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Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems

Simple, Varied Anthems for the Church Year This past January, Oxford released a collection of anthems to accommodate smaller and more flexible ensembles of singers, The OXFORD BOOK OF EASY FLEXIBLE ANTHEMS, edited by Alan Bullard.  The volume contains around 65 anthems old and new by such composers as Thomas Tallis, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, […]

Search the Choral & Organ Libraries

WHEW!  Easter is over and worship planners have some breathing room before the important Day of Pentecost, June 4, 2017.   Make your life easier by using the search options of the CHORAL and ORGAN LIBRARIES! Search for a Pentecost anthem: Choose Topical Reference (scrolling down to Holy Spirit;, Pentecost); Lectionary Reference (scroll down to Day […]

Are You Finding Worship More Difficult Lately?

Perhaps never before has the church needed to worship well as we do now.  We always need vital worship.  But in an environment of fake news, hatred, violence, divisions in families and congregations, our worship is that place we come to be changed so we can serve a troubled world together.  When we worship well […]

Recently Composed Palm/Passion Sunday Anthems, Year A

Ah, Holy Jesus           Shaw, Timothy           SATB, a cappella        Augsburg Fortress 978 This is an easy anthem based on the familiar text of Heermann/Bridges set to Johann Cruger’s HERZLIEBSTER JESU.  This quiet, lovely setting is also appropriate for other days in Holy Week. Ah, Holy Jesus           McCullough, Donald  SATB, Organ              MorningStar MSM-50-348 Offered as an alternate […]

Recommended Anthems for Lent, 2017 Year A

ASH WEDNESDAY  March 1 Joel 2  Return to the Lord             Isaiah 58 The fast that God chooses             Psalm 51 Create in me a clean heart             2 Corinthians 5 Christ has reconciled us to God; our work as […]

Anthems for Lent, Holy Week, Easter Day

There’s a short span of “breathing room” in a church musician’s life from Christmas to Lent before worship changes to a different focus. The use of the Liturgical Calendar as a guideline for planning worship during Lent and Holy Week can be advantageous in keeping worship focused rather than enduring multiple weeks of penitential floundering […]

Church Music Institute On-Line Catalogues

CHORAL AND ORGAN DATABASES The Church Music Institute offers a unique solution to planning worship for choir directors and organists!  Now, a sacred anthem or organ composition can be identified to match perfectly the requirements in your worship. The eLibrary is an on-line catalogue of 12,000 anthems located in the Library of the Church Music […]

Dr. Margaret Evans Creates Organ Repertoire Database

Dr. Margaret Evans, Professor Emerita of Music at Southern Oregon University and a church organist for 45 years, has created a complementary organ database to the choral anthem database in the CMI eLibrary.  A simple search by hymntune will yield organ compositions in collections or individual publications. Dr. Evans’ work on this database is a gift to […]