recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists
Presenting a cantata with your church choir is a wonderful way to prepare your congregation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff highly recommends these cantatas for the Christmas season:
Peace Has Come by Mary McDonald
Mary and Joseph were initially troubled, but eventually found Peace. Shepherds on a hillside were trembling with fear, but were told to “fear not.” In Peace Has Come, we follow the journey of those who experienced that first Christmas night…and found peace in a new and fresh way. In the process, the listener is challenged to lay aside those illusions that promise peace, and embrace the Giver of true peace and abundant life. Create an unforgettable Christmas worship experience with Peace Has Come.
God With Us
God came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ to shed light in the darkness, bring hope to the hopeless, and instill peace within the restless. This flexible worship experience highlights this fundamental Christian belief, and has been assembled for use throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. It can either be presented in its entirety using the proposed sequence, the Advent and Christmas sections can be performed separately (both sections include four titles), or, individual anthems can be selectively programmed for services and special events throughout the month of December. Each selection can be presented with piano accompaniment, and many also include optional instrumentation. Optional scripture readings and underscores for these readings are also provided to give additional members of your congregation opportunities for involvement.
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About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.
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