Now available for SATB and piano, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven published by Chorister's Guild! And ideal anthem for Christ the King Sunday, but can work any time of year.
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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…
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.
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 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)
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!!!
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.
Please feel free to share! Thanks!
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…Read more
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!
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!
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!
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…Read more
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.
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!
For those of you who like the convenience of downloading and printing sheet music, I have several selections from my catalog available on Sheet Music Plus.
What all is available here? I'm glad you asked!
I Lay My Sins on Jesus (SATB and Piano)
If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking (SATB a capella)
Love's Philosophy (SATB and Piano)
Now I Give Myself to Thee (SATB, Flute and Piano)
O, For a Closer Walk with God (SATB a capella)
Prayer of St. Gregory (SAB a capella)
Psalm of Praise (SATB, Trumpet,…
For the 7th consecutive year, I'm exhibiting at the Alleluia Conference at Baylor University, put on by Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies. More than selling music (which would be great!), I'm hoping to make more connections with the music ministers that attend. They come from all over the U.S. and from several denominations. I'm particularly interested in learning how many churches offer music education and appreciation in some form to their congregations and communities. This could manifest…Read more
One of my best friends from college recently sent me this, written by his Episcopal church Rector. I love this; these are great insights into how a choir serves a congregation in worship. Here's a snippet:
"In worship, instead of allowing the choir to give us something, we invite the choir to sing in our stead. We invite these talented and faithful people to offer our prayers with their mouths, because they have skills for this kind of musical prayer that most of us do not. In other words, in worship, when…Read more