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Cathedral Music
Music by African American Composers
A resource list of anthems and canticles
by African-American composers
sung at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 2010-2020
Dr. Thomas Lloyd, Canon for Music and the Arts

Peter Bagley - Live-a Humble
Willis Barnett – Wait on the Lord
Uzee Brown, Jr. – Mary had a baby
Glenn Burleigh – Jesus is a Rock
Harry T. Burleigh – My Lord, What a Mornin’
Roland Carter – In Bright Mansions Above
Lee Cloud – My Good Lord’s Done Been Here
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis
William Dawson – Ain’a that Good News!
William Dawson – Balm in Gilead
William Dawson – Behold the Star
William Dawson – Every Time I Feel the Spirit
William Dawson - Ezekiel saw de wheel
William Dawson – In His Care-O
William Dawson – Soon-ah will be done
William Dawson – Steal Away
R. Nathaniel Dett - Listen to the Lambs
Rollo Dilworth – Roll, Jordan, Roll
Thomas Dorsey – Precious Lord
Duke Ellington – Father, Forgive (Sacred Concerts)
Duke Ellington – Lord’s Prayer (Sacred Concerts)
Duke Ellington – The Beauty of God (Sacred Concerts)
Larry Farrow – Deep River
Larry Farrow – My Lord, what a mornin’
Jay Fluellen – Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis
Jay Fluellen - Send out Thy Light (from Of Journeys and Refuge)
Jay Fluellen – Show me your ways (from Of Journeys and Refuge)
Jay Fluellen – There is a balm in Gilead
Fred Gramann – Rise up, shepherd and follow
Bryan Greer - I want Jesus to walk with me
Henry Gyasi (Ghana) – Dinpa Sen Ahonya Jester Hairston – Hold On!
Keith Hampton – Praise his holy name!
Keith Hampton – True Light
Moses Hogan – Climbin’ up the mountain
Moses Hogan – De blin’ man stood on the road an’ cried
Moses Hogan – Deep River
Moses Hogan – Elijah Rock
Moses Hogan - Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King
Moses Hogan – I’m gonna sing till the spirit moves in my heart
Moses Hogan – My Soul’s been Anchored
Moses Hogan – This Little Light of Mine
Moses Hogan – Stand by me
Moses Hogan - Were you there
David Hurd – I was glad
Hall Johnson – A City Called Heaven
Hall Johnson – Ain’t got time to die
Hall Johnson - I've been 'buked
Hall Johnson – Walk Together Children
Carl MaultsBy - St. Mary Mass
Carl MaultsBy - God is Love
Carl MaultsBy - Let us Break Bread together
Carl MaultsBy - Preces and Responses
Bobby McFerrin – Psalm 23
Robert G. K. Ndo (Ghana) – Dumedefo`
Eugene Simpson – Sinnuh, please don’t let this harvest pass
William Smith – Ride the Chariot
André Thomas - Keep your Lamps
André Thomas - Rockin’ Jerusalem
Trevor Weston – St. Thomas Service (Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis)
Wendell Whallum – Betelehemu
Wendell Whallum - He’s the Lily of the Valley
Clayton White – Lord, I ain’t no stranger now
John W. Work III – from American Negro Songs (Fisk Jubilee Singers Songbook - 1940) (wonderful for short introits or during communion):

  • Done made my vow to the Lord
  • Go down ‘n the valley and pray
  • Lead me to the rock
  • Lord, make me more holy
  • Rise, Shine, for thy light is a comin’
  • Steal away and pray
  • Tryin’ to get home
  • We are climbing Jacob’s Ladder

A glaring gap in this repertoire list (and one that we are committed to rectify as soon as we are back singing again) is the lack of any compositions by women composers. There is certainly no lack of music to draw from. Here are a few resources related to African-American women composers:

Last Published: June 23, 2020 4:54 PM