Sacred Music by Sheena Phillips

 

SEE ALSO Christmas & Advent

 

To purchase unpublished music please email me (sheenaphillips at gmail.com). For most scores there is a modest fee per singer for permission to copy from a licensed PDF file. Payment by Paypal or check.

 

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Evening Prayer

SATB divisi

Lyrics by Thomas Ken, and quoting traditional bell-ringing patterns and Thomas Tallis

Duration c. 5:15

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Performance by Icosa Choir, dir. Luke Mather, London, June 2017

 

How Can I Keep From Singing?

SATB

Setting of the 19th c. American hymn by Robert Lowry

Commissioned by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, dir. Robert Trocchia, May 2005

Published by Canasg Music

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Recording by the Magpie Consort, Columbus, Ohio

 

Lead Me To The Rock
SAB chorus, keyboard, cello obbligato and optional congregation and drums
Setting of Psalm 61
Commissioned by Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio in 2016 to commemorate the life of George Ryerson
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Performance by the choir of Summit UMC, 20 May 2017 (music starts at about 2m23s into the clip)

 

OTHER TITLES

Amazing Grace 

SATB divisi

Jazz arrangement 

Published by Canasg Music

 

Amazing Grace 

SATB and alto solo

Commissioned and first performed by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, 2002

"Simply outstanding.  I highly recommend it for unaccompanied choirs--and it won't take long to learn it."   Philip Copeland, Director of Choral Activities, University of Alabama (Birmingham)

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Recording by the University of Alabama (Birmingham) Concert Choir, dir. Philip L. Copeland. Solo by Sarah Green

 

Aurora rutilat (Dawn glows red) 

SATB divisi

Setting of a medieval Scottish plainchant hymn

Published by Canasg Music

Recording by Rudsambee Company of Singers from the ablum citrus and honey

 

Blest be the love 

SATB piano

Setting of a hymn text by Charles Wesley, using tunes from the Scottish Psalter

Commissioned and first performed by the choir of St Andrew's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas, 2004

 

Calvary 

SATB keyboard

Setting of the spiritual 

Written for the choir of Summit United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio, for Palm Sunday 2004

 

Come Down, O Love Divine 

SATB, soprano solo, violin, violincello

Also scored for SAB, piano or organ, solo violin

Setting of the tune DOWN AMPNEY by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Words by Bianco di Siena (trans. Richard Littledale) 

Written for and first performed by the Magpie Consort, Columbus, Ohio, for holiday concerts in December, 2010.

 

Deep Peace 

SATB organ and optional congregation

Setting of traditional Celtic blessings 

First performed by Worthington United Methodist Church, Worthington, Ohio, 2003

 

Easter Service 

Commissioned by First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio, Music Director Tim Smith, for Easter 2006

 

1. Introit: Christ will rise

SATB organ 2 trumpets 2 trombones timpani

Words by Phillips Brooks

Recording by the choir of First Congregational Church with Tim Smith, organ

 

2. Anthem: Easter Carol

SATB organ

Words by Christina Rossetti

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Recording by the choir of First Congregational Church

 

3. Offertory:  Thanks be to God

SATB organ 2 trumpets 2 trombones

Based on words from the Easter Proclamation

 

4. Communion: The Voice of Jesus

SATB flute

Words by Horatius Bonar

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Recording by the choir of First Congregational Church with Sarah Lange, flute

 

5. Postlude: Rejoice O Earth

SATB organ 2 trumpets 2 trombones timpani

 

Foresta spessa e viva

SATB divisi, soprano solo, viola da gamba or cello, cymbal

Depiction of the sacred forest from the end of Dante's Purgatorio

Written for The Magpie Consort, Columbus, Ohio for Visions of Heaven, 2002

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Healing river

SATB and SSAA versions

Arrangement of a song by Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff

Published by Santa Barbara Music Press in SSAA and SATB versions

Recordings available on the Santa Barbara Music Press website (links above)

 

I know that Jesus loves me

SATB piano

Words by Lynne Reid

Written for Summit United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio, 2006

 

I shall light a candle

SATB divisi

Setting of an Apocryphal text and a Bengali folk song about finding the right path

Written for Rudsambee company of singers, Edinburgh

 

Lesson of love

SATB, flute, viola

Setting of texts by Julian of Norwich

Commissioned for the ordination of Kathryn Clausen, Columbus, Ohio, June 2001

 

Love triptych 

SATB divisi

Setting of three medieval English devotional lyrics

Premiered by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, dir. Robert Trocchia in Contemporary Choral Currents, February 2002

Duration c 6:00 

extract from first movement (mp3)  performance by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, dir. Robert Trocchia, 2003

extract from third movement (mp3)

Published by Lorenz

 

A Medieval Christmas Story 

SATB chorus, soloists, handbell choir, drum, 2 oboes, SATB recorder consort, viola da gamba

Music drama based on medieval mystery plays

Written for and first performed by the Magpie Consort, Columbus, Ohio, December 2001

 

Shaker movements

SATB divisi

Suite of three movements based on Shaker tunes

Commissioned by the Cerritos Center for the Arts, California, 2003

Winner of 'American traditional' competition run by Zephyr: Voices Unbound

Premiered by Zephyr in Los Angeles, June 2003

Duration c 7:00 

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Song of praise

SATB a cappella 

Wordless song of praise

Composed for Voz Nua of Portugal

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We open our hearts

SATB, organ and congregation

A sung prayer, commissioned by First Congregational Church, Columbus, for the Region V Convention of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), 2007. Words by T E Smith

Recording  by First Church Choir, directed by Tim Smith from the organ, June 26, 2007

 

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