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.
Daniel Barta’s masterful interpretation of Psalm 46:1-4 will leave a lasting impression on all who perform and listen to it. A quiet homophonic section opens the piece, followed by a contrasting middle section, and then the opening theme returns for musical balance. 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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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 officially be presented.
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Listen to and order “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” here.
MorningStar Music will publish my newest Communion anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread,” on a poignant text by seventeenth-century pastor Johann Rist. Elegant vocal lines that remain within narrow ranges combine with a simple, supportive accompaniment to make this an excellent choice for choirs of any size. This is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Spring 2020 release.
Looking for some new additions to your Christmas choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
Daniel Barta pairs an original text with quietly beautiful music in this stirring choral tribute to mothers. Based on Proverbs 31, this anthem is appropriate on Mother’s Day or during any service honoring families. Easy to learn, with an optional second vocal part, your children’s choir will love this simple piece. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Daniel Barta has written a dynamic, rhythmic original setting of the classic text: “Hosanna in excelsis. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Use this with your children’s, youth, or adult choirs as a dramatic opening to Palm Sunday services. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Looking for some new additions to your Advent choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
My children’s choir anthem “Give Praise to God” (Choristers Guild) is one of four pieces on the repertoire list for the Choristers Guild Atlanta Chapter 2019 Children’s Choir Festival. The event is for grades 3-6 and will take place at Marietta First United Methodist Church on February 9, 2019, with clinician Dr. Martha Shaw. Take a look at the anthem, based on Psalm 150, here.