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Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 19th Century American Church Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

There were many composers, writers, and organizations during the nineteenth┬ácentury that objected to the current condition of American church music and encouraged┬áreform. Yet none had as lasting influence as the Boston Handel and Haydn Society,┬áThomas Hastings, and Lowell Mason. Boston Handel and Haydn Society The Handel and Haydn Society was formed in 1815 in Boston… Continue Reading

New Choral Piece: "Psalm 148"

New Choral Piece: "Psalm 148"

I was recently asked to compose a choir and orchestra piece in honor of Steve Allen’s 25 consecutive years as Music Pastor of First Baptist Church in Troy, MI (my home church). I was honored to be a part of the celebration, and last weekend I had the privilege of conducting the choir and orchestra… Continue Reading

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Conservative churches that want to do a special service around Christmas time often have a hard time finding cialis price quality “pre-packaged” programs. So what are other alternatives? One of the best and most flexible options, in my opinion, is “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” I used this service all but one of… Continue Reading

Introducing ChurchMusicFiles.com!

Introducing ChurchMusicFiles.com!

I am thrilled to announce a new web site that we have been developing that seeks to help pastors, church music directors, and other church music directors as they choose music. If you have spent any time at all choosing music for your church, you know how much time, effort, sweat, and (sometimes) tears (!)… Continue Reading

The Sacred Composition Legacy of Joan J. Pinkston

The John Ness Beck Foundation seeks to “encourage and promote the writing of traditional sacred music.” One of the means through which they encourage this is through an annual program “which recognizes current composers of traditional sacred choral music by selecting two compositions yearly which best exemplify the type of writing that fit the criteria… Continue Reading

Quality Sacred Music You Can Afford

Imagine quality church music by major composers available for you to use at the click of your mouse. Imagine choral and instrumental pieces you can print, copy, and distribute to your musicians at a moment’s notice. Imagine new hymns you can find by theme and use with you congregation. Now, imagine paying whatever you can… Continue Reading

TuneUp – Tips for Church Music Directors: Difficult Music

TuneUp – Tips for Church Music Directors: Difficult Music

This was originally published in the October issue of InTune, a Church Music Review. Click here for a free subscription. Many church choir directors don’t think that they can perform difficult music with their group. They have only enough time to rehearse more simplistic music for Sunday services. It is not, of course, absolutely necessary… Continue Reading

Introducing InTune

InTune is a newsletter for church music directors, church musicians, and pastors (especially those without qualified music directors). Each issue will include review of church music, including carefully selected choral music, instrumental selections, etc. for the local church as well as practical articles, CD recommendations, church music tips, hymn analyses, and more. InTune is a… Continue Reading

The Music of David Rasbach

The Music of David Rasbach

Speaking of good things coming out of SoundForth, I recently received a choral demo from them featuring the music of David Rasbach. First, and add it to your choral collection. It is excellent. It is only $6. It is professionally recorded, features the Bob Jones Academy Chorale (which Rasbach directs, and whose sounds is better… Continue Reading

CD Review

CD Review

On March 19, SoundForth will release its latest choral recording, “The King of Love.” In anticipation of the release, Dan Forrest sent me a review copy and asked me to share some thoughts here. I do not pretend to be an expert in choral recordings, but here are some thoughts from my little corner of… Continue Reading

Commissioning Hymns

Commissioning Hymns

Many of us bemoan the fact that there really aren’t very many new, fresh, yet profoundly conservative hymns with rich, doctrinal texts and stable, lasting tunes being written today. There are some. The best I know of are being written by Paul Jones in collaboration with a few pastor/theologians. You can find those hymns here.… Continue Reading