Church Musicians

  • What Songs Are Stuck in Your Head?

    What Songs Are Stuck in Your Head?

    I was leaning into the fridge and looking for a snack when the blasphemous lyrics popped into my head from out of nowhere. It was a line from a song by a band my husband and I had...

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  • Composer of the Month: Charles Ore

    Composer of the Month: Charles Ore

    Charles Ore is a renowned organist, music teacher, and composer. His storied career spans more than sixty years, and his passion for liturgical music and education is unmatched. Ore’s...

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  • Uniting Church Hymns throughout Time and Place

    Uniting Church Hymns throughout Time and Place

    This summer, One and All Rejoice, a new children’s hymnal for K–8 students, will be released. There are two hundred well-loved hymns along with newer songs debuting in this hymnal....

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  • Music of the Month: The Wind Blows Where It Wills

    Music of the Month: The Wind Blows Where It Wills

    This year, May 31 is Pentecost Sunday, the day the Church celebrates the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples after Christ's resurrection and ascension. In preparation for the day and...

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  • CPH Music Catalog | 2020-2021

    CPH Music Catalog | 2020-2021

    Browse CPH Music's 2020 list, with 24 choral pieces, 26 keyboard pieces, and 12 handbell pieces.

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  • Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    This pandemic is certainly horrific, but I have found many positives during this time. One of these positives was a slower and more reflective Holy Week, allowing me to ponder and study...

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  • Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    This pandemic is certainly horrific, but I have found many positives during this time. One of these positives was a slower and more reflective Holy Week, allowing me to ponder and study...

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  • Composer of the Month: Paul Gerhardt

    Composer of the Month: Paul Gerhardt

    Paul Gerhardt (1607–76) is in a tier only with Martin Luther as the most beloved and celebrated Lutheran hymnwriters in the church today. Seventeen of Gerhardt’s 100-plus hymn texts are...

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  • Prepare for the Easter Season at Home

    Prepare for the Easter Season at Home

    During the fifty days of the Easter season, the Church rejoices in the resurrected Lord and the new life He brings. This season includes three great feasts that we celebrate: the Feast...

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  • Music of the Month: Christ Being Raised

    Music of the Month: Christ Being Raised

    A perfect selection for the Easter season comes in this SATB anthem based on Romans 6:9. Beginning with joyous alleluias, the music rises in sequence, portraying the text “raised from...

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  • Comforting Hymns for Listening at Home

    Comforting Hymns for Listening at Home

    I know I’m not alone when I say that during times of distress, I cling to music. I cling to melodies that I have come to love, especially melodies and lyrics that I can repeat as a...

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  • Music during Tragedy

    Music during Tragedy

    In October 1966, tragedy struck the Welsh town of Aberfan when heavy rainfall mixed with coal waste and caused a mountainside to collapse. The sodden coal waste slid down to the town,...

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  • The Women of Lutheran Service Book You Might Not Know About

    The Women of Lutheran Service Book You Might Not Know About

    Men have had an incredible impact on shaping Lutheran hymnody as it’s known today. From Paul Gerhardt to Dr. Carl Schalk, male hymnwriters have truly given Lutheranism foundational...

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  • Music of the Month: Four Easter Hymns for Twelve Bells

    Music of the Month: Four Easter Hymns for Twelve Bells

    Sandra Eithun’s primary collection of popular Easter hymns and second set of popular Easter hymns are perfect for the busy Easter season, especially if you are shorthanded for...

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  • God’s Generous Gift of Music

    God’s Generous Gift of Music

    Food. Water. Shelter. Oxygen. Not much is required for a human being to exist. Appropriate nutrients and an appropriate atmosphere. That is essentially what we need to survive.

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  • Composer of the Month: August Crull

    Composer of the Month: August Crull

    August Crull (1845–1923) was born in Germany but moved with his mother to the United States as a young boy following the death of his father. His mother remarried, and Crull began...

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  • How to Network with Local Church Musicians

    How to Network with Local Church Musicians

    The professional world is full of networking opportunities, from connecting with individuals at conferences to networking entirely online. For a church musician or a music director,...

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  • Music of the Month: Three Lenten Chorales for Organ

    Music of the Month: Three Lenten Chorales for Organ

    A set of Lenten chorale preludes based on themes of repentance, Christopher M. Wicks’s settings are composed in variation style and are inspired by Bach’s partitas and the Orgelbüchlein.

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  • Why Church Bells Ring

    Why Church Bells Ring

    Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;    Bells still are chiming and calling,Calling the young and old to rest,But above all the souls distressed,    Longing for rest everlasting. (LSB 645:1)

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  • Composer of the Month: Carl F. Schalk

    Composer of the Month: Carl F. Schalk

    Dr. Carl F. Schalk has written more than one hundred hymn tunes, composed dozens of sacred choral pieces, and authored numerous books on liturgical worship. But what lies underneath the...

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