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…

A Sterling Treasure

There are few contemporary composers who have impacted the Christian music soundscape more than Robert Sterling.  Through his original songs, anthems, arrangements, and musicals he has touched millions with his craft.   Gold albums and Dove awards are a regular feature for this industry giant, and his heart remains committed to elevating the communicative impact of…

A CELEBRATION OF SERVICE

In these days of generational segregation, the church offers us a rare opportunity for building community between the young and people of age. It is natural for children and older people to have their own times of gathering to cultivate their individual sacred cultures. Yet, there is much to be gained by allowing each of…

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: DAVID ANGERMAN

It is indeed rare for a church musician to stay with a single ministry his entire career. In a culture where the average stay for church employees is under 5 years, to reach 40 years at the same congregation defies the odds. Composer David Angerman has done just that in his church position at Bethany…

John Parker ~ Composer of the Month

Composer, lyricist, librettist, singer, clinician, entrepreneur? How does one best describe John Parker, one of sacred music’s leading publishing personalities? Perhaps “Minister Through Music” best describes this versatile musician. John’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence is evident in all of his endeavors. His ministerial heart beats strong in every effort, reflecting a devotion to sharing…

THE SOUNDTRACK OF CHRISTMAS

THE SOUNDTRACK OF CHRISTMAS In my last BLOG, I highlighted a selection of hymns that have been featured in major films. I have decided to extend this to the Christmas season, which is without a doubt the number one holiday in the United States, to truly intersect the religious and secular sectors of our population….

Hymns Go to The Movies

In this millennial age, there seems to be a clear line that separates the religious and secular sectors of public life. In movies, however, we can still find some examples where there is an overlap, particularly through music. Film scores are anything but arbitrary, and sacred music can bring important gravitas and character to cinematic…