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How Great Thou Art

I sang "How Great Thou Art" at a funeral at Saint Matthew's Church. Watch this YouTube video recorded with my iPhone.  READ MORE •••

I Dropped CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc)

An article by Nick Alexander

For almost two decades, I have been a responsible itinerant church musician, worship leader, and songwriter.  Part of that equation has always been attaining a license to Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. (CCLI for short)... 

When I was first getting started playing for different groups, such as parishes, youth rallies, prayer groups, young adult groups, healing masses, etc., I always had my CCLI license to ensure that the songs I had covered had been legally protected. I would insist that if you are in this boat, you, too, must comply and be ensured that your status is active.

However, the last eighteen months I have been helming the Prayer Meeting Podcast, it was decided early on that I had to forgo the vast majority of worship songs in my repertoire. This is because CCLI does not offer an option to use their songs in a podcast format. (Except that they do: they require that the songs themselves be sung live in the context of an actual worship service). Due to the constraints of my setup (my studio can only fit one person, maybe two), that was simply not going to happen... READ MORE •••

Music planning links by publisher

I found this helpful summary of music planning guides at the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. I updated some outdated links.

Music planning links by publisher

Publisher Link Fee
Liturgical Press Quarterly planner/weekly suggestions free
GIA - weekly suggestions
Note 3 options at right

Seasonal planning options - scroll to "Quicklinks" on site free
Choral music weekly suggestions free - comprehensive liturgical planning site see site for details
GIA Quarterly - planning magazine see site for details
OCP Ritual music planning suggestions (wedding, funeral, etc.) free
Today's Liturgy - planning magazine (paper and electronic) see site for details - comprehensive liturgical planning site
Free online planning guide: Planner
WLP AIM - planning magazine (paper or electronic) see site for details

Learn how to notate with Sibelius 6. Engrave pro-looking sheet music.

My friend and music associate, André van Haren, has posted a complete series of instructional videos for Sibelius 6, an awesome music notation program. If anyone has thought about learning to engrave professional looking sheet music, this is your quick start! – Richard Schletty

André recently posted this overview of "object checking" – a summary of several videos posted here in the Forums and at YouTube. Please watch and comment. See complete list of Sibelius 6 tips in the TCS Forums.

Sibelius Quick Tip 25 - Object Check part 6 - overview

In this 6th part of the series titled "Object Check," I show you how I check a couple of pages for all the things I talked about in the other videos of this "Object Check" series. This time it's more doing than talking! 

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And if you need a Sibelius 6 tip about something that you have problems with, please let me know and I will dive in it right away!

André van Haren

Gothenburg, Sweden

See complete list of Sibelius 6 tips in the TCS Forums


My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

From TCS member Susan Bailey:

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

When I walked out of Holy Family church that Sunday after having my throat blessed, I had no idea what to expect. Over the past four years I had come to accept that my loss of voice was permanent.

That loss became a part of who I am... [read full story]

Links to parts one and two of the series appear at the end of the post.

Peace! Susan

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Choir trainer/conductor needs choral arrangements for liturgical services

Onidrol wrote:

"I am a trainer/conductor of the San Isidro Parish Choir of Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines. I need choral arrangements for liturgical services."

Can you help Onidrol? Please make comments below. Thank you for your participation.

Spotlight on Jim Papandrea

Jim Papandrea has been writing, recording and performing music for over 25 years: in Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Los Angeles; Rome, Italy; and most recently in the Chicago area. After a few years with the Milwaukee-based band, The Crabs, Jim formed his own group called The Neumes, which migrated from the University of Minnesota to LA.  The Neumes released two recordings, Ars Nova and Contrast.  In 1995, after a summer at the American Academy in Rome, Jim returned to the Chicago area to create Remember Rome.  Remember Rome has released four CDs: Remember Rome, La Bocca della Veritá, Carpe Diem, and Holy Smoke – The Best of Remember Rome. Jim has been commissioned to write church choir music, and has also written music for film, and produced music videos.  He has written and directed two musicals, Treasures of the Heart (a Christmas musical) and The Prodigal’s Dream (an Easter Opera). One of the songs from Treasures of the Heart was featured on an internationally released compilation of Christmas music. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in music and theatre arts from the University of Minnesota, as well as a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in the history and theology of early Christianity. He has also studied Roman History at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.  Jim is an alumnus of the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International Song Camps, and is a teacher of songwriting.  He is currently Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (at Northwestern University) in Evanston, IL. Jim has been a featured speaker and singer at conferences, parish missions, and other special events, and also works as a consultant for churches, giving workshops and facilitating retreats. Jim and his wife Susie live in the suburbs of Chicago. 

Jim Papandrea's web site:

Jim Papandrea’s latest CD, featuring 12 original songs of faith, inspiration and encouragement. Contemplative, devotional and confessional, Still Quiet Voice is Jim Papandrea’s first solo project after almost two decades with the successful group, Remember Rome. Songs to encourage faith and prayer, to meditate, or just to relieve stress.

Click here to listen to and buy Still Quiet Voice

All the Songs is a free E-Book that contains the lyrics and guitar chords to (almost) every song Jim Papandrea has written. It also includes a commentary, with Jim Papandrea’s own reflections on the meaning of the lyrics, and the inspiration for each of the songs. Click the link to download All the Songs as a PDF.

All the Songs – Jim Papandrea

Vote for your favorite Pentecost hymns

A message from Nick Alexander:

We are now in the Easter Season.  Pentecost is coming soon. Pentecost is the traditional celebration as to the birth of the Church, when the Holy Spirit (which Jesus had promised to His followers) descended upon those in the upper room, giving them power to evangelize and to heal.

I am preparing a music resource that will employ the use of many traditional hymns and current worship songs to celebrate the events that occurred in Acts 2. My question is: What are your favorite traditional hymns and praise choruses for Pentecost?

The first section of songs are all in the public domain. The second section of songs are not.  They are culled from every resource I have at my disposal –,, and the many songbooks, hymnals and various missallette company resources.  They cut across all denominations.

I need your help, so to ascertain which songs people are hungry for, and which songs are blind spots.  I am discovering there's so many riches in our Christian faith, we can truly benefit from making these songs our own.  Your assistance will ensure that we can help discover anew our heritage and grow from these songs.

Thank you for participating!



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