All I Can Do Is Praise (Daniel Barta) added to the Shaw Music catalog

These five original songs by lyricist and composer Daniel Barta explore the grace and grandeur of God as experienced in the mundane and profound. With uniquely personal imagery, these beautifully tuneful pieces feature supportive, elegant piano accompaniment and will appeal to singers of all abilities. Appropriate for any moment of worship.

  • Be Still
  • No Condemnation
  • All I Can Do Is Praise
  • It’s Not Climbing Mountains
  • Prince of Peace (optional duet)

Preview pages from the score and listen to a sample recording here.

Cello Music for Worship (Peter Hilliard) added to the Shaw Music catalog

While under quarantine in 2020, Peter Hilliard wrote ten hymn settings for cello and piano to be performed during filmed segments for virtual church services. In each expertly crafted arrangement, these beloved hymns are treated with reverence and invention, ranging from triumphant virtuosity to quiet contemplation. With titles spanning the church year, this collection provides preludes, postludes, and offertories for all seasons.

  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  • Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  • Rejoice, the Lord Is King
  • Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
  • What Child Is This

Preview pages from the score and listen to sample recordings here.

Beneath the Cross: Suite for Piano (Olivia Cresswell) added to the Shaw Music catalog

Olivia Cresswell has written a beautifully expressive suite on hymns of the cross, useful for many occasions throughout the church year. Church pianists and private teachers will find this a meaningful addition to their repertoire. Movements include:

  • Look, Ye Saints! The Sight Is Glorious
  • Beneath the Cross of Jesus
  • Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

Preview pages from the score and listen to a sample recording here.

Three Hymn Preludes for Lent (Jeremy Zimmer) added to the Shaw Music catalog

Jeremy Zimmer’s second set of hymn preludes for organ is a collection of three Lenten hymns centered on the “Lamb of God.” Useful in worship services during Lent and Holy Week.

  • A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
  • Not All the Blood of Beasts
  • Lamb of God, Pure and Holy

Preview pages from the score and listen to sample recordings here.

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 officially be 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.