Category Archives: Live

Swampzilla at Rockford High School/Middle School

I had the great pleasure of composing a new piece for the Rockford School orchestras this spring. Directors Erin De Young and Allison Holden wanted a piece that would work for their combined orchestras: 6th grade through 10th. That’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Art Music, Live, Rock and/or Roll | Leave a comment

A Million Miles Away

I had the good fortune of receiving two commissions from school orchestras last year. “A Million Miles Away” was written for the St. Cecilia Concert Orchestra with Patricia Wunder conducting. As Maestra Wunder and I began brainstorming about what type … Continue reading

Posted in Art Music, Finale demo, Live | Leave a comment

Close to Your Heart (at Fellowship Reformed, Holland)

Two more recordings of yesterday’s “Close to My Heart.” Above is Jordan Clegg leading the Fellowship Reformed gang in a beautiful rendition that includes penny whistle (played by Jackson Nickolay). Below is yours truly in a stripped down acoustic version.

Posted in Church, Congregational Songs, Live, Psalms | Leave a comment

My Friends May You Grow in Grace, orchestra

One of the fun things about doing music is that I get to meet people–virtually or in person–from all over the world. One of those musical friends is Jill Friend (actual name) from Sioux Center, Iowa. Jill periodically uses my … Continue reading

Posted in Arrangement, Congregational Songs, Live | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Choir, Church, Congregational Songs, Contests, Live, Psalms | 2 Comments

Lord, Now Let Your Servant @ GKY Manggar Besar, Indonesia

http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/mangga_besar-lord_now_let_your_servant.mp3 One of my greatest joys is when a song takes on a life of its own and begins to travel to unexpected places and people. My setting of Simeon’s Song, “Lord, Now Let Your Servant Depart in Peace” was … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Congregational Songs, Global, Live | Leave a comment

“Savior of the Nations Come” at Baylor University

Here is the recording of “Savior of the Nations, Come” performed at Baylor University’s 2017 Lessons and Carols service. I wish I could have been there in person. It sounds beautiful. You can read about how the piece came to … Continue reading

Posted in Arrangement, Art Music, Church, Live | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Arrangement, Art Music, Choir, Church, Congregational Songs, Live | Leave a comment

Oh, That I Had Wings (Psalm 55)

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 that I lost the contest with my Psalm 55 song, “Oh, … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Congregational Songs, Contests, Demos, Live, Psalms | Leave a comment

St. Sinner Orchestra, live at Schmohz

Here are a video and a few pictures from last week’s premiere performance by the St. Sinner Orchestra:

Posted in Live, Rock and/or Roll | Leave a comment