Sheet Music Review from The Church Pianist


Last spring I found a website that offered several free piano arrangements of some hymns that I love. Of course, I had to try them, and I found that I love Jenifer Cook’s piano style. After I mastered the pieces that she had available on her website, I decided to purchase two of her sheet music collections: the Advanced Sacred Collection and the Piano Invitation Collection.

They are reasonably priced, considering the amount and quality of the music that you receive! They are a download, so you print them from your own printer after your purchase. Two of my favorite arrangements by Jenifer Cook are “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”

I would recommend these piano arrangements to anyone who is looking for beautiful, advanced-level sheet music for hymns. They’re amazing!

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Piano, Roses, and Food


Each fall, our piano teacher organizes a piano recital for all of her students. Although we love music, the recital isn’t our favorite part of playing the piano. Anyway, on Saturday we all dressed up and performed!

Gabrielle played a piece by Bach called Toccata in D minor. Elisabeth performed the original Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss. Kerstin’s piece was Rachmaninoff’s 18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini. A little bit later Elisabeth and Kerstin played a duet by Anton Arensky called Theme on a Russian Fugue. Since Kerstin is a senior this year and this is her last recital, she took a lovely bouquet of pink roses as a gift for our teacher.


They are so pretty!




Each family brings something sweet to share during the intermission. We chose to make fruit “cobbler” style bars, using a favorite recipe which we will feature here on the blog sometime. This time we made half of the pan cherry and half peach. In the photo above, we had yet to add the topping and bake them, but I promise that they looked more delicious after those steps. 🙂 Both flavors were very popular, because none of the bars were left after the intermission!



And here is a photo of all three of us girls with the Steinway piano.


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~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle