Original Hymn: Bearers of God’s Holy Armor

For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words.

Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result, which talks about the various parts of the armor of God.

Enjoy!

Bearers of God’s Holy Armor

Original Hymn: Faith, Hope, and Charity

For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Where Can I Turn for Peace?”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words. The tune is based on the classic sacred song “Panis Angelicus”.

Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result:

Faith, Hope, and Charity

Enjoy!

Softly and Tenderly

One of my favorite hymns we sang during General Conference was not familiar to many Latter-day Saints, but is familiar to many other Christians. “Softly and Tenderly” is a beautiful message about coming home to the Savior. Here is the video:

Today, I have a simple SATB arrangement of this hymn with the original words. Enjoy!

Softly and Tenderly

I’ll Walk Today As Jesus Walked

In General Conference, President Monson said “Walking where Jesus was is less important than walking as he walked.” My friend and collaborator, Rick Graham, though that this idea would make a wonderful children’s song. He wrote a beautiful melody, and asked me if I’d provide the words.

It took me a few complete revisions to get them just right, but I’m very happy with the end result. Enjoy!

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Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee

As a German speaker, I have always been a fan of Wagner’s music. One of my favorites is the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhäuser, which is one I have sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here’s an older recording of it:


I have taken the tune and used it for a setting of “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”, combining it with one verse of another version “Jesu, the Very Thought is Sweet”. Enjoy!

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee 

Two New Christmas Programs

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Today we have two different Christmas programs. Each of them has six Christmas numbers, all alternate settings of traditional songs, and straightforward so that they could be learned quickly. Each song comes with suggested scriptural narration that can be used to go from song to song.

Glory to God in the Highest Program

Let the Earth Rejoice Program

Enjoy!

Simplified Christmas Hymns with Alternate Melodies

Thinking about Christmas yet? You should be if you are a choir director! Here are a few of my simpler arrangements of classic Christmas texts with new melodies and in some cases, some additional words. Enjoy! 

Away in a Manger Simple

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Simple

With Wondering Awe Simple

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Simple