St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Music Ministry






At the 11 AM worship service each Sunday, the Chancel Choir strives to present a wide range of anthems written by a diverse group of composers. There is so much beautiful music in the world, we will never be able to sing all of it. That said, one our favorite composers is Joe Martin, an immensely talented church musician, prolific composer, and someone I am privileged to call a good friend.
A North Carolina native, Joe earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas. While at Furman, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price who inspired Joe to become a composer. Joe is not only a composer, he is a very gifted pianist. He has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians. He is recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions. His major works include nearly 40 choral cantatas, several CD's of his piano music and over 2,000 anthems currently in print.  That number of anthems continues to grow steadily. So many in fact, he uses more than eight pen names because, as Joe has noted, "people may not get tired of my music, but they may get tired of seeing my name."  For example, Lift Up Your Heads, his anthem the Chancel Choir sang on Palm/Passion Sunday, bore the pen name of Jon Paige: and Come and See, his anthem the Chancel Choir will be singing this coming Sunday, bears the pen name of Michael Barrett.
Whatever composer's name appears on Joe's anthems, we hope you enjoy our presentations of all of them as much as we enjoy learning and singing them.


Blessings, Shelley