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Voicing/Instrumentation: SATB, Organ/Organ Accompaniment

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Related song categories are:
Faith
Joseph Smith
Prayer
Repentance

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More about Chad Staten:
>>Please take a moment to rate/review any of my music if you use it.<< Your feedback is very important to me. I'd love to hear how you used it, and how it went for you! Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome! Chad (Staten rhymes with Dayton) started on the violin in third grade in Logan, UT. At the age of eight, he sang in a stake primary children's choir at the Logan Tabernacle. This first real encounter with the organ deeply impressed him, and cemented in his mind a desire to play the organ. After his family moved to Beeville, a small town 60 miles from anywhere in south Texas during fifth grade, he switched to the piano because of limited orchestra resources in town. Chad was called to be a ward organist and choir accompanist starting in high school, and has served in those positions almost continuously ever since. He was an Organ Performance and Pedagogy major at BYU, where he studied with Richard Elliott, and played harpsichord and other instruments in the Early Music Ensemble under the direction of Doug Bush. He currently serves as a Guest Organist on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Chad loves to compose, particularly for choir and organ. To support his music addiction, he works as an airline pilot and enjoys playing many different pipe organs at various destinations in the United States and Canada. Please take a moment to let me know if you have enjoyed or found useful anything I have posted here. And of course, please tell me if you find any errors!
Song background:

For a recent stake conference, the stake music chair found an arrangement of Did You Think to Pray by Craig Petrie for piano and choir. My wife describes me as an "organ snob," but I am generally not a fan of piano accompaniments in stake conference. I set about trying to adapt the existing piano accompaniment for organ, but found it to be a difficult task. When I was done, instead of merely "adapting" the accompaniment, I had completely rewritten it. It bears no resemblance to the original.

Because I was out of town for the first rehearsal, the choir had already started learning the voice parts. Therefore, I was free to change the accompaniment, but I could not touch the voice parts. To make the transition easy, I made certain the layout remained measure-for-measure identical to the original. On other words, the introduction, the rests, etc., all remained the same.

Memory has faded -- I may have had to alter a note or two toward the end, but full credit for the voice parts still goes to Craig Petrie.

As with many of my choral arrangements, this accompaniment requires two people at the organ (a la General Conference). The recording contains only the organ part, but if you imagine the melody while listening to the recordng, you'll get a pretty good idea how it sounds. I hope you will enjoy it! If you use one of my pieces, I'd love to hear what the occasion was, and how it went!

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