Featuring works and arrangements by Bruce Greer, Don Marsh, Christopher and Diane Machen, tom Fettke, Richard Kingsmore, Carman, Kirk and Deby Dearman, Bill Wolaver, Ken Bible, Kyle Hill, Jim Gray, Karen Dean, Otis Skillings, Dan Scott, Michael Sykes, Tanya Goodman Sykes,
and Lowell Alexander.
Powerful, heartfelt arrangements capture the meaning and emotion of the season. The 13 selections cover the entire Christmas event in chronological order: Old Testament prophecy, the birth story, and the wise men, with praise and reflective selections interspersed throughout. A great source for those who compile their own programs. The inclusion of optional Scripture narrations make this an outstanding worship musical, "Behold This Child".
Title graphics are provided. Performance time: approximately 52 minutes. Moderately advanced. Titles include "For unto You"; "O Come, All Ye Faithful"; "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"; "Amen"; "Ten Thousand Joys"; "Infinite Lord"; "Gloria"; (Medley); "You Are Lord over All"; "Rose of Bethlehem"; "What a Gift is Jesus"; "Wise Men Still Seek Him"; "Go Tell Everyone"; "Behold This Child".
13 selections cover the entire Christmas event - a great resource for those who compile their own programs.
Tom Fettke holds degrees from Oakland City College and California State University at Hayward. He has taught music in both public and Christian schools and has served as a church choir director and minister of music in churches large and small for over 30 years. He is in considerable demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and worship leader. Tom is also a composer, arranger, and producer of music and recordings for the contemporary Christian church and has been associated with Lillenas Publishing Company since 1973. He and his wife, Jan, have two married sons and seven grandchildren. Bruce Greer studied composition and theory at Baylor University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Following college, he spent many years as a Creative Director for a major publisher. He currently spends his time writing choral and orchestral works for most major publishers. He also has a concert ministry as a singer/songwriter/pianist, which takes him across the country and around the world. Bruce has numerous piano recordings with various companies. He is a native Texan and resides in a suburb of Dallas with his wife and four sons. Richard Kingsmore received a BM degree in Music Theory and Arranging from the University of Alabama in 1982, followed by further studies in arranging and composition from Alabama and the Eastman School of Music. He has performed on keyboard with Truth and as a free lance musician for Disney World and other theme parks and resorts in the Orlando, Florida, area. Kingsmore has worked as Music Associate in churches in Virginia, Alabama, Texas, and currently at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he resides with his wife Gina. He is in demand as a free lancer arranger/orchestrator. Singer/songwriter Chris Machen has been involved in Christian music for over 20 years. He and his wife Diane recorded for Word Records, Urgent Records, Discovery House Music and now record for there own ministry The Master’s Music Co. He is also a studio musician and actor. Writing has been an integral part of Chris’ ministry having written songs recorded by artist such as the Imperials, the Gatlin Brothers, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Steve & Annie Chapman, Steve Amerson and Luke Garrett. Chris’ songs have been used widely in church choral music from anthems like ’I Have Seen the Light,’ ’Bow the Knee,’ ’God is Able,’ ’The Weight of the Cross,’ ’God Still Moves,’ and over 500 more. Musicals have been a part of Chris’ efforts including the current Bow the Knee-A Dramatic Easter Musical. As an independent writer, Chris has had songs in the catalogs of Lillenas, Word, Lifeway, Brentwood-Benson, Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Monarch Press and Warner Brothers. According to Chris, ’It’s all about the Lord. Jesus said, ’If I be lifted up, I’ll draw all men unto me.’’ Bill Wolaver, with his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers. Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for ’Song of the Year.’ In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for ’Inspirational Song of the Year.’ Bill is a nationally celebrated pianist and arranger; Robin works as a lyricist and writer, and also homeschools their six children. Kyle Hill is recognized as a leader in the field of typesetting music for the church. He has worked in Nashville for over ten years, and in that time has helped develop the standards for church orchestration typesetting used by many of the leading music publishers. In addition to typesetting, Kyle is an established arranger and orchestrator whose work appears in the catalogs of a number of leading church music publishers. Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree from the University of Southern California, and has worked on the music staff of several churches as instrumental director and as minister of music. In 1991 he moved to Nashville, where he began his career in music publishing. Don Marsh is an arranger and composer, winner of two Dove Awards, two Emmy Award, and five nominations for Musical of the Year and Children’s Musical of the Year. He has over 1000 published works to his credit, including octavos, musicals and collections. Don holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Nyack College, Nyack, New York, and a Master of Arts in Music Composition from Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. Don’s varied work experience has included teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. He has been in church ministry of music, in both large and small churches, for 25 years. Don continues to be active as an orchestrator for some of America’s most well-known arrangers, and has been noted as an arranger for such groups as Old Time Gospel Hour, Life Action Ministries, Sound Alliance, Regeneration, Campus Crusade, Grace To You and Turning Point Ministries. Don and his wife, Lorie, have four adult sons.
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