Silent Night (Christmas Cantata)


A Christmas Cantata for Choir, Narrator, Soloists and Flute (optional); and organ and congregation. This program is designed to be very easy for choirs to learn, though you’ll need a good pianist. Two optional obbligatos for flute are included. These might also be performed easily on violin, or other C instrument. The program lasts 25-30 minutes.

All solos may be assigned to sections of the choir if desired. All sectional passages may be assigned to soloists if desired.

The narration for this program consists entirely excerpts from Matthew 1 and Luke 2, KJV, followed by a single verse of “Silent Night” sung solo. Feel free to substitute from other scriptural versions or to use a simple retelling.

Very few dynamic markings are included for the interludes, or for the final number with the congregation, as the dynamics for these passages will be determined by your acoustics, amplification, choir/congregation size, etc.

For the “Silent Night” choir/congregation finale, the congregation sings the standard hymn version (1985 LDS Hymns #204). The choir and organ use the score included.

The titles included in the cantata are listed below. Linked titles are available separately. If a title is not linked, it is only available by downloading the complete program. A few titles have audio demos available–they are marked with a “*”. The performers’ interpretations may differ from the printed score.

Silent Night (Interlude 1)
Peace, Peace, Peace*
Silent Night (Interlude 2)
As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil*
Silent Night (Interlude 3)
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth*
Silent Night (Choir and Congregation)


(Where both solo and choral versions exist, both scores are included.)

  18 Responses to “Silent Night (Christmas Cantata)”


    Thank you for this, Ms. Sally DeFord. God bless you!


    Thanks Mrs. Sally for sharing your cantata. We’ll sing it here in Bangkok on December 6, 2015.


    This is my first time as ward choir director and we are doing this cantata for Christmas. I added Immanuel because I love that one so much too. We just performed My Grateful Spirit Sings for November and it went very well. We all love your music. It is easy to learn and yet brings the spirit so quickly. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents!


    Bonjour! J’ai utilisé ce programme dans une pièce théatrale. Que de bons souvenirs et de belles chanson. Nous avons tous ressentie l’esprit de noel


    Hi Sally!!
    thanks for the christmas cantata!! this sheet music will help our young women and young men for the christmas program here in Madagascar, thanks for sharing!!!


    My choir is singing this and they love it. Thank you so much! Do you have an idea of the total running time of this program from beginning to end?


    What is the approximate running time of this cantata? 25 minutes?
    Thank you for ALL your beautiful and inspired music!


    Hello Miss Sally,

    Thank you so much for these…been looking for free Christmas music scores for our Christmas Cantata.
    This is such a BIG HELP!

    God bless you more!

    – Sheryl


    Hi Sally,

    I am the director for my Ward Choir. I have tried to print the Cantata but the file seems corrupted. It looks correct when I view it on screen, but prints all wacky! I can print the music files by themselves just fine. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help. Melanie


    Hello Ms. Sally DeFord were can I download the full instrumental version of the silent night christmas cantata? Thank you for answering..


    Thank you for all the work you do in publishing these scores. It makes my life easier when I can go home and print the sheets we are practicing from. This Cantata is great for our Christmas performance.


    Do you have a sample audio for the narrations in the silent night interludes?


    This is an ideal cantata for a small branch choir and the arrangements are simple but beautiful and easily mastered. We began our rehearsal yesterday (Nov 3) and it was a treat to have a somewhat unfamiliar hymn included (As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil)–it became a favorite in the first rehearsal.
    Thank-you for making this cantata available for our use!


    Is there more narration than just for the 1st song or am I just not seeing it?


    I absolutely love this arrangement! I have been in three different wards and used this for each one as our Christmas program.

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