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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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

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“).

Publishing (Concordia) update 11.30.18

Concordia Publishing House will publish my piano setting of “Tallis’ Canon” (“All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night”) in a book featuring ten hymntunes by Classical composers (Tallis, Purcell, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, et al). I was one of ten composers commissioned to contribute to the collection, which was presented as a confirmation gift to a young pianist. Publication information will be forthcoming. Stay tuned.

Morning and Evening Hymns (Daniel Barta) added to the Shaw Music catalog

Written by Daniel Barta for Anne Martindale-Williams, principal cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, these pieces for advanced players are excellent choices for church, concert, and studio. Idiomatic writing and intriguing harmonic shifts make these pieces sparkle. Includes When Morning Gilds the Skies (Laudes Domini) and Savior, Again, to Thy Dear Name We Raise (Ellers). Preview a sample from the score here.

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/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas

It’s never too early for musicians to begin thinking about the holiday season. Read my latest article on Prelude Music PlannerChristmas in July: Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas. This includes suggestions of 10 different collections, as well as links to free downloads of some classical pieces (through IMSLP).