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Although Mary Sallee is better known for her piano writing, her true forte for composition lies in her works for choir and piano. As a singer and accompanist for most of her life, she is well acquainted with various choral ensembles, from the small church choir to the large civic choir. Having performed as a singer and accompanist in a wide variety of groups, she is familiar with both the possibilities and limitations of groups depending on size, voicing, experience and talent.

Mary began writing for the church choir at McFarlin Methodist Church in Norman, OK, where she has been a member since 1990. She was quick to have one of her early works accepted for publication by Alliance Music in 1995. Later that year, she was commissioned by Dennis Shrock and the Canterbury Choral Society of Oklahoma City to have a Christmas work written for the large metropolitan choir to perform on their annual holiday concert at the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City. She chose a medley of bell carols (Ding-Dong Merrily on High, Ring Bells Go Ting-a-ling, Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day arranged for SSAATTBB, one piano (4 hands) and percussion.

Her other writing reflects an interest in women's and children's choirs. In 2000, she joined with one of her adult students and children's author, Lynn Wendelbo to collaborate on an original sacred and secular work to enter in Kidsfest, an international composition competition for children's choirs, sponsored by the Montessori Association in Omaha, NE. Both of her works were chosen in the top ten of both categories, with her secular piece, Pockets finishing in 2nd place - overall.

Although some of her music has been published by Walton, Alliance and Carl Fischer, the majority of her works are available through her own company, Acoustic Press. See listing below.

Some choral ensembles that have performed her works include: University of Oklahoma Choirs, the Oral Roberts University Chorale, the Texas Christian University Chorale, the Canterbury Children's Chorus and Canterbury Choral Society, McFarlin Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, the Mustang All-City 5th grade Choir, The Norman's Children's Chorus, the Women's Chorale of Southwestern Oklahoma College, Old Bethel Church Choir of Indianapolis and the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Tulsa.




Published Choral Works      
  Poor Little Sailor Boy
(Walton) SSA with piano and violin accompaniment
  Lullay-Bye, Bye

(Alliance) SA with piano accompaniment (flute part available separately)


(Carl Fischer) 1-2 Part Treble Voices for children’s choir (great with simple choreography)

Lullaby Medley

(Alliance/Acoustic Press) SSAA, with harp/keyboard accomp) Medley of Christmas Lullabies: Still, Still, Lullaby Jesu, and the Rocking Carol



Sacred - Original Settings  
All works listed below are available through Acoustic Press. Click Here to order.
  A Father's Anthem
(SATB/piano) Set to original text by Carolyn Ahern
  Ave Verum
(SATB a cappella with part reduction) Commissioned by the ORU University Chorale
  Be Still and Know*
(Men/Women/piano) Finlandia text
  Come to this Table
This communion anthem was written for the women of the Westminister Chancel Choir in Oklahoma City, OK. Original music and text by Mary Sallee.

(SAB/Piano) Original text written by Leah Taylor for the children lost in the OKC Bombing

  Give Thanks to the Lord

Lord (SAB/piano) Original text by Lynn Wendelbo   (Also available for 2-part children)

  God Be With You

(SATB/piano) A choral benediction written for the retirement of Rev. Phil Fenn (2001)

  God Bless Children*

A choral/congregational baptism response adapted. from God Bless Clara

  I Will Sing to the Lord
(SATB/piano) - Psalm setting written in honor of father, Adam Sallee
  Our Lord's Prayer

(Men/Women/piano) Original setting of the text of the Lord's Prayer in honor of Mary Lou Fischer

  Psalm 23

SSATB, Violin and Viola, McFarlin Chancel Choir - February 2000

  Take My Life
Two part (Women/Men) original setting of the hymn, Take My Life and Let it Be Consecrated for Thee. Written for the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church in Collinsville, OK in memory of mother, Katherine Sallee.
  The Gifts We Bring
(SATB/soli/piano) incorporates What Child is This and In the Bleak Mid Winter
  The Lord's Prayer
(SSATB/piano) based on the soprano duet from A Modern Wedding Cantata
  We Wait in Hope*



* not yet premiered


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Sacred - Arrangements

Swing Low Sweet Chariot


'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

(SATB/piano) Written for Old Bethel Methodist Church Indianapolis, IN in memory of Priscilla Smith Wendt (2003)


Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?





Goin' Courtin'

SATB a capella with optional accompaniment) Folk medley: Oh Susannah, Down in the Valley, Tell Me Why, Cindy, Cindy

Children's Chorus




The Dog and the Squirrel

2-part children's chorus, Premiered by the McFarlin Children's 5th Grade

  Give Thanks to the Lord
(children 2 part/piano) also available in SAB, SATB) Text by Lynn Wendelbo
  Linden Lea
Two part (children or SA) arrangement of Vaughan-Williams famous folk melody with piano accompaniment.


(2-part children/piano) Text by Lynn Wendelbo


Erie Canal*

( 2-part children/piano) traditional

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Christmas Choral (Original works)

The Gifts We Bring

(SSATB/piano/flute)   Original work including quotes from: What Child is This and In the Bleak Mid-Winter)


Behold a Star*



On Christmas Night

(SATB/piano/hand bells)
  Star of the East

(SATB/ piano)


Following the Star

(SATB/piano/flute) Original text by Kathy Mash. Based on the original work for soprano, flute and piano (1999) recorded on the CD, Every Time I Feel the Spirit.




Christmas Choral (Arrangements)

The Bells of Christmas

(SSAATTBB, percussion /piano- 4 hands) Medley of Ding Dong Merrily on High, Ring Bells, Go Ting-a-ling, Carol of the Bell, Jingle Bells and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day) Commissioned by Canterbury Choral Society, 1996

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