Jim’s Music

  • Aria and Toccata by James Biery,  (MorningStar Music Publishers, 10-682, 2016) for Organ Click here to visit the MorningStar webpage for this piece Commissioned by and dedicated to Kurt ...
  • Be Thou My Vision arranged by James Biery (GIA Publications G-8813, 2014) For Two-part Mixed Voices and Organ, Violin, and Cello Click here to visit the ...
  • Christ Is the Vine Music by James Biery, text by Marilyn Biery (MorningStar, SAB version MSM-50-8854, Two-part version MSM-50-8864, 2014) Two editions: one for SAB ...
  • Festival Divine Service: Lutheran Service Book, Setting Four setting by James Biery (Concordia Publishing House, 977795, 2017) for Choir, Congregation, Brass Quartet or Quintet, Organ, and optional Timpani click here ...
  • Festive Hymn Settings for Congregation, Set 4, General by James Biery (MorningStar Music Publishers, 20-754, 2014) for Brass Quartet or Quintet, Organ, optional Timpani and Soprano Descant click here to ...
  • Festive Hymn Settings for Congregational Singing, Set 2: Easter/General by James Biery (MorningStar Music Publishers, 20-751, 2005) for Brass Quartet or Quintet, Organ, optional Timpani and Soprano Descant click here to ...
  • From Doubt to Faith A Chancel Opera in One Act, Based on John 20:24-29 Music composed by James Biery, ASCAP Text written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP, with Henry ...
  • God Is So Good arr. by James Biery (GIA Publications, Inc,, G-8944, 2015) for 3 Oct. Handbells or Handchimes, Level 2- click here to visit the ...
  • Holy and Beloved by James Biery (Augburg Fortress 978-1-4514-9249-1, 2014) SATB Choir and Organ Click here to visit publisher’s webpage. This anthem was commissioned and composed for ...
  • I Am Always With You by James Biery  (GIA Publications, Inc. G-8468, 2014) Text by Marilyn Biery; Unison Choir and Descant, Organ, One or Two Treble Instruments Click ...
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say by James Biery (MorningStar Music Publishers MSM-50-8385, 2015) Click here to visit publisher’s webpage, where you can view a sample and listen. SATB ...
  • I Saw Water Flowing / Alleluia by James Biery (GIA Publications G-8469, 2015) for SATB or Unison Choir or Cantor and Organ Settings of the Eastertide Rite of Sprinkling ...
  • In Silent Pain the Eternal Son arr. by James Biery (GIA Publications, Inc., G-8943, 2015) for 3, 4, 5 Oct. Handbells or Handchimes click here to visit the ...
  • Journey to Jerusalem A musical drama and liturgy for Maundy Thursday.           Music composed by James Biery, ASCAP Libretto written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP “Journey to Jerusalem” is ...
  • Let This Day Be Filled With Wonder by James Biery (GIA Publications, Inc. G-9193, 2017) for Two-Part Mixed Choir and Organ Commissioned by Frederic DeHaven for the choir of ...
  • My Help Cometh From the Lord by James Biery (GIA Publications, Inc. G-8652, 2015) for SATB Choir, Organ and Optional Violin This setting of the King James version ...
  • Out of Darkness into Light by James Biery (GIA Publications G-8880, 2015) for SATB Choir and Organ A choral setting of 1 Peter 2:4-10, commissioned by First Presbyterian ...
  • Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists Music by James Biery in each of the  six volumes of this series (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2015) Click here to ...
  • The Better Part A Story of Martha and Mary, One-Act Chancel Opera, Based on Luke 10:38-42 Music composed by James Biery, ASCAP Libretto written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP “The ...
  • The Heavenly Music by James Biery, text by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, Inc. G-8486, 2015) for SATB Choir, Organ, and optional C instrument Click here to ...
  • The Paschal Lamb by James Biery (Augsburg Fortress , 2014) Click here to visit the Augsburg Fortress website. Easter Settings for Organ: settings of hymntunes ...
  • Three Festival Hymn Settings arranged by James Biery (GIA Publications, G-8467, 2013) for Brass Quartet  and Organ (with optional Tuba, Timpani, and Soprano Descant) click here ...

More Choral Music

Rejoice in God’s Saints (GIA G-8617, 2014)
SATB Choir, Organ
Commissioned by and composed for Third Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, where Linda Strouf is Minister of Music. Text by Fred Pratt Green.

 Love Never Ends (MorningStar MSM-50-9426, 2014)
SATB Choir, Keyboard, optional violin and trumpet
This anthem, based on texts from Romans and 1 Corinthians, was commissioned by Chris Kent of St. John Lutheran Church, Louisville, Kentucky, on the occasion of the retirement of their pastor.

It Is Well with My Soul (GIA G-8377, 2013)
SATB Choir, Keyboard
The beloved hymn receives a sensitive and innovative treatment in this new arrangement.

Father, If this Cup Cannot Pass: A Holy Week Meditation (MorningStar MSM-80-315, 2013)
SATB Choir, Organ, opt. treble instrument, opt. cello
The words of Jesus are reflectively set as a refrain for SATB voices and optional congregation, while the more poignant and chromatic verses are to be sung by soloists or sections of the choir. The instrument parts enhance the expressiveness but are optional.

The Lord Will Reign For Ever (MorningStar MSM-50-8920, 2011)
SATB Choir, Trumpet, and Organ
Commissioned by the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, where Richard Gibala is Director of Music, this piece is a festive anthem on Christ the King texts.

Easter Rejoicing (MorningStar MSM-50-8205, 2011)
SATB Choir, organ, and trumpet
Commissioned by St. Mary’s Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Mary Joy Rieder directs the music and plays the organ, Easter Rejoicing is a festive anthem for Easter Sunday.

O Savior, Blessed Savior (Adoro te devote) (MorningStar MSM-50-5115, 2010)
SATB Choir, unaccompanied or with optional Handbells and/or C Instrument
A new arrangement of the beloved chant melody Adoro te devote commissioned by St. Anne Catholic Church, Houston, Texas, for their 2007 Pilgrimage to Eastern Europe. May be sung using the original Latin text or the wonderful English text by Godfrey Thring.

Behold, a New Creation (MorningStar MSM-80-580, 2010)
Cantor, Congregation, and Organ, with opt. SAB Choir, 2 woodwinds, or Brass Quartet and Timpani
A festive processional piece commissioned by three parishes in Florida in celebration of the Year of St. Paul, 2008-2009, using texts from 2 Cor. 5:17 and Eph. 1:3-10.

Two Motets for Worship (MorningStar MSM-50-2518, 2010)
SATB unaccompanied
These two short motets are settings of the traditional Catholic benediction hymns “O Salutaris” and “Tantum ergo” and were commissioned by St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, Georgia. For this edition, alternate English texts were provided: “O rise and sing” and “Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing.”

An Old Irish Blessing (MorningStar MSM-50-8913, 2009)
Unison voices and piano (or keyboard)
A simple and lovely setting of the traditional Irish blessing, “May the road rise to meet you…” Suitable for choirs of all ages. An organ accompaniment is available in Jim’s collection of vocal solos,

Sing Praises to God (MorningStar MSM-50-2603, 2009)
SATB, Trumpet, and Organ
A festive anthem for Ascension or general use. Commissioned by Michael Silhavy for the Church of St. William in Fridley, Minnesota.

Surge inluminare (MorningStar MSM-50-9118, 2008)
SATB and harp (or piano)
English text by Marilyn Biery, Latin text by Maryann Corbett

O Come, Divine Messiah (MorningStar MSM-50-6308, 2008)
2-part treble voices, oboe, harp (or keyboard) and opt. handbells

The Frozen Earth (MorningStar MSM-50-5302, 2008)
SATB and Organ
Text by Marilyn Biery

Love Is Come Again (MorningStar MSM-50-6205, 2008)
Unison or Two-part Treble Voice and Keyboard (Optional treble instrument)
A setting of NOEL NOUVELET

Yet I Will Rejoice in the Lord (MorningStar MSM-50-7101, 2007)
SATB, Organ, Cello or Viola, opt. Oboe
Text from Habakkuk 3; commissioned by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Florence, SC

The Beatitudes (MorningStar MSM-50-7100, 2007)
SATB and Organ
Text by Marilyn Biery

The Peace of Christ (MorningStar MSM-50-6065, 2006)
SATB and keyboard, opt. Flute, Oboe, or Violin
Text by Marilyn Biery, inspired by Colossians 3:12-17

The Lord Is My Shepherd (MorningStar MSM-50-6057, 2005)
Unison Treble Choir or Soloist and SATB a cappella
Text by Marilyn Biery

Ubi Caritas (MorningStar MSM-50-3055, 2005)
SATB a cappella
Commissioned by St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Augusta, Georgia, Alvin Blount, Director of Music.

O Holy Night (GIA Publications, Inc. G-6184, 2004)
SATB, Harp or Piano, opt. Flute, Oboe, Strings, Guitar, Organ (Full Score with Parts G-6184INST; Guitar edition G-6184G; Solo edition with lyrics in English and French G-6184SOLO) Recorded on “Catholic Christmas Classics” GIA CD-590
A practical new arrangement of Adolphe Adam’s Christmas favorite for SATB choir with optional soloist and optional parts for two woodwinds, strings, harp, organ, and guitar. Adaptable to almost any situation.

Stir Up Thy Power, O Lord (MorningStar MSM-50-0208, 2003)
Unison, Two-Part Mixed, or SAB and organ
An English-style setting of the Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent from the Book of Common Prayer.

A Song of Devotion (Ave Maria) (Boosey & Hawkes, M-051-47452-3, 2003)
SATB a cappella
James Biery’s second setting of the traditional 13th century Ave Maria text alternates between undulating motion and homophonic simplicity while hovering around a pedal-point G. Each of the two main sections of Song of Devotion unveils these two contrasting ideas. Composed for the Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral of St. Paul in 1999.

Ave Maria (MorningStar MSM 80-076, 2000)
SATB a cappella; commissioned by St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Augusta, Georgia, Alvin R. Blount, Director of Music
“Three pages of beautiful SATB a cappella writing make this a wonderful addition to the many good settings of this beloved text. If you’re looking for a new sound to express an old text, this one deserves your attention.” (Pastoral Music)

Word of God, Eternal (MorningStar MSM 50-9456)
SA (divides to 3 parts), organ, opt. Horn; commissioned by the choir of Calvary Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota, Scott Rohr, Director; text from Hebrews 13:8 and the 9th cent. Hymn, “Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal”

The Waters of Life (Augsburg-Fortress 11-10902, 1998)
SATB and organ; composed at the request of the editors for Augsburg’s landmark collection The Augsburg Choirbook.
“This Pentecost/Baptismal anthem confirms that not only is Biery liturgically attuned, an organist of great facility who understands the workings of the voice, but he also possesses the compositional skills to put it all together. In this case, the ‘call of God’ and the ‘love of the Holy Spirit’ hover melodiously over rippling torrents (cleansing water) in the organ. The text is an ICEL translation of an ‘Ancient Christian Hymn.’” (Bret Heim, CrossAccent, January 1999)

O Little Town of Bethlehem (MorningStar MSM-50-1057, 1996)
A setting of a lovely forgotten carol tune composed by 19th century composer Joseph Barnby. The sensitive English-style arrangement and the thoughtful words by Phillips Brooks combine to make a beautiful meditative Christmas anthem. Not difficult but rewarding for both choir and listeners.

O Blessed Mary (OCP 10135, 1996)
2-part, keyboard, guitar, opt. 2 vln. or 2 woodwinds; text by Marilyn Biery

Christ, the Solid Rock (MorningStar MSM-50-8810, 1995)
SATB, organ; commissioned by The United Church of Christ in Keene, Keene, New Hampshire; a hymn-anthem on an original hymn-tune setting of “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”

O Sacrum Convivium (MorningStar MSM-50-8311, 1995)
“The crowning work in this installment of reviews is James Biery’s powerfully moving motet O Sacrum Convivium. The motet unfolds in excruciatingly slow fashion from a quiet pedal point in the bass. The remaining voices join first at the unison, the almost imperceptibly, begin to edge upward in parallel triads over the pedal point, the range and dynamics rising until an anguished cry splits the air. Then…breathtaking silence!
The process begins again, building to an even more dramatic climax at Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, then quietly dissolves as it began. The piece has a stunning sense of mystery, the result, in part of tension between a sense of where things are heading but being in no real hurry to get there. Biery has also discovered a rare commodity and used it well – silence.” (Bret Heim, Grace Notes)

Magnificat (MorningStar MSM-80-780, 1995)
SATB, organ; commissioned by and composed for the Youth Choir of First United Church of Christ, Milford, Connecticut, and the Westminster Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Nunc Dimittis (MorningStar MSM-80-781, 1995)
SATB, organ; commissioned by and composed for the Youth Choir of First United Church of Christ, Milford, Connecticut, and the Westminster Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Give Us Grace (GIA G-3465, 1991)
SAB, organ; text by Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous “Serenity Prayer”

Love Divine (GIA G-3281, 1989)
SATB choir and organ; text by Charles Wesley

Jesus, Tiny Child (GIA-3282, 1990)
A Christmas Carol for SATB choir, soloist, and flute or oboe; opt. orchestration for strings; text by Marilyn Biery

I Rejoice in the Lord (GIA G-3184, 1988)
SATB, keyboard, guitar, opt. parts for strings; text from Isaiah 61:1-2,10

Prayer for Peace (GIA G-3183, 1988)
SATB choir, keyboard, opt. violin; text by St. Francis of Assisi