Palm Sunday Medley


The majestic spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus” is the basis for this anthem to usher in Holy Week. Level: Med-Easy. SAB or SA, opt. youth choir or soloists, piano.



Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel KallmanKallman Creates Publications

SAB or SA, opt. youth choir or soloists, piano. Duration: 2’40”


Listen (SAB version)

(Choirs of the First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, PA; Susan Kelly, director)


Listen (SA version)

(Collegiate Chorale, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; Anton Armstrong, conductor)



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Composer’s Notes

This medley allows you to combine adult and youth choirs for a big Palm Sunday opening which is effective and easy to put together. The spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus” begins the medley in a powerful unison which then breaks into a two-part canon. My own setting of the text “Blest be the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” sung by either SA youth choir, solo voices, or the women of the adult choir, provides a graceful contrasting middle section. The spiritual then returns majestically, this time abridged, leading to a subdued ending as a foreshadowing of Christ’s passion.


Additional information

Score options

Choral octavo (SAB version), Choral octavo (SA version)