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Notes from workshops I have given can be found by going to the unpublished articles link.

 

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 turns 30:

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 is issuing 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. Look for it here or at GIA's website after January 10th. 

Marty's Latest Collection
Here Among Us

Marty's new CD offers a variety of songs that celebrate the rhythm of our liturgical year. Within this new collection you will find music appropriate for each season. These songs have memorable melodies and evocative texts that will engage your assembly and encourage congregational participation.

The title song is a gentle Christmas carol which will appeal to all ages. "A Great Cloud of Witnesses" is an engaging anthem celebrating the saints surrounding and supporting us. There are new songs for Advent, Lent and Easter, as well as new settings of two wonderful texts by Adam Tice. “Be Merciful,” written for the Year of Mercy, is a quietly compelling song that can weave the theme of mercy and forgiveness throughout the liturgical year. To hear music clips, click here.

 

January 26-28 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin Symposium on Worship
Contact: worship.calvin.edu/symposium  

Sat, February 4th Boston, Massachusetts
Paulist Center
Workshop: Preparing for the Rich, Renewing Journey of Lent
Contact: 617-742-4460 FiveParkSt@aol.com

Sat, February 4th Barrington, Rhode Island
St. Luke's Catholic Church
Evening Concert
Contact: 401-246-0039
kev14@aol.com

Thur, February 9th St. Paul, MN
Luther Seminary
Concert for Holden Village
with Mary Preus & Tom Witt
holdenvillage.org/event/winter-concerts-2017

Sunday, February 19
Sedona, Arizona
Christ Lutheran Church
Afternoon concert
Contact: 928-282-1022
www.christsedonaelca.org

February 24-26 Anaheim, California
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Concert (with David Haas & Michael Joncas) & workshop
Contact: www.recongress.org/2017

March 3-4 Michigan City, Indiana
Notre Dame Church
Friday Concert
Saturday Workshop: The Rich, Renewing Journey of Lent
Contact: 219-872-4844
director@npmdioceseofgarychapter.org

Sun, March 19 Aston, Pennsylvania
Franciscan Spirituality Center/Charism Day: Turn My Heart
Contact: fscaston.org/events

March 24-25 Gillette, Wyoming
St. Matthew's Catholic Church
Friday Concert
Saturday Workshop: The Rich, Renewing Journey of Lent
Contact: 307-682-3319
www.facebook.com/St-Matthews-Catholic-Community 

May 5-7 San Simon Island, Georgia
Christ Church, Frederica
Contact: ccfssi.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.