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Check out these Christian children’s musicals and choral teaching resources
from the GMA Dove-nominated team at Open Heart Musicals!
Order in the court! All rise for Her Honor, Judge Julie Truly, who will now hear the Case of the Holey Roof from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 5.
Meet the Homeowner: he is pressing charges against the Four Friends. (They dug a hole in his roof – on purpose!)
Meet our Defendants: “Four Famously Faithful Friends” who went over and above to bring their paralyzed companion to Jesus.
The testimony will move you, the verdict will surprise you, and we will all learn how our LOVE IN ACTION can bring people right to the feet of the Savior.
Created by Kimberly Ingram, Joe Milton, and Heather Olson
Published by Open Heart Musicals
UNISON WITH OPTIONAL HARMONY PARTS FOR ADVANCED CHOIRS
A MUSICAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE PARABLES
Bring your students on a memorable journey through the “Lost and Found” Parables of Luke 15 in this brand-new non-seasonal from Open Heart Musicals!
Get ready for takeoff with PRAISE TAKES FLIGHT: a high-flying collection of songs, activities, and games for children’s choirs.
Children’s choral collection, along with teaching ideas, games, and choir classroom activities, with printable resources on Enhanced CD.
What’s Up, Zak?” A Musical Encounter with Jesus.
Lift the hearts of your congregation with “What’s Up, Zak?,” a fun and heartwarming exploration of the Bible story we all know and love. The familiar tale of Zacchaeus is relived as one rich but lonely tax collector casts his ego aside and climbs a tree for just one glimpse of Jesus.
Singers and Worshipers For Life!
WORSHIPERS FOR LIFE
HELPING CHILDREN BECOME WORSHIPPERS FOR LIFE: Music, drama, and the creative arts can play a powerful role in giving our children a strong foundation in faith. Our high-quality, creative musicals, dramas, songs, and teaching resources help children engage with Scripture, learn Bible stories, and share the love of God with their schools, congregations, and the wider world. We want to give teachers new, creative ways to help children become worshippers for life!
SINGERS FOR LIFE
Music is a language. When we learn it young, we easily and naturally acquire skills like steady beat, rhythm, pitch, intervals, melody, and harmony. Wait too long, and these concepts become much more difficult to learn. We need to help our young singers learn and love the language of music. We create teaching resources that are lively, engaging, and active, so that children can hardly wait to come to choir rehearsal. We want to give teachers new, creative resources to help children become singers for life!
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth
1 JOHN 3:18
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him
with songs of praise!
MEET THE TEAM
COMPOSER, WRITER OPEN HEART MUSICALS - SUNNYVALE, TEXAS
Composer, writer, and co-creator of the popular children’s musicals Land of the Lost (and Found!), and “What’s Up, Zak?” A Musical Encounter with Jesus, a 2011 GMA Dove Finalist for Musical of the Year. She is also co-author of the new teacher’s resource from Choristers Guild called Praise Takes Flight: Songs and Activities for High Flying Children’s Choirs. She has also written for Growing in Grace publications. Kimberly received her BFA from SMU and teaching certification from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Sunnyvale ISD. She has taught church children’s choirs since 1998, and loves watching children discover their talents and develop their relationship with God through singing. Home is Sunnyvale, TX where Kim and her husband Blake raised two beautiful children; son Blake Jr., and daughter Kaitlin.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR OPEN HEART MUSICALS GARLAND, TEXAS
She directs a Younger Elementary choir at First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas, and is also the director of a fine arts summer camp for children in 1st – 5th grades. At FUMC Garland she enjoys co-directing the summer adult musicals, costuming 100 people every December for the annual Night in Bethlehem, and helping to create the sets for these events. In her free time, Heather loves gardening and relaxing with her husband Mark and their children, Jena and Lawrence Grafton, and Jason and Ali Olson.
COMPOSER, ARRANGER AND PRODUCER
Joe Milton’s collaboration on Christian musicals is his latest accomplishment in a distinguished career as a musician, artist, songwriter and music producer.
After attending renowned music school North Texas State University, Joe went on the road as lead singer/guitarist with the band "Countdown", continued with Dave Waters and "The Coupe,” and followed with tours of the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East before settling in Los Angeles. He established Jo-Musik Recording Studio, and his music can be heard on such television shows as Desperate Housewives, Malcolm In The Middle and Gregory Nava's acclaimed series, American Family, as well as a variety of feature film scores. He has recorded, produced and collaborated with artists including The RZA (of the Wu Tang Clan), JD Fortune (INXS), and Jon Anderson (Yes). Joe's Dallas Cowboy anthem “Ride 'Em, Cowboys!” can be heard in the NFL Films retrospective of Troy Aikman's career.
Joe recently returned from Los Angeles to his native Dallas, where he records and produces in his studio, Jo-Musik. Enjoying life in Texas with him are his wife Linda, and daughter Loralai.
AUTHOR, EDUCATOR AND CLINICIAN
Betsy Henderson Betsy Henderson is co-author of Praise Takes Flight: Songs, Games, and Activities for High-Flying Children’s Choirs. She is the Children's Music Ministry Coordinator at First United Methodist of Garland, where she also teaches Wesley Choir, Sunday School Music, and the Fine Arts Camp (KAMP). Betsy is the former Fine Arts Coordinator for Garland ISD, founder and longtime director of the Garland All-City Girls Choir, and the author of the best-selling 30 Days to Melody, 30 Days to Rhythm, and Composer's Special. She served as TCDA Elementary Vice President from 1984-86.