Speaking of good things coming out of SoundForth, I recently received a choral demo from them featuring the music of David Rasbach.
First, and add it to your choral collection. It is excellent. It is only $6. It is professionally recorded, features the Bob Jones Academy Chorale (which Rasbach directs, and whose sounds is better than almost any adult choir I’ve heard), and is one of the best chorale recordings I know of. This is no “demo” recording; this is a God-glorifying, uplifting, enriching CD. Other than the superb choral sound, what I like about this is that it is simply and beautifully accompanied only by piano. In my opinion, sometimes “immodest” orchestrations can get in the way of the message, but not with this one.
Next, order some of this music for your church. It’s certainly challenging stuff, but my opinion is that most choirs can do almost anything if they put the effort into it. I’ve proven that with a 16 voice, amateur church choir, and I’ve heard of similar choirs performing Messiah. Just don’t demand that the choir sing every service, and put work into some really fine music like this.
I have permission to post audio of these pieces here. So here are the 6 pieces on the recording, along with links to the octavos: