Indulge in these breathtaking works for a memorable Christmas from the American master of sacred music. Stephen Paulus' most moving and successful pieces are perfect to elevate your holiday concert into something truly magical. From simple hymns to children's choir to complex multi-instrumental works, there's something for every occasion to lift up the holiday spirit!
Pilgrims' Hymn (From the Opera "The Three Hermits")
An absolute classic and bestseller, Pilgrims' Hymn has been performed all across the globe from Japan and Australia to Europe and beyond. This is a staple in every serious choral director's book.
A beautiful arrangement for chorus and harp, originally premiered by the Dale Warland Singers, that has now become a favorite of aficionado's and newcomers alike. Striking and elegant with lush harmony.
Originally commissioned in 1998 for the Lincoln Center annual tree lighting in New York City in conjunction with Sesame Street and conducted by Judy Clurman, this piece is a beautiful, simple song that's perfect for a children's choir or any choir in the holiday spirit. The heart warming lyrics are written by none other than the all-star team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Another staple from the Dale Warland Singers catalog, Paulus' interpretation of this classic is sure to please. The harp cascades with the oboe solo in a truly memorable way to compliment the lush vocal harmony.
A stunning new arrangement of a classic, perfect for a candlelight service on Christmas eve. Commission by Matthew Culloton for The Singers 2009.
Commissioned by Pat Whitacre in loving memory of Gene (Whit) Whitacre for the Dale Warland Singers in 1998, these three gems are an odyssey of chorus, oboe and harp. "The Holy and the Ivy" has become a cult classic and "Wonder Tidings" was coined the title of the annual Stephen Paulus Christmas radio program by Brian Newhouse on MPR.
Another classic gets the Paulus arrangement, with a lovely soprano and alto soli. It's a tried and true piece that's well known from the days of the Dale Warland Singers on to Matt Culloton's The Singers and beyond.
A spectacular piece written for chorus and organ that was then adapted for unaccompanied choir for the Grammy Nominated recording "Far in the Heavens" by True Concord. It is one of the last things he worked on, and a true masterpiece.
Though not necessarily sacred in text, The Road Home epitomizes all that we cherish about coming home for the holidays, being with family and letting the mind rest in it's favorite place: home.
A perfect addition to any service or concert, this beautiful arrangement makes one think of joy and the gift of giving. With harmony that satisfies the connoisseur and the new comer, it's another Stephen Paulus / Dale Warland Singers classic.