Whispering Hope (FREE Piano Arrangement)

May 23rd, 2015
Free Arrangement

Free Arrangement

Click on song title at bottom of article… to download FREE copy.

Whispering Hope….definitely an old hymn! My husband has been wanting me to arrange this hymn for a long time. He finally got his wish :)  I’ve written an early advanced piano arrangement of “Whispering Hope” which I’m offering for FREE to my church pianist readers.

I decided to read up on the composer of this song and was surprised at what I found.

Septimus Winner, an American songwriter of the 19th century, was born in May 1827 and died of a heart attack in 1902.  He used the following stage names (pseudonymns) for his written poems and music: Alice Hawthorne, Percy Guyer, Mark Mason, Marion Florence, Leon Dore, Apsley Street, and Paul Stenton.

Septimus’ wife, Mary Ann, was a relative of Nathaniel Hawthorne which explains the generous use of the stage name, Alice Hawthorne.

See if you recognize the following songs written by Septimus Winner. (this will date some of you including myself)    :)

1. Listen to the Mockingbird (Alice Hawthorne)

2. Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone (lyrics only) *German folk tune

3. Carry Me Back to Tennessee (better known as Ellie Rhee)

4. Whispering Hope (1868)

I could not locate the story behind the writing of “Whispering Hope” so without further ado…click on the following song title to download your free early advanced arrangement of…

Whispering Hope

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Upcoming MusiCarolina Event!

May 21st, 2015


Just wanted to alert my church pianist readers of an upcoming music event hosted by Majesty Music called MusiCollege for 2015.

The title of the event this year is MusiCarolina being held in Raleigh, NC at Friendship Baptist Church. (July 30 – 31st)

July 30th: Registration begins at 5:30pm

July 30th: Official opening begins at 7pm

This will be my first time to attend a music event by Majesty Music and really looking forward to it!  Would love to meet up with my readers at this event!

More information about the workshops… should be posted to the following page on Majesty Music’s website within the next few days.  Click here: MusiCarolina


Church Pianist Update

May 19th, 2015
My grandson, Nathan

My grandson, Nathan

Church Pianist Update

Every now and then I go through a dry spell and it’s been one of those times.

I have three arrangements I’ve been trying to complete but no ideas would flow when I sat at the piano.  Very frustrating!  I guess you could say I took a break and now I’m back on track :)

I think the latest congregational collection project burnt me out for a while. Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE to write music but sometimes I need to back up and just “not think” music for a spell to rejuvenate myself.

Before I sat at the piano today, I prayed “Lord, please guide my fingers and help me think clearly.”  The Lord answered my prayer :)

I just finished the final editing and layout for “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and conversing with Warner Chappell today to see what needs to be done to procede with publication. Yay!

Also working on an advanced piano arrangement of “Whispering Hope” which will be FREE :)  and…..trying to finish an advanced arrangement of “Holy, Holy, Holy”.

Hope to publish something soon!

Gotta go!  More music to write!

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As church pianist, I find it a challenge to locate nice patriotic vocal specials.

Need any song ideas for July 5th Sunday?  I’ll share a few with you soon!

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Used Music for Sale

May 1st, 2015

A recent paint job (last week)… forced me to empty all of my music from our living room closet. What a mess!

After much weeding out of music…my living room closet looks SO much better!  Due to lack of storage space or music I just can’t make use of in a small church…you will be seeing more music for sale on our “Used Music” page.

This project is still in the works but decided to share the process. (Want to replace the blue crate with a black one).

I wish I had a “before” picture to show you but all I can do is share the “after” pictures.







Melody Bober is one of my favorites!


Closer view of labels in sacred music bin


FJH Sacred Piano Library Sale!

April 18th, 2015


Attention: Piano Teachers and Church Pianists! Now’s the time to shop for sacred piano books with this GREAT deal!

I’ve been teaching from The FJH Music Company’s piano method books for at least fifteen years. FJH also has a great collection of sacred piano books by composers such as Melody Bober, Marilynn Ham and Cindy Berry…to name a few.

For a limited time, the FJH Music Company is making an excellent offer to piano teachers and church musicians!  Click the link below to go to their special promo page which contains the order form with a list of all the books on sale for a limited time only.

ORDER HERE:  The FJH Sacred Piano Library Sale!(40-45% discount with FREE SHIPPING!

A big thanks to Kyle Hackinson, of FJH Music Company Inc., for allowing me to share this excellent sale with my church pianist readers.

New! Piano Duo (two pianos) Arrangement

March 31st, 2015

Just published a sacred two piano arrangement that I’ve had on file for several years. My male piano students have really enjoyed this energy-driven piece.

Here’s a video of one of my students (on the keyboard) playing along with one of our college students in a recent service.


Sheet music for this arrangement is available under in store under the Piano Ensemble section for Two Piano Arrangements.

Correction: Haven of Rest & Wonderful Peace

March 28th, 2015



Many of you downloaded “Haven of Rest & Wonderful Peace” arrangement while it was free… before it went on sale in our store.

For that reason, I’m sharing page three with the corrected run in measure #22.

Click here to download page three of Haven of Rest & Wonderful Peace arrangement.

Free! Easter Prelude Transitions

March 25th, 2015


I decided to share for FREE….transitions for an Easter prelude.

A late intermediate to early advanced church pianist would benefit most from this IF they already know how to improvise hymns from the hymnal.

The following PDF includes four hymns that I printed from Timeless Truths Free Online Library.

Keep in mind that the hymns in the following Easter prelude are taken from a hymnal as is  but I’ve also included  a separate sheet which includes the transition for each song in the prelude collection. (These hymns are in the correct keys to match the transition sheet below.)

Easter Prelude Contents:

There is a Fountain (B flat Major)

When I See the Blood (C Major)

Since I Have Been Redeemed (F Major)

Glory to His Name (G Major)

Click here to download Easter-Prelude

Click here to download Transitions for Easter Prelude

Hopefully this helps the church pianist who has difficulty with adding transitions/modulations between hymns during a prelude.

Free Advanced Sacred Piano Arrangement

March 4th, 2015


Special note to my readers:  This advanced sacred piano solo of The Haven of Rest & Wonderful Peace is available in our music store.

Last week, a church pianist friend of mine who I met through my website was asking if I would write another advanced devotional piano solo.  She couldn’t have asked at a better time since I was wanting to start a new advanced piano arrangement.

I began thinking about The Haven of Rest and tried to think of a song that would go with it. The chorus of “Wonderful Peace” just seemed to flow in thought and rhythm at the end of Haven of Rest chorus.

What a blessing to know as a Christian that…”I’ve anchored my soul in the haven of rest” and now I have “Peace, peace, wonderful peace…coming down from the Father above…”

The Haven of Rest was written (unsurprisingly) by an Irish sailor, Henry Gilmour, who came to America at an early age. (more on Henry’s life)

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