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Trust the Seeds

A meditation on the faith of seed-planting
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Commissioned by CitySingers of Hartford / Suzanne Gates [Orchestral version]

A meditation on the faith demonstrated by planting seeds, whether they be the “garden variety” or the seeds of life.

Appropriate for worship or concert settings in any season of the year.

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SEA-009-00 SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' ME https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3 Sheet Music $2.25
SEA-009-00DEL SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' ME https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3 Licensed PDF $2.25
SEA-009-01 Chorus, orchestra: SATB, 1100, 0000, hp, strings - Conductor's Score
6' M Sheet Music $15.00
SEA-009-01DEL Chorus, orchestra: SATB, 1100, 0000, hp, strings - Conductor's Score
6' M Licensed PDF $15.00
SEA-009-02 Chorus, orchestra: SATB, 1100, 0000, hp, strings - Choral Part
6' M Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-009-02DEL Chorus, orchestra: SATB, 1100, 0000, hp, strings - Choral Part
6' M Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-009-03 Chorus, orchestra: SATB, 1100, 0000, hp, strings - Instrumental Parts (rental)
6 M Sheet Music $0.00
SEA-009-04 SATB, flute, oboe, piano - Choral Score
6' M Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-009-04DEL SATB, flute, oboe, piano - Choral Score
6' M Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-009-05F SATB, flute, oboe, piano - Flute & Oboe Parts
(Click on PDF icon to download parts)
6' M Free PDF $0.00

Trust the Seeds

Lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander

Trust the seeds, although they lie in darkness,
Stirring beyond your watchful eye.
Though they may not flower as you dreamed they would,
When the planting's over you must trust the seeds.

Some soon bloom to fill your heart with wonder,
Some only after you are gone,
You must give them freedom to grow as they should.
Give them room to spread their roots, and trust the seeds.

In your heart, you know that some may wither,
All you can do is hope and pray.
Some will rise up grander than you dreamed they could.
There is joy in planting if you trust the seeds.

Reviews and Responses: 

"The poetry is exquisite. And the changing meter matches the natural flow of the text so beautifully."  - Jodi Rinehimer, Director of Music, MasterSingers of the Berks Classical Children's Chorus (Reading, PA)

"My choir LOVES your setting of Trust the Seeds — which we used in our kick-off for the pledge campaign this year!"  - Fred Jodry, Music Director, First Unitarian Church of Providence (Providence, RI)

Performers: 

SATB, orchestra
Premiere: CitySingers of Hartford / Suzanne Gates (West Hartford, CT)

SATB, chamber ensemble
Premiere: Sherwood High School Chamber Singers / Bill Evans (Sandy Spring, MD)
Choir of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church / Joseph Gascho (Lutherville, MD)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, IL / Tim Anderson (Rockford, IL)
Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington D.C. / C Paul Heins (Arlington, VA)
Maryland Choral Society / Jason Gottshall (Fort Washington, MD)

SATB a cappella
Premiere: Unitarian Church Choir of Lincoln / Sheila Brown (Lincoln, NE)
ACDA Voices United 2002 Festival Chorus / Paul Rardin (Washington, DC)
Arizona Unitarian Universalist Choral Festival / Elizabeth Alexander (Chandler, AZ)
Berks Classical Children's Chorus "Mastersingers" / Jodi Rinehimer (Orefield, PA)
Brocton Tri-Church Choir / Lucy Andrus (Brockton, NY)
Chapel Choir of Eliot Unitarian Chapel / Leon Burke III (Kirkwood, MO)
Choir of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church / Barbara Weeks (Greenfield, MA)
Choir of Arlington Street Church / Mark Buckles (Boston, MA)
Choir of Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church / Lila Farrar (Brookfield, MA)
Choir of Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church / Dixon Redditt. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (Camp Spring, MD)
Choir of First Parish in Concord / Beth Norton (Concord, MN)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh / Ellen Gozion (Pittsburgh, PA)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY / Thomas Snell (Rochester, NY)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of San Jose (San Jose, CA)
Choir of First Unitarian Society of Ithaca / Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum (Ithaca, NY)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN / Joe Mish (Rochester, MN)
Choir of Foothills Unitarian Church / David King (Ft. Collins, CO)
Choir of Harvard Memorial Chapel / Carson Coomans (Cambridge, MA)
Choir of Kingston Unitarian Fellowship / Phyllis Robbins (Kingston, Ontario CANADA)
Choir of May Memorial Church / Glenn Kime (Syracuse, NY)
Choir of Melrose UU Church / Tara Tresner-Kirsch (Melrose, MA)
Choir of Open Circle Unitarian Universalist / Sarah Watts (Boulder, CO)
Choir of Unitarian Church of Charleston / Martha Welch (Charleston, SC)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford / Tim Anderson (Rockford, IL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Wellesley Hills / Tyler Turner (Wellesley Hills, MA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford / Carolyn McCreary (Milford, MA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs / Michael Harrison (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville / Ruth Lewis (Gainesville, FL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of LaCrosse / Becky Post (La Crosse, WI)
Choir of Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington / Diane Woodruff (Bloomington, IL)
Choir of Unitarian-Universalist Church of Rockford / Kay Hotchkiss (Rockford, IL)
Choir of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church / Thaxter Cunio (Mahtomedi, MN)
Eastern Mennonite High School Choir / Jay Hartzler (Roanoke, VA)
Fresno Pacific University Choir (Fresno, CA)
Harvard Choral Fellows / Carson Cooman (Cambridge, MA)
Horlick High School Chorale / Ellen Christensen (Racine, WI)
Juneberry Community Chorus / Patricia Norton (Lebanon, NH)
Lackawana Trail High School Choir / Jodi Rinehimer (Factoryville, PA)
Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington D.C. / C Paul Heins (College Park, MD)
MPLS (imPulse) / Samual Grace (Minneapolis, MN)
Plymouth Chancel Choir / Mark Heiskanen (Fort Collins, CO)
Sage Chapel Choir / Richard Riley (Ithaca, NY)
Sherwood High School Chamber Singers / Bill Evans (Rockville, MD)
Towson University Chorale / Paul Rardin (Mansfield, PA)
Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard / Dawn Aberg (Vineyard Haven, MA)
UU Florida District Festival Choir / Ann Hossler (Vero Beach, FL)
William Horlick High School Chorale / Ellen Christensen . Unitarian Universalist Florida District Choral Festival (Racine, WI)
ZONTA International Choir / Wolfgang Ziegler. ZONTA International Fundraiser (Vienna, AUSTRIA)

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