Every Time I Feel The Spirit – Unterseher

SA, piano

The traditional spiritual in an energetic, joyful setting with piano. Score sample and recording below.

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This beloved spiritual is full of traditional images and code words referencing the Underground Railroad and the escape from slavery. The Jordan River wasmost often code for the Ohio River, which had to be crossed to get to the free states. Many of the references to water in spirituals also refer to the practice of walking in the rivers and streams at night. That way, the tracking dogs that were used to hunt them down would lose the scent.


Make sure that the melody always predominates, even when the descant comes in at the end. Feel the rhythms organically rather than mechanically. Pay close attention to the dynamic contrasts.


Evr’y time I feel the spirit movin’ in my heart, I will pray.
Upon the mountain, my Lord spoke
Out of his mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me, look so shine, ask my Lord if all was mine
Jordan River run right cold
chill the body, not the soul
Ain’t but one train on this track, run to heaven and right back

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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.