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Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write new settings of hymn tunes to be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series. 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 the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time … Continue reading Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

10 Reasons Why Singing Matters

Why does singing matter to you? The reasons may be multitudinous, and they may range from silly to serious. In this (atypically lengthy) post, I offer ten reasons—drawn from Scripture—why singing matters. 1. God told his people to sing. In Psalm 100:1-2 the psalmist writes, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Singing Matters

What Can Peanuts Teach Us about Christmas?

Christmas Time Is Here through the Year Outwardly straightforward in its conception, the holiday classic “Christmas Time Is Here” (from A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965) displays a high degree of sophistication that belies its apparent simplicity. Not surprisingly, this correlates with the Peanuts comic strip in general—what looks at first like a chronicling of the day-to-day … Continue reading What Can Peanuts Teach Us about Christmas?

Fifty Nifty United States

Following a discussion with a piano-playing relative interested in geography, I've decided to undertake a new writing project: a set of 50 piano solos inspired by each of the 50 United States. (I have in mind John Thompson's miniature piano suite The Covered Wagon, which I loved to play as a child.) Each piece will be short, … Continue reading Fifty Nifty United States

Piano Music for Wedding Ceremonies

Playing for any weddings this summer? Need some new piano music to enliven your repertoire? Read my latest article on Prelude Music Planner: Piano Music for Wedding Ceremonies. This includes suggestions of 25 sacred and classical pieces, with links to free downloads of the classical pieces (through IMSLP).

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed published by Beckenhorst

Beckenhorst has published my latest SATB anthem, “Hail to the Lord's Anointed” (for Advent, Christmas, or General use), which received an Editors’ Choice Award designation from JW Pepper. You can view sample pages and listen to an excellent demo recording here. The piece is described this way: A strong musical and textual statement, useful for … Continue reading Hail to the Lord’s Anointed published by Beckenhorst

Hymn Prelude Library vol 11 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 11 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘T’, ‘U’, and ‘V’. This volume includes my setting of the tune “Union City” (“If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death“), by Phillip Magness (Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, OK … Continue reading Hymn Prelude Library vol 11 published by Concordia