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Gathering Rounds, Volume 1, for intermediate to advanced singers (plus a few for beginners!), is a vibrant, engaging collection offering a round or canon for each week of the year featuring poetry and prose by women – some famous, some infamous, some longtime favorites, some newly discovered, all captivating – set to original music by Stacey Philipps.


Bound in a handy 6" x 9" spiral-bound book, these rounds and canons are welcoming, encouraging, flexible, musically and textually meaningful miniatures to enjoy with anywhere from a few people around a campfire to a large choir in a traditional performance space. Each song is enriched with brief program notes and an introductory biography of the poet or writer.


Gathering Rounds are great for choral warmups, icebreakers, sight-reading, processionals, recessionals, transitions, encores, sing-alongs, and just for fun. Written for two to six voices or groups for a WIDE variety of skill levels, ranges, and keys, some Gathering Rounds are easy enough for children and beginning singers, some are challenging for expert choristers, and most are in between. Each round is rated according to GIA Music's Difficulty Level Criteria from Teaching Music through Performance in Choir.


In the Portland-Metro area? Free delivery! Out of the USA? Please get in touch for shipping rates. Can't wait for the book? Want to catch a glimpse of what's inside? All twelve of the FREE Gathering Rounds that have been going out every month during this project are available both as individual downloads (see links below) or as a complete set here. Feel free to copy, share, distribute, and perform these twelve free rounds under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


A portion of the proceeds from this collection will benefit the Institute for Composer Diversity. Find out about the resources available through this excellent organization at

Song list (52):

New Year (free download here)
Daylight and Dark
Boughs Against the Sky
Love is a Rainbow (free download here)
A Single Charm
February Twilight
In the Rain (free download here)
Winter Being Over
Coming of the Spring
Spring Song (free download here)
The Dew Upon
Blooming Spring
Sweet May (free download here)
What am I
Clover and Bee
June Night
Summer Day
A Bee (free download here)
Hold Up a Torch
Light of Truth
Under the Tree (free download here)
Pure and Strong
Summer Night (free download here)
On the Lawn
Have Courage (free download here)
Whistle Wind
Much and Little
Autumn Song
The Pond
The Grunchin' Witch (free download here)
November Night
Fringed with Silver
Thanksgiving Menu (free download here)
Little Rain Song
A December Day
Winter Transformation
When Christmas Comes (free download here)
Velvet Shoes

Gathering Rounds, Volume 1 (1 book): 52 original rounds and canons for choirs

SKU: SP237
  • All orders ship as quickly as possible, generally withing two business days, via USPS Priority Mail. Free delivery in the Portland-Metro area on Wednesdays!


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    Gathering Rounds

    $19.99 (US) with discounts for 6 or more books

    ISBN: 979-8-218-06193-7

    Width: 6"

    Length" 9"


    148 pages

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