Christmas Joy! – Unterseher

1. Deck the Hall
2. Jingle Bells
3. O Christmas Tree
4. Here We Come Awassailing/We Wish You A Merry Christmas

SATB, opt. Treble Chorus and Audience Sing-Along, with full or chamber orchestra, piano, or piano 4-hands

This set of four festive, secular Christmas songs with optional audience sing-along portions and/or children’s choir is a sure-fire way to end your Christmas concert. Whether in the SATB plus small orchestra version, the full orchestra version (which can be played without the chorus!), or with the piano 4-hands version, it is an easily prepared way to send your audiences out singing.
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PROGRAM NOTES

The winter holidays in the Northern Hemisphere have long been associated with celebration, feasting, decoration, and gift-giving. These five songs reflect English, German, and American traditions and winter activities. Most of us know at least part of all these songs–sing along with us!

NOTES ON PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE

These were designed to be easily learned and quickly prepared.

The audience sing-along parts can be cued by a children’s chorus, a small group or soloist who indicates to the audience when it is time to sing. It can be good to give the audience a quick heads up regarding which parts to sing along with. Make it easy for them!

Sing-along is not required, it can simply be done as a straight-foreward concert piece.

If you do them with piano, please do check out the piano 4 hands version, which captures the color of the orchestra more successfully and balances with the choir and audience

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About Reginald Unterseher

Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and through NW Choral Publishing at www.reginaldunterseher.com.

He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013.

Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.