Welcome to Caroltornquist.com!
Hello from Music City!! You may recognize my name from the cover of a book or two sitting on your piano or maybe in the piano bench at your church. You may know my arrangements well or not at all. Either way I am excited to share my music with you in the newest and quickest way possible: CAROL'SKEYS. You can now just PRINT and PLAY! (Go to the CAROL'SKEYS MENU to find out exactly how it works.)
In this very first newsletter from caroltornquist.com I'd like to share with you briefly where the music came from.
When I first came from upstate New York to visit my brother here in Nashville I never imagined that it would soon become my home! But in looking back, it is clear that God led me to the right place and at the right time . . . His time . . . when the business of Christian Music Publishing was just beginning. Up until then church music was just that: church music. You know, the days of hymnals, cantatas, vocal solos, duets, trios and quartets . . . all accompanied by the church pianist and/or organist. (That was me until that trip to Music City.) One of my brother's publisher friends asked me whether or not I could write a piano transcription and I said yes. (Never mind that I had no idea what a transcription was!) After figuring out that it meant reducing what the orchestra played to a ten finger piano accompaniment, I wrote something that I thought a church pianist could play and sent it back to Tennessee. Soon after that I received another assignment - and another. So I quit my job as a high school vocal music teacher in New York and made my way back to Tennessee.
Fast forward until today . . . I am always aware that God created a specific niche for me in the business and ministry of Christian music (yes, it's both)! And today it continues to be my livelihood and, most of all, my JOY! I never take for granted the fact that I get to do what I love and love what I do! I also get to work at home and make my own hours. (With four young grandchildren that freedom just may be the biggest blessing of all!)
By the way, I happen to be an extrovert as well. Since being an arranger means working by myself for the most part, I love meeting new friends. Especially musicians. (That would be you!) So I look forward to getting to know many of you through this website. (See the CONTACT menu.) Also, be sure to check back with me at the beginning of each month for
- one FREE arrangement to download
- my newsletter featuring brand new CAROL'SKEYS product (to be added each month)
- new downloadable arrangements plus new recordings
Remember that there are two kinds of solos available for purchase:
- CAROL'SKEYS (individual digital downloads available immediately for $3.50 each)
- more than 60 recently published sacred collections from Alfred Music Publishing (NOTE: Any of these physical products may be purchased from the Alfred Music website: alfred.com.)
"Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." Psalm 33:3 NASB