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New Choir Music

October 28, 2016 - By 

I realized I haven’t shared some of my recent choral music, so this post will serve to make you aware of some new and fairly new choir anthems released within the last few years. Click on the pictures to access more info such as demos, preview pages, and purchase information

 

Not Ashamed

Publisher description: James Koerts’s rhythmic arrangement of Patricia Mock’s uplifting Gospel song expresses gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and underscores the message: “I’m not ashamed to sing out His story!” Add the optional rhythm to amplify your worship experience.

Forever and Until

Publisher description: This anthem of dedication beautifully expresses the believer’s desire to respond to God’s call until Christ returns. “We are here and we are Yours, lead us in Your way. May we be Your messengers tomorrow and today.”

Read more…


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Videos: The LOVED Piano Collection

May 9, 2016 - By 

I have finally completed all of the videos for the Loved Piano Collection. Now, when anyone wants to preview the collection, they can listen to it in its entirety.

Instead of posting each video as an individual entry, I decided to put them together as a Playlist on YouTube (and here in this blog post).

If you like it, would you subscribe to my YouTube page? I would greatly appreciate it.

Expect to see many more demos on the site in the coming months.

If you don’t see the video above, copy this url into your browser address bar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLidK6gA7gI&list=PLQm9Ioy48lI81hmFox2F2ma2cPjzOEdZ3


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I Lift My Praise — New piano collection

February 16, 2016 - By 

Here is a new piano book published by The Wilds that you don’t want to miss!

I Lift My Praise is a great resource for church musicians! Faye Lopez, a good friend of mine, and prolific arranger and composer, led our team of collaborators, Reba Snyder and myself, in the production of this collection. Mrs. Lopez also beautifully recorded the collection in an available companion album (see below).

Titles Include: O Worship the King * Nearer, Still Nearer * Here Is Love * Take My Life, and Let It Be * I Run to Christ * A Passion for Thee * Complete in Thee * Nothing But the Blood * My Faith Still Clings * My Jesus, Fair * Make Me a Stranger * Brethren, We Have Met to Worship.

You will particularly enjoy this collection of Late Intermediate piano solos because it also comes with a media disk that includes PowerPoint presentations for each song. This really is a great resource, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

Preview and listen to each song, and purchase the book with companion media disk here.

Preview and purchase the companion album here.


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I Will Sing

November 21, 2015 - By 

Publisher’s Description: Like a Celtic folk dance, this contemporary composition lilts from the page and into the heart. Immediately engaging, this melody connects with the words, beautifully presenting a praise-worthy testament of worship. Accessible vocal writing sounds great with smaller ensembles, while bigger groups will enjoy performing this festive number with the optional Celtic consort orchestration. Score and Parts (ac gtr, mndln, b, dm, pnywhst/fl, fdl/vn) available as a digital download.

Purchase your copies here (offsite).

See the demo:

If you can’t view the video above, paste this url in your browser: https://youtu.be/b3AngYe7cNE


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Captured By His Grace

September 28, 2015 - By 

I really enjoyed teaming up with Duane Nichols for this wonderful song, Captured by His Grace. Here’s the publisher’s description:

This warm, contemporary ballad contrasts the life of a believer before and after experiencing the saving grace of Christ. Sensitive lyrics, a memorable melody, and inclusion of the well-known chorus of “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” will make this selection an instant favorite with choirs and congregations alike.

Listen to the demo here.

Preview pages here.

Purchase the music here.


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Celtic Noel

August 28, 2015 - By 

Here’s an arrangement of “The First Noel” with a Celtic flair! Let the choir enjoy singing this rousing Christmas anthem with new and familiar melodies. In addition to a spirited piano accompaniment, the optional violin and hand drum parts are included.

Listen to an audio sample here.

Preview pages here.

Purchase your copies here.


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Risen! CD from the Wilds

May 15, 2015 - By 

Here’s an album with some great new music which celebrates the risen Savior.

I’ve been privileged to write and arrange music for the music publishing arm of the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. This album contains three of my arrangements, and three corresponding orchestrations. As a budding orchestrator (am I allowed to call myself that?), I relish in the opportunities to orchestrate arrangements. It really is a great experience.

I hope you’ll check out this album, and consider adding it to your music library.


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Wondrous Praise Piano Collections

May 11, 2015 - By 

I’m happy to be associated with Alfred Publishing. They have just released two new piano collections: Wondrous Praise, Books 3 & 4. This is part of a four book series.

Wondrous Praise Book 1
Favorites from the 1980s

This collection contains a mix of beloved songs from the ’80s that have become standards in many churches, as well as some treasured pieces that will bring back memories of contemporary Christian music from decades past. Titles: Change My Heart, Oh God * El Shaddai * Great Is the Lord * He Is Exalted * How Majestic Is Your Name * More Precious Than Silver * More Than Wonderful * Thank You * Was It a Morning Like This? * Wonderful, Merciful Savior. Read more…


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Piano Collection: His Sacrifice

January 22, 2015 - By 

Looking for some new Easter piano arrangements? Here you go!

To preview pages, click here.

To purchase, click here.

The arrangements in this collection focus on the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Appropriate for Easter services, Good Friday services, and Lord’s Table Services, these pieces range from reflective to powerful. Read more…


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2 new Christmas piano collections

September 16, 2014 - By 

Maybe you would like some more Christmas piano music? Here are a couple of options:

Christmas Wonder

Publisher’s Description: A church musician himself, James Koerts understands the delight that an infusion of Christmas music can bring to a worship service. In this collection, he brings together some of the most inspirational music about Jesus’ birth and carefully arranges these favorites into medleys that express the true joy of the season. Read more…


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Wondrous Praise, Books 1 & 2

April 28, 2014 - By 

   

Very excited to announce a new series: Wondrous Praise. We plan to have four total books in this series. These two represent contemporary music from the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Wondrous Praise, Book 1

This collection contains a mix of beloved songs from the ’80s that have become standards in many churches, as well as some treasured pieces that will bring back memories of contemporary Christian music from decades past. Titles: Change My Heart, Oh God * El Shaddai * Great Is the Lord * He Is Exalted * How Majestic Is Your Name * More Precious Than Silver * More Than Wonderful * Thank You * Was It a Morning Like This? * Wonderful, Merciful Savior.

View Book 1 sample pages.

Purchase Book 1 here.

Wondrous Praise, Book 2

In the ’90s, contemporary Christian music gained popularity in many churches. The arrangements in this collection reflect the best of those original tunes. Titles: Above All * Better Is One Day * Come, Now Is the Time to Worship * Crown Him King of Kings * The Heart of Worship (When the Music Fades) * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * Open the Eyes of My Heart * Shout to the Lord * We Fall Down * You Are My All in All.

View Book 2 sample pages.

Purchase Book 2 here.


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Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed

January 21, 2014 - By 

Here is a lively Easter anthem!

Publisher’s description: Celebrate Christ’s resurrection not only on Easter Sunday, but year round with this victorious song from modern hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty. Present with choir and piano, or use the authentic-sounding CD accompaniment or instrumental ensemble for an added Celtic flair. Score and parts (ac. guitar, mandolin, elec. bass, drums, penny whistle/piccolo, fiddle/violin) available as a digital download.

Purchase your copies here.


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Hymns Magnified

December 3, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: Add some sparkle and flair to your hymn playing! These alternate hymn accompaniments follow the standard chord progressions, so they won’t interfere with vocal harmonies or other instruments, but include fuller chords with runs and fills. Hymnal versions are also included so you can play the first verse “straight,” if desired, without needing a bulky hymnal. Titles include: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name • Crown Him with Many Crowns • Holy, Holy, Holy • Leaning on the Everlasting Arms • My Faith Looks Up to Thee • What a Friend We Have In Jesus • and more.

Preview sample pages and listen to demos here.

Purchase it here.


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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

November 26, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: Here is an approachable choral arrangement of Beethoven’s famous melody. Koerts gives us the perfect harmonies and textures to “lead us sunward in the triumph song of life.”

Preview sample pages and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


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Majestic

November 19, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: Here is a very accessible arrangement of this popular Lincoln Brewster song that will find a welcome place for those choirs venturing into the praise and worship medium.

Preview pages and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


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Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

November 12, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: James Koerts provides a lovely original melody set to a classic text by Joseph S. Cook in “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child.” Rising to a note of majestic praise and closing quietly and meditatively, this piece is ideal for late Advent or Christmas programs.

Preview samples and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


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Jesus Loves Even Me

November 6, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: From noted composer and arranger James Koerts comes this vibrant compilation for worship. These arrangements are lively and relevant to today’s worship services with several songs suitable for a more evangelistic type of service. All will appeal to pianists and congregations and are appropriate for preludes, offertories, and postludes.

Level: Early Advanced

View sample pages here.

Purchase it here.


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Glad Tidings Canticle

October 29, 2013 - By 

Publisher description: James Koerts and Rebekah Pringle have joined together to bring us a buoyant, festive setting that is perfect for Christmas. “The Promised through the ages, prayed for in the night; now announced by stars above, Creator of the light.”

Preview samples and listen to a demo here.

Purchase it here.


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Praise Is Rising

October 24, 2013 - By 

I had the privilege of contributing a couple of songs to this piano collection.

Publishers description: “Praise Is Rising” is a must-have collection for pianists involved in contemporary or blended worship services. We’ve selected a dozen of the most popular and enduring worship songs of the past three decades and asked six of your favorite arrangers to provide fresh, original settings that you can enjoy at home or share with your congregation. Sometimes introspective, sometimes majestic, and sometimes bursting with exuberant praise, “Praise Is Rising” is a book you’ll turn to again and again!

View samples and listen to demos here.

Purchase it here.


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Grace Alone

May 22, 2013 - By 

Here’s a new choir anthem that affirms that anything good about us is only because of Christ and His grace. I have enjoyed leading our choir in this song; I trust it will be a blessing to you, should you decide to purchase it.

Purchase here.


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Take It To the Lord in Prayer

December 14, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: The power of prayer and the faithfulness of God permeate this soulful contemporary ballad with deep purpose. This choral is a perfect “blended” selection as it mixes a modern song with the traditional What a Friend We Have In Jesus. The partnering of these two is truly inspired! A great “one rehearsal wonder” for anytime! Available separately: SATB, LiteTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:08.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


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Shout to the North

December 11, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: An incredible message of mission is proclaimed in this uplifting and engaging song arranged by James Koerts. Includes optional flute and violin parts, which will add an fresh element of color and excitement to this outstanding rendition. Available separately: SATB, BonusTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


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What a Savior

December 7, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: An impacting contemporary worship song is given an effective choral setting in this quickly learned octavo. A solid piano accompaniment lays down a steady pulse while the gently syncopated theme acclaims the attributes of our Lord and Redeemer. God’s mercy and his atoning sacrifice are major themes throughout this thoughtful selection. This popular selection will join young and old alike in a chorus of adoration and praise. Available separately: SATB, StudioTrax CD (Accomp/Split/Perf). Duration: ca. 3:58.

Click here to purchase your copies today.


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For All that You Are

December 4, 2012 - By 

Publisher’s description: The cheerful lilt of 6/8 infuses this creative offering with a pleasing spirit that hints at a Celtic folksong. Filled with worshipful proclamations of God’s graceful ministry, this anthem is a confident statement of faith. Ideally suited for general programming, your choir will be encouraged by the thoughtful part writing and the supportive piano accompaniment. Adding the colorful consort instrumental option creates another layer of joyful expression. Available separately: SATB, LiteTrax CD, Digital Instrumental Parts (violin, guitar, bass, perc 1&2). Duration: ca. 2:48.

For All that You Are

Click here to purchase your copies today.


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