Jesus Christ the Apple Tree published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has published my anthem, “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison/2-part, keyboard, opt. treble instrument). Beauty and flexibility abound in this strophic setting of the beloved Apple Tree Carol. Written in a minor key with a pensive mood, the unison stanzas could be shared by children, soloists, or choir sections. Optional vocal harmony and instrumental obbligato add further texture options. While not limited to the Christmas season, this is a great addition to your next Lessons and Carols service or to sing during Christmas worship.

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of a haunting medieval tune from the 13th century, “Mitten wir im Leben sind” (“In the Very Midst of Life”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 7 (tunes beginning with M). 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.

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

While under quarantine in 2020, Peter Hilliard wrote ten hymn settings for flute 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 acrobatic virtuosity to peaceful lyricism. With titles spanning the church year, this collection provides preludes, postludes, and offertories for all seasons.

  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns
  • God Leads Us Along
  • God Will Take Care of You
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • How Firm a Foundation
  • I Need Thee Every Hour
  • Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
  • ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

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

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.

Piano Prelude Series vol 5 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 5 (preludes for tunes starting with the letters ‘H’ and ‘I’) includes my setting of {Herzlich lieb} (Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart).

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.

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.