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Non-Traditional Mass Settings

Looking for non-traditional mass settings, choir and/or solos, quartets, etc. Anything from different parts of the world would be a good fit, but I’m all ears for any of your favorites that fit the bill.
So far on my radar:
Missa Luba, Missa Criolla, Missa Kenya, Missa Gaia
I plan to string some different mass parts together for our big Palm Sunday Special Music Service.
Thanks for the insight!
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Adam Podd
Music Director, First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn
on February 11, 2016 6:31pm

Maybe Hyun Kook's Little Mass? Dr Kook is a medical researcher from South Korea. His mass setting dates from late 2014, so there's a good chance that it will be new to your singers and congregation. (The easiest contact would probably be via Facebook: dr.kookhyun )


Here's the Agnus Dei:


on February 11, 2016 8:21pm
You might check out my Shona original work in the majority language of Zimbabwe for voices and African drums.  Originally written for treble voices, but often done as mixed or even men's voices. Published by Boosey & Hawkes. 
Mbiri kuna mwari
Hwayana yaMwari
Lee Kesselman
on February 12, 2016 7:31am
A choir I sang in did Missa Criolla accompanied by a band of native Ecuadorian musicians that was quite effective, if you could find such a band in Brooklyn.  
I'm from Oregon, so probably not a stretch that such could be active in New York.
Craig Bader
Music director, Delphian School
on February 12, 2016 7:37am
Gospel Mass by robert Ray; fairly old, but a classic; well written; the Credo is a show stopper
High Lonesome Mass by Tim Sharp adn Wes Ramsay (bluegrass style) I'm doing the Kyrie this spring   Wes Ramsay (augustpr(a)
Applauded by an audience of 2
on February 12, 2016 7:52am
Charles d'Ambleville's Messe des Jesuites de Pekin has a decidedly European sound, but was written for use in Chinese churches.  It would provide a lovely contrast to the other settings on your list. On IMSLP .org.
Katherine McKee
Music Director
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
on February 12, 2016 1:54pm
Hello Adam
Are you interested in my Mass of Hope, which alternates the traditional words with my own English words, looking at the meaning of each section?
I'm an Australian composer and choir conductor. 
Judy Clingan judithclingan(a)
on February 12, 2016 2:57pm
Hi Adam,
maybe my Missa Popularis, built on Swedish folk music would work.
Originally made for SSA with string quartet but available from Bärenreiter Verlag in a version for SSATB with string quartet or string orchestra.
If you like it then contact me and I'll send you perusal copies.
on February 13, 2016 8:18am
My choruses have sung Ramirez's Misa Criolla and now we are working on Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass."  Wonderful stuff!
Applauded by an audience of 1
on February 13, 2016 10:10am
Hello Adam,
I have just finished editing and publishing the complete Mass For The Caribbean which I wrote over a three year period while seasonal organist at the Anglican ‘Cathedral’ on the small island of Carriacou, West Indies. Portions of it are still performed there and Grenada, though not with quite the same magnificence as the premiere performance on Palm Sunday, 1999 with sixteen steel drums, keyboard and flute. The mass is scored for mixed choir and keyboard, with optional single high steel drum and/or flute. The entire Caribbean Mass may also be sung in unison. There are some 'response' type movements (Sanctus for example), and a number of movements outside the Ordinary of the mass (Psalm 23, Lord's Prayer, Hymns...) While Mass For The Caribbean could be of interest in the context of a concert, it was written as a mass to be sung in a service of worship.  It was first performed in Carriacou on Palm Sunday, 1999 with the Bishop of the Leeward Islands officiating. (Several of the original movements are also available for full steel drum ensemble.)
Additional information about the Caribbean Mass may be found on my website at
The sound links are not presently functional, but the samples below will give a good idea of the music. I would be pleased to send sample pdfs and complete mp3 recordings. More information on ChoralNet at
These clips are variously from *a performance for the United Church of Canada “More Voices” and **the first rehearsal for the upcoming Canadian premiere of Caribbean Mass in Toronto, Canada, this coming May.
*Sanctus and Benedictus
*Memorial Acclamation  (Christ has Died)
Donald Patriquin
on February 14, 2016 4:50am
Consider Carl Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. It is certainly non-traditional. 
on February 14, 2016 8:39am
Dear Adam,
I just wrote a mass for SATB choir and organ (or unison choir and organ) based on Scottish folk idioms. You can see the score here:
Please email me (chris(a) if you'd like to order it, or use any single movements from it.
on February 14, 2016 9:15am
May I suggest adding Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango to the list, also performed in the USA a few years ago. Easily found on You Tube.
Regards to all from Florence, Italy
Blanche De Sanctis
on February 15, 2016 5:28am
I'm imagining that you'll use Masses you already have in your library. Otherwise you'll be buying lots of copies of 7 or 8 full scores. That's the issue that's keep me from programming a similar concert. So you might want to search for works that are popular enough to have individual movements published.
on February 15, 2016 6:43am
Hi Adam,
I'm in the middle of writing a "Colonial American Mass," an homage to the music of William Billings and his contemporaries. Let me me know if you have an interest and I can send you a sample.
Timothy Michael Powell
on February 15, 2016 12:10pm
We loved the "American Mass" by Ron Kean; it incorporates spirituals.
Also Henry Mollicone's "Beatitude Mass for the Homeless" which can be heard on the composer's website. 
on February 15, 2016 12:15pm
There is also the Missa Brevis Pro Serveto, "A Mass for Unitarian Universalists," composed by Unitarian Reverend Frances Dearman -- a very modern sound.  It has a wonderful libretto in Latin, but is one of the few times I've wished the mass was using the English text.   
on February 15, 2016 1:02pm
Wilson Gault Somers has two works with which you should familiarize yourself.  Please feel free to contact me via ChoralNet for contact information with Wilson Somers and his CDs.
#1.  Mass for the Homeless for orchestra, SATB chorus, and soloists.  This work has been critically acclaimed.  Mr. Somers, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music,  is a composer of classic works as well as jazz.  He is an Emmy Award winner.  He is also an organist and choir director for an important Episcopal church as well as the choral arts teacher of a leading private school.  He holds many concerts throughout the year covering all the genres mentioned above.  In the entire choral repertoire, I am only aware of a couple of works titled Mass for the Homeless.  This modern lyrical work, in my opinion, rises above the others in artistry and meets all ACDA criteria.    READ AND SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE REVIEWS    AND,%20wilson%20gault/   AND   AND PARAGRAPH #2 OF   
#2.  Requiem for 9/11 for orchestra, SATB chorus, soloist, narrator, and audio clip.  This work has also been critically acclaimed. Both the above work and this work will impress your performers as well as your audience for obviously different reasons.  AUDIO CLIPhttp://  AND   AND      YOUTUBE VIDEOS    AND
#3.  Knowing you requested mass settings, nevertheless I included audio/video selections of Somers' outstanding Jazz Vespers Service.  This work was performed by jazz greats at Philadelphia's Episcopal Cathedral.   AND ​   AND   AND   http:// ​ .
on February 15, 2016 5:49pm
I would check out Dr.Samuel Adler's  Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass for SATB choir, Soprano Solo, Brass Quintet and Organ.. it's fabulous !
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