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  • Music in Worship: Thoughts from Composer Mark Bender

    Music in Worship: Thoughts from Composer Mark Bender

    Having served on the committee that created Lutheran Service Book and being a church music director, Mark Bender has a complex understanding of how music functions in the Divine...

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  • Product of the Month: Worship Planning Book

    Product of the Month: Worship Planning Book

    Worship Planning Book assists pastors and musicians in preparing services for Sundays and for holidays, such as Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve. To make worship planning...

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  • 5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

    5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

    The end of summer is drawing near, which means that regular music rehearsals will begin again for most church musicians. Here are five essential things for music directors to do in...

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  • Advent and Christmas Music to Start Thinking About

    Advent and Christmas Music to Start Thinking About

    With things being quieter in churches and schools during the summer, this is a perfect time to start planning ahead for Advent and Christmas. All our new pieces for that season are...

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  • 4 Ways for Church Music Directors to Recharge during Summer

    4 Ways for Church Music Directors to Recharge during Summer

    It is hard to believe that summer is already nearing its end. For me personally, it has been a time to rest and enjoy traveling and relaxing. Although I realize it is not always that...

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  • The Role of Music in Teaching the Faith

    The Role of Music in Teaching the Faith

    We know that music is important in teaching people about Jesus, but what does that actually look like? What practical steps can music directors take to teach not only music but also...

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  • Product of the Month: Marvel at the Mercy

    Product of the Month: Marvel at the Mercy

    “The center of Starke’s hymnody has always been the person and work of Jesus Christ, as revealed in Holy Scripture.” Rev. Jon Vieker wrote that in the foreword to Stephen P. Starke’s...

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  • 3 Summer Projects for Church Music Directors

    3 Summer Projects for Church Music Directors

    If you’re a music director, your summers probably are balanced with catching up from the previous year and working ahead for the next one. Use some of that “working ahead” time this...

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  • Does the Memorization of Hymns Matter?

    Does the Memorization of Hymns Matter?

    We often use music as a tool to memorize things, whether they’re presidents, books of the Bible, states, parts of grammar, the Small Catechism, or any number of other items. The rhythm...

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  • Summer Reading about Music and Worship: CPH Reads

    Summer Reading about Music and Worship: CPH Reads

    It’s summer! Even musicians can benefit from taking a break, sitting down with a book, and escaping into a story or learning something new. Concordia Publishing House’s summer reading...

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  • Product of the Month: Organ Chorales of Samuel Scheidt

    Product of the Month: Organ Chorales of Samuel Scheidt

    The forty-nine preludes in Organ Chorales of Samuel Scheidt come from the original 1650 publication Das Görlitzer Tabulaturbuch. After careful and reserved editing, these classic...

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  • Meet CPH Composer Jacob B. Weber

    Meet CPH Composer Jacob B. Weber

    Composer Jacob B. Weber began his musical journey as a piano student in first grade. He later studied church music and organ at Bethany Lutheran College and completed the master of...

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  • The Importance of Teaching Hymns to Children

    The Importance of Teaching Hymns to Children

    Christianity is not a simple thing. As church musicians, we understand this and strive to use our music to help teach doctrine in all of its complexities and subtleties to congregants...

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  • 7 Handbell Techniques for Unique Sounds

    7 Handbell Techniques for Unique Sounds

    While handbells are a relatively easy instrument to learn, they still offer complexity and much variety in sound. Even those who have played in handbell choirs for a long time will...

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  • Music for the Season after Pentecost

    Music for the Season after Pentecost

    Pentecost is a long and wonderful season when we focus on how God grows His Church through His Word. This is a time when our music selections can reflect biblical themes—such as peace,...

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  • CPH’s New Music Releases for 2018

    CPH’s New Music Releases for 2018

    It’s that time of year again—time for our new music to be released! We’re excited to share with you CPH’s new music for 2018. This year’s collection features 33 choral pieces, 19 titles...

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  • Reflection on “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”

    Reflection on “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”

    As I reflect on the glorious triumph of the Easter season, I remember the final hymn my congregation sang on Easter Sunday: “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (LSB 633). One of my...

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  • Interview with Jeffrey Honoré

    Interview with Jeffrey Honoré

    Composer Jeffrey Honoré is releasing a new handbell piece with CPH in 2018: “Meditation on ‘Crown Him with Many Crowns.’” We sat down with Jeffrey to learn more about the piece, his...

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  • Adding New Music into Worship while Honoring Tradition

    Adding New Music into Worship while Honoring Tradition

    All art was once new. Over much time, works now considered classic earned that status and were adopted into people’s traditions. How do we embrace new music in our churches today,...

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  • Product of the Month: Why Do You Peer into the Skies?

    Product of the Month: Why Do You Peer into the Skies?

    “Why Do You Peer into the Skies?” features brilliant work by two skilled artists—writer Lisa M. Clark and composer Jacob B. Weber. The text and tune tie very closely to Scriptural...

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