News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Organ Music

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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Practical Collections for Any Organist’s Library 17 June, 2024

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The Ultimate Organ Book for Weddings, Funerals, and the Church Year arr. Hal Hopson
This collection is a comprehensive compilation of organ music including a total of 151 titles. It is perhaps the most exhaustive volume of its type to have ever been published. The compiler has given careful attention to the needs of the church organist for interesting and practical organ literature of varying levels of difficulty for weddings, funerals, ordinary times in the church year, and for special seasons and days.

God of Grace (A Compilation of Favorites for Organ) arr. Paul Manz
Paul Manz’s hymn improvisations have long been essential repertoire for church organists. This collection of previously published works combines favorite improvisations on hymns that have wide ecumenical appeal. The collection contains complete indexes of all Manz publications and recordings. This will be used week after week by organists in all denominations. It is also appropriate for students.

Hymn Tunes A to Z arr. Douglas E. Wagner
In the spirit of our great tradition of hymns as vehicles for praise, prayer, and introspection, Douglas E. Wagner has assembled an eclectic mix of creative hymn-tune settings by twenty-one writers, with at least one tune corresponding to every letter of the alphabet! This wire-bound, budget-stretching worship resource provides countless choices for service use and contains a detailed table of contents and a handy tune index.

50 Hymn Trios for Organ arr. Wolfgang Rübsam
These short trios were designed to be performed as hymn introductions, short preludes or brief hymn meditations. They are highly accessible (almost sight-readable) and extremely flexible, and will prove a welcome addition to the library of organists with limited practice time. This amazing collection is presented in church year order and contains trios based on 50 familiar hymn tunes. From Advent through Pentecost, Rübsam’s trios are scored for a two-manual instrument, making them accessible to the majority of organists. In short, this collection of “50 Hymn Trios for Organ” is easily accessible, extremely versatile, and will be a welcome addition to any organist’s library!

The Creative Use of Organ in Worship by Hal Hopson
An extensive resource of 250+ hymn reharmonizations, plus 21 ways to improvise hymntunes for use as service music, along with a complete listing of modulations and 5 harmonizations for The Doxology.

Sunday Morning Organist, Volume 5: The Best of the St. Cecilia Series
The original Saint Cecilia Series was aptly named for the patron saint of musicians who has often been represented in art as playing the organ. This special edition of the Sunday Morning Organist includes many of the most famous pieces from the original H.W. Gray Series compiled into one convenient resource for professional organists. Many musical genres are represented including traditional hymn tunes, gospel songs, American folk melodies, classical favorites, as well as Christmas and wedding selections. “Best of the Saint Cecilia Series” provides a valuable collection of performance pieces for the church organist.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Classic PATRIOTIC Selections for Organ 10 June, 2024

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National Hymn (God of Our Fathers) arr. Mark Thewes
From the opening trumpet fanfare to the powerful, dramatic ending, organists a nd congregations will thrill at this exceptional setting of the familiar hymn tune, National Hymn. The piece calls for a big trumpet stop, but this can be echoed on a different manual if the stop is unavailable. A sure winner – don’t miss this exciting arrangement.

Meditation and Variations on America arr. Jan Linker
A meditation and a theme and variations on “America.”

The Star-Spangled Banner (Concert Variations) arr. E. Power Biggs
Here’s a creative and exciting presentation of “The Star Spangled Banner” like none other for organ. The moving and delightful concert variations style will keep the audience engaged and eager to hear more. Edited by the legendary E. Power Biggs.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory arr. Jan Linker
Four patriotic hymns arranged for organ. The collection contains: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” “God of Our Fathers,” and “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.”

A Patriotic Suite arr. Charles Callahan
Effective on small and large instruments. Includes: “Processional on Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (MELITA), “Improvisation on O Beautiful, for Spacious Skies” (AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL), and “Theme, Variations, and Finale on The Star-Spangled Banner” (AMERICA).

Sousa Marches for Organ arr. Martin Setchell
The “March King” John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) wrote over 100 marches for his world-famous band. Eight of these famous marches are included in this collection. Titles include: “El Capitan,” “King Cotton,” “Semper fidelis,” “The Gladiator,” “The Liberty Bell,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The Thunderer,” and “The Washington Post.”

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Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Organ Music for MANUALS ONLY 10 May, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Sunday Morning Organist Volume 7: Voluntaries Without Pedal selected and edited by Alexander Schreiner
This volume of very useful and beautiful church pieces was initially assembled by famed Mormon Tabernacle organist, Alexander Schreiner. There is a great variety of repertoire included, from transcribed works and hymn arrangements to well-known wedding pieces and thoughtful miniatures, offered in a mixture of formats, without pedal notation, and suitable for both large and small instruments. Works of many of the great classical masters are represented, and registration suggestions are included.

Organ Music for Manuals Only selected by Rollin Smith
This unique collection is devoted solely to original organ music without pedal. Includes Serenade to the Madonna, part of 3 pieces by Berlioz; a Barcarolle and Prayer by Saint-Saëns, a portion of another 3-piece set; 3 rhapsodies and communion music by Bizet; plus other organ classics by Liszt, Gounod, Cui, Dupré, Vierne and Gliére.

A Treasury of Organ Music for Manuals Only selected and edited by Rollin Smith
Many organists prefer to play the manuals only without pedal. This second Dover collection of organ music without pedal features a wide selection of works ranging from Bach to Satie. Contents include Pachelbel, Canon; Handel, Voluntary, Op. 38, No. 5; Mozart, Adagio, K.356; Franck, Petit Offertoire; Vierne, Berceuse; Couperin, Chaconne in G Minor; plus works by Purcell, Arne, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and others.

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Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

The Art of Hymn Playing to Inspire Your Congregation 16 April, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Art of Hymn Playing by Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan is not only known as a respected composer and recitalist, but is also known as a creative church musician. His years of leading worship from the console are reflected in this expansive collection of useful pieces. Contains over 250 introductions, preludes, alternate harmonizations, and free accompaniments. This collection will stay on the organ console of organists for many years to come.

The Art of Hymn Playing, Volume 2 by Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan’s years of leading worship from the console are reflected in this second expansive collection of useful pieces for the church organist. A follow-up to his highly successful first volume, this edition once again offers over 250 new introductions, preludes, alternate harmonizations, and accompaniments. A CD is also included of the composer playing several of these settings.

The Creative Use of Organ in Worship by Hal H. Hopson
An extensive resource of 250+ hymn reharmonizations, plus 21 ways to improvise hymntunes for use as service music, along with a complete listing of modulations and 5 harmonizations for The Doxology.

Creative Hymn Playing: Improvisation, Exercises and Repertoire by Michael Burkhardt
Discover new ways to think about playing hymns with this performance guidebook for organists! A great tool to help improve hymn playing and invigorate congregational singing. Features include: 1. An overall view of hymn playing in the context of worship; 2. Dual use-tips for improving as well as literature for service playing; 3. An introduction to core improvisation techniques and skills; 4. Sequentially structured core improvisation preparation exercises; 5. 30 written improvisation on hymn tunes further illustrating core improvisation techniques and forms, useful as hymn introductions and voluntaries in worship.

Practically Perfect Hymn Playing: An Organist’s Guide by Albert Zabel
Hymn playing is an essential part of meaningful worship and, when done accurately and enthusiastically, it can inspire great singing in your choir and congregation. Unfortunately, we don’t become skilled hymn players simply by slipping on our organ shoes. And while it will still take practice, this concise manual, written in the personable, accessible style of veteran composer, author, and organist, Albert Zabel, certainly makes things easier. Within its pages is a step-by-step presentation of the techniques you need to be a good hymn player, with exercises to reinforce each skill. Also included are twenty-five of our best-known and beloved hymns — notated as they should be played, not as they appear in hymnals – each of which corresponds to a hymn tune included in Mr. Zabel’s previous guide, Practically Perfect Pedaling.

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Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Trumpet Tunes for Celebration and Worship 04 April, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Album of Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. Dale Tucker
This collection contains 29 pieces for organ involving the solo trumpet stop, making it useful for church, recitals, weddings, and various other festive occasions. A variety of works from master composers like Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, John Stanley, and Flor Peeters is represented along with contemporary trumpet tunes written by some of your favorite contributing writers to the Belwin and Warner Bros. catalog.

Five Trumpet Tunes by David Lasky
A small collection of five Trumpet Tunes that can be used in weddings, worship, or in recitals. Includes a stately Introduction and Trumpet Tune in D; a lively Tune in A minor; a sprightly Tune in C; a spirited Tune in G, and a joyful Tune in F.

Festive Trumpet Tune by David German
Throughout the years, the sound of the trumpet has been symbolic of great entrances and celebrations. That sound is featured in this work, and may be played by the organist or a trumpet soloist. Truly a festive work, this is a joyful and exciting piece which is advanced in difficulty. Perfect for wedding processionals!

Dance of the Trumpets arr. Diane Bish
Dedicated to Janet Jarriel, Bish’s friend and agent. An energetic piece for manuals and pedals, of intermediate to advanced difficulty. The music was inspired by Psalm 150.

Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. Robert A. Hobby
The original intent for these wonderful trumpet tunes was that most of these works be performed by organ alone with a solo reed stop. However, trumpet parts have been provided for some of these as a performance option. Parts are included. Quite exciting!

Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. David N. Johnson
Not only the best of David N. Johnson’s trumpet tunes, but some never-before-published tunes are collected into this collection. Organists will also appreciate having access to his cycle of processionals, built on the circle of fifths, which can serve as a stand-alone concert piece, or be used one at a time for festive postludes and voluntaries. The volume includes Johnson’s popular Trumpet Tune in D, which is heard regularly on National Public Radio.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Be Joyful: Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Charles Callahan 29 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Be Joyful (12 Postludes on Familiar Hymns) arr. Charles Callahan
Callahan imbues each of these 12 tunes with a sense of fun, thus the title of this collection. These are big, buoyant pieces, a perfect way to end worship or punctuate a recital. Varied in difficulty levels, but none are daunting to learn. Titles include: “Coronation,” “Dix,” “Duke Street,” “Engelbert,” “Hyfrydol,” “Hymn to Joy,” “Jefferson,” “Judas Maccabeus,” “Nun danket alle Gott,” “Regent Square,” “Simple Gifts,” and “The Ash Grove.”

Eight Quiet Preludes on American Hymntunes arr. Charles Callahan
Eight beautiful and calming settings of favorite American hymn-tunes. These settings could easily become standards in any organist’s repertoire. Titles include: “Assurance,” “Beecher,” “Dunlap’s Creek,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Lacquiparle/Lac Qui Parle,” “Let Us Break Bread,” “Materna,” and “Samanthra.”

Alleluia: A Postlude Collection by Charles Callahan
Compiled and edited by Charles Callahan, this useful collection includes pieces by himself and the composers Campra, Fiocco, Hesse, Salome, Foote, and Spence.

O God Beyond All Praising arr. Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan’s imaginative arranging skills are applied; the result is a volume of noble and useful music. Titles include: “Agincourt Hymn,” “Jerusalem,” “King’s Lynn,” “Repton,” “Terra Beata,” “Thaxted,” and “Thornbury.”

The Rejoicing by Charles Callahan
Includes past favorites that have been revised as well as new material. Titles include: “Postlude on St. Denio,” “Celebration,” “The Rejoicing from Suite in G,” “Trumpet Tune from Suite in D,” “Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen,” “Postludium on Ein feste Burg,” and “Postlude on Darwall’s 148th.”

English Hymn Tune Suite arr. Charles Callahan
Full of color and variety, these settings will delight you and your congregation. Detailed suggestions on registrations will help you achieve the full effect of Charles Callahan’s vision of these five beloved English hymn tunes: DEO GRATIAS; LAUDATE DOMINUM; KINGSFOLD; NICAEA; and THAXTED. Accessible but satisfying.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Organ Music by Women Composers 12 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers
“The Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers” presents a comprehensive survey of historical organ pieces by women composers alongside six newly commissioned pieces. The music is stylistically varied and encompasses both secular and sacred repertoire from a range of periods. In addition to original organ repertoire, the collection also contains several organ transcriptions in new arrangements for the instrument.

Female Composers
A treasure house with organ pieces by female composers complete with composer bios. Contents: Elisabeth Stirling (1819-95), Movement • Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929), Andante and Larghetto • Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Marche funèbre • Ethel Smith (1858-1944), Prelude and Fugue on ‘O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid’ • Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), Prélude, Petit Canon and Improvisation • Elsa Barraine (1910-1999), Prélude et Fugue • Ruth Zechlin (geb. 1926), Laudate • Emma Lou Diener (geb. 1927), Fiesta • Sieglinde Ahrens (geb. 1936), Invocation • E. Stirling: Movement Ab-major • E. Andrée: Andante • Largo • C. Chaminade: Marche funèbre op. 171 • E. Smyth: Prelude and Fugue on “O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid” • J. Senfter: Fantasie und Fuge G major “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgensterin” op. 30 • N. Boulanger: Prélude • Petit canon • Improvisation • E. Barraine: Prélude et Fugue • J. Demessieux: O filii (Variations) • E. Szöny: Dance tune • R. Zechlin: Laudate • E.L. Diemer: Fiesta • L. Robert-Diessel: Song-B. • Heller: Persian Song • Notte di Maggi/A night in May • S. Ahrens: Invocation • I. Loudová: Monument • V. Dinescu: Rows of Symbols • E.M. Houben: Chorale Prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” • D. Koptein: Chorale Fantasia “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig” op. 4.

Women Composers’ Album
A wonderful collection of largely unexplored yet charming works. Fifteen composers are represented, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel among them. Titles include: “Rigaudon” and “Rondeau” by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre; “March in D,” “Aria,” and “Gigue” by Elizabeth Turner; “Allegro in D” by Anna Bon; “Andante Espressivo” by Hélène Riese Liebmann; “Chorale, Op. 3, No.” and “Andante, Op. 3, No. 5” by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; “Prelude in g minor, Op. 16, No. 1” by Clara Schumann; “Duo” by Elizabeth von Herzogenberg; “Postlude in f minor” by Luise Adolpha Le Beau; “Postlude: Introduction and Fugue” by Adela Douglas-Pennant; “Andante espressivo (Sonatine)” by Hedwige Chrétien; “Even Song” and “Andante Grazioso (Introductory Voluntary)” by Kate Boundy; “Chorale” by Alice Sauvrezis; “Invention dans le style ancient” by Henriette Renié; “Adoration” by Florence B. Price; and “Berceuse” by Germaine Tailleferre.

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Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Organ Music of PDQ Bach: Honoring the Legacy of Prof. Peter Schickele 29 February, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Peter Schickele (1935-2024) was an American composer, musical educator, and parodist, best known for comedy albums featuring his music, which he presented as being composed by the fictional P.D.Q Bach, the “youngest and the oddest of the twenty-odd children” of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Little Pickle Book (Pöckelbüchlein) (S. 6) by P.D.Q. Bach/tastefully edited by Peter Schickele, for Organ, at least
1. Toccata et Fuga Obnoxia
2. Chorale Prelude: Ave Maria et Agnus Dei
3. Fantasia sopra “Fraülein Maria Mack”
4. Lullaby and Good Night

    Three Chorale-Based Piecelets (S. III) by P.D.Q. Bach/edited, in a highly organized fashion, by Peter Schickele, for Organ
    I. Chorale: “Orally”
    II. Chorale Prelude on an American Hymn for the Last Sunday Before the Fourth Day of the Seventh Month After New Year’s Eve
    III. Chorale Variations on “In der’ Nacht so hell der Petrus ist mein Freund”

    Sonata da Circo (Circus Sonata) (S. 3 Ring) by P.D.Q. Bach/whipped into shape by Peter Schickele, for Organ or Whatever
    I. Spiel Vorspiel
    II. Entrada Grande
    III. Smokski, the Russian Bear
    IV. Toccata Ecdysiastica

    Toot Suite (S. 212) by P.D.Q. Bach/scholarly edited by Peter Schickele, for Calliope or Organ, 4-hands
    I. Preloud
    II. O.K. Chorale
    III. Fuga Vulgaris

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    With High Delight: Organ Collections for Easter 20 February, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    With High Delight arr. Kenneth Kosche
    The title of this collection says it all. These seven settings are imbued with a sense of fun and vitality. The pieces are three to five pages in length. The vibrant, active nature of them precludes sight reading them in public (who does that?) but they are not daunting to learn. Titles include: “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness,” “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Now the Green Blade Rises,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” and “With High Delight.”

    Easter Glory! arr. Michael Shea
    Energize and enrich the glorious Easter experience with this compendium of exciting and brilliant preludes and postludes, all designed for the musical majesty of our risen Christ. Classic compositions, hymn tune arrangements and original creations leap off of the page in this festive collection – “Welcome, Happy Morning,” indeed! Titles include: “Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day,” “An Easter Fanfare,” “Fling Wide the Gates,” “Christ Is Risen Alleluia,” “Introduction Variation and Finale on St. Kevin,” “Hail to the King,” “He Is Risen He Is Risen,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” “The Strife Is O’er,” “The King of Glory,” “Prelude on Llanfair,” “Awake the Dawn Appears,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Easter Dialogue,” and “Welcome Happy Morning.”

    Five Preludes for Easter arr. David Schelat
    David Schelat always has a fresh approach (stylistically, rhythmically, or harmonically) to the tunes he uses, and this collection is no exception. If you think, “Oh, not THAT tune again,” you need to take another look because he will surprise you. EASTER HYMN is set to a lilting waltz, LANCASHIRE as an imitative trio, GAUDEAMUS PARITER as a lively dance, GELOBT SEI GOTT as a fugal setting with a cantus firmus in the pedal, and CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN as a baroque slow movement with a solo for cornet registration. Interesting and rewarding to play and hear.

    7 Intonations on Hymns for the Easter Season, Volume 2 arr. David Lasky
    We answered your requests for more of these extremely useful intonations on Easter hymns. Lasky uses these familiar tunes in intermediate level settings for organ. We’ve also included the optional trumpet parts. Hymn tunes in this volume are “Duke Street,” “Hyfrydol,’” “Hymn to Joy,” “Lasst uns Erfreuen,” “’Mit Freuden Zart,” “Surgit in Haec Dies,” and “Vruechten.” Useable throughout the church year.

    Raise the Glad Refrain arr. Kyle Johnson
    Kyle Johnson has written a joyful and versatile collection of organ settings for the Easter season that includes an optional trumpet score. Of medium length and difficulty, the pieces could be paired together to create a longer prelude or postlude. Titles include: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing,” “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!,” and “The Day of Resurrection.”

    Easter with Minimum Pedal arr. Edwin T. Childs
    Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimum pedal, providing a collection of hymn tunes for the Easter season. Composed as a single stanza, these preludes are suitable as hymn introductions or service music. This collection will appeal to organists who have limited pedal abilities or seasoned organists who need something in a pinch. Titles include: “Long Before the World Is Waking,” “Christ Is Risen, Christ Is Living,” “Christ Is Arisen,” “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” “I Am Content! My Jesus Ever Lives,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “O Sons and Daughters of the King (Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing),” “Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven,” “The Day of Resurrection,” “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, Alleluia,” “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia,” “All the Earth with Joy Is Sounding,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “These Things Did Thomas Count as Real,” “Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free,” “If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” “He Is Arisen! Glorious Word,” and “Make Songs of Joy.”

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    Organ Music from ANNA LAURA PAGE 13 February, 2024

    more hymns pipes and praise anna laura page

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    More Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Contemporary worship songs have become integrated into traditional worship, and here’s a “second serving” of the skillful and tasteful blending of more popular worship songs with hymns for the organ. Titles include: “Awesome God (with All Glory, Laud, and Honor),” “Because He Lives (with Blessed Assurance),” “Before the Throne of God Above (with Great Is Thy Faithfulness),” “Blessed Be Your Name (with In Heavenly Love Abiding),” “El Shaddai (with What a Friend We Have in Jesus),” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (with And Can It Be),” “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (with When In Our Music God Is Glorified),” “Open the Eyes of My Heart (with O Worship the King),” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (with How Great Thou Art),” and “What a Beautiful Name (with Glorious Is Thy Name).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with praise songs very nicely arranged for organ. Titles include: “Amazing Grace (with Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone),” “Holy Is the Lord (with Lord, I Lift Your Name on High),” “My Jesus, How I Love Thee (with I Love You, Lord),” “How Great Thou Art (with How Great Is Our God),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with As the Deer),” “No, Not One! (with Shout to the Lord),” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with There Is a Redeemer),” “O Worship the King (with Here I Am to Worship),” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand (with In Christ Alone),” and “Holy, Holy, Holy (with Holy Is the Lord).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Classics arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with classic works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Titles include: “Ash Grove (with Handel’s Thanks Be to God),” “Hyfrydol (with He Shall Feed His Flock),” “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (with Sheep May Safely Graze),” “Infant Holy (with Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with Bach’s My Heart is Ever Faithful),” “Sweet Hour of Prayer (with Nocturne),” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee (with Ave Verum),” “St. Agnes (with Mendelssohn’s If With All Your Hearts from Elijah),” “Hanson Place (with Prelude in C Major by Bach),” and “Lancashire (with Allitsen’s The Lord Is My Light).”

    The King of Heaven arr. Anna Laura Page
    All five hymn tunes included in have one theme: Praise to God, the Father. These settings will offer great ideas to organists in planning service music, including preludes, postludes, and ideas for hymn introductions, alternate hymn harmonizations, and codas appropriate for congregational singing. Titles include: “I’ll Praise My Maker,” “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above,” and “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

    I Will Ever Sing to Thee arr. Anna Laura Page
    Anna Laura Page has created eight accessible arrangements of familiar hymn tunes, each primarily associated with a text related to the theme of music itself or singing. These useful pieces make excellent voluntaries throughout the church year and will be especially welcome for festival services that involve a musical focus. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “When in Our Music God Is Glorified,” “Fill the Earth with Music,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “I Will Sing of My Redeemer,” “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above,” “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and “When the Morning Stars Together.”

    And Through Eternity I’ll Sing On arr. Anna Laura Page
    From the creative spirit of Anna Laura Page comes this volume of hymn tune settings that resonate with themes most deeply felt during the Lenten and Holy Week seasons: grief, suffering, repentance, prayer, and contrition. Each of these nine spirituals is a masterpiece in miniature, drawing us all closer to the cross of Christ at this most sacred time of year. Titles include: “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Surely He Died on Calvary,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word,” and “I Am a Poor, Wayfaring Stranger.”

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    KING OF KINGS: A Celebration of Organ Music by Black Composers 06 February, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    King of Kings: Organ Music of Black Composers, Past and Present compiled and edited by James Abbington
    An important contribution to the repertoire for both the church organist and the recitalist! In this unique series you’ll find organ works by composers from the late 19th century to the present day.

    King of Kings Volume 1
    Titles include: “King of Kings” arr. Ralph Simpson; “A Little More Faith in Jesus” arr. John W. Work III, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” arr. D.L. White, “Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory Land,” “Were You There,” and “Triumphal March of Heritage” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Retrospection” by Florence B. Price; “Offertory” by H. Leslie Adams; “Talk About a Child That Do Love Jesus” arr. Calvin Taylor; “Arietta,” “Melody,” and “Elegy” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; and “Go Down, Moses” arr. W.C. Handy/adapt. Walter C. Simon.

    King of Kings Volume 2
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Chorale” by Calvin Fuller; “Prayer: An Offertory” by George Walker; “Adoration,” “A Pleasant Thought,” and “In Quiet Mood” by Florence B. Price; “Bye and Bye” and “Wade in duh Waddah!” arr. William Farley Smith; “Impromptu” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; “Give Me Jesus” arr. Marques L.A. Garrett; “Go Down, Moses,” “Yoruba Lament,” and “Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho” arr. Fela Sowande.

    King of Kings Volume 3
    Titles include: “Toccata on Good News” by Carl MaultsBy; “Prelude on I Am Thine, O Lord” by Monte Thomas; “Jubilate” by Fela Sowande; “Variations on a Theme by Ellie” by Trevor Weston; “Churchyard Chatter” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Bread of Heaven” by William B. Cooper; “Fantasy on Walk Together, Children” by André J. Thomas; “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Carl Haywood; and “Postlude on Go, Tell It on the Mountain” by Norah Duncan IV.

    King of Kings Volume 4
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Fughetta for Organ” by Julius P. Williams; “Fanfare on DARWALL’S 148TH (Rejoice, the Lord Is King)” by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton; “Fantasia (The Resurrection)” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Finale – Allegro (from Sonata No. 1 for Organ)” by Florence B. Price; “Fugue in F” by David Hurd; “Gospel Fancy (He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear)” by Phyllis Hall; “Kyrie” by Fela Sowande; “Listen to the Lambs” by Adolphus Hailstork; “Obangiji” by Fela Sowande; “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Spirit Fantasy” by Carl Haywood; “There Is a Balm in Gilead” by Adolphus Hailstork; and “Ubi Caritas” by Norah Duncan IV.

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    The Road to Resurrection: Organ Music for Lent & Easter 25 January, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    From Ash Wednesday to Easter arr. Craig A. Penfield
    This is surely one of the most useful books created for the church organist. The long period of Lent leading to Easter requires special music for special services, and this collection fills the need. Craig Penfield has written ten pieces specifically for each Sunday in Lent, plus Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and, of course, Palm and Easter Sundays. All pieces are relatively brief and are set at the intermediate level. Perfect for every church organist! Titles include: “Prelude for Ash Wednesday,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “A Lenten Psalm,” “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” “Sanctus,” “Agnus Dei,” “Hosanna!,” “The Last Supper,” “Golgotha,” and “Toccata for Easter.”

    Lent and Easter Miniatures for Organ arr. Nigel Williams
    New Zealand composer Nigel Williams presents these short and practical organ arrangements of familiar hymns tailored for the Lent and Easter seasons. These miniatures are easy to prepare and are perfect for seasonal voluntaries, especially when preparation time is short. Each piece, lasting no more than three minutes, maintains melodic clarity, and offers diverse moods suitable for preludes, postludes, offertories, and interludes. Titles include: “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound,” “Guide My Feet,” “Jesus, Still Lead On,” “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “The God of Abraham Praise,” “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “Now the Green Blade Riseth,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” “Voluntary on Ellacombe,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” “Toccata on Easter Hymn,” and “At the Lamb’s High Feast.”

    Lamb of God arr. David Cherwien
    Practical settings of hymns virtually every congregation sings. Titles include: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless,” “Lord Jesus, Think On Me,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

    Hymns of the Cross arr. Janet Linker
    Six meditations for Lent or Communion. Titles include: “Ah! Holy Jesus,” “Were You There?,” “Pastorale on In the Cross,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “In the Hour of Trial,” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

    The Road to Resurrection arr. Roberta Rowland-Raybold
    Roberta Rowland-Raybold takes us on a journey through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in this collection of organ settings for the Paschal story. Thoughtful and expressive, these settings are useful organ voluntaries for this holy time of the liturgical year. Titles include: “Lift High the Cross,” “O Lord, throughout These Forty Days,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “Sing, My Tongue,” “Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” “Easter Vigil Contemplation,” and “Day of Arising.”

    Lent Mosaics arr. Jacob B. Weber
    Continuing his “Mosaics” series, Jacob B. Weber provides six new preludes on familiar hymns for the time of Lent. These settings ponder the Passion of our Lord through intricate and serious writing and will help set the tone for worship during this penitential season. The collection features an ornamented AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON; a flowing HAMBURG; a somber HERZLIEBSTER JESU; a straightforward JESUS KREUZ, LEIDEN UND PEIN; a fugue on JESU, MEINES LEBENS LEBEN; and a pulsing O MEIN JESU, ICH MUSS STERBEN.

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    AUGSBURG FORTRESS: New Recommendations for Organ 16 January, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    Sing the Year Round: Hymn Settings for Organ arr. Alan MacMillan
    This volume marks composer Allan MacMillan’s debut in the Augsburg Fortress catalogue. These settings work well as hymn introductions , but are equally as effective as short preludes or postludes. Titles include: “Dearest Jesus, at Your Word,” “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!,” “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds,” “Now to the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “O Spirit of Life,” and “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise.”

    Come & Praise, Volume 3 arr. Mark Sedio
    This third volume is another collection of creative hymn introductions and voluntaries all written in an accessible style. Featuring a mix of hymn settings and free-composed works, these settings will work well as hymn introductions, preludes and postludes. Titles include: “All Depends on Our Possessing,” “As Newborn Stars Were Stirred to Song,” “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” “Break Now the Bread of Life,” “Built on a Rock,” “By All Your Saints,” “Christ, the Life of All the Living,” “Come Down, O Love Divine,” “Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove,” “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace,” “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding,” “He Comes to Us as One Unknown,” “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song,” “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me,” “Love Has Come,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” “Loving Spirit,” “O Day of Rest and Gladness,” “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways,” “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts,” “Praise the Lord! O Heavens,” “Prepare the Royal Highway,” “The Head That Once Was Crowned,” “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,” “Trumpet Tune,” “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” “We Give Thee but Thine Own,” and “What Is This Place.”

    Mixtures: Hymn Preludes for Organ arr. Robert J. Powell
    This collection of accessible hymn preludes are a great way to welcome the congregation. Powell has once again created a set of arrangements that are sure to be enjoyed. Tunes include: “Calvary,” “Detroit,” “Ebenezer,” “Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott,” “Lasset uns mit Jesu ziehen,” “Machs mit mir, Gott,” “Morecambe,” “O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig,” “Sufferer,” and “Vater unser.”

    Sweet Is the Calm: Organ Settings on Hymns of Comfort arr. Karl Osterland
    From a time of isolation comes this beautiful collection by Karl Osterland of hymns that provide comfort. With a variety of tunes represented, these settings will be useful throughout the church year, as well as for healing services, funerals, and memorial services. Tunes include EVENTIDE, BALM IN GILEAD, SINE NOMINE, and VICTORY.

    Organ Impressions for the Church Year arr. Jacob B. Weber
    Jacob B. Weber has crafted a collection of fourteen organ settings useful throughout the church year, some with optional instrumental parts. Titles include: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound,” “Away in a Manger,” “For All the Saints,” “In Heaven Above,” “In Our Day of Thanksgiving,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” “Not unto Us,” “O Zion, Haste,” “On Christmas Night,” “Salvation unto Us Has Come,” “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels,” and “We All Believe in One True God.”

    For All the Saints Vol. 2: Hymn Preludes for Funerals arr. Robert A. Hobby
    Here is a long-awaited sequal to Robert Hobby’s first volume. A great help to church musicians, Hobby offers hymns appropriate for memorial and funeral services into exceptionally well-crafted and fluid arrangements that can be learned in a snap. A must-have for beginner and expert alike! Tunes include: “Den signede dag,” “Hanson Place,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Kuortane,” “Nun danket alle Gott,” “Resignation,” “St. Anne,” “Thompson,” “Toplady,” and “Vruechten.”

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    Organ Music from OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 10 January, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    Orb and Sceptre (Coronation March, 1953) by William Walton/arr. Robert Gower
    This famous march was commissioned for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The stirring music, skillfully conveyed in this arrangement, offers everything from sweeping melodies to playful syncopations and magnificent fanfares. This piece has often been paired with Walton’s “Crown Imperial.”

    Toccata by Gerre Hancock
    This virtuoso showpiece, dating from 2002, is worthy to stand alongside the Toccatas of Gigout and Boëllmann, and makes a superb conclusion to a service or recital on any size of organ. Its harmonic language is strongly tonal, but enlivened along the way by spicy touches, while its near-constant semiquaver motion lends it a breathless rhythmic drive.

    Carillon by Herbert Murrill
    Perfect as a showpiece voluntary, Herbert Murrill’s vibrant 1949 “Carillon” for organ is a miniature toccata that sets agile passagework above purposeful chords, with flashes of brilliance from the pedal department too. Its varied metres and busy textures propel the music to a triumphant conclusion.

    Sun Dance by Bob Chilcott
    “Sun Dance” is a slightly modified version of the fifth movement from the composer’s “Organ Dances,” originally conceived for organ solo, strings, and percussion. The music is for the most part celebratory in character, its spiky rhythms driven along by the pervasive alternation of 3/8 and 4/4 metrical groupings, although the composer also has fun with 7/8 and 5/8 patterns.

    Elegy for the Time of Change by Robert A. Harris
    “Elegy for the Time of Change” was written in response to the horrifying murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May 2020. Imbued with singing melodies and richly expressive harmonies, the work makes several brief allusions to the spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead,” offering a hopeful vision of healing and unity to a nation (and world) riven by mistrust and disparity.

    Scottish Legend by Amy Beach/arr. Robert Gower
    Amy Beach was celebrated during her lifetime as the foremost female composer of the United States, and her writing was frequently inspired by the folk music of America and Britain. Originally for piano, her “Scottish Legend” evokes Scotland in its wistful melody, adorned by Scotch snaps and conveying a folk-like atmosphere, but spiced up with a few late-Romantic harmonies. Contrasts between major and minor are also used to telling effect in this gently attractive piece, sympathetically arranged for the organ by Robert Gower.

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 08 January, 2024

    recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

    What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (Revised Edition) by Bridget Jankowski
    This primer for all musicians provides a reliable base for a lifetime of playing and singing. The principles in these pages are the elemental foundation of music education, and will protect a musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety. Musicians teaching from these principles will see their students thrive. Students studying and restudying these pages will delight in their enhanced performance. This book also serves as the text of a six-hour course on Body Mapping for musicians developed by Barbara Conable.

    What’s New in the Revised Edition? Created with the input of experienced Licensed Body Mapping Educators, and led by Body Mapping expert Bridget Jankowski, this revision includes:
    • Updated and enlarged images – big enough for coloring.
    • Streamlined and clarified content based on new science.
    • An updated format that follows the associated Body Mapping course more closely.
    • Additional room for notes at the end of each section.

    Knowledge from the scientific community continues to inform the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. The book’s associated Body Mapping course of the same name has evolved over the past two decades, and an updated text for the course will be a valuable resource for novice and seasoned Body Mapping Educators alike.

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    About the Authors:
    Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

    Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

    “My Lord, What a Morning” and More NEW Organ Titles from Lorenz 29 December, 2023

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    My Lord, What a Morning (Spirituals for Every Season) arr. Roberta Rowland-Raybold
    Roberta Rowland-Raybold’s settings of eight spirituals for organ are a heartfelt tribute to the African American spiritual tradition, deeply influenced by Eileen Guenther’s book, “In Their Own Words.” The expressive dimension of the original words and music is at the forefront of these varied pieces, all of which are based on spirituals that are familiar and widely used in today’s churches. Titles include: “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Deep River,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” “River of Peace (I’ve Got Peace Like a River),” “Sweet Chariot (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot),” “Steal Away,” “Balm in Gilead,” and “Were You There.”

    Postludes for Rejoicing (Hymn Settings for Organ) arr. Douglas E. Wagner
    Colorful harmonies and vibrant rhythms characterize these joyous postludes by Douglas E. Wagner that are sure to bring a lively conclusion to any worship service. This collection includes nine pieces based on well-known hymn tunes, alongside one original composition. Titles include: “Postlude on Picardy,” “Postlude on Diadem,” “Recessional on Lasst uns erfreuen,” “He Is King of Kings,” “Fanfare and Postlude on Easter Hymn,” “Recessional,” “Trumpet Tune on Hyfrydol,” “Postlude on Faithfulness,” “One Lord, One Faith, One Birth,” and “Flourish on Salzburg.”

    All Things Now Living (Organ Settings for the Church Year) arr. Emma Lou Diemer
    Emma Lou Diemer’s renowned organ music requires no introduction, having been a staple in the repertoire of American organists for decades. This collection of brief hymn reflections showcases her distinctive creativity, offering seven varied tunes that span the seasons. Titles include: “Let All Things Now Living,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Prelude on Kingsfold,” “The Friendly Beasts,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.”

    Hymns of Comfort (Reflective Organ Music for Worship) arr. Marvin Gaspard
    Marvin Gaspard, recognizing music’s profound role in providing comfort for all, has crafted seven soothing arrangements of beloved hymns, highlighting themes of hope and comfort. These gentle, expressive settings are ideal for enhancing worship services, weddings, and memorial services. Titles include: “Be Still, My Soul,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Come Down, O Love Divine,” “God Will Take Care of You,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts,” and “The Lord’s My Shepherd.”

    Collage for Organ (Music for Worship or Recital) by David Lasky
    This collection by David Lasky offers a diverse array of characterful pieces, including free meditations, postludes, and hymn settings. Prioritizing practicality for worship, Lasky’s compositions span from the energetic “Trumpet Rondeau” to the emotive “Plaint” and the memorable “Postlude à la Rumba.”

    All Glory Be to Christ (Hymn Settings for Organ) arr. Alejandro D. Consolacion II
    This collection of seven hymn settings by Alejandro D. Consolacion II draws from his rich background as an organist, composer, and improviser both in the USA and his native Philippines. While six settings offer quiet, expressive preludes and offertories, the rendition of the Welsh hymn tune CWM RHONDDA is a lively, sparkling scherzo that builds to full organ. Titles include: “All Glory Be to Christ,” “This Is My Father’s World,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer,” “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended,” and “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.”

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    Expand Your Organ Library 12 December, 2023

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    The Ultimate Organ Book
    This collection is a comprehensive compilation of organ music including a total of 151 titles. It is perhaps the most exhaustive volume of its type to have ever been published. The compiler has given careful attention to the needs of the church organist for interesting and practical organ literature of varying levels of difficulty for weddings, funerals, ordinary times in the church year, and for special seasons and days.

    400 Last Verses
    This entirely revised and reset edition of Noel Rawsthorne’s famous collection of 400 last-verse harmonies matches keys found in most recent major hymn books as well as those that have been in use for many years. You will find colourful, manageable arrangements requiring only a moderate technique.

    The Essential Collection for the Church Organist
    Edited and compiled by Jane Holstein, this essential collection contains 55 organ settings for the entire Church Year, as well as for weddings. The list of composers represents some of Hope’s best keyboard writers, and the tune index allows for quick, easy referencing. The level of difficulty ranges from easy to moderately difficult and the title selection presents a treasury of well-known hymns. Includes settings by: John Behnke, Doug Wagner, John Ferguson, Gordon Young, Joel Raney, Kenneth Lowenberg, Eleanor Whitsett, Sue Mitchell-Wallace, Don Hustad, and others!

    The Essential Organist for Manuals
    The bestselling original has been revised and enlarged with 10 more popular pieces that are requested for weddings, funerals and other special occasions – offering a bumper total of 70. A fabulous resource for the parish organist.

    Essential Book of Funeral Music for Organ
    This generous collection includes the fifty most popular and useful pieces for funerals and memorial services. They are arranged to be easily playable, requiring the minimum of practice for a busy organist.

    The Oxford Book of Wedding Music
    “The Oxford Book of Wedding Music” is the definitive collection of the most frequently requested organ music for weddings. All organists have their own particular favorites, but this volume brings together the small and select group of pieces that couples choose again and again: music that has stood the test of time, in practical arrangements that are designed to last.

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    What Child Is This: Piano/Organ Duets for Christmas 08 December, 2023

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    What Child Is This? arr. Ron Sprunger & Linda Sprunger
    Featuring the creative writing skills of veteran arrangers Ron and Linda Sprunger, this diverse and sparkling addition to the Christmas repertoire for organ and piano duets is a treasure. Classic Christmas melodies and yuletide favorites are included in this rich collection. Two copies are required for performance. Titles include: “What Child Is This?,” “Adoration,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “O Holy Night,” “Manger Carols,” “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “The First Noel,” and “Love Has Come!”

    The Sunday Morning Organist, Volume 11: Christmas Duos
    This Christmas edition of the Sunday Morning Organist includes 14 arrangements for organ and piano. Classic carols capture the spirit of the season, and provide a memorable experience for your congregation. Featured in the collection are traditional Christmas hymns as well as show-stopping seasonal suites that can be used as both preludes and postludes. Bring in good tidings for all with Organ and Piano Christmas Duos. Title include: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and more.

    A Christmas Festival arr. Jerry van der Pol
    Organ/Piano duet teams will enjoy this easy to play, energetic medley of familiar Christmas season tunes. Church congregations will enjoy the beauty and energy it adds to worship services as well. Tunes used are: “Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep,” “As Lately We Watched,” and “Still, Still, Still.” Two parts are included in each cover.

    Noel! He Is Born arr. Marilynn Ham & Lyndell Leatherman
    This festive collection of organ and piano duets combines the talents of Marilynn Ham and Lyndell Leatherman. Based on familiar Christmas carols, the duets provide partners with bold options for their worship services. Titles include: “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “I Saw Three Ships,” and “The First Noel.”

    What Shall I Give to the Child? arr. David Sarandon
    This compendium of Christmas arrangements brings together the talents of five masters of the genre, such as John Innes, Gilbert M. Martin, and Douglas E. Wagner, to provide organ-and-piano-duet partners with a season’s worth of glorious settings. Including Advent as well as Christmas titles, this book will become an annual favorite at your church. Two copies are required for performance. Titles include: “What Shall I Give to the Child?,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” “The First Nowell,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” and “What Child Is This?.”

    Come to Bethlehem (Sparkling Carol Duets Reflecting the Colors of Christmas) arr. Douglas E. Wagner
    In a refreshing departure from traditional organ and piano offerings, Doug Wagner has created six uniquely stylized carol-based works that display the wide range of tonal colors and emotions that this versatile combination brings to the worship or concert setting. From the sparkling strains of “What Shall I Give to the Child?,” to the introspective meanderings of “I Wonder as I Wander,” the music of Christmas is presented with skill and imagination, idiomatically representative of each instrument. We hope that you will find this diverse collection as we have, fun to play, musically satisfying, and full of the sounds that warm the heart and delight the ear this joyous time of year. Two copies are required for performance. Titles include: “What Shall I Give to the Child?,” “On Christmas Night,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

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    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    Festival Hymn Collections for Organ 21 November, 2023

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    The Coral Ridge Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 1 by Samuel Metzger
    This collection includes 15 well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. These settings have been used in the worship services at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and have been collected for this volume. Suggestions are made in the collection for ways to incorporate a variety of instruments. Tunes include: “Adelaide,” “Darwall’s 148th (Darwall),” “Ellacombe,” “Foundation,” “Grosser Gott,” “Hymn to Joy,” “Italian Hymn,” “Laudes Domini,” “Lyons,” “Madrid (Spanish Hymn),” “Marion,” “Nicaea,” “St. Anne,” “St. Denio,” and “St. Gertrude.”

    The Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 2 by Samuel Metzger
    Festival verse settings of well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. For each hymn an introduction, standard verse setting, often an interlude, and a concluding stanza are provided. Perfect for celebratory occasions or just to add a little spice in your hymn recipes. Tunes include: “Antioch,” “Aurelia,” “Crusader’s Hymn,” “CWM Rhondda,” “Diademata,” “Gloria,” “Hyfrydol,” “Lancashire,” “Lasst uns erfreuen,” “Regent Square,” “Sagina,” “St. Christopher,” “Terra Beata,” “Veni Emmanuel,” and “Webb.”

    The Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 3 by Samuel Metzger
    Following the success of the first two volumes, Volume 3 contains festival verse settings of well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. For each hymn an introduction, standard verse setting, often an interlude, and a concluding stanza are provided. Perfect for celebratory occasions. Tunes include: “Andrews,” “Azmon,” “Coronation,” “Duke Street,” “Germany,” “Hendon,” “Lauda anima,” “Message,” “Mit Freuden zart,” “Nettleton,” “New Britain (Amazing Grace),” “Revive Us Again,” “Solid Rock,” “St. Catherine,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.