The season of Advent is already well under way, and to help alleviate some of the stress church musicians face, I have written a new work for piano, An Advent Trilogy. This easy-to-learn piece features three movements (carols) that can be used effectively as a set, or as individual selections, throughout Advent. This new title is … Continue reading An Advent Trilogy published by Shaw Music
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! … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Singing Matters
I am enjoying writing a new collection of 12 hymn settings for violin and piano (medium difficulty level). I expect the complete collection will be available sometime in 2018. To stay up-to-date on this project's progress, click here. Titles include: Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound Be Thou My Vision Christmas Manger Medley … Continue reading Sacred Violin Solos
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?
Sing Praise to the Lord! Tune: "Lyons" | Text by Henry W. Baker (based on Psalm 150) | high or medium voice, piano or organ From now through November 30, enjoy a complimentary download of my setting of "Sing Praise to the Lord!" Written for baritone Todd Thomas, this vocal piece with keyboard … Continue reading Free Music for Thanksgiving
About two weeks into this project, I've written the following five pieces: Delaware New Hampshire California Oregon Kansas You can check out the music on this page: click here. And, if you’d like to receive complimentary PDFs of future pieces as they’re composed, please contact me to be placed on an email distribution list.
If you or your organization have been thinking about commissioning music for an upcoming special occasion, I am currently accepting commissions on a limited basis. Read more about what is involved by clicking here. To inquire about or begin the commissioning process, contact me.
Following a discussion with a piano student 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
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).
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 here and listen to an excellent demo recording here. The piece is described this way: A strong musical and textual statement, useful … Continue reading Hail to the Lord’s Anointed published by Beckenhorst