Peter’s work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
–Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).
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*scroll down to hear the arrangements*
Peter and Mary Alice’s choral arrangements and compositions are being sung by community, church and hospice choirs throughout the U.S. and the UK. Now the Amidons have published two books and companion sampler CDs of collections of their most popular, musical and accessible arrangements.
This book “Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir” is geared particularly to choirs in small, mainstream Protestant churches.
Many of these were originally arranged or composed for the Guilford (Vermont) Community Church Choir, UCC, which rehearses only for the 40-60 minutes before each Sunday service, so the anthems are accessible to the typical small church choir with a mix of music readers and non-readers.
A second book, “Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs”, is geared particularly to UU church choirs. However, both collections are useful to any church, community, high school or hospice choir.
Here is a list of the choral arrangements/compositions in the “Fifty-Five Anthems” book. “Sweet is the Day” was composed/arranged by Mary Alice Amidon. All other arrangements by Peter Amidon. You can hear recordings of most of them by clicking on the titles.
Corinthians 13 – Peter Amidon
Beatitudes – Peter Amidon
Watts Cradle Hymn – traditional
All Is Well – traditional
Jesus Gave Me Water – by L. Campbell (sung by Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers)
Halleluia – Leonard Cohen
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace – Peter Amidon
Thanksgiving Eve – Bob Franke
Born in the Night – Goeffrey Ainger
Cool of the Day – Jean Ritchie
Shout for Joy – traditional
When Jesus Came Home – Peter Amidon
Amazing Grace – John Newton (1779)
Angel Rolled The Stone Away – traditional
Prodigal’s Return – traditional
Turn Turn Turn – Pete Seeger
I Still Have Joy – Calvin Jackson
By the Waters of Babylon – Brent Dowe & Trevor McNaughton
Bid You Goodnight – traditional
Balm In Gilead – traditional
Psalm 126 – Mary Alice Amidon
Angel Band – Jefferson Haskell (1860)
Acres Grace – Peter Amidon
Here I Am Lord – Danielle L. Schutte
Sweet is the Day – Mary Alice Amidon
Blessed Quietness – Marnie Paine Ferguson
You Can’t Hurry God – traditional, from the Warner collection
Through All the World Below – by Jeremiah Ingalls (1790), from Southern Harmony
Brightest and Best – Jean Ritchie
My Lord, What a Morning – traditional
Noah, Heist the Window – traditional
Swing Low – traditional
To Bethlehem – Nym Cooke
Silver Rain – Alice Henderson & Marianne Zimmerman
All in the Morning – traditional
Christ Was Born In Bethlehem – traditional
Little Moses – A.P. Carter
What You Gonna Call – traditional
This Little Light – traditional
I Wonder As I Wander – John Jacob Niles
Flower Carol – traditional
Angels Hovering Round – traditional
Simple Gifts – Elder Joseph Brackett (1848)
Precious Memories – J.B.F. Wright
Joy Shall Come In the Morning – Mary Alice Amidon
All Through the Night – Harold Bolton (1884)