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Composer, teacher, performer and church musician, Stephanie Martin has contributed to the Toronto’s colorful music scene for 25 years.

As Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale since 1996, Martin has led this 85-voice choral group in memorable performances of the great works of the Oratorio repertoire. Recently in Vancouver, she received an honorary membership in the Elgar Society, and holds the distinction of being the first Canadian woman to conduct a full performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.

Martin served as Music Director of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto for six years, where she recorded several of Healey Willan’s “lost” manuscripts. Resident women’s chant group Schola Magdalena recorded their first CD O Gracious Light.

Associate Professor of music at York University, Martin holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Arrow and the Song, the    by Stephanie Martin                                 


SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1582 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:05

“I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I know not where;”

You’ve heard the famous poem by H.W. Longfellow but you’ve never heard it rendered with such class. This is a golden nugget for choirs.


Ave Verum Corpus    by Stephanie Martin                                 


SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1149 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:55

This gorgeous a cappella motet rose to the top of the Cypress jury list in 2009. Sweet spot vocal registers and intuitive voice leading make this compelling composition approachable for High school, Church and Community choirs. Please take a moment to listen to this poignant setting of the traditional text.


Cold is the Night    by Stephanie Martin                                


SATB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1219 
(see the score while you listen)  1:45

“Cold is the night when the stars shine bright”. Folklore and proverbs set to poignant choral music - your choir will really love this composition!



Four Motets    by Stephanie Martin                                


SATB a cappella  $  $5.50    CP 1254

All four of Stephanie’s gorgeous motets together - (four for less than the price of three) They can be sung in succession or individually. Click on the titles to listen and view the scores.  duration - 6:35

  1. 1)Ave Verum Corpus   duration - 1:55

2) Sicut Cervus   duration - 1:35

3) O Salutaris Hostia   duration - 1:20

4) O Sacrum Convivium  duration - 1:55

Click on the titles above and listen to the individual motets while viewing the scores.


Gloria - from Missa Brevis for Three Voices    by Stephanie Martin                                


SAB    $2.25    CP 1579

TBB    $2.25    CP 1581

SSA    $2.25    CP 1580
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:20

One can order Gloria separately or order the complete Missa Brevis for Three Voices (listed below).

You will be amazed at how much beautiful music can come from three part vocal music, thanks to Martin’s compositional skills. Intuitive voice leading, plaintive evocative harmonies; there is so much a director can draw from the phrases and choirs of all levels of ability will love it.


Kontakion    by Stephanie Martin                                


SATB a cappella  $2.35    CP 1158 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:15

The words of the Kontakion were written during the 9th century to bring comfort to those attending a burial service. It is sung faithfully at Anglican funerals services and has become an appropriate text for people everywhere on Remembrance day. Stephanie uses a modern translation and applies a beautiful lush choral setting to the ancient text.


Hear My Prayer    by Stephanie Martin                                


SATB a cappella  $2.35    CP 1170 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:55

Many composers have set Psalm 102 to music. Few versions are as effective as this one.  Intuitive voice leading, varied dynamics and appropriately crunchy dissonances will make this a good experience for the choir and meaningful to the listener.


Legend of the Bird    by Stephanie Martin                                


SATB a cappella  $2.35    CP 1252 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:15

Stephanie ventures into new creative territory with this composition. In this poem, a passerby on a winter evening notices the statue of a robin and wonders why it is there, who made the carving, and why children are fascinated by it. Surprisingly, the stone bird answers, but only in riddles. It becomes apparent that it is not the spirit of the living bird, not of a human artisan, but of the great Creator who can give life to stone.



Missa Brevis for Three Voices    by Stephanie Martin                                


SAB    $2.25    CP 1165

TBB    $2.25    CP 1166

SSA    $2.25    CP 1167
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:05

You will be amazed at how much beautiful music can come from three part vocal music, thanks to Martin’s compositional skills. If you have a church choir, any shape or size, you can manage this setting of the Mass.


Now the Queen of Seasons   by Stephanie Martin

                                

SATB  with piano/organ, optional brass  $2.25    CP 1330 
(see the score while you listen)             duration - 2:40

This majestic Easter anthem features fanfare and full rich harmony.

Brass and percussion parts (with a conductor score) sent via PDF - full set - $20.00


O Salutaris Hostia    by Stephanie Martin

                                

SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1257 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:20

The words of Saint Thomas Aquinas - “O saving victim who opens wide the gate of heaven...”  Stephanie’s motets having enduring quality with beautiful melodies, long lines and intuitive voice leading.


O Sacrum Convivium    by Stephanie Martin        

                          

SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1258 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:55

The words of Saint Thomas Aquinas - “O sacred feast, in which Christ is partaken..”  Stephanie’s motets having enduring quality with beautiful melodies, long lines and intuitive voice leading.


Sicut Cervus    by Stephanie Martin  
                                


SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1256 
(see the score while you listen)  1:40

From the Psalms - “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you, O Lord.”  Stephanie’s motets having enduring quality with beautiful melodies, long lines and intuitive voice leading.


Tantum Ergo - Alleluia    by Stephanie Martin                                


SSA, TBB, SAB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1216 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:55

Two wonderful compositions for the price of one and any combination of voices can sound fantastic! Tantum ergo are the opening words of the last two verses of Pange Lingua, a Mediaeval Latin hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas