5th-Straight “Editor’s Choice”

Peter Anglea's Editor's Choice Works

My newest publication, “Silent Night,” has received the coveted “Editor’s Choice” label by JW Pepper. This is my fifth piece to receive that label and also fifth consecutively.

If you’re looking for something different from the original Silent Night, Peter Anglea’s arrangement presents a new melody while still incorporating the original STILLE NACHT in some of the accompaniment. You’re not going to want to miss this remarkable treatment of this beloved text by Joseph Mohr.

To date, my output is somewhat limited as I am not a full-time musician. But it is encouraging and humbling to see that others recognize my music as having substance and merit, nonetheless.

See all five of my Editor’s Choice pieces:

My Faith Has Found a Resting Place

My Faith Has Found a Resting Place - Incipit

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Here’s another new hymn tune I’ve been working on for the past few months. Growing up, we sang this text (to LANDÅS) in our church a lot (perhaps too much, if that’s possible). Such is the case that after a while, even the most familiar of hymns begin to lose their significance and singing them becomes mundane. Rather than abandon it completely, in those instances, it’s helpful for me to make it my own by composing a new tune. And that’s what I’ve done here. I hope it is successful in introducing (or re-introducing) you to this rich text.

The tune name I chose is PLYMOUTH for Plymouth, New Hampshire where I recently spent some vacation with family and finally had time to write this out. Although there’s no connection to the more well-known Plymouth, MA (the one with the rock), if it helps you to draw a connection between a “solid rock” and your faith finding “a resting place,” that’s fine, too.

Psalm 150

Psalm 150Several months ago, my friend and fellow Rivertree Singers member, T. J. Ellis, approached me about commissioning an anthem for Greenville ARP‘s (Associate Reformed Presbyterian) centennial, where he serves as Music Director. I leapt at the chance to contribute something to their special service. Having heard and enjoyed my Jubilate Deo, their centennial committee requested a setting of either Psalm 100 and/or Psalm 150 in a similar stylistic vein. Fast forward a bit, and this new setting of Psalm 150 was premiered by the Greenville ARP Chancel Choir on November 9th, 2014. They were great to work with and I even got the opportunity to crash one of their choir rehearsals and conduct them through it.

Psalm 150 is available for purchase from Beckenhorst Press. It has also received the coveted Editor’s Choice label from J.W. Pepper.

Piano and SATB choir unite in an enthusiastic setting of Psalm 150.  A vigorous combination of scripture and a spirited accompaniment in a fresh presentation of this well-known psalm of praise.

Be Merry!

Be Merry

Earlier this year, The Choirs of All Saints Northampton and the Northampton Bach Choir from Northampton, UK included my arrangement of Angels We Have Heard on High on their latest CD recording, “Be Merry!“. The choirs are directed by Lee Dunleavy and accompanied by pianist Stephen Meakins. The CD is out now and I just recently received a copy of the recording. It’s fabulous. This is the first commercial recording of any of my works outside the United States. Actually, it’s probably the first commercial recording of any of my pieces, anywhere, period (please correct me if I’m wrong).

On this disc, the choirs knit together the old and the new, and reflect Northamptonshire’s American connections in the all-American list of composers.

The CD can be purchased online here.

There Is a Fountain

There Is a Fountain incipit

Full sheet / Half sheet

It’s been over a year since I released a new hymn tune; I’ve had this one sitting on the back burner for quite a while. This is a new tune to accompany William Cowper’s text, “There Is a Fountain.” It’s based on a simple pentatonic melody I wrote several years ago for an entirely different sort of project. If you know where this came from, you’re either a Peter Anglea super-fan (hi, mom) or a skilled googler (hint: see tune name). Either way, you should definitely leave a comment.

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After the Final Curtain Call

Me and my friends acting in Midsummer Nights Dream

Those of you who know me (or who just follow my activities online) know that I enjoy the occasional acting gig. Theater (theatre?) is a hobby of mine and although I can’t claim to be awesome at acting, I’ve had several opportunities come my way in the past few years especially.

This week, I just finished a 9-show run as “Lysander” and “Robin Starveling” in Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Greenville Shakespeare Company. In addition to acting, I wrote original music and designed the sound cues (see some samples below).

Whenever a show is over, when the last line has been said, and when the final curtain call has been taken, people always ask, “So, how does it feel?” I can always summarize my feelings in three simple statements…

1. I’m sad it’s over.
Granted, you would expect anyone to say that. I am legitimately sad that I will not be going back to the theater this weekend to do another couple shows. This play, in particular, has been the single most entertaining play I’ve been a part of. Period. Having said that…

2. I’m glad to get my life back.
Now my calendar is free. I do not have 3+ evening rehearsals a week. I do not have 3+ shows to do this weekend. I am gaining (easily) 10 hours of my week back now that it’s over. It’s time to go for a long jog, catch up on summer reading, or just tackle the sink full of dirty dishes.

3. I’m excited about the next show.
Fortunately for me, Midsummer isn’t quite done. After a month and a half break, we’re coming back for four more shows September 4-6. And after that, I’m very excited to reprise my other all-time favorite role as Freddie Filmore in a staged 1940s radio drama of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And even if I don’t have another acting opportunity lined up, I still get excited at the future prospect of cracking open a new script, going to a first table reading, and jumping into another character in another world.

And I suspect all those who have ever tread the boards feel about the same way.

Check out some of the original music I wrote for this production (basically the end result of a week-long diet of nothing but Simon & Garfunkle). If you’re in the Greenville, SC area, do consider coming to one of our September performances. Tickets will be available soon via www.summershakespeare.org.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on HighJust released from Beckenhorst, Angels We Have Heard on High is my first published seasonal choir anthem. I’m happy to say that it also made the Editor’s Choice list at J.W. Pepper.

This from Beckenhorst:

A bright new arrangement of the traditional carol. Exciting rhythmic accompaniment introduces the lively first verse and chorus which contrasts with a quiet, contemplative second verse and chorus. The anthem ends with a strong, dynamic invitation to “come”, ”see” and “adore” the newborn King. A great piece for Christmas Eve.

And this from J.W. Pepper:

From the effervescent joy of the angels’ announcement, to the wonder of the scene in Bethlehem, to the shepherds’ return to their flocks, this buoyant setting renders each carol verse in colorful music to tell a timeless story. With expressive and joyful moments, voices and piano bring the song of the angels to any concert hall or worship space.

Click here to purchase from Beckenhorst.

I love to hear about performances of my works (few though they be), so if you’re planning to use it, please leave me a comment below!

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo cover Announcing my newest published choral piece: Jubilate Deo.

A few weeks ago, Jubilate Deo was picked up by Hinshaw Music and rushed to print in time for its performance at the ACDA Southern convention by the Rivertree Singers. The recording above is by the Rivertree Singers and is also the official “demo” track.

This superb setting of the traditional Latin text from Psalm 100 fairly dances off the page in joy! Singable, natural-sounding mixed meter, a memorable melodic line, and a buoyant feel throughout make this one of the most appealing and musically satisfying works you will hear. Highly recommended!

View on J.W. Pepper.

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Dwight Gustafson

This is a story that I have only shared with a few people to date. Given recent happenings, it seems appropriate and timely to share here now.

I, like many of my friends and colleagues, was saddened to hear about the passing of Dwight Gustafson. It would be an understatement to say that my life has been impacted by his. The legacy he left at my alma mater (to say nothing of the opportunities I had to be under his baton, few though they were) benefited me directly and indirectly in numerous ways that I probably won’t even realize this side of heaven.

But God also used an “accident” in his life to shape the direction of my life and current church ministry.

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11 Awesome Things from 2013

2013 was full of exciting moments for me. Here’s a summary of the most noteworthy happenings/accomplishments in my life this past year, in no particular order.

Music stuff

1. Comedy of Errors with Summer Shakespeare

Comedy of Errors cast

This year was my third time being in a Shakespearean comedy with the Greenville Shakespeare Company. And this year, I also wrote the original music cues for the production. You can listen to some of the sound clips.

2. Performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Rivertree on the shore

I sang with the Rivertree Singers at the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC this summer. My own piece, Jubilate Deo, was on the program and got good reviews.

3. Wrote some hymns


I started out the year by writing a few new hymn tunes for general use. It was both a writing exercise for me as well as a means of creating material for possible future arrangements. One hymn tune was MACKEY, for the text “If You Will Only Let God Guide You.” First Baptist Church of Lebanon, PA commissioned it to honor their senior pastor on the occasion of his retirement. It’s now been inserted into every one of their hymnals for them to sing in the future.

4. Remixed Eric Whitacre’s VC4 song, “Fly to Paradise”


Perhaps the most unexpected happening this year might have been the notoriety that resulted from crafting a remix of “Fly to Paradise” which caught the eye (and ears) of the composer himself, Eric Whitacre.

5. Christmas concerts with Rivertree Singers

Rivertree Singers

Always a highlight of the Christmas season, the Rivertree Singers gave two concerts in Greenville (at Daniel Chapel on Furman’s campus and 2nd Presbyterian downtown) and one evening of music for guests at the Biltmore house.

Tech stuff

6. Best of Conference presentation at HighEdWeb 2013


I went to Buffalo, NY to attend and present at a conference for higher education web professionals. Out of 70+ presentations in 6 different tracks, mine was voted Best in Conference by peer evaluations. A very prestigious honor in my industry, the award has resulted in a lot of additional attention to my work and that of my talented coworkers at BJU, particularly our work with Responsive Web Design.

7. Launched the new BJU.edu

BJU.edu screenshot

After several months of planning, designing, programming, writing, and testing, our office launched the latest redesign of BJU.edu on December 16th – just in time to enjoy a relaxing Christmas break. Here’s some of the technical details behind-the-scenes for those interested.

8. Helped create two award-winning mini-sites


Two other mini-sites that our office created this year (LIFEatBJU and Why Choose BJU) won a total of seven eduStyle design awards this year once again bringing extra attention to the work we’re doing at BJU.

Random stuff

9. Emceed weddings for the third and fourth time


As a musician, you expect to get asked to play for weddings with some frequency. But, after a friend’s wedding this summer and my brother’s wedding this fall, somehow I’ve managed to emcee more wedding receptions than weddings I’ve played for…

10. Horsed around for Faculty Body


This is just a goofy one, but doing comedic sketches for a few thousand students, faculty, staff, and friends at school is pretty memorable.

11. Ran my first 10K

Map of my 10k run

I took up jogging for exercise a year and a half ago and have now run a 5K and a 10K. My (somewhat ambitious) goal time was 1:00:00. I ended up crossing the finish line at 1:00:45… close enough.


Now, I’m looking forward to 2014 in which I will:

  • Have the most prestigious choral performance of my life thus far
  • More than double the number of pieces of music I have in print (more on that soon…)
  • Act in a comedy (or two)
  • Build a website worthy of a Webby Award
  • Run a half-marathon