Michael Austin Miller

Writer, Composer, Conductor, Church Musician, Educator

  Featured Anthem

    Hands of God  

      for SATB & Piano, with opt. descant.


      Hands of God is an anthem that is appropriate for many Lutheran Festivals,

  Hymn Festivals, and especially Reformation Sunday.  It doesn't get more  

  Lutheran than this!
        This anthem was written in honor of the ELCA's 25th Anniversary as a

  denomination and is dedicated to Wm. Chris Boerger, former Bishop of the 

  NW Washington Synod, former member of my congregation, and now the

  ELCA Church-wide Secretary.
        In September 2015, Hands of God was sung by a mass choir of 200

  singers accompanied by an orchestra for the installation of North Carolina's

  ELCA Bishop, Tim Smith.  The orchestration was written in July 2015 and the

  parts are now for purchase.
       I used the melodic pitches from A Mighty Fortress as a tone row to create

  the melody yet it sounds nothing like AMF until the hymn is sung later in the

  piece. The Verse and Chorus are singable, memorable, and the

  accompaniment is exciting and very doable. It can be learned in 1 or 2

  rehearsals.