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THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

17 Sacred Choral Selections to Enhance Any Easter-Season Service 

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Easter anthems are part of a long and rich tradition of choral music. Whether you’re planning selections to perform on Palm Sunday or during Holy Week or you’re searching for last-minute additions to Easter Sunday services, we have you covered with this roundup of 17 pieces from top publishers of Christian choral music—many of which are also Editors’ Choice selections.  

The majority of these pieces are geared toward adult choirs, though a few offer opportunities for children’s voices or optional instruments, from handbells to flute. No matter which pieces you choose, any of these titles will be a joy for your choir to sing as well as a powerful way to worship throughout the Easter season. 

Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning), Keith Getty & Stuart Townend/arr. Steven Strite – This anthem for SATB choir is a thrilling celebration for Easter Sunday. A well-loved modern hymn, it’s packed with fanfares, compelling modulations, and a soprano descant.  

Christ Arose, arr. Mary McDonald – This stunning Easter anthem for SATB choir and organ opens with a fanfare-like instrumental flourish and moves steadily through three back-to-back verses before arriving at the popular chorus. After the choir reiterates “Christ arose,” the song reaches its triumphant conclusion. An optional piano part gives you the opportunity for duet accompaniment, and optional parts for brass and percussion give you plenty of opportunities to personalize your performance. 

An Easter Call to Praise, arr. Stacey Nordmeyer – This exciting Easter opener for SATB choir highlights voices, handbells, and brass to create an impressive gesture of praise. The parts are all well crafted for choirs of any size and ability. Optional parts for handbells, brass, and timpani are also available by ePrint, which comes in especially handy if you need music right now. 

Come, Christians, Join to Sing, arr. Craig Curry – This selection opens with a brilliant piano accompaniment and rejoicing phrases of “Alleluia! Amen!” This arrangement is an excellent choice for the Easter season, or really any festival holiday. Treble voices are showcased in the two-part option, and the SATB version offers a beautiful setting for mixed chorus. 

An Easter Cry of Praise, Joel Raney – This piece was written for SATB voices with optional parts for brass instruments and organ. It’s an exciting anthem for Easter that begins in a contemplative tone and builds in praise.    

Rise to Sing! The Light Is Breaking, Eric Nelson – A joyful, uplifting Easter selection for SATB voices, this piece features an ascending eighth-note motif that encourages everyone to rise to sing! Consider adding the optional brass quintet to the organ accompaniment.

Risen! Christ the Lord Is Risen! Lloyd Larson – This striking anthem celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Its bright 6/8 tempo is punctuated with syncopations. A middle section in minor explores fear, sadness, and Christ’s suffering before the original exuberant theme returns. An optional trumpet part is included, which adds a festive quality. 

Christus Resurrexit (Christ Is Risen), Jay Althouse – An energetic proclamation of Easter joy, this anthem features a Lenten touch that climbs into a joyful celebration of Resurrection Sunday. It is available for SATB voices with an optional trumpet part. 

Easter Alleluia, Tony Alonso – Latin Grammy-nominated composer Tony Alonso created this setting in Spanish and English for SATB voices, cantor, keyboard, and guitar, with optional trumpet, cello, and percussion. The instrumentation adds layers of joy, and it serves as a great option for liturgical churches that might need a multicultural alleluia for their first services of Easter. 

Sing Hosanna to the King, Victor C. Johnson – This jubilant anthem offers an opportunity to include children’s voices for a multigenerational experience. It’s arranged for SATB choir with options to add a children’s choir or soloist as well as handbells. 

Let the Rocks Cry Out! (An Anthem for Palm Sunday), Lloyd Larson – Your choir will enjoy this arrangement for its excitement and accessibility. Written for SATB voices and with a lovely accompaniment, this up-tempo anthem is easy to sing—and learn!—and offers a brilliant sense of praise for the Savior.

 A Celebration of Palms, Joseph M. Martin – Written for SATB or SAB choir, this piece creatively offers options for a children’s choir and your congregation to join the praise. This accessible and uplifting anthem for Palm Sunday also features a constant eighth-note motion of the piano. 

Wayfaring Stranger, arr. Craig Courtney – This piece, written for SATB, lends itself more to the season of Lent, but it’s also appropriate any time a journey of faith is being considered. This haunting and soulful setting includes an instrumental that echoes the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, which provides another voice in support of the emotional lyrics.

God So Loved the World, arr. Keith Christopher – This SATB arrangement is an update of the classic setting. In this version, the vocal writing is more accessible, and the piano accompaniment offers support and creativity. An optional flute part is included, and string quartet parts are available separately. It’s a good setting for Lent and Easter while also serving as an appropriate selection throughout the year. 

O Sacred Head, arr. Mary McDonald – This anthem, written for SATB voices, features lyrics from the 17th-century Passion Chorale which still resonate today. Paired with the minor tonalities of the tune PROMISED LAND along with an original refrain and a rich piano accompaniment, this piece conveys the depth of emotion in the moments leading up to Jesus’ death.

Lead Me to Calvary, arr. Jantz A. Black – Arranged for SATB choir, this choral setting invites all to identify with the suffering of Christ; the music captures the intensity and drama of the text. It would serve as an excellent selection throughout Lent and Holy Week. 

Keep Me Near the Cross, arr. Edwin M. Willmington – This moving piece arranged for SATB voices and piano—with parts available for chamber orchestra—offers a new musical setting of the familiar Fanny Crosby text. With a flowing, warm, and melodic style, it also offers the option to invite the congregation to sing along. 

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