Alfred V. Fedak

Alfred V. Fedak is a widely-published and well-known composer of church music. He has over 200 choral and organ works in print, and his hymntunes appear in hymnals and collections in the US, Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand, China and Japan. Four anthologies of his hymns have been published by Selah Publishing Company: The Alfred V. Fedak Hymnary (1990), Sing to the Lord No Threadbare Song (2001), God of the Future (2009), and Stones Unthrown (2014). Mr. Fedak has earned many awards in organ performance and composition, including the AGO’s prestigious S. Lewis Elmer Award, as well as grants and prizes from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hymn Society, and the John Ness Beck Foundation. Since 2002 he has received annual composition awards from ASCAP. In 1995 he was named a Visiting Fellow in Church Music at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and he now serves as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (the committee preparing a new hymnal for the PCUSA).

Born July 4, 1953, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Alfred V. Fedak attended the Pingry School and graduated from Hope College in 1975 with degrees in Organ Performance and Music History. He subsequently earned a Masters’ degree in Organ Performance from Montclair State University and has done additional study at Westminster Choir College (church music), Eastman School of Music (harpsichord continuo), the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria (music history), and in England at the first Cambridge Choral Studies Seminar at Clare College, Cambridge. His organ studies were with Prudence Curtis, Roger Davis, Roger Rietberg, and Jon Gillock. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Fedak also holds the Guild’s Choirmaster Certificate, and from 1995-2000 served as Director of the AGO’s national Professional Certification Committee. Since 1986 he has been a member of the guild’s national Board of Examiners: his own grade of 95% on the AGO’s Fellowship paperwork remains the highest score ever achieved on that demanding, seven-hour examination since the founding of the Guild in 1896.

Recently called “one of America’s leading church musicians” by The American Organist, Fedak has performed and lectured widely throughout the US, including at national and regional conferences of the AGO and the Hymn Society (of which he is a Life Member). He has composed music on commission for numerous churches, cathedrals, schools, colleges, individuals, community choruses, and for chapters of the AGO, Choristers Guild, and the Organ Historical Society. He has written articles and reviews for The American Organist, The Hymn, Reformed Worship, and Music and Worship.

Fedak has served as organist and choir director for churches and synagogues in the East and Midwest. Currently he serves as Minister of Music and Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Capitol Hill in Albany, New York, where he plays a landmark four-manual, 1929 E. M. Skinner pipe organ. He has taught organ and keyboard harmony at the College of St. Rose, and is a Past Dean of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He also serves as Chapel Organist at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, is the accompanist for both the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and the Mohawk Valley Chorus, and appears regularly in concert as harpsichordist with the Capitol Chamber Artists. Al and his wife Susan are the parents of two grown sons.

An interview with Al Fedak appeared in Selah's newsletter Music in Worship, and you can read it online to find out more about this fine composer.

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Instrumental publications
Amazing Grace: NEW BRITAIN (Alfred V. Fedak, brass quintet and organ, 820-801, Mod. easy)
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: NETTLETON (Alfred V. Fedak, brass quintet and organ, 820-802, Mod. diff.)
Sing Praise to God/Let All Creation: MIT FREUDEN ZART (Alfred V. Fedak, brass quintet and organ, 820-804, Mod. easy)

Organ/Keyboard publications
Meditation on Adoro te Devote (Alfred V. Fedak, organ collection, 160-611, Mod. easy)
Advent/Christmas Suite, An (Alfred V. Fedak, organ collection, 160-112, Mod. diff.)
Divinum Mysterium (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-116, Mod. easy)
Epiphanies: Three Hymn Settings (Alfred V. Fedak, Oboe or Tpt. and Organ, 160-925 Mod. easy)
Fedak: 25 More Harmonizations, Vol. IX (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-729)
Fedak: Harmonizations, Vol. III (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-723)
Festival Prelude on Hyfrydol (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-654, Mod. easy)
New! Five for Flute + Organ (Carson Cooman, Alfred V. Fedak, Thomas Pavlechko, Craig Phillips, David Ashley White, 160-936, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Improvisation on Nicaea-"Holy, Holy, Holy" (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-520, Mod. easy)
Improvisation on Veni Creator Spiritus (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-513, Mod. diff.)
New! In Memoriam (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-665, Mod. easy)
In Paradisum (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-662, Mod. easy)
Invocation & Dance (Alfred V. Fedak, organ and strings, 160-95x, Mod. diff.)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee -- Festival accompament to HYMN TO JOY (Alfred V. Fedak, organ and choir, 160-679, Mod. easy)
Lenten/Easter Suite, A (Alfred V. Fedak, organ collection, 160-123, Mod. diff.)
Jesus Is the Sunlight (Carson Cooman and Alfred V. Fedak, 160-648, Mod. easy)
Lyric Suite (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-804, Mod. diff.)
Marian Hymn Harmonizations (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-737, Easy-Mod. easy)
Meditation on Adoro te Devote (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-611, Mod. easy)
Mohawk River Suite, A (Alfred V. Fedak, harpsichord, organ, piano, flute, singers, 160-926, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Music for a Ceremony (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-612, Mod. easy)
Partita on "How Firm a Foundation" (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-621, mod. diff.)
Pie Jesu (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-639, Mod. easy)
Prelude on a Gaelic Hymn (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-620, Mod. easy)
Scherzo Ostinato (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-865, Mod. diff.)
Sonata for Worship (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-844, Mod. diff.)
Sonata II for Worship (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-845, Mod. diff.)
Ss. Simon & Jude Organ Book (Daniels, Erickson, Farrell, Fedak, Phillips, Proulx, 160-615, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Triptych for Organ (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-846, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Triptych for Trumpet and Organ (Alfred V. Fedak, Tpt. and Organ, 160-979, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
New! Triptych on FREDERICKTOWN (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-613, Mod. easy)
New! Trumpet Tune (Alfred V. Fedak, 160-632, Mod. easy)
Variations on a Ground (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-868, Mod. diff.)
Variations on BEACH SPRING (Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-641, mod. diff.)
Variations on Pange Lingua(Alfred V. Fedak, organ solo, 160-684, Mod. difficult)

Hymnody | Choral | Keyboard | Instrumental

Come, Creator Spirit: Fedak plays Fedak

Congregational Song publications
New! Stones Unthrown: New Hymns of Alfred V. Fedak (2014)

God of the Future: New Hymntunes of Alfred V. Fedak (2009)

The Alfred V. Fedak Hymnary

Sing to the Lord No Threadbare Song: New Hymntunes of Alfred V. Fedak (2001)

Large Choral Works
For Us the Living
A Requiem by Alfred V. Fedak

An eight movement work for choir and organ or choir and orchestra (Fedak, SATB, 440-820, Mod. diff.)

Choral octavos
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"Alfred Fedak has a singular way of creating music that sounds difficult and complex while in actuality placing modest demands on choirs. His capable integration of a variety of sources, from plainsong to motivically-derived development techniques, imbues his anthems with sophistication." (AAM Journal)

Built on the Rock (Fedak, Two-part, kybd., opt. cong., bells, 241-503)
Come, Gracious Spirit (Alfred V. Fedak, Two-part choir, organ, 405-627, Mod. easy)
God Be with Us (Fedak, Two-part mixed, keyboard, opt. bells, 410-642)
God of Still Waiting (Fedak, Two-part, kybd., 420-149, Mod. easy)
Into Jerusalem Jesus Rode (Fedak, Two-part, organ, harp/kybd., 405-411, Easy)
Let in the Light (Alfred V. Fedak, 2pt., organ, 410-674, Mod. easy)
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Purcell, arr. Fedak, Two-pt., kybd., 420-117, Mod. easy)
Maker of the World (Fedak/Carson P. Cooman, Two-part choir, keyboard, 420-130, Mod. easy)
Prayer to the Child Jesus, A (Fedak, Two-part, alto solo, opt. flute, opt. bells, 405-227)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Fedak, Two-part, kybd., opt. treble inst., opt. cong., 425-350, Mod. easy)
Wordless Song within the Waters (Fedak, Unison/two-pt., kybd., 422-904, Mod. easy)

Shepherd of Souls (Alfred V. Fedak, SAB, organ, 410-421, Mod. easy)
When God's Time Had Ripened (Fedak, SAB and keyboard, 405-213)

The Acceptable Year (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-530, Mod. easy)
Antiphon: Let All the World (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 418-623, Mod. diff.)
As the Lyre to the Singer (Fedak, SATB, kybd., 420-146, Mod. diff.)
The Austin Canticles (Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-925, Mod. difficult)
Behold Now, Bless the Lord (Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-888, Diff.)
New! Come, Jesus, Come (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, kybd. or string quartet, opt. flute/C inst., 405-210, Mod. diff)
Ever-Flowing Streams of Praise (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, kybd., opt. vln., 410-609, Mod. easy)
Except the Lord Build the House (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB [divisi], organ, brass quint., timp., opt. cong., 425-710, Mod. diff.)
Faith Is the Yes of the Heart (Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. vln., 420-571, Mod. easy)
Falconer, The (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-659)
Fight the Good Fight (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-635, Mod. easy)
From All That Dwell (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. brass quartet, 420-750, Mod. easy)
God Has Spoken/Lively Wind (Fedak, SATB, organ, 420-371)
God Is the Poet (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, kbyd., opt. flute/C inst., opt. cong., 420-411, Mod. easy)
God of the Future (Fedak, SATB, organ, 420-588)
God Still Sings (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, kybd. 420-408, Mod. easy)
Have We Any Gift (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, keybd., 410-320, Mod. easy)
His Voice as the Sound (SATB and Hammered Dulcimer or synthesizer, 420-427, Mod. easy)
Hosanna! (Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. brass, opt. cong., 405-480, Mod. easy)
How Firm a Foundation (Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. cong., 425-828)
I Am the Vine (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, baritone solo, 405-458, Mod. easy)
In Thee Be All Our Glory (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-608)
New! It Is Good to Give Thanks (Fedak, SATB, organ, brass, opt. solo, opt. oboe, 410-892, Mod. diff.)
I Will Extol Thee (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-845)
I Will Give Thanks [Psalm 9] (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. children's choir, opg. handbells, Mod. diff.)
L'Envoy: King of Glory, King of Peace (Fedak, SATB and organ, 418-611)
Lord, Who May Enter [Psalm 15] (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, cantor, organ, opt. cong., 410-816, Mod. easy)
Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-315, Mod. easy)
New! The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB a capella, 410-175, Mod. easy)
The Lord Is My Shepherd [Psalm 23] (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB and organ, 440-828, Mod. diff.)
New! Lord, Who May Enter [Psalm 15] (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, cantor, organ, opt. cong., 410-816, Mod. easy)
New Life, New Love, New Light (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. cong., 420-391, Mod. diff.)
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. cong., opt. brass, timpani, 425-339)
A Parting Blessing: Walk Softly (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB a capella, 410-180, Mod. diff.)
Peter's Denial
(Fedak, SATB and keyboard, 405-410, Mod easy)
New! Portland Canticles (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-924, Mod. diff.)
Psalm 42: As Pants the Deer (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-854, Mod. easy)
New! Rooted in Christ (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, organ, 410-349, Mod. easy)
The Song Is Faith (Fedak, SATB, keyboard, 420-154, Mod. easy)
Song of Paul, A (Fedak, SATB and keyboard, 410-513)
There Is a Season (Fedak, SATB a capella, 410-507, Mod. easy)
They Did Not Build in Vain (Fedak, SATB, organ, 415-101, Mod. easy)
This Is the Hour (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-444, Easy)
New! This Is My Servant (Fedak, keyboard, 410-512, Mod. diff.)
Thy Matchless Love (Fedak, SATB and organ, 410-428, Mod. easy)
Triune God, Mysterious Being (Fedak, SATB, organ, opt. cong., 425-601)
Valediction (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB and organ, 440-832, Mod. diff.)
What Boundless Love (Fedak, SATB, organ, 420-657)
When God's Time Had Ripened (Fedak, SATB and keyboard, 405-214)
Where Is the King? (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB a capella, 405-301, Mod. diff.)
With Pipes of Tin and Wood Make Known (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB and organ, opt. cong., 425-753, Mod. easy)
You Hold All Souls in Life (Alfred V. Fedak, SATB, kybd., 415-400, Mod. easy)


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