VOCAL CHARTS and ARRANGEMENTS
A note from Randy:
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Besides my “Self-Published” music section, made up of charts that I am marketing myself, I also have a complete listing below of my other charts which are currently marketed by and available through other music publishers, along with direct links to their respective websites, to allow easy purchase of them by anyone interested.
Self-Published Randy Crenshaw Charts
(Terra Cotta Music, ASCAP)
ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
(TTTBB, a cappella)
Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche’s majestic Christian worship song is set here in a TTTBB a cappella male choir arrangement, featuring tenor or baritone vocal soloist. Ideal for a male choir feature in concert or church service. Requires strong low bass vocalist in ensemble. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
At This Moment
(SATB & Alto Soloist, a cappella)
Billy Vera’s song, which topped the pop charts after being rereleased in 1987, is a wonderfully heartfelt gospel waltz-style “love lost” lament, and is arranged here for SATB a cappella gospel choir and alto soloist. A terrific showcase for a powerhouse alto vocalist. Requires strong low bass in ensemble. Easy difficulty level.
(TTBB, a cappella)
This is a light-hearted parody-lyric, to the tune of the old ’50s Chordettes hit song, “Mr. Sandman”. It’s designed to help educate poorly-behaving audiences in a humorous and musical way. Perfect to sing at the beginning of any concert or public performance! Arranged in TTBB male quartet barbershop style. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
To see the big-screen animation this soundtrack was written for, go here!
Because Of Love
(TTBB & Tenor Soloists
with Rhythm section)
A beautiful urban gospel power ballad from Christian artist Natalie Grant, arranged here for TTBB male vocal group and rhythm section, with various tenor step-out solo features. This one will test your soulful male singers! Rhythm section parts available. As recorded on the 2003 Haven Quartet album “Enter In”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
(SATTBB w/rhythm sect.)
This haunting Randy Crenshaw original Celtic ballad is on the subject of “The Troubles”, the bloody sectarian violence that Belfast, Northern Ireland suffered through for so many years, but told from the perspective of two Belfast mothers, one Protestant and one Catholic, both of whom have lost sons in the conflict. The piece, originally written as the main title song for a documentary film on the subject that was never released, is a beautiful feature for either one or two strong soprano or mezzo-soprano soloists who can sing in Celtic style. Available in a TTBB vocal version, a cappella, or with rhythm section accompaniment tracks and parts, and tin whistle. As recorded by the vocal group Wahoo Do-Re on their 2009 album “Greatest Hits That Never Were”. Medium difficulty level.
Blue In Green
(SATBB, a cappella)
Moody Miles Davis/Bill Evans jazz ballad from the Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” album, with original lyrics by Randy Crenshaw, arranged here for the first time for SATBB a cappella vocal group. As recorded by the L.A. Jazz Choir on their 1984 Grammy-nominated album “From All Sides”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
A lovely a cappella SSAA women’s choir setting of the classic tune, adapted from the Gene Puerling “Hi-Lo’s” original arrangement to fit women’s voices. Takes an women’s ensemble with good vocal control, experience in singing harmonically sophisticated jazz voicings, and second altos with good low “E”s. Advanced difficulty level.
(SAATTB, a cappella)
The holiday favorite Alfred Burt/Wihla Hutson Christmas carol is treated in an urban-flavored hip-hop fashion in this arrangement, written for SAATBB a cappella vocal group and vocal beatbox. Great as a feature for a contemporary pops Christmas concert. Requires low bass vocalist. As recorded by M-Pact on their 1999 album “The Carol Commission”. Advanced difficulty level.
(SATB w/rhythm sect.)
Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel’s melancholy song, from the film of the same name, originally written as a waltz, is reimagined here as a driving, up-tempo, big band type of arrangement, with the vocal group as the “horns” of the big band. Available either in TTBB male choir or SATB mixed choir versions. Rhythm section accompaniment parts are available. Medium difficulty level.
The Christmas Song
The classic Mel Torme/Robert Wells Christmas ballad, arranged here for SATBB a cappella vocal group. Easy, straightforward choral writing. Great chart for concert choirs or smaller choral groups just getting introduced to vocal jazz styles. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
Crown Him With Many Crowns
(TTTBBB, a cappella)
Traditional Christian hymn, set reverently and majestically for TTTBBB a cappella large male choir. Superb vehicle for the men of either a church or concert choir. Splits to two male choirs towards the end of the arrangement, for a powerful ending! Requires strong low basses, down to a low “D”. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
This witty and nostalgic song, written by jazz pianist/composer/humorist Dave Frishberg, celebrates 1920s jazz trumpet pioneer Bix Beiderbecke, and is written as a first-person conversation with him. Arranged here for the first time for TTBB a cappella male vocal group. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
(SSATBB, a cappella)
This plaintive Jimmy Webb “60”s pop hit is beautifully reharmonized here as a jazz ballad. Adapted from Jeremy Lubbock’s lovely original arrangement for the famed British male a cappella vocal group “The King’s Singers”, this adaptation is written for SATBB mixed a cappella vocal group, a la Singers Unlimited. Requires strong bass singer with low “Eb”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
(TTBB, a cappella)
An original mid-tempo swing tune by talented jazz pianist/vocalist/composer Marilyn Harris, this song deals in an upbeat, humorous way with the end of a less-than-ideal personal relationship. Grooves hard, and includes a hip little quote from Miles Davis’ “All Blues” in the intro. Arranged here for TTBB male a cappella vocal group, featuring tenor lead singer through most of the tune. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(SSAATTB, a cappella)
This catchy 1970 Christmas Latin pop tune, made famous by Puerto Rican singer/guitarist Jose Feliciano’s recording, gets an a cappella SSAATBB treatment here. A fun feature for an alto vocalist with good Spanish AND English singing skills, and for a vocal “beatboxer”, too. Requires a strong low bass singer. Available in 2 different key versions, depending on alto’s low notes. Easy difficulty level.
(SATTBB, a cappella; double choir)
Gorgeous, atmospheric, wordless Randy Crenshaw original tone poem, written antiphonally for two SATTBB choirs, tenor and soprano soloists and optional percussion. Great for larger concert choirs, or combined mass choirs. As recorded by Wahoo Do-Re on their 2009 album “Greatest Hits That Never Were”. Medium difficulty level.
Theme from The Flintstones
(SSATBB, a cappella)
This is a high-speed romp through the theme song from the long-running Hanna-Barbera television cartoon series of the same name. This treatment is adapted from an earlier chart by vocal jazz arranger/scat-master Bob Stoloff. This SSATBB a cappella arrangement capitalizes on younger vocal jazz singers’ familiarity with cartoon music to introduce them to “rhythm changes” (i.e., the chord structure of the Gershwin song “I’ve Got Rhythm”). Easy/Medium difficulty level.
Follow Your Road
(SATBB w/soloist, a cappella)
This inspiring power ballad was initially featured on the 1979 Horizon/A&M album “Light The Light” by pioneering contemporary jazz/gospel group Seawind, and was written by Bob Wilson, the group’s drummer and founder. This arrangement, for SATB a cappella vocal group, is a showpiece for a strong soprano or mezzo-soprano soloist with good pop/R&B abilities. Requires strong low bass singer. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(SATB or TTBB with
This Renaissance English liturgical song, dating back to the 1500s, is a lively and rhythmic Christmas piece. It’s arranged as it might have been played and sung by a Renaissance wind band and church singers of that era. Verse lyrics are available in the original Latin, and also in an English-language paraphrase version, and are designed to feature various vocal soloists, each singing on their own verse, with a recurring refrain which is set in Medieval church Latin. Parts are available for various Renaissance instruments, as well as their modern equivalents. Wonderful showpiece for a Christmas madrigal dinner, holiday concert or church service, featuring instrumentalists along with your concert choir. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1997 album “Come Let Us Adore Him”. Available in either SATB mixed-choir or TTBB male-choir versions. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(TTBB w/rhythm sect.)
This original Randy Crenshaw Christian/folk song is written in “storyteller” style, relating the timeless story of the Gospel, with Jesus Christ as the ultimate “Gift” to humankind. Works well in an Advent or Christmas program setting, or as a stand-alone concert piece. Features TTBB male vocal writing, with several step-out male solo verses, and includes rhythm section accompaniment parts. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
He Shall Feed His Flock
(TTBB, Key of C, a cappella)
(SATB, Key of F, a cappella)
(SATB, Key of G, a cappella)
This flowing Georg Friedrich Handel composition, from his monumental work “Messiah”, is rearranged here for a cappella 4-part vocal group. Great feature for a good quartet or choir. Available in either SATB mixed or TTBB male versions. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
He’ll Take Care Of The Rest
(SAB & Soloists,
This rousing gospel shuffle tune, written and recorded by the late Christian singer/songwriter/pianist Keith Green, is a rollicking comic romp through the reasons why we shouldn’t worry about things in life, but instead, lean on God. Arranged for junior high or middle school SAB choir, with opportunities for vocal step-out soloists (or section solis), and written-out piano accompaniment. Easy difficulty level.
Here, There, and Everywhere
(SSATBB, a cappella)
The Paul McCartney Beatles classic is arranged here in an SSATBB a cappella jazz ballad style, with rich, luscious chord voicings, ambitious key changes, and featuring each of the upper five voices doing step-out lead vocals at different places within the arrangement. Requires a strong low bass singer. Medium difficulty level.
Here’s That Rainy Day
A gentle, swaying bossa nova-style a cappella arrangement of the Jimmy Van Heusen standard, designed to feature either a smooth alto or bass vocal jazz soloist, with TTBB male vocal group accompaniment behind them. Medium difficulty level.
The Holy Heart
(Tin Whistle, TTTBBB)
This plaintive modern-day Celtic-style hymn, written by Anne Barbour and Marsha Skidmore, is arranged for TTBBB a cappella male voices, featuring various male vocal soloists on the different verses, along with a solo Irish tin whistle part. A beautiful piece for Good Friday church services, or as a change-of-pace in a sacred music concert. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 2003 album “Enter In”. Medium difficulty level.
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
(SATB & Baritone Soloist)
The 1964 Motown hit song, originally recorded by Marvin Gaye, was later covered by James Taylor. This SATBB a cappella arrangement uses elements from both of these classic recordings to create a relaxed, yet solid groovin’ feel. Features baritone soloist throughout. Requires a strong low bass singer. As recorded by the New Directions Veterans Choir. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
If My People Will Pray
(TTBB & Tenor Soloist)
This beautiful Jimmy Owens Christian worship chorus talks about how God has promised to forgive and save His people, if only they will pray. Set for TTTBB a cappella male choir, and featuring a tenor soloist. Requires strong low bass singer. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
This arrangement was modelled after the fine recording of the old traditional gospel song “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” on Bruce Springsteen’s 2006 “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” album. A great, bluesy, New Orleans-flavored version of the song, featuring gospel choir, rhythm section, and horns, as well as a strong rock/blues tenor male vocal soloist. Wonderful for a rock, blues, or roots music show. Easy difficulty level.
Jesus, Mighty God
(TTB w/rhythm section)
Bill Batstone has written a rockin’ Christian worship chorus, arranged here for TTB male trio with rhythm section accompaniment. A nice uptempo tune with straightforward vocal harmonies. Good as a feature for male trio rock singing, either for worship or church concert. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
Let’s Do Something Now!
(SATTBB w/rhythm section)
This gospel “shouter” original by Randy Crenshaw is a rallying cry, encouraging us all to become more socially aware and active in our communities, churches, and society as a whole. Features SATBB gospel choir, backing up a strong high tenor gospel vocal soloist, and has plenty of room to “wail” over the tune. Available in a cappella vocal version, or with rhythm section accompaniment tracks and parts. As recorded by Wahoo Do-Re on their 2009 album “Greatest Hits That Never Were”. Medium difficulty level.
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
(SSATB or TTTBB)
This lovely German Christmas chorale from the late 1500s, with music by Michael Praetorius and English lyrics by Theodore Baker, is arranged here in Renaissance style, as an a cappella 5-part chart, in TTTBB male-voice or SATBB mixed-voice versions. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1991 album “An A Cappella Christmas”. Easy difficulty level.
(SATTBB, a cappella)
This is an adventuresome Afro-Brazilian original by Randy Crenshaw. Featuring a 7/8 groove as well as lyrics which largely consist only of African place names, this chart is a musical “travelogue”. Designed to showcase a strong soprano or mezzo-soprano vocal soloist with a good grasp of African and Brazilian musical and vocal styles, this piece is a fun programming change-of-pace for a vocal jazz concert. Arranged for SATTBB a cappella vocal group. As recorded by Wahoo Do-Re on their 2009 album “Greatest Hits That Never Were”. Advanced difficulty level.
Lord, Have Mercy
(Lead Vocal w/rhythm section)
Lovely Christian worship chorus, with a modern English paraphrase of the historic “Kyrie Eleison” from the Catholic mass. Arranged for male or female vocal soloist, tin whistle, TTTBB background vocals and rhythm section. Beautiful for a more classically-oriented worship service. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
The Lord Will Come
(TTTBB, a cappella)
This is an English Renaissance motet-styled setting of an old British hymn, featuring text by English poet John Milton. Contrapuntal 5-part choral writing throughout. Perfect for a contemplative liturgical setting, either church service or concert, as a feature for your concert choir or advanced church choir. Available in SSATB mixed or TTTBB male versions. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1991 album “A Cappella”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
Make Your Move
(SATBB & Tenor Soloist)
This funky Randy Crenshaw/Morgan Ames original is a slinky R&B/urban song, designed to feature a strong tenor or baritone vocal soloist with a soulful feel. For experienced small vocal groups with good rhythmic and blending skills, this is a “groove tune”. Arranged for SATBB a cappella group. Optional rhythm section accompaniment parts are available. As recorded by Vocal Nation on their 1993 album “Vocal Nation”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
More Than Music
(SSATTB or TTBB)
This fast-paced tune, written by Christian singer/pianist Ken Medema, is a powerful concert opener. Strong open 5th’s, harmonic structures stacked in pyramid fashion and multi-meters throughout support the uplifting lyric. The arrangement works equally well with large or small choral groups, and is offered in both a cappella and accompanied versions. Available in TTTBBB male choir or SSATTB mixed choir versions. Advanced difficulty level.
The Mountains Of Mourne
(SSATB, a cappella)
This traditional Irish tune, with wry lyrics by Percy French, is beloved among Irish folk music enthusiasts, and is set here in an a cappella SSATB voicing, featuring soprano and tenor soloists on the verses. Easy difficulty level.
My Favorite Things
(SATBB w/soloist &
A jazzy uptempo treatment of this evergreen song from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound Of Music”. The waltz feel of the original is transformed into a burning 4/4 groove, and allows the SATBB vocal group to function like a hard-swingin’ big band. Features an alto vocal soloist with good jazz improvisation skills. Originally performed by the University of Northern Colorado Axidentals vocal jazz group. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
This a cappella vocal setting of the haunting Eden Ahbez jazz standard starts out very flowing and mysterious, and then kicks into a great salsa-type Latin groove, which it keeps up until it gently winds to a conclusion. A terrific showcase for a TTBB male jazz vocal quartet or larger male vocal ensemble. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
Now Is The Month of Maying
(SSAAB; Bb, a cappella)
The Thomas Morley English madrigal from 1595 is rearranged here for a primarily-female vocal group, in SSAAB voicing. Perfect for young choirs with few male singers (especially tenors), but a desire to sing in madrigal style. Includes one phrase from the original Morley lyric which was changed in later editions of the work. Easy difficulty level.
(SAT or TBB Version; Flute Choir,
Recorder Consort & Percussion)
From the Oxford Book of Carols collection, this little-known early Renaissance Christmas song (complete with the archaic spelling of the title!) is arranged as it might have been performed by a European town wind band and choir in the 1500s. There’s a repeating burden or refrain, with verses sung over that. Available in TBB male choir or SAT mixed choir versions, with optional recorder or flute and hand percussion parts. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1991 album “An A Cappella Christmas”. Easy difficulty level.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
(TTTBBB, a cappella)
A lush, thickly-voiced Take 6-like TTTBBB a cappella male vocal group arrangement of this favorite Christmas hymn. Balances a reverential treatment of the lyric with tight jazz reharmonizations. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 2001 album “Let Earth Receive Her King”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
Oh, Happy Day
A cappella SATB gospel choir setting of this traditional gospel hymn, with a nod toward the famous Edwin Hawkins recording. Features strong alto and baritone vocal soloists throughout. Good for concert choirs just getting acquainted with gospel-style singing, or for gospel and church choirs with those skills. Requires bass singers with low “D”s for best effect. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
Oh, Plastic Tree
(SATB, a cappella)
A very silly parody-lyric version of the familiar Christmas carol “O, Christmas Tree”, passed down by word of mouth from caroling group to caroling group, arranged for standard SATB a cappella vocal group. For those times when the standard “serious” Christmas carols just won’t do… Easy difficulty level.
The Over-And-Under Medley
(SATB & Baritone Soloist)
(“UP ON THE ROOF”/”UNDER THE BOARDWALK”) – As the title implies, this is a finger-poppin’ medley of two doo-wop golden oldies, “Up on the Roof” and “Under the Boardwalk”, arranged for a cappella SATB vocal group, plus baritone and tenor vocal soloists. The songs can also be performed separately, if desired. Also available in TTBB male voicing. Requires a strong low bass singer (low “Db”s). Easy difficulty level.
(SATBB or TTTBB)
This “rock madrigal” was first recorded by Christian male vocal group Glad, and is adapted here for either a cappella TTTBB male choir or SATBB mixed choir. Great for a chamber or concert choir wanting to branch out slightly stylistically. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
(TTBB with Soloists
A new original Easter song by Randy Crenshaw, written in English Renaissance style for TTBB male choir and soloists with only a 4-part (AATB) recorder consort as accompaniment. A beautiful addition to a Lenten church service or a spring concert containing sacred music. Recorder parts (or modern flute parts, if desired) are available. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Medium difficulty level.
Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow
(TTBB & Tenor Soloist with
A fresh new South African-flavored version of the traditional African-American spiritual, written for TTBB a cappella male choir and tenor soloist(s), with optional hand percussion accompaniment. In the style of vocal groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, this arrangement alternates between lead vocalist and male choir phrases, sung in “call-and-response” fashion. This is a wonderful choice to add a “world music” flavor to a Christmas concert or church service. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1997 album, “Come, Let Us Adore Him”. Easy difficulty level.
(TTTBB, a cappella)
Thelonius Monk’s brooding jazz standard gets fashioned into a TTBBB a cappella chart that works like an emotional underscore to the storyline of love lost. Starts ethereal, then builds to a jangled climactic high point, then quietly subsides. Features female or male soloist. As sung by Terra Nova. Advanced difficulty level.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
(SATB & Baritone Soloist, a cappella)
The well-known children’s Christmas classic, arranged as a swing chart in 1940’s close-harmony style, SATBB, with rhythm section accompaniment, backing up a featured baritone vocal soloist throughout. Includes some fun special lyrics. As recorded by Barry Manilow on his 2006 album “In The Swing Of Christmas”. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(SSATBB with Score)
The famous traditional Austrian Christmas carol is reimagined here as a richly-reharmonized jazz ballad. Retains the reverence of the original lyric, but with complex chordal underpinning. Requires strong low basses. Available in SSATBB a cappella voicing, with optional orchestral string parts if desired. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
Sing, Sing, Sing
This is the iconic Louis Prima song, as recorded by the Benny Goodman Orchestra in their 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, but with vocals recreating all of the horn parts, as well as singing the song’s lyrics. Arranged for large SSAATTBB vocal group, plus rhythm section, this barnburner is wild fun for a big vocal jazz ensemble! Advanced difficulty level.
Sing To The Lord
(TTB, Tenor Soloist
and Rhythm Section)
A contemporary pop/rock setting of a text from Psalms 95 and 96, written by Randy Crenshaw. Voiced for TTB male vocal group with rock rhythm section accompaniment, this joyful and upbeat tune is equally appropriate for a contemporary praise-and-worship church service or a Christian rock concert setting. Rhythm section accompaniment parts are available. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Requires good high tenors in the vocal group. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(SATTBB, a cappella)
One of the greatest R&B/funk bands of the 1960’s was the amazing Sly and the Family Stone. This is an SATTBB a cappella vocal group medley of seven of their biggest hit songs: “Dance To The Music”, “Stand”, “Everyday People”, “Hot Fun In The Summertime”, “Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)”, “Higher”, and “Everybody Is A Star”. Full of infectious grooves, funky vocalizing of the original rhythm section and horn parts, and positive, uplifting lyrics, this is a great addition to the repertoire of experienced vocal groups with good urban music chops. Requires strong tenor and bass male vocal soloists, and a low bass vocalist to sing bass lines throughout. As recorded by Vocal Nation in their 1993 album “Vocal Nation”. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
This Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song, from the groundbreaking Broadway musical “West Side Story”, is arranged here in the style of the classic Gene Puerling chart of the song, as sung by vocal group The Hi-Lo’s. Adapted here for SATBB mixed vocal group and jazz rhythm section. A spirited romp through this wonderful piece. Rhythm section accompaniment parts are available. Medium/Advanced difficulty level.
Soon And Very Soon
(TTBB [original] and
TTBB & Tenor Soloist [new])
This inspirational song about heaven, written by the late, great gospel music giant Andrae Crouch, is set here for a cappella TTBB male vocal group, with several solo step-outs in the verses. Terrific showcase for the male section of your choir, either for concert or church music programming. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1991 “A Cappella” album. Easy difficulty level.
(SATTBB, a cappella)
This gorgeous, evocative Chick Corea jazz instrumental tune, with its intro based on Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”, had a beautiful lyric written for it by Al Jarreau and Artie Maren. This arrangement, for SATTBB a cappella vocal group, is based upon Jarreau’s virtuosic recorded vocal version of the song. Challenging harmonic textures and rhythmic figures, but rewarding for the experienced vocal jazz group. Requires a strong low bass vocalist and a good tenor solo vocalist. Advanced difficulty level.
Stretch Out Your Hand
(TTBBB & Baritone Soloists)
This urban gospel-flavored song was first made popular during the men’s PromiseKeepers conferences of the 1990s, and is a powerful anthem for racial and societal reconciliation. Set here for a cappella TTBBB male choir and soloists, it’s a great vehicle for a strong men’s section of a gospel or concert choir. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
They’ll Know We Are Christians
(SATB, a cappella)
This Christian folk hymn of the 1960s is updated here into an TTBB a cappella male R&B-flavored groove tune. Features an independent low bass vocal line, with a strong high tenor R&B/gospel lead vocal. Lyrics highlight the importance of Christian unity and love as witness to the world. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1995 album “With One Voice”. Medium difficulty level.
Under His Wings
(TTBB & Tenor Soloist
with Rhythm Section)
A classic hymn about God’s provision for us, written by Ira Sankey, given a “fresh coat of paint” in this arrangement for TTBB male vocal group, tenor soloist, and rhythm section accompaniment. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
We Shall Overcome
The most famous song to emerge from the 1960s Civil Rights movement, this folk hymn is given an SSATB a cappella gospel choir treatment here. Solemn, yet hopeful in its timeless message of redemption. Great chart to program to help commemorate Black History Month or the Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday holiday. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(TTBB with Tenor &
A hauntingly beautiful modal Christmas carol, originally from County Wexford in Ireland, taken from the Oxford Book of Carols collection. This arrangement, for TTTBBB a cappella male vocal group, features baritone and tenor vocal soloists, and rich reharmonized background vocal textures throughout. A great vehicle for the men of your concert or church choir, especially for a strong small male vocal group. Low bass vocalist required. As recorded by the Haven Quartet on their 1991 album “An A Cappella Christmas”. Medium difficulty level.
When Sunny Gets Blue
(SATB & Mezzo-Soprano
or Baritone Soloist)
Tasty SATB a cappella vocal arrangement of this Jack Segal jazz standard, with baritone male soloist. Good chart to help introduce concert choral groups to vocal jazz ballad concepts. Reasonable voice ranges and easy voice leading make this effective concert programming material. Easy/Medium difficulty level.
The Winds Of Sound
(SSAATTBB & Baritone Soloist
with Rhythm & Flutes/Recorders)
This KC Humphrey/Randy Crenshaw original composition is a lovely, flowing chart with an uplifting poetic lyric. A multi-metric song with a Brazilian bossa nova feel, this arrangement, for SSAATTBB vocal group with tenor vocal soloist, rhythm section, and horns, will make an adventuresome programming choice for an experienced vocal jazz choir concert. Advanced difficulty level.
(SATB & Tenor Soloist)
This lively Steven Curtis Chapman/Chris McCollum original song is all about the healing power of love, presented here in an arrangement for SSAB a cappella vocal group and tenor soloist. Goes through a number of different musical styles, so a fun showcase for a versatile tenor soloist. Great for a vocal group with plenty of women singers, but not so many men singers! Easy/Medium difficulty level.
(SATBB, a cappella)
A Randy Crenshaw original song, this SATBB a cappella arrangement is a tribute to South African “township” vocal groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Fun, rhythmic, yet accessible even to young vocal groups. Optional percussion parts available. As recorded by Vocal Nation on their 1993 album “Vocal Nation”. Easy difficulty level.
You’re Worthy Of My Praise
(TTB with Rhythm Section)
A Latin-flavored Christian worship chorus, set here for TTB male vocal trio plus rhythm section accompaniment. This song is designed for easy “call-and-response” singing between the lead vocalist and the group singers plus audience members. Good feature for a young male vocal trio in a church worship setting or a Christian concert. As recorded by the Haven Quartet. Easy difficulty level.
Randy Crenshaw Arrangements
at Sound Music Publications
Aspen Waltz (SATTBB, a cappella)
Deck The Hall (SATB, a cappella) Holiday Carols II
Five Minus One (SATBB, a cappella)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (SATB, a cappella) Holiday Carols II
I’m An Old Cowhand (SSATBB, a cappella)
It’s Christmas In L.A. Again (SSATBB, a cappella)
Midnight Sun (SSATTB, w/rhythm sect.)
Move On Over (SATTB, a cappella)
Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (SATB, a cappella) Holiday Carols I
Opener (SSATB, a cappella)
The Prize (SATBB, a cappella)
Questions (SATTBB, a cappella)
The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (TTBB, a cappella)
Scat Blues In C (SATTB, a cappella)
When Miles Blew/So What? (SATTBB, a cappella)
Randy Crenshaw Arrangements at UNC Jazz Press
A Quiet Place (TTBB, a cappella)
Africa (SATBB, a cappella)
All On A Christmas Morning (TTBB, a cappella)
And You Know That (SATB w/rhythm sect.)
Christmas Day (SATB w/rhythm sect. & horns)
Dancing Particles (SATBB w/rhythm sect.)
Giant Steps (SATB w/opt. rhythm sect.)
Gone (SATBB, a cappella)
Happy Birthday (SSATBB, a cappella)
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (SATB, a cappella)
He Hideth My Soul (SSAATTBB, a cappella)
I Belong To You (SSATTBB, a cappella)
I Hold Your Hand In Mine (SATB, a cappella)
Love Is In Control (SATBB, a cappella)
Mighty Love (SATB, a cappella)
More Than Music (SSATBB, a cappella)
More Than Music (TTTBBB, a cappella)
Naima (SATBB, a cappella)
Nothin’ In The World (SATBB, a cappella)
Some Children See Him (SSATBB, a cappella)
Stolen Moments (SATBB, a cappella)
Take Five (SATBB, w/rhythm sect.)
Two Shy Hearts (SATBB, a cappella)
What Are The Signs? (TTBB, a cappella)