For handbells, chimes, and optional violin, level 2+ http://www.celebrating-grace.com/media/downloadable/files/link_samples/2/5/250546.mp3 An ethereal arrangement of the beloved spiritual Published by RingingExcellence (250546)
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For handbells, chimes, and optional brass (horn, 2 trumpets, and/or 2 trombones), level 3+ https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/16913.mp3 Commissioned by Germantown UMC (Germantown, TN) Published by AGEHR (AG37011, AG37011FS for instrumental parts & full score)
For handbells and chimes, level 3 https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/17762.mp3 Collaborative composition with colleague Bill Payn Selected as an Editors' Choice piece by J.W. Pepper Selected for Distinctly Bronze West 2019 (Welches, OR) Published by Choristers Guild (CGB1100)
For unaccompanied handbell quartet (5 octaves) https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/17047.mp3 Commissioned by The Handbell Brothers blog for the 2014 Drunquen Kwartet Challenge Published by From the Top Music (1118)
For handbells, chimes, and optional strings/synth, level 3- https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/16799.mp3 Commissioned for RingFest 2016 at Toledo First Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Toledo, OH) Stunningly powerful combination of the title piece (by Twila Paris) and the VENI EMMANUEL plainchant 27 weeks on the Jeffers Handbell Supply "Hot 40" list Published by Ring Praise! (RP7534, 7534FS for instrumental parts & 7534K for synthesizer)
For SATB choir, soprano and tenor soloists, and orchestra; moderately advanced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf7CMFa8quM&t=2s Unpublished (please inquire regarding availability) Completed in 2001, for the Chancel Choir of North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC) Concert premiere at Carnegie Hall (New York City, NY) under the baton of the composer (June 11, 2017) European premiere at Minoriten Church (Vienna, Austria) under the baton
For handbells and chimes, level 3 https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/15744.mp3 Commissioned in honor of the Carillon Bell Choir of First Baptist Church (Decatur, Illinois) Published by Choristers Guild (CGB883)
For SATB divisi choir and solo viola, moderately advanced Michael's first published choral octavo Winner of the 2009 VocalEssence "Welcome Christmas!" carol composition contest Premiered by VocalEssence of Minneapolis, MN (December 2009) Performed by The Oakwood Waits of Raleigh, NC (December 2011) Selected for the 2014 Lutheridge “Songs to Sing” Choral Weekend (Arden, NC) Selected for the 2014 Texas Choral Directors Association High
For handbells and chimes (single or antiphonal groups) and optional piano, level 1+ https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/12200.mp3 16 weeks on the Jeffers Handbell Supply "Hot 40" list Published by Red River Music (BL5052)
For handbells, bass chimes, and optional percussion, level 5 https://www.handbellworld.com/music/recording/12871.mp3 Michael's first commissioned piece Commissioned and performed by Bellissimo of Redlands Adventist Academy (Spring Tour 2007) Selected for Distinctly Bronze West 2009 (Inaugural Event in Bremerton, WA) Published by Choristers Guild (CGB618 and CGB619)