Five Simple Ways for Church Organists to Improve Their Playing

By Jacob Weber on Nov 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Between learning music for each week, leading rehearsals, teaching, and keeping up with regular life responsibilities, it can be hard for working church musicians to focus on their musical growth. But growing as a musician is one of the most important and fun parts of your work. So how do you make it happen?

Here are some simple ways to keep your musical growth a priority as you keep up your regular responsibilities at church.

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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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CPH’s New Music Releases for 2018

By Peter Reske on May 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It’s that time of year again—time for our new music to be released! We’re excited to share with you CPH’s new music for 2018. This year’s collection features 33 choral pieces, 19 titles for organ or piano, and 10 handbell works. A few highlights are detailed below. At the end of the post, you can download the digital music catalog to browse all of the new pieces.

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Featured Music for Lent

By Anna Johnson on Jan 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Lent begins in less than one month! If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out.

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Product of the Month: Enter His Gates with Praise

By Mark Knickelbein on Jan 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Our product of the month for January is Enter His Gates with Praise: Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year. Read about the preludes and the composer, and download a free excerpt to use at your church!

Topics: Organ Machemer
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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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Advent and Christmas Music Options for Your Church

By Mark Knickelbein on Aug 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We know many of you are getting started recruiting musicians and selecting music for this year. To help you with that, we’ve put together a list of pieces you may want to consider for Advent and Christmas. Feel free to check out our Advent and Christmas playlist on YouTube as well!

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Organ: The King of Instruments

By Marie Landskroener on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Talk to nearly anyone today who has any sort of opinion about church music and they’ll tell you that the organist is a dying breed. But instead of getting fatalistic, let’s encourage others in whatever sort of musical pursuit they enjoy—and then encourage them to learn the organ.

Topics: Organ
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Introducing Hymn Prelude Library, Volume 11

By Peter Reske on May 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you’re an organist, you know that the search for Sunday-morning music can be endless. You need to cover several spots in each service where hymns aren’t being sung. You need to find music that can be learned quickly but is still interesting. And sometimes, you just have a hard time finding music that matches with a given Sunday’s hymns.

Recognizing the need for a handy and varied selection of hymn preludes, CPH Music started developing Hymn Prelude Library in 2011. Now, we’re about to release Volume Eleven in the series! Get a preview of the new volume below.

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