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I’ll post again in the near future about some recent vocal recording opportunities and the upcoming Rivertree Singers & Friends choral festival. Stay tuned!

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in everything else


Go Up!

cover-large_fileGo up to a high mountain
and shout aloud the good news!
Lift up your voices with strength and do not fear,
O heralds of the good news!

Introducing a new general anthem for 2016! Go Up! is a scripture song with some refreshing musical ideas. When the folks at Alfred/Jubilate first asked for a Scripture setting from Isaiah 40, I was intrigued–but nervous,too! There are many beautiful, meaningful textual strands in this chapter, but in some ways the ideas seem disparate. I was nervous about finding a way to make a cohesive piece of music out of them. But I’m a firm believer in the need for more Scripture songs, so I jumped in. I’m pleased with the results, and because the text covers a variety of topics and moods, the music does some interesting things. The main theme is syncopated and joyful, evoking hints of old spiritual style, while the contrasting sections are more lyrical and pastoral. When the main theme returns for the final time, there’s opportunity for a soulful solo. This anthem is scored for SATB choir and piano with optional S/T solo. It’s available now from Alfred Music/Jubilate Music. Listen below (I love the solo at the end!)

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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in new publications


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new anthems for Easter

10_5049SFTwo new Easter anthems to tell you about! Consider these choral anthems for Easter and Holy Week. First, The Bitter Cup (SoundForth/Lorenz – click to listen) is a beautiful, somber anthem with a text by Duane Nichols that explores the breadth of emotions experienced by Christ and his followers as Christ drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath, suffered dreadful pain, and was laid in a somber tomb, all in our stead. The text then turns: “But sin could not defeat its foe, nor death retain its prey. Our Lord, the Living One, assumed his rightful seat; exalted to His Father’s side, redemption now complete.” This anthem is scored for SATB choir and piano, with optional cello and guitar, and it received Editors’ Choice from J.W. Pepper. It would work well for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or as a part of a multi-anthem Easter Sunday. Listen, see a sample, and purchase here.

Second, Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today (Beckenhorst) is a fresh take on a classic Easter hymn. I’ve based this anthem on the traditional tune EASTER HYMN: the piece alternates between syncopated snippets of EASTER HYMN and newly composed phrases. Scored for SATB choir, keyboard, and trumpet solo, this anthem is a regal, festive addition to your Easter service. Click on the SoundCloud banner to listen. (This piece doesn’t appear on the publisher’s website quite yet, so for now, here’s the product page on J.W. Pepper.)


Posted by on October 27, 2015 in new publications


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July 2015 update

Well hello, 00129786Internet! It’s been a while. Life stuff, day-job stuff, and house stuff (not to mention stuff stuff) have kept me pretty busy, but I have some awesome first-half-of-2015 updates to share with you. First, 2 new choral pieces! Both were named Editors’ Choice by J. W. Pepper and have been/will be included in some larger summer reading sessions. Benediction of Hope is published by Hal Leonard/Brookfield Press, and O, For a Closer Walk with God (Oh Fire of God) is out now through Alfred Sacred. Keep reading for more info on these pieces!

First, Hal Leonard/Brookfield Press published “Benediction of Hope,” an unaccompanied choral setting of my paraphrase of Romans 15:13. The piece is the perfect end to a worship service or sacred concert. Listen to an exquisite demo recording here.

Second, Alfred Sacred published my arrangement of “O, For a Closer Walk with God (Oh Fire of God)”, which is a Getty/Townend reimagining of William Cowper’s hymn text. Parts are available for guitar00-44577, bass, and violin, though the arrangement works fine with just piano. Getty and Townend wrote this song a while ago, but just recently reworked it and added a chorus. This setting is the first published that uses that new chorus, “Oh Fire of God.” My arrangement is in the spirit of the recorded version on The Greengrass Sessions. You can listen to this arrangement on JW Pepper.

Last bit of news for now: “The Bitter Cup” is my first collaboration with a living lyricist (Duane Nichols), and The Wilds recorded the piece for their big summer recording. The recording is available now (Amazon and iTunes), and the choral music will be published by Lorenz for Spring 2016.

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in everything else


Two new recordings!

cd_indychoircd_be_merryI recently received two recordings in the mail that included my setting of Still, Still, Still. One is from the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Eric Stark directing. “Still” won their 2012 Christmas Carol Competition, and they were kind to include the piece on this recording. It’s a well-rounded recording with something for everyone. The choir has some 160 voices and has a strong, warm sound. Their performance of my piece is powerful! The CD is available from the choir’s store here, and a digital download is available through Amazon. The other recording, Be Merry!, is from the Choirs of All Saints Northampton and the Northampton Bach Choir, Lee Dunleavy conducting. It’s an all-British recording of all American composers, with that softer, clearer tone of a mixed choir with boy sopranos. Also a lovely sound! This recording may be purchased here. I’m quite thrilled to hear my music being sung and recorded by groups of this caliber! Thanks to all involved in both!

The Indianapolis recording also includes a piece by my friend Brian Büda, and the Northampton disc includes pieces by Peter Anglea, Craig Courtney, and Dan Forrest.


Posted by on December 3, 2014 in everything else


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Just in time for Christmas!

sleep jesusJust in time for Christmas, my new arrangement of “Sleep, Jesus, Sleep” is now available through Heart Publications! This tender Christmas lullaby is a beautiful addition to your church’s Christmas repertoire. The simple SATB voicing can be learned quickly, and the included parts for violin, bass, and guitar/harp add layers and depth to the piano accompaniment. The arrangement works well with choir as well as smaller groups. You can purchase the arrangement at Heart Publications’ website here, and see a score sample here.

Also, All Saints’ Church (Northampton, UK) is accepting pre-orders for their latest recording, Be Merry!, which will be released November 1. This recording includes my Still, Still, Still and is the first professional recording of the piece. I’m excited to hear it! This CD also includes settings by Forrest, Courtney, and Anglea, among others, and you can pre-order here.


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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in new publications


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Benediction of Hope

benedictionGreat news! I got a call from Joseph Martin this week: Hal Leonard is publishing my Benediction of Hope! It’s being published in their Brookfield Press line, which is (I believe) marketed to both church and school choirs.This Benediction is my personal favorite among the things I’ve written thus far, so I’m especially excited to share this piece with a larger audience. Listen below to the premiere of the piece (apologies for the applause—it was the closing piece for my graduate recital). The piece will be available this fall.

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in new publications


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