Original Compositions

I’ve composed routinely since the 1970s, mostly as an arranger of existing tunes into solos for hammered dulcimer and diatonic autoharp.  Since 2002, after I spent a week studying melody and two-part writing with Alice Parker, the list has grown to include choral works (some with dulcimer or autoharp accompaniment), with several of them based on original melodies.  Additionally, I occasionally compose for instruments outside my realm, some of them unexpected!

This page lists everything I’ve composed; click on your choice below.  Be sure to check out my Solo Repertoire page, too.

To commission a choral work, contact me.


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Choral Works

Titles in this list include secular and sacred works.  Sacred titles suggest suitable times of the church year to present.  Click on any highlighted title to peruse sample pages.

To purchase any of the titles below: I use the honor system.  State the work(s) you want, and I’ll mail you a master kit, including the full score and any parts, on high-quality paper, along with an invoice.  You or your organization pay for the master kit (the price is stated on the invoice) plus 8 cents per page per copy (for example, an eight-page score is 64 cents per copy).

To commission a choral work, contact me for information.

TitleComposer
Angels Visit When We Sing (SATB & keyboard)text by Thomas H. Troeger (Christmas)
Comfort Ye, My People (SATB, hd)Psalm 42  (Advent)
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High14th century French carol (Christmas)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (SATB, hd, piano or gtr & bass) Click here to hear it!Spiritual (Christmas through Epiphany)
Home on the Range (SATB & diatonic autoharp having G major)American cowboy song
I Saw Three Ships (Selah #405-264; SATB, hd)Appalachian song in 4/4 (Christmas)
I Wonder as I Wander (solo or unison voices, hd)Appalachian song (Christmas)
Jesu, Jesu (SATB a cappella) text by Thomas H. Troeger (Palm Sunday)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (SATB, hd)Plainsong (Advent)
O Send Out Thy Light (SATB a capella)Ps. 43: 3-4 (ordination)
Prepare the Way (SATB, hd) Swedish tune (Advent)
Psalm 23 (SATB, hd; hymn harmonization also available)original tune and text
Sanctus ( SATB, E or F diatonic autoharp) Franz Schubert (from Deutsche Messe)
Shady Grove (TTBB, hd), sung here live by the men's group, de Profundis, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Lucille playing the dulcimer:
American folk song
Three Folk Songs (SSAA, hd):commissioned by the Lakeland Chamber Singers, Wanaque, NJ
1. Corn Husking Song (also scored for TTBB)North Carolina
2. He's Gone AwayNorth Carolina
3. Cluck, Old Hen (also scored for TTBB)old-time Southern
What Child Is This? (2-part voices, hd)Greensleeves
When Christ Was Born (SATB unaccompanied)Neapolitan Christmas carol
When We All Get to Heaven (SATB, hd, piano)E.E. Hewitt/E.D. Wilson (general, All Saints Day)
Why Are You Weeping? (SATB, piano, bass, percussion)Easter; original text based on Bible verses

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Handbells (Plus!)

titlescored forabout
The Carillon of Sneekdiatonic autoharp and carillon!based on a Dutch tune (and yes, a world premier of this piece was in fact performed July 11, 2004!)
The Carillon of Sneekdiatonic autoharp and handbellsautoharp is quite a bit more accessible than carillon!

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Tunes

TitleComposer 
bsolutely Lovely (2001) autoharp for the 2001 Sore Fingers Summer School's first ever Diatonic Autoharp class, Kingham, England
The Bicentennial Bit (1984)dulcimerfor the United Methodist Church's Bicentennial celebration at the Council of Bishops
Farewell to Evart (1999)dulcimerfor Evart MI and its Dulcimer Funfest
The 50th Birthday Reel (2002)fiddle tunefor Mark Haas, a Philadelphia PA contra dancer
Gånglåt från Bach (2004)autoharp, in the style of a Swedish walking tunefor Louise Del Vecchio, a college alumni friend
Les Raber's Jig (1999)fiddle tunefor Les Raber, performed on autoharp
Lost Love (1999)autoharpthis tune says it all
Robbie Robertson's March (1996)autoharpa Scottish-style tune in honor of George Robertson
The Very Reverent March (2001)autoharpFor the Rev. E. M. "Bert" Womack, on his retirement
Winston's Wedding Polka (1984)fiddle tuneperformed on dulcimer; for Brad & Lisa Winston's wedding, May 1984 (and they are still going strong!)

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And One Song

TitleFor
I Am Homeoriginal tune and text, remembering the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, USA

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