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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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.
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.
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 a sample from the score 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, or anytime you need a rousing choral number. Preview a sample from the score here.
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.
Ryan Kelly has written a stunning motet-like anthem for unaccompanied SAB voices using an adaptation of Colossians 3:12-17 as the text. The result is a fitting reminder to “clothe yourselves with the love of Christ.” Refined choral writing and narrow vocal ranges make this anthem suitable for use by choirs of any size. Program this during Lent or anytime throughout the year. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
A new piece published exclusively by Shaw Music is my set of Seven Choral Amens (SATB, keyboard). These seven short choral Amens, each set in common meter, are useful following hymns and pastoral prayers or as choral benedictions. Voicings are SAB and 2-part mixed, with ample chordal support from the keyboard accompaniment, which may be played on either organ or piano. Refined choral writing, within narrow vocal ranges, makes these Amens suitable for use by choirs of any size. View the entire score here, and order copies for your choir by clicking here.