Singing It Forward

Our theme for this WorshipSongsOnline release is dedicated to being grateful for those who awakened in us a love of music and message.  During the holiday season, we are often filled with memories of treasured times, and our thoughts inevitably turn to those people who motivated and inspired us.  Some years ago I purchased a…

Current WorshipSongs Promotion

Our online catalog lets you read all about our newest releases as well as listen to them by clicking the “Open Playlist” link. When scrolling through the new releases click the “ScorePlay” icons to see the actual score and hear it play.   2019 Spring, Lent & Easter 2018 Fall & Christmas 2018 Spring, Lent &…

SIX WAYS to PAY IT FORWARD IN MUSIC MINISTRY

As we contemplate the legacy we’ve been given, consider these ideas for passing on the song in music ministry: 1. Sing Robustly – You can influence congregational singing for the future by singing with great enthusiasm during congregational worship. Family and friends will remember your example and will often follow suit. 2. Scholarships & Endowments…

Benefits of Traveling with Your Choir

As a tour project manager for nearly 10 years, I have assisted many choirs as they plan trips abroad. As a singer, I have had the opportunity to sing with some of the groups as they experience the joy of taking their songs outside the sanctuary. There are many benefits of traveling abroad with your choir….

RING IN THE NEW WITH THE OLD

Many of the symbols we use in worship today pre-date Christianity or have roots in other traditions, including the secular. As we have made them our own, they have given us tangible ways of expressing the deeper aspects of our faith that lie beyond words. The Advent season is a prime example of “borrowing” from…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR SPRING!

  Even though Advent and Christmas are close at hand, children’s choir directors know that Spring will arrive soon! That means directors will soon be planning music for Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Mother’s Day, and end of the choir year programs. Shawnee Press is proud to provide an outstanding catalog of Spring music perfect for…

PASS IT ON

(Note: This is a re-post of a blog from last year. My friend and mentor, Kurt Kaiser, passed away a few short days ago, leaving behind an enormous musical legacy. So, I thought it appropriate to bring this tribute to my readers’ attention once again. – Robert) When a person sets out on a new…

A Legacy of Christmas

Legacy: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. I think about Legacy a lot in my job. I have the honor, privilege and challenge of sitting in the same position that my father, Fred, sat for almost thirty years. His name is the company name. I even have…

LET THERE BE GIFTS

Buying the perfect Christmas gift for my pianist/composer Dad, Joseph Martin, is never easy. First of all he is very picky! Second of all he already has everything! Thirdly, he is very picky! This year I’m thinking about a lot of interesting musical options. I have been doing my research, and I am narrowing it down…

Let There Be Carols

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the creativity of composers and arrangers. As I review new manuscripts, I see the titles like “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” “Joy To The World,” and ”God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and I wonder, “Why another arrangement of this?” After all, what can be said in an…

My Worship Interview With a Millennial

In a world that seems so divided right now, music is a beautiful vehicle that brings people together regardless of lifestyle, politics, race, your Coke/Pepsi preference, etc. Unless you go to church, where music has been the divider of unity for decades. We all watched in agony as Satan used one of God’s most beautiful…

REVIVING THE SING-A-LONG

As I contemplated the theme for this edition of Worship Songs Online, I could not help but think about a family tradition we had when I was growing up. Every family get together would end with us all sitting in the living room with either my grandmother or aunt at the piano as we sang…

Composer Spotlight: Richard Nichols

Richard Nichols is one of those rare talents who is able to live as a composer/arranger in both the instrumental and choral worlds.  His orchestral and brass writing sparkle with originality and his choral compositions are filled with stylistic diversity.  Widely published his works are growing in popularity with each passing release.  He took time…