It’s the Busiest Time of the Year!

Jeff Reeves serves as Choral Music Editor with Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee. In his role at Hal Leonard, Jeff serves as the primary editor for the Henry Leck Choral Series, Discovery Choral Series, and the Shawnee Press sacred choral catalog for children, Worship Songs Junior. Jeff also serves as the Director of Children’s Music Ministries at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. In this position, Jeff coordinates and directs choral and handbell choirs for children in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Since 1990, Jeff has specialized in the field of church music for children. His work in both the music publishing industry and the local church has given him the unique opportunity to understand the needs of children’s choirs within the larger ecumenical community. He is the author of numerous publications including children’s music curriculum materials, teaching articles, as well as choral and handbell works for children of all ages. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master’s of Church Music degree from Southern Theological Seminary. He lives in Brookfield with his husband, John, who is Minister of Music & Organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa. Together, Jeff and John enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with their delightful dog, Dolly, and traveling to warm weather destinations.

Children’s choir directors know that Advent and Christmas provide wonderful opportunities for children to sing in worship as well as special seasonal programs and concerts. Directors also know that this time of year can be one the busiest and most stressful parts of the church year.

As you (the director of children’s choirs) lead rehearsals and prepare your children’s choir for Advent and Christmas presentations, remember the importance of taking care of yourself! You laugh at these words (as do I!) – but the truth remains: healthy choir directors inspire and lead their singers to success. Remember to:

  • Eat and drink healthy foods
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Do something you enjoy (watch a movie, go out for dinner, watch TV, etc.)

If you happen to need a last minute Christmas anthem for your children’s choir – check out these simple, easy to learn pieces from SING AND CELEBRATE 5!:



Jeff Reeves

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