Sacred Winds Ensemble and Ministries

Christian outreach through the arts, music, and education.

Commissioning Project

Sacred Winds Commissioning ProjectBeginning in 2000, the Sacred Winds Ensemble initiated its highly successful commissioning project. The purpose of the project is to assist in the development and performance of music for biblical edification by commissioning musical compositions and related projects based on Christian concepts and themes.

The breadth and depth of the ensemble’s commissions is impressive including works written for string orchestra, choir, various chamber music instrumentations, and wind ensemble.

It is the intention of the commissioning project to support both established composers as well as promising young composers of tomorrow.  The use of notable composers who accept Sacred Winds commissions adds deep credibility to the project while the employment of new composers encourages interest in this genre as well as creating a uniquely supportive environment for experimentation.  The projects repertoire currently consists of the following works:

Musical Compositions:

2015 SW

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Voyage of Discovery by Jody J. Nagel (2000)
Scored for wind ensemble (featured on In Christ Alone album)

When I in Awesome Wonder by J. Daniel Jenkins (2001)
Scored for wind ensemble

My Tribute by J. Daniel Jenkins (2002)
Scored for two trumpet soloists and wind ensemble

Just A Closer Walk with Thee by John Vander Gheynst (2003)
Scored for “Dixieland” Quintet and wind ensemble (featured on In Christ Alone album)

Give Me Jesus setting by Barry Milner (2003)
Scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and tenor soloists, cello, and woodwind ensemble

In The Garden by Kimberly K. Archer (2003)
Scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists and wind ensemble

Wachet Auf by J. Daniel Jenkins (2003)
Scored for wind ensemble

Hallowed setting by Barry Milner (2004)
Scored for soprano and string orchestra

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Craig Biondi (2004)
Scored for two sopranos, wind ensemble, and string compliment

My Jesus, I Love Thee by Owen Griffin (2004)
Scored for SATB choir, piano, and string orchestra

Triad Fanfare by John Vander Gheynst (2005)
Scored for brass, percussion, and piano

Untitled Hymn setting by Barry Milner (2005)
Scored for soprano, violin, and woodwind ensemble

Praise to the Lord by Owen Griffin (2006)
Scored for soprano, piano, and wind ensemble

Unending Stream of Life by David Maslanka (2007)
Scored for wind ensemble (featured on In Christ Alone album)

O Great God setting by Barry Milner (2010)
Scored for soprano, tenor, piano, and string quintet

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name by Barry Milner (2014)
Scored for wind ensemble (featured on In Christ Alone album)

Mighty Fortress Fanfare by Scott Boerma (2017)
Scored for brass and percussion

Visual Commissions:

October produced by Wes Shirley (2002)
A video montage depicting the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ

The Samaritan Woman by Caroline Roll (2003)
Charcoal sketches of John 4

“I am impressed that the group is not satisfied with merely playing the standard repertoire.  You seem to realize that creativity should be very much a part of our identity and duty as Christians, as we reflect the image of the Creator Himself.”

Thomas W. Bolton, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Past President, Baptist Church Music Conference

Listen to our music

In rehearsal with John Vander Gherynst 2004 Composer-In-Residence

In rehearsal with John Vander Gherynst 2004 Composer-In-Residence

In rehearsal with David Maslanka 2007 Composer-In-Residence

In rehearsal with David Maslanka 2007 Composer-In-Residence

 

Testimonials

Your recording of "Voyage" is brilliant!!!

Jody Nagel
Composer, Voyage of Discovery

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