Let me make this clear: the organ is my instrument. That being said, I respectfully (and sometimes begrudgingly) acknowledge that other musical genres exist. One of my favorites is the male chorus. The sound of men singing together can be subtle, powerful, and inspirational. As a lover of church history, I value the early converts… Read More Jesus, Once of Humble Birth (Male Chorus)
On March 3rd and 4th of this year, the San Jose South Stake hosted a BYU organ workshop. I wrote this free accompaniment for the workshop, which was sung at the concert held on March 3rd. Unfortunately, no recording of the concert was made, so you will need to listen to this one on your own.… Read More Let Us All Press On
I try to write my compositions for the beginning to intermediate LDS organist. There are many of these good people out there: people with love for the Savior in their hearts and a desire to use their talents for good. They may never be famous, but their influence is immense. Brother James’ Air is a simple… Read More Brother James’ Air
Here’s an arrangement of the beautiful hymn How Gentle God’s Commands. It’s intended to be a prelude. I hope you enjoy it. How Gentle God’s Commands — pdf Download the audio here (right click and choose download).
My wife and I recently went on a wonderful tour to Israel. It was amazing to actually see the places we had only read and heard about in song, scripture and story. A few weeks before the tour the tour director asked me to play a musical number as part of our visit to the… Read More Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Each year several churches in the small town of Los Gatos, California hold an annual inter-faith Thanksgiving service. The various participating churches rotate the hosting responsibilities amongst themselves each year. This year, the hosting responsibility belonged to the Los Gatos Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I was asked to… Read More Prayer of Thanksgiving
Come, Rejoice is a beautiful Restoration hymn written by Tracy Y. Cannon, a tabernacle organist. It’s unusual in our hymnal because it is intended to be sung in unison, something that we Latter-day Saints, with much of our hymn tradition derived from harmony loving Welsh pioneers, do not normally do. I originally intended to write this… Read More Come, Rejoice
Father In Heaven, We Do Believe is a beautiful sacrament hymn with a powerful message. The text was written by Parley P. Pratt, one of the most amazing and fascinating people in the history of the LDS church. He was a great missionary, a prophet of God and a special witness of the Lord Jesus Christ,… Read More Father In Heaven, We Do Believe
I wrote this arrangement because a friend of mine wanted some Christmas music to play. There will be more to come! Beautiful Savior — PDF Download the audio here (Right-click and choose download).
This setting of Keep The Commandments is also one of my earliest endeavors. I love this song for its message: there is safety in keeping the commandments. There really aren’t many commandments. The few we do have are given to help us avoid things that can really go wrong in our lives. They also teach us… Read More Keep The Commandments