Compositions and Arrangements
All GWA Music compositions that are available for sale (and a few that aren't) can be found below. Many are available for purchase here on the site. Others may be purchased through other vendors for which links are provided.
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Awakening is a setting of a poem by American ice skater Laurence Owen for SATB choir, piano, vibes, flute, and french horn. It is available for purchase in the GWA Music website store.
All My Past Life
Setting of a poem by English poet John Wilmot (1647-1680) for unaccompanied SATB choir. It is available for purchase in the GWA Music website store.
Choral and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The classic Irving Berlin staple is re-imagined for SSATTB/combo Vocal Jazz ensemble with a combination of meters and rhythms, including an a cappella setting of the rarely-heard verse. Available through SMP Press
California, Here I Come
Setting for SSA of this beloved American musical tune introduced and popularized by Al Jolson. Great for youth choirs and up! Available soon in the GWA Music Store.
Christmas is Always Here
A wonderful holiday anthem that expresses the wish that the goodwill and spirit of the season could last all year long. For SSA choir, piano, and flugelhorn. Both this voicing and SSATB are available in the GWA Music Store.
The Christmas Song
"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire," is one of the most reconizable phrases of the holiday season. This Mel Tormé favorite is given a jazzy treatment that is ideal for your small or large ensemble, even a 4-person caroling group. Available through SMP Press.
(This Song of Love)
Your choir and audience will love this setting for unaccompanied SATTB voices of this beautiful ballad by songwriters David Francis and Gavin Dillard. Its lush and un-expected melodic and harmonic twists, along with the sentimental warmth of its text are perfect for the holiday season. Available soon in the GWA Music Store.
Celebrate Me Home
"Home for the holidays" is how this great Kenny Loggins song begins its story of how we all long to return to our roots, especially when we feel lost or at a crossroads. The arrangement was premiered by Nash Vocal Ensemble and is as yet unpublished. Watch this space for developments.
Singer/Songwriter Ron Mesa captured the flavor of a classic "Tin Pan Alley" romantic ballad in this heartfelt lament about a special, yet short-lived love and evening. Lush SSATTB harmonies make this a perfect song for small ensembles. Available in the GWA Music Store.
SSA with piano. Quirky poetry requires quirky music.
These pieces combine lots of syncopations over 5/8 and 3/4 meters, with the third piece combining the two time signatures into 11/8. The harmonies are open, with dissonances as the rule, but tonality prevailing throughout.
Three Poems by E. E. Cummings
(Maggie and Milly and Molly and May/9/All in Green Went My Love Riding)
Challenging for choir, pianist, and conductor, but worth the effort. A very good High School group might be up for the challenge but this is more suited to good collegiate and professional ensembles. The composer recommends performing them as a set, but they may be done separately or in pairs if desired.
(see below for individual titles and samples)
An early Gershwin offering gets a makeover for vocal jazz and combo in this setting that combines a latin-feel with some jazz waltz. Fun and playful lyrics too! Available in the GWA Music Store.
Do It Again
The classic George Gershwin song re-imagined with a nod to Miles Davis. For vocal jazz ensemble and combo. It is available for purchase in the GWA Music website store.
Fern Hill - SATB
An exercise in an acting class long ago led to this. I was performing a scene from the play "Dylan" in which the title character, famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, recites the first two stanzas from this poem. The exercise for me was to compose a song to those stanzas to help me connect more directly with the role. A few years later, I decided to finish setting the entire poem. The result was a song for voice and piano. After some encouragement from friends and colleagues who heard the song, I decided to expand the setting to a choral version. Here it is. Available for purchase in the GWA Music Store.
This pop and jazz standard originally from the musical "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd" was arranged for the vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Jazz & Electric. It's got a great 7/4 meter that both swings hard and keeps you a bit unbalanced. Intermediate-advanced with a great tenor solo in the middle. Order this song SMP Press.
For the Sake of Peace
Written specially in response to the 9/11/2001 attack on America, this song expresses the hope that we can live in a world without hatred and violence. For SATB, combo, flute, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, strings, and percussion. Background tracks are also available. Order the kit from the GWA Music Store.
Lennon and McCartney at their best, a little ditty from the Beatles' "Sgt .Pepper" album gets an exciting latin waltz and funk makeover in the hands of Gregory Amerind. You will absolutely love this SSATTB/combo arrangement that was written for "Pacific Jazz & Electric" and is available to purchase at SMP Press.
A choral song cycle of 8 compositions that represent the Sabats of the Nordic/Celtic Pagan wheel of the year. For unaccompanied SSATTB choir and soloists, this can be performed in concert as a complete set or individual pieces may be performed to commemorate each holiday. The set is available in the GWA Music Store.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Classic tune from "Meet Me in St. Louis" gets a great treatment for your vocal jazz ensemble. For unaccompanied SATB choir, this song is available to purchase at SMP Press.
Heart of a Lion
Written on the 2-year anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attack, this song SATB plus children's choir and band offers a message of hope that our youth will make the planet a more peaceful place to live "with the heart of a lion." Backing track is also available. Order the kit in the GWA Music Store.
Paul Simon wrote a blues and teamed up with Stephane Grappelli who created a magnificent violin solo. This adaptation adds a vocalese lyric to that solo and some juicy jazz harmonies that results in a challenging romp through the changes. Intermediate to advanced. It is available for purchase at SMP Press.
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
A swingingly sensational setting of this old chestnut reminiscent of the Manhattan Transfer or New York Voices, great for an intermediate vocal jazz ensemble. The final chorus includes homages to some of the best songs about rainbows. Available for purchase from the GWA Music Store.
This is a collection of 7 songs written over several decades, each one chronicling the life of a performing artist living in LA. The struggles, the adventures, battles won and lost, are all wrapped up for vocal jazz ensemble, soloists and band. Some tunes were written for Pacific Jazz & Electric. This collection will be available soon in the GWA Music store so stay tuned!
L. A. Bohême Suite
A poignant poem by Percy set as a lovely ballad for SATB choir and piano. Fine for a high school or collegiate group or any community group. Available in the GWA Music Store.
Jimmy Webb's masterpiece in choral form. This arrangement stays true to the original Richard Harris recording with strings, flutes, and horns to back up a soaring SATB choir. Available for purchase at SMP Press.
Nothing too crazy here. This is a vocal harmonization for vocal jazz ensemble of the classic from the Miles Davis Quintet. A fast bop that is loads of fun and great for improvisation. Only the vocal sheet is included with guitar chords for the band. Since this is a standard, most jazzers will know it. Note that to better accomodate singing ranges, the key is a step lower than the original. Available at SMP Press.
N. Y. C. from "Annie"
This setting for Treble Choir and Orchestra of the show-stopping number from that Broadway smash about a poor red-haired girl that makes it big is perfect for your youth choir. An especially good opening number if you are doing a concert of Broadway hits or a tribute to the Big Apple. Vocal and Piano score available at SMP Press. Orchestra parts available soon.
Nights on Broadway
A great update to the Bee Gees anthem from the 1970s. It gets funk-fied for male chorus and band but still retains the textures infused by the Brothers Gibb. Now available at SMP Press
Nowhere to Run
Great arrangement for soloist and vocal ensemble. Horn parts available as well. This one really ROCKS!
Available at SMP Press.
O magnum mysterium
A modern setting of this advent mainstay. However, the 3-part voicing (Alto or countertenor, tenor and bass) and textures are reminiscent of the renaissance period. Unlike most settings there is a postlude after the alleluia that restates the opening text within unresolved harmonies, leaving the listener with a sense of the mystery behind this ancient tale. Available in the GWA Music Store.
This Paul Simon "break-up" song was one of the best of the Simon and Garfunkel years, appearing on the Bookends album. This arrangement for unaccompanied SATTB choir was written for Pacifc Jazz & Electric and was always an audience and fan favorite. Available for purchase at SMP Press.
Another Lennon/McCartney masterpiece, re-imagined for a cappella SATTB choir with some great expanded jazz harmonies and a little doo-wop flavor to spice things up a bit. Available to purchase at SMP Press.
More Paul Simon from the Bookends album. This mildly anti-war jaunt stays close to the original although it jazzes it up a bit with lush harmonies, solos and a brief scat-soli section for the entire ensemble. Voiced for SATTB and accompanied by combo, this is available for purchase at SMP Press.
Quiet Corcovado Night
You need this chart!!! For SSATTB jazz choir and band, this one starts off quietly with an a cappella setting of Quiet Night by Rodgers and Hart then glides smoothly into Tom Jobim's Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) that is anything but quiet. Have I said the word quiet enough yet? Should I be quiet now? Due to restrictions on medleys and mash-ups, the two songs are available separately at SMP Press but they are easily stitched together as they truly belong. Here are the links:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a very shiny vocal jazz arrangement for a cappella SATB. Great for a small ensemble, even a 4-piece caroling group. Doo-wop flavors abound and all the usual ad-libs ('like Monopoly!") are thrown in for good measure. Available at SMP Press.
Rudy Red Nose
Save the Country
Laura Nyro is an American treasure. She penned this song at the height of the civil unrest of the late 1960s as a plea to everyone to fight together rather than against each other. Its message is timeless. Both her recording as well as the well-known version by The 5th Dimension inspired my version. You may purchase this arrangement for SATB choir and band at SMP Press.
True Beatles fans will remember this nugget from the 4th side of the White Album by George Harrison. Harrison wrote this as a nudge to his friend Eric Clapton's notorious sweet tooth. I've taken the original hard rock feel and given it a whimsical, doo-wop flavor with some fun choral and vocal jazz twists and turns. Inspired by "The Bobs" arrangements, and written especially for Heatwave, ASU Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Novemeber 2011), this a cappella SATB chart is available to purchase at SMP Press.
Se tu m'ami
SATB with some divisi, percussion (triangle, tambourine, bongos). This is the third in an ongoing series of compositions by Gregory Amerind which reset text in choral form arias from The Anthology of Italian Song. This setting’s text, from the pen of noted Italian librettist Paolo Antonio Rolli (1687-1765), comes from Volume One of the anthology, composed by Giovanni Pergolesi (1710-1736), a composer largely overlooked during his very brief career and short lifetime. His setting of this text has an operatic form and has thusly been a favorite of opera singers and recitalists for nearly 300 years. Pergolesi is perhaps best known for his final composition, the beloved and much-performed setting of Stabat Mater for Soprano, Alto, Strings and Continuo which is considered a masterpiece of the Baroque era. This arrangement is available in the GWA Music Store.
Sento nel core
SATB/divisi, intermediate to advanced. This is the second in an ongoing series of compositions by Gregory Amerind which reset text in choral form arias from The Anthology of Italian Song. From Volume Two of the anthology, comes this setting of the anonymous text for Sento nel core was composed by Alessandro Scarlatti (1659-1725), the acknowledged founder of the Neapolitan school. He was known for his flowing style, his introduction of the da cappo aria form, and his virtuosity as a singer, harpist, and keyboardist. It is his compositional style that inspires and offers a departure point for this modern choral setting. This arrangement is available in the GWA Music Store.
Vocal Jazz rendition of the classic Chick Corea tune with lyrics by Al Jarreau. Starts of kind of mellow then heats up to a fever pitch and a screamin' ending. Level IV. You'll want to view the entire demo by clicking "watch." The price for this chart includes vocals and instrumental scores with a license to make any necessary copies for your ensemble. This license is non-transferable. Available to purchase at SMP Press.
Stairway to Paradise
A rockin' fresh take on an early Gershwin gem, featuring solos, tight harmonies, and all the vocal jazz flavors you need. Intermediate to advanced, mostly SATB but with a small amount of S/T divisi. This arrangement is available in the GWA Music Store.
Spain (I Can Recall)
This title song from the beloved Christmas fantasy operetta "Babes in Toyland," arranged for SATTB in a capella-vocal jazz style, is perfect for your holiday program or adventurous caroling group. Accessible to intermediate ensembles. This arrangement is available in the GWA Music Store.
Tu Mancavi a tormentarmi
SATB Unaccompanied - Appropriate for intermediate to advanced chorus, preferably 24-32 singers.
This anonymous text of poetry dates from approximately the early to middle 17th Century. It’s well-known setting by Italian composer and tenor Pietro Antonio (Marco) Cesti (1623-1669) was my inspiration, although stylistically this setting shares little with that of Sr. Cesti’s. The themes of unrequited passion and the heart-wrenching pain of lost love so typical of many Italian cantatas from the early Baroque period are somewhat implicit in this text. This is one of the qualities that has always drawn me to the poem. Also, the structure of its stanzas, with their unorthodox rhyming patterns present a great foundation on which to build any kind of musical form. This arrangement is available in the GWA Music Store.
Inspired by the Manahattan Transfer, this is an a cappella treatment for SATTB that is perfect for any level ensemble looking to revisit the Big Band era in style. A walking bass line plus some terrific solo breaks makes this one a winner. Available for purchase at SMP Press.
Up, Up and Away
A great vocal jazz treatment of the classic Jimmy Webb tune recorded by The 5th Dimension. Perform this with combo or full big band. This arrangement is available for purchase at SMP Press. You may purchase the vocal and combo score alone. Big Band score and parts sold separately.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
A classic Beatles tune from "The White Album," this lush and sweeping choral treatment will thrill your ensemble and audience as well with its poignant re-harmonizations and at times surprising turns. Ideal for a group of 12, but will also work with one per part or in larger choral settings. Available to purchase at SMP Press.
My most popular arrangement by far, set for either SATB or TTBB. Sweet and juicy harmonies and accessible for a large group or a quartet and everything in between. Purchase both settings at SMP Press.
Who Will Buy?
A very accessible but still interesting setting of this beloved tune from the Oscar-winning musical "Oliver!" - great for treble choirs of all ages. SSA, with Piano (Guitar, Bass and Drum parts available). For purchase at SMP Press.
SSA - plus piano, percussion, bass, and flute. Celebrating the most beautiful place on Planet Earth where I had the pleasure of living and visiting so many times. Great for women's choir or youth choirs and adaptable to TTB groups as well (send me an email if you are interested in this) SSA version is available here in the GWA Music store. Demo coming soon.
Yuletide Bossa Nova
A latin version of my song "Christmas is Always Here" that is available for SSA and SSATB. This one adds full combo as well and is available to spice up your holiday concert here in the GWA Music Store.