Choral/vocal works


Teresa Young’s choral/vocal works for soloists, SATB choir, and piano/guitar/organ

This group of pieces is currently made up of existing sacred works Teresa is updating this season for publication. New arrangements will be continuously added here. One new goal: arranging/writing for Sweet Adelines!

Acclamations to Accompany the Stations of the Cross ~ This responsorial setting for vocal soloist/song leader, assembly, and piano was designed to provide all those gathered for the Stations of the Cross with a way to participate soulfully. The soloist/song leader expresses a different verse at each station after teaching the assembly’s responsorial refrain as the experience begins.

Easter Morning Song ~ Teresa’s Easter Morning Song was conceived as a prelude to the assembly’s singing of “Sing With All the Saints of Glory.” For one or two vocalists and piano, the piece is a dramatic gateway to reflection and celebration for all.

Responsorial Psalm 69, Lord, in Your Great Love, for Soloist, SATB Choir, and Piano ~ Teresa’s responsorial setting of this evocative psalm features soloist, SATB choir, and piano. Choir directors may choose the organ-accompanied version instead, also available here. The piece is soulful, slightly plaintive but comforting, and includes a very simple refrain for assemblies.

Responsorial Psalm 126, The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us, for Soloist, SATB Choir, and Piano ~ Teresa’s responsorial setting of Psalm 126 features soloist, SATB choir, and piano. Full of yearning and supplication, the piece is relatively demanding for soloists because of its free-flowing form. The three verses include an optional harmony part for a second soloist. The piano part flows freely as well, to be played with intense emotion. The assembly’s part is easily singable.

Spirit Psalm ~ Teresa’s Spirit Psalm is an exuberant piece based on Psalm 104. It features an easily singable refrain for maximum participation, modern SATB harmony on the refrain, four short verses for soloists, and a rousing piano accompaniment.

Three Acclamations to Accompany the Reading of the Passion ~ These three acclamations were designed to allow the assembly to express their emotion during the Reading of the Passion of Christ, usually on Palm Sunday and/or in Holy Week. With acclamations placed throughout the readings, a soloist acclaims each first, with the people echoing. A short rehearsal before the service will make this participatory experience most powerful for all.

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) ~ Teresa’s setting of this haunting Lenten traditional is for one or more soloists and piano. The arrangement is rubato and meditative but tension rises throughout, as each of four verses ascends one half-step in key. The resulting rigor and intensity make multiple soloists a practical choice that ultimately creates a moving experience for all.

More to come…