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More about Chad Staten:
>>Please take a moment to rate/review any of my music if you use it.<< Your feedback is very important to me. I'd love to hear how you used it, and how it went for you! Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome! Chad (Staten rhymes with Dayton) started on the violin in third grade in Logan, UT. At the age of eight, he sang in a stake primary children's choir at the Logan Tabernacle. This first real encounter with the organ deeply impressed him, and cemented in his mind a desire to play the organ. After his family moved to Beeville, a small town 60 miles from anywhere in south Texas during fifth grade, he switched to the piano because of limited orchestra resources in town. Chad was called to be a ward organist and choir accompanist starting in high school, and has served in those positions almost continuously ever since. He was an Organ Performance and Pedagogy major at BYU, where he studied with Richard Elliott, and played harpsichord and other instruments in the Early Music Ensemble under the direction of Doug Bush. He currently serves as a Guest Organist on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Chad loves to compose, particularly for choir and organ. To support his music addiction, he works as an airline pilot and enjoys playing many different pipe organs at various destinations in the United States and Canada. Please take a moment to let me know if you have enjoyed or found useful anything I have posted here. And of course, please tell me if you find any errors!
At the time of this writing, our Stake Conference is coming up in a couple of weeks. The theme of the meeting will be "Likening the scriptures unto ourselves." I decided to use this opportunity as a "commission," and began considering texts that would fit the theme. I decided on As I Search the Holy Scriptures. I had initially intended to do an arrangment, but due to the very compact nature of the hymn tune by Marianne Fisher, I decided to write my own original music. As such, it is not truly an "arrangement," but I have posted it that way for clarity. The brevity was still a challenge, but I managed to get the performance time up to about 2:40, provided it is performed with some freedom of tempo in spots. Because we're so short on time, (i.e. very little time to rehearse), I left out the men and wrote it only for SSA. The close 3-part harmony is not easy, and should generally only ever be taken on by singers with sufficient formal musical training. Alternatively, it sounds very nice as a solo. As is my custom, I wrote this for organ accompaniment with a solo line played by a second person on the organ. In this case, the solo is easy (other than some tricky ties), and could be played by anyone with piano background. I didn't specify any organ registration. In the recording, the solo organ line changes registration, but the (main) accompaniment maintains the same mp registration throughout. DO NOT click on the big video link below. Nothing bad will happen. It just doesn't work. INSTEAD, CLICK HERE==> SAMPLE AUDIO/VIDEO PLAYTHROUGH to see the video.
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