Shaw Music is excited to announce that Timothy Shaw has been awarded the 2019 ALCM Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his 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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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.
MorningStar Music will publish Timothy Shaw’s 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 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.
Timothy Shaw’s 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.
Augsburg Fortress will publish Timothy Shaw’s SATB a cappella setting of the Sacred Harp hymn “Do Not I Love Thee?” as part of their Fall 2020 release. This setting of Philip Doddridge’s hymn, paired with the Sacred Harp tune “Detroit,” is haunting and particularly effective during Lent.
Beckenhorst has published Timothy Shaw’s 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.