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A Few of Our Favorite …

Classic Anthems for Smaller Churches


Compiled by Eric Dundore

In our quest to find singable pieces for smaller church choirs – SAB, SSA, 2-part mixed or SA pieces – we list some possibilities for those looking to use "the old standards" from before the 20th Century. Sometimes the original voicings are daunting for a smaller group of singers and have lost their usefulness.

Here are some (but certainly not all) arrangements of choral standards that choirs could sing with much less stress and fewer singers.


You can preview and purchase these pieces. 

Adoramus Te, Christe (We Adore You, Christ)

Theodore Dubois & Theodore Baker/arr. Carol Troutman Wiggins

SA/2-Part Mixed voices with piano


Adoramus Te, Christe (We Adore You, Christ)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina /arr. W. F. Schmidt

SAB, a cappella


All Earth Rejoice with a Gladsome Voice

Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Hal Hopson

2-part Mixed voices with piano


Alleluia on a Theme by Bach (from Magnificat, BWV 243)

J.S. Bach/arr. Russell Robinson

SAB or SSA, a cappella


Alleluia (Exultate, jubilate)

W. A. Mozart/arr. Patrick Liebergen

SAB or Unison/2-part with piano


Ave Maria

J. S. Bach & Charles Gounod/arr. Russell Robinson

SAB, SSA, or 2-part with piano


Ave Maria

Giulio Caccini/arr. Patrick Liebergen

SAB, SSA, or 2-part with piano and solo flute


Ave Maria

Cesar Franck/arr. William Tortolano

SAB with Organ and C instrument


Bach for Young Voices

J. S. Bach/arr. Geoffrey Edwards

2-part with piano – Reproducible book of J.S. Bach anthems


Bring Us Peace (Da Pacem Domine)

Melchior Franck/arr. Linda Spevacek

SAB, SSA, or 2-part with piano


Sing Hosanna

Henry Purcell/arr. Patrick Leibergen

SAB with piano or organ and optional trumpet and drum


Dixit Dominus (RV 594)

Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen

SAB with piano and optional flute and cello


Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Orland Gibbons, arr. Sarah MacDonald

2-part mixed with keyboard


Gloria Patri (from "Magnificat" D. 486)

Franz Schubert/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen

SAB or SSA with piano


Gloria Patri et Filio (from Laetatus Sum)

Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen

SAB or SSA with piano and optional cello


Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Sherri Porterfield

3-part mixed with piano


God So Loved the World

John Stainer/arr. Peery

SAB – a cappella


Hallelujah Chorus (from "Messiah")

G. F. Handel/arr. Adam Podd & Matt Podd

SAB or 2-part with piano


Hallelujah Chorus (from "Messiah")

G. F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson

3-part or 2-part with piano


Hallelujah (from "Mount of Olives")

Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Russell Robinson

SAB with piano


Hallelujah Amen (From "Judas Maccabeus")

G. F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson

SAB or 2-part with piano


He, Watching Over Israel

Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Hal H. Hopson

SAB with piano


How Excellent Thy Name

G. F. Handel/arr. Patrick Leibergen

SAB or 2-part with piano


If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments

Thomas Tallis /arr. W. F. Schmidt

SAB - a cappella


Lift Up Your Voices

G. F. Handel/arr. Patrick Leibergen

SAB or 2-part with piano and optional trumpets and percussion


Lift Your Hearts!

J.S. Bach/arr. John Leavitt

2-part with piano


Lord Bless You and Keep You

Peter Lutkin/arr. Patrick Leibergen

SAB or 2-part with piano


O Vos Omnes

Giovanni Croce/arr. Audrey Snyder

SAB – a cappella


Pie Jesu (from "Requiem," Op. 48)

Gabriel Faure/arr. Russell Robinson

SAB or SSA with piano and optional flute


Psalm of Penitence (from Messe Basse)

Gabriel Faure/arr. Hal H. Hopson

2-part mixed with keyboard


Sing Be Joyful

Henry Purcell/arr. Hal Hopson

2-part mixed or 2-part treble with piano


Sing, Be Joyful

Henry Purcell/arr. Hal Hopson

SAB with piano


Sing to the Lord Rejoice

G. F. Telemann/arr. Hal Hopson

2-part mixed with piano


Sing with Joy (from "Judas Maccabaeus")

G. F. Handel/arr. Patrick Liebergen

SAB or 2-part with piano

You can also go to ChoralWiki:Music Subcategories - ChoralWiki (cpdl.org) to find free and downloadable music from hundreds of composers in various voicings for many sacred occasions. 

Our next "A Few of Our Favorite…" column will focus on anthems for smaller choirs from 20th century composers. Please feel free to suggest music you think our members would enjoy hearing about and that has served you well. Send any suggestions or comments to ericdundore@outlook.com by July 30, 2023.

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