Our stake choir director asked if I could arrange an easy version of this song for a youth stake choir. K. Newell Dayley’s SSAATTBB arrangement is beautiful with a capital B, but way too hard for a beginning choir. So, I tried to make an easier arrangement with a very similar feel as Dayley’s. I almost feel bad saying it’s my arrangement because I imitated his so closely. I just hope this helps some choirs with fewer choir members or more inexperienced members.
I decided to add an SATB for choirs who are lucky enough to have more people and experience.
Choir tips: Here’s something I’ve never done before because until recently I knew nothing about singing. Luckily, I worked with an amazing choir director whose notes these are. This pdf is her marked-up notes for the youth choir. It is the notes for the SAB version but you can use them as reference for the SATB version as well.
Our director gave the youth this music when they were first learning their parts, then she gave them the above music afterward. NB=no breath. Commas=breath. And it is easy to hold out the last note. Choir members can breath whenever they want as long as it’s not the same time as the person next to them and they keep their mouth looking like they are still singing. Our choir director always said, “Breath anywhere you want except where there’s a slur!”
I hope this all helps! I know working with this piece helped me learn a lot!
My ward wanted a women’s group to sing this song so I put an arrangement together! The music is SATB but our ward will either do SA or SAT (yes we have some awesome women than can sing tenor when we need it).
Be careful to keep the last chorus slow. Triplets have a tendency to make you want to play faster but slow it down especially as it gets toward the last 4-5 measures.
Before I arranged Rejoice! The Lord is King, I noticed An Angel from on High could be sung with the same music. When I sang it out loud that way, the music went perfectly with the lyrics to this song. It really motivated me to arrange Rejoice! The Lord is King because An Angel from on High is one that isn’t sung very much and I think if you’ll sing it this way, you’ll want to sing it all the time! It is awesome.
Because Rejoice! The Lord is King only has three verses I chose the 1st, 2nd and 4th verse of An Angel from on High. I think it’s very complete that way. I’m excited to see what other people think of this.
I showed my arrangement of this song to our ward’s choir director and she asked if I would write a cello part for it. Ironically, the choir director who originally asked me to arrange this piece played the cello. I agreed adding cello was a good idea and now that the part is done I wonder how I ever performed the song without it. The cello adds so much to this piece. Enjoy!
I just love bold hymns and this is one I’ve wanted to do a choral arrangement for a long time now. I felt like I chose to write this song at a good time because it was one of those songs I just sat down and wrote it all out within a little over a week. I never had any “stumped” moments, which was so nice!
I wrote a piano solo for this song (below) as well. I recorded myself playing that. It is almost the same as the choir version so you can get a feel for the song.
As I said above, I took my choir version and made a piano solo out of it. Because I wanted it to sound a lot like the choir piece, it isn’t my best piano arrangement. I promise you will love the transitions though, I get addicted to playing them!
At the end of June our choir director calls and asks if I could write an arrangement to Come, Come Ye Saints to be performed the third Sunday in July in honor of Pioneer Day. From the day of the call, that left me with 8 days until I had to have it done (because I was leaving on vacation for a week and couldn’t keep working on it when I left). I worked hard for those 8 days and this is what came from it.
I wrote this song as an entry for the 2012 LDS Music Competition. One of the suggested themes for entry was Stand in Holy Places. The second I read that theme, the melody and lyrics of the first phrase from the chorus popped right into my head. I knew I had to do that theme. As a youth I had such a zeal for the gospel and I hope I conveyed that same zeal in this song. Even though I didn’t place in the competition, I still love this song so much!
I love the bold hymns and really wanted to write a choir piece to one of them. I picked this one because I love the concept of standing up for Christ. Today, a battle against Satan is raging and we must fight it.