What’s So Great About Choral Music Anyway? – Part 1

I woke up this morning with Allen Pote’s “A Song of Promise” running through my brain (we rehearsed it for good 30 minutes last night at our choir rehearsal). It is an interesting and effective setting of a passage from the book of Isaiah. And then I realized that one of the unique things about a choir rehearsing good quality sacred choral music is that singers are doing one of… Read More »

Of the Father’s Love Begotten (SATBdiv) – English or Latin

This setting of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is the second motet in a set entitled Three Latin Christmas Motets and is dedicated to the American Kantorei of St. Louis, Missouri. It musically intertwines two manifestations of the God incarnate: that which occurred with the birth of Christ and that which happens when believers observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The primary textual and musical element is the ancient, but… Read More »

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (SATBdiv) – English or Latin

This setting of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sets all seven verses of the hymn modulating into four keys while passing the melody from voice to voice before finally concluding with several sudden and surprising key changes that lead to what I call a “Picardy third on steroids” (i.e. a major chord built on the altered note of the E minor Picardy third). This motet is available with the standard… Read More »

Involve Young Budding Musicians in Your Sacred Music Program

Congratulations to all the students who performed this afternoon at the Illinois Music Educator Association’s annual state conference in Peoria. Your performances were truly musical and very inspiring touching many aspects of our lives and souls. Thanks also to the teachers and directors who made these concerts possible. Your efforts are producing blessings upon number. It is essential for us as church musicians to tap into the hundreds and hundreds… Read More »

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Jubal’s Lyre is my personal blog plus a way for me share my music with everyone on my own timetable. A lot of it is still on my computer. In time I hope to share most of it with you. Please contact me if you have any questions. Soli Deo Gloria!