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A Composer’s Roots

Sorting through old files, I came across the first piece I ever wrote: “Melody of Praise” for Handbell Choir (1989). I wrote this at the invitation of my first piano teacher, who directed a handbell choir at the small private school I attended in rural New Hampshire. Here are the score and the original manuscript, including edits in green. (I thought I had neater hand-writing when I was in seventh grade!)

Twelve Songs on Teasdale Poems added to the Shaw Music catalog

A dozen 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. These short songs were written during March-April 2020, and are ideal for use by singers of all ability levels in recitals, concerts, and private lessons. Poems are selected from: Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), Rivers to the Sea (1915), Love Songs (1917), and Flame and Shadow (1920).

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Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord? published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has published my anthem, “Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” (SATB, a cappella). This is a sensitive, expressive anthem based on the sturdy early American tune DETROIT, perfectly capturing the deeply personal text that seeks to grow in the love for God. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.

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.

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 Fall 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 Fall 2021 release.