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Arrangements of Christmas repertoire for SATB choir in pop style

I'd welcome suggestions of arrangements for SATB community chorus of Christmas pieces in popular or accessible jazz styles. The ensemble is not a jazz choir but wants to perform works in a pop style for a change. Accompaniment: piano and string bass or piano and violin. Not audience sing-along. No large instrumental combos. Thanks!
Anthony Antolini
Artistic Director
Down East Singers
Rockport, Maine
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on January 30, 2016 9:40am
Anthony,
 
Search JWPepper "Choral Christmas Jazz" and you'll be surprised what you can find.   If you can find a "left over" copy of "Snowfall" (arr. Roger Emerson) from Manhattan Transfer, I would jump at the chance to sing it.  Such a wonderful arrangement. 
 
 
Good Luck,
Rick
on February 2, 2016 7:55am
I recommend HAPPY HOLIDAY/HOLIDAY FEELING - SATB - arr. Mark Brymer - Hal Leonard Publishing -
This is the arr. made popular by The Manhattan Transfer on their most recent holiday album.  I'm sure that rhythm section parts are available.  It's a swing-style arrangement that is fun-fun-fun to sing.  Your group will love it!
I have other holiday charts that I've done as well...all SATB.  You can certainly find me via choralnet.
Good luck.....
                                                                t 
 
on January 31, 2016 3:45am
Hello Anthony,
 
Hope you'll give this a listen! It's a popular (pop-ular?) traditional French carol given a 'Swingle' twist. Straight SATB a cappella & (acoustic) bass.
 
It is performed here (probably you can tell!) by a classically trained ensemble – Musica Nova – that I directed at one point, along with renowned Canadian bassist Michel Donato giving it great support. It may also be performed totally a cappella. My arrangement is available from A Tempo <donaldpatriquin(at)gmail.com
 
 
Regards,
Donald
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on January 31, 2016 4:05am
on January 31, 2016 4:12am
Darmon Meador writes some great jazz arrangements. If you visit his website, you can listen to them. 
www.darmonmeador.com
 
Kari Morris 
on January 31, 2016 4:13am
Hi Anthony,
I made this arrangement for mixed choir (SATB) with string bass and optional solo violin, and it seemed to work well  with my own chamber choir at Christmas concerts. It was also performed by a large community chorus in a charity concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester UK. As you will see, it begins a cappella, and the other instruments come in separately - string bass, piano and violin.  You can even add drum kit (ad lib), and the violinist is free to improvise or just play the written part!
You can follow through the whole score on the Swirly Music site, and order either printed copies or a digital download.
on February 1, 2016 1:25am
on February 2, 2016 2:41pm
You might look at "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" arranged by Hawley Ades, an older arrangement that works.  It was published by Shawnee. 
on February 2, 2016 4:11pm

Ric Flauding’s arrangement of “Silent Night” is fabulous:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I--WX9GTYRU

 

on February 2, 2016 6:11pm

You might also like to check out Ivo Antognini's Silent Night arrangement.

 

 

on February 3, 2016 5:39am
Hi Tony!
 
Surprise!
From the ECS Publishing Group:
Christmas at St. Anne’s for Treble Voice, Children’s Chorus (or Solo Voice), SATB Chorus and Piano or Brass Quintet
Duration: 3:00
Obviously, you would use only the piano version if you pick this, but I am listing all performance materials below for everyone else in case they are interested.
Full\Piano\Choral Score: Catalog No. 7245  
Brass Quintet Parts: Catalog No. 7246
Children's Chorus (Solo Voice) Part: Catalog No. 7247  

Cheers,
 
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on February 4, 2016 6:54am
Hello Anthony,
 
Here is one of my very favorite Christmas carol/song arrangements: "Lo, How a Rose/The Rose" by the multi talented Craig Hella Johnson. It is performed here under the direction of Dr. Brady Allard, with The University of Utah Singers.  I plan to perform this piece another Christmas at a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, where I’ll have a great school choir combined with a ‘classically’ trained choir– 75 in all. Can’t wait!
 
 
 
Donald
 
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