Top Christmas Chamber Music Arrangements

by Jacy Burroughs

The Christmas season is one of the busiest times for musicians, with church gigs, themed concerts and holiday parties galore! With the thousands of arrangements out there, it can be difficult to decide what to play. That’s why Sheet Music Plus has come up with this brief guide of our most popular Christmas arrangements to help you get started. The following arrangements are great for both professional musicians and students.  Pros can easily sightread these at a gig and students, with a little more preparation, can have some festive pieces for their holiday concerts.

Christmas Traditions for String Quartet, arr. by Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz

christmas-traditions-string-quartet Christmas Traditions consists of the following 10 well-known carols:

  • Joy to the World
  • O Come Emmanuel
  • First Noel
  • Silent Night
  • Deck the Halls
  • Lo, How a Rose
  • Hark the Herald
  • What Child is This
  • Bring a Torch
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Both violin parts go to fifth position, so this would be for more intermediate to advanced students.

Discover more String Quartet music for Christmas.

Christmas Pops for String Quartet, arr. by Steve W. Mauldin

christmas-pops_string_quartet Looking for a more secular selection of arrangements? Christmas Pops has fun, swinging arrangements of the following songs, arranged for high school students and up.

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Let It Snow
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

Discover more String Quartet music for Christmas.

Keeping Christmas: Seven English Carols for String Trio, arr. by Catherine McMichael

keeping-christmas-string-trios This selection of Christmas songs is arranged for violin, viola and cello at an advanced intermediate level. If you do not have a violist available, there is an optional violin 2 part to replace the viola.

  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Coventry Carol
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • Love Came Down at Christmas / The First Noel
  • Deck the Halls

Discover more String Trio music for Christmas.

A Christmas Tableau of Piano Trios, arr. by Eugenie R. Rocherolle

christmas-tableau-piano-trios Nine popular Christmas carols are arranged for performers at similar levels of ability. A great way to include family members or school music friends in your Yuletide celebrations.

  • Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella
  • The First Noel
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Silent Night
  • What Child Is This?

Discover more Piano Trio music for Christmas.

The Canadian Brass Christmas Carols, arr. by Lloyd Larson

canadian_brass_christmas A brass player’s Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some arrangements from the legendary Canadian Brass. These 15 easy arrangements can be played with a brass quartet or brass quintet. Flexible instrumentation allows you to choose what works for your ensemble. These arrangements are ideal accompaniments for congregational singing in churches or other groups but also work great for brass only performances.

  • Silent Night
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Joy To The World
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • The First Noel
  • Away In A Manger
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  • What Child Is This?
  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)

Discover more Brass Quintet music for Christmas.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen for Woodwind Quintet, arr. by Kenneth Abeling

This is a jazzy, swingin’ arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. It is suitable for professional musicians or more advanced high school players.

This publisher has several Christmas carols arranged in a jazz style. To see more arrangements, click here.

Discover more Woodwind Quintet music for Christmas.

Do you have a group that doesn’t fit within traditional chamber ensemble instrumentation? That’s ok! More and more arrangers are starting to offer flexible instrumentation for their arrangements. The parts are written according to the keys of the instruments and range. For example, a high C part can be used by a flute or violin, a B-flat part by a clarinet or trumpet. These are great if you or your students want to get together and play with friends. Check out flexible instrumentation Christmas arrangements.

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Check out over 4500 Christmas Chamber Music pieces.

 

Jacy Burroughs is the Program Marketing Manager at Sheet Music Plus. She has degrees in horn performance from The University of the Pacific and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a freelance musician in the Bay Area.

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