A Mighty Fortress & Other Favorites: New Anthems for Fall

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I love discovering new anthems, don’t you?

I love seeing how composers come up with new ideas or reuse existing material - creating something new from an old hymn tune or setting a hymn text to an original melody.

Over the summer, I shared my “Reading Session Picks” for adult choirs, youth choirs, and children’s choir - new (or new-ish) anthems I encountered in choral reading sessions at Music and Worship Arts Week and liked enough to recommend to you here.

Today, I want to share a few more recommendations, perhaps well-suited for an adult or youth ensemble or an intergenerational group of some kind.

The anthems on this list would be perfect for Fall, either Thanksgiving season or during Advent.

A quick note: Some of these anthems may be a little advanced for your adult choir (some divisi, a cappella, more challenging harmonies), but would work great for a pull-out group of some of your best singers.

Likewise, this may be a good opportunity to combine two choirs - there’s strength in numbers, right?!

I hope you find something you can use at your church!

Five New Choir Anthems for Fall

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness (arr. Mark Patterson)
Unison/2-Part or SSA Choir with Piano and opt. Flute or C Instrument

A fresh setting of this well-known hymn, featuring light syncopation, warm harmonies, a lyrical piano accompaniment, and a descant on the last verse. Use both the Unison/2-Part and SSA versions for a combined choir featuring children and women’s voices.

>> Listen to a recording here

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Neil Harmon)
SATB divisi, a cappella

An original melody gives new life and depth to this familiar carol text. Momentary divisi in men’s and women’s parts. A lovely choice for an intermediate adult choir or small ensemble.

>> Listen to a recording here

We Give Thee But Thine Own (Neil Harmon)
SATB divisi, a capella

A warm, chorale-style anthem with rich harmonic colors and prayerful text. Very appropriate for Thanksgiving.

>> Listen to a recording here

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (arr. Kyle Pederson)
SATB Choir with Piano and opt. Electric Guitar

A creative and atmospheric setting of this traditional hymn with lush choral writing, gentle, flowing accompaniment (the electric guitar almost sounds like a harp!), and sparkling sonorities.

>> Listen to a recording here

Thou Shalt Know Him (Mark Sirett)
SATB or SSAA Choir, a cappella

A delicate melody supported by rich, warm harmonies captures the true essence of the Advent text. Beautiful!

>> Listen to a recording here

What are your favorite anthems for ensembles? Share below in the comments!