Friday, March 16, 2018

Carol of the Shepherds Medley

I just posted an arrangement of two charming children's Christmas carols. Carol of the Shepherds, and Stars Were Gleaming. Carol of the Shepherds came from the old orange "Sing With Me" Primary song book. I used the key signature from the old "Sing With Me" for Stars Were Gleaming, but used the new rhythm with pick up notes from the newer "Children's Songbook."

This is an easy SAB arrangement of two songs that don't often get sung around the holidays.

Monday, February 19, 2018

How Did I get My Start? This is How.

Comment or Question: Thank you. Beautiful arrangement. I was looking for an arrangement for an Elder in our area right now who wanted to sing a solo in church. So glad we found this tenor arrangement as it works perfect for his voice range. We will be performing it this Sunday in sacrament meeting. I was wondering if you could share with me a little bit of your musical background and how you got into composition as that is something I'm interested in.

Thank you for your comments and Questions!

I started taking piano lessons when I was five from my mother. Later, I had other teachers. At 10, I started singing in our Ward Choir. My mother was the choir director also. I learned to love all music and especially the hymns of Zion. 

Later, I attending Brigham Young University and majored in Music Education. I took several theory and composition classes there.

After I married, I was called as our Ward Choir Director. I soon discovered that, at $1.50 to $2.00 per piece, our Ward could not afford to purchase ten or twelve new pieces per year for 20 people! I decided to write some hymn arrangements for our choir myself so I could make as many copies as I wanted.

Soon, other choir directors in our Stake started asking me for copies of the arrangements I had written. When word spread, other choir directors from many places contacted me and asked for copies.

Finally, my daughter, who is a web site designer suggested that she make me a web site so people could download my music any time they wanted.

Thus, www.freewardchoirmusic was born.

I have had many interesting comments and questions from various people since I started seven years ago. The funniest was from someone who was not a member of the LDS faith. They asked what kind of "Ward" my music was written for. Was it for a psychiatric ward?

(The answer to that is Yes.)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

From South America

Hi, I'm Daniel from Colombia, South America, I'm a stake choir director from Cartagena. Your website is a response to my fast, thank you sister, now our wards have more tools to make better meetings. We loved. Thanks

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thank you!

Thank you :) I love your arrangement of "Be Still My Soul" - it brings tears to my eyes every time I play it! And I hear David Archuleta singing in my head! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Come Follow Me

This is lovely, of course, but what I like about it is that it's simple and within the range of my oh-so-limited choir.  Thank you.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thank You!

Comment or Question: Thank you, Linda, for this beautiful arrangement of "Come Thou Fount" My husband plays the cello and I sing. We also have a pianist who accompanies us as we minister in music and the spoken message of the Bible to residents at elder care homes. It is such a blessing to us to be able to download arrangements like this for FREE! We really appreciate your allowing us to do this! God bless!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Elephant Dance

My Grand Daughter is learning to play the piano, so I write her simple songs to teach new concepts. This short solo is called "Elephant Dance." It features the left hand notes 8va lower. It is in the Fun Solos section of my downloads page.