Gilead - traditional

Psalm 126 - Mary Alice Amidon

Angel Band - Jefferson Haskell (1860)

Acres Grace - Peter Amidon

Here I Am Lord - Danielle L. Schutte

Sweet is the Day Mary Alice Amidon

Blessed QuietnessMarnie Paine Ferguson

You Can't Hurry God - traditional, from the Warner collection

Through All the World Below by Jeremiah Ingalls (1790), from Southern Harmony

Brightest and Best - Jean Ritchie

My Lord, What a Morning - traditional

Noah, Heist the Window - traditional

Swing Low - traditional

To Bethlehem - Nym Cooke

Silver Rain - Alice Henderson & Marianne Zimmerman

All in the Morning  - traditional

Christ Was Born In Bethlehem - traditional

Little Moses - A.P. Carter

What You Gonna Call - traditional

This Little Light - traditional

I Wonder As I Wander - John Jacob Niles

Flower Carol traditional

Angels Hovering Round - traditional

Simple Gifts - Elder Joseph Brackett (1848)

Precious Memories - J.B.F. Wright

Joy Shall Come In the Morning - Mary Alice Amidon

All Through the Night - Harold Bolton (1884)

Motherless Child - traditional; Peter's SATB arr. based on Maggi Tucker's piano arrangement.
Praise to God - Jonathan McNair
Shepherd's Star - traditional
Sweet Hour of Prayer - Words: William Walford, 1845. Music: William Bradbury, 1861 (public domain)

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