Balulalow (SATB a cappella)

In the Bleak Midwinter (SATB a cappella)

On Christmas Night performed by the Sine Nomine Singers, Dr. David Johnson conducting.

Now also available from Colla Voce in an arrangement for men’s choir, flute and harp.

Balulalow (SATB a cappella)

A new tune set to the traditional Scottish lullaby text.

Balulalow performed  by the Valdosta State University Chamber Singers, Dr. Paul Neal conducting

In the Bleak Midwinter (SATB a cappella)

A new tune set to the text by Christina Rossetti

In the Bleak Midwinter performed by the Valdosta State University Chamber Singers, Dr. Paul Neal conducting


Choral Compositions by James Shrader are published by
Colla Voce Music, LLC
PO BOX 20484
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: 317/466-0624
Fax: 317/466-0638

Trust in Me (SATB a cappella)

A contemporary setting of the Shaker Tune from 1876

Trust in Me performed by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Chorale, Dr. James Shrader conducting

Love Came Down at Christmas (SATB a cappella)

A new tune set to the text by Christina Rossetti

(I’m looking for a recording of this piece – contact me if you did one and would like it to appear here)


Available from the composer: or reply/comment here

Adam Lay Ybounden
(Two-part mixed choir, soprano solo, keyboard)
15th century (Sloane MS 2593)

Perfect for early on in your Lessons an Carols service!

Adam Lay Ybounden performed by the Sine Nomine Singers, Dr. David Johnson conducting

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I Saw Three Ships 
(Unison Choir; Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Optional Guitar, and Keyboard)
Traditional English Carol with a quodlibet of carols in the accompaniment! (Children play the percussion and guitar parts!)
This is perfect for your children’s choir!

Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
(Antiphonal unison choirs, double bass, vibraphone or piano)
An up-tempo setting of the Aberyswyth tune – another one that’s pefect for your children’s choir!

The Truth from Above
(SATB a cappella choir)
Herefordshire Carol
Here is the opener for your Lessons and Carols service!

Missa Dominator Deus 
(SATB a cappella, divisi)
From the Gregorian Chant as found in the Liber Usualis


Kyrie performed by the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program Music Majors, David Reimschussel conducting


Gloria performed by the Valdosta State University Chamber Singers, Dr. Paul Neal conducting


Agnus Dei


13 Responses to Choral

  1. jashrader says:

    Hi Anonymous!

    I need your email to send the Introit PDF!

  2. Anonymous says:


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  4. jshrader says:

    Thank you so much Bob! It is such a great honor to have you follow me in that position at FBC. You are doing incredible things! Since I’m retiring as of July 1, perhaps a Cleveland trip is a possibility. I’d love to catch up with folks. Again, thanks for the reply and all the best! -Jim

  5. Robert schneider says:

    We so enjoyed singing your trust in me and On Christmas Night last season and look forward to performing more of your works this year!

  6. jashrader says:

    Ha! Well, I’m not really anonymous on my own site!

  7. Elizabeth Livingston says:

    I really enjoy your composing style. It’s not one that I’m used to and it’s really cool to hear.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you so much! Please pass on this site to your friends who might be interested in my choral music. I have some free introits available if you know any directors who might be interested. Just have them ask for an introit and leave their name and email in the comment/reply box and I’ll send a pdf copy that can be duplicated. Again, thanks for the reply and Cheers! -JAS

  8. Ann Russell says:

    Good day!
    I am a good friend of your brother Jeff. Thanks to his sharing of your work on FaceBook, I’ve enjoyed the afternoon listening to your choral pieces while at work. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! I haven’t been apart of a choir since high school, but had an amazing teacher who exposed us to so many beautiful pieces – chants and religious pieces were typically my favorite. My eldest son sang in his high school chamber choir and had the opportunity to perform in the Old North Church in Boston. One of my favorite pieces his group sang was “I Knew You Before You Were Born”. Today, I fell in love with Balulalow, truly a lullaby fit for a King and In the Bleak Midwinter – gives visions of transparent angel choirs filling the crisp & silent midnight winter sky! I’ll be sure to thank Jeff for “hookin’ a girl up!” It was truly an impressive and awe-inspiring experience this afternoon! You are truly creatively blessed!

    • jshrader says:


      Thank you. I am humbled by your kind words. Please steer others to my site. Both Balulalow and In the Bleak Midwinter will be released in September on a Holiday CD on the Navona label. This will be through Naxos and will also be available on Spotify. Now that I am retired, I would like more people, especially choir directors, to be aware of my music. It would be great if choirs could perform these pieces for their congregations. Again, thank you (and Jeff!) so much! – JAS

  9. Jeff shrader says:

    I love it ! It is haunting, and minor. I love minor key stuff. Sounds like it should be on a Sirus XM Christmas channel ! Good job bro !

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