Kim André Arnesen is one of today’s most promising young choral composers. As a child growing up in Norway, Arnesen developed a love for choral music after joining the Boys’ Choir at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. An accomplished pianist as well, he found himself most drawn to requiems, especially Mozart’s. It was while listening to these classics that Arnesen first wondered if he himself could also write music.
Known to be one of the most versatile composers and arrangers of our time, Mark Hayes is popular with both worship and secular choirs. He bridges the gap between style and content, making his music accessible to anyone who loves to sing. No doubt, his ability to write songs that appeal to the identities of many different choirs is what has made him one of the most widely performed contemporary composers.
Joseph Martin is one of the most influential composers in sacred music today. His music has graced countless congregations and led many to consider with awe the glory of creation. From a very young age, this was his mission. Martin grew up in North Carolina, the son of a minister and a church pianist. Music and faith blended together for him from the very beginning of his life.
As part of our ongoing series of interviews, Pepper had the opportunity to sit down with arranger and composer Heather Sorenson. A church pianist since the age of 7, Heather has lived in the midst of sacred music for her entire life.
Pepper’s own Rocco Richardson had a chance to speak to Scott Fredericks, minister of music at St. Matthew Lutheran about their famous Austin organ, the eighth largest organ in the world. Enjoy!
When you hear the name John Rutter, your mind automatically jumps to the thought of Christmas music. What makes Rutter’s name so synonymous with Christmas? We had a chance to sit down with John and talk about why he and Christmas go hand in hand.
Join us for a two-day celebration of music and worship! The VIP session is a special blend of praise and worship music, new music reading, and musical fellowship for choir directors. We blend music from multiple publishers into a veritable festival that will introduce you and your choir to the many different styles of worship music.
The new liturgical year is fast approaching and church choirs across the nation are preparing for Advent and the Christmas season. For choir directors, it is the most hectic time of the year and worship planning can be very difficult. Finding the right music for your congregation can be difficult, but Pepper has the tools to help.
With the end of the liturgical year approaching, so too is the oft misunderstood Feast of Christ the King. Many Christian faiths celebrate this feast, including Catholics, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Methodists, but the origin and reasoning behind the celebration is not always well known among the congregations.
In 1968, sacred music changed forever. The “Jesus Movement” in Southern California gave birth to what would eventually become known as Contemporary Christian Music or CCM. Until that time, most churches, regardless of denomination, had about the same musical offering: an organ, maybe a piano, but definitely a choir. After the emergence of CCM, things would never be that simple again.