A LESSON OF SPRING

At the close of winter and the dawning of spring, new hope is born that love will triumph and peace will cover the earth as wildflowers blanket the land. Spring has a welcome way of announcing its arrival. Like the tap at the door when a loved one visits, spring greets us with familiarity and…

Sing To the Lord An Old Song

For this issue of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers to tell us about their favorite “old timey” hymn. PEPPER CHOPLIN I like “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”. It is so hearty and strong – a great celebration. It was written during the time that John Phillip Sousa was active. During the chorus, the men sing what…

KEITH CHRISTOPHER

Keith Christopher has been creating beautiful music for sanctuaries and classrooms for more than three decades.  His choral canon includes a great diversity of styles and subjects. From festive anthems to tender songs of of worship and devotion, his music is always characterized by superb craftsmanship.  He is a leading orchestrator and producer and is…

Creation’s Cathedral

Julie Myers is a thoughtful composer/lyricist whose work is presented with a number of today’s leading choral writers. Her texts are fresh perspectives on timeless truths and have inspired many wonderful anthems.  In this WorshipSongsOnline guest blog she provides ideas for creative presentations of one of her latest efforts.   A Devotional Liturgy based on…

ELEMENTS OF FAITH (The ancient sacred made new)

Before the establishment of our modern religious practices, there existed among ancient cultures a simpler understanding of the mysteries of the spirit. During these early times, humans related to their existence in a basic creationism founded on four essential elements that comprise our world: earth, fire, water, and air. While these simple symbols may seem…

Composer Spotlight: Lee Dengler

Lee DENGLER is one of the sacred music industry’s nice guys.  Lee is a man who has successfully worked for decades as an editor, engraver, composer and arranger.  He and his wife Susan, (a lyricist) have provided many significant anthems into the choral canon in a variety of traditional styles and genres.  His compositions range…

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…

Songs Heard Around the World

Music has touched my spirit deeply, yet differently, during the various seasons of my life. I grew up as most… first listening to the music my parents would enjoy. As I aged, my tastes expanded and I developed my own soundtrack for my life. Recently I have grown to appreciate the full magnitude of how…

DAVID SCHWOEBEL, COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT

David Schwoebel is one of those composers who is truly respected and appreciated by his peers. In a creative arena where egos and agendas proliferate, David approaches his craft with integrity and a spirit of service. He is a friend to all, and his gift of encouragement is legendary. His music is at times sweeping…

LETTING GO AND MOVING ON

  This month, my sister and I began renting an apartment together in Fort Collins, Colorado. Beyond the practical aspects and challenges of moving, we both have learned a great deal from this operation in domestic transition. How can two people have accumulated this much stuff in just a few short years? Where did all…

Cindy Berry

Our Composer of the Month is Cindy Berry. Cindy is a composer and arranger of numerous sacred choral works, children’s musicals and piano collections.  Her goal as a musician is to always present her music as an offering of worship to God.   WHAT WAS THE MUSIC OF YOUR YOUTH? Hmmm. . . that was a…

THE JOURNEY HOME

No man learned anything original from looking in a mirror. With technology connecting our world more than ever before, we can access and connect with the diversity of the human experience with almost miraculous ease. How can it be that with all of this technology available to us, distinctions in perspective seem more disparate than…