News and Announcements

Coming Soon "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven"  

After a brief covid delay, Chorister's Guild will be releasing my anthem Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven sometime in April 2021! 

For SATB and piano, I gave this familiar hymn text a joyous, rhythmic setting in a 10/8 meter. It is very lively, and would work well as a Call to Worship. 

I'll be sure to make a more formal announcement once the piece is released, so stay tuned! 

Special thanks to Katie Houts at CG, who made this possible and gave me some great edit suggestions, and to Russell Almand who…

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Hope and a New Dawn 

Earlier this month I completed and delivered my newest concert band commission to the consortium members that funded it's creation. Hope and a New Dawn is a Grade 3/3+ piece for concert band, the piece was written to communicate a sense of optimism as we head into a post-covid world. No, we're not past it yet, but we will be, and when we get there, it will be an overwhelming time of reunion, joy, hope...but we will also have to remember and mourn what was lost. Through prominent melodies and driving…

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2021 Church Choral Club 

I'm excited to announce this new opportunity for church choirs! 

The 2021 Church Choral Club members will receive six (6) new anthems throughout the 2021 calendar year. Each anthem will be voiced for 2-part choir (Men/Women, SA/TB, Treble/Bass, etc.) and feature piano accompaniment.

Each anthem will be a standard 2-3 minute selection that will be centered around a different theme. Members will receive via email a single PDF of each anthem, and granted permission to print as many copies as needed for…

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In the Bleak Midwinter (Piano) 

I recently completed a piano setting of In the Bleak Midwinter, based on the tune CRANHAM by Gustav Holst. While the melody is clearly heard throughout, the surrounding textures create a sense of mystery. The piece was commissioned by a group of seven pianists, and I have included their names in the printed score, for posterity and out of gratitude. 

Click here to preview the piece! 

Support Through BuyMeACoffee  

I have signed up to join another crowdsourcing platform, BuyMeACoffee. It's similar to Patreon in some ways, but with more flexibility. Patreon is a monthly subscription, BuyMeACoffee has that ability (which I am not using), but is more for one-time donations. In addition, I can sell "extras," which for me will include discounted sheet music that I publish, online composition lessons at a discounted rate, stuff like that. People can support or simply follow with no financial obligation or commitments. This…

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"O Great God" for Piano 

My newest piano hymn arrangement is available! O Great God, written by Bob Kauflin, features a very simple and folk-like melody and a chord progression that is satisfying without being too predictable. In this arrangement, I wanted to start with this harmonic simplicity, while gradually adding more pitches to increase the density of each chord, but still maintaining a diatonic language. 

Click here to preview the piece, and here to order it from Sheet Music Plus (exclusive distributor)

Thanks!!! 

Concert Band Consortium is Ready to Go! 

I'm grateful to the following band directors and schools for joining the consortium:

Mr. Bryan Wright 
Paschal High School (Fort Worth, TX)

Mr. Steve Willemssen 
Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL)

Mr. Chris Dandeles
Waubsonsie Valley High School (Aurora, IL)

Mr. Dan Braker
Thornapple Wind Band (Hastings, MI) 

Mr. Victor Anderson
Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL) 



I'm so excited that we have groups from three different states involved!! 

I will deliver the piece to them on January 8, 2021. Hopefully…

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Consortium Filled! New Choral Anthem for This Christmas Coming! 

I'm excited to announce that the Gentle Mary Laid Her Child consortium met the goal of 10 members, so the anthem will happen! Yay! 

Many, many thanks to the following commissioners who joined to form the consortium:

Bart Morrison
University Baptist Chruch (Houston, TX)

Brian Stranghoner
Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS)

Chris Winston
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Broken Arrow, OK)

Dennis Emerson
St. Michael Catholic Church (Bedford, TX)

James Cheesman
First Baptist Church of Farmersville (Farmersville, TX)

Laramie

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Hello, Kansas! 

It's official! as of August 1st, my family and I are Kansas residents! This was a year in the making, a stressful and difficult year. I moved by myself last fall to begin my new position at Tabor College. I saw my family every few weeks, and it was very tough to be apart from them for so long. Then COVID hit, and I don't need to go in to details about that...

So anyway, I'm so happy that my family is finally all together once again, and for good, and we are renting a lovely house in Newton, Kansas. No one…

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