Music in Worship: Thoughts from Composer Mark Bender

By Anna Johnson on Aug 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Having served on the committee that created Lutheran Service Book and being a church music director, Mark Bender has a complex understanding of how music functions in the Divine Service. Mark also has published more than a dozen compositions with CPH Music. Hear from Mark himself about how he chooses music for worship and what tools he recommends to his fellow music directors.

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Meet CPH Composer Jacob B. Weber

By Anna Johnson on May 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Composer Jacob B. Weber began his musical journey as a piano student in first grade. He later studied church music and organ at Bethany Lutheran College and completed the master of church music degree at Concordia University Wisconsin. He was the kantor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School in Dearborn, Michigan, where he planned worship, played organ, led ensembles, and taught music at the K–8 school. Now, Jacob is the associate editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House. Jacob has published more than thirty works with CPH Music, including four new pieces this year. Get to know him by reading our interview with him below.

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Interview with Jeffrey Honoré

By Peter Reske on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Composer Jeffrey Honoré is releasing a new handbell piece with CPH in 2018: “Meditation on ‘Crown Him with Many Crowns.’” We sat down with Jeffrey to learn more about the piece, his background, and how he got into the composing world.

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Product of the Month: Repeat the Sounding Joy

By Peter Reske on Dec 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In the wonder and joy of the Christmas season, music can be especially helpful in setting the tone for worship. In her new collection Repeat the Sounding Joy: Five Christmas Tunes for Trumpet and Organ, CPH composer Sondra Tucker uses different organ colors and the clear call of trumpets to remind listeners of the joy of Christ’s birth. Learn from Sondra herself about the collection, how your church can make use of it, and some special moments to listen for in the pieces.

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Product of the Month: O Holy Night

By Peter Reske on Nov 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With its satisfying harmonies yet simple tune, “O Holy Night” is a familiar hymn that has become a staple in Christmas worship. This year, CPH Music released a new setting of this popular hymn in partnership with composer John Behnke. Learn more about this unique and captivating arrangement, and explore some of Behnke’s other works as a handbell, choral, and organ composer.

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Product of the Month: Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells

By Peter Reske on Oct 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Our featured product for October is Sandra Eithun’s new handbell collection, Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells. Learn more about Sandra’s composition process and listen to a preview of each of the hymns!

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Composing the Festival Settings of Luther’s Divine Service

By Mark Knickelbein on Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Last week, we interviewed composers Jonathan Kohrs and Jacob Weber and asked about their work on the new Festival Settings of Luther's Divine Service. Professor Kohrs teaches music courses at Concordia University Chicago, and Weber serves as Kantor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School in Dearborn, MI.

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Interview with Timothy Shaw

By Anna Johnson on Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Every artist knows that the details matter, and composer Timothy Shaw’s detail-oriented nature is probably one of the things that has made his music career so successful! Taking pleasure from things many other people may not notice, like a perfectly engraved musical score or a key change in one of his compositions, Timothy has composed more than a dozen pieces for CPH. Read our interview with Timothy and visit his author page on CPH.org to learn more about all of his compositions with us.

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Interview with Jeffrey Blersch

By Mark Knickelbein on Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Not many CPH composers got their first organist jobs at eight years old, but Jeffrey Blersch was one of them. A little bit taller and older now, Jeff has published more than one hundred compositions and arrangements exclusively with CPH Music.

Last week, he gave a live online performance of three new compositions and talked to us about his music background. Read highlights from our conversation below, and head to our YouTube channel to watch a recording of the event.

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Interview with John Behnke

By Mark Knickelbein on Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Every music piece has a story behind it, and composer John Behnke has a ton of stories.

With plenty of humor and clear passion for what he does, Dr. Behnke told us about the ups and downs in his time as a composer. As a seasoned church musician, teacher, and composer, he shared some of his expert knowledge on writing music that can easily be used by a wide range of churches.

Read highlights from our conversation below, and watch the full interview on our YouTube channel.

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