God Will Give Orders/Sweet Child                piano, cello, djembe  Available from Oxford University Press               

     This evocative anthem, from the larger work Snow Angel, is a piece of two halves. Opening with a haunting cello line, the first section ('God Will Give Orders') is mystical and ethereal, until a vibrant figure from the djembe lifts the music into the second section ('Sweet Child'), which is uplifting and bold in character, with a distinctly African feel and an effective a cappella ending.

Here on these branches                                    a cappella                  Available from Oxford University Press           

     This bewitching setting tells the story of a young girl walking in an enchanted forest, mesmerized by dreamy, ancient songs sung by a chorus of birds. An atmospheric ostinato played on finger cymbals and claves accompanies the voices, and Quartel sets a strong melodic line against the warm harmonies of the birdsong.

Recording: McMaster Women's Choir, Hamilton, Ontario

                   Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Conductor

Here on These Branches McMaster Women's Choir.mp3

I Will Be With You                                           a cappella                                                                          $2.50

               “If there are tears or singing, know I will be with you.”

  •             A tender and emotive text accompanied by lush harmonies
  •             Youth choir, adult choir, university choir, advanced high school choir
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Snow Angel                                             piano, cello, narrative         Available from Oxford University Press                            

     Snow Angel is an evocative five-movement choral work that explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives. The work may be performed with narration, in which three angels present their perspectives on their earthly charges. Quartel weaves a haunting and poignant cello line throughout the work, and a vibrant part for djembe in movement four, 'Sweet child', carries the listener from the ethereal and mystical realm the work predominantly inhabits into an emphatic anthem with a distinctly African feel. The musical language is emotive and pictorial, allowing performers to play an active role in the storytelling.

Winter Solstice                                               piano, violin                                                                        $4.00

               “With your light we can drive the darkness on the longest night of the year.”

  •             A 10 minute work in 3 movements: I. Night, II. Fire Dance, III. Sunrise
  •             Youth choir, adult choir, university choir, advanced high school choir
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