Welcome to Music for Worship!

Providing “Sacred Music for Sacred Places”

 

Music for Worship was created in 2007 by popular LDS composer/producer/arranger, Brian Jensen, to promote music that is both beautiful and appropriate for performance in sacred worship services.  Brian partnered in 2016 with award-winning composer/songwriter/arranger Rachel Mecham Goates, who shares his vision.

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Brian Jensen is the founder and Chief Editor at Music for Worship and musicforworship.net, a Utah-based publisher of print music and recordings. He is an in-demand studio music arranger, producer, and orchestrator. With more than 500 sheet music arrangements in print, his credits include Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Inspirational Music Showcase 60 Favorite Hymns, Inspirational Music Showcase 80 Most Requested LDS Songs, lds.org, Steven Kapp Perry, Michael McLean, Marvin Goldstein, Jessie Clark Funk, Jenny Jordan Frogley, Especially for Youth, Classroom Classics, and April Moriarty & Todd McCabe. Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Brian lives in Provo, Utah with his wife Deby and their two children.

 

 

IMG_5375croppededitedaRachel Mecham Goates is partner and Director of Marketing at Music for Worship and musicforworship.net.  She was raised in Southeastern Idaho and attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) majoring in Musical Theatre.  As a composer, arranger, and songwriter, Rachel has garnered numerous awards, and her works have been widely performed in the United States and internationally.   Her credits include the popular children’s Christmas song, “Could I Hold the Baby”.  Most recently she worked as Production Manager and Administrative Assistant to music producer, songwriter, and composer, Tyler Castleton, and as Production and Tour Coordinator for the pop music group, Beyond 5.  Rachel is the mother of seven children and resides in a rural town in central Utah.

 

Music for Worship currently includes five categories—Vocal Solo (includes hymn arrangements with free solo parts for Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon), Choir Music (perfect for your ward choir), Piano Solos, Songs for Youth, and Children’s Songs—with new music released weekly!

 

 

MEET OUR COMPOSERS

PaulaSnow1croppedPaula Snow was born in Payson, Utah, and raised in nearby Salem in a family of six children.  She attended Spanish Fork High School and Brigham Young University.  As a child she could “hear music in her mind” and loved to sing and make up little songs.  Shy about her composition skills, she secretly wrote a theme song that was later chosen for a high school dance.

After her marriage, Paula took an extended break from music in order to focus on raising her family.  Following a difficult illness, she began “hearing” music again.  She has worked and studied privately for many years, but has more recently been tutored by a gifted composer.  Three of her compositions have been recognized in the LDS Church Music Submission, and her works have been performed as part of the Temple Square Concert Series.

“Composing and arranging what I hear in my head is a great spiritual challenge,” Paula says.  She acknowledges that without heavenly assistance, she is able to do nothing.  “In a blessing I was promised I would ‘always be teachable enough to learn’, and that beautiful promise sustains me.”

Paula is married to the love of her life, Michael Snow (originally of Livonia, Michigan).  They have four grown sons and twelve grandchildren.  They enjoy doing Family History and working at the Columbus, Ohio LDS Temple.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

dallyn vail bayles croppedDallyn Vail Bayles is the featured vocalist in Music for Worship’s recording of  “We Ever Pray for Thee.”  Dallyn is a professional actor, singer and recording artist from the small town of Green River, Utah.

As a concert soloist, he was honored to perform along with Rebecca Luker in Golden Days: A Celebration of Life, the 85th birthday celebration of LDS Church President, Thomas S. Monson.  He was the featured soloist with the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their Deer Valley Music Festival concert, “Music from Stage and Screen.”  Bayles has also sung several times as a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their national broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dallyn portrays Hyrum Smith in the Church’s feature films Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story. He has also starred in several films in the Liken the Scriptures movie series. LDS Church stage credits include portraying Joseph Smith in the Nauvoo Pageant, and Alma Richards in the Church’s 2002 Winter Olympic production, Light of the World.

Dallyn graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. He was honored by BYU with the 2012 Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Rachel, are the proud parents of five children.

For more information on Dallyn Vail Bayles, visit his website dallynvailbayles.com.

 

RogCroppedaRoger Hoffman is the featured vocalist in Music for Worship’s recording of “Have I Done Any Good”.  Roger is a singer, producer, composer, and arranger who has produced and soloed on dozens of recorded works with various artists, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and has been featured as a soloist on “Music and the Spoken Word”.  He has received awards for his compositions including the CLIO, Peabody, and New York Film Festival awards.  As a songwriter, his most recognized work is “Consider the Lilies” which was included on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir album with the same title.

Roger’s wife, Melanie, is also an award-winning songwriter whose lifetime focus has been writing for children.  The Hoffmans work closely together writing, arranging and producing original music and have devoted their time, talents, and energy to creating together for the past 35 years.  They have received recognition for their work on “Scripture Scouts”  as well as for their children’s song, “Gethsemane”.   The couple has made 12 albums of their own work, and they often perform together in church functions and house concerts across the country.

The Hoffmans reside in Orem, Utah, where they work frequently with their four sons who are also involved in media.  For more information on the works of Roger Hoffman, visit his website hoffmanhouse.com.

 

CONTRIBUTORS

Randy-Britsch-squareRandy Britsch was called as the ward primary chorister in 2003 after moving into Brian Jensen’s ward in Provo, Utah. After hearing that Brian was a music arranger, Randy enlisted his help to arrange “Families Can Be Together Forever” for their ward primary program.

A few years later, Brian began talking about the creation of a music publishing company, so Randy offered to help in any way he could to make that vision a reality. Randy and Brian began researching websites and purchased the musicforworship.net domain. They also investigated shopping cart plugins they could use to seamlessly integrate into the whole musicforworship.net site where they could sell PDF versions of sheet music or MP3 versions of recorded music. With the help of a graphic designer for the logo and the use of various landscape paintings by a local artist for use on the cover, the look of the site and materials came together. And then in 2007, the site launched.

Though none of that original website remains today at www.musicforworship.net except for the original music, that process of creating an LDS music site featuring beautiful arrangements and talented performers proved to be not only a huge blessing for LDS musicians, but it helped formulate a dear friendship between Randy and Brian.

Randy is a very happy husband to beautiful Rebecca, father of five girls and one boy, IT project manager, adjunct professor of Information Systems at BYU, amateur musician, and once again, ward primary chorister in Saratoga Springs, Utah.