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STEVE SCHALCHLIN

Steve Schalchlin writes solo contemporary songs of healing in the styles of gospel, rock, folk, theater and country that tell intimate, emotional stories featuring real characters from today. He also writes soaring congregation-friendly anthems that encourage audience participation to provide an exciting emotional uplift or prayerful meditation. These are suitable for worship services, intimate campfire gatherings, or large civic concerts.

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SHEET MUSIC BY THIS COMPOSER

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Sheet Music in the Category: VOCAL SOLOS

A Simple Faith Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

A Simple Faith is a humble expression of how important it is to stay true to the principle of healing and caring for others, even in light of outside criticism of one’s personal faith. “A simple faith isn’t very simple at all.”
Every Day A New Amen Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Two people meet in a karaoke bar and re-discover the power of singing “Amen.” Sounds crazy, but this touching and humorous folk-gospel story song is actually quite moving. Solo -- or solo with SATB choir. Guitar chords included. The choral arrangement is sophisticated while being totally accessible to any level of church or civic community group.
Going It Alone Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Described as “The best AIDS-inspired song in 15 years” by the Village Voice, “Going It Alone,” the hit song from the award-winning off-Broadway musical, THE LAST SESSION, is a song of gratitude to a caregiver. Effective for benefit concerts as a “thank you” to donors; effective as a love song for cabaret and concert settings. Deeply emotional, written from real life. Guitar chords included.
He's Coming Back Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A mother misses her deployed soldier son and examines the items he left behind, looking for hope that he’ll return. A true story-song drawn from real life. Guitar chords included. A TTBB arrangement is available.
I Enter This Battle Gravely (Song of the Reluctant Soldier) Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Sung from the perspective of a soldier who realizes that if forced to fight, one should enter a battlefield as if going to a funeral -- and that one’s enemies are not demons, but human beings. One doesn’t rejoice in victory, but mourns the tragedy. This song has wide anthemic range. The difficulty level is “medium.” The piano part somewhat complex. However, guitar chords are included and the accompanist may improvise a more simplified arrangement. DUET versions available.
Lazarus Come Out Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Written from the perspective of Lazarus, raised from the dead by Jesus, this song is a thank you to caregivers and friends who refuse to let friends in distress, whether through sickness or depression, slip away. Guitar chords included. Powerful, driving ballad.
My Rising Up Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A high energy inspiring gospel song about rebirth and renewal of spirit and faith, with harmony back-up. Guitar chords included.
My Thanksgiving Prayer Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A deeply sincere prayer of thanksgiving, celebrating the power of music to create peace and healing. Arranged in various solo and choral configurations. Guitar chords included.
Rescue Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Written for an animal rescue shelter, this expresses the truth that when we rescue another, we really rescue ourselves. Choral version available. The song is appropriate for all occasions. Guitar chords included.

Sheet Music in the Category: CHORAL MUSIC

Every Day A New Amen Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Two people meet in a karaoke bar and re-discover the power of singing “Amen.” Sounds crazy, but this touching and humorous folk-gospel story song is actually quite moving. Solo -- or solo with SATB choir. Guitar chords included. The choral arrangement is sophisticated while being totally accessible to any level of church or civic community group.
He's Coming Back Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A mother misses her deployed soldier son and examines the items he left behind, looking for hope that he’ll return. A true story-song drawn from real life. Guitar chords included. A TTBB arrangement is available.
Lazarus Come Out Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Written from the perspective of Lazarus, raised from the dead by Jesus, this song is a thank you to caregivers and friends who refuse to let friends in distress, whether through sickness or depression, slip away. Guitar chords included. Powerful, driving ballad.
My Rising Up Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A high energy inspiring gospel song about rebirth and renewal of spirit and faith, with harmony back-up. Guitar chords included.
My Thanksgiving Prayer Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A deeply sincere prayer of thanksgiving, celebrating the power of music to create peace and healing. Arranged in various solo and choral configurations. Guitar chords included.
Rescue Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Written for an animal rescue shelter, this expresses the truth that when we rescue another, we really rescue ourselves. Choral version available. The song is appropriate for all occasions. Guitar chords included.
When You Care Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A soaring anthem expressing the truth that "you don't need an explanation when you care." Written as the finale to the hit off-Broadway musical "The Last Session," the choral arrangement is simple and effective. The verses can be divided up between four soloists. Guitar chords included.

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BIOGRAPHY

Raised the son of "a preacher and a nurse" from Arkansas, Steve Schalchlin (pronounced Shack-lin) was playing for his "daddy's" church from the age of 10. Now a New York based composer and lyricist, Schalchin's work has won many prestigious awards from coast to coast, especially his two off-Broadway musicals with partner Jim Brochu, a New York Drama Desk Award-winning playwright and actor. Steve Schalchlin combines his instinctive understanding of congregational singing with the healing power of music in clever, real world storytelling songs, honed in theaters, schools, colleges, universities, cabarets and concert halls all over the world. He is currently a resident composer and soloist at Christ Church Episcopal, Bay Ridge, New York, collaborating and studying with conductor/composer/arranger Mark Janas, who conducted for Leonard Bernstein.

Steve's many awards as composer/lyricist of the hit off-Broadway musicals The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? include nominations for Best Musical by NY Drama League, 1997 and Best Musical Nomination, NY Outer Critics Circle, 1997. He is the winner of Best Musical Score, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, 1997 & 2003; Best L.A. Theatre Production, GLAAD Media Award, 1997; Best Musical Theatre L.A. Ovation Awards, 2005; and PFLAG-LA Oscar Wilde Award, 1997 & 2003. His choral song cycle, New World Waking, debuted at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and the Women's Community Orchestra, along with four time Academy Award nominee, Piper Laurie, and Tony winner Jennifer Holliday ("Dreamgirls").


QUOTES

"Written from the heart, Schalchlin's gospel tinged pop songs exert a rare emotional pull. Again and again, a fierce drive overtakes the tunes' melodic strains. It is life taking hold again – hope rising on powerful wings." – Darryl H. Miller, Los Angeles Times

"You marvel at the romantic sweep of [Steve's] songs, emotion catching in your throat." – Honor Moore, The New York Times

“Apart from playing Steve Schalchlin’s music frequently on my Music Theatre radio show in Australia, Broadway at Bedtime, I find myself drawn to recommending his music for my vocal students for professional auditions in my position as Vocal Coach. A curious statistic is that every student, who has sung one of Steve’s songs in audition, has got the gig!” – Will Conyers, Director, Music Director, Vocal Coach, Actor, Singer. Host, Broadway at Bedtime, Green Room Awards Association Inc, Music Theatre Panel

"As a presenter with a show called Musicals Mystery Tour on the east coast of Ireland I have regularly featured his songs on my programme. I have even played some of his sacred songs! "Begorrah, do ye suppose he was sent from higher authorities to convert an old Irish Atheist?" – Anthony O'Hagan, Producer and host, Musicals Mystery Tour, Dundalk FM 100

"I first heard Steve's music when I was 18 years old, and it has had a profound impact on my life, faith, and career for the past 12 years. His drive to be real is something I emulate and my commitment to becoming a successful writer is because of the way his music has been a constant, consistent soundtrack in my life and heart." – Amy Lynn Shapiro, Winner of The 9th BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Awards for Creative Excellence.

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