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Voicing/Instrumentation: Organ/Organ Accompaniment

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Related song categories are:
Gathering of Israel
Missionary Work
Youth/Young Men/Young Women

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From What an amazing arrangement, thank you for making this available. I used this today at a Priesthood meeting to great effect. One comment was “I’ve never heard the organ sound like that before.”
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From Samuel : My ward loved this arrangement! The lower key had all the men singing. The spirit was amazing. However I still haven't found a stop combination that matches. A suggested registration would be much appreciated!
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From Caleb Lawson: Great work as always!
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More about Chad Staten:
<PLEASE NOTE: I am migrating over to my own website. Please visit chadstatenmusic.com for access to more materials. Thanks!> 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:

Let's be honest -- Ye Elders of Israel, musically, is tedious. When this was put on the program for the Priesthood session of stake conference, I set about making it less tedious. Tabernacle Organist emeritus John Longhurst assisted with the editing and suggested the lower starting key to avoid making it too high after the key change.

When I sent the attached recording to my friend Ken Udy, he said "Wow! It's a whole different song. It's be cathedral-ized!" I think you'll agree when you hear the attached recording (which starts at the second ending -- you already know what the original sounds like). The men tend to sing out when there are no women around. Give them good support on the organ as you transition into the new key and free accompaniment. Prep them in advance for better participation when things begin to change. I hope you'll enjoy it!

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