Augsburg Fortress has published my anthem, “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison/2-part, keyboard, opt. treble instrument). Beauty and flexibility abound in this strophic setting of the beloved Apple Tree Carol. Written in a minor key with a pensive mood, the unison stanzas could be shared by children, soloists, or choir sections. Optional vocal harmony and instrumental obbligato add further texture options. While not limited to the Christmas season, this is a great addition to your next Lessons and Carols service or to sing during Christmas worship.
MorningStar Music will publish my solo piano book, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano, which includes carol settings for use throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. Intentionally short and written at an easy to moderate level, these arrangements will appeal to pianists of all skill levels, and audiences will be engaged by the unique presentations of well-loved carols.
- Angels, from the Realms of Glory
- Away in a Manger
- Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
- Go Tell It on the Mountain
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- On Christmas Night
- Prepare the Royal Highway
- Savior of the Nations, Come
- Silent Night, Holy Night!
- Sing We Now of Christmas
- The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
- The Wexford Carol
This collection is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.
Augsburg Fortress will publish my original choral setting of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison or 2-part, keyboard, violin) as part of their Fall 2021 release. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” is an anonymous text full of vivid imagery. This original choral setting achieves timbral variety using minimal forces. The anthem is appropriate during Advent and Lent, as well as throughout the year.
Looking for some new additions to your Christmas choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
Looking for some new additions to your Advent choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
It’s never too early for musicians to begin thinking about the holiday season. Read my latest article on Prelude Music Planner, Christmas in July: Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas. This includes suggestions of 10 different collections, as well as links to free downloads of some classical pieces (through IMSLP).
Beckenhorst has published my latest SATB anthem, “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” (for Advent, Christmas, or General use), which received an Editors’ Choice Award designation from JW Pepper. You can view sample pages and listen to an excellent demo recording here. The piece is described this way:
A strong musical and textual statement, useful for any occasion of worship all year but especially powerful on Christmas morning. Scored for SATB choir and piano, this new setting of a time-honored hymn of praise is accessible to most church choirs.
Concordia Publishing House has released volume 11 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘T’, ‘U’, and ‘V’. This volume includes my setting of the tune “Union City” (“If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death“), by Phillip Magness (Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, OK and composer with Liturgy Solutions). Other contributors to this volume (edited by Kevin Hildebrand) include Charles Callahan, Benjamin M. Culli, and Kristina Langlois. You may pre-order the book now, and it should become available on June 30, 2017.
Choosing repertoire for church choirs is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks of all choir directors, whether they direct larger or smaller choirs. There are some unique challenges facing those who direct smaller choirs, though. To support you in your work, I have written a blog post on the topic (with 25 anthem suggestions) on Prelude Music Planner. Check it out here.