Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of a Heinrich Isaac’s tune, “O Welt, ich muss dich lassen” (“Innsbruck”), famously set by composers such as Bach and Brahms, which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 8 (tunes beginning with N/O). 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.

Nativity Scenes published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has published my latest book of piano music, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano. This creative collection of favorite carols reflects the gentler side of Christmas and will work well for meditative services such as Blue Christmas, memorials, or during communion. Useful as reflections, preludes, or in some cases as expanded introductions, many can be combined with other settings to create a suite of carols. The book also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.

Piano Prelude Series vol 6 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 6 (preludes for tunes starting with the letters ‘J’, ‘K’ and ‘L’) includes my setting of {Lord of Life} (“O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life”).

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has published my latest book of piano music, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: 12 Hymn Settings for Piano. An accessible piano collection for worship, sure to be used in your music library for years to come. The variety of style and texture in this collection make it useful for various occasions and moments in the worship service.

Love Came Down at Christmas published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has published my anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas” (Unison, Treble Instrument, and Piano, with opt. Descant). A simple but lovely original melody fits the Rosetti text beautifully, making this a sure winner for your upcoming Christmas season. Adult or youth choirs will find this an effective anthem for the season, requiring little rehearsal for maximum effect. An optional descant blends nicely. Consider also for a solo opportunity. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.

Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day (Lent and Holy Week) published by Concordia

Concordia has released a Lent and Holy Week edition of Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day. Be prepared for services with organ preludes and harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day that follow Lutheran Service Book lectionaries. Each edition includes settings from a variety of composers and offers a broad representation of artistry and style. This volume includes my setting of the hymn tune “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”).

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.