Paired with the tune TRURO, Brian Wren's beloved hymn is a staple on Easter Sunday in many churches. This arrangement incorporates brass quartet on the festive opening stanzas but moves to a quieter, slower affect for the inner stanzas' description of the world's strife. As the tempo gradually increases, a muted trumpet representing "the Spirit's call" propels the assembly and the full brass to rejoin the choir in a joyful, exuberant finale.
Brass quartet parts (2 B-flat/C trumpets; 2 trombones or 1 horn/1 trombone) are available as a separate download here.
Dedicated to the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S. O'Neill upon his retirement from First Presbyterian Church, Lansing, MI.
Christ, Mighty Savior
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, handbells or handchimes, and oboe
text by Anne LeCroy tune by Richard Dirksen, arr. by ZMH
Rich in imagery, Anne LeCroy's evening hymn is perfectly matched with this chant-like tune (INNISFREE FARM) by Richard Dirksen.
In this setting, "Highben creates an atmosphere of peaceful adoration. Random ringing from the handbells begins the setting, joined by a quiet organ accompaniment and an unadorned woodwind melody. After a unison stanza with organ, the women sing stanza 2...crowned by gentle bell tones and supported by organ. Highben incorporates the congregation...on stanza 3, where all men sing in unison below a two-part descant sung by the choir women. All sing in unison again on stanza 4, with a woodwind descant, before the choir sings stanza 5, in four-part a cappella harmony. To conclude, the random ringing returns, and bells and voices fade to nothing at the end of the piece ('now and forever')." ~ Cross Accent review, March 2013
Dedicated to Catherine Rodland.
Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, and oboe (or other C inst.)
text by Delores Dufner, OSB tune from The Sacred Harp, 1844, arr. by ZMH
In Dufner's text, Christ calls all weary travelers and burdened believers to drink from his well of life. In this arrangement, a recurring eighth-note motive in the organ and oboe parts depicts the "ever-flowing fountain" Dufner so eloquently describes, while the expanding melodic arches of the melody pull the singers forward toward the "joy no tongue can tell."
The choir introduces the hymn, singing the first stanza. Subsequent stanzas alternate between full assembly (women, men, all) and chorus, with everyone singing the refrains.
Composed for the Hymn Festival of the 25th annual Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, July 2007 at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
for SATB chorus with assembly, optional children's chorus, organ, and handbells
An original tune (NOKOMIS) for this text that celebrates God's abundant blessings and calls us to responsible stewardship of our time, talents, and relationships. The children's chorus part, which can also be sung by the adult choir sopranos, quotes a fragment of Now Thank We All Our God/NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT. Appropriate for the fall festivals or services that highlight themes of thanksgiving and/or stewardship.
Commissioned by Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN) in celebration of its 100th anniversary, All Saints Sunday 2012.
I'm Going on a Journey
for unison chorus with assembly, piano, tenor or alto sax, and bass guitar
text by Kenneth D. Larkin tune by Edward V. Bonnemere, arr. by ZMH
Although published as an anthem in the Augsburg children's choir series, this setting is intended to include the assembly. The choir/soloist and bass guitar introduce the tune (WET SAINTS) of this jazz hymn. Piano and assembly join on a repeat of the first stanza, followed by the saxophone in stanza 2. Stanza 3 concludes with a tag sung by the choir/soloist. Improvisation by the pianist and saxophonist is encouraged.
Instrumental and assembly parts are available as downloads from the publisher. The alternate alto sax part is available from the composer.
Lift Up Your Heads
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, and oboe
text by Susan R. Briehl tune (WEST LEESTAD) and arr. by ZMH
Lift Up Your Heads/WEST LEESTAD was commissioned in 2013 by the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University as the inaugural hymn in their Christus Rex Hymn Commission Series. The series extends the church's rich treasury of congregational song by commissioning poets and composers to craft new texts and tunes to supplement those days, seasons, and occasions for which the number of existing hymn choices is slim. Lift Up Your Heads was written with the pericopes of Easter 2C in mind, but is useful on many occasions, especially in relationship to Baptism and Communion.
This concertato setting was written to expose Lift Up Your Heads to a broader audience. The choir sings the second and third stanzas independently, and the assembly joins on the first and fourth stanzas.
Love Has Come
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, flute, clarinet, and drum
text by Ken Bible tune by F. Seguin, 1856, arr. by ZMH
A Renaissance-inspired setting of this French carol (UN FLAMBEAU) with a twentieth-century text by Ken Bible. The contrapuntal instrument parts add a buoyant character to the first and third stanzas; the choir sings the second stanza in a simple four-part setting. A perfect Christmas concertato for the smaller choir.
My Heart Rejoices
for SATB chorus with assembly and optional children's choir, organ, viola, and handbells
texts by Paul Gerhardt and Cecil Frances Alexander tunes by Johann Ebeling and Henry J. Gauntlett, arr. by ZMH
This Christmas concertato combines All This Night My Heart Rejoices/WARUM SOLLT ICH, sung by the choirs, with Once in Royal David's City/IRBY, sung by the assembly. The assembly's two stanzas of Once in Royal... respond to the text sung by the choir. The children's choir (or soprano section) sings the melody of WARUM SOLLT ICH.
Written for Christmas Eve 2007 at Westwood Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN), and dedicated to Dr. Kristina Langlois, friend and colleague.
Now to the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, and solo trumpet
text by Martin Luther tune by Johann Walter, arr. by ZMH
Composer commentary: "Over the last several years, Now to the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray has become one of my favorite chorales. I enjoy the imagery Luther uses to describe the Holy Spirit, its nod to the communion liturgy (namely the Kyrie), and its reminder that the Spirit makes Christ known to us and forms us in community throughout our whole life’s journey. The tune by Johann Walter, NUN BITTEN WIR, is both comforting (the gentle melodic line moves almost exclusively by whole steps and thirds) and bold (the dotted rhythm and unexpected metrical “shift” in the third phrase), perfectly capturing the both/and nature of Luther’s words."
"This setting was written in honor of my teacher, Paul Westermeyer, upon his retirement from Luther Seminary and the ending of the Master of Sacred Music degree program there. I’ve tried to highlight the comforting aspect of the text in my interpretation of the second stanza, while the text’s boldness is illuminated in the third and fourth stanzas and through the use of trumpet (including the quote of EIN FESTE BURG in stanza 3). The key change from E-flat to G major is both a nod to the third person of the Trinity as well as a representation of the Spirit’s 'transcendent comfort.'" ~ Publisher's website
O God of Light
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, and solo trumpet
text by Sarah E. Taylor tune by H. Barrie Cabena, arr. by ZMH
H. Barrie Cabena's tune ATKINSON was written to accompany this text, and first published in Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). The strong melody starts on the fifth degree, descends an octave by thirds and fourths, then travels (mostly stepwise) back to tonic. The choir sings stanzas 2 and 3, depicting our need for healing and compassion through a movement to the relative minor and back again. A proclamatory, triumphant hymn appropriate for any celebratory service, but especially occasions focused on the work of the Holy Spirit, including ordinations and Reformation.
Commissioned by University Lutheran Church, East Lansing, MI, in honor of Kristie Wiggert and her 40 years of service as organist and director of music.
People, Look East
for SATB chorus with assembly, handbells, and oboe
A joyful setting of this hopeful Advent text paired with the French carol tune BESANCON. The oboe, drum, and handbell accompaniment offer a jaunty ritornello between stanzas. Appropriate for worship services, lessons and carols, and holiday concerts.
Dedicated to S. Blake Duncan, oboist, in thanksgiving for his fifteen years of service (1995-2009) teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music.