• Hymn Arrangement,  Sacred,  SATB

    Our Savior’s Love

    The music for this arrangement was rearranged from a number I wrote for the Alpine Stake play, “Children of The Dream”, which was inspired by Marvin Payne. After twenty plus years, I revisited the song and discovered it would work with the lyrics to the hymn, “Our Savior’s Love”. With some modification, this arrangement of a favorite hymn was born. Our ward choir sang it in October 2017, and it was so beautiful. COVID has brought new inspiration and it now has a C-instrument duet. I’ve recorded it with flute and oboe, although strings work beautifully as well. You use what you have access to.

  • Hymn Arrangement,  Sacred,  SATB

    Where Can I Turn for Peace?

    Leave me alone with a Hymnal for very long and I’ll find a way to play with a hymn.  Our choir enjoyed singing this after they adapted to the synchronization.  When this hymn first hit the streets, I always heard the close harmony and syncopation in my mind. It was a delight to have our choir sing this.

  • Hymn Arrangement,  Sacred,  SATB

    Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Being the director of our ward choir was so fun for me. This arrangement almost started out jokingly. We were nearing November, and I was thinking hard about the outcome of our presidential election. Either way, it was going to be a tough pill to swallow for me. (This is not a political statement.) At any rate, I was playing around with this piece and this is what resulted. The choir got the “tongue-in-cheek” connection when I handed it to them. It turned out to be a really nice change to a traditional Thanksgiving hymn.

  • Hymn Arrangement,  Sacred,  SATB

    Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee

    This arrangement was for an Easter program in 2016. It’s preservation is miraculous. Thank goodness for backup discs. Ugh! As I got it ready for this Website, I realized again that I was working with a spectacular group of people as we performed. They just did it. It’s simple enough, but I see things that might have been different. Suffice it to say, it’s safe now. I can’t guarantee I didn’t get inspiration on the narration from someone else’s effort. I apologize I don’t have the name of that person or even where it came from. I don’t have that original narration either, but my experience has been that what…

  • Christmas,  Hymn Arrangement,  Organ,  Sacred,  SATB

    I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    Song background: One of the more exciting pieces I wrote for our choir.  I had heard the voice of one of our Young Men in a stake program and was blown away.  I wanted him to sing with our choir, but he wasn’t all that interested.  I wrote this arrangement with him in mind.  He did amazing.   What is the back story on the arrangement? I’ve always liked the message of this song, but feel the original arrangement is too long. As I was drying my hair one morning, the melody came to me and it fit! Of course, piano accompaniment is just as nice as organ.

  • Hymn Arrangement,  Sacred,  SATB

    As We Bow Our Heads – Hymn

    I was blessed to attend a couple of college courses after our children “launched”. It was an exciting time for me, but life got busy again and it was short lived. This “hymn” is the result of an assignment in one of my music classes. Oh, how I loved that class! The assignment was to write a 4-part song using the “rules” we had been taught during the semester. I initially wrote it with the first verse. The instructor asked me where the lyrics came from. They are my own. When I walked away with my “A”, I added the other two verses. For curious minds who want to know:…

  • Original Hymn,  Sacred

    In Thy Holy Name

    This hymn was a work in progress.  Lyrics sat in my scriptures with musical scribbles for several years.  One day I decided to write it out and see if it really evolved into a hymn as I heard it in my head.  The first and third verses came easily.  This in itself was quite an accomplishment for me.  I studied the second verse for what seemed forever sitting at my piano.  Then my eyes looked up at the picture on my wall of the Savior holding a lamb.  It was an inspired and instant fit, and the song was complete.