In 2015, Fr. Paulo Tanzini, former pastor of Church of the Assumption in Emerson, NJ, commissioned me to write a piece for the fiftieth anniversary of the building to be celebrated in mid-August of the same
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This colorful, modern take on a popular Reformation text incorporates striking a cappella harmonies and text painting to illustrate the beauty of Psalm 46.
This setting of the traditional Agnus Dei Latin text from the Requiem Mass was specifically written to honor the memory of the numerous victims of the senseless mass shooting tragedies of the summer of
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Following his successful settings of Kyrie and Gloria for treble voices, Dr. Trotta delivers a third movement from the Missa Brevis with Agnus Dei. Each setting has been
This familiar tune is set, in canon, with three different texts for use at various liturgical times. It will be excellent as an introduction to the hymn, a short acclamation or an introit.
Options abound with this setting by John Behnke. This piece can be sung by an SATB choir as an anthem with organ accompaniment, or it can be sung with congregation participation as a concertato. Listen for
"The invitation to compose an anthem for Easter Sunday from my home parish of St. Dominic's Catholic Church in San Francisco, Simon Berry, conductor, was for me an opportunity to fulfill a long-desired
Although the title may conjure images of power, this sacred anthem is actually a prayer. Composer Ed Childs constructs lovely flowing lines within a chorale style and introduces some delightfully surprising
The harmonic language of this setting of Amazing Grace portrays a feeling of mystery and awe. Completely original music is matched with this most familiar text to create an experience that feels
This accessible anthem unfolds with a beautiful melody accompanied by organ. With a text by Matthew Bridges, this serene anthem is appropriate for communion or peaceful times. Colorful and well crafted,
A delightful multi-meter setting by Bradley Ellingboe! Gracia Grindal's text is suitable for Easter or for general use. Scored for flute and piano, the flute part dances above in imitation of the angels'
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Jerry Weseley Harris brings us an energetic setting of the text from Isaiah 60, "Arise, shine, for your light has come." The rhythmic vitality of this piece will shine through in the season of Epiphany, and
An accessible a cappella work full of lyricism and expressive harmonies. The beautiful and inspiring text by Michael Morris is based on Psalm 1. This piece is well suited for liturgical churches.
The words of King David to his son Solomon come to life in this dramatic piece. Ending with a soaring call to be strong and courageous, this piece is sure to inspire.
Opening out from a lyrical exchange between unison lower and upper voices, As the Bridegroom to His Chosen is based around a John Tauler poem rich in metaphorical language that reflects on the
The opening lines of each section have a certain easy, lyrical air to them, but the ends are more forceful in conviction and questioning: "My soul thirsts for God... When can I go and meet with God?"
The title says it all: Ascension. It is the fulfilling of scripture when Jesus ascends to be on the right of the throne of God. The a cappella music is powerful and majestic, moving to a triumphant
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