Welcome friends to WorshipSongsOnline.  Our summertime edition is dedicated to all of the new releases for fall and Christmas.  I know it sounds strange, but this is the time directors are able to plan and make decisions about the quickly approaching choir season.  While the heat is simmering, take a little time to refresh your spirits with the hopeful sounds of Christmas and Advent music, or find that perfect Thanksgiving anthem while flipping those burgers on the grill.  Most of us at WorshipSongsOnline are on the road during this time doing clinics and presenting music at many summer conferences around the country. Soon many of you will receive our INSIDE mailers as well as our magazine version of WorshipSongs in the mail.  Here at WorshipSongsOnline, you can begin your review weeks earlier than the traditional mailers. We hope this is useful to you and your busy summer schedules.  With WorshipSongsOnline our resources are only a few clicks away.

It is all free and easy to use!  Just click on the WorshipSongs cover and it will whisk you away to options for listening and reviewing our sparkling new publications.  You can “look and listen”  using our SCOREPLAY feature or “listen only” by choosing ”OPEN FULL PLAYLIST”.  The songs follow the order of the downloadable WorshipSongs booklet.  You can even download excerpts onto your devices or burn your own CD for your daily commute.  The excerpt version is narrated and will give you a general overview of all of the new releases.  How ever you choose to listen, we thank you for your time and support.  We are honored to partner with you in your music ministries.

Our bloggers have embraced our summer theme by providing a variety of sharable thoughts for your consideration.  I think you will find their efforts enjoyable to read and also helpful!

From all of us at TEAM SACRED have a fantastic summer!

Much grace…

Joseph Martin
Director of Publications
Hal Leonard/Shawnee Press

Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose. He is a member of the staff at the Hal Leonard Corporation and Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country. Joseph is Artist in Residence at Concordia University in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife Sue, and his children Jonathan and Aubrey.

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