Carl Nygard, composer

Carl Nygard


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Pennsylvanian, Carl J. Nygard Jr., graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in music education and an M.M. in composition. He has published more than 200 pieces of choral music, some of which have been performed on six different continents. His works have been performed by church, school, college, and community choirs across America as well as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Cleveland Symphony Chorus, and 1,400-voice Ocean Grove (N.J.) Festival Choir, and have been transmitted in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia. Carl J. Nygard spent 34 years instructing middle and senior high school students in Pennsylvania’s public schools as a music instructor before retiring. He and his wife, Dorian, are proud parents of two grown sons and active members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Carl Nygard

Best Selling Chorals

Misty Morning

Misty Morning is a light and bouncy piece that ranks among Carl Nygard’s most popular choral works. This simple secondary composition offers a meditative look within at the wonders of the universe. Available in SAB and SSA treble voices with piano. Try it with junior or high school voices, or even adults. It would be great on an American music program.

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Misty Morning – SAB

Misty Morning – SA/SSA/SSAA

Carols Around (And A Round)

Featuring several carols to celebrate the Christmas season, Carols Around (And A Round) is a perennial favorite of both singers and audiences. The piece opens with Dona Nobis Pacem, which overlaps and circles around to fill the ears and heart.

Carl Nygard prepared this seasonal treat for keyboard and mixed voices. Include this carol in your next Christmas concert, and you’ll have a smashing performance that will soon be an annual tradition.

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Carols Around (And A Round) – SATB

Carols Around (And A Round) – SAB

Oh! Christmas Tree???

 Another delightful and imaginative piece for the holidays written by Carl Nygard for TTB/TTBB and SAB choruses. This charming touch of frivolity is perfect for your Christmas concert and worthy of an encore placement. Your audienece will love Oh! Christmas Tree???

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Oh! Christmas Tree??? – SAB

Oh! Christmas Tree??? – TB/TTB/TTBB

The Earth Is The Lord’s

The Earth Is The Lord’s is an energetic, approachable choice that blends nicely with a wide range of ensembles, including festival and massed choruses. Text from Psalms 24 and 98 is used in this arrangement for two-part treble voices and piano.

A beautiful setting of Psalm 24 that is straightforward enough for a youth or adult choir.

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The Earth Is The Lord’s – SATB

The Earth Is The Lord’s – 2 Part Treble

Westminster Carol

Part of the Carl J. Nygard Choral Series, Westminster Carol is a traditional Christmas carol well suited for middle school, high school and community choir performances.

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Hinshaw Music

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