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Hot off the Press! "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" for Solo Piano 

I've completed a solo piano setting of "How Deep the Father's Love For Us," by Stuart Townend. I wanted to create a stark, contemplative setting of Townend's hymn, appropriate for Lent, Lord's Supper/Communion, prayer and meditation. 

Available exclusively from Sheet Music Plus, click here for more info, a demo recording (me on piano!), sample pages and how to order. Feel free to share! Thanks! 

Latest Podcast - Interview with Dr. David Toledo 

On the newest episode of The Meatball Composer, I interview my friend and fellow music professor Dr. David Toledo. David teaches at California Baptist University and is the Director of Worship Studies. (Read more about him here.) 

David and I became good friends while in Fort Worth, and I'm so glad we were able to do this episode and that we will stay in touch for years to come! I hope you enjoy our discussion on church music education. Watch it here! 

Two New Releases from Lorenz Music 

I am thrilled to announce the release of two of my works from Lorenz Music. 

Take Up Your Cross is a new choral anthem for SATB and piano. This text grabbed me immediately, and musical ideas came to me quickly and easily. 

Take this Bread, Take this Cup is a collection of hymn arrangements and two original tunes that were written to fit communion/eucharist portions of a church service. This has been in the works for several years, and I'm very happy that it is finally available! 

Many thanks to Lorenz for…

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"Gateway Overture" Premier and Going Home 

On Wednesday, November 6, I went back to my old junior high in the Chicago suburbs for the premier of my newest band piece, Gateway Overture. Blackhawk Middle School (Bensenville, IL) and director Mr. William Winters commissioned the piece, which included some video chats with the students in order to get to know them and the kind of piece that would most interest them. I took suggestions, listened to pieces they previously enjoyed playing, and based most of my musical decisions off of their feedback. It…

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Now Available: "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness" for Solo Piano 

I'm happy to announce that I've completed a solo piano arrangement of the contemporary hymn "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness," written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. This setting is at an intermediate level, and I wrote it specifically with church worship services in mind. Whether as an offertory, for Lord's Supper/Eucharist, I wanted to create a tasteful setting that would keep the spirit and beauty of the song. 

Available exclusively through Sheet Music Plus, click here to be taken there. 

"Gateway Overture" Premier November 6 

My newest band piece Gateway Overture will be premiered on November 6th at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville, IL. Commissioned by Blackhawk and director of bands Mr. William Winters, this piece is the culmination of several months of planning, discussion, and video chats with students (and a lot of learning on my part on writing for younger band!).

The title of the piece comes from Bensenville's motto, "Gateway to Opportunity." I'm so grateful for this opportunity, not only to write a new piece for…

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