Category Archives: Choir

Kwake Yesu in Ontario

Hot off the press from Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Hamilton Ontario comes a rendition of my GIA anthem, “Kwake Yesu.”  

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Psalm 40: Patiently (revised, Psalm contest winner)

Let me tell you the history of Psalm 40. Well, not the complete history; that stretches back a few millennia. But I can tell you the history of my musical rendition of Psalm 40; that only goes back two decades. … Continue reading

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Clap Your Hands, at WLP

http://www.wlp.jspaluch.com/download/Clap_Your_Hands.mp3   World Library Press now publishes “Clap Your Hands,” a Yoruba folk song I arranged for SATB Choir, Cantor, Flute/Piccolo and Percussion. Even better, they recorded a beautiful rendition of the arrangement that shows they really get the piece. This … Continue reading

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Born to Die, Born to Rise

For the fourth year in a row, I’ve been commissioned to write a piece for Calvin College’s Lessons and Carols service. Not only is it an honor, but it’s always a treat because I know the performances will be top-notch. … Continue reading

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Abana at Southwood Lutheran in Lincoln, Nebraska

One of the most satisfying things about writing music for the church is to see how different songs migrate. “Abana/The Arabic Lord’s Prayer” is quickly becoming one of the most popular global songs I’ve translated and arranged. It was already … Continue reading

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Psalm 96: A New Song in Lansdale, PA

One of the things that makes me feel downright legit as a composer is stumbling across a video of one of my pieces online–a video that I didn’t upload, performed by musicians I don’t know. In this case, it is the … Continue reading

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Make Us One within Your Spirit – choir, brass, and organ

“Make Us One within Your Spirit” has a history that includes rejection, revision, and revival. But then, don’t we all? RRPC_60th_Annyversary_Anthem This video is the anthem created by Greg Scheer for the of the 60th anniversary of River Road Presbyterian … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory, strings

I was recently asked to write string parts to go with my choral anthem, “Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory.” It was great fun to revisit the piece, and I feel the strings add a dramatic dimension to the piece … Continue reading

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Lord, You Have Come to the Harbor

“Tu Has Venido a la Orilla” is a beautiful song by Cesareo Gabarain (1976 © admin. OCP Publications). It is a simple text about hearing Christ’s call, set to an almost perfect melody. I’ve long wanted to arrange the song. … Continue reading

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Psalm 150: Hallel, Hallelujah!

Psalm 150 is the last, but by no means least of the Psalm settings I wrote this month.  Interestingly, it was the first one I drafted. The exuberance and repetition in the Psalm text gave me the idea of writing … Continue reading

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