Lord, I Need You (arr. Timothy Shaw) published in Fred Bock’s Worship Bridges series

lord-i-need-youTimothy Shaw’s newest addition to Fred Bock’s Worship Bridges series is a Nocturne on Lord, I Need You, a popular worship song by Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Maher. The piece is described as “a dignified prelude, a closing postlude, a moving offertory piece or a tender concert selection.” The Worship Bridges series “endeavors to unify…church families by creating a series of resources for church musicians that merge the greatest songs and melodies of today with the traditional forms and styles that have endured for centuries. The goal is nothing less than to enable music to once again be a source of unity for the Church, not a tool for divisiveness or separation.”

Hymn Prelude Library vol 9 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing Househymn prelude vol 9 has released volume 9 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘P’, ‘Q’, and ‘R’. This volume includes Timothy Shaw’s setting of  “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (PRECIOUS LORD), written by Thomas A. Dorsey (“The Father of Black Gospel Music”) during a period of great suffering and loss. Other contributors to this volume (edited by Kevin Hildebrand) include James Biery, Charles Callahan, and Wayne Wold. You may pre-order the book now, and it will be available on June 30, 2016.

A Reformation Easter published by Concordia

A Reformation EasterConcordia Publishing House has released a collection of eight newly-composed organ preludes from eight different composers: Mark Bender, Jonathan Kohrs, Kenneth T. Kosche, Matthew Machemer, Jonathan R. Mueller, Paul Soulek, Steven Wente, and Timothy Shaw. A Reformation Easter: Organ Preludes on Sixteenth-Century Hymns contains Shaw’s setting of “Christ Is Arisen” (“Christ ist erstanden”). You can read more about the collection and hear sample recordings on Concordia’s website: click here. Order the book from JW Pepper.

Hymn Prelude Library vol 8 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing Househymn prelude vol 8 has released volume 8 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘N’ and ‘O.’ This volume includes Timothy Shaw’s setting of the 15th century tune O filii et filiae (“O Sons and Daughters”), arranged as four variations. Other contributors to this volume (edited by Kevin Hildebrand) include Carl Schalk, Wayne Wold, Walter Pelz, and Wilbur Held. You may pre-order the book now, and it will be available on December 30, 2015.

10,000 Reasons (arr. Timothy Shaw) published in Fred Bock’s Worship Bridges series

Fred Bock10,000 Reasons has released Timothy Shaw’s second piano setting in their Worship Bridges series, an Etude on 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin. This excellent new series “endeavors to unify…church families by creating a series of resources for church musicians that merge the greatest songs and melodies of today with the traditional forms and styles that have endured for centuries. The goal is nothing less than to enable music to once again be a source of unity for the Church, not a tool for divisiveness or separation.” This title is now available for sale (through JW Pepper).

How Great Is Our God (arr. Timothy Shaw) published in Fred Bock’s Worship Bridges series

How Great Is Our GodI am so pleased to unveil an exciting new project that I’ve been working on for awhile! Fred Bock has commissioned me to write piano settings of popular worship songs as part of their new Worship Bridges series. This series “endeavors to unify…church families by creating a series of resources for church musicians that merge the greatest songs and melodies of today with the traditional forms and styles that have endured for centuries. The goal is nothing less than to enable music to once again be a source of unity for the Church, not a tool for divisiveness or separation.” The arrangements are similar (in length, difficulty level, etc.) to those in the popular Bock’s Best series. My first piece is a Prelude on How Great Is Our God, by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Ed Cash; and it is available for sale now (through JW Pepper). Stay tuned for more.

Hymn Prelude Library vol 7 published by Concordia

hymn prelude vol 7Concordia Publishing House has released volume 7 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘M.’ This volume includes my setting of the unique tune McKee (“In Christ There Is No East or West”), a setting that is reminiscent of the “open-spaced” chords found in Aaron Copland’s music.

Hymn Prelude Library vol 6 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 6 of the increasingly popular Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘J,’ ‘K’ and ‘L.’ My setting of LINSTEAD (“All You Works of God, Bless the Lord”) is included in this volume. Here is a review of the entire collection by Paul Grime, Associate Professor and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Theological Seminary:

The new Hymn Prelude Library continues a long tradition at CPH of providing organists with well-crafted hymn settings suitable for use in worship. This new series offers substantial settings that are well edited and promises to be a valuable resource for years to come.

A FESTIVE SONG OF PRAISE world premiere (11.7.14)

My new choral work A Festive Song of Praise, commissioned in honor of the 300th anniversary of Abington Presbyterian Church (Abington, PA), will be premiered by the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir (John Sall, director) on Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:00 PM as part of the “Music at Abington” 2014-2015 concert season.* Also on the program is Dvořák’s brilliant Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Timothy Schwarz. A pre-concert conversation with John Sall, Timothy Schwarz and me will begin at 7:00 PM. For more information, visit Abington Presbyterian Church online, or call (215) 887-4530.

*Repeat performances will take place at APC on Sunday, November 23, 11:00 AM, during the morning worship service; and on Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 PM, at the Abington Community Interfaith Thanksgiving service.

Hymn Prelude Library vol 5 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 5 of the increasingly popular Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘H’ and ‘I’. My setting of HELMSLEY (“Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”) is included in this volume. Here is a review of the entire collection by Jeffrey Blersch, Professor of Music and Organist at Concordia University Nebraska:

In my experience, every organist continually looks for new and interesting ways to present and lead the song of their congregation. We look for pieces which portray hymn tunes in ways which are musically interesting, sensitive to the character of the hymn text, and which are accessible and able to be learned in a relatively short period of time. The new LSB Hymn Prelude Library provides organists with just that. But, not just for selected hymn tunes – for every hymn tune in Lutheran Service Book. For these reasons the Hymn Prelude Library will be a very useful and indispensible tool in leading the worshipping assembly in song.