Archive for the ‘Offertories’ Category

Sacred Piano Duet: Come Thou Fount

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Just thought I’d share a video clip of the sacred piano duet “Come Thou Fount” performed by myself and my student, Hannah Myers.

We played it this past Wednesday for offertory before heading out to the MusiCollege 2015 event.

We thoroughly enjoyed playing this peppy arrangement on a cloudy day :)

Lorenz Sacred Piano Book Review

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Another nice sacred piano book from Lorenz for the church pianist!  This book is listed as an intermediate level but some of the pieces may lean more towards early advanced.  A total of fourteen arrangements makes this a nice investment!

My ultimate favorites in this book?

God of the Ages (God of Our Fathers) nice patriotic one!

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice

He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word

I’ve shared audio samples below of my preferred ten out of the fourteen.

Ah Holy Jesus 

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God of the Ages 

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He Leadeth Me  

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He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word 

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I Hear Thy Welcome Voice  

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In the Cross of Christ   

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More Love to Thee   

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O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus  

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Rejoice the Lord is King  

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Trusting Jesus  

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As a church pianist, I always get excited when discovering a book that can be well utilized for offertories.  He Leadeth Me is one such book!

*For  more information or to purchase… click Lorenz Publishing Corporation

 

 

Church Pianist Update

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

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What am I doing now?  Inputting my congregational arrangements for the second booklet and creating sample audios for another great sacred piano solo book from Lorenz called He Leadeth Me. 

He Leadeth Me is a nice collection of sacred piano solo arrangements by various arrangers, some I’m not as familiar with… but enjoy their style.

I hope to share a book review on He Leadeth Me this coming week.

Advanced Sacred Piano Solo: Holy Holy Holy

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Just published a very advanced piano solo of “Holy, Holy, Holy” today!

Thanks to several of my piano friends for test driving the piece before publication!

Just sharing youtube recording of the arrangement:

(Buy sheet music listed below the video)

 

Holy, Holy, Holy (NEW)
Advanced sacred piano solo, 3 & 1/2 pgs. Approx. 2:05 *For complete audio...click youtube link below
Price: $3.95

Nice Patriotic Piano Offertory

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Just came across this piano book, “May Jesus Christ be Praised” with a nice patriotic medley by Marilynn Ham and thought I’d share it.  You can only view the first two pages but it’s a nice looking piece for offertory! I also like the looks of “When Morning Gilds the Skies”.  These are arrangements are for the advanced pianist.

Sheet Music Plus has it on sale right now for $13.59 plus shipping. I’m buying my copy right now :)

Not sure how new this book is but I haven’t seen it before.

Church Pianist Update

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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I had a nice visit with my parents this past weekend.  I wrote A LOT of music before and after the trip….so much….I forgot that I had already entered the entire  arrangement of “Holy, Holy, Holy” advanced piano solo. I’m allowing some settling time before publishing this one…..which usually means I have several of my piano friends “test drive” it before publishing…especially the real advanced ones like this one.

I also just finished my dad’s patriotic song, “In God We Trust”. I’m awaiting his approval after he proofreads it tonight :) Hope to publish it tomorrow.

Now my attention will focus more on the second congregational notebook.  John W. Peterson Company has given me permission to include “Heaven Came Down” in the next congregational collection. I will have to pay royalties for using this particular hymn since it’s still under copyright… a topic which ALL church pianists need to be briefed on! ( in a later post….I’ve said that at least once before)   ;)

 

Lorenz Sacred Piano Book Review

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Lorenz contacted me recently and asked if I would do several sacred piano book reviews for them.  What perfect timing!  I had already spent several hours on their site in the past month…researching their intermediate and advanced sacred piano arrangements. As a church pianist, I’m always looking for fresh arrangements for me or my piano students.

Here’s the first book review of one of my favorite finds!

Get ready to experience a nice variety of arrangements from the following book.  This is a must have for the church pianist!

 “I Know Whom I Have Believed”

Compiled by David Sarandon

Published by Lorenz Publishing Company

I-KNOW-WHOM

  I absolutely LOVE this collection of arrangements by various authors, providing a nice array of styles!  Special note: The arrangements seem more at an early advanced level rather than intermediate. (my opinion)

If you’re like me, you want to utilize the majority of a piano book before investing in it.  I would actually use most of these arrangements!  To me that’s exciting because I don’t come across many books like this.

So, I’m providing audio samples of the arrangements I would use.  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is one of my favorite ones…simple… yet elegant! (would make an excellent guitar arrangement!)

Contents:

I Know Whom I Have Believed (arr. Lloyd Larson)

*Like this author just not this particular arrangement…it uses a little more syncopation than I’m comfortable with.

I Need Thee Every Hour (arr. Mary McDonald) 

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Grace Greater Than Our Sin (arr. Larry Shackley) 

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Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus (arr. Hugh Livingston, Jr.) 

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I Surrender All (arr. Lenny Seidel) 

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To God be the Glory (arr. Martha Kelsey) 

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Open My Eyes, That I May See (arr. Michael Wilson)

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Sweet Hour of Prayer with Just As I Am (arr. Janet Vogt)   

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus (arr. Martha Kelsey) 

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His Eye is on the Sparrow (arr. Edward Broughton) 

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  (view sample pages here)

 

Church Pianist Current Activities

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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Just letting my readers know I’m in the process of posting the individual hymns from the Congregational Booklet One for sale on the Congregational Piano Hymn page of our online music store. (navigation buttons at top of this page)  So far I’ve posted: All Hail the Power, Are You Washed and Blessed Assurance.

Several have requested the Blessed Assurance congregational arrangement after seeing the first sample page of it in an older article.  It’s now sold separately or in the Congregational Booklet One.

Special note: Multiple uses for the church pianist!  The piano accompaniment arrangements from the Congregational Booklet One can also be used to accompany the following:  vocal soloist, flute or violin.

I’d Rather Have Jesus (now for sale)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Now for sale: “Id Rather Have Jesus”  Early advanced sacred piano solo

I'd Rather Have Jesus (NEW)
Early advanced sacred piano solo, 3&1/2 pgs. Approx. 2:06 *Complete audio not available with this arrangement due to copyright laws.

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Price: $3.95

or go to store at this link to see other advanced piano arrangements: MUSIC STORE

“I’d Rather Have Jesus” update!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Advanced piano solo

Advanced piano solo

Just got off phone with Word Music…..will be publishing “I’d Rather Have Jesus” this week

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