As a director of small church choirs, I know the challenge of searching for good repertoire. Particularly, finding works for celebrations beyond Easter and Christmas can be difficult.
“Here is the Patience of the Saints,” suitable for All Saints Day and other days of remembrance, will be tailored towards the small church choir as far as voicing (SAB, with either a tenor-friendly or transposable range in the bass part.) The work will be in a modal idiom, contemplative and plaintive to begin, celebratory and regal at its end, with a trumpet part symbolizing the voice from heaven.
Here is the patience of the Saints: Here are they that keep the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,
Write, From henceforth, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord:
Even so, saith the Spirit: for they rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
About Justine Koontz
Amen, from "Hymn to the Belly"
My name is Justine, and I am from central Maryland where I compose, conduct, teach, and sing in choirs. I've lived in Indianapolis and Latvia, sung onstage with the Rolling Stones, and been an entrepreneur since the age of 14. When I'm not composing, practicing, or rehearsing, I'm probably at the gym or outside tending my garden.