Category Archives: Marilyn’s Music

Fairest Lord Jesus

arranged by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, G-9227, 2017)

Click here to visit the JW Pepper webpage for this piece, with samples and recording.

For SATB Choir unaccompanied

The familiar text accompanied by Calvin Hampton’s melody captures both a reverence and longing for union with the Divine. This a cappella arrangement adds rich and beautiful harmonies that will be easily mastered. Sure to become a favorite!

From Doubt to Faith

A Chancel Opera in One Act, Based on John 20:24-29

Music composIMG_0607 croppeded by James Biery, ASCAP

Text written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP, with Henry Alford’s “We Walk By Faith” and narrated text from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

The story of Thomas the Twin and his turning from doubt to faith, written for and first performed at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, April 3, 2016

The singer-actors bring to life the emotional and compelling story of Thomas and the disciples, while the choir sings the words of the risen Christ and expresses the listener’s reaction to Thomas’ story. The piece ends with all of the cast – and the audience – singing a powerful statement of faith.

What is needed:

  • Four or Five Solo Singers (a mix of high and medium voices)
  • Narrator (spoken)
  • SATB Chorus
  • Chamber orchestra of Flute, Horn, Strings, Piano, and Percussion (can be successfully played by an ensemble of only 9 players, or the piano reduction may be used)
  • May be performed with or without costumes and lighting; no sets required
  • Performance time is 25 minutes; designed to be performed during a church service
  • The congregation participates in singing the final hymn-like chorus

The music makes modest demands on the singers and can be prepared in a few rehearsals. Likewise, the instrumental parts can be performed by either professional or talented amateur players.

Contact us for more information and a free perusal score: james (at) bierymusic (dot) com

Comments from the premiere performance:


“A very moving telling of a familiar story”

“An amazing score and message”

“One of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had”

“A true gem”



Ten Hymn Settings for Organ

by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, Inc., G-8870, 2015)1241bd3cf523c4b457a3ed4e29fe73c9 (1)

for Organ

click here to visit the publisher’s webpage for this piece

From prelude to interlude to moments of quiet meditation, these ten arrangements of classic and modern hymn tunes emulate the style of many master composers. They are great for use during the Christmas season, during a Mass, or can be used effectively as concert repertoire. With little preparation these hymn settings will provide a thrilling complement to your worship.

Seek a Place of Breathless Beauty

90-70by Marilyn Biery (MorningStar MSM-90-70, 2011)

Marilyn’s first hymnary, the book contains 25 of her hymn texts; eleven of them are sung to Jim’s original tunes. Published by MorningStar, the book was introduced at the 2011 NPM Louisville convention, during which the Bierys presented a Hymn Festival.

Concert organist Diane Meredith Belcher writes:
I was privileged to preview this most excellent collection of original hymn texts by Marilyn Perkins Biery; about half are set to traditional hymn tunes, and half to original tunes by James Biery. I was personally deeply moved by several of these – and as a set they represent a substantial, dignified, and beautifully crafted addition to the hymn literature. New hymns sometimes scare off churches, and sometimes even church musicians, but these strike the listener at once as original, memorable, likeable, and entirely singable. If you purchase nothing else this summer for your church, you would do well to consider this fine set.

Click here to view the MorningStar webpage for the book.

Gathered Into One

9781451486063bby Marilyn Biery (Augburg Fortress, 2014)

Organ Settings of Contemporary Tunes

Click here to visit the Augsburg Fortress webpage for this book.

A collection of organ settings of hymns from the twentieth century, which may be used as introductions or codas to the singing of the hymn, or as separate preludes or postludes. Contains settings of As the Grains, Baptized and Set Free, Be Not Afraid, Good Soil, Now We Remain, On Eagle’s Wings, Shanti, We Are Called, and You Are Mine


The Heavenly Music

by James Biery, text by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, Inc. G-8486, 2015)d86f687a59f01d95d6613229e83adef8

for SATB Choir, Organ, and optional C instrument

Click here to visit the GIA webpage for this piece

Dedicated to Debbie Hill and Mary Welling, wait staff in Dining Service at The Lakes of Freedom Village, Holland, Michigan, with great appreciation for their joyful and loving care of Marilyn’s mother, Dorothy Perkins