The Steady Light (unaccompanied) -Unterseher

SATB div., SSAA, TTBB, unaccompanied

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. Score and recordings below. Scroll down for SSAA and TTBB versions, and click here for the accompanied versions.

TTBB version from Male Ensemble Northwest

SSAA version from the 2015 “Seattle Sings!” Festival with the singers of The Mägi Ensemble, Mirinesse Women’s Choir, Con Brio Women’s Choir, and Ancora

Mixed choir version from Chor Anno

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

Program Note

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, and which we carry. This piece is dedicated to our heroes, those people who made the choice to be the light for us.

Notes on preparation and performance

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.

TTBB score and recording

SSAA score

Accompanied versions
SA or TB
Solo High
Solo Medium (piano or organ only)
Solo Low (piano or organ only)

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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.