New Music - 2018


A Place in the Choir   by Bill Staines, arr. Erica Phare-Bergh,

SATB - piano and violin -$2.50  CP 1639
    (listen here and view the score)  duration - 3:15

Listen to the coyote howl with this knee-slapper.  Bring down the house with this funny joyful composition; an easy sing with a rousing chorus. Get the audience to sing along. The piano part is for dexterous fingers - but a four handed piano version is also available.

As the Ship Went Down  by Woodpigeon, arr. George Chung

SATB   with piano    $2.25    CP 1589  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:20

How long can you hold your breath? Imagine the trauma of being on a sinking vessel. This very cool song by Woodpigeon (Canadian band from Calgary) makes an exciting choral work with George’s arranging skills - complete with polyphony and canon.  Watch this video - you’ll be convinced!

At Niagara Falls  by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1649 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:30

TTBB available upon request

Imagine waking to the roar of Niagara Falls, but hearing a robin’s sweet carol magically drown out the din.  This work suggests that, though we are surrounded by the "tumult of a noisy world,” it can be overcome by “a song of love and trust."

Beauté   by Jean-Charles Côté

SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1647    
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 5:30

Beauté (Beauty) is based on a poem from Avancées vers l’invisible by Fernand Ouellette (published by Éditions de l’Hexagone in 2015). The idea of "transfiguration" permeates all of the poet’s works, which extol the virtues of his wife. The music is simple and tonal. Its atmosphere is calm and serene, its character expressive. It is written for choirs at the intermediate or advanced level. The piece was premiered on November 5, 2017, by the Choeur de Chambre du Québec at Église St-Georges in Montreal.

Bring Lolita Home    by Bruce Coughlan   arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano   $2.35    CP 1636 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:40

The orca (killer whale) named Lolita was taken from British Columbian waters and ended up at an amusement park in Florida.  This anthem is a timely reminder of our relationship to nature; an easy sing with solid harmonies and a poignant message.

Crimson Stain - the cantata    by Larry Nickel

SATB with piano, cello and soloists $16.00 CP 1620
(see the score while you listen) duration - 40:00

Peter Togni, CBC radio host for 20 years wrote “This is truly a great work ... a masterpiece which deserves to be heard”.  Read the full review here.

This music is ideal for Remembrance and Memorial Day services. The Battle of Passendale occurred one century ago. Trench warfare was a nightmare of epic proportions. Nickel’s music considers what was gained and what was lost - with compassion, gratitude, cynicism, anger, despair and hope.

Ten movements tell the story: each piece is also available separately.  click here to see the complete list.

Évangéline   by Michel Conte, arr. Erica Phare-Bergh,

SATB with piano  -  $2.75    CP 1551
    (listen here and view the score)  duration - 8:20

SSA with piano  -  $2.75    CP 1595  - duration - 8:20

Evangeline is an epic poem that was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1847. It describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Évangéline Bellefontaine to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse, and their separation when the British deported the Acadians from Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, during the Bay of Fundy Campaign in 1755. The poem follows Evangeline as she spends years in search of Gabriel across America; sometimes she is near Gabriel without even realizing it. As an old woman, she works as a Sister of Mercy among the poor. While tending the dying during an epidemic, she finds Gabriel among the sick, and he sadly dies in her arms. The final verse of Michel Conte’s lyrics says, “Your name is more than Acadia…it stands for all those who, despite unhappiness, still believe in hope and love.”

Fisherman’s Son   by Jimmy Rankin  - arr. Larry Nickel 

TBB with piano, optional violin $2.35    CP 1641
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:10

The Rankin family added many great songs to the roster of Canadian folk music. This one is for hard working men!

Green, Green    by  Randy Sparks and Barry McGuire, arr. Eldon McBride    

SATB    with piano    $2.35     CP 1615  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:05

Up tempo, great fun and meaningful. The words of a rover - “The grass is always greener on the other side - so I’ll just keep movin’ on”.  Green, Green was a big hit by The New Christy Minstrels, an American folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. Eldon’s arrangement is true to the original.  Choirs will love it.

watch this great performance by the Jubilate Vocal Ensemble (click here)

Home I’ll Be   by Rita MacNeil  - arr. Larry Nickel 

SATB  with piano, violin (or C instr.)  $2.35    CP 1638
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:45

Rita’s love for her homeland gave birth to this lovely anthem. This is an easy sing with rich harmony.

Hymn of Acxiom by Vienna Teng, arr. Robin Salkeld

SATB    $2.35    CP 1406    
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:50

The Acxiom Corporation fits into a category called database marketing. They have collected data on over 126 million households. This song is relevant although quite unnerving. Robin has given Vienna’s song his trademark choral treatment.

I Am Voyager by Robin Salkeld

SATB    $2.35    CP 1324    
(see the score while you listen) duration - 5:55

Inspired by the Voyager 1 space probe becoming the first human-made object ever to enter interstellar space. The lyrics include the Latin greeting the probe carries on its golden record as well as Robin’s own words from the perspective of the probe itself. When this composition was premiered by the Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, many people in the audience were deeply moved. Listen to the recording, read the text, and travel through outer-space.    Robin

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say   by Rupert Lang

SATB with piano and violin  $2.50    CP 1594 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 6:55

Written originally for the Christ Cathedral Choir (Vancouver), this piece takes the classic hymn and sets it with a beautiful sense of line and harmony. Rupert combines chant and hymn with a sparkling piano part and a poignant violin accompaniment.  Listen to the recording of his amazing choir.

Ikan Kekek    by Tracy Wong
SSAA - a cappella    $2.35    CP 1618 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:30

SATB - a cappella    $2.35    CP 1643

“Ikan Kekek” is about a fish, and a whole lot more! As with children’s songs from other countries, Malaysian children’s songs consist of  simple, catchy, and repetitive melodies. These tunes are usually lively and festive. They often either tell a story, bear advice for young people, or are humorously written and purely meant to entertain. This popular children’s song from Malaysia covers them all and is arranged for SSAA / SATB choir and percussion.

Percussion available (sent via PDF) upon request

I Lost My Talk    by Jeff Enns, poem by Rita Joe
SATB    $2.35    CP 1617 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:45

Devastating: both the text and the music. The National Youth Choir of Canada has this in their repertoire. First Nations woman, Rita Joe, attended a residential school as a youth. Looking back, she reveals her pain in a subtle and beautiful way.

In Beauty - Denis Donnelly

SATB  a cappella    $2.35    CP 1604 
    (listen here and view the score)  duration - 3:30

With a text from Native American sources, Denis paints a beautiful invitation to see the beauty all around us and apply it to our lives every day.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Albert Greer   

SATB with piano/organ w solo instr. $2.35  CP 1646 
(see the score while you listen) duration - 4:40

The poem by Christina Rossetti is a Christmas classic and Albert’s fetching melody is a great match.  Listen to the wonderful recording.  The trumpet part is also available for flute, clarinet, violin or cello.

La Virgen Lava Panãles   arr  Ruben Federizon     

SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1598
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:08

This classic Mexican Christmas carol arrangement really captures the magic. Beautiful harmonies support the plaintive minor melody. Give a listen to the famous Filipino Choir - the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Long Time Sun    by Elise Letourneau

SATB    $2.25    CP 1602
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:10

“May the long time sun shine upon you”. This lovely song would make a fine closer to any concert.

Originally a snippet of an old Celtic lyric poem, it came into use as an Irish blessing. In traditional Earth religions the sun was viewed as representative of the higher aspect of a person's consciousness that could guide them on the spiritual path with Divinity. The blessing was chosen in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan as a mantra to close each Kundalini yoga class.

love is more thicker than regret    by Brad Richmond

SATB a cappella    $2.35    - CP 1632
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:15

Evocative shimmering harmonies and nice long vocal lines in sweet spot registers bring this ee cummings classic  poem to life.

Make Me a Captive    by  Gordon Adnams   

SATB  - a cappella    $2.35    CP 1596  
(see the score while you listen) duration - 3:30

This is a gorgeous piece which embellishes the poignant text so well.  Your choir will love the intuitive voice leading and full lush chords. “He who loses his life for My sake will find it” - one of the famous Christian paradoxes - is the theme of George Matheson’s poem.

Nakeestla    by Brian Tate                                  

SATB with percussion   $2.35    CP 1511     
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 6:15

Nakeestla - (coming together to make things right). This composition strikes straight to the heart. The message and milieu are from a First Nation perspective.  Brian handles it with sincere sensitivity.

Peaceful Niagara  by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1583 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:30

TTBB with piano available upon request

Sail the Niagara River and Lake Ontario in this lyrical part-song, celebrating the lasting peace between neighbor nations.  The high point of this work serves as a tribute to US and Canadian heroes of the War of 1812.

People Get Ready    arr. Scott Reimer

SATB a cappella    $2.35    - CP 1552
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:10

People Get Ready follows a long tradition of Black American freedom songs which use train imagery. The Rolling Stone magazine called it the 24th greatest song of all time. Choirs will loved singing Scott’s stirring arrangement.

People You Love    by Eric Bibb   arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano   $2.35    CP 1640 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:00

“People you love pass on - but they’re not gone.” Eric deals with the subject of death in such a sensitive and meaningful way - this is a tear-jerker, for sure.

Pie Jesu - by Michael Kositsky
SSA    with piano    $2.25    CP 1601  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:25

Antiphonal writing makes this composition really special - perfect for children’s choir and also sufficiently poignant and challenging for women at any ago.

Pie, Jesu - when my young student, Cecilia Zhang was murdered after being kidnapped in 2004, I wrote “Requiem for Cecilia” in her memory. The work was performed by the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007 with The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the High Park Choir conducted by Kerry Stratton. The entire score was intended for young people and the “Pie Jesu” has been performed several times on it’s own by the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir.!

Pity Me Not   by Stephen Smith  

SSAA with piano    $2.35    CP 1585  - 
   (see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:45

Pity me not because the light of day

At close of day no longer walks the sky;

Pity me not for beauties passed away

From field and thicket as the year goes by;

poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rasa Nusantara    by Tracy Wong
SSAA - a cappella    $2.50    CP 1631 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:00

A joyful medley of four Malaysian folk dances. Listen to Tracy sing it herself while you study the score.

Easy, rhythmic and crowd pleasing!

Percussion available (sent via PDF) upon request

River Hymns    traditional arr. Larry Nickel

SATB  a cappella   $2.50    CP 1644
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:10

Shall we gather at the river - the beautiful river? Listen to the serene harmonies of this composition. Nickel combines four famous river hymns in this medley.

Serving Girl’s Holiday - arr. Denis Donnelly

SATB    a cappella    $2.35    CP 1591 
    (listen here and view the score)  duration - 2:30

Singing words adapted from an anonymous piece of English folk poetry set to a rousing Medieval tune, this serving girl is dropping her shuttle as she looks forward to kicking up her heels in the village. A great choice for an up-tempo, secular a cappella song to enliven a holiday program.

She’s Like the Swallow    arr. D. Geoffrey Bell                                   

SATB with piano and flute    $2.35    CP 1648 
  (see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:19

This famous Newfoundland folksong is given a lovely setting by Geoffrey.  The flute part really makes the swallow fly high - despite the mournful sentiment of brokenhearted love. This piece has been set by many composers and this is surely one of the best arrangements. Give a listen!

Song for the Mira   by  Allister McGillivray   arr. Stephen Smith 

SATB a cappella - $2.50   CP 1645  - 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:20

One of Canada’s most enduring and endearing folk songs, Song for the Mira has been covered over 300 times. Anne Murray says it’s one of her favourites. So composer Smith applied all of his skills and passion to this one.

Sparrow  by  Susan Crowe and Raylene Rankin, arranged by Mark Sirett

SSA with piano and violin or flute    $2.35    CP 1607 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:05

SATB with piano and violin or flute    $2.35    CP 1610

Little sparrow, still you fly

Still you gaze into the sky

Are you longing, do you yearn

For a tall tree to return?

Star in His Pocket    by Elise Letourneau

SAB    $2.25    CP 1603
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:00

Quirky lyrics speak words of encouragement to anyone brave enough to follow their dreams.

Philippe Petit is the French high-wire artist who gained fame for his aerial walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on August 7, 1974. In an interview, when Petit was asked what compelled him to do the walk he replied, "When I see three oranges I juggle, when I see two towers I walk."

Tidings of Great Joy    by Larry Nickel

SATB a cappella    $2.50    CP 1465 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:50

This joyful anthem would work so well with a good acoustic.  Music would be bouncing off the walls!  (a movement from Nickel’s A Cappella Christmas Cantata)

True North    by  Mark Sirett  

SATB    with piano    $2.75    CP 1575     
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 7:00

This is a stirring anthem for proud Canadians. “Awake, my country, the hour is great with change!”

Turn Around    by Reynolds, Belafonte, Green   arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1642 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:00

“Turn around and you’re two, turn around and you’re four, turn around and you’re a young child going out of the door”  Harry Belafonte made this song famous in the 60’s.  This choral rendition sings itself and will touch the hearts of any audience.

Twenty-three Camels    by Bruce Coughlan   arr. Larry Nickel

SATB - piano with violin or 4 hands    $2.35    CP 1637 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:30

This is a bizarre story - 23 camels hauling gear during the Klondike gold rush!!? Bruce adds another one to his list of Canadian folk songs.  This is one of the funniest - and fastest! - a real barn burner.

Un Flambeau! Jeannette, Isabelle   arr. Derrick Christian

SATB   a cappella    $2.35    CP 1593  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:25

This delightful 17th century chant de noël provençal can be interpreted on so many levels. It is a charming oratorio-in-miniature, filled with humor, allegory, satire, devastating irony, and countless scriptural allusions.

The Valley    by Jane Siberry, arr. Beth Hanson

SSAA with piano    $2.35    CP 1611 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:45

This heart-touching song, by popular singer Jane Siberry, is also one of k.d. lang’s favorites. Beth really hits the mark with this lovely setting of a meaningful lyric. “We Will Walk in Good Company” is the refrain - sure to endear any audience. Listen to the Elektra Women’s Choir give a stirring rendition.

Walk Out on the Water    by  Royal Canoe,  arr. Geung Kroeker-Lee

SATB a cappella (with divisi)    $2.75    CP 1633  
(see the score while you listen) duration - 3:45

Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Canada) is a band on a mission to construct ambitious and inventive music that pushes against the boundaries of pop music. ‘Walk Out on the Water’, written in quasi-gospel style, is about resilience and perseverance- the whole world is telling you to accept your lot, but in spite of that, you persist. This catchy arrangement will have the audience singing the chorus line all the way home. Check out this video to see it in action!

Percussion and Bass guitar parts are available upon request (gratis).

This song is part of the Vancouver Youth Choir Series.

Water Canticle  by Joanna Estelle, arr. John Gordon Armstrong

SATB with piano   $2.35    CP 1619
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:15

Margaret Trudeau, mother of Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, is the long serving honorary president of WaterCan.  This piece was dedicated to her because the text was based on comments she made during an interview regarding the healing nature of water in her own life. 

Wau Bulan    by Tracy Wong
SA - a cappella    $2.25    CP 1537 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:50

SAB - a cappella    $2.25    CP 1608

This classic and upbeat Malaysian folk song is about flying kites! It is usually sung while seated on the floor and while performing synchronized-choreographed movements and hand claps. This pentatonic melody can be adapted to suit choirs at all levels and makes for a colorful opening or closing of any concert.

watch this amazing performance on Youtube!

Winter Proverbs    by Frances Farrell

TTBB    $2.50    CP 1590 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - circa 7:00

Winner of Chor Leoni’s inaugural C4 composition competition in 2017, this a cappella suite for men’s voices uses secular texts to depict the many shades of winter. This suite can be performed as a group or, alternatively, the last movement can be performed as a standalone work. A highly versatile set of pieces featuring moments of effervescence, humour, and solace, Winter Proverbs will be a welcome addition to your seasonal program.


Listed alphabetically

Please view the scores as you listen to good recordings

Mixed Choir, Men’s Choir and Treble Choir (colour coded)

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