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David Shipps

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As a composer, David has created works for ensembles of all sizes, ranging from solo instrument to full orchestra. He has been writing since the age of twelve, originally as a self-taught composer, reading and studying whatever music was available to him. One of his newest works, "Life Pictures for Unaccompanied Trombone" was commissioned by Paul Compton, Assistant Professor of Trombone at Oklahoma State University. He recently completed a choral work based on the Psalms and has begun sketches for a Christmas work for Chorus and Small Orchestra.

David's musical influences range from Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, and Stravinsky to more recent composers as Aaron Copland, John Adams, John Rutter, and John Williams. He has developed a style that features interesting rhythmic patterns and continual color and timbre changes, all the while staying within the constraints of tonality. As a composer, David constantly listens to the music of other composers, always looking for ways to broaden his palette of musical ideas.

David began studying music at an early age, first learning the piano, and then moving on to the trumpet. Along the way, he developed an interest in composition and soon began studying the scores of great classical works. Out of these studies came a love for composing, premiering his first work during his senior year in high school - a work for full orchestra entitled "Sounds of Life."

As a Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of North Texas, David received an intense classical training in composition, studying for two years with one of America's most promising female composers, Dr. Cindy McTee. Out of this training comes a deep-rooted passion for creating music at its highest level. Whether he's writing an arrangement or original composition, David displays this desire for musical excellence through the quality of his work, both as a composer and an engraver.

Since his arrival in Nashville, David has quickly become a sought after arranger, orchestrator and engraver. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, including albums, soundtracks and live concerts. Recent projects have included such artists as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Don Moen, the Nashville Symphony, Michael W. Smith and conductor David Hamilton. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed or recorded by groups such as the Nashville Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Air Force Band of the Reserve, the Prague Philharmonic and the Nashville String Machine.

David has flourished as an arranger of sacred music as well, with arrangements available through several publishers, most notably WORD Music. He has been one of the main arrangers for "PraiseCharts," a website that features arrangements of contemporary worship music for churches, contributing over 160 arrangements for use in churches around the world. Recently, he served as an orchestrator and producer for LifeWay's Worship Project launching in August of 2008. Contributing over 140 arrangements and helping to produce over 100 hymn recordings, he played a role in the largest creation of new music for the church in recent history.

When he is not writing music, David's hobbies include playing Principal Trumpet with the Nashville Praise Symphony, serving as a deacon at Brentwood Baptist Church, spending time with his wife, and studying Bible chronology. His professional associations include ASCAP, the Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

David makes his home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, their two sons, Drew and Dawson, and his always supportive dog, Sonic.
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Top 40 Easter Hymns For 2015

PraiseCharts, Aaron Shust, Chris Tomlin, David Shipps, Kathryn Scott, Kristian Stanfill , Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Travis Cottrell | March 6, 2015 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , ,

Here's a list of top 40 hymn arrangements for worship during the Easter season: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Chris Tomlin) Jesus Paid It All (Kristian Stanfill/Passion Band) In Christ Alone (with The Solid Rock) (Travis Cottrell) The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin) Blessed Assurance (Third Day) In Christ Alone (Geoff Moore) When I Survey (The Wondrous Cross) (Kathryn Scott) My Savior My God (Aaron Shust) Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Michael More

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