Church Musicians

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

  • 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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  • Music of the Month: That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

    Music of the Month: That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

    A classic Easter text is given a substantive, dramatic setting by Benjamin M. Culli. This English cathedral–style anthem features a memorable tune accompanied by dramatic and thrilling...

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  • Music Education and Child Development

    Music Education and Child Development

    The ancient Greeks recognized the importance of music as part of a complete education. In the Greek gymnasiums of ancient times, men sought physical fitness through training, but...

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  • Music of the Month: Now, Even Now, Declare a Fast

    Music of the Month: Now, Even Now, Declare a Fast

    Kevin Hildebrand has set a text by Stephen P. Starke to the Welsh tune LLEF. This easy-to-learn composition is useful throughout the Lenten season, especially on Ash Wednesday during...

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  • Do We Listen to Too Much Music?

    Do We Listen to Too Much Music?

    I was recently listening to a podcast in which one of the hosts shared a personal anecdote about his attempt to not listen to music all day. He briefly related how he realized he had...

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  • Featured Church Music for Lent

    Featured Church Music for Lent

    If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out. 

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  • Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    When I was a child, my church always sang “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” on Christmas Day as the Communion elements were processed into the sanctuary. The congregation would start...

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  • Pondering Christ in Our Work as Church Musicians

    Pondering Christ in Our Work as Church Musicians

    A common complaint in our modern culture is the swiftness of time. It seems like every month we look at each other and ask, “Where did the last month go?” For church musicians, this is...

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  • Music of the Month: When Morning Dawns: Nine Preludes for Advent and Christmas

    Music of the Month: When Morning Dawns: Nine Preludes for Advent and Christmas

    David Maxwell has crafted nine extensive organ settings for Advent and Christmas in this collection. Maxwell uses a variety of styles ranging from introspective (W ZLOBIE LEZY) to...

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  • Experiencing Advent in a New Context

    Experiencing Advent in a New Context

    The first time I heard the hymn “Thy Strong Word” (LSB 578), I was at a friend’s church choir concert. The beautiful architecture and stained glass windows combined with the multiple...

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  • Waiting for the Light of the World

    Waiting for the Light of the World

    “Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.” These words mark the opening of the service of Evening Prayer (Lutheran Service Book, p. 243). The...

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  • Music of the Month: The First Noel

    Music of the Month: The First Noel

    The First Noel is one of the final contributions to the Concordia Publishing House choral catalog by the late Carl F. Schalk (1929–2021). Schalk’s soaring tune and captivating setting...

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