Church Musicians

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

  • Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Every spring, Easter comes around in the Church Year as a celebration of the battle Christ has won for believers everywhere. He has conquered the devil, died for your sins, and defeated...

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  • Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    This collection of five preludes for Lent is another stunning addition to the Hymn Tune Innovations series. Benjamin M. Culli has composed five accessible preludes for use during the...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Lent is a reflective and beautiful time in the Church Year. As we prepare to enter this season, you may notice some children are more familiar with this time as one to “take a break” from...

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  • Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir is a collection of five two-part choir settings highlighting new hymn texts for Lent by hymn writers such as Lisa M. Clark and Stephen P. Starke. The...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Lent

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Lent

      Planning the music for Lenten services can be a monumental task. Not only are there Sunday services but midweek and Holy Week services too. Open up your options with digital music that...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Christmas

    Top Children’s Hymns for Christmas

    It’s that time of year: the weather has gotten colder, the lights have gone up, and the Christmas music has been playing for some time now. It’s a season of celebration, especially the...

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  • Music of the Month: Christmas Impressions, Set 2

    Music of the Month: Christmas Impressions, Set 2

    Enhance your Christmas worship services with these five preludes by William H. Bates. Driving rhythmic passages, harmonic sequences, and imaginative counterpoints shore up the distinctive...

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  • Pausing for Peace: Advent for Instrumentalists

    Pausing for Peace: Advent for Instrumentalists

    It happens every year. The evenings grow darker as the weeks pass, and we all look longingly out the windows of work or school, counting down dwindling days until Christmas break. We...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Advent

    Top Children’s Hymns for Advent

    The celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is fast approaching, and with it comes an abundance of music. It’s easy to bypass Advent and skip ahead to Christmas. But Advent...

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  • Music of the Month: Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

    Music of the Month: Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

    Ralph C. Schultz offers us this Appalachian folk song that proclaims the birth of Jesus. The beauty of the song is placed in an accessible setting for SAB choir with a descant for C or...

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  • There’s No Time Like the Christmas Present

    There’s No Time Like the Christmas Present

    Merry fall, y’all. Christmas starts early in the Dominican Republic. That doesn’t mean I’m a disgruntled traditionalist who boycotts Christmas music until Santa ushers in the season from...

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  • The Stories behind Your Favorite Reformation Hymns

    The Stories behind Your Favorite Reformation Hymns

    Why have certain hymns grown to be synonymous with the Reformation? With these excerpts from Eternal Anthems and Companion to the Hymns, you’re invited to journey through the contexts of...

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  • Music of the Month: Built on the Rock by Wayne L. Wold

    Music of the Month: Built on the Rock by Wayne L. Wold

    Each movement of this five-movement partita, Built on the Rock: Partita on “Kirken den er et gammelt hus,” can be used separately at various points in a worship service, or they can be...

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  • Vespers and Evening Hymns

    Vespers and Evening Hymns

    The historic church used to partake in a set of daily services called the Daily Office. This kept people connected to God and in community with His Word throughout their working lives....

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  • Music of the Month: My Lord, What a Morning

    Music of the Month: My Lord, What a Morning

    David von Kampen has set this anthem for End Times or Advent for SATB choir and piano. It begins with unison choir on the first refrain and moves to SATB in the first verse. The piece...

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  • Children’s Music for the Worship Service

    Children’s Music for the Worship Service

    Jesus cherished children in a special way throughout His ministry on earth, which we are reminded of in His words “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such...

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  • An Overview of Compline

    An Overview of Compline

    As you assembled in silence in a church by candlelight or with your family before turning in for the night, you may have prayed the office of Compline. This evening office is reflective...

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  • Music of the Month: Artful Hymn Accompaniments for Piano

    Music of the Month: Artful Hymn Accompaniments for Piano

    Timothy Shaw’s collection of hymn accompaniments for piano showcases the range and technique of the piano as an instrument to lead congregational singing. This collection is the second in...

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  • What Is a Cantor?

    What Is a Cantor?

    You may have heard someone in your church referred to as a cantor (sometimes spelled “kantor”). You probably know that a cantor works with church music, but what makes a cantor distinct...

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  • Music of the Month: Inviting Them to Sing

    Music of the Month: Inviting Them to Sing

    Hymn introductions provide an opportunity to invite the congregation to lift up its voice. They needn’t be long or complicated in order to be engaging. This resource provides 60...

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