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How Great Our Joy!

The Carols of Christmas

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How Great Our Joy!

The Carols of Christmas

Arranged and Orchestrated by Marty Parks

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New from Marty Parks and Word Music & Church Resources comes a fresh, yet familiar musical for your Christmas choir (with a little bit of “everything old made new again!”), as Marty crafts a NEW work filled entirely with warm and nostalgic arrangements of everyone’s favorite carols of the season!

With songs girded in the time-honored traditions and remembrances of Christmases past that somehow continue to make our Christmases in the present so meaningful to our lives and our families, HOW GREAT OUR JOY! is highlighted by Marty Parks’ musical signature featuring Large Print, No Repeats, and Time-Saving Vocals, perfect for any choir!

What once might have been perceived as being the perfect fit for Senior Adult Choirs is now perfectly appealing and appropriate for every choir! With a set of songs complemented by inspiring scriptures and narration, HOW GREAT OUR JOY! will bring to mind a Christmas concert setting festive and familiar, heartwarmingly honest, sacred and intimate, joyful and worshipful.

SKU# 080689609176GP

Quick Overview

Choral Book

Product Features


Word Choral Club May 2018


Difficulty: Easy to Moderate


Voicing: SATB


Length: 32 Minutes


Release Date: May 11, 2018

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Song Titles

Song Titles

How Great Our Joy! Traditional German carol/melody
O Little Town of Bethlehem with It Came upon the Midnight Clear Phillips Brooks; English folk song, Forest Green
Edmund H. Sears, English folk song, Forest Green
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Nahum Tate, Richard Willis
Carol/Tune of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Angels Sing Gloria!
includes Angels We Have Heard on High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Traditional French carol/melody, Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn
James Montgomery, Henry T. Smart
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
Still, Still, Still
Appalachian carol
See Amid the Winter's Snow Edward Caswall, Marty Parks
Wonderful Counselor Trad. Spiritual
There's a Song in the Air Josiah G. Holland; KOHOUTEK, The Sacred Harp
O Come, All Ye Faithful Latin Hymn, John F. Wade


At a Glance
  • Featuring Marty Parks’ signature highlights: Large Print, No Repeats, Time-Saving Vocals
  • Familiar melodies and carols your choir and congregation will love experiencing together!
Score; Flute 1, 2/Piccolo; Oboe; Clarinet 1, 2; Horn 1, 2; Trumpet 1, 2; Trumpet 3; Trombone 1, 2; Trombone 3/Tuba; Percussion 1, 2, 3; Harp; Rhythm; Violin 1, 2; Viola; Cello; String Bass; Clarinet 3 (doubles Viola); Bass Clarinet (doubles String Bass); Bassoon (doubles Cello); Soprano Sax (doubles Oboe); Alto Sax 1, 2 (doubles Horn 1, 2); Tenor Sax/Baritone T.C. (doubles Trombone 1, 2); Baritone Sax (doubles Tuba); Violin 1, 2 Simplified; Viola Simplified; String Reduction; Lead Sheet; Chord Chart

*Simplified parts included as needed
**Parts may vary song by song
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