Alternate Hymn Arrangements

Pray Tell has posted four Do It Rite videos on leading hymns by the organist:

Following up on this, here is a preliminary list of published alternate settings of hymns – with thanks to Chris Stroh, organist at St. Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis, graduate of St. John’s School of Theology MA in liturgical music, who presented a session of improvisation and service playing this past semester.

What would you add to this list? What alternate hymn arrangements do you recommend?

As Though the Whole Creation Cried: 50 Harmonizations for Organ by Michael Burkhardt (MorningStar)

Six Organ Preludes on Hymntunes by Marty Haugen, Jeremy Young, and Skinner Chavez-Melo by David Cherwien (GIA Publications)

All Creatures Praise: Six Hymn Introductions for Organ by Trey Clegg (MorningStar)

Marian Hymn Harmonizations by Alfred V. Fedak (Selah Publishing Co.)

A New Liturgical Year ed. by John Ferguson (Augsburg Fortress)

Hymn Harmonizations for Organ, vols. 1-5, by John Ferguson (GIA Publications)

Many and Great: Introductions and Accompaniments for Global Hymns for Organ by John Ferguson (MorningStar, via Canticle Distributing)

Hymn Intonations for Organ by Carla Giomo (GIA Publications)

Ninety East Hymn Accompaniments for Keyboard by Margaret Mealy (GIA Publications)

The Coral Ridge Festival Hymn Collection, vols. 1 and 2, by Samuel Metzger (MorningStar)

Laudes Domini: 10 Hymn Introductions and Harmonizations for Organ, vols. 1 and 2, by Gerald Near (MorningStar)

Easy Hymn Settings for Organ by Ronald A. Nelson (Augsburg Fortress)

Hymn Introductions, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations, multiple volumes, by Richard Proulx (Selah Publishing Co.)

400 Last Verses by Noel Rawsthorne (Kevin Mayhew)

Musica Sacra: Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ, 10 volumes (Concordia Publishing House)

All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for the Church Organist by Timothy Shaw (Augsburg Fortress)

44 Hymn Tunes Freely Harmonized for Unison Singing by Eric H. Thiman (Novello)

Hymn Harmonizations for Organ by John Ferguson (GIA Publications)

48 Organ Descants on Well-Known Hymn Tunes by Robert J. Powell (GIA Publications)

Organ Improvisations for Hymn-Singing by Gerre Hancock (Hinshaw Music) 

Publishers: You are invited to put together a post of all the organ hymn setting resources you offer, with a brief one-line description of each to help the reader know what you have. Submit it to and we will happily publish it.





  1. Craig Philipps: 25 Harmonizations and Descants (Selah)
    Bruce Neswick: A Liturgical Miscellany, Vol. 1 and 2 (St. James Music Press)
    and the classic T. Tertius Noble: Free Organ Accompaniments to 100 Well-Known Hymn Tunes (Alfred)(slow tempos required!), and Fifty Free Organ Accompaniments to Well-Known Hymn Tunes

    St. James Music Press has some other collections too that are worth a look, particularly with a subscription to their download service. You can simply enter the hymn tune name in their search box, and whatever they have will pop up.

  2. Colin Mawby: “Hymns for Occasions” (Kevin Mayhew). What is nice about this collection is that it isn’t just a last verse — for each of the 100 tunes, he has provided an introduction, the standard harmonization, an interlude, and then the reharmonization.

    I second the Noel Rawsthorne collection. It’s fabulous.

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