Welcome!

I am a composer of liturgical music for both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations, with over 400 compositions published by GIA, Augsburg Fortress and other publishers. For the past 35 years I have presented workshops and concerts across North America and in Europe, the Pacific Rim, Asia and Central America for church musicians and anyone interested in the renewal of worship. 

There are many links on this website that will connect you to my publisher, GIA, allowing you to listen to music clips of my music and order print editions or recordings. Here is a link to an index of my music published by GIA.

Notes from workshops I have given can be found by going to the unpublished articles link.

  

"Choose to Hope" as free download for Advent-Christmas, 2017

"Choose to Hope" was written in November, 2016, for my own faith community, Mayflower UCC, and offered as a free download for the Advent-Christmas season. We were looking for a way to express how Christians are called to choose hope, love and reconciliation within a culture of hatred, violence, divisions and greed.  I was overwhelmed by the response---over 30,000 views and over 600 shares.

Because of many requests (and becuase "Choose to Hope" is not yet in publication), I am offering the song again as a free download for individual faith communities throughout the upcoming Advent-Christmas season (until January 31, 2018). I have added a fourth, more Advent-themed verse.

If you choose to use the hymn, I have only two requests: 1) please honor the deadline for the use of the song (I am going to really commit to having it in a published, more general-use form in the coming six months), and  2) if possible, offer some feedback (about the song in general and specifically about the usefulness of the new fourth verse).

Here is a link to the song: Choose to Hope

and here is a link to an assembly PDF: Assembly version

 

Holden Evening Prayer 30th Anniversary Edition (now available):

Holden Evening Prayer (or "Vespers '86" as it is still known at Holden Village) was written during the winter of 1985-86 when I was living with my family at Holden. As each part of the vesper service was written. it was prayed with the community as part of evening worship. The final version represents a very real collaboration with the winter community at Holden. I believe that one of the reasons it continues to be used is because it reflects the very real prayer of a particular community.

To mark its 30th anniversary GIA has issued a new edition of Holden Evening Prayer. I have written three new supplmental psalms that can be included during the seasons of Advent and Lent. There is also a new handbell part, in addition to the keyboard, guitar and C instrument parts. To hear music clips or to order the various editions, click here. When ordering, be sure that you are ordering the 30th anniversary edition (it's actually also less expensive that the original edition!).

 

A new collection by Marty-Pilgrims and Companions

Pilgrims and Companions a recording (and printed edtions) of 11 new songs is now available from GIA Publications. The music, written over the past year, reflects my conviction that our personal faith journey as a pilgrim must always be in harmony and solidarity with our common journey as companions and children of God. A number of the songs express my passion for Christian engagement in justice issues, including care for creation and climate change, support for refugees and other oppressed peoples and an end to the epidemic of violence and enconomic inequality in our culture. Other songs address seasons of the liturgical year (Lent and Easter) and seasons of life (weddings, anniversaries, times of doubt and hope and gratitude). Three of the songs feature beautiful new lyrics by textwriter Adam M. L. Tice. Click here to purchase any of the music or hear music clips of the songs. 

 

 

Jan 16-19  Southwest Liturgical Conference (workshops & concert)
Cheyenne, WY
http://swlc.org/

Feb 2-3  Resurrection Catholic Community (concert & workshop)
Wayne, IL
http://resurrectioncc.com/

Mar 16-18  Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Anaheim, CA
http://www.recongress.org/

 

Every attempt will be made to keep this list as up-to-date and accurate as possible; however, it is subject to change.  If you cannot reach the contact person for any of these events, you may email Marty.