Sep 1 2014

All my Heart This Night Rejoices


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Last year, I won the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir‘s 2013 Christmas carol composition contest and now for a modest sum I am excited to offer it to any choral group who would like to perform it this Christmas season.

Here you can view the first several pages of the music.

Please contact me if you are interested in using this in your Christmas programing. This is for SATB choir with piano accompaniment.

Aug 1 2014



I remember it clearly. My wife and I were dating at the time and we went to a wedding during the summer of 2010 at our church in South Carolina. The wedding of Chad and Courtney Phelps.

It was a beautiful ceremony. The flowers were fragrant, the weather perfect. One of the most memorable weddings I have been to. The thing I remember the most however was the music.

When brides walk down the aisle, one can think of so many songs or pieces that could be appropriate or even simply suffice. Not for this wedding, no. Chad and Courtney selected a song that perfectly modeled the image of Christ’s sacrificial love for the church, they chose Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness.

Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
’Midst flaming worlds in these array’d
With joy shall I lift up my head.

As the choir sang the beautiful words, I couldn’t help but feel how perfect that moment in time was. It was the song that they marked the beginning of their new life together and His Blood and Righteousness was still lifted up at their funeral, that day in August.

And now, here in 2014, just over a year after their home going I am still struck with how beautiful that memory of their wedding is.

I did a little digging and uncovered the full text of Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness. Hymnals don’t do this hymn justice (because they can’t), there are well over 20 stanzas, (Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740, The Believer’s Triumph, 177-181) most of which are not sung commonly. This is the 12th and what I believe Chad and Courtney are singing now:

When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Ev’n then, this shall be all my plea,
“Jesus hath liv’d, hath died for me.”

The entire hymn can be read on the link above but here are the last 3 and some of my new found favorites. Stanzas 22-24:

Ah give me now, all-gracious Lord,
With power to speak thy quick’ning word,
That all, who to thy wounds will flee
May find eternal life in thee.

 Thou God of power, thou God of love,
Let the whole world thy mercy prove:
Now let thy word o’er all prevail:
Now take the spoils of death, and hell.

O let the dead now hear thy voice,
Now bid thy banish’d ones rejoice,
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesu[s], thy blood and righteousness!

This piano arrangement is in honor of their memory. It will be featured in a collection published by Majesty Music later this fall.

Dec 23 2013

Video: All My Heart This Night Rejoices


As I have shared previously, I was flown to Indianapolis on December 8 to see and hear the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir perform my new Christmas piece, All My Heart, at their Festival of Carols concert.

Many thanks to my wife, Stephanie, for taking and editing the video for me. It is a memory that I will cherish for a long time.

Dec 6 2013

Upcoming performance


Screenshot 2013-12-03 14.51.27This weekend I’ll be heading up to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Festival of Carols concert on December 8. Earlier this fall my choral piece, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, was chosen as the winner in the ISC’s annual competition. I am thrilled to be a part of their concert and look forward to hearing them sing it.

I’ll be posting more as I am able. Here is the text of the old hymn that I set.

All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
Christ is born, their choirs are singing,
Till the air, everywhere, now their joy is ringing.

Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet, doth entreat, Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come; from all that grieves you
You are freed; all you need I will surely give you.

Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all, great and small, kneel in awe and wonder,
Love Him who with love is yearning;
Hail the star that from far bright with hope is burning.

Blessed Savior, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me close to Thee, cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest on Thy breast, all this void Thou fillest.

Thee, dear Lord, with heed I’ll cherish;
Live to Thee and with Thee, dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee for ever,
Far on high, in the joy that can alter never.

Dec 3 2013

Piano book give away: All Praise and Glory



It’s time for another give away!

Up to this year I’ve had the pleasure of continuing working with SoundForth-Lorenz in the form of this new piano book, All Praise and Glory. Molly Ijames has compiled a book of 10 piano solos by 10 arrangers, myself included. This is a stand out collection with a good variety of styles and set at a moderate level of difficulty.

To be entered into this give away answer this simple question.

What is your favorite hymn in this collection?

Abide With Me
Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Come, Thou Almighty King
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Lead Me to Calvary
Nothing but the Blood (with There Is a Fountain)
Sing Prasie to God Who Reigns Abaove
What Wondrous Love Is This
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

The winner will be randomly selected by Thursday, Dec 12.

Don’t play the piano? Enter anyway and share this post with your pianist friends.

The Publisher’s site describes it as follows:

Our team of composers has pulled together to bring you a collection of favorite hymns to treasure for years to come. Utilizing lush harmonies, energetic meters, and counterpoint, each arranger uses their unique personality to craft a piece that will keep pianists craving more time at the keyboard. Each solo can be used in various moments of worship, as well as different performance needs.

It is available from Lorenz here.

I’ve recorded my own solo for you to hear. Enjoy my arrangement of Come, Thou Fount.

Remember to comment below (one per person please) in order to be entered in the drawing.

Nov 26 2013

Facebook poll



Several weeks ago I entered one of my piano arrangements from Call Me Home into a competition hosted by Greg Howlett.

Please, listen to all the contestants but vote for my arrangement of It Is Well With My Soul.The prize is a free recording session that is valued at $6000. I’ve recorded before but never to this extent. You can help me achieve this dream by voting for me on this facebook poll. I’m told that you don’t need a facebook account to vote.

Click here to vote.

Nov 6 2013

Shout out for Joy


Shout out for Joy

Out this past summer is Majesty Music’s new choir book, Shout out for Joy. We’ve been singing through all of them at my church this past summer and fall and a couple are almost memorized. 🙂

This collection is unique from past Majesty collections in that it is a collaboration with several other composers and arrangers. Aside from the Hamilton’s, eight other composers and arrangers (including myself) were involved on this project.

I arranged three of the pieces and co-orchestrated two of them (one of them not listed below, I Am Weak but You Are Strong):

O Glorious Day: This text is originally known as ‘One Day‘. Tune by Ron Hamilton.

O God, My Joy: A new and popular hymn by Paul Keew and Brian Pinner at

Chosen As His Children: Another WatchSong hymn by Paul Keew. I’m particularly excited to arrange such doctrinally rich, new hymns.

Oct 4 2013

Free First Friday: new piano solo



Last month I gave away a piano book to one. This time I’m giving one piano solo to all.

All Creatures of our God and King is a new advanced piano arrangement that I wrote a few years back and since it was the hymn that got second place in a poll I did last month I thought it would be good to follow up with it as well. You can download and print the free hymn arrangement of All Creatures as a PDF below. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d be happy to entertain requests for a future FFF, whether it be another piano solo or something else entirely.

All Creatures of our God and King

I’ve also posted a demo recording for your our own listening pleasure. Enjoy! 🙂

Update: I’ve fixed the pdf pages from saying the wrong hymn titles on all the pages. Thanks to those who noticed and let me know!

Sep 14 2013

We have a winner…


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Congratulations to Mike Kestler, the winner of my piano book, Call Me Home.

If you entered the contest and didn’t win you can still get the book from Lorenz or Amazon. You can view a few sample pages on Lorenz’s site.

I’ll be hosting another giveaway next month.

Sep 11 2013

Call Me Home giveaway ending soon


I posted last week about a giveaway of my new piano book, Call Me Home. The giveaway will conclude at midnight on 9.13. If you haven’t entered to win you can do so here. There are several things you can do to improve your chances of winning.

Be sure to comment on this post for it to count in the giveaway.