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
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
Concordia Publishing House has published my latest SSA anthem, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word," in the collection Reformation Hymns for Treble Voices. This collection is described as "An accessible and versatile collection of hymns for treble voices based on hymns with Reformation themes. Even churches that do not typically have a women’s or children’s choir could … Continue reading Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word published by Concordia
I was interviewed by Concordia Publishing House about how I got started as a composer, my thoughts on creativity and the writing process, one of my favorite pieces, etc. To read the interview, click here.
Do you have a favorite piece of music? Do you have a favorite composer? I have been asked these questions so many times, and it is always hard for me to come up with an answer! Maybe it's because the genre is usually unspecified in the question. Maybe it's because I like to reserve the right … Continue reading Some of My Favorite Choral Music
Have you ever wanted to learn how to re-harmonize hymns, to accompany congregational singing? My latest blog post on Prelude Music Planner provides a 5-step process on how to do this. Check it out here, and be sure to download the free re-harmonization of the hymn "Gethsemane" (link at bottom of post)!
On February 26, 2017, I will perform in the Organ Dedication Service at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, NJ. The church's Organist and Director of Choirs, Jackie Bozarth, has been coordinating the rebuilding project since 2015 (following a 2012 proposal), and the time has come to celebrate with music! I will perform William … Continue reading Mount Holly, NJ Organ Dedication Service
Choosing repertoire for church choirs is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks of all choir directors, whether they direct larger or smaller choirs. There are some unique challenges facing those who direct smaller choirs, though. To support you in your work, I have written a blog post on the topic (with 25 anthem suggestions!) … Continue reading Two- and Three-Part Choir Music
As church musicians around the world already know, Christmas falls on a Sunday this year! To help alleviate some of the stress, I have written a new work for piano, A Christmas Trilogy. This easy-to-learn piece features three movements (carols) that can be used effectively as a set, or as individual selections, on Christmas Eve or Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Trilogy published by Shaw Music
Beckenhorst has published my latest SATB anthem, "Jesus, Refuge of the Weary," which also received an Editors' Choice Award from JW Pepper. You can view sample pages here and listen to an excellent demo recording here. Here is how Pepper describes the piece: This beautiful music for SATB voices and piano is set to the … Continue reading Jesus, Refuge of the Weary published by Beckenhorst