Welcome!

July 29, 2017By Lyle StutzmanGeneral

Welcome to the website of Blue Sky Music, the online home for choral compositions and arrangements by Lyle Stutzman. Blue Sky Music exists to glorify God by offering quality, sacred choral music that is accessible, enjoyable, and effective. Some of the best experiences in my life have been spent with choirs. I love choir, and … Read More

Key Signature Cheat Sheet

October 18, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching No Comments

Here are two cheat sheets for singers who are unfamiliar with finding a key and starting pitch. One sheet explains how to find keys and starting pitches, and the other sheet gives all the key signatures without explanation. Why use cheat sheets? In a perfect world, we wouldn’t. But I’ve directed enough amateur choirs to … Read More

Basics of Music Video Series

August 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching, Videos

Shenandoah Christian Music Camp is offering a free video series for people who have little or no experience reading music. The video series has six parts: 1. Introduction2. Pitch Basics, Part One3. Pitch Basics, Part Two4. Rhythm Basics, Part One5. Rhythm Basics, Part Two6. Putting It All Together Do you know people who are interested … Read More

New Music for “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”

August 5, 2019By Lyle StutzmanSongs

I grew up singing hymns and gospel songs, and some of them are so familiar they have become virtually meaningless for me. It feels like I could sing them in my sleep. Backwards. In four-part harmony. For me, this especially applies to the nursing home gospel songs. If you’ve sung at a nursing home very … Read More

A Free Piece by Daniel Gawthrop

July 17, 2019By Lyle StutzmanAnnouncements

Daniel Gawthrop, composer of the wildly popular song, “Sing Me to Heaven,” is offering a free song on his website in hopes that you will sign up for his email list. Since he’s a self-published composer, and since I like free music, I’m telling you about it so you can go to his website and … Read More

Was it the Garlic?

June 18, 2019By Lyle StutzmanGeneral

I find it amusing when people talk fervently about whether some food or drink is good or bad for the voice. If they ask me, I usually tell them it’s probably not too big a deal. When I eat it or drink it, it goes down to my stomach and not past my vocal folds. … Read More

Shout for Joy – Full Score Video

May 13, 2019By Lyle StutzmanSongs, Videos

Over the next several months, I plan to release a number of full score videos that will allow you to sing along while you listen to the songs. I will be posting them here periodically, but you will also be able to find them on the listening page and on my YouTube channel. I hope … Read More

A Sample Choral Program–My Last Term at EBI

April 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanChoral, Songs

As a choral conductor, I find it helpful to see programs that other conductors have assembled. It gives me ideas for how to structure a program and helps me find new choral sheet music. So here’s the latest program that I put together for the Elnora Bible Institute Choir. Since this is my last time … Read More