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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Patricia Mock

Patricia Mock’s music reflects a life-long love of worship and music.  However, it was’t until a composer workshop in 2009 that Pat’s creativity took wing.  Pouring her faith into her pen, Pat has seen phenomenal success with her lyrics and tuneful songs.  Over 70 anthems are currently in print, and the list continues to grow. Primarily a song writer, Pat’s work…

Brad Nix

Let the Song Begin (New challenges and new opportunities for composer Brad Nix ) It is often challenging for collegiate educators to adapt their highly developed compositional skills to sanctuary or community choir settings. Not for any lack of craftsmanship or talent, but because it feels a little bit like “swimming with handcuffs on” trying…

Of Cathedrals, Carnegie and Classrooms … a visit with one of the nation’s most influential and successful choral composers… JOHN LEAVITT

It is rare when a composer finds success in both academic and church marketplaces.  John Leavitt has distinguished himself time and time again in both these arenas.  As a pianist, conductor, educator and composer, John has reached audiences around the world with his artful, yet approachable music. From Carnegie Hall, and thousands of other notable…

Artistry and Integrity (A Conversation with Lloyd Larson)

It is a small circle of church composers who can claim that they work full time as a writer.  It is even rarer to find writers who for decades have been successful in both ministry and creativity.  Lloyd Larson is one of those exceptional figures who has accomplished this with true integrity.  His music ranges…

Music of Note (A conversation with PATTI DRENNAN)

Patti Drennan has been joyfully energizing choirs with her singular style of writing since her initial publications in the 90’s. Her music leaps from the page with engaging melodies and innovative part-writing. From cool jazz to classic choral treatments, from festive hymn arrangements to expressive original ballads, her music speaks in sanctuaries and concert halls…

Heather Sorenson

Composer Spotlight Q&A What was the music of your youth? As much as music was a big part of my growing up years, the actual “music of my youth” was very, very limited. I could’ve won the “Most Accomplished Musician Who Knows the Fewest Songs Award,” had it existed! Mostly I was allowed to listen…