Friday, July 1, 2016

For anyone visiting my blog, this will be the official last post. Although, you may have thought that the post from April 30th, 2013, was the last. Before I continue, I wish to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

Well, I tried my hand at blogging with weekly (more like biannually, if that) posts regarding my composer-in-residence program. Unfortunately, it was quite challenging to always have something to post (due to the occasional creative slump) and feeling the need to write a novel.

With that being said, I felt it was time to combine the multiple creative and vocational facets of my life into a singular structure. Therefore, by merging four to five elements into a monthly(ish) newsletter format, I hoped to produce more out of less.

So, in February of 2015, I sent out the first issue of my newsletter, “Theodore Talks.” If you would like to read the previous issues, head to this post/page of my website: Theodore Talks - A Newsletter. Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It’s finally done!! After putting the finishing touches on the score, Jesus Is My Shepherd, a collection, it is complete. The compilation contains settings for voice with keyboard accompaniment (initial setting), lead sheet (melody line with chords symbols above), SAB choir, piano solo, and handbells. A sample copy of the score is available for preview on Journey Begun Music , under the Choral/Vocal section. When you have a chance, check it out.

Within the next few weeks I’ll be putting the finishing touches on the score for Jesus Is My Savior, a collection. Be on the lookout for this update.

Otherwise, the residency continues to move along nicely. My time management has proven somewhat successful. Staying relaxed and continually tweaking my approach are two components I keep in mind. However, my goal is to spend time being more creative and less time spent figuring out how to be organized/creative. This is a work in progress to be sure.

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

Peace to you all!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blessed New Year one and all!!! The performance season kicked in to full swing for the Greenleaf Singers and for the various seasonal service singing for the Shepherd's Choir back in November. My recital in October was a wonderful success and a great experience for audience and participants alike. Shepherd’s Choir premiered a Christmas anthem I wrote for them based on a text by my mom, Holy Gift, Holy Child. The ensemble presented the piece in fine fashion.

I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions. The kicker is, I’ve really needed a change in my time management as I sabotage myself with worrying about sticking to a specific time schedule. This approach has not proven successful. My goal is to proactivate my vocations without bogging myself down with when and where I write, practice, prep for rehearsals, answer emails, etc. This is quite a significant change for me as I tend to be very detail oriented. However, the new year is off to a good start. I’m embracing this change and look forward to where God will lead me in my time management.

That’s all for now.

Peace to you all!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

It’s almost here. After several months of preparations, Music of Praise, Peace, Laughter and Love: A Recital of Original Music by Theodore Jander, is set to go this Sunday, October 21st.  Below is an early glimpse of the music to be performed on the recital.  You can find out more about most of the music by perusing my website,, or a few earlier posts on this blog.  For those in town, I hope you will be able to attend the recital.  I ask for your prayers for all those involved, that each singer is in healthy voice, that pianists, organists and flutist have limber fingers, and that I remain calm.

Peace to you all!

Processional - Jesus Is My Savior in a Round

Thank the Lord
O Thou Who Kindly Dost Provide

Liturgy of Immanuel, the Good Shepherd
            V.         “Offertory”
            VII.       “Agnus Dei”
            VIII.      “Nunc Dimittis”

Jesus Is My Shepherd
Jesus Is My Savior
Jesus Is My Savior for Piano
Reign of the Lord’s Anointed

Awake and Rejoice

What Children Dream
Should I have tea?

As Children Hear

Beautiful One

Friday, September 28, 2012

Time flies when you're having fun. The past few months have been quite busy. Upgrading to a new computer has been a wonderful and challenging undertaking due to time spent backing up, reconfiguring, etc. On top of it all, the website on which several of my pieces were available,, folded this past May. So, in an effort to make my music available, I’ve taken the leap into self-publication. Many hours have been spent designing and developing a website for this endeavor. Now that everything is completed, I'm proud to announce the official launch of Journey Begun Music. When the chance arises, head on over to and browse around.

This past Sunday, September 23rd, saw the official presentation of "Jesus Is My Savior" at Good Shepherd. The piano setting was played as the offertory in both services while the handbell setting served as the prelude for the second service. I introduced the song to the congregation and then they sang it as the Gathering Song in the early service. The children, who've been learning the first two verses with hand motions the past several weeks, introduced the song at the beginning of second service. All-in-all, the pieces have been extremely well received and were played and sung quite well.

Now that all things technological and business oriented have settled down, I look forward to regularly blogging. And, as you've surely noticed, my blog has changed locations and format for an improved blogging experience. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Program Contributors

$720 was donated separate from the Chipin Website.  Thus, the current donation total is $1580.

~ Anonymous
~ Russ & Shirley Christian
~ Kathryn Crumrine
~ Robert Imholz
~ Louis & Martha Jander
~ Michael Kneemueller
~ Richard Mintzlaff
~ Patricia Nelson
~ Shepherd's Choir
~ Bethany & Jon Schmidt
~ Carol Stewart
~ Shirley Woods

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Some exciting news for me, on the professional front, was received at the beginning of June.  Back in the middle of March, I had submitted three works for the 2012 Region VI Conference of the Society of Composers (takes place October 5th through 6th at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas).  Nearly 500 works were submitted.  Sixty-nine total pieces by fifty-nine composers were selected.  Two of my three submissions are part of the sixty-nine chosen.  My art songs, “Beautiful One” and “Twilight” will be performed/premiered on Saturday, October 6th.