CRAIG CASSILS

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Craig Cassils is a native of Manitoba, Canada, currently living in Winnipeg. He was a graduate of Brandon University and taught music in Manitoba schools for 30 years. He has many published works with several publishers, both Canadian and American. His works include choral music for both children’s & adult choirs. Craig also writes musicals, best known for his children’s musical – Clowns. 2000 Together was a musical collaboration with Robin Richardson. Other major works are his musicals Neighbours and Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.

 

Christmas Star

by Craig Cassils

SATB with piano – CP 1847 – duration 4:15   

Here is a beautiful anthem for the Christmas season or Epiphany. The piano introduction, based on the familiar carol We Three Kings, sets the stage for the journey of the wisemen. The choir sings of the kings from long ago following a star, and where we are today in our journey and searching. The arrangement features the men in the first verse and the women in the second. The refrain, all about the star, weaves the women’s and men’s voices together. The warm and contrasting B section (a cappella option) leads into a climactic antiphonal section about love, hope, peace and light. The piece ends with the refrain. 

Waiting for You

by Craig Cassils

SATB with piano – CP 1846 – duration 3:20

Waiting for You – a peaceful and contemplative anthem that invites us to spend the time of Advent not only waiting but also preparing our lives for the Christ Child. Opening with a unison statement of the melody, the anthem moves to a lovely four-part harmonization of the now familiar melody. Creatively playing on the word “waiting,” descending phrases move between the alto and tenor sections in the B section to emphasize the text “waiting for you.” An interchange between the men’s and women’s voices moves to the final ending.

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