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Notes from workshops I have given can be found by going to the unpublished articles link.


A Hymn for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Like millions around the world, I have been deeply moved by the plight of those who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and also inspired by the first responders and many volunteers who have tirelessly worked to save lives, provide shelter and water and food and bring relief. I have written a new hymn, "God, Bless the Hands" (to the familiar tune, MELITA), which I wish to offer to any community that wishes to sing and pray in solidarity with those in Texas and Louisiana whose lives have been affected by the storm. My thanks to Adam Tice and to Fr. Jan Michael Joncas for help with the text.

You can access a PDF of the hymn here:

God, Bless the Hands (free download)

 and a PDF of an assembly version here:

God, Bless the Hands (assembly version)

You may reprint and use this hymn without charge in community worship until January 1, 2018. After that date, contact me for information and/or permission about further use. If you do use the hymn I would encourage you or your community (in lieu of any payment for use) to make a donation to the Red Cross


or another relief organization.

 May God bless and keep all those in South Texas and Louisiana affected by the storm, and protect those who are working for their safety and relief.



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. 

NOTE: "Choose to Hope" free download extended

Because of many requests, I am extending the free download and use of the song "Choose to Hope" until it is published (sometime this spring). You can download a "general" (non-Advent specific version) here.

I am grateful that the song has been helpful to many communities in their common faith journey, and it is clear that many of us still need to support and encourage each other in hope. I am also grateful and impressed with the integrity that so many of you have shone in contacting me about obtaining permission. 

"Choose to Hope" expresses my conviction that, as Christian individuals and communities, we can and must choose the path of hope and love and service, just as Jesus did. You can also download an assembly PDF of the song here; you can also hear a rough demo of the song on my Facebook page. .

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!).


Wed, Oct 4 Trinity Lutheran Church
Wanamingo, MN
7:00 PM Evening of music and reflection

Oct 6-12 GIA Fall Institute
Chicago, IL
Keynote with Ben Stewart/Workshops on ecumenism and ecotheology

Oct 27-28  Reformation Festival/Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

Oct 27-28  Reformation Hymn Festival/Luther College
Decorah, IA

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.