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
The Sermon or the Songs?
I wrote the following article for the yearbook at the school where I teach music. I think it applies to everyone, not just my students, so I’m sharing it here. Think back over the past month. You may have heard three or four sermons during that time. Can you name the subject of one of … Read More
5 Videos Every Choir Member Should See
I work with amateur choirs. I love amateur choirs. I try to help them achieve as much as they can while enjoying the process. One of the tools I like to use to help them improve is to play videos of choirs that are REALLY engaged. It’s powerful to see choirs not only singing well … Read More
Intro to Choral Composing Course
No, I haven’t developed a course about choral composing, but someone else has–Elaine Hagenberg! If you haven’t gone down the Elaine Hagenberg rabbit hole yet, you should. Your life will be enriched. Visit her YouTube channel here. Here is one of her pieces. Elaine has developed an online course called Intro to Choral Composing. I … Read More
MP3s Available For Purchase
I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but I finally decided it’s time to go for it. I’m offering mp3s for sale on my website! I will continue to include as many recordings as possible for free listening on the listening page, but I know that sometimes it’s nicer to have songs in … Read More
All Your Works Shall Praise You – Full Score Video
Here is a full score video of “All Your Works Shall Praise You” from Psalm 145, sung by the 2018 Shenandoah Christian Music Camp Chamber Choir. My favorite part is measures 32-34. My second favorite part is the last measure. What’s yours? Chamber choir members, do you remember singing this deep underground in the cave … Read More
Simple Ways to Teach Children Music at Home, part 2
Watching videos can be an excellent way to teach children music at home. Wouldn’t it be great if your children could watch a real music class and sing along with the students in the video? The answer is obviously “yes,” which is why the videos below are so great. Shenandoah Christian Music Camp is releasing … Read More
Simple Ways to Teach Children Music at Home, part 1
A lot of children are at home right now, but that doesn’t mean music education needs to suffer. On the contrary, children can learn a ton at home that will help them the rest of their lives. Children learn the language of music like they learn spoken language–by hearing it over and over. And over. … Read More
Give to Our God Immortal Praise – Full Score Video
Here is a full score video of Oasis Chorale singing “Give to Our God Immortal Praise.” Sing along. Praise God. Enjoy. Share.
Introducing the Pilgrim Choral Series
Newly available from the Christian Learning Resource here, all of the pieces in the Pilgrim Choral Series can be purchased together in a three-ring binder which includes a CD of all the songs. Some of the songs are public domain and can be copied from this folder for free. The other songs can be purchased … Read More
Joyful, Joyful – Full Score
Here is the full score video for Joyful, Joyful. Sing along with the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp Mass Choir from 2019.