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Silent Night (Choir & Congregation)

About the Song

Text: Joseph Mohr; Music: Franz Gruber.  Arranged for choir, congregatin, piano, organ and flute.

This arrangement may be sung entirely by the choir, entirely by the congregation, or (my favorite) two verses may be sung by the choir with the congregation joining for verse 3.

The congregation reads from LDS Hymns #204, or any similarly-harmonized version.


Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ, the Savior, is born
Christ, the Savior, is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

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  1. Natalie W Terry

    I would like to hear the audio of the flute part.

  2. Courtney Ray

    I found this recording of a high school choir performing this piece. They have what sounds like an oboe (or at least an electric keyboard with the oboe sound) playing the flute part. This helped me so I hope it helps you as well 🙂


  3. Bruce Johnson

    We have a challenging situation with a pianist, and looking for a recorded accompaniment to practice to. Is there an piano accompaniment recording available that we could download?

  4. Helen Thursby

    To whom it may concern

    I would like Sally DeFord’s beautiful arrangement of Silent Night in G major. I am the piano accompanist for a senior male voice choir in Newcastle Australia and this key would be most suitable. I don’t use any technology for transposing music but it would take me some time were I to transpose it myself. I accompany four adult choirs so I’m quite busy at this time of the year.
    I hope you can help.
    Kind regards
    Helen Thursby

  5. Bridgette Garner

    Thank you so much for your generous heart in the sharing of your talents. I am always amazed that you so willing allow your music to be used by anyone. We loved this arrangement of Silent Night. It added a beautiful spirit to our meeting today. Thanks again!

  6. Carol

    This is such a lovely version of Silent Night and I would love if you could write a SATB or SSA to go with the accompaniment

  7. Jia Zhou

    We need piano accompaniment of “silent night” (C major) for Chrismas chior. You are really apprecatied if you could give us help.

  8. Ash

    Is there an audio of the flute part available?

    • Angela Stauffer

      I am wondering the same thing 🙂

      • RaNae Ottesen

        Thank you Sally for sharing your talents with the world.
        I have used your Silent night piece many times.
        This year we will be sharing your new piece, “A Carol to the King.”

        Your generosity is appreciated.

  9. Suzanne Rowser

    Thanks for such wonderful music and amazing arrangements of hymns!

    • Shelley K Hughes

      Another successful sacrament program ! Ive done this in 4 wards now! I love this cantata! THANK you Sis. DeFord!

  10. Pat Thompson

    How can I listen to “Silent Night” the choir & congregation?

  11. Aaron Gifford

    Quick question (you may not know): Does your Personal Composer software have the ability to export your compositions in a format compatible with the free MuseScore program (see https://musescore.org/en for info.)? I attempted to import a .pc file without much luck.

    Thank you so VERY, very much for sharing your talents. My ward’s choir has benefitted for years singing your awesome arrangements and compositions!

    St. George, Utah

  12. Korey Chi

    This is very beautiful! I love all your works especially the Christmas songs. Thank you very much, Sally. I was wondering if you have the accompany track for this choir and congregation version available for download? Our choir are thinking about doing this song but we don’t have a pianist available to play. Thank you.

  13. Amber

    Is there a way to hear a demo of this?

  14. Lisa Sauer

    Beautiful! My question is what does the organ play? Is it going same time as piano?

    • sallydeford

      The organ plays with the congregation, as marked on the score. It’s playing the hymn, but in two different keys, so your organist will want to read from the score or print transpositions.

      • darcy

        Im still confused. why are the piano and the organ playing the same thing at the same time?

        • April

          Darcy – the organ plays the music that is above/below the words (so the SATB accompaniment along with the choir/congregation). The piano is playing the two lines of music underneath the organ accompaniment. Hope this helps!


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