CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

When I was young, we lived for a while with my grandparents. My mom was a nurse and my dad was a seminary student, so this was a real blessing for us. One holiday season my “mam-maw” let me help decorate the Christmas tree. Out came boxes of treasured ornaments, many of them handed down…

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 Fall, Advent & Christmas Past Issues: 2019 Spring, Lent & Easter 2018 Fall…

A Mystery, the Holiday Care and Feeding of Church Musician’s

Chris Titko is a musician par excellence whether he is accompanying, directing, or editing the latest choral releases for the world’s largest music distributor. This classically trained church musician brings an impressive skill set to his daily enterprise that uniquely qualifies him for service to the modern church. An industry insider, he knows how to…

COOKING A CANTATA BY TEMPLATE (Create Your Own Service of Light)

Long before I was creating cantatas for publishers, I was helping to create them for the local church. While we all love to sell our published work, we recognize that, for a variety of reasons, churches may need to create a Christmas program from scratch. Using the anthems you already have in your library (perhaps…

Everywhere Christmas Tonight

Even before school let out for winter, I knew it was Christmastime by the familiar signs that filled my childhood home with cheer: the scrumptious smell of Mom’s homemade Chex mix filling the kitchen, Dad pulling boxes of ornaments out from the garage, and classic Christmas melodies playing over the stereo. Next came the decorations….

What is the best holiday dish and worst holiday dish?

 For this issue, we asked out composers to tell us their favorite and least favorite holiday dishes. ROBERT STERLING: Best: my older sister’s homemade pies. Worst: fruitcake   TERRY YORK: Best holiday dish is oyster dressing. Worst holiday dish is mincemeat pie.   MOLLY IJAMES: Best: Corn casserole Worst: Either fruitcake or boiled vegetables  …

‘Tis the Gift to be ….. Obedient, Faithful, and Humble

There’s something that’s been on my heart for at least three years now – probably longer. With the exception of a few friends, I’ve mostly kept it to myself. There are just so many opinions in the world; social media has made it easy for us to vent ALL the opinions ALL the time! We…

The Gift of Love

Every month I get a notice from my friend and yours, Joseph Martin, that it’s time for a new blog post (he’s nothing if he’s not persistent). This month, as in the past, the request came in an email addressed to a long list of contributors to this fine online establishment. Here’s what it said…

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 children’s…

Hidden Christmas Treasures

After only a few years of assembling Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas services, I grew weary of the same old same old. Grab a few Messiah choruses, “I Wonder as I Wander,” and the rest of the usual fair I needed to begin looking for the “hidden Christmas treasures.” Of course, it is great when…

Music of Gratitude

Thanksgiving has just passed. Christmas is around the corner. I’m taking this opportunity to “mash-up” these two events and say how very thankful I am for all the Ministers of Music, church choirs, church orchestras, and drama ministries that have programmed my music for the last forty Christmases. Your support and patronage have helped sustain…

INTERGENERATIONAL IS NOT A PROGRAM – IT IS A CULTURE

What do you think of when you hear “Intergenerational?” Do pictures of youth going to nursing homes (I know that is not the politically correct name for them) and visiting the elderly (another incorrect political term) come to mind? How about when the childern’s choir sings with the adult choir in a Christmas cantata or…

WE WISH YOU “A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS!”

Each December, I have the pleasure of directing an 80-voice choir in a seasonal community concert. We call this annual concert A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS, and it is truly one of the highlights of my year. Our choir is comprised of singers from churches all across our town (Bastrop, TX), and everyone participates on a volunteer…