What users say:
“The Church Music Institute's Database of both choral and organ music has been one of the most helpful tools I've encountered in my job as Organist-Choirmaster at Trinity Cathedral. I use the search for just about everything; psalm settings, anthems on specific texts, anthems that use certain instruments, anthems on a Sunday when I have men only, organ music for a special funeral request, .... I truly use it every day that I'm working and I'm grateful beyond words to have encountered this marvelous wealth of information.”
"I find the CMI online database an invaluable resource for selecting and discovering new anthem repertoire. As a liturgical congregation, this database enables me to search by scripture references, Sunday & feast lectionary recommendations, and general themes, and this has enriched our musical offerings.”
"Among the numerous and varied tasks I perform as a full-time church musician, planning relevant and timely music for my ensembles is my favorite. How wonderful to have access to such a comprehensive tool as the Church Music Institute's choral music database. It is the first place I go when planning music for all fifty-two Sundays of the year. Thank you, CMI, for making my job all the way in Omaha, NE, so much easier."
“"The online libraries of the Church Music Institute are a priceless resource for me in my work as a freelance church musician, playing the organ and accompanying or conducting choirs. While I'm usually not charged with selecting choral music, the 40 years I have spent as a church musician have given me the chance to learn dozens and dozens of anthems across all seasons and liturgical or denominational uses. The one thing my scores and octavos do not have is a searchable catalog. CMI's online choral library has provided for me a non-commercial resource to remind me of the repertoire I know and have in my own library when I need to find something searched by composer, liturgical season, hymn-tune, day of the Church year, theological topic, or scriptural allusion. I use the choral library primarily to seek out alternate harmonies for hymn-tunes, and the organ library to remind me of the hymn-based repertoire I have at my disposal. It's an enormous searchable database without preference for any particular publisher or denomination, giving me access to titles that I might consider buying if the composer, topic, length, or other details provided make me think I should consider using it. Whether I have located anything to actually play is no measure of the online library's invaluable usefulness: to have a place to inspire my musical selections for worship without the distraction of a commercial agenda gives me ideas and inspiration to consider pieces I had forgotten about until reminded about them because of something I saw listed at CMI. I'm very thankful for the Church Music Institute!" - A New York City Freelance Organist
The Sacred Choral LibraryThe SACRED CHORAL LIBRARY online catalog contains listings of ALL anthems in the Library. The purpose of the online search database is to allow the user to select appropriate music for worship that meets musical, liturgical, and theological requirements for every church. Each anthem is researched in 17 different Search Fields such as level of difficulty, scripture, liturgical day or season. Most anthems have PDF examples, and several Search Fields may be combined in the search process.
Access the Choral Library
Sacred Choral Online Library Introduction
Access the Organ Library
Sacred Organ Online Library Introduction