Two December Carols

FOR SATB CHOIR with Piano or Harp

ALSO ARRANGED FOR CONCERT BAND

ORIGINAL CHORAL VERSION
Commissioned in honor of Carsten Slostad's
thirty years as conductor of the
WELLS FARGO CHORUS
of Minneapolis, Minnesota
CONCERT BAND ARRANGEMENT
Commissioned by the CALHOUN-ISLES COMMUNITY BAND
of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tedd Gullickson, conductor,
and ANN M. VERME
in memory of CAROL VOIGHT

Choral version published by Boosey & Hawkes | Concert band version published by Carl Schroeder
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about the composition 

Two December Carols, a pairing of two holiday carols originally composed for SATB choir with piano or harp accompaniment, was commissioned in 2005 in honor of Carsten Slostad's thirty years as conductor of the Wells Fargo Chorus, a volunteer employee chorus based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first movement, "Snowflake Song," is a lyrical meditation on a snowflake’s downward journey, featuring text by Joyce Kennedy of Bloomington, Minnesota. The second movement, "Wisdom," paints a picture of the three wise men following the Star of Bethlehem, with text by Shannon King of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The music was composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The approximate performance time is five and a half minutes.

In 2013 the composer completed a new instruments-only concert band arrangement of both movements, written on a commission from the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and Ann M. Verme in memory of founding Calhoun-Isles Community Band member Carol Voight. "Snowflake Song" has also been arranged for SSA choir with piano, and both movements have been adapted for solo piano. The original choral version of Two December Carols was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2009, and is available in stores and from major online sheet music stores including Sheet Music Plus, J.W. Pepper and the Boosey & Hawkes website shop.

listen to Two December Carols (choral and concert band versions)
follow the audio links below

CHORAL VERSION (2005)

Play Movement 1
"Snowflake Song"
(YouTube link)
Play Movement 2
"Wisdom"

CONCERT BAND VERSION (2013)

Play Movement 1
"Snowflake Song"
Play Movement 2
"Wisdom"

Choral version: Recorded by the Wells Fargo Chorus; Carsten Slostad, conductor
Concert band version: Recorded by the Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Tedd Gullickson, conductor

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about the composer

Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, composes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and solo piano that often draws inspiration from American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories. His large ensemble music has been performed by more than 30 concert bands, orchestras and choirs, including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has written commissioned works for the Cornell University Symphonic Band, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Southwest Wind Ensemble, Calhoun-Isles Community Band, Wells Fargo Chorus and other ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released. His choral work Two December Carols has been published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Schroeder is a 2005 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied composition primarily with Timothy Mahr and Peter Hamlin. In 2001, he was named "Composer with Most Potential" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and in 2004 he was one of three under-25 American composers chosen to participate in the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project, where he took lessons with composers Mark Camphouse, Donald Grantham and Dana Wilson. In 2006 his choral work Two December Carols received the ERM Media Masterworks Prize. He composed the choral version of Two December Carols in summer 2005 and arranged "Snowflake Song," the first movement, for accompanied SSA choir in fall 2005. In summer and fall 2013 he composed a new concert band arrangement of both movements.

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about the poets (original choral version)

Joyce Kennedy, a retired teacher, lives in Richfield, Minnesota, with her husband Wally. She is a member of the Laurel Poetry Collective, a gathering of twenty-four poets and graphic artists living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Her first book of poetry, Ghost Lamps, was published in 2006.

Shannon King of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a writer and visual artist whose writing about art and artists has appeared in local and national publications. Her interests include learning about other cultures and their traditions of expression. She recently published a novel, Caldera, which takes place in Mexico, available at Amazon.com.

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about the dedicatee (concert band arrangement)

It’s pretty telling that the first album Carol Voight bought with her own money was Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. What followed was a never-ending love of music, ending only upon her death in 2012 of cancer.

Carol led a busy and full musical life. She was a founding member of the Calhoun-Isles Community Band, former President and Secretary of the CICB Board of Directors, a 20-plus year member of the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, a season ticket-holder of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and lifelong fan of all that was music. She was a dear friend of mine and so many others, and was always in awe of composer Carl Schroeder’s talent. She would have been honored to know he arranged Two December Carols for concert band just for her.

– Ann M. Verme, October 2013

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more on Two December Carols

AWARDS & HONORS
Recipient, 2006 ERM Media Masterworks Prize

Published, 2009 by Boosey & Hawkes

CONCERT PERFORMANCES accompanied SATB choir version unless otherwise noted
Dec. 11, 2005: Wells Fargo Chorus, 3M Sounds of Harmony, St. Paul Travelers Choir; Carsten Slostad, conductor - St. Paul, MN premiere
Dec. 12, 2005: Wells Fargo Chorus; Carsten Slostad, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 13, 2005: Wells Fargo Chorus; Carsten Slostad, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 14, 2005: Wells Fargo Chorus; Carsten Slostad, conductor - Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 15, 2005: St. Paul Travelers Choir; Chris Westermeyer, conductor - St. Paul, MN
Dec. 16, 2005: Wells Fargo Chorus; Carsten Slostad, conductor - St. Paul, MN
Jan. 6, 2006: Seven Gifts; Carsten Slostad, conductor - St. Paul, MN premiere ("Snowflake Song" SSA arrangement)
June 25, 2006: Carl Schroeder - Minneapolis, MN premiere ("Wisdom" piano arrangement)
Dec. 6, 2006: Students of Carol Dahlen - Minneapolis, MN ("Snowflake Song" and "Wisdom" piano arrangements)
Dec. 8, 2006: Carolyn Albert - Minneapolis, MN ("Wisdom" accompaniment only)
Feb. 8, 2009: Christ the King Church Choir; Moya McGinn Mathews, conductor - Minneapolis, MN ("Snowflake Song")
Jan. 30, 2010: Members of the Christ the King Church Choir - Minneapolis, MN ("Wisdom")
Jan. 31, 2010: Christ the King Church Choir; Moya McGinn Mathews, conductor - Minneapolis, MN ("Snowflake Song")
Dec. 20, 2012: Schubert Club Carolers - St. Paul, MN ("Snowflake Song")
Dec. 17, 2013: Calhoun-Isles Community Band; Tedd Gullickson, conductor - Minneapolis, MN premiere (concert band arrangement)
Dec. 12, 2014: Edina High School Concert Band; Paul Kile, conductor - Edina, MN (concert band arrangement)
Dec. 13, 2014: Edina High School Concert Band; Paul Kile, conductor - Edina, MN (concert band arrangement)
Dec. 14, 2014: Seven Gifts; Carsten Slostad, conductor - St. Paul, MN ("Snowflake Song" SSA arrangement)
Dec. 14, 2014: Hopkins Westwind Concert Band; Mike Anderson, conductor - Hopkins, MN ("Snowflake Song" concert band arrangement)
Dec. 18, 2014: Star of the North Concert Band; Wayne Feller, conductor - St. Paul, MN (concert band arrangement)

RADIO BROADCASTS
Dec. 6, 2006: Classical Discoveries (Marvin Rosen, host; WPRB 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ) - Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
Dec. 11, 2006: Midday Music (Sarah Zaslaw, host; WSVH 91.1FM, Savannah, GA) - Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
Dec. 21, 2006: Classical Music with Steve Staruch (Steve Staruch, host; KSJN 99.5FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul) - Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor ("Snowflake Song")
Dec. 23, 2006: Classical Music with Alison Young (Alison Young, host; KSJN 99.5FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul) - Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
Dec. 17, 2008
: Classical Discoveries (Marvin Rosen, host; WPRB 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ) - Carl Schroeder, piano ("Snowflake Song" piano arrangement)
Dec. 23, 2009:
Classical Discoveries (Marvin Rosen, host; WPRB 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ) - Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

RECORDINGS
Holidays of the New Era
- Chamber Choir Kyiv; Robert Ian Winstin, conductor
88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder - Carl Schroeder (solo piano arrangement)



TWO DECEMBER CAROLS

Details & Ordering Information

Original Choral Version (2005, published 2009)
I
nstrumentation:
SATB choir with piano or harp
Difficulty Level: Grade 3 (Ideal for high school, college, community and church choirs.)

Sample Score Pages | Published by Boosey & Hawkes | Order Parts ($1.79 each, minimum order of 8)
Listen to Recording | Recorded by the Wells Fargo Chorus (Carsten Slostad, conductor)

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Concert Band Arrangement (2013)
Instrumentation
: pic, 2 fl, ob, bsn, 3 cl, b cl, 2 a sax, t sax, b sax, 3 tpt, 2 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 4 perc
Difficulty Level: Grade 3 (Ideal for high school, college and community concert bands.)

Sample Score Pages | Order a Score/Parts Set ($75)
Listen to Recording | Recorded by the Calhoun-Isles Community Band (Tedd Gullickson, conductor)
 

 

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