Mark Knickelbein

Mark Knickelbein is editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House and an active composer and church musician. His compositional focus is on choral, piano, and organ church music. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, and a Master of Arts in music from Concordia University Chicago. He previously served Trinity Lutheran in Kaukauna, WI, as principal, teacher, organist, and choir director.

Recent Posts

Product of the Month: Piano Prelude Series, Vol. 1

By Mark Knickelbein on Dec 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

This month, we’re introducing a new series of hymn preludes written for pianists. Not only are these pieces great for use during worship services, but they can also be played at home or used with students. Here’s what to look for in the first volume.

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Product of the Month: Luther’s Morning Prayer and Luther’s Evening Prayer

By Mark Knickelbein on Oct 3, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Scripture teaches us to bring our needs daily to our Heavenly Father in Christ’s name. To help families and children understand this important truth, Martin Luther wrote two short prayers for individuals and families to use in the morning and evening before going to sleep. Now the simplicity and devotion of Luther’s Morning Prayer and its companion, Luther’s Evening Prayer, have been put to music by John A. Behnke.

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The Importance of Acoustics in Church Music

By Mark Knickelbein on Sep 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Worship encourages even the most hesitant participant to take part in the hymns, songs, and liturgy. This post considers the role that good acoustics play when encouraging full participation in worship. 

Topics: Church Music
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Product of the Month: LSB Text-Only Pocket and Ebook Editions

By Mark Knickelbein on Sep 4, 2018 9:30:00 AM

There’s no question that Lutheran churches often love tradition, and yet many churchgoers benefit from the options technology brings. Along that vein, CPH Music is excited to release two new editions of Lutheran Service Book. One is a pocket-size hymnal, which is reminiscent of generations past. The other is a text-only ebook, for those who are more future-minded.

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5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

By Mark Knickelbein on Jul 31, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The end of summer is drawing near, which means that regular music rehearsals will begin again for most church musicians. Here are five essential things for music directors to do in order to make a smooth transition into fall.

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Advent and Christmas Music to Start Thinking About

By Mark Knickelbein on Jul 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With things being quieter in churches and schools during the summer, this is a perfect time to start planning ahead for Advent and Christmas. All our new pieces for that season are compiled into our 2018 Advent and Christmas catalog. But if you don’t know where to start, here are some options to get your ideas going.

Topics: Advent Christmas
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Product of the Month: Organ Chorales of Samuel Scheidt

By Mark Knickelbein on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The forty-nine preludes in Organ Chorales of Samuel Scheidt come from the original 1650 publication Das Görlitzer Tabulaturbuch. After careful and reserved editing, these classic chorales now are matched perfectly to the keys and versions of tunes found in modern Lutheran hymnals, but they still let Scheidt be Scheidt. Learn more about the new collection here and preview the settings!

Topics: Organ Scheidt
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Music for the Season after Pentecost

By Mark Knickelbein on May 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Pentecost is a long and wonderful season when we focus on how God grows His Church through His Word. This is a time when our music selections can reflect biblical themes—such as peace, baptism, hope and comfort, or missions—rather than specific holidays. Here are some music selections your church can use during the season after Pentecost.

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Product of the Month: Why Do You Peer into the Skies?

By Mark Knickelbein on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Why Do You Peer into the Skies?” features brilliant work by two skilled artists—writer Lisa M. Clark and composer Jacob B. Weber. The text and tune tie very closely to Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ ascension, working together to share the message of God’s salvation and what His Son’s ascension means for us even today.

Topics: Choral Weber Clark
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Music for Holy Week

By Mark Knickelbein on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Holy Week is almost upon us! May God use that week to help you reflect on His great love for you, shown in the sacrifice of His Son to earn your salvation. Listen to the pieces below as part of your daily devotions during Holy Week, and encourage your members to use them in the same way. You can also use these pieces if you are still making last-minute additions to your worship music.

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