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Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

Recent Posts by Anna Johnson

Singing the O Antiphons during Advent

During the Advent season, churches may set aside time to reflect on the O Antiphons of Advent through worship and song. What are these O Antiphons and how can church musicians incorporate them into the church’s song this Advent season?

Words to Look for in Luther’s Hymns

Just as it was in Luther’s day, music is still a powerful tool the Church can use to convey the importance of Christ’s saving name. Luther’s words have greatly shaped our theology and hymnody over the centuries, and they will likely continue to do so for the next half millennium. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most commonly used words in Luther’s hymns according to the English translations in The Hymns of Martin Luther.

Interview with Timothy Shaw

Every artist knows that the details matter, and composer Timothy Shaw’s detail-oriented nature is probably one of the things that has made his music career so successful! Taking pleasure from things many other people may not notice, like a perfectly engraved musical score or a key change in one of his compositions, Timothy has composed more than a dozen pieces for CPH. Read our interview with Timothy and visit his author page on CPH.org to learn more about all of his compositions with us.

Free Holy Week Social Graphics and Devotions

 Just a few short days ago, we proclaimed our loud Hosannas, remembering the day our Lord made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As we continue through Holy Week, we’re offering you free resources to help you and your church’s members reflect on the significance of these holidays. We’ve compiled a free online Lutheran Calendar and free devotional readings, social media graphics, and hymn videos that you can share or use individually.

One LSB Hymn a Week

We’re very excited to announce a new partnership with Mark Peters from One LSB Hymn a Week, a video series that gives organists ideas for musical selections each week.

Establishing a Communications Hub for Rehearsals (Part Two)

In last week’s post, we talked about what a communications hub is and why it is important. This week, we’ll look at some concrete examples of the components in a rehearsal communications hub. At the end, you can download a free rehearsal communications kit to use in your music ministry.

Establishing a Communications Hub for Rehearsals (Part One)

We know that this time of year can be very stressful for many directors and musicians as you prepare for additional Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter services. What's the best way to communicate about all these rehearsals and schedules? How can a centralized communications plan help to relieve stress during the busy time of the Church Year?

In this week's post, we'll look at what a communications hub is and why it is so important. Next week, we'll talk more about offline and online options for establishing this hub at your church!

5 Last-Minute Lenten Selections

With Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter services to prepare for, this can be a very busy time of the year for church musicians! If you're still looking for a few more pieces to incorporate into your Lenten repertoire, we've curated a quick list for you. 

Introducing Prelude to Postlude | CPH Music Blog

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