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November 26, 2006
Vol. VI, No. 12

"Next up on the Schedule"
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I enjoyed something I haven't experienced in quite a long time: a four-day weekend. I don't mean to gloat but wow, let's hear it for Thursday holidays.

Now that Thanksgiving is history, we're staring down the barrel of Christmas. Most of you have probably planned out all your holiday music but there are always a few hold-outs. I'm sure they'd appreciate a helping hand right about now so I've put together some music resources for Christmas.

In the September 2006 The American Organist, Oxford University Press ran a full-page ad featuring their brand new Christmas choral collections. I tried finding them at the time but I guess they weren't yet available. I re-checked over the weekend and found they were now available at

A Merry Little Christmas
By Rubino. For Choral Collection: Mixed Choir. Published by Oxford University Press.

For Him All Stars
By Bob Chilcott. For Upper Voice Choral Collection. Published by Oxford University Press.

By Bob Chilcott. For Choral Collection: Mixed Choir. Published by Oxford University Press.

An Edwardian Carol Book
(12 Carols for Mixed Voices) Selected and edited by Jeremy Dibble. Collection for mixed voices. 54 pages. Published by Oxford University Press.

The TAO ad mentioned above also included previously published Christmas collections published by OUP:

World Carols For Choirs
By Chilcott & Knight. For Choral Collection: Mixed Choir. Choral, Sacred and Christmas. Published by Oxford University Press.

Christmas Spirituals For Choirs
By Bob Chilcott. For Choral Collection: Mixed Choir. Published by Oxford University Press.

Since TAO is an organist magazine, OUP probably should have included something to ease all the stress over preludes and postludes. Here's a book I've used with great success in Christmas services past:

Oxford Book Of Christmas Organ Music
By Gower. For Organ Collection. Book. Published by Oxford University Press.

A couple of years ago I wrote a Rampage asking the question "Who is Rollin Smith?"
At the time Smith had just released "Organ Music for the Christmas Season," a compilation of organ pieces featuring "both familiar seasonal works and rare Christmas music to delight organists and their listeners." Now Rollin Smith is back with "Easy Organ Christmas Album: Seasonal Classics for Use in Church and Recital by Bach, Brahms, Franck, Pachelbel and Others."
"Yuletide favorites by 24 different composers appear in this compilation of traditional and classical works. Assembled by a noted musicologist and organist, its simplified arrangements include six settings of the traditional German carol "In Dulci Jubilo," plus Christmas music by Buxtehude, Guilmant, Berlioz, and many others."

That's more music than you can shake a stick at. So, no more excuses get your services planned. Christmas will be here before you know it!

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Updated Pages
Organ Links:
Added is the Taylor and Boody organ at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, York Springs, Pennsylvania. Also added is the Taylor and Boody organ at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, California.

Independent Artists:
Added is the website of community member Ton Reijnaerdts.

Community Links:
Visit the Community Links page to see what new websites have been added by your fellow community members.

DON'T FORGET: Framed posters of the Master make a nice Christmas present for your organist or choir director. If you insist, there are 300,000 other posters and prints from which to choose.


Have a great week!

Dan Long

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