MorningStar Music will publish my solo piano collection, Nativity Scenes, which includes twelve carol settings for use during the holiday season. 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.
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Prepare the Royal Highway
Savior of the Nations, Come
The Wexford Carol
Sing We Now of Christmas
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Away in a Manger
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
On Christmas Night
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Silent Night, Holy Night!
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.
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.
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.
Augsburg Fortress has released my latest book of hymn arrangements for piano, Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems. This book contains all the pieces I wrote in my 52 in 52 series. Here is a description from the publisher: “This collection of hymn settings in diverse forms and styles will serve you well throughout the church year. Some of these pieces may be used as preludes or postludes, while others may be used as hymn introductions and alternate accompaniments. Teachers who want to introduce hymn settings to students will find this a valuable teaching tool. This is also a great resource for funeral service music.”