Church Music

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Here you will find links to purchase PDFs of my music for choral and congregational singing. (Click here to go directly to my Payhip store.)

All of my music is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. This means that you can make as many copies as you need for worship or personal use, and you can adapt the material to suit your own needs, but you may not use it for commercial purposes. (If you plan to make a lot of copies, consider adding a little to the minimum price.)

Choir Music

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (SATB/piano, 2017)

This moderately easy arrangement of the tune “Kingsfold” starts out in unison and builds gradually to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s familiar four-part harmonization. The piano doubles the voices for passages in three or four parts, and should be accessible to any pianist who can play four-part hymns. I couldn’t resist throwing in a key change for the last verse!

Duration: 2’30”

I wrote this arrangement for the text of “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” as it appears in the New Century Hymnal, which my church uses, but because that adaptation is under copyright, I replaced it with a public-domain version here. You can view the New Century Hymnal text at hymnary.org.

Songs

In the summer of 2017, wanting to write some new songs for my church’s worship band to lead with the congregation, I started looking through old public-domain hymnals for texts that were compatible with progressive theology and inclusive language. They aren’t easy to find! Here’s what I’ve come up with so far–I’m always looking for more texts, particularly by women.

These songs are all suitable for congregational or solo singing, and can be accompanied by piano and/or guitar.

Blessed Redeemer (2017)

An upbeat song with a fun chord progression. (What key is it in? You tell me!) The one tricky spot is the third ending, going into the final repeat of the refrain–it’s easy to sound like you’re caught off guard by it.

The text is by the prolific 19th-century American hymn writer Fanny Crosby.


Come, Great Deliverer (2017)

Another text by Fanny Crosby. Try having the congregation join in only on the line “Come, Great Deliverer, come.”


Come to the Living Waters (2018)

A short setting of an anonymous text from the 19th century. Multiple variants of this text can be found; here’s the one I used.


God is Love (2018)

A simple text, folk-like melody… and 5/8 time. Easy, right? :) (Hint: the 3/4 measure is always the second full measure of each phrase.)

The text is by Clara H. Scott, best known for the hymn “Open My Eyes, That I May See” (to which she wrote both the text and the music). The original text has more verses (Health, Strength, Light, and Truth)–or feel free to come up with your own!


Lamp of My Feet (2017)

This text was written by Fanny Crosby and published under one of her many pseudonyms, Ida Scott Taylor. My setting has a similar rhythm to the original tune by J. Howard Entwisle, but with a new minor-key melody.


Light of Light, Enlighten Me (2018)

I felt like I hadn’t been using enough seventh chords in my music, so I wrote this setting of Catherine Winkworth’s translation of a text by the Lutheran hymn writer Benjamin Schmolck. (Winkworth’s more familiar hymn translations include “Now Thank We All Our God” and “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People.”) A version for SATB choir is forthcoming!

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