Wexford Carol Now Available

Choristers Guild has released my setting of Wexford Carol, available for Christmas 2021! This careful, sensitive setting is scored for SATB choir, piano, and flute. I dedicated this piece to Warren Cook and Rivertree Singers, an exceptional choral ensemble I sang with for many years and that premiered this composition several years back. A treble-voiceContinue reading “Wexford Carol Now Available”

New Choral Titles and Recordings

Over the past year and a half, I’ve contributed some new compositions and arrangements that have been published and recorded by The Wilds. While I’m not actively writing much music during this season of life, I’m glad that these pieces have found a publishing home and have enhanced the recordings listed below. Choral Anthems TheContinue reading “New Choral Titles and Recordings”

Reflections on Sing! 2019

I’ve just returned home from Sing! 2019 in Nashville. It was a great conference, with plenty of reconnecting with old friends as well as making connections with new ones. I spent a fair bit of time at the Beckenhorst Press booth, where I met dozens of choir directors and members—some of whom may be visitingContinue reading “Reflections on Sing! 2019”

Available Now: Wexford Carol

It’s nearly Christmas again! Just 10 months ago Rivertree Singers graciously premiered my new setting of Wexford Carol. I’m grateful to a number of choral conductors and church musicians who have purchased the score from me directly for use this Christmas season. If you’d like to do the same, please contact me. I’m currently sellingContinue reading “Available Now: Wexford Carol”

Composing Milestones!

A big thank you to all those who support Hoelscher Music by purchasing and using my compositions and arrangements in worship services and concerts! Still, Still, Still is my best-selling anthem, and it crossed the 20,000-copies-sold mark in 2016. Total lifetime sales of all anthems hit 70,000 this year, too. These numbers might be small potatoesContinue reading “Composing Milestones!”

Housekeeping

I’ve moved my website to my own domain, HoelscherMusic.com. For the handful of folks who have this site bookmarked (aka “my mom”), please update accordingly. The old URL (hoelschermusic.wordpress.com) will redirect to the new for some time. I’ll post again in the near future about some recent vocal recording opportunities and the upcoming Rivertree Singers &Continue reading “Housekeeping”

Go Up!

Go 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 ScriptureContinue reading “Go Up!”

new anthems for Easter

Two 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,Continue reading “new anthems for Easter”