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An Advent Trilogy published by Shaw Music

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

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! … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Singing Matters

Sacred Violin Solos

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

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?

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 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