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: Hymns Complete

    Music of the Month: Hymns Complete

    John Behnke has begun a series for organists titled Hymns Complete, designed to accompany hymns as they are sung by congregations. Each volume contains introductions and accompaniments for...

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  • Top Organ Chorale Prelude Collections

    Top Organ Chorale Prelude Collections

    Preludes center your congregation’s hearts and minds on treasured hymn texts and tunes that inspire reflection and encourage their faith. Chorale preludes in particular draw upon a rich...

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  • Music of the Month: When I Behold Jesus Christ

    Music of the Month: When I Behold Jesus Christ

    This month's selected piece is a well-crafted modern hymn concertato scored for two-part voices, two treble instruments, piano, optional congregation, and optional violoncello by Matthew...

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  • The Stories behind Three Favorite Christmas Hymns

    The Stories behind Three Favorite Christmas Hymns

    Every Christmas tradition has an origin story, as do longtime favorite Christmas hymns. You may be surprised to discover what inspired three of your favorite holiday hymns: “From Heaven...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Epiphany

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Epiphany

    Celebrate the coming of the Magi and the Epiphany season by joining in fellowship through music. As you prepare for the season, consider adding these pieces to your repertoire for your...

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  • The History of “Savior of the Nations, Come”

    The History of “Savior of the Nations, Come”

    This Advent hymn is among the few that can be definitively attributed to the “father of Latin hymnody” himself, Ambrose of Milan. Listen to this beloved hymn and then check out its rich...

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  • Rejoicing While Waiting for Jesus

    Rejoicing While Waiting for Jesus

    “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) Our Church Year begins with Holy Scripture’s conclusion. The Church’s celebration of the Saints Triumphant and its recognition of Christ’s...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Christmas

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Christmas

    Rejoice! Rejoice! The Christmas season is approaching, and these wonderful settings are a perfect addition to your plans. Take a look at the variety below and browse hundreds of other...

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  • Music of the Month: Advent with Minimum Pedal

    Music of the Month: Advent with Minimum Pedal

    Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimum pedal, providing a collection of hymn tunes for the season of Advent in Advent with Minimum Pedal. These inventive preludes are...

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  • The Story That Inspired “Thy Strong Word”

    The Story That Inspired “Thy Strong Word”

     “Thy Strong Word” is a Reformation Day favorite for many churches. Composed for a special purpose, the lyrics were based on the Concordia Seminary motto, “Light from above.” Read on for...

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  • The Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church

    The Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church

    With the celebration of the Reformation rapidly approaching at the end of October, I have been contemplating and admiring the role of music in the Lutheran Church. Music played a...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Advent

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Advent

    Advent is a season of preparation and repentance as we anticipate the coming of our Lord and Savior. Help your congregation prepare with these five Advent settings for choral, organ, and...

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  • 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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