Hymn Tune Masters for Piano published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released an exceptional piano collection, Hymn Tune Masters for Piano, which includes my setting of “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night” (TALLIS’ CANON). The hymn tunes of master composers such as Thomas Tallis, Jean Sibelius, and Gustav Holst are set in a variety of styles, forms, and techniques by ten modern-day composers. This collection will be sought after by students, teachers, and church musicians, and is great for creative use in both recitals and worship.

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Easter Hymn” (“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 3 (tunes beginning with D/E). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.

Piano Prelude Series vol 1 published by Concordia

Following the successful Hymn Prelude Library series for organ, Concordia has released a new collection of piano preludes based on the hymn tunes found in Lutheran Service Book. This collection features newly composed pieces by dozens of composers who write in a variety of styles and harmonizations. The pieces are useful as preludes, postludes, music at the offering, for introductions, and during distribution, as well as for those who play hymns at home. The durable wire binding ensures that each page lies flat against the music stand. Piano Prelude Series  vol 1 (preludes for tunes starting with the letter ‘A’) includes my setting of {Ach Gott vom Himmelreiche} (“The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us“).

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Beach Spring” (“Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 2 (tunes beginning with B/C). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write new settings of hymn tunes to be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series. Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano. My first piece, which will be included in volume 1 (A), is a setting of “The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us” (Ach Gott vom Himmelreiche).

Hymn Prelude Library vol 11 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 11 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘T’, ‘U’, and ‘V’. This volume includes my setting of the tune “Union City” (“If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death“), by Phillip Magness (Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, OK and composer with Liturgy Solutions). Other contributors to this volume (edited by Kevin Hildebrand) include Charles Callahan, Benjamin M. Culli, and Kristina Langlois. You may pre-order the book now, and it should become available on June 30, 2017.

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has published my latest SSA anthem, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” in the collection Reformation Hymns for Treble Voices. This collection is described as “An accessible and versatile collection of hymns for treble voices based on hymns with Reformation themes. Even churches that do not typically have a women’s or children’s choir could find this collection useful for special festival services, such as those to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation.”

Lectures in Church Music

Concordia U ChicagoI am looking forward to learning from many gifted church music colleagues at the upcoming Vi Messerli Memorial Lectures in Church Music, October 23-25, 2016, at Concordia University Chicago. I will present a workshop, a piano literature reading session, and a composition master class as part of the conference (titles listed below). For more information, click here.

Session titles:

  • Five Altos and Two Tenors: Performing Miracles with Smaller Choirs
  • Piano Music for the Reformation
  • Master Class: Composing for Choirs