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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.

Ms. Sallee's works have been performed across the country including: 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, Windsong Chamber Choir 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 (Deceased member of the McFarlin Chancel Choir) Written for Father's Day and premiered in 2004
  Ave Verum Corpus
SATB/a cappella - Original music set to the historic Latin text. Commissioned by the ORU University Choir
  Be Still and Know
(2 part Men/Women/piano) Original tune set to Finlandia text (Good 'blizzard' anthem)
  Come to this Table
(SA/Piano) This women's communion anthem was written for the women of the Westminster 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. Usually performed in April for the anniversary of the bombing.

  Give Thanks to the Lord

(SAB/piano) Original text by Lynn Wendelbo (McFarlin Member and author). Also available for children's choir. Top 10 Winner in the Kidsing International Montessori Composition Competition.

  God Be With You

(SSATB/piano) A choral benediction premiered at the retirement of Rev. Phil Fenn (2001)

  God Bless Children

A choral/congregational baptism response (set to the text response for McFarlin)

  I Will Sing to the Lord
(SATB/piano) - Original setting of Psalm 104:33 written in memory of my father Adam Sallee, longtime choir director at First (Meadowbrook) Methodist Church in Collinsville, OK
  Nothin' Between

SSATB - Commission for Westminster Presbyterian Choir in OKC. Original setting of text in a gospel style with piano accompaniment (Advanced)

  Oh Gracious Lord,
We Praise Thy Name
(SATB/soprano solo/piano) This Thanksgiving anthem was commissioned by the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Chancel Choir and quotes a verse from My Country 'Tis of Thee in the solo.
  Our Lord's Prayer

(SSATB/piano) choral setting based on the soprano duet from the original work: A Modern Wedding Cantata. 2000 Commission by the Oklahoma Music Teachers (OMTA)

  Psalm 23

SSATB, with Violin and Viola accompaniment only, McFarlin Chancel Choir - Premiered in February 2000

  Take My Life
(2-part Women/Men/piano) This is an original setting of the hymn text written for the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church in Collinsville, OK in memory of my mother, Katherine Sallee.
  The Gifts We Bring
(SATB/solo/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

(SAB/flute/piano) This anthem is easy to learn in three parts.




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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.




Sacred - Arrangements

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

(SSATB/piano) Premiered by OU Chamber Choir

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

(SATB/piano) Arrangement of the popular hymn written for Old Bethel Methodist Church Indianapolis in memory of my aunt Priscilla Smith Wendt (2003)


Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

(SSATB/piano) Also available for soprano and piano

That Easter Day/Christ the Lord is Risen Today

(SSATB/children's choir/handbells/organ/piano and brass quartet) This commissioned work (from Westminster Presbyterian) combines two well known Easter tunes to involve all ensembles for a full-blown processional anthem.




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





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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