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 The Raabe Prize is awarded every two years for a single musical work, published or unpublished and written within the last five years, that reflects a larger history of excellence on the part of the composer.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

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.

Choristers Guild Atlanta Chapter 2019 Children’s Choir Festival

My children’s choir anthem “Give Praise to God” (Choristers Guild) is one of four pieces on the repertoire list for the Choristers Guild Atlanta Chapter 2019 Children’s Choir Festival. The event is for grades 3-6 and will take place at Marietta First United Methodist Church on February 9, 2019, with clinician Dr. Martha Shaw. Take a look at the anthem, based on Psalm 150, 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.