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Voicing/Instrumentation: Choir Unison, Organ/Organ Accompaniment, Primary Children/Primary Solo, Youth Choir Mixed Or Unison
We also have other 13 arrangements of "Families Can Be Together Forever".
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Primary with Choir or Adults
Violin Optional Obbligato/Violin Accompaniment
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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!
For our fall 2016 stake conference, the request was made to have a primary children's choir. Being a professed "organ snob" and knowing there are not many arrangements for children's choir with an organ accompaniment, I requested the honor of composing the arrangements we would use for the stake conference.
After learning the theme of the meetings would be temple work, an obvious choice was Families Can Be Together Forever. I had to work very quickly because there was not much time to get the arrangements done before it was time to begin working with the primaries from the various wards. I made series of recordings in case the primary chorister in a given ward wished to do some rehearsal during primary. These recordings ranged from "obvious melody" to "no melody" (accompaniment only). I have included the "obvious melody" recording here.
Tabernacle Organist emeritus John Longhurst assisted with the editing. Though it was written for children's choir, there is absolutely no reason you couldn't use it with an adult or mixed choir. If you don't have a good instrumental soloist, you'll need two people at the organ. We were blessed to have the daugter of one of the stake presidency home with us during stake conference. She is studying violin at the New England Conservatory of Music. On this piece, she played the melody to support the primary children who were a little shaky for some reason. My son sat with me on the organ bench and played the solo part. The result was beautiful. I included some extra notes for violin at the end (not heard in this organ-only recording, but included in the score -- I'd probably leave them off if all you have is organ, but you can choose).
If you are called upon to choose music for a regional conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City: this accompaniment has been tested on the CC organ, and it sounds great! If you use one of my pieces, I'd love to hear what the occasion was, and how it went!