Fifty-five Anthems – Second Edition


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After three years and sales of over 1,000 books, Peter and Mary Alice are release a 2nd edition of “Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir”.  To make it a stronger collection the Amidons have swapped in fourteen new songs; the collection will now remain unchanged, with any future new arrangements finding their home in the Amidons’ Online Choral Store. Here, with more details about this upgraded edition, is the Introduction to the 2nd Edition.

NOTE:  We are still selling the original Fifty-five Anthems Sampler CD.  Or you can purchase recordings of ALL of the songs in the collection in bundled mp3 downloads.

Book $30,  Quantity discounts:   10-19 copies:  $25/each,  20  copies + up:  $20/ each
CD  $15, Book & CD $40.

Peter’s work is artistry at the highest level: not only a gift to singers in a wide variety of settings, but also a model worthy of study by songwriters and composers in any tradition.
Mark Simos, Songwriter; Associate Professor, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music Author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, 2014).

55 Anthems 2nd edition book and cd


*scroll down to hear the arrangements*

Peter and Mary Alice’s choral arrangements and compositions are being sung by community, church and hospice choirs throughout the U.S. and the UK.  Now the Amidons have published two books and companion sampler CDs of collections of their most popular, musical and accessible arrangements.

This book “Fifty-Five Anthems for the Small Church Choir” is geared particularly to choirs in small, mainstream Protestant churches.

Many of these were originally arranged or composed for the Guilford (Vermont) Community Church Choir, UCC, which rehearses only for the 40-60 minutes before each Sunday service, so the anthems are accessible to the typical small church choir with a mix of music readers and non-readers.

A second book, “Twenty-Five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs“, is geared particularly to UU church choirs. However, both collections are useful to any church, community, high school or hospice choir.

Here is a list of the choral arrangements/compositions in the “Fifty-Five Anthems” book.  “Sweet is the Day” was composed/arranged by Mary Alice Amidon.  All other arrangements by Peter Amidon. You can hear recordings of most of them by clicking on the titles. Songs with asteriks (“*”) are new to the Second Edition.    View Alphabetical list of all songs.


Luke 1: 46 – 55, music by P. Amidon

      Corinthians 13


      Watts Cradle Hymn
 – traditional

      All Is Well
– traditional

      Jesus Gave Me Water
 – by L. Campbell (sung by Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers)


      Be Thou My Vision
– traditional Irish


      So Far From My Home
piano/unison – Tom Mousin/P. Amidon


      So Far From My Home
piano/SATB – Tom Mousin/P. Amidon

– Leonard Cohen


      Climbing High Mountains
– African American spiritual

      Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
– Peter Amidon


Isaac Watts (1719)/Alexander Johnson (1818) – from the Sacred Harp

      Thanksgiving Eve
– Bob Franke

      I Will Guide Thee
– traditional


      Give Us a Song
– Jonathan Edwards


      Take Me To the Water
African American Spiritual


      Good Samaritan
Luke 10: 25 – 35, music by P. Amidon

      Born in the Night
– Goeffrey Ainger


      Your Lone Journey
Doc & Rosa Lee Watson

      Cool of the Day
 – Jean Ritchie

      Shout for Joy
 – traditional


      I Will Arise
traditional melody, words Joseph Hart/Peter Amidon


      I Wonder As I Wander
– John Jacob Niles

      When Jesus Came Home
 – Peter Amidon

      Amazing Grace
 – John Newton (1779)

      Angel Rolled The Stone Away
 – traditional

      Prodigal's Return
 – traditional


      Eli Eli
Hannah Szenes/David Zehavi

      Turn Turn Turn
– Pete Seeger

      I Still Have Joy
Calvin Jackson

      By the Waters of Babylon
– Brent Dowe & Trevor McNaughton

      Bid You Goodnight
– traditional

      Balm In Gilead
– traditional

      Psalm 126
– Mary Alice Amidon

      Angel Band
– Jefferson Haskell (1860)

      Acres Grace
– Peter Amidon

      Here I Am Lord
 – Danielle L. Schutte

      Sweet is the Day
– Mary Alice Amidon

      Blessed Quietness
– Marnie Paine Ferguson

      Through All the World Below
– by Jeremiah Ingalls (1790), from Southern Harmony

      Brightest and Best
 – Jean Ritchie

      Noah Heist the Window
 – traditional

      To Bethlehem
 – Nym Cooke

      Silver Rain
 – Alice Henderson & Marianne Zimmerman

      All in the Morning
  – traditional

      Christ Was Born In Bethlehem
 – traditional

      Little Moses
 – A.P. Carter

      Flower Carol
– traditional

      Angels Hovering Round
 – traditional

      Joy Shall Come In the Morning
 – Mary Alice Amidon

      Come O Thou Traveler
– Charles Wesley 1792/Lucius Chapman 1813


      Lord's Prayer
– Matthew 6: 9 – 13, music by P. Amidon. Not recorded yet; this is a playback of the Finale music writing software.

      All Through the Night
 – Harold Bolton (1884)

NOTE:  There is NO new CD, but you can still do a bundle of the book and the 1st edition “sampler” CD.  Then choose the additional tune bundles from the 2nd Edition Mp3 album options.

Book $30,  Quantity discounts:   10-19 copies:  $25/each,  20  copies + up:  $20/ each
CD  $15, Book & CD $40.
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sampler cd only $15, book + sampler cd $40 (save $5 when you order both), book only $30 each – 1-9 copies, book only $25 each – 10-19 copies, book only $20 each – 20 copies or more