Church Musicians

Develop a deeper appreciation of church music and learn the history of the Church's hymnody with these articles from CPH Music.

  • Music of the Month: “God Is Our Refuge and Strength”

    Music of the Month: “God Is Our Refuge and Strength”

    Composed for Concordia University Chicago’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this setting for two-part voices and piano is characterized by soaring vocal lines and...

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  • Sacred Piano Music Collections to Uplift Your Church

    Sacred Piano Music Collections to Uplift Your Church

    In the minutes before a worship service, you might find yourself shuffling in the pew, turning your phone on silent, and already wondering what you should have for lunch. Then, the...

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  • Using Hymns to Learn or Improve Improvisation

    Using Hymns to Learn or Improve Improvisation

    I had little to no training in improvisation in my music lessons growing up. This lack of training combined with a predisposition to enjoy sight reading led me to avoid improvising at all...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Reformation

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Reformation

     Reformation Day brings about well-loved favorites in the Lutheran Church with multiple settings for musicians to choose from. Read on to see our top five downloadable Reformation Day...

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  • Music of the Month: “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”

    Music of the Month: “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”

    “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” (LSB 655) is one of Martin Luther’s most well-known hymns. It was also one of the last hymns Luther wrote. The text originates from Luther’s...

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  • Strengthening Our Singing Voice

    Strengthening Our Singing Voice

    The people of God sing throughout the Bible. The Israelites sang when they were delivered from the Egyptians (see Exodus 15). The women of Israel sang when Saul and his army—including...

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  • Music of the Month: Rest for the Weary

    Music of the Month: Rest for the Weary

    This piece by Benjamin M. Culli paints a beautiful image of heaven. Arranged for SATB and piano, Culli treats the text with a lyrical tune and supportive piano accompaniment. The piece...

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  • Music and Language Drawing Us to the Lord’s Supper

    Music and Language Drawing Us to the Lord’s Supper

    My husband and I recently received a little toy piano for our daughter. It is the perfect size for her. She sits on the floor and bangs the keys with her little fists, squealing in delight...

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  • Waffles, Mugs, and Bible Study: Four Tips for Building Christian Community That Lasts

    Waffles, Mugs, and Bible Study: Four Tips for Building Christian Community That Lasts

    You’ve got everything laid out: snacks, Bibles, pens, and a welcome sign. You even turn on an inspirational playlist for mood music. Despite these eager preparations, only a few people...

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  • Top Three Collections to Get Instrumentalists Involved in Your Church

    Top Three Collections to Get Instrumentalists Involved in Your Church

    From timid first attempts at reading notes to performing with confidence and flourishing, Christian instrumentalists have something to offer your congregation. Even if you don’t know it,...

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  • Music of the Month: Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Services

    Music of the Month: Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Services

    I wasn’t born into the Lutheran Church, at least not in the earthly sense. In every way, it’s a miracle that I, a child born to a single mother in post-Soviet Russia in the late 1990s,...

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  • Congregational Singing and the Body of Christ

    Congregational Singing and the Body of Christ

    “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it,” Paul writes in his first Letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:27).

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  • Music of the Month: Piano Resonance

    Music of the Month: Piano Resonance

    Celebrated composer Marianne Kim has written an uplifting collection of hymn arrangements for piano based on favorite hymns of praise. These pieces feature contemporary and nontraditional...

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  • Why We Should Sing Children’s Hymns

    Why We Should Sing Children’s Hymns

    The best things in life can be enjoyed by children and adults. This especially includes the music of the Church—specifically, the hymns we sing.

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  • Music of the Month: “Partita on Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”

    Music of the Month: “Partita on Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”

    John Behnke has composed a three-part partita on the hymn tune KOMM, HEILIGER GEIST, HERRE GOTT, a Reformation-era tune that accompanies Martin Luther’s Pentecost hymn “Come, Holy Ghost,...

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  • New Music Catalog

    New Music Catalog

    The New Music Catalog offers a preview of brand new music for choir, organ, piano, and handbells to use throughout the Church Year.

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  • Fasting and Feasting on Music

    Fasting and Feasting on Music

    I still remember my first Easter at my current church. In the lead up to that glorious day, we stopped singing the Gloria in Excelsis for Lent. As we drew closer to Good Friday, we...

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  • Music of the Month: Praise Mosaics

    Music of the Month: Praise Mosaics

    Jacob B. Weber continues his Mosaics series with six hymns of Praise and Adoration. Contents include a dance-like EARTH AND ALL STARS, a stately ENGELBERG, a majestic LAUDES DOMINI, two...

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  • Ceremony in the Divine Service

    Ceremony in the Divine Service

    “I was raised Catholic, but, I dunno. Mass is just … well, it’s so much ceremony.” This was overheard at a recent get-together. You may have heard a similar sentiment directed at the...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for the Easter Season

    Downloadable Sheet Music for the Easter Season

    Easter is fast approaching, and every musician knows how important the beautiful organ, piano, handbells, and choral singers are on that Sunday morning. Hearing the resurrection bells...

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