Inspiration, Graduation, Commemoration, and Character Education

Agnus Dei

This beautiful setting of the traditional Latin text has been crafted into a gentle and lovely partner song.  Designed to be sung by any combination of two-part voices, this piece provides an excellent opportunity to teach singing in Latin, and is an excellent choice for concert or contest.

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American Pride

Here's an emotional patriotic original which draws on traditional words. "My country 'tis of thee; sweet land of liberty.  May freedom ever ring. To thee we proudly sing..."  This heartfelt song expresses love for the beautiful landscape of our country and pride in the fulfillment of the American dream. "...and I'm struck with these feelings deep inside, I'm overwhelmed with a sense of American pride." This was performed by the Boston Pops and the Children's Chorus of Boston for their gala concert on July 4, 2007. 

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Beyond a Dream

The tragic 2009 Haitian earthquake devastated the lives of many children in that country. Beyond a Dream incorporates the lovely Haitian lullaby Fais do do with Jill’s original music to create a heartfelt message of hope for the future of the Haitian people and all mankind. Phonetic subtext is provided for the Haitian words. “Beyond a dream, a world I see where every child walks proud and free, and knows no pain or poverty…”

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Celebrate the Differences

This upbeat choral has a positive message about peace, brotherhood and the beautiful uniqueness of every person.

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Come Lift Your Voice

This lively opener shares an uplifting message of the joy of music. Its bouncy melody and bright harmonies are just right for the lyrics: “Let’s sing a song of joy and gladness; come lift your voice and sing!”

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For Love of Music

This original ballad by Jill Gallina celebrates the beauty of music and the reasons we are compelled to sing. For love of music, let us sing to you of all the joy a song can bring to you. For beauty, for love, and for laughter, the music will be your happy ever after. Definitely a lovely message for any concert setting. 

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From the Heart

"There are people who care and who always are there when we need a helping hand." These inspirational words sing beautifully in this gentle and uplifting setting for young voices. It's a wonderful choice for the moments celebrating those who give "from the heart" for the good of humankind.

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Grateful

This song of gratitude is a straightforward expression of thanks that features an unencumbered melody to perfectly match the sincerity of the message. 

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In His Eyes

This lovely choral has a message relevant throughout time that "in His Eyes, we are one, all God's children ‘neath the sun". A beautiful sentiment of unity, compassion, and acceptance. The two parts can be successfully performed with any combination of voices.

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Love Grows Here, There and Everywhere

Picture a garden, a beautiful garden where all creation is free. A positive and universal message, with a bright melody, has been crafted by Jill Gallina. Nice as a closer, it also would work as a theme or opening number. In a moderate tempo and with rhythmic flare, the piece is easy to learn and perform successfully. Also includes American Sign Language. Love Grows Here and Everywhere-another Gallina winner! 

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My America

Commissioned for the 2019 Indiana All State Middle School Honor Choir, "My America" was written to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all the people who live in our country. Although our ancestors came from lands that span the entire globe, the legacy of freedom that was forged by all who came before us has made it our responsibility to treat each other with kindness, respect and dignity. The lyrics invite everyone to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and special. This is the message of "My America." The words tell the story and are of the upmost importance. Please honor tempo markings and be sure to stress diction and enunciation. 

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My Purpose

Commissioned by a music teacher, who requested a song to inspire graduating students on their journey. The lyrics are based on the Quaker verse "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall never pass this way again.” Arranged for 2 pt, 3 pt mixed and SATB voices perfect for graduation or any inspirational occasion!

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Ode to Peace

Here is a selection from Jill Gallina’s Classics for Children Series. The music from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Choral) finale – “Ode to Joy” – is the basis for this ingenious partner song. In “Ode to Peace” Jill takes the beloved Beethoven melody and adds original lyrics with partnered melody. There are teaching and performance notes on the history of the Symphony, Level I brass accompaniment and a hopeful message of peace for humankind. This is ideal as a festival finale for kids and adults, combined choirs with brass, in schools and in churches, any program, any time.

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On Wings of Song

For two-part or three-part treble voices, Jill Gallina has once again crafted a masterful partner-song using the romantic music of Mendelssohn. “On Wings of Song” is an impressive spring concert, contest, or festival piece for upper elementary, middle school, or high school treble choirs. Available: 2-part/SSA, Accompaniment & Performance CD.

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A Peaceful Allelu

A wonderful choice as a concert feature or closer, “A Peaceful Allelu” invites us to “Live each day with love and grace and make this world a better place.” For two-part mixed or treble choirs, this offers a heartfelt message that is appropriate throughout the year. Very nicely done!

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Reach High!

Commissioned by the Volusia County Organization of Music Educators, this original upbeat 2-part song celebrates self-worth and the ambition to be the best you can be and to "reach high, just give it a try, time for you to find your inspiration." 

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Rise Up!

This driving rock original has a strong "character building" message. Set at a bright tempo, with positive lyrics and lots of choreography potential, it will make a terrific concert opener or closer. You'll want to use the recorded accompaniment track with this - got to have that guitar! "We have a song to sing, we have some news to bring and a message that we want to share. Rise up!" 

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Save the Earth

You can feel the warm Caribbean breeze in this gentle calypso original that perks along nicely using only voices and piano. A perfect choice for Earth Day, or other concert settings, this is light, happy fare for young choirs that we recommend highly. Optional sign language is also included with the score. 

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Sing a Song of Peace

Jill Gallina is well known for her expertise in writing partner songs. Here she has partnered the familiar “This Is My Country” with a sensitive peace text. Dramatic and inspirational, yet very singable, “Sing A Song Of Peace” will add that special reflective moment to your program.

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Sing to the Lord With a Joyful Song

A great call to worship, this spirited song of praise is an uplifting beginning to any service. Jill Gallina is so adept at creating wonderful choral effects with a conservation of material, and this SAB anthem is a great example. Sing to the Lord with a Joyful Sound is appropriate for youth or adult choirs and may be learned with a minimal amount of rehearsal. It practically sings itself! 

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Take Your Dream and Make it Happen

It's your life, no one else can see you through it. Take your dream and make it happen. Life's the ship and you're the captain. Inspiring lyrics set in a moving ballad for young singers to dream and begin to look towards the future. A nice selection for end of year or graduation. 

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The Best That I Can Be

Captivate your singers and their audience with this inspiring original that will stir the souls of the very young as well as the young at heart! "The Best That I Can Be" is a song about pride, dignity, and inner strength that is appropriate for concerts, graduation, or anywhere self-worth is to be praised. Uplifting! 

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The Greatest Love of All

"I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride..." The inspiring lyrics of this hit from the seventies have made it a perennial favorite. Now Jill has arranged it with charm and simplicity for today's developing choirs. 

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The High Road

Coupled with gospel-style rhythms and melody, in addition to choreography that emphasizes the powerful lyrics, this song can be yourschool anthem for graduation or for any character education themed concert or program! This piece is perfect to program if you needa testament for making the right choices, doing the right thing, and taking the high road when faced with adversity. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed; 2-Part; StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:41. 

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The Lord is My Shepherd

This gentle anthem of praise is set as a 2-part partner song that works perfectly in any two part combination of voices, including a traditional choir setting. You may also want to divide the parts between your adult and youth choirs or your choir and congregation. The Lord is My Shepherd also provides an excellent opportunity to feature two of your singers in a lovely duet.

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A Time and A Season

This heartfelt song speaks of the special place and purpose we all have on this earth, and the importance of tolerance and acceptance.  "Yes, we are one great family in this grand and wondrous plan, and we can live in harmony, side by side, filled with pride, hand in hand!" 

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To Those Who Serve

The words, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty" open this powerful original, ideal for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or any commemorative occasion honoring our armed forces. Available in multiple voicings, it will work well as a massed choir feature, and a majestic band-like accompaniment track is available to heighten the impact of your performance. 

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