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When Christmas Morn is Dawning--(Re-imagined hymn with SATB, SA, and TB voicings)

SATB, TB, SA voicings, piano accompaniment, and optional clarinet part
A new work to be composed by Kyle Pederson
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 3 minutes

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When Christmas Morn is Dawning is a beautiful German folk tune, with surprisingly few choral settings. My setting will incorporate new, original text suitable across denominations, and will include a free-flowing (but accessible) piano accompaniment and an optional clarinet part. If my arrangement of A Mighty Fortress is Our God resonates with you, then this project will be a perfect fit. (You can hear/see the score of A Mighty Fortress as part of my Consortio profile by simply clicking on my name at the top of this page.) I envision this piece to be ambient, reflective (but with moments of build/drama), contemporary-sounding, well-crafted, and entirely accessible to choir and audience/congregation. The piece would be in your hands by October 1, and I would welcome the opportunity to visit with your choir as they prepare. Watch a video of me at the piano exploring how I envision this piece coming together here:


When Christmas morn is dawning
In faith help me to see
The child there in the manger
A mirror, God, of thee
The child there in the manger
A mirror, God, of thee

A gift of grace and mercy
of innocence and truth
The child there in the manger
is making all things new
The child there in the manger
is making all things new

Oh, keep my gaze upon thee
and may I ne'er forget
though the world is trembling
Emmanuel lives yet
though the world is trembling
Emmanuel lives yet

So come this Christmas morning
When I first awake
Draw my heart to you, Lord,
and with each breath I take
Fill my soul with wonder
At the manger where you lay

Oh, make my heart the manger
the manger where you lay

text by Kyle Pederson

About Kyle Pederson

Kyle Pederson is equally at home as a composer, pianist, lyricist and educator. Kyle was named the American Prize winner in Choral Composition in 2019, and has also received awards from such choral ensembles as Cerddorion (NY), Little Singers of Armenia, and the International Lutheran Youth Choir. Recent commissions have included the AMIS international high school honors choir, TAISM international high school choral festival, MN-ACDA All-State SA choir, Choral Arts Initiative, and a variety of school, church, and community choruses. Commercial recordings of Kyle’s works include New Choral Voices Volume II and III, released by Ablaze Records, and KC VITAs Chamber Choir. Kyle earned his MFA in music composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in Education from University of St Thomas (MN), and his BA from Augustana University (SD). In additional to a variety of freelance projects, Kyle works part time in the music ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN, where he composes and arranges music for a variety of services.