Timothy Shaw awarded 2019 Raabe Prize

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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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.

Visit ALCM’s website here.

Read the official press release here.

Listen to and order “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” here.

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.

How to Re-harmonize Hymns

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).

Two- and Three-Part Choir Music

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.

Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems published by Augsburg Fortress

Hymns for All SeasonsAugsburg Fortress has released my latest book of hymn arrangements for piano, Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano GemsThis 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.”

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 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.

One Dozen MORE Anthems for Small(er) Church Choirs

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.)

  1. Prepare the Royal Highway (Unison/2-part, keyboard) | arr. H. Hopson, MorningStar
  2. We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth (SAB, piano) | T. Shaw, Concordia
  3. God Be Merciful unto Us (Unison, organ) | D. Pinkham, E.C. Schirmer (recording)
  4. Psalm 117 (2-part mixed, keyboard) | T. Shaw, Concordia
  5. Bow Down Your Ear (Unison, piano) | A. Miller, Augsburg Fortress
  6. Who at My Door Is Standing? (2-part mixed, keyboard) | arr. K. Lee Scott, Hinshaw
  7. Ah, Holy Jesus (SA, cello) | arr. C. Jennings, Augsburg Fortress
  8. Deep Were His Wounds (SAB, piano) | T. Shaw, MorningStar
  9. The Risen Christ (SAB, keyboard) | arr. T. Fettke, Alfred
  10. Lord, Listen to Your Children (SAB or 2-part mixed, piano) | arr. J. Schrader, Hope
  11. Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show (SAB, conga drums) | D. Schelat, Oxford
  12. The Lord Bless You and Keep You (SAB, keyboard) | J. Rutter, Hinshaw

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