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Publishing (MorningStar) update 4.3.20

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.

Five Short Songs added to the Shaw Music catalog

Five poems by celebrated American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) are given original musical settings in these delightful, tuneful songs for medium voice with piano accompaniment. Taken as a whole, the collection cycles thematically and emotionally through the seasons of the year. Ideal for use in private lessons and recitals by singers of all ability levels.

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Toccata Joyeuse (Daniel Barta) added to the Shaw Music catalog

This advanced organ solo, written for a three-manual instrument, is perfect for the concert stage, recitals, and extra special occasions in worship. Daniel Barta provides a piece that is expansive its design and full of emotional depth, and he allows the organist to explore the full range of the instrument’s color combinations. A delight for performer and listener alike, this work is one you will want to perform repeatedly. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.

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Christ’s Nativity (Peter Hilliard) added to the Shaw Music catalog

From Peter Hilliard comes this dynamic musical offering on a text by 17th-century metaphysical, Welsh poet Henry Vaughan. A simple melody is embellished throughout to underscore images from the text, and a horn obbligato sounds the clarion call (“Awake!”). Invest time rehearsing this breathtaking number with your choir—it is well worth the effort. This piece, for SATB choir and horn, won the 2008 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.

Publishing (Augsburg Fortress) update 2.11.20

Augsburg Fortress will publish my original choral setting of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison or 2-part, keyboard, violin) as part of their Spring 2021 release. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” is an anonymous text full of vivid imagery. This original choral setting achieves timbral variety using minimal forces. The anthem is appropriate during Advent and Lent, as well as throughout the year.

Publishing (Choristers Guild) update 2.10.20

Choristers  Guild will publish my setting of “Here Is Love,” scored for 2-part choir, piano, and optional treble instrument. This tender setting of Robert Lowry’s beautiful tune “Here Is Love” may be used throughout the year, for services of dedication and devotion. This is scheduled to be published as part of Choristers Guild’s Spring 2021 release.

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Herzlich lieb” (“Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 5 (tunes beginning with H/I). 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.