Church Musicians

  • 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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  • Music of the Month: Glory Be to Jesus

    Music of the Month: Glory Be to Jesus

    John A. Behnke has transcribed his popular organ prelude of the tune WEM IN LEIDENSTAGEN to an accessible arrangement for level II handbells. Based on three stanzas of the hymn, the...

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  • The Church’s Song: Proclamation, Pedagogy, and Praise

    The Church’s Song: Proclamation, Pedagogy, and Praise

    To celebrate the release of Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns, here is an excerpt from Carl Schalk’s essay in Volume 2:

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  • Why We Learn to Square Dance

    Why We Learn to Square Dance

    There’s a meme I’ve seen more than once. It goes something like this: Me: I just want to learn how to do my taxes. School: Shut up and square dance. It’s a sentiment I’ve heard...

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  • Hymn of the Month: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

    Hymn of the Month: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

    The Hymn of the Month is “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” (LSB 358), set to the tune VOM HIMMEL HOCH. The text was written by Martin Luther, and it was translated from German to...

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  • Six Myths about Christmas Hymns

    Six Myths about Christmas Hymns

    As we wait for the arrival of the Savior, here is a guest post from Rev. Dr. Jon D. Vieker, one of the three general editors of Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns, which...

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  • Finding Advent and Christmas Music This Season

    Finding Advent and Christmas Music This Season

    Advent is finally here, and Christmas is just around the corner. This is a great time for celebration, from setting up the Christmas tree and placing the nativity scene to singing hymns...

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  • Music of the Month: Proclaim! Preludes for Christmas

    Music of the Month: Proclaim! Preludes for Christmas

    The Proclaim! series provides organists with substantive service music and hymn harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day, as found in the One-Year and Three-Year Lectionaries of Lutheran...

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  • Why We Listen to Music

    Why We Listen to Music

    With my heart warmed by a glass of cheap red wine, my cozy apartment sheltering me in light that keeps the cold darkness at bay, and my husband gone for the evening, leaving me to my...

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  • Hymn of the Month: From God Can Nothing Move Me

    Hymn of the Month: From God Can Nothing Move Me

    The Hymn of Month is “From God Can Nothing Move Me” (LSB 713). It is set to the tune VON GOTT WILL ICH NICHT LASSEN. This is probably the most well-known hymn of Ludwig Helmbold, a...

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  • Three Thanksgiving Hymn Histories: Companion to the Hymns

    Three Thanksgiving Hymn Histories: Companion to the Hymns

    November is a time of thanksgiving. We reflect and give thanks for everything that God has provided for us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. During this month, many churches,...

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  • Music of the Month: Festival Gloria

    Music of the Month: Festival Gloria

    Description Jacob B. Weber has composed a thrilling Gloria for SATB, organ, and brass quartet. Featuring joyous symphonic writing, the piece begins with a fanfare interplay between...

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