Category Archives: Contests

CHARMING FOURTH

I don’t enter hymn contests as obsessively as I used to, but when I do, I usually lose. My entry into the Eastman School of Music’s hymn tune contest battled with 131 other contestants and fell to fellow Grand Rapids … Continue reading

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I: The Winner!

The people have spoken, and the people have decided that “True Tenor” is the most worthy tune to be paired with the lyrics “Jesus Lives, and So Shall I.” For those of you who like statistics, the voting results are … Continue reading

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I: The Vote!

As promised, I am going to let your discerning ears choose the best rendition of “Jesus Lives.” The link below will take you to a google form where you can hear all three songs, rate them 1-5, and leave comments. … Continue reading

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Psalm 40: Patiently (revised, Psalm contest winner)

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. 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 … Continue reading

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Oh, That I Had Wings (Psalm 55)

Update 10/2/20: Sheet music for this song can be downloaded here. You may have heard that I won the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest with my Psalm 40 song, “Patiently.” What you may not have heard is … Continue reading

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Run with the Pack!

While I have vowed to enter no more contests, I still have a Google alert set for “song contest.” A few days ago, it alerted me about a new high school in Utah that was in need of a school … Continue reading

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WCRC Take 3: Renew Us, O God!

In a Goldilocks’ moment, my third and final porridge…er,┬ásong…is just right. This time, my theme song for the World Communion of Reformed Churches 2017 General Council brings together the best of my earlier drafts. My first attempt was too “slogan-y”. … Continue reading

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WCRC Take 2: God of All Creation

My second attempt at a theme song for the World Communion of Reformed Churches 2017 General Council was inspired by their meeting place: Leipzig. Leipzig, of course, is famous as the city in which Bach worked for almost three decades … Continue reading

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WCRC Take 1: Semper Reformanda

I’ve been asked to write a song for use at the World Communion of Reformed Churches 2017 General Council. The difficulty of this sort of assignment is that–with intuition rather than information–I have to project what might be needed and … Continue reading

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Benediction (The Last Word)

How does Sunday morning’s worship relate to Monday morning’s work? That’s the question on BiFrost/Cardiphonia’s mind, one that was the impetus for a song contest. And if it’s on the mind of song contest judges, then it’s on my mind, … Continue reading

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