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CoverHands are Knockin’ [level: Medium]
Kyle Pederson: Bio and other works
RELEASED: January 2023
voicing: SAB | catalog number: SBMP 1711 | price: $2.60
accompaniment: piano, djembe
INSTRUMENT PART: djembe part FREE Download

Now available for SAB/3-Part Mixed choirs, this BEST SELLER is a fascinating mix of English and Arabic text which reinforces the universal message to open our minds, hearts, and hands to one-another. The lively piano accompaniment, notated djembe part, and syncopated vocal lines that highlight the text come together to create a meaningful piece that will be long remembered. Exceptional!

performance by: SATB Recording performed by First Readings Project directed by David Ostenso Moore [© all rights reserved]

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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem

Naftahhu athhanana, alhamdulillah
Naftahhu qulubana, alhamdulillah
Namuddu aydeeyana, alhamdulillah

We open our minds, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We open our hearts, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We reach out our hands, thanks to God (Alleluia)

CLICK HERE: Choral Tracks (Practice made simple)

Hands are Knockin’ choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

Price: $49.99
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CLICK HERE: Kyle Pederson performance notes
A Blessing of the Hands ceremony prior to the start of a recent school year proved to be a moving experience, bringing to light the incredible power of our hands—hands that can heal, support, comfort, and give--and hands that can just as easily hurt or push away. It is my hope that this piece might inspire those who experience it to become more deeply committed to using their hands to extend compassion, love, and wholeness out into the world.

My intent when writing the piece was to be as inclusive as possible (brother, will you let them in? sister, will you let them in?...believing that symbolically, we are all brothers and sisters to each other). But I now understand that not everybody identifies as a brother or sister; in an effort to be as inclusive as possible, and provide an even more all-embracing message, I offer the following adaptations to that particular text.

Text Modifications:
PRINTED TEXT: Brother, will you let them in? Sister, will you let them in?
OPTION 1: Can you, can you let them in? Will you, will you let them in?
OPTION 2: Hear them...will you let them in? See them...will you let them in?

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(SATB Version) Las Vegas Academy Singers - Megan Franke, Matthew Ostlie, directors

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Featured on the following reading sessions
2023 | National ACDA 2023 SBMP - New Releases for Middle & High School Choirs Reading Session
2023 | North Central - 2023 Minnesota ACDA Summer Dialogue Middle School Jr. High Reading Session
2023 | Southern - 2023 Mississippi MEA Fall Workshop Southern Site Reading Session

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Sean Barnette