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From Tied for 2nd Place in the Peer Review category, 2017 Sheet Music Competition
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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:

2017 Sheet Music Contest 2nd Place Winner (tie)

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 Janice Kapp Perry's I Love to See the Temple. 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. When it was complete, I sent it to Sister Perry who said it was "beautiful." Though I composed it in my normal mode of requiring two people on the organ bench, we were blessed to have in our midst the college daughter of one of the stake presidency who is currently studying violin at the New England Conservatory of Music. She played the solo part. I don't have a video of the actual meeting, but I do have a rehearsal video. If you would like to see it, please contact me. If you don't have access to a good violinist (or other instrumentalist), two people at the organ still works great, as you will hear in the recording.

Though it was written for children's choir, there is absolutely no reason you couldn't use it with an adult or mixed choir.

I hope you'll 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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