Church Musicians

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

  • 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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  • 2021 Music Catalog

    2021 Music Catalog

    The 2021 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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  • 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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  • Technology and Church Music

    Technology and Church Music

    We live in a world dominated by digital technology—technology that majorly affects our modern musical world. Although digital technology can offer us a wealth of music we might...

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  • Music Evolving through the Reformation

    Music Evolving through the Reformation

    This blog post has been adapted from an article that appears in Lutheranism 101: Third Edition. Read the first part of the article here.

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  • Music of the Month: Preludes on Five Hymns of Martin Luther

    Music of the Month: Preludes on Five Hymns of Martin Luther

    Bret A. Heim has crafted new settings based on five of Martin Luther's hymns:  GOTT DER VATER, WOHN UNS BEI; JESUS CHRISTUS, UNSER HEILAND; a cantilena and toccata on NUN BITTEN WIR;...

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  • The Importance of Movement in the Divine Service

    The Importance of Movement in the Divine Service

    As anyone who spends time around kids can attest, children love to move. In fact, it is often difficult to get them to sit still, and many teachers know how beneficial it is to plan...

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  • Music of the Month: Praetorius Chorales for SAB Choir

    Music of the Month: Praetorius Chorales for SAB Choir

    This three-volume set edited by William Braun includes the SAB chorale settings of Michael Praetorius, making this collection accessible to most choirs. The settings may be used as a...

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  • The Liturgy of Back-to-School Routines

    The Liturgy of Back-to-School Routines

    In this “Back to School!” time of year, what are your routines? You may be back in school already or preparing for its arrival in the coming weeks. It is this time of year that—whether...

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  • The Heritage of Music during the Reformation

    The Heritage of Music during the Reformation

    This blog post has been adapted from an article that appears in Lutheranism 101: third edition.

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  • Music of the Month: Chorale Preludes of Georg Philipp Telemann

    Music of the Month: Chorale Preludes of Georg Philipp Telemann

    The new music collection features an assortment of nineteen wonderful preludes by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767) and edited by Sam Eatherton. Telemann composed chorale preludes that...

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  • The Tedious Work of Musicians and Christians

    The Tedious Work of Musicians and Christians

    I periodically see a meme floating around the internet jokingly mimicking those who praise musicians with phrases like “Wow, how did you get such great talent?” and “How do you play so...

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  • The Psalms in Christian Worship

    The Psalms in Christian Worship

    This blog post is excerpted from Engaging the Psalms: A Guide for Reflection and Prayer.  The Psalter was ancient Israel’s hymnal, and it was the hymnal for Jesus and His...

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  • Music of the Month: The Good Shepherd by Jonathan D. Campbell

    Music of the Month: The Good Shepherd by Jonathan D. Campbell

    Jonathan D. Campbell has arranged a medley, or three hymn tunes, associated with Christ the Good Shepherd, including BROTHER JAMES’ AIR, BRADBURY, and RESIGNATION. Arranged with...

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