JOANNA SCHWARZ

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Joanna Schwarz (b. 1951) grew up in Parksville on Vancouver Island and has made her home in Squamish, BC since 1973. “My parents gave me many opportunities in the arts including lessons in dance, guitar, singing, piano performance and drama. The variety of experiences has greatly enriched my creative life. Now after 30 years as a piano teacher and volunteer in the performing arts, I get to follow my loves of writing, photography and songwriting. Thanks to Larry Nickel’s recent arrangements, several of my songs are now accessible to choirs.”

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When Christmas Comes

by Joanna Schwarz/Mavis Todd, arr. Larry Nickel

SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1150  duration – 2:50  
Joanna’s song has the makings of a Christmas classic. The infectious melody evokes the holiday spirit.  The lilting piano part and rich four part harmonies are approachable for any mixed choir. 

Miracle at Play

by Joanna Schwarz, arr. Larry Nickel

SATB    with piano and optional flute    $2.35    CP 1338  duration – 3:45
Genius Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” There’s not doubt that Joanna adheres to the latter conviction. Please give a listen. There is a lovely marriage between her text and melody. This would be ideal for a Spring Concert – but certainly works any time of year.

Mountain, Sea and Sky

by Joanna Schwarz, arr. Larry Nickel

SATB  with piano and optional flute    $2.50    CP 1071  duration – 4:20   
The west coast of Canada – British Columbia – is beautiful beyond words. So Joanna needed music to convey the imagery. Give a listen to the quality recording.