Publishing (MorningStar) update 2.3.2021

MorningStar Music will publish my solo piano book, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: 12 Hymn Settings for Piano, which I wrote during the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Intentionally short and written at an easy to moderate level, these arrangements will appeal to pianists of all skill levels, and audiences will be engaged by the unique presentations of well-loved hymns.

  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Amazing Grace
  • Be Still, My Soul
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • How Firm a Foundation
  • It Is Well with My Soul
  • Jesus, Lover of My Soul
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
  • This Is My Father’s World

This collection is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.

Publishing (MorningStar) update 10.23.2020

MorningStar Music will publish my solo piano book, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano, which includes carol settings for use throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. Intentionally short and written at an easy to moderate level, these arrangements will appeal to pianists of all skill levels, and audiences will be engaged by the unique presentations of well-loved carols.

  • Angels, from the Realms of Glory
  • Away in a Manger
  • Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • On Christmas Night
  • Prepare the Royal Highway
  • Savior of the Nations, Come
  • Silent Night, Holy Night!
  • Sing We Now of Christmas
  • The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
  • The Wexford Carol

This collection is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.

Publishing (MorningStar) update 4.3.2020

MorningStar Music will publish my newest Christmas anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” on a picturesque text by Christina Rossetti. The original music is scored for Unison Choir (with an optional descant on the final stanza), Piano, and optional Treble Instrument. This piece is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.

Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has published my anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread” (SATB, piano). Set to a graceful original melody, this 19th-century text is reminiscent of Psalm 23. The supportive piano accompaniment complements a nicely varied choral texture. Truly lovely, this anthem is perfect for World Communion Sunday or any time you want a personal response to the Eucharist. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.

Publishing (MorningStar) update 12.7.18

MorningStar Music will publish my newest Communion anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread,” on a poignant text by seventeenth-century pastor Johann Rist. Elegant vocal lines that remain within narrow ranges combine with a simple, supportive accompaniment to make this an excellent choice for choirs of any size. This is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Spring 2020 release.

Editors’ Choice Award from J.W. Pepper

Editors' ChoiceMy new anthem for Lent/Holy Week/Communion, “Deep Were His Wounds,” has received an Editors’ Choice award from J.W.Pepper. The piece is scored for SAB with piano, on a William Johnson text that alludes to Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2:22-25.

“But they, whom sin has wounded sore, find healing in the wounds he bore.” William Johnson’s penetrating hymn was written in 1953 and is deeply expressed with new music by composer Tim Shaw. Rich scoring, expressive melodies and a supportive piano accompaniment allow for the best results with your SAB choir. Appropriate for Holy Week, communion, confession or any reflective moment during your worship service.

Deep Were His Wounds published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has released my new anthem for Lent/Holy Week/Communion, “Deep Were His Wounds.” The piece is scored for SAB with piano, on a William Johnson text that alludes to Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2:22-25. You can view sample pages and listen to a demo recording here. Publisher’s description: “This sorrowful text reminds the listener of the pain and suffering of the crucifixion. The choral writing captures this emotion in a way that allows the text to develop effectively.”

New Hymn Tune: MONADNOCK

MorningStar Music has released Within the Seasons of Our Lives, a new collection of hymns and songs drawn from previously published choral settings, and my “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is among those included. For a hymn tune name, I chose “Monadnock.” Growing up in Keene, NH, I used to see Mount Monadnock every day, and every time my grandmother visited she would say, “There’s my mountain.” I’ve also climbed the mountain at least five times (along with the many others who’ve made it one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world).

Choral Review in The Hymn

The January 2011 edition of The Hymn (published quarterly by The Hymn Society – US and Canada) includes a favorable review of my anthem , “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (published by MorningStar Music): “New tunes often help us hear and sing familiar texts with heightened awareness; this anthem certainly evokes such an awareness. The composer brings fresh new meaning to the text in this well-crafted three-part anthem. The key throughout is D major. The accompaniment is pianistic but could be adapted to the organ. The anthem is well suited for voices and would work for small churches as well as large churches. It would be a strong selection for a summer anthem during Ordinary time, or Lent.”