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Terri


Monday, January 30, 2017

Choose the Right

A few months back when I noticed that the hymn Choose the Right would be included in the 2017 primary program I set out to write a piano accompaniment for it.  I wanted to write something that would challenge the singers a bit. 

With the second verse it is especially important that the children have a good feel for the melody as I have given the accompaniment a lot of freedom.  The lyrics and melody are straight out of the hymnbook, with the last five words repeated at the very end. 

I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to interact with such an amazing group of singers here in Bend, Oregon who are eager to join with me and record at a moment's notice.  Bekah, Brynlie, Cannon, Caroline, Christopher, Gavin, Kassidy, Oliver, Paiten, Porter, Sage, and Samuel — You Are Rock Stars!!  Thanks a million!!


“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct our lives is God’s greatest gift to man.  Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.”
David O. McKay

Click HERE to download free sheet music
Click HERE to download an MP3 audio file with the children singing
Click HERE to download an MP3 audio file of the PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT ONLY


10 comments:

  1. I have been planning to use this beautiful arrangement this year. I tried to download the sheet music and it is gone. Is there somewhere else I can get it? This was my favorite arrangement of all I've looked at.

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    1. Sorry about that -- technical difficulties. I also have it on the free lds sheet music site at http://freeldssheetmusic.org/song/Choose-the-Right-Primary-by-Terri-Hutchings
      If that does not work I would be happy to email it to you if you send me your email address. We are hoping to have it available on this blog site again soon.

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  2. Thank you Terri!! I am the Primary Chorister in Merced and love this arrangement. You are so Talented! Christine Callister

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    1. It’s great to hear from you, Christine, I am so glad you are using it. We miss our days in Merced. We’ve been here in Bend for 25 years now. Crazy!! Say hi to all our family and friends back home. Take care!!

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  3. Hi Terri, this is Debi Hansen from my old and your current stake! We moved to AZ and are enjoying the pretty desert and the warm sunshine here but miss you all in Central Oregon. I am in the Primary now. The singing leader had chosen your version of "Wish Man, Foolish Man". I knew I had heard it and was pleasantly surprised to see it was one of your versions. I wonder if you have it recorded somewhere. I haven't played the piano in awhile and am trying my best to conquer it!!! Best wishes to you and Chuck :)

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    1. Hi Debi, it’s so good to hear from you. We miss you guys!! My sister moved to Arizona recently too. That’s awesome that you are in primary too — my favorite place to be. There should be a link to download an mp3 of The Wise Man here on my music site. You might have to scroll up and on the right where the alphabetical listing is I have it under “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man”. Then down below the videos are the download options of sheet music and mp3 files of piano only or singing. If that doesn’t work just send me your email address and I can email the files to you. Have fun with it. Take care.

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  4. I love this arrangement. Would you mind if I added an organ part to it?

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    1. That would be great!! I would love to hear it with organ added. Yes, feel free to make it your own.

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  5. Thank you so much for letting your "light shine on a hill". We will be singing your arrangement of "Wise Man & Foolish Man" as a Primary. Also, as a result of this arrangement, I summoned the courage to teach the children all 3 verses of "Choose the Right". I now see how valuable every word in that hymn is to their growing testimonies, as well as understand that the children's capacity to learn far surpasses my own weaknesses (with the help of the spirit, of course:) In short, I am so grateful for you and your gift, as it has blessed so many of us (New Mexico) in ways you'll never know!

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    1. Thank you so much Megan. I love that you are using the arrangements in your ward. The children never cease to amaze me. Primary is my favorite place to be.

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