In The Sweet By And By (SAB Choir and Piano)

  If video killed the radio star, then the comments section of social media is slowly killing a willingness to share one’s natural talent. Social media has some wonderful benefits.  It also has some terrible, long-term effects.  I would like to specifically talk about the power the infinite sea of “so-called-experts” who hide behind the…

Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming (TTBB A Cappella)

“It’s not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.”  Johannes Brahms Several years ago the choir director and I decided to use “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming” attributed to Michael Praetorius as the finale of our Winter Concert.  We did not have any arrangement in…

Entrada (Piano Solo)

  I have never come across any classical musician that has anything negative to say about Maurice Duruflé’s Ubi Caritas.  It is just one of those pieces of music that is universally treasured.  It was sung by six of my friends at our wedding as my beautiful bride walked down the aisle.  We had a…

Rondeau by Henry Purcell (Arrangement for Full Orchestra)

Creative Rehearsal Techniques 101 Back in 2010, I had the unique experience to accompany the Tennessee All-State Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Judy Bowers from Florida State University.  Playing for any All-State Choir has been the highlight of my professional year since 2005.  With this particular year, I had an epiphany about how…

3:30 Tango (Solo Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano)

God’s Providence Helped Me Tango I slid into the very hip looking seat among another one hundred or so very hip looking music business students.  Directions have always been a challenge for me so finding the right class was sort of a minor miracle my freshman year of college. As the anxiety of finding my…

Canticorum Jubilo by G.F. Handel (A Cappella SAB Choir)

I Could Count On Jerry Let me tell you about Jerry (not his real name).  Jerry enrolled in my choir class his senior year of high school back when I taught in public school.  He had an amazing personality, dominated the basketball court as a star player, and after teaching him I can’t recall a…

To Music, Becalm His Fever (SAtB Choir with Piano)

Fatherhood: A case for music therapy “Roadway, this is Daddy Rabbit.  You have a County Mounty on your six”.  I was sixteen years old, driving in Cleveland rush hour traffic and having to listen to my father, Bill Merideth, spout out CB gibberish while sipping on his Dr. Pepper. Being from central Indiana, most kids…

Reconciliation (12 Movement Work for SATB Choir and Piano)

Postcards From Coventry I have 12 postcards from St. Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, England framed and hanging in my office.  I picked them up when I was on choir tour as a poor graduate student back in 2004.  One of the postcards contains this piece of art (pictured) entitled Reconciliation.  Here is a wikipedia article describing…

O Holy Night (For Children’s Choir, SATB Choir and Piano)

Scott Joplin Goes To Church Look at this gorgeous church.  Notice the pipe organ underneath the beautiful stained glass window?  This was the site of my debut organ performance in high school.  Boy, was it a performance to remember. My childhood piano teacher (the same one that got me to start composing) thought it would…

Hodie (A Cappella SATB Choir)

Gift For A Mentor Hodie was conceived as a gift to Robert King, choral director at Lipscomb Academy.  I originally met Robert when I was working on my Masters at Belmont University.  He was one of eight guest speakers in my Secondary Choral Methods class.  These seasoned teachers gave us confident neophytes a direct portal into…