Sources of Instrumental Music
for Church Musicians

  • Alfred Music - solo and instrumental collections, Christmas music, etc. Also see Alfred's sacred division, Jubilate Music Group, for the "All-in-One Instrumental Kit."
  • Anderkamp Music - solo, ensemble, praise band, orchestra.
  • Barncharts - music by Tom Payne for praise band, orchestra, Dixieland, and solo instruments.
  • Brentwood-Benson Music - Benson Orchestra Series, Jericho Horns series, etc.
  • Camp Kirkland - Camp’s music is listed online
  • Chandler Music - distributor for The Instrumental Source, a group of several different publishers, including King’s Brass, Light of the World Music, and Washington Music Ministries.
  • David E. Smith Publications Extensive catalog of solo, ensemble, and other instrumental product. (800) 672-2733. Also a distributor for Salvation Army publications and churchmusic.biz
  • David Winkler - online catalog available (615) 415-8738.
  • Dan Goeller - arrangements for church orchestra.
  • Dan Oxley - arrangements for praise band. Also trumpet solo music. (Online Store/Books)
  • Discover Worship - subscription service for choral and instrumental music.
  • Farm Lake Music Arrangements by Calvin Bolton.
  • Genevox - Jubilation and Celebration Orchestra Series, John Gage orchestra series, Exaltation Series, Rhythm Plus 4, Power Praise for Worship Band, Cool Springs Symphony (strings)
    www.Lifeway.com - also some titles available as downloads at LifewayWorship.com/n/Instrumental-Series.com
  • Hal Leonard Corp. - various arrangements for band, orchestra, solo instrument, etc.
  • Jeff Cranfill Music - church orchestra, praise band, solo instrument, etc.
  • Jennifer Kim - arrangements for solo and duet instruments with piano.
  • John Gage Music - Brass player’s practice CDs, string warm-up book.
  • Last Resort Music - Classics and wedding music for solo, duet, trio, quartet, etc., in a very useful format.
  • Latham Music - Arrangements for strings.
  • Lillenas - Instrumental solo collections, Allegis Church Orchestra series, Allegis Gospel Band and Praise Band, Praise Paks, Brasscapes, Windscapes, Stringscapes, Solotrax series.
  • Lorenz Corp. - various solo and ensemble collections.
  • Mel Bay - instrumental solo collections. 1-800-MELBAY8.
  • Michael Lawrence - besides dozens of published arrangements, Michael has a number of self-published pieces. For more information, email lawrencemusic@comcast.net.
  • Phillip Allen - music for church orchestra.
  • Pinner Publications - arrangements for strings
  • PraiseGathering Music - Camp Kirkland orchestra collections and brass arrangements.
  • Prism Music - Gloryland Band, Prism’s Light Orchestra, Prism Praise Band, etc.
  • Psalm 150 Publications - orchestra, brass, solo, etc. Now distributed by David E. Smith Publications.
  • Richard Kingsmore - "NextGen" orchestra, praise band.
  • Robert Sterling - "The Platinum Orchestra Series"
  • Ron Cobb Copy Service (800) 955-1730. Very helpful source for hard-to-find orchestrations
  • Ron Harris Music - “Faithful” series solo collections. Music sold at SheetMusicPlus.com
  • Sheet Music Plus - lots of music of various types, both hard copy and digital downloads.
  • Steve Dunn - church orchestra, concert band, mixed ensemble.
  • Sunshine Music Arrangements by Stacy Brown.
  • Triplo Press - arrangements for trumpet ensemble: “Church Hymns with Descants”
  • Word - Sunday Sounds and Coronation Series for church orchestra, Fletch Wiley and other solo books. For out of print music call Word Music Ministry Resources (888) 324-9673.

MUCH MUSIC IS AVAILABLE - BE SELECTIVE! A demo recording and/or sample score should always be referenced before purchasing an arrangement. Check each piece carefully for these aspects:

  1. The instrumentation (if you don't have all the instruments required, will the piece "survive"?)
  2. The musical style (there are lots of different ways of arranging "Amazing Grace" ! )
  3. The difficulty level (keeping in mind also the amount of rehearsal time you have)
  4. The upper range limits of the instruments (especially 1st trumpet and violins)
  5. Whether improvisation is required in the rhythm parts (is there a "written" piano part?)
  6. The length of the piece (can you make any cuts if it's too long?) 

HELPFUL RESOURCES

ORCHESTRATED HYMNALS

  • Worship His Majesty (Gaither Music) - SATB format [i.e., transcriptions of the SATB parts only]. Out of print.
  • 500 Hymns for Instruments (Lillenas) - Expanded trio format. These are older arrangements, a bit dated.
  • Baptist Hymnal ‘91 - Expanded SATB format [i.e., SATB in the brass, with countermelodies in the woodwinds, etc.).
  • The Instrumental Hymnal (Word) - Expanded SATB format.
  • Sing to the Lord hymnal (Lillenas) - Orchestrated format (i.e., orchestrated more like a choral anthem). The melody line is also included in some of the books.
  • Celebration Hymnal (Word/Integrity) - Orchestrated format.
  • Songs for Praise and Worship (Word) and More Songs for Praise and Worship - Orchestrated format.  Check www.wordchoralclub.comfor more information. Note that for some of the newer collections, the orchestrations are downloadable, and also the Finale files are available.
  • Praise Charts- orchestrated worship choruses and contemporary hymn arrangements (disclaimer - most of these arrangements are quite challenging).
  • LifeWay Worship Project- Orchestrations for all the titles in the "Worship Hymnal" (2008 Baptist Hymnal) individually as downloads, as well as many contemporary songs. Also many of the hymns come in "traditional" and "contemporary" versions. Finale files are available for many titles, and, for some, you can purchase individual orchestra parts. There are online demos and sample scores which can be viewed as well.
  • Celebrating Grace hymnal - orchestrations may be purchased individually as downloads at http://www.celebrating-grace.com/store/accents/digital-music/orch Listening demos and samples scores available online.
  • Hymncharts - a subscription service that offers contemporary arrangements of hymns.The instrumental parts are not full orchestrations ... they are meant to provide parts for a few players accompanying a band-driven service.
  • Worship Together Modern Hymnal (Brentwood Benson) - 50 worship songs, orchestrated.

NOTE THAT the music the orchestra used to accompany the hymns doesn't have to be from the same hymnal that the congregation sings from (if your church still uses hymnals. Just make sure that the keyboard and rhythm players are playing the same arrangement as the orchestra (same key and same basic chord structure) !!!

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