The Choirbook

It’s new, it’s inexpensive, and every Church choir will want it. The Choirbook is a collection of twenty-three hymns and anthems—some familiar favorites, others newly composed or arranged. They cover a variety of topics, such as the birth of the Savior, the atonement, the resurrection, missionary work, the Restoration, the priesthood, thanksgiving, and the home. They range from full four-, three-, and two-part arrangements to beautiful unison. There’s also a section on how to adapt hymns from the hymnbook into tasteful choral settings.

Prepared as part of the Church’s Sesquicentennial commemoration, The Choirbook will become a lasting and significant addition to ward, branch, and stake choirs. Order through the Salt Lake Distribution Center, stock no. PBMU0370, $1.00 each.

More Music Items

The following two music items were announced in a recent Messages, sent to stake/mission/district presidents and to bishops and branch presidents:

“a. Hymns and Children’s Songs (PBMU0406). A booklet containing thirty-five standard hymns and ten children’s songs. Many of the hymns and songs are in lower keys, making them easier to sing. Accompaniments for all hymns and songs are presented in the Hymns and Children’s Songs: Cassettes of Music for Worship Services (VVOT0529). The price for this booklet is forty cents each. These same hymns and songs are also included in the new Gospel Principles manual (PBIC0245).

“b. Hymns and Children’s Songs: Cassettes of Music for Worship Services (VVOT0529). A set of six cassette tapes presenting music for nine sacrament meetings, including a prelude; accompaniments for opening, sacrament, and closing hymns; and a postlude. The tapes also present accompaniments for ten children’s songs and eight additional hymns for special occasions. These tapes may be used for meetings where standard musical instruments are not available. Suitable for any language area, the tapes include all the hymns and songs found in Hymns and Children’s Songs (PBMU0406). The price is $5.00 per set.

“Both items should be useful, particularly in areas of the Church with limited musical resources and in Latter-day Saint homes. Both items are being adapted for use in established languages and in many emerging languages.”

Directory for the Deaf

Deaf members of the Church, particularly those who use sign language to communicate, will be interested in a new publication recently prepared by the Church.

The Directory of Church Organizations, Facilities, and Services for Deaf Members Who Use Sign Language, 1979, lists Church units where sign language is used, temples with interpreted sessions, missions actively proselyting among the deaf, seminaries and institutes with signed or interpreted instruction, and other useful information.

While most of the listings are for the United States, there are thirty-one references to organizations, facilities, and services in eleven other nations.

Copies of the directory are available from Church distribution centers, stock no. PXWE0224, twenty-five cents each.