Hot off the press! My newest Christmas carol setting for solo piano, Still, Still, Still, is now available! Suitable for church services or recitals, this is a stark, yet inviting setting of the Austrian carol. Click here to preview and order.
I'm excited to introduce Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus and Gentle Mary Laid Her Child to you! Both were written with church choirs in mind in regards to technique, but both also allow for a broad range of expression for school and university choirs.
Follow the links to preview both of them, sheet music is available through J.W. Pepper.
I was thrilled and honored to be sent this link by Rev. Mark Green, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, GA.
I can't explain the feeling of hearing a piece performed so well by musicians hundreds of miles away, when it started as pencil scribbles in my office...well, it's exciting, humbling, energizing...so many things!
Last week was my wife's birthday, and the gift I presented to her was an arrangement of one of her favorite hymns, arranged for her to play with our daughter (I did ask our daughter if she'd agree to this first!).
After they have a chance to perform it, I will make the sheet music available for purchase. It will be on Sheet Music Plus as well as JW Pepper. Please tell your flute and harp friends/colleagues that a new version of this song will be available for them soon! Thanks!
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…
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 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.
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!!!
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…
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.
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!
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.
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
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…
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…