The Steady Light (accompanied) – Unterseher

SATB or Two Part Chorus or Vocal Solo with piano, organ, string quartet, or string orchestra

This short piece is the perfect closer for your concert or worship service. The words are not specifically religious, but speak to themes of spirituality and legacy, honoring our place in the world and those who have gone before us. It is available in a variety of voicings and accompaniment options. Scroll down for the solo version, and click here for the unaccompanied versions.

Purchase the accompanied versions of THE STEADY LIGHT from Reg’s web site


None of us are who we are without the people who have shown us the way, and we all show the way to those who will follow. We must choose carefully which light to follow. This piece is dedicated to our heroes, those people who made the choice to be the light for us.


Take your time on the connection points, and allow yourselves plenty of rubato. Let each line finish, then move ahead into the next line.


–Sheila Dunlop

Let my footfall on this blessed earth tread lightly as a falling leaf.
Let my shadow from this blessed sun shut no one from the light.
Let my dance beneath these holy stars grow stronger with the years.
Let my heart expand with sky-wide love.
Those who go before
hold high the steady light
that shows me
where I am.

Solo Version with piano or organ

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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 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.