Bradley Ellingboe

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Bradley Ellingboe (born April 16, 1958) is an American composer. From 1985 to 2015 he was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, where he was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

Born in Lakeville, Minnesota, Ellingboe is a 1980 graduate of Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he received a degree in Music Theory and Composition, studying with Kenneth and Carolyn Jennings. He then attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, graduating with degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. At Eastman his major teachers were Jan DeGaetani, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann and Samuel Adler. He has done additional study at the University of Oslo, the Aspen Music Festival and the Vatican.

Ellingboe is well known as a composer and arranger of choral music, with over 150 pieces in print. His "Requiem" for chorus and orchestra has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. "Star Song" for chorus, tenor solo and orchestra was premiered in Lincoln Center and Great Britain in 2014. He has won annual awards in composition from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 2000. In 2019 he published A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Ellingboe is editor of Choral Music for Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2004) a compendium of sacred choral music. He is also well known as an expert on the vocal music of Scandinavia, and particularly the songs of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907). His editions of Grieg's songs: 45 Songs of Edvard Grieg (1988) and A Grieg Song Anthology (1990) are both published by Leyerle Publications. For his work on making the music of Norway better known among English-speaking singers, Ellingboe was awarded Sankt Olavs Medaljen by His Majesty, King Harald of Norway, in 1994.

He has curated the choral series Music for the Church Year (Neil A. Kjos Music Company) since 1996. In 2017 he became Senior Editor for National Music Publishers.

Sacred Vocal works[edit]

Date Title Scoring Movements Notes
Requiem SATB choir and orchestra I. Introit

II. Kyrie

III. Graduale

IV. Psalm (Why Have You Forsaken Me?)

V. The Lord's Prayer

VI. Offertory ("Death Be Not Proud") — alto solo

VII. Sanctus and Benedictus

VIII. Agnus Dei

IX. Communion (Evensong)

X. Elegy ("Lux aeterna")

Revelations SATB choir, organ, brass, timpani I. Psalm 27

II. The Light

III. This is the Day!

Welcome to Our Wondering Sight! SATB choir, soprano solo, oboe, harp I. Welcome to Our Wondering Sight

II. a. In This Our Happy Christmastide

b. Interlude

c. Reprise

III. a. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

b. Postlude

Above the Moon, Earth Rises SATB choir, piano Commissioned by St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California
All Loveliness New-born SATB choir, piano
Astonished By Your Empty Tomb SATB choir, piano
Beneath the Cross of Jesus SATB choir, clarinet, piano
Benediction SATB choir, organ
Blessed Be the Lord SATB choir, oboe
(The) Child of Mary SATB choir, soprano solo, harp
Children of the Heavenly Father SATB choir
(The) Church on the Hill SATB choir, C instrument, piano
Christmas SATB choir, organ
Clap Your Hands SATB choir, piano Commissioned by Pure Sound, the youth choir of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas
Come All You People SATB choir, piano, conga, optional string bass


Come and See SSAATTBB choir, oboe Commissioned by St. Paul United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska
Come to Me SAT(B) choir, piano
Day by Day SATB choir, piano, optional C instrument
Do Not Fear SATB choir, piano Commissioned by First Methodist Church of Roswell, New Mexico
Down to the River to Pray SATB choir
(The) Food of Life SATB choir, piano, optional Bell-tree
For the Beauty of Earth SATB choir, piano
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah SATB choir, piano
Go Out in Joy SATB choir, organ Commissioned by Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Edina, Minnesota
Holy Wings SATB choir
(The) House of the Lord SATB choir, organ, piano, handbells, conga
How Can I Keep From Singing? SATB choir, oboe, piano
How Far Is the Star? SATB choir, piano
Hymns of Glory SATB choir, organ Commissioned by First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jeg er saa glad (I Am So Glad) SATB choir, clarinet
I Love to Tell the Story SATB choir, mezzo-soprano solo, violin Commissioned by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
In the Beauty of Holiness SATB choir, flute, piano Commissioned by the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Duluth, Georgia
Jesus, Good Shepherd SATB choir, piano
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head SATB choir
Joy All Around! SATB choir, piano
Learn from all the Songs of Earth SATB choir, piano
Let the Heavens Ring! SATB choir, piano Commissioned by the "Festival of the Sea" church choir consortium of North and South Carolina
Let Us Go to Bethlehem SATB choir, flute, organ
Let Us Run to Jesus SATB choir, organ, brass quartet
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ SATB choir, organ
Lift Up Your Heads SATB choir, piano, optional children's choir Commissioned by St. John's Lutheran Church, Lakeville, Minnesota
Light Dawns on a Weary World SATB choir, piano, optional congregation Not yet in print
Light Upon a Darkened World SATB choir, piano Commissioned by St. Michael's Catholic Church, Stillwater, Minnesota
(The) Lord's My Shepherd SATB choir, optional piano
Love Never Ends SATB choir, children's choir, piano Commissioned by the First United Methodist Church of Modesto, California
Mary at the Tomb SATB choir, piano
My Heart is Longing SATB choir, harp, oboe
Now at the Peak of Wonder SATB choir, keyboard
O Gracious Light SSAATTBB choir, flute Commissioned by St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Houston, Texas
Our Wistful Song SATB choir Commissioned by the Valley Chamber Chorale, Stillwater, Minnesota
(The) Plans I Have For You SATB choir, organ, trumpet Commissioned by St. Paul Lutheran Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico to honor their 125th anniversary. Not yet in print.
Prepare the Royal Highway SATB choir, organ
Psalm 47 SATB choir, percussion
Psalm 100 SATB choir, organ, handbells, 2 trumpets Commissioned by the First Congregational Church of Dundee, Illinois
Psalm 150 SATB choir, organ or piano, handbells Commissioned by Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, Bremerton, Washington
Simeon's Song SATB choir, piano
Sing for Joy! SSATBB choir, piano
(A) Song for St. Cecilia SATB choir, organ Commissioned by Northminster Presbyterian Church of Tucson, Arizona
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart SATB choir, clarinet, handbells
Tandi Tanga Jesus SATB choir, percussion Commissioned by Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Then We Shall Sing for Joy! SATB choir, organ, violin, optional children's choir, optional congregation Commissioned by St. Michael's Catholic Church, Stillwater, Minnesota
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy SATB choir, piano
Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We SATB choir, piano, optional orchestra Commissioned by St. John's United Methodist Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico
We Are More Than Conquerors SATB choir, piano Commissioned by University United Methodist Church, Irvine, California
We Look to Thee SATB choir, piano
We Need Each Other's Voice to Sing SATB choir, organ, flute, optional congregation Commissioned by the Bloomington Covenant Church, Bloomington, Minnesota
Within Thy Grace SATB choir, piano Commissioned by St. Lutheran Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico
(The) Wondrous Gift SATB choir Written for Desert Chorale, Dennis Shrock, conductor
Wondrous Love SATB choir, 2 flutes, organ
Yet it Stood Strong SATB choir, piano, trumpet Commissioned by St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mooresville, North Carolina
Behold a Host SAB choir, piano Written for Helen Kemp and her "elder choir" at York Manor, Pennsylvania
Come to Me SAT(B) choir, piano
Hosanna to the Lord! SAB choir, piano
Seed That in Earth is Dying SAB choir, piano
The Prayer of St. Francis SAB choir, piano
Hymn of Promise Children's choir, piano, optional flute
We Light One Advent Candle Children's choir, piano, optional Orff and C instrument
How Can I Keep From Singing? TTBB choir, oboe, piano
Peace at the Last TTBB choir, keyboard
(The) Chief Cornerstone Two-part mixed choir, organ or piano, optional trumpet
(The) Holy Trinity Two-part mixed choir, piano
Oh, Love, How Deep Two-part mixed choir, organ, percussion
There Is A Green Hill Far Away Two-part mixed choir, piano
When Shall I See? Two-part mixed choir, piano
A la ru, a la me SSA choir, 2 flutes
Ave Regina Caelorum (Hail, Queen of Heaven) SSA choir
How Can I Keep From Singing? SSAA choir, piano, oboe
(The) Lord's Prayer SSAA choir
Magnificat SSA choir, soprano solo, oboe, marimba
Ring Out, Wild Bells! SSAA choir, handbells Commissioned by Cantorei of Luther College. Appeared on the PBS special Christmas at Luther. Recorded by Riverside Singers of Augsburg College and seen on the PBS special Advent Vespers.

Secular Vocal works[edit]

Date Title Scoring Movements Notes
Star Song SATB choir, tenor solo, and piano, chamber orchestra, or full orchestra I. Overture ("We are all made of star stuff" - Sagan)

II. Music (Liiv)

III. Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (Milton)

IV. Symphony of the Heavens (Milton)

V. O Pastor Animarum (Hildegard von Bingen)

VI. Prends moi par la main (Rilke)

VII. Looking at the Stars (Van Gogh)

VIII. Everyone Sang (Sassoon)

IX. The Song of the Stars (Native American)

X. Kadosh Adonai (trad. Hebrew)

XI. Questions About Angels (Collins)

XII. The Mystic Trumpeter (Whitman)

Premiere in Albuquerque, 12/3/13.
(The) Ash Grove SATB choir, 2 clarinets
Be Music, Night SATB choir Written for and recorded by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Linda Mack, director. Heard on NPR's "Performance Today."
Dappled Things SATB choir, soprano solo Commissioned by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale
For Only a Short Time SATB choir I. Unheard Music (Gavotte)

II. Laughter and Noise (Waltz)

III. The Secret (Minuet)

IV. Attack Dog (Tango)

V. Perfect Strangers (Sarabande)

Commissioned by the Edina, Minnesota, high school choir upon the retirement of Diana Leland
Heart, We Will Forget Him SSAATTBB choir, cello
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven SSAATTBB choir Commissioned by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in honor of their 25th anniversary
Paal paal haugen (Paul and his Chickens) SATB choir Written for the St. Olaf Choir's 1993 tour of Norway
This is a Good World SATB choir Published in Craig Hella Johnson's Conspirare series. Not yet in print.
To Walk Like Giants SATB choir Commissioned by Baltimore County Public Schools and premiered in Meyerhoff Hall.
Paal paal haugen (Paul and his Chickens) Children's choir, piano
Innisfree TTBB choir Setting of the Yeats poem for the Harvard Glee Club, premiered, recorded, and sung on tour by them, Fall 2005
Getting Used to Heavens SSAA choir, piano Setting of the Rilke poem for the Alaska High School All State Treble Chorus
That Passeth All Understanding SSAA choir, soprano solo, Bb clarinet, optional windchimes Commissioned by the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble
Wind of the Western Sea SSA choir, piano


  • 45 Songs of Edvard Grieg (c) 1988, Leyerle Publications
  • A Grieg Song Anthology (c) 1990, Leyerle Publications
  • Choral Literature for Sundays and Seasons (c) 2004, Augsburg Fortress Press
  • A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting (c) 2019, Neil A. Kjos Music Company

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