I am a composer of liturgical music for both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations, with over 400 compositions published by GIA, Augsburg Fortress and other publishers. For the past 25 years I have presented workshops and concerts across North America and in Europe, the Pacific Rim, Asia and Central America for church musicians and anyone interested in the renewal of worship.
There are many links on this website that will connect you to my publisher, GIA, allowing you to listen to music clips of my music and order print editions or recordings. Here is a link to an index of my music published by GIA.
Notes from workshops I have given can be found by going to the unpublished articles link.
Marty's Last (really) Concert with Michael Joncas and David Haas:
For the past 10 years I have done a number of benefit concerts with my colleagues Michael Joncas and David Haas and numerous musician friends.They have been a great deal of fun, but we have decided to end these joint events after doing three final concerts this year.
The last (really) of our joint concerts will be on Sunday, December 4th at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale, MN. Joined by a talented group of musician friends, we will be doing such old favorites as "Blest Are They" "All Are Welcome" and "On Eagle's Wings," some new songs and a few surprises. All proceeds will go to support the work of Southside Family Nurturing Center, a therapeutic preschool for children and families at risk.
Last year's concert sold out; you can get tickets online at the Brown Ticket webite by clicking here: Tickets for Haas/Haugen/Joncas Benefit Concert
For these concerts, we have created a special "With Gratitude" CD of old favorites and new music available on on this CD. All of our composer royalties will be going to the non-profit organizations we selected. For more information about the CD click here:
This Advent, my own faith community, Mayflower UCC, is embracing Christian hope during a season of uncertainty and divisions within many neighborhoods, our nation and in many parts of our world. I was asked to write a song about hope that could be used by the children's choir as well as the entire assembly. After I sang today from within our assembly, I determined that I wanted to make the song freely available for any Christian group that might find it helpful for their own community
"Choose to Hope" expresses my conviction that, as Christian individuals and communities, we can and must choose the path of hope and love and service, just as Jesus Emmanuel did. You can download the song here; you can also hear a rough demo of the song on my Facebook page.
In addition you can download a PDF with an assembly version by clicking here.
You can use the "Choose to Hope" without charge until December 25th; if you wish to use it outside of worship or after December 26 please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holden Evening Prayer turns 30:
Holden Evening Prayer (or "Vespers '86" as it is still known at Holden Village) was written during the winter of 1985-86 when I was living with my family at Holden. As each part of the vesper service was written. it was prayed with the community as part of evening worship. The final version represents a very real collaboration with the winter community at Holden. I believe that one of the reasons it continues to be used is because it reflects the very real prayer of a particular community.
To mark its 30th anniversary GIA is issuing a new edition of Holden Evening Prayer. I have written three new supplmental psalms that can be included during the seasons of Advent and Lent. There is also a new handbell part, in addition to the keyboard, guitar and C instrument parts. Look for it here or at GIA's website after January 10th.
Marty's Latest Collection
Here Among Us
Marty's new CD offers a variety of songs that celebrate the rhythm of our liturgical year. Within this new collection you will find music appropriate for each season. These songs have memorable melodies and evocative texts that will engage your assembly and encourage congregational participation.
The title song is a gentle Christmas carol which will appeal to all ages. "A Great Cloud of Witnesses" is an engaging anthem celebrating the saints surrounding and supporting us. There are new songs for Advent, Lent and Easter, as well as new settings of two wonderful texts by Adam Tice. “Be Merciful,” written for the Year of Mercy, is a quietly compelling song that can weave the theme of mercy and forgiveness throughout the liturgical year. To hear music clips, click here.
Sun, December 4 Benefit Concert, Oakdale, MN
(with David Haas & Michael Joncas)
4:00 PM Guardian Angels Church
For information, click here: With Gratitude concert information
For tickets, click here: tickets for tickets With Gratitude tickets
Jan 6-7 Reno, Nevada
Concert & workshops
Jan 26-28 Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin Symposium on Worship
Feb 24-26 Anaheim, CA
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Concert & workshops
Sun, Mar 19 Aston, PA
Franciscan Spirituality Center/Charism Day
May 5-7 San Simon Island, GA
Christ Church, Frederica
Every attempt will be made to keep this list as up-to-date and accurate as possible; however, it is subject to change. If you cannot reach the contact person for any of these events, you may email Marty.