SATB, opt. Treble Chorus and Audience Sing-Along, with full or chamber orchestra, piano, or piano 4-hands
1. Deck the Hall
2. Jingle Bells
3. O Christmas Tree
4. Here We Come Awassailing/We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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.
Marietta College, 2015, Dan Monetta, conductor
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