Concordia Publishing House has released an exceptional piano collection, Hymn Tune Masters for Piano, which includes my setting of “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night” (TALLIS’ CANON). The hymn tunes of master composers such as Thomas Tallis, Jean Sibelius, and Gustav Holst are set in a variety of styles, forms, and techniques by ten modern-day composers. This collection will be sought after by students, teachers, and church musicians, and is great for creative use in both recitals and worship.
Jeremy Zimmer joins Shaw Music with this striking collection of three hymn preludes for organ. Highly chromatic, yet prominently centered on the tune, each setting offers musical insight into the original hymn tune. Useful in worship services throughout the church year. Preview the score and listen to a demo recording here.
Indulge in the nostalgia of the holiday season with this beautiful setting of a favorite carol, expertly arranged by Peter Hilliard. Easy to learn, yet full of harmonic and melodic interest, this is sure to become a favorite of choir and audience alike. Program this as the closing number for this year’s Christmas concert or Christmas Eve service. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
This exquisite collection of hymns (including four Christmas carols) from composer Daniel Barta is sure to become one of your favorites. Written at a moderate level and in a range of diverse styles, these expertly crafted arrangements offer truly unique perspectives on well-loved hymns. Preview pages from the score and listen to sample recordings here.
Daniel Barta’s masterful interpretation of Psalm 46:1-4 will leave a lasting impression on all who perform and listen to this stunning choral work. A quiet homophonic section opens the piece, followed by a contrasting middle section, and then the opening theme returns to balance the form. Use this in any service or concert as a musical reflection on the God who is an ever-present help in trouble. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Flowing vocal lines combine with sonorous harmonies from the piano in this beautiful, original setting of Psalm 121 by Olivia Cresswell. The perfect choice for more advanced treble choirs, this anthem is also effective with smaller ensembles or as a vocal duet. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
I am deeply honored to announce I have been awarded the 2019 ALCM Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for my choral anthem, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary.” The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer. Previous winners include Richard Proulx, John Ferguson, David Cherwien, Dan Forrest, and Zebulon Highben. “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” will be performed at the ALCM National Conference, June 24-27, in Portland, Oregon, where the award will be officially presented.
Visit ALCM’s website here.
Read the official press release here.
Listen to and order “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” here.
Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Easter Hymn” (“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 3 (tunes beginning with D/E). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.
Here is a charming, picturesque short work for piano solo. Written at a grade 2-3 difficulty level, the three movements are reminiscent of idyllic New England scenes. Movements include:
- Mount Monadnock
- Winter in Vermont
- Portland Head Light