This week the choir sings an arrangement of the traditional song, “Saints Bound for Heaven,” by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. An American folk hymn, the song is found in William Walker’s Southern Harmony, from 1835. The arrangement, dating from 1956, is the product of a long partnership between Parker and Shaw that began when the Robert Shaw Chorale signed a recording contract with RCA Victor in 1948. While Shaw wanted to record the great choral masterworks, RCA thought some lighter, popular music might sell better. Shaw was persuaded to do both and asked Alice Parker to make appropriate arrangements of folk songs, hymns, and spirituals for use by his choir. The 223 arrangements the pair collaborated on form a treasury of choral music for use by all sorts of choirs and all ages.