Colorado ACDA 2014

The Colorado American Choral Directors Association Summer Workshop (Englewood, July 21-23, 2014) includes my new Advent anthem “Prepare the Royal Highway” in a reading session of Christmas choral music with clinician Raymond Ortiz. Here’s a description of the piece from the Augsburg Fortress website: “This celebratory anthem features elegant choral writing that will inspire your choir and congregation alike. Easy to learn and satisfying to sing, the anthem weaves four-part, two-part, and unison textures with a tambourine part that will add a festive element to your Advent season.” You can preview the score below.

Hark, the Glad Sound! published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has released my anthem for Advent, Hark, the Glad Sound! (SATB, a cappella) on the 19th-century American tune “Dunlap’s Creek.” This anthem builds from a hushed unison to a rich harmonic palate with a soaring soprano descant, as each verse captures musically the vivid images presented in the text.

Prepare the Royal Highway published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has released my anthem for Advent, Prepare the Royal Highway (SATB, tambourine) on the tune “Bereden väg för Herran.” This celebratory anthem features elegant choral writing that will inspire your choir and congregation alike. Easy to learn and satisfying to sing, the anthem weaves four-part, two-part, and unison textures with a tambourine part that will add a festive element to your Advent season.

My Redeemer Lives: Hymns of Comfort and Praise reviewed in WorshipArts

The January-February 2014 edition of WorshipArts (a journal of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts) includes a review of my piano collection My Redeemer Lives: Hymns of Comfort and Praise. The reviewer looks at two other piano books published by Augsburg Fortress, but here are some of the comments he makes about my collection:

…Across the three Augsburg collections, all the arrangements generally ‘lie well’ under the fingers, though Shaw’s arrangements seem more technically involved than Roberts’ or Raabe’s. Again, though, there are several in the Shaw collection that are directly accessible. Practice time will vary for the experienced pianist/keyboardist, depending on individual ability…

…In general, these tunes are the most traditional among the three volumes; the practice required to work out harder portions (running thirds, sixths, octaves, and fast scales) of these scores will be worth the time.

New Piano Music published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has released my latest piano collection, My Redeemer Lives: Hymns of Comfort and Praise. The 10 hymn settings in this volume are 3 or 4 pages each, and they are moderately difficult. These are suitable as preludes, postludes, and offertories throughout the year. Tunes include: Balm in Gilead, Deo Gracias, Duke Street, Eventide, In Babilone, Marching to Zion, Nicaea, Thaxted, Westminster Abbey, and Yigdal (Leoni).

Review in The American Organist

The May 2012 edition of The American Organist (published by the American Guild of Organists) includes this recommendation of my organ music: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!, setting by Timothy Shaw (All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ, Augsburg Fortress 9781451401127; 2010). Tune: “Nicaea.” The opening stanza of “Nicaea” begins with a brisk duet using the rhythm and harmony of the hymn. Mixed time signatures and articulated melodic figures spin the duet quickly through the second stanza. A majestic improvisation on the third stanza brings the arrangement to a strong finale. The title of this collection is taken from the third stanza of Marty Haugen’s 1999 hymn O God of Blessings, All Praise to You! The text reads: “All praise for music, deep gift profound, through hands and voices in holy sound: …Soli Deo Gloria!” The 17 hymn settings in this collection are appropriate for use throughout the church year.

Review in The American Organist

The December 2011 edition of The American Organist (published by the American Guild of Organists) includes this recommendation of my organ music: Shall We Gather at the River, setting by Timothy Shaw (All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ, Augsburg Fortress 9781451401127; 2010). Tune: “Hanson Place.” The title of this collection is taken from stanza three of Marty Haugen’s 1999 hymn O God of blessings, all praise to you! The text of this stanza reads: “All praise for music, deep gift profound, through hands and voices in holy sound; …Soli Deo Gloria!” This peaceful setting is written for strings and flutes, using the traditional harmony and rhythm of the hymn. The arrangement begins with the melody in the bass clef, moving to higher registers as the music develops. A crescendo to full organ begins in stanza two and returns to a reflective setting at the coda. This easy collection offers a variety of forms, including music for preludes, postludes, hymn introductions, and free harmonization.

Review in Worship Arts

The March-April 2011 edition of Worship Arts (The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts) includes a favorable review of my premiere organ book, All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ (published by Augsburg Fortress): “These seventeen hymn arrangements will give you a great variety in one collection. DIX, FOUNDATION, HOLY MANNA, NICAEA, RUSTINGTON, SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU (CRUSADER’S HYMN), SUFFERER, and UNSER HERRSCHER, among others, are included. Some are more adaptable for shorter performance time than others, but you will find this is a year-round necessity in your library. Some pages are blank to facilitate your use.”