Choral Music

Accompaniment is a natural offshoot of the thousands of rehearsals I’ve been part of as a choral singer, concert-band member recorder-ensemble musician and pick-up band musician/leader, all enhanced by completion of an undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College.

I have served as workshop clinician to chapters of the American Choral Directors’ Association and the American Guild of Organists (including one of its National Conventions).

The skills I bring to choral accompaniment are:

  • thorough music reading skills (I often have most parts memorized by the dress rehearsal, making it possible to watch the conductor).
  • creating accompaniments by being supplied a tune only, or based upon an existing piano accompaniment.
  • amplifying existing accompaniments by doubling a melodic or harmonic line, or improvising (I love to create modal sounds with drones).
  • where keys agree, using the dulcimer as a portable “handbell choir.”
  • freely improvising harmonies to hymns while the congregation sings.
  • a keen understanding of rehearsal dynamics: starting anywhere in the middle of a piece, offering starting notes to the choir on the dulcimer, etc.

The one thing you and I both need is at least 6-8 weeks’ lead time.  (I once very sadly turned down an accompaniment opportunity that came one week before the concert.  I was away on tour at the time, with no time to practice/memorize a difficult part that I’d last played seven years before.)  Contact me even sooner for concerts/church services in December.

Be sure to see my article “Accompanying Your Choir with the Hammered Dulcimer” in the September 2002 issue of “The Choral Journal,”  And if you need help composing for the dulcimer and its player, rather than against them, contact me.  I have materials here that can help you, and I’d love to be the first to play your work!

Finally, have dulcimer will travel, to Alabama, Florida, New Jersey California, England, wherever.

Contact me today about accompanying your choir for your next concert.


Choral Music Categories

Shown below is my complete list of choral music as of this time.  Click on the headings below to see what’s there.

Compositions and Arrangements by Lucille Reilly
Adult Choir with Hammered Dulcimer
Adult Choir with diatonic autoharp
Children’s (or Women’s) Choir with Hammered Dulcimer
Praise Music with Hammered Dulcimer

I always welcome additions to the lists, as I can adapt a piano or other part for dulcimer (hd) or autoharp (au), learning a part specifically scored for either instrument, or by creating a part (cp).  Please note that I need at least two month’s’ time ahead of your event to prepare parts for works new to my hands.

I also play recorder (all sizes; started playing them ’way before the dulcimer came along).  For more information about this kind of instrumentation, contact me.

NOTE: Selections marked with an asterisk (*) are suitable for Christmas; you can find all of these selections listed together at the Christmas and Advent page.


Compositions and Arrangements by Lucille Reilly

Angels Visit When We Sing (SATB & keyboard)text by Thomas H. Troeger (Christmas)
Comfort Ye, My People (SATB, hd)Psalm 42  (Advent)
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High14th century French carol (Christmas)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (SATB, hd, piano or gtr & bass) Click here to hear it!Spiritual (Christmas through Epiphany)
Home on the Range (SATB & diatonic autoharp having G major)American cowboy song
I Saw Three Ships (Selah #405-264; SATB, hd)Appalachian song in 4/4 (Christmas)
I Wonder as I Wander (solo or unison voices, hd)Appalachian song (Christmas)
Jesu, Jesu (SATB a cappella) text by Thomas H. Troeger (Palm Sunday)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (SATB, hd)Plainsong (Advent)
O Send Out Thy Light (SATB a capella)Ps. 43: 3-4 (ordination)
Prepare the Way (SATB, hd) Swedish tune (Advent)
Psalm 23 (SATB, hd; hymn harmonization also available)original tune and text
Sanctus ( SATB, E or F diatonic autoharp) Franz Schubert (from Deutsche Messe)
Shady Grove (TTBB, hd), sung here live by the men's group, de Profundis, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Lucille playing the dulcimer:
American folk song
Three Folk Songs (SSAA, hd):commissioned by the Lakeland Chamber Singers, Wanaque, NJ
1. Corn Husking Song (also scored for TTBB)North Carolina
2. He's Gone AwayNorth Carolina
3. Cluck, Old Hen (also scored for TTBB)old-time Southern
What Child Is This? (2-part voices, hd)Greensleeves
When Christ Was Born (SATB unaccompanied)Neapolitan Christmas carol
When We All Get to Heaven (SATB, hd, piano)E.E. Hewitt/E.D. Wilson (general, All Saints Day)
Why Are You Weeping? (SATB, piano, bass, percussion)Easter; original text based on Bible verses

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Adult Choir with” Hammered Dulcimer

Improvized obbligatos for hymns & folk songsBest keys: D, G, C, A, Em, Am.
Ave Maria, o auctrix vitae (cp)Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) (Christmas)
Canticle of the Spirit (Kjos 8992)David Poole
*Christmas LullabyScottish song, arr. Malcolm Dalglish
Come Walk with Me (cantata; SATB, hd & orchestra)Pepper Choplin
Creed (praise band, hd)Rich Mullins (general)
Followers of the Lamb  (Hope #AG7223, +cp)Philip Dietterich (general)
*Gesu, Bambino (SSAATTBB, hd)Pietro Yon, arr. Thomas Edward Morgan
His Voice as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet   (Selah #420-427)Alfred Fedak (general)
How Deep the Father's Love for Us (Hope: C5268, +cp)Townend, arr. Shackley
The Holy Son of God (cp)William Billings, arr. John Scott (Advent)
Hymnody of Earth;  (hd+ perc)Malcolm Dalglish
*I Hear the Prophet Callin' (cp)Pepper Choplin
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring* (+ organ)J. S. Bach
*Joy to the World (Hal Leonard #08596517; +organ)arr. Alice Parker (Christmas)
Kitty Alone (SSAA, hd)children's song, arr. Malcolm Dalglish
The Last Journey (GIA, G-4535)The Iona Boat Song, arr. John L. Bell
*Lo, How a Rose... (Schirmer Octavo #9292; +cp)Michael Praetorius (Christmas)
*A Manger Carol (1-2 voices w/ org.; Flammer B5141; +cp)R. Purvis (Christmas)
More Love: A Tryptich of Shaker Songs  (+handbells, fl) Geoffrey A. Petersen
*Night of Silence (SATB, cp)Daniel Kantor (Christmas)
*O Come, Emmanuelarr. Alice Parker, with acc. adapted for h. dulcimer
O for a Thousand TonguesDonald Pearson
Prepare the Way  (The Sacred Music Press, #10/1202S; cp+ organ)Hal Hopson (Advent)
Romany Life (M.W. & Sons 18426-9; TTBB+cp)Victor Herbert
A Song of Gratitude (Lorenz, 10/1584L; organ + cp)Edward Broughton
Simple Gifts (#PCS-162; cp)arr. Rosemary Heffley
Sing Hallelu! (SV9554; cp+bass)Liberian folk song, arr. Donald Moore
*Star in the East (Selah 405-316; organ + cp)D. A. White (Christmas)
*Star in the East  (3 Appalachian carols; Plymouth MDP-901; time: ca. 14 minutes!)arr. Malcolm Dalglish (Christmas)
*Still, Still Night (1995; w/ accompaniment on violin & hd)Franz Gruber/Jackson Berkey
Winter Lullabyfolk tune, arr. Malcolm Dalglish

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Adult Choir with Diatonic” Autoharp

Before the Marvel of This Night (Augsburg 11-2005; SATB, organ, cp for "ultratonic" autoharp)Carl Schalk
Big Rock Candy Mountain (TTBB, D diatonic autoharp)arr. David Poole
Home on the Range (SATB & diatonic autoharp in G major)arr. Lucille Reilly

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Children’’s (or Women’s) Choir with Hammered Dulcimer

SA voicings are intended for children’s choir but work well for adults, too.

provised descants to folk tunesBest keys: D, G, C, A, Em, Am
The Black Snake Wind (B&H 6123; SSA, cp)Mary Goetze
Bye Oh Baby (B&H OctB6633; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Carol for Lent (SA, hd)John Kuzma
Christ Is Risen (CGA 767; unison voices, cp)Jane Lindner
Christmas Lullaby (Plymouth MD-500; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
The Cottager to Her Infant (B&H OCTB#6690; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (SSA, hd)Lucille Reilly
The Kalanta of the New Year (Plymouth; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Reel à Bouche (Colla Voce Music 21-20205; SSAA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
*Rise Up, Shepherd (Oolitic 1991; SSA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Sail Away (Plymouth HL-219; SSAA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Sheep in the Meadow (Plymouth HL-527; unison voices, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Winter Lullaby (B&H OCTB#6690; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish

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Praise Music with” Hammered Dulcimer

Creed (praise band, hd)Rich Mullins

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