On This Harvest Moon

(coming soon)

Mixed chorus, divisi

On This Harvest Moon, by Brian Turner

What they don’t tell you about love
is how its waters deepen within us

over time, the sweetened well
blurring the stars when a loved one’s name

crosses the threshold of our lips,
how cool and empty our hands feel

when the fine tips of the brushes
dance on the skin of a drum.

What they don’t tell you about love
is how our bodies house the dead

until we breathe the last words
we carry within, a poem

given to the ether, transposed
into the silence of clouds, then

carried over the sunlit earth
where the rain delivers it

to the green tongues of plants,
the pink mouths of animals

large and small, the ground itself
softened and giving way

to the winding channels,
blades of grass curling

from the weight of it,
a lone ant drinking

from a droplet of water
full of moonlight and music,

the taste of salt on a lover’s skin.

Premieres March 24, 2023

The National Anthems Project

The Star-Spangled Banner and O Canada

A simple but important opportunity for choirs to sing for audiences that often would not otherwise hear you is for sporting and other public gatherings where National Anthems are sung at the beginning of the event.

Here are arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and arrangements of “O Canada” in both English and French that you are welcome to freely use. O Canada has been updated to reflect the word change from June, 2016. The words “in all thy sons command” have been changed to “in all of us command.”

Email Me (don’t leave a reply below, I need an email message) with the specifics of your needs and I will be happy to send the scores. They are all designed to particularly be useful for school and community choral programs. They are straight ahead versions, easy to learn, uncomplicated but rich. Assemblies, sporting events of many sorts, whenever the singing of National Anthems is called for, get your singers out there in front of the public! There are now also Three Part Treble Voices versions of both anthems designed for children’s voices without the low notes the 4-part version requires.

Quartets, octets, small groups or large, there are many ways to use these arrangements. The upper voices can sing it by themselves, the lower voices can sing it by themselves, and all parts can sing together, creating an easy 8 part arrangement. Additional ways to sing it are suggested in the score.

This arrangement is registered with ASCAP, so please list my name as arranger in any programs. If you make a video and post it on line, please also list my name as arranger and my web site as the source for the score.


Full Score (Upper and/or Lower)

SSA Score


Full Score (Upper and/or Lower)

SSA Score