Sources of Ward Choir Music on the Web

12 February 2006 at 4:49 am 3 comments

As you can probably tell by the links I am compiling, I have been trying to identify sources for good ward choir music on the web, especially places where you can download and print music directly from the site. I will gradually be highlighting and reviewing these sites in future posts.

Today I added a new site to the list: Michelle Willis’ Teton Music. Sister Willis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Boise State, and also graduated from Ricks College (BYU Idaho). The free items on her site include 9 excellent hymn/song arrangements, and a refreshing original composition inspired by David Bednar’s Conference Talk “The Tender Mercies of the Lord.” The song is available in SATB, SSA, and Solo arrangements.

There are MIDI files for each of her LDS religious works so you can hear them – just click on the checkmark in the MIDI file column, and open the file in whatever your computer offers to play them with. To download the printed music, you will need Adobe Acrobat (free) to view the PDF files. I know you are probably saying, “doesn’t everyone have this?” but through personal experience of helping others with computer questions I would bet that many still do not.

Willis also offers three free “LDS Hymn Bridges.” These are short interludes to play between two songs to make it easy to modulate from one to the other. There are also other religious, and even a few non-religious (e.g. Mixed-Up Mother Goose) compositions you can purchase.

Thanks to Spencer Willis for e-mailing me and making me aware of Teton Music. If you have a web site with free (or inexpensive) choir music, please send me a note. Or if I have identified your site already, let me know if you would like to be featured in a post on this blog.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wardchoir  |  12 February 2006 at 6:51 pm

    Update: Our choir read through Willis’ The Tender Mercies of Our Lord today. When I introduced it one choir member said she was surprised someone had already written a song on the topic. It went over well, and we even went over time in rehearsal because one choir member said they wanted to hear how it ended (and others agreed).
    It may be a challenge for us to learn the sections that are in four parts, but it is so good that I think people will make the effort.

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  • 2. John Pack Lambert  |  22 December 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Thankyou for this site. It is really helpful in finding information about Latter-day Saint music. Too often the good efforts of Church members do not reach others. Too often we almost feel like there is no good music coming out, because we lack good ways to contact and encorage the efforts of talented church members.

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  • 3. Deanna  |  11 October 2009 at 5:50 pm

    freewardchoirmusic.com has arrangements by Linda Pratt, there are many songs to choose from. Very nice.

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