Stephen Smith


Stephen Smith grew up in rural Nova Scotia, where he sang and played the piano from an early age. After initial studies in his home province in both piano and organ, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. While there, he participated in national and international competitions and won numerous awards and distinctions. Since 1990, Stephen has lived in Vancouver, obtaining his doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of British Columbia and contributing to the musical life of the city as a performer, teacher, composer, choral conductor, and adjudicator. His choral arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by choirs from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Seoul, South Korea.

A la claire fontaine   arr. Stephen Smith 

SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1449
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:00

This song may have appeared as early as 1604, when the first French settlement was established in Quebec. A clear fountaine, a rose, and heart-break. Children sing this folk-song and adults relate to the deeper meanings. Stephen’s setting is fresh and evocative.

Chi Mi Na Morbheanna   arr. Stephen Smith 

TTBB    $2.25    CP 1012 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:05

SATB    $2.25    CP 1209  

This beloved Gaelic song of longing for home is simply but richly scored for four-part mens voices and supplied with a thorough pronunciation guide.

Consider the Lilies   by Stephen Smith 

SSAA    $2.35    CP 1312 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 5:50

Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin.

Yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (Matthew 6:25-36)

These words of comfort and assurance are set beautifully for an accomplished women’s choir, which is why it’s a part of The Elektra Women’s Choir Series.

Guitarra   by Stephen Smith 
TTBB    $2.35    CP 1069 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:45

Written for the Vancouver Mens Chorus, this piece captures a sultry Spanish atmosphere using vocables, ostinatos, irregular meters, and semitone dissonance. From a soft beginning, tension and excitement build to a climactic chord cluster with tenors on a high B from which they drift down gradually as the piece dies away.

Land of the Silver Birch   arr. Stephen Smith  

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1310  - 
   (see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:05

You might remember singing this chant around the campfire. Stephen has created a wonderfully lyrical arrangement with hypnotic ostinatos. The composition really captures the mood of a quite lake.

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

Skye Boat Song   arr. Stephen Smith 

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1174  - 
    (see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:15

TTBB with piano    $2.35    CP 1175

A sweet and simple, yet satisfying, arrangement of the beloved Scottish song which recounts Bonnie Prince Charlie's legendary escape to the Isle of Skye in 1746. 

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.

To People Who Have Gardens   arr. Stephen Smith 

SSA    $2.25   CP 1070  - view the score

A very pretty song with a strong rhythmic element, celebrating simplicity in life and beauty in work.

We Rise Again   arr. Stephen Smith 

TTBB with piano    $2.50    CP 1136 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:00

SSAA with piano    $2.50    CP 1143

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1141

Leon Dubinsky's well known coal miners song was made popular by the Rankins, and this arrangement by Stephen Smith has been sung throughout Canada and the US by the men’s choir, Chor Leoni. (click listen) A great crowd pleaser, this accessible version tugs at the heart strings of all who see children as our hope for the future.

Ye Banks and Braes   arr. Stephen Smith

SATB a cappella    $2.25    CP 1054  - view the score

Here is an arrangement with the entire melody in the bass! The lilting old Scottish air is enhanced with simple, melodious accompanying parts.