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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! 

"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 Minga

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"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" Available! 

I'm excited to announce the release of How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds for SATB and piano, published by Lorenz Music. This is my 3rd published anthem from Lorenz, and I am overwhelmed by their continued support and belief in my work. So, thank you, Lorenz!!!

Here's a lovely demo recording of the anthem.

For more info and to buy the sheet music, visit the Lorenz website here. It's also available from J.W. Pepper. 

Please feel free to share! Thanks! 

New Choral Anthem: "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" 

I'm very happy to announce the release of "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" from Chorister's Guild! For SATB and piano, I composed this anthem for a consortium of 10 churches a couple years back, and I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and was thrilled when CG accepted it for publication. They give the following description:

This exciting anthem for Christ the King Sunday is a stunner from start to finish! Composer Christopher Teichler sets this familiar hymn text to a lilting new tune, which

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Two New Choral Anthems in the Next Couple of Months! 

I'm excited to have two new releases coming soon for church choir! Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven will be published by Chorister's Guild, and How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds from Lorenz Music. Both are for SATB and piano, and doable by average church choirs. Coming in March and/or April of 2020!

I'll announce when one or both are available, but please tell your choir director friends! Thanks! 

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! 

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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"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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Eight Christmas Carols For Brass Quintet Available!  

After months of planning and preparation, I'm please to announce my Eight Christmas Carols for Brass Quintet is hot off the press! The collection features the following holiday tunes:

O Come, All Ye Faithful
Once in Royal David's City
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
The Holly and the Ivy
Away in a Manger (Cradle Song)
What Child is This

The collection is available for $50, E-Print only at this time. Click here to order, download and print your copy today! 

Pieces Available on Sheet Music Plus 

2020 Grade 3 Band Consortium Opportunity! 

For my band director friends, I'd like to invite you to join my 2020 Band Consortium! I'm organizing this to commission a new work for Grade 3 band that will help kick off the start of a new decade. The piece will be energetic, exciting, and intended to symbolize looking ahead to the future with optimism and hope. In addition to the score and parts to the completed piece, I would be happy to interact with your ensemble via Skype/facetime to talk about the process of composing and why I decided to become a…

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The "Sussex Carol" Consortium Funded! 

I'm happy to announce that the "Sussex Carol" consortium has been funded! The nine-member consortium is made up of the following directors and organizations:

  • Dr. Ben Caston - Gambrell Street Baptist Church (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Mr. Dennis Emerson - St. Michael Catholic Church (Bedford, TX)
  • Dr. Lori Danielson - Northwest Bible Church (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Mr. Chuck King - Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL) 
  • Mr. Bart Morrison - University Baptist Church (Houston, TX) 
  • Mr. Jonathan

Life Road Singers and Carnegie Hall 

Many, many thanks to my friend Tom Song and the Life Road Singers for programming two of my choral anthems for their June 1st performance at Carnegie Hall. This is the first time that I will have music performed at the historic venue. While I am unable to attend, I am absolutely thrilled that they have selected some of my music for their performance. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity; thank you, Dr. Song!

Life Road Singers will be performing My Savior and Now I Give Myself to Thee.