Published February 13, 2017
Tags: choir music, choral music, Christmas music, Easter music, handbell choir, handbell music, Hope, Hope Publishing Company, hymnals, Joel Raney, organ music, piano music, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus
Contributed by Steve Shorney, Vice President – Hope Publishing
Hope is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year! We were founded in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. The company was formed in an effort to provide songbooks for hymn singing at Methodist evangelical meetings. The founders of the company christened the name Hope Publishing Company from their motto, “all we have is hope” which defined their feelings when starting the fledgling business. The Shorney family has been running Hope Publishing from its beginning and the current owners, John, Scott and Steve Shorney, are the fourth generation of family management.
Hymns and hymnals are still an important part of Hope’s product mix but in the sixties we aggressively branched out into other products to serve the church market. Now a large part of our publishing is committed to choral, handbell, piano, organ and instrumental products. We remain committed to the sacred market. Continue reading ‘Publisher Spotlight: Hope Publishing’
Published October 12, 2016
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by Jacy Burroughs
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times for musicians, with church gigs, themed concerts and holiday parties galore! With the thousands of arrangements out there, it can be difficult to decide what to play. That’s why Sheet Music Plus has come up with this brief guide of our most popular Christmas arrangements to help you get started. The following arrangements are great for both professional musicians and students. Pros can easily sightread these at a gig and students, with a little more preparation, can have some festive pieces for their holiday concerts. Continue reading ‘Top Christmas Chamber Music Arrangements’
by Jacy Burroughs
Today, we primarily associate the word “carol” with Christmas. However, the tradition of singing carols did not begin with Christianity, but actually with the pagan practices of celebrating the seasons. Songs were written and performed for each of the four seasons. However, only the tradition of singing during the winter has survived, not as a pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice, but as a Christian celebration of Christmas. Continue reading ‘Where did Christmas Carols come from?’
Published November 5, 2014
Tags: Chanukah, Christmas, Christmas carols, Christmas music, Christmas sheet music, Christmas tunes, Holiday music, Holidays, Jewish, Jewish music, Jim Brickman, Mannheim Steamroller
Our holiday new releases spice up traditional favorites with unique arrangements. Featuring everything from choir to instrumental to band and easy to advanced piano, there is something for nearly everyone!
1. Sing-A-Long: Best of Christmas
Voice and Piano
Featuring 20 Christmas tunes, Sing-A-Long: Best of Christmas comes with a piano part and eight pull-out lyric sheets. This unique collection includes Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” which until recently, couldn’t be printed in any collections other than the songbook for the musical, due to copyright constraints. This Christmas collection is essential for caroling or sing-a-longs by the fire.
Continue reading ‘Ten Great New Music Titles to Celebrate the Holidays’