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…Read more
News and Announcements
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…Read more
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.
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…Read more
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.
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…
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:
University Baptist Chruch (Houston, TX)
Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS)
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Broken Arrow, OK)
St. Michael Catholic Church (Bedford, TX)
First Baptist Church of Farmersville (Farmersville, TX)
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…Read more
I learned today that Chorister's Guild will not be releasing my anthem "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" until this fall. Readjustments had to be made due to COVID-19 impact. While I'm disappointed it will not be available as originally planned, I am grateful that it will be out later this year. I will be sure to post another update once it is available again.
Thanks, and stay healthy, everyone!!!