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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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.
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.
Beckenhorst has published my latest SATB anthem, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary,” which also received an Editors’ Choice Award from JW Pepper. You can view sample pages here and listen to an excellent demo recording here. Here is how Pepper describes the piece:
This beautiful music for SATB voices and piano is set to the text of Girolamo Savonarola. Suitable for Lent or general use, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” is a heartfelt plea to our Saviour that we become evermore mindful of His sacrifice for us on the cross. “Jesus, may our hearts be burning with more fervent love for you; may our eyes be ever turning to behold your cross anew.” A stunning work.
My best-selling anthem “More Love to Thee” (SATB, piano) is scheduled to be performed as part of the ninth annual “Over the Mountain” festival on February 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m., at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama. From the festival website: “Over The Mountain Festivals is a community choral group that exists to foster and perpetuate the singing of sacred choral music and provide training and encouragement to directors of small choirs and choristers, both adults and children, to the glory of God, the edification of participants and the enjoyment of the greater Birmingham, Alabama community and beyond.”
The Ouachita Singers of Ouachita Baptist University, under the direction of Gary Gerber, will perform my anthem “More Love to Thee” as part of their program on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m. The program also includes pieces by Mozart, John Rutter, and Dan Forrest. Click here for more information.
My new anthem for SATB choir, “O Jesus, I Have Promised” (Beckenhorst Press), has received an Editors’ Choice Award from J.W. Pepper. The piece is available from JW Pepper, and you can listen to a fine demo recording here:
Only three months after its publication, “More Love to Thee” (SATB, piano | Beckenhorst Press) has become my all-time best-selling piece of music. If you’re looking for a new anthem that can be used anytime, consider adding this to your choir library.
Composer Timothy Shaw takes the original text by Elizabeth Prentiss (1856) and sets it to his own original music. The result is a beautifully written, highly singable melody in which the voices and accompaniment are intertwined. Even though this was written by Prentiss during a period of grief and illness, her text speaks to us as an encouraging testimony of faith.
You can view the score and listen to a very fine recording of the piece on Pepper’s website (click here). Or, you can hear that same recording below: