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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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.
Olivia Cresswell’s beautiful collection, Going over Jordan: Songs of Heaven for Piano, contains six hymns and spirituals arranged at a moderate level. From introspective passages to joyful bursts of praise, there is something for everyone here. Preview a sample from the score here.
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.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to re-harmonize hymns, to accompany congregational singing? My latest blog post on Prelude Music Planner provides a 5-step process on how to do this. Check it out here, and be sure to download the free re-harmonization of the hymn “Gethsemane” (link at bottom of post).
Choosing repertoire for church choirs is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks of all choir directors, whether they direct larger or smaller choirs. There are some unique challenges facing those who direct smaller choirs, though. To support you in your work, I have written a blog post on the topic (with 25 anthem suggestions) on Prelude Music Planner. Check it out here.
My new book of hymn arrangements for piano, Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems (Augsburg Fortress), has received an Editors’ Choice Award from J.W. Pepper. The book is available from JW Pepper, and you can view sample pages online: click here.
Augsburg Fortress has released my latest book of hymn arrangements for piano, Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems. This book contains all the pieces I wrote in my 52 in 52 series. Here is a description from the publisher: “This collection of hymn settings in diverse forms and styles will serve you well throughout the church year. Some of these pieces may be used as preludes or postludes, while others may be used as hymn introductions and alternate accompaniments. Teachers who want to introduce hymn settings to students will find this a valuable teaching tool. This is also a great resource for funeral service music.”
Concordia Publishing House 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 my 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 should become available on June 30, 2016.
Need even more ideas for musical selections that are quite effective with smaller ensembles? Consider adding some of these well-written pieces to your choir’s repertoire either this year or in the future. (For my previous list, click here.)
- Prepare the Royal Highway (Unison/2-part, keyboard) | arr. H. Hopson, MorningStar
- We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth (SAB, piano) | T. Shaw, Concordia
- God Be Merciful unto Us (Unison, organ) | D. Pinkham, E.C. Schirmer (recording)
- Psalm 117 (2-part mixed, keyboard) | T. Shaw, Concordia
- Bow Down Your Ear (Unison, piano) | A. Miller, Augsburg Fortress
- Who at My Door Is Standing? (2-part mixed, keyboard) | arr. K. Lee Scott, Hinshaw
- Ah, Holy Jesus (SA, cello) | arr. C. Jennings, Augsburg Fortress
- Deep Were His Wounds (SAB, piano) | T. Shaw, MorningStar
- The Risen Christ (SAB, keyboard) | arr. T. Fettke, Alfred
- Lord, Listen to Your Children (SAB or 2-part mixed, piano) | arr. J. Schrader, Hope
- Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show (SAB, conga drums) | D. Schelat, Oxford
- The Lord Bless You and Keep You (SAB, keyboard) | J. Rutter, Hinshaw
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Finding music that is accessible to small(er) church choirs is always a challenge, and it seems every choir director must work with a smaller choir at least one week out of the year. Here is a list of one dozen well-written anthems, spanning the church year, that work well with ensembles of any size! Consider adding some of these to your choir’s library. (Clicking on a title will open the anthem’s page on JW Pepper.)
- Stir up Your Power, O Lord, and Come (SAB, organ) | C. Schalk, MorningStar
- Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (SATB, keyboard) | T. Shaw, Augsburg Fortress
- Only a Baby Came (2-part, keyboard) | N. Sleeth, Hinshaw
- Jubilate Deo (Unison or SA, organ, opt. percussion) | D. Wood, Augsburg Fortress
- Lord Jesus, Think on Me (SATB, keyboard) | J. Althouse, Hope
- Create in Me a Clean Heart (SAB, organ) | C.F. Mueller, G. Schirmer
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (SATB, piano) | F. Mallory, Genevox
- I Will Sing of My Redeemer (2-part, piano) | T. Shaw, Fred Bock
- Now Is Christ Risen from the Dead (2-part, keyboard) F. Frahm, Augsburg Fortress
- Jesus, My All, to Heaven Is Gone (2-part, piano, oboe) | H. Helvey, Beckenhorst
- Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me (2-part, keyboard) | K. Lee Scott, Augsburg Fortress
- All My Hope on God Is Founded (Unison with descant, organ) | H. Howells, arr. J. Rutter, Collegium
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