MICHAEL MC CABE was born in Ft. Madison, Iowa on September 12, 1941 and had his early training in piano with Arthur Weinhardt and organ with Betsy Karl and Cecil Neubecker. As a student at Creighton University, he was appointed university organist and choir director. During a 20 year military career, various assignments provided McCabe with unique performing had learning opportunities. He performed in the metropolitan cathedrals of Seoul, then Saigon, and Hong Kong. Served numerous church, including Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Studied composition and performing with such notable musicians as Leo Sowerby, David McK. Williams, Thomas Matthews, and Dale Wood. McCabe was elected to ASCAP in 1972, and ASCAP credits include NBC Television, foreign and domestic recording, the Stockholm and Stuttgart Music Festivals.
McCabe is presently chief, nurse anesthetist at the Omaha Surgical Center, chapel organist at Boys Town, instructor in keyboard harmony and improvisation at the St. Cecilia Institute, Omaha, board member of the Cathedral Arts Project, Omaha, associate editor of Randall Egan Publications, an oblate in the Episcopal Benedictine Order of the Companions of St. Luke and continues his work as organist, composer, and teacher.
Hymns of Praise New Release
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Hymn Tune: Coronation, Oliver Holden
Text by Edward Perronet
SATB with Congregation, Organ and Trumpet
PPMO 1222 SATB, Congregation - $2.20
PPMO 1222BP Trumpet Part (B flat and C) - $3.00
Michael's thoughts on this work:
"I have long been a proponent of the hymn concertanto involving congregation and choir. I believe this synthesizes, for all present, active worship. This piece can also be used by combined choirs. A youth choir could sing verse two, accompanied, perhaps, by a bell choir beginning on m. 27, ending on m. 41. A high school choir could sing either the fourth or fifth verse alone. Everyone sings verses one and six."
Michael's thoughts on church music today:
"Church music, to me should bring people to the face of God. In these times, some pretty unusual things do that. The question frequently arises, "Is it entertainment or worship?" I suggest to those seeking my advice, "Be true to your conscience."
What others have said about our Hymns of Praise Series:
"Paraclete Press has inaugurated a new series of anthems based on hymns, whose entries will be useful in a variety of contexts, perhaps especially where resources are a bit limited, but also where a hint of something familiar is welcome. Each anthem stands at the easier end of the spectrum, but has interest in its development of material of the hymn tune."