Ahhh, the questions of life and the universe and everything… insistent and never-ending. The tiny little subset of them that actually relates to this site is covered here, and 42 is generally not the answer.

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When I was a kid, my dad used to repeat the old saying, “It’s hard to drain the swamp when you’re up to your ears in alligators.” (I think the word wasn’t actually “ears.” Whatever. He expected a laugh every time too. Dads. **rolls eyes**)

Hence the picture above. It’s a pretty good representation of what my e-mail inbox is like. Sometimes it chases me away from my computer and forces me to take refuge on top of large items of furniture. Sometimes I just fall asleep at the keyboard, and wake up with QWERTYUIOP imprinted on my forehead. So let me ask… plead… beg… one more time… for the sake of this poor beleaguered composer, please read through this FAQ before sending questions.

I sincerely hope your questions are answered here. There are a few somewhat interesting or amusing things buried in all Qs and As, so if, after reading all this, you’re not better informed, I hope at least that you’ve been entertained. If you don’t find your answer here, see the instructions in the blue box below.

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  275 Responses to “FAQ”


    Sister DeFord,

    I absolutely LOVE your duet for My Heavenly Father Loves Me. For stake conference in August, our stake is having a senior primary children’s choir singing this song. I desperately desire to use this music, but I need it a piece for one pianist. Do you have any ideas or version of this very song that is for a single accompanist?


    Hi Sally, my sister put me onto your beautiful song My Sister’s Hands.
    Our family (and same said sister!) are travelling to Solomon Islands on a mission trip next week
    and going to teach and sing your song with all the faithful sisters over there!
    Thank you so very much. God bless you.


    Sister DeFord,

    I love singing your song, “My Sister’s Hands,” and I am singing at a function where there will not be a piano. I would like to ask your permission to run the mp3 accompaniment through a transposition website to transpose it into the same key as the sheet music. Would that be all right? Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music. It has blessed my life many, many times.


    Sister DeFord,

    I believe our paths may have crossed at BYU, but I have no memory of you with the last name DeFord. Kurt Bestor and I were freshmen together in the composition seminar back in ’76.

    I have enjoyed your music, and I especially like your fresh approach to harmony.

    Jeff Combe


      Probably not. I tried to be as invisible as possible. πŸ™‚ I didn’t know Kurt at all, just marveled at his abilities. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words!


    I haven’t written to you for perhaps fifteen years. Today I awoke singing you music so I thought it was time to say hi again. Your beautiful music strengthens my testimony and my determination to live worthy of my Savior’s sacrifice for me. This Easter I sang in my ward choir, “Because He Lives”. I even managed to get through it singing most of the words, without causing my directory to lose it too. It took supreme concentration, though. I love how enduring your music and lyrics are.

    These years I get to sing, which, if I have a talent in music, is mine, not directing, as I have done in musically challenged wards. Fortunately there are many in my ward with real talent and training to lead. Still, I count it a personal blessing when they turn to your site as I so often did.

    Well, I know you’re busy, but I had to say thank you for your ministry. I pray the Lord be as generous with you as you are with those who love Him.

    Lee Middleton
    Sherwood Ward
    Tualatin Stake, Oregon


    Didn’t see this in the FAQ and would love a reply if you’re not TOO swamped…

    “In the Silent Garden”–will there ever be an MP3 for this anthem? Even an exported midi file of the SATB parts via Finale (which looks like the software you use) would be wonderful.



    I just wanted to drop a note to tell you how amazing you are at these arrangements!! I’ve been the choir pianist in almost every ward I’ve lived in, and I always love playing your arrangements the best. The piano builds with the music and the melody and piano are woven together so beautifully. I am so grateful for your talent and service!!! (And I would love to see more hymn arrangements for choir;) I can imagine wondering why write new arrangements of hymns that have been done so many times by others, but you truly bring such a unique and beautiful talent to each piece you arrange. I can’t say enough how much it blesses my life to play your music. Thank you! Thank you!


    Hi Sally! I have been enjoying singing, playing, and directing your wonderful songs and arrangements for many years. I especially have loved “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” and the duet “Abide with Me,” but they’re all great.

    I don’t see this question in your FAQ, so I’d love a response…Do you ever accept lyrics for use in your songs? I get it if you don’t, since I saw that you don’t want anyone sending you songs to arrange, etc.

    Thanks for your time and your beautiful music.


    Hi Sally! Wondering if there is any way we can expect a SATB of “I Wonder When He Comes Again” from you? Your music is amazing and it touches the hearts of those who are listening and those who are performing.


    Hi Mrs. DeFord,

    Do you have the Personal Composer file for β€œEverywhere I Go”? I really enjoy the song, but I would like to transpose the sheet music up to better suit my voice. I did read in the FAQ that if it’s not posted, it’s not available, but I hope it doesn’t hurt to double check! Thank you.



    I went to a BYU Women’s Conference and they sang an arrangement of I Feel My Savior’s Love by Ryan Murphy. I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the internet, I searched and searched, but did notice you have If I Listen With My Heart arr by him. I was so touched by their performance and I am in charge of a Relief Society Choir for a special workshop in our stake on the Atonement and the Savior. When I listened to the choir I just knew I wanted to do this song. I don’t know how to get in touch with anyone to see how to get the music, or get permission, buy it, etc. I didn’t even know if you would be of any help at all, but thought it worth a shot since you were able to make one of his arrangements available here. Thanks so much for all the wonderful music I have been able to use over the years from you as ward choir director and special musical numbers for sacrament meeting.


      Ryan Murphy is the associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Most of the music he arranges for them stays “in-house,” that is, it isn’t proofread and prepared for publishing — unless it’s one of the few selected to become part of the “official” church canon (as with “If I Listen With My Heart,” since that was published in the official primary sacrament meeting program outline for 2011), or unless a commercial publisher (such as Deseret Book or other publishing houses you can see listed on J.W. Pepper) believes they can make a good profit on it.

      If you are interested in reading more about MoTab’s routines for preparing new music, their blog at https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/ has some entertaining details. At the end of the day, though, the short answer is No, you won’t find his arrangement published anywhere. He has arranged dozens of versions of songs for MoTab that are never made public. If you are absolutely set on getting your hands on his arrangement of a particular song, your best bet is probably to contact a member of the choir and see if they’ll let you borrow a copy…although you’re on thin ice for copyright matters there.


    Just wanted to say thank-you! Over the past eight years I’ve performed most of your piano solos and duets in church. I LOVE hearing your testimony of Christ in your music. Every time I perform a song I always get lots of compliments – so this is just passing some of the compliments on to you. Thank-you so much! Thank-you, thank-you!

    ME – melissa


    I have a question about translating your Songs… Couldn’t finde something about it in the FAQs. I would like totranslate some of your work, in the figurative sense (I hope this is the right Expression),to german. Since you allowed to translate it to spanish I don’t think, that is a Problem, but am wondering wether or not you’d like to have my (probably not perfect but functionable) Versions as I write them to add them to your Translations list.
    I really like to sing and listen to your beautiful Music.
    God bless


      Of course! That would be great. Just send me a note (use the e-mail form at the bottom of the FAQ) when you have something, and I’ll let you know how to get it to me. πŸ™‚


    I just found your site and love the selections and your arrangements/compositions. I was searching for “How Can I Keep From Singing,” and found the perfect version for my very small (5-member) S-A choir (average age about 70). I absolutely love the arrangement and made copies for our choir practice. I was making sure I could play it before choir practice when I realized we can’t do it because the words are very, very tiny. There is no way the choir members can learn new music while struggling to read the words. Is there any way to get this beautiful piece with larger words? I tried enlarging it on my printer but that is not much help.


    Hi Sally,

    I first became aware of your music while playing the piano for the Stake Choir in Dublin, Ireland. I loved playing your arrangement of “Joy To The World” and have made it, along with “He Is Risen” at Easter, an annual event for choir and congregation.

    When my family and I moved to Houston, TX nearly 3 years ago, I once again proposed your arrangement of “Joy To The World” to be sung as the closing hymn. There is always such a wonderful, joyous response by all. The Gleannloch Farms Ward is blessed with several very musical young women and young men. They have enthusiastically participated in several numbers I have written and arranged for strings, harp, piano and organ. This past Christmas they expressed great interest in being able to play your arrangement of “Joy To The World” which I transcribed for them. We also did your arrangement of “He Is Risen” on Easter Sunday this year. I made sure not to change your arrangements, only enable the various string instruments to play your notes. I have posted video of rehearsal sessions on YouTube. Just go to my channel (Scott Thomas Adams) to view them.

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent.

    Scott Adams




    Hello Sally,

    First of all your music is wonderful. And it has a wonderful arrangement. And is it okay to use your music for music video that I want to make for share the gospel of Christ through music? It will be posted on Youtube. It is not for money or something. But it simply just for furthering the gospel of Christ. Cal people to come closer to Christ and to know Christ.


    Hi Sally,
    I’m needing a reply on this one please …
    First of all THANK YOU for ALL your beautiful music! – Such a blessing to so many of us!
    Recently, I discovered from your site: Bless This Land, especially for Memorial Day, & upcoming July 4th.
    I tried to use the transposing feature, because I’d prefer the solo arrangement for my voice in the Key of C.
    I was unable to get the transposing prompt to work. Can you help?
    Is there ANY way, you could e-mail me Bless This Land solo in the Key of C to my e-mail address.
    I’d REALLY appreciate it. πŸ™‚


      Thank you a million times over for this labor of love. I have sung many of your compositions/ arrangements over the years and am so grateful for the spiritual enlightenment, bonding moments with my family, and doctrinal truths that have we have experienced as the result of your music. So appreciative!


    Hi Sally
    I love your music and people I play it for loves it. Thanks for sharing it πŸ™‚

    I would like to share this with you:
    I have a little project in composing melodies for The Lords Prayer. For me it is a so amazing: The prayer sounds different in all the worlds languages, but we are all praying the same; isn’t it just amazing?
    When I compose, I try to find the “melody” in the language and compose from there. Until now I have written melodies for the prayer in danish and in english. The link is for the english version – maybe you want to listen?

    God bless you and your music – Love from Denmark


    We sang “Make Us One” at BYU Women’s conference this year in the instant choir, I used a recording of this song for a video that I put together along with Pictures I took at the service project, “Feeding Children Everywhere” I shared it with my Friend who was in Charge, and of course she shared it with someone over Women’s Conference. I have never seeked copyrights before and have no idea how to do it. I’ve read what you have on your site, but not the greatest at understanding it. Can we use it??? they would like to share it with the Women’s Conference Facebook page and they asked me about copyrights. Love the song… Are we okay to use it?


    I direct the choir in a Spanish-speaking ward. I’d like to sing “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” but I would have to write out the vocal parts with the Spanish version–unless of course you have a Spanish version of the duet or two-part choir with piano. May I do that?


    Dear Sally, I live in Washington State and I was asked to sing on Mothers day in a few weeks. I love your song “An Angel to Watch Over Me” and my sister and I wanted to sing it together. She is a very low alto and I can sing most any part, and we were wondering if there was a way you could write a simple low harmony for the medium voice solo? Whenever I am asked to sing in church I always sing your songs. They are so beautiful and I am grateful to you for sharing your talents with the world.

    Claire Phipps


    Thanks for the key. I really appreciate it. Do you happen to have Oh Holy Night in the key of D? Or do you know where I can get it?


    Sister Def’ord

    I was just wondering if you ever experimented with Sibelius for composition and what you think. So far I know you use Cubase for Sequencing, you’ve also tried finale (I own and don’t really care for it), but no word on Sibelius. I know you probably still use Personal Composer. Sibelius has a wonderful interface but they just got bought out by avid, so half of their programmers are doing other things.

    I’d love to hear your two cents worth. Thanks.


    Dear Sally,
    The free downloads site said to let you know I got something and like it! Thank you for blessing so many lives for a long time. I just got the “Come Thou Fount” for medium voice for a group of singers who will fill in some parts, and the instrumental obligato for 2 C instruments. My favorite of your songs, BTW, is “If the Savior Stood Beside Me.” Thank you for your consecrated musical service!


    Hi Sally! My name is Mindy Guymon and my husband and I just started a website for our own original music. We have some religious and some secular music and I just posted a primary song for this year’s theme called, “The Scriptures are True.” I noticed you post links to other websites and thought I might see if you would want to put our website link on there as well. The song is free and the mp3 and sheet music can be downloaded on our site.

    Also, my mom is the choir director in her ward and has used two of your Christmas songs and was wondering if she can donate to your cause. We know its not free and that you have given your time and talents for others to enjoy and so we appreciate all you do. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for sharing your beautiful music!


    Thank you for your music and for sharing it for free! I have been the choir pianist for almost 2 years and probably 80% of our songs are written by you. It is beautiful music! I love that I can just keep downloading new songs to play! Thank you again for sharing your talents with us!


    Dear Sally,
    Thank you again. I cannot say enough how much we love and appreciate your music. Our ward choir sang “What Child is This” (with the congregation). This song brought so much spirituality into our Christmas. You are indeed a wonderful daughter of our Heavenly Father. Thanks so much for sharing your special talent with us.
    Dora G. Anderson
    Alamosa CO 4th Ward Choir Director


    Dear Sally, (please respond)
    I was recommended to you by my Bishop’s wife. I didn’t get a chance to do “Oh Holy Night” last Christmas so I am hoping for this year. I am terrible when it comes to what key I need. I listened to your recording of Marc Johnson’s “Oh Holy Night” and it is in my key. Can you please tell me what key he is singing in and if you carry the sheet music in that key. If not that is fine I just need the key so I can acquire it somewhere else.


    Not sure if this will suit your request but it is very nice listening.



    Dear Brenda Swanson thank you so much for your advice I will try it out.
    John Vines


    Sally, Thank you again for writing such beautiful, elegant and stylistically idiomatic arrangements for piano! I am honored to include your arrangement of Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming as the piano prelude for (one of) my Christmas Eve services, Bright blessings for this season and the coming years!


    Hi Sally,

    A fellow elder and I perform “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in Church today as part of our Ward’s Sacrament program. Thanks for the lovely setting of this piece. I interpreted it for my instrument, the doubler bass. There were lots of favorable comments on our rendition. Thanks again for your work on this, and all that you do. Best regards. Sincerely. Greg


    Just found your site via CPDL–Thanks for the beautiful music! Some UU’s in Vermont are going to be enjoying O Holy NIght very much in the next week or so.
    The best of the holidays to you and yours!

    Linda in Vermont


    Just wanted to thank you for all of your efforts to make your wonderful arrangements and compositions available to us poor folk. We use your stuff all the time in church, and I love it. My daughter and I are singing What Child is This in church this Sunday. So nice to have this music so easily available. You are a good person!

    Thanks again.



    I sing bass and while I love your songs, there aren’t many mens (specifically bass) solos. At least not that I’ve found.
    I love your songs, especially “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” and want to sing it both in sacrament, and record a version of it for a CD. (I play a lot of Instruments and write a lot of songs) Mainly for friends, but I hope to become a musician and will send out demos to producers and companies. I do have access to a recording studio, but I just read your recording section and that answered a lot of my questions. So I’ll wait on that specific song for a little while. Thank you for the music, it is great and really brings the spirit



    Dear Sally

    Born to Wear a Crown sheet music is in Cm but your accompanis karaoke track is in Am. It’s impossible for our choir to sing this beautiful melody because it’s too low.

    Help! We desperately need the right key karaoke track.

    Pretty please, thank you and God bless you for your music.



    hi. my mom has written some wonderful hymns for farewells and homecomings. I am wondering if there is a way to make them available to people (either via your site or if you are familiar with other LDS sites that have free music). She has it in SATB format (or some are just two parts) and available recorded (at professional studio) and in sheet music. She just doesn’t know what to do with it to make it available so that people can use them. They are beautiful songs.


    I copied off “Come and Behold Him” for the youth in our ward to sing in a few weeks for our Christmas program. For some reason the last page wasn’t there.
    When I came back to the site to recopy it, it was gone. If you have a moment, and yes, you can call me Cordelia, could you relist it if that’s possible. Thanks and
    hoping all is well with you and yours. p.s. thanks for the music,the thoughtfulness, the love, the spirituality of it all and your freely giving it. I can only imagine your
    celestial music room. Can we just say “humongous” and probably well stocked. Susie Barbaran


    Dear Sally,
    I’ve been using and enjoying your music for choirs, church events, family and personal fun since. . . well, a very long time ago (before pretty websites were a thing). Today, I discovered your blog–what a delight! Thank you for sharing your music (at a price that fits every budget) and your spunky self here.


    Would love some great piano duet arrangements of Christmas music appropriate for Sacrament Meetings. Something for advanced level pianists. Single songs or medleys.


    Dear Sister Deford,
    I just want to say “thank you”, “Thank you!” We have used your music when we served in the Philippines (4 different times). The members loved the music and we were/are so grateful that you offer it for free. We hope the Lord is blessing you abundantly for your great service. Delores


    Good evening Sister Deford. Thank you for your beautiful arrangements. They are lovely.
    I am working with a group of men on the arrangement “Peace, Peace, Peace”. We would like to include the flute part with it, but it is in a different key than the men’s arrangement. Do you have it in the key of C as the men’s part is, or is there an arrangement for the the key of B flat, which the flute part is in?

    Thanks so much!



    Hello Sally,

    I’m sitting in ward choir right now in California singing your song “Peace, Peace, Peace”. I really enjoy the harmonies for example in measures 66-69. I wanted to make you aware that measures 59 and 70 aren’t vocal friendly for altos. The jump in the pitch doesn’t follow a natural vocal line. It makes it very difficult for ward choir members to figure it out since most of them aren’t musically trained. We spent way too long in Ward choir practice going over and over the jump B-E-B. Please take this into consideration as you compose future pieces, especially since our church members are using your music more and more because it’s free.

    Thank you!


    I just LOVE your “O Holy Night” arrangement – do you still have it on Finale and can you re-set it for the key of G so the highest note is a D an octave above middle C? I want to include it in our Christmas program, but I need it lower. Thank you for your help. Merry Christmas in less than two months!


    Hi, Sally-
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your wonderful music you share so generously.

    Could you possibly fix the tenor and bass lines in mea. 28 of On A Still and Starry Night. It’s just a little wonky.

    I assume the rhythm should be the same as the sopranos and altos, but they don’t line up. The first quarter needs to be dotted and then everything shifted over. But I don’t need to tell you that! haha

    Thanks! We begin rehearsing tomorrow and I know there will be a million questions at that point.



    Hi. A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir posted that you composed the beautiful arrangement of If The Savior Stood Beside Me that the choir sang in the most recent General Conference. I’d love to sing this with my ward choir.

    I’ve reviewed every every version of that song you have posted on the site and can’t find the one that matches what the choir is singing. Could you please point me in the right direction?



    We sang the cantata years ago that I was hoping to refer to again on your site. Just to make sure I didn’t miss it…do we still have access to the Christmas Cantata called Silent Night with “Peace, Peace, Peace” and “As Shepherds Kept their Lonely Vigil” or did you take it down to add new and additional beautiful arrangements which flow freely from your wonderful and giving spirit?


    Hello Sally and everyone else! My question is what is the genre of the songs posted here and on youtube chanel? I’m looking for a songs to listen to that is not a contemporary worship music but not choir hymns either. I’m not really familiar with american christian culter so I don’t know if you have a name for the style of music that I like. For example on the youtube chanel I heard a song Be Still my Soul vocals by Mr. James Loynes, i like this style of christian music but I don’t know any artists like that or how to find it online. So PLEASE RESPOND with some helpful information. May God bless your hearts!


      Hmmmm… good question! I’ve never really tried to categorize the music here. Any takers?


      I would classify the music here as sacred. Sojourn is a good selection for updated traditional hymns but not with the repetitive nature of what I call contemporary worship music. sojournmusic.com You can go to the hymnal section for samples. “Living Faith” is an Isaac Watts song that they have covered beautifully. I love the meat of this song.


    I am the choir pianist in my ward and having struggles with the accompaniment to each of the choir pieces we sing. Many songs are written to be a little easier for the typical small, of-average-talent ward choir, but the accompaniments are not similarly simplified. It would be so wonderful to see some easier piano accompaniments for wards like mine where there are only a few pianists in the whole ward, and too many piano callings to go around!

    But on that note, thank you so much for what you do! πŸ™‚


    Hey! I’m a huge fan! I was wondering if you’d be able to do a rendition of “Where Love Is”? Vocal is fine, but I was wondering if you could do and instrumental solo (I play violin) I can’t find a rendition ANYWHERE!! I’m sure I could put one together myself, but i know you’d do so much better!
    Please and Thanks!


    I just want to express my thanks for your talents. I love the song ‘If The Savior Stood Beside Me”. I also love your croc&piano picture and your Go give spirit. Thank you. I’m Just Another Bee. In some celestial world I’ll create the music I hear in my heart, but for now Just Thank you! JustAnotherBee


    Our church choir has sung many of your arrangements. They are beautiful – some are hard for us to sing (skill level varies), but they convey a deep love and conviction for the Lord. Thank you. Recently the men in our ward were asked to sing in sacrament meeting. We sang Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy, since it is perhaps the only song in the hymn
    book written in barbershop harmony. It was well received.

    I was wondering if you were disposed to arrange other hymns in men’s barbershop harmony?



    Hi Sally DeFord i’m very grateful to the Lord for giving us a person like you, whose passion for music is indescribable. I’m the pastor for Liturgy & Music in UCCP Davao in the Philippines, you inspire me a lot through your music composition, especially “Because He Lives” and “He’s My All” were using it in our worship. Thank you for sharing your talent and music resources. God bless you. Shalom.


    Dear Sally,
    I need to thank you again for your wonderful music. Today, John Hays and I shared β€œHe Is There.” The scripture lesson for the day talked about how Jesus is there for us to β€œreach out and touch.”
    As I sang and John played the accompaniment, I could see by the expressions on the faces of the congregants that the words of the song had great meaning for them.

    A lady came up to me as she was returning to her seat following her participation in communion and told me how much she enjoyed my singing. Then she said, β€œThat song was beautiful. I have never heard it before! The words spoke to me!” I told her that a β€œfriend” of mine from out west writes beautiful music, several pieces that we have shared over the years. I told her that I would pass on her comments to you. She was indeed delighted!

    Sally, you are genuinely blessed. You are a living example of what Christ wants us to do: take our God given talents and share them with the β€œcommunity,” encouraging all to LOVE as Christ loved. Your music inspires me, and I know that it inspires John. Here is what he said to me in an email this afternoon:

    β€œThanks so much for sharing this morning, Bren and thanks for letting me accompany you; simply beautiful and such a brilliant message.”

    Both John and I stand in awe of your talent and dedication to the Lord.

    Thank you again for sharing these messages with us. I would love to hear from you.

    Yours in Christ,
    Brenda Reynolds

    PS: on August 23, I will be singing β€œSafe in Thy Loving Arms.” John will also be accompanying me. Thank you!


    I just wanted to say how much I love your site and all the free sheet music! It’s my go-to when I need a song for church to sing and I love all the arrangements! Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource that helps bless so many people! πŸ™‚


    When I lived in Or in 2008 my ward did a program with A poor wayfaring man of grief that was arranged very different from the original. I loved it, I hear it playing in my head and wish I could hear it again. My sister said that it was done by you but I didn’t see in any where on the site, can you point me in the right direction to find it. Thank you so much.


    Sister Deford,

    Thank you so much for your arrangement for “I Stand All Amazed” for piano. I am currently a missionary in Serbia and I had the opportunity to play this piece for our district conference. The Spirit was so strong and I had many compliments on what a lovely piece it is. Thank you again and I wish you the best as you continue to write music!

    Elder Zachary Ewell


    Hi Sally! You are awesome! I just wanted to ask you if there were any problem with us having songs with the same name? I wrote a version of “He is There” 10 years ago when I was going through a painful divorce. I also had it sung at my son’s baptism. People seem to like it for funerals. Hmmm. I guess we take what we can get !
    I love your site, I love your music and I love you! for being so generous.
    Take Care,
    Liz Evans


      No problem with that at all. Lots of songs share the same title, and unless it’s something utterly idiotic and long, titles can’t be copyrighted. Hmmm… I wonder if “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” is copyright-able? (In case I ever want to use it… πŸ˜‰ )


    Dear Sister Deford:

    Thank you for publishing free music score and MP3 instrumental downloads. My ward has budding and limited piano playing musical talent and, I was asked to help my ward young women with their 5 stake Easter fireside, and our youth with their ward conference prelude music. I am the ward chorister and Priesthood pianist (self-taught with limited lessons). The mandated song piece (“I am the Resurrection and the Life”) was very difficult (4 sharps) and was received with the sheet music note cords cutoff. When I tried to buy the MP# and music score on ITunes, a purchasing error prohibited me from doing so. The organization especially from the stake leadership was haphazard, but our Ward YW new 1st Counselor was doing the best she could (The YW president was off-Island). It was learned that our Ward would not have a stake accompanist at the fireside. I could not play for the April 17th fireside due to work (which was known well in advance), but your replacement music “Whole Again” was used as the backup. We practiced for 2.5 hours the night before. Yesterday April 26th, 2015, the Youth used the song again as prelude for our Sacrament meeting ward conference, and the delivery was powerful. The chapel flowing into the cultural hall was 3/4 full which included visitors.

    May the good Lord continually bless you and the other magnificent LDS musical artists on your website for building “His” Kingdom, and for selflessly sharing your astounding musical gifts with all of God’s children worldwide.

    Love, Bro. Fanene

    Pago Pago Samoa Malaeimi Stake, Nu’uuli 2nd Ward.


    I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you. I can’t count how many times your music and arrangements have blessed my life. Our little choir just starting practicing this beautiful arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour”, and when I checked to see who arranged this hymn so beautifully, I was not suprised at all to see it was another Sally DeFord piece. I feel compelled today to sit down and personally express to you my feelings of gratitude.

    Thank you.

    God bless you and your family.


    Mike Astill
    West Jordan, Utah


    Hallo, my name ist Carmen. I can not verry god english. I have translate a song from you , and i will ask if i can do that? Can i sing the song in my church?


    We sang the anthem “In the Silent Garden” this Sunday. I am so appreciative of all the songs of yours I have used as choir director, but this one especially touched me. I continued to discover layers of meaning in the song up to and including the performance in sacrament meeting. My testimony was strengthened through this process.

    The generous way in which you share your musical creations is also an inspiration to me. Thank you for all you do.


    Hello Sally, You are a heaven sent !!!! My family love all your songs. They are all inspirational. My favorites are: Peace, Peace, Peace , Shards of Glass, Because He Lives ( I could listen to this all day), Everywhere I Go, Because He Spoke to Me.
    How can one be chosen to be the official singer to even just one of your songs? Kindly, respond.


    I am searching for an advanced piano duet of missionary music or hymns which is lively and suitable for my young men to play in Sacrament Meeting. Any suggestions?


    Hi Sally

    I got a piece of music in the past that i cannot seem to find on your page now. It was to the song “I Have Not Seen Yet I Believe” but it was not a medium voice it was a lower version. Is there a way i can get a copy of that from you?


    I am a new choir director after being the accompanist for the last 35 years and it is such a change. I am learning how to direct and after all those years of saying if I were the director I would so it this way, and now I can. After getting the calling to be the stake music chairman I decided zit would be fun to do a cantata so we chose Come Unto Christ and they are loving it. My question is if we could record it and put it on the Web so that other directors can hear it. I have found our that a lot of choir directors are still learning and like to hear the music firat. Thank you for all your beautiful music, it truly blesses lives.


    Dear Sally,

    I love “I Have Not Seen Yet I Believe”, and it fits our lectionary perfectly for the Sunday after Easter. If I transpose the cello and oboe parts, will the harmonies work with the SATB version? I know the repeats are different for each piece, but that’s pretty easy to work out. I just need to know if the parts will fit.

    Les Scott


      Les, I haven’t tried it so I’m not certain. The solo and the SATB accompaniments use pretty much the same chords, so it’s likely that they’ll work, but there may need to be a note adjustment here or there. Good luck with it!


    The first song of yours that I ever heard or sang had a line in it that I will never forget. I would like to find that song again but I cannot remember the title or the melody, only that one line. It was approximately the year 2000 when I heard it. Can you please help me find the song?

    The line is speaking of the Savior and says “Whenever I feel that He’s so far away, I KNOW THAT THE DISTANCE IS MINE.” I’m not exactly sure about the first phrase, but the capitalized phrase is the part I am sure of.

    This song meant so much to me at the time and I could hardly sing without crying. I have thought about it often as I have experienced trials since then and I would love to have the song to keep and play and sing. Thank you for your help!!


    As I am learning to sing,”I Stand All Amazed”, I am impressed with the beauty of the arrangement and the emotion that goes along with it. Thank you for writing such a beautiful arrangement! Thank you for freely sharing your music with all.


    Heidi Haynie


    Thank you for access to your wonderful site. I have used a number of your compositions/arrangements in my church work and private piano teaching. While I am not in the LDS church, I do have a number of friends who ARE, and a few of my piano students are/were. I have studied music and rubbed elbows with musicians far greater than I, and I can honestly evaluate your work as stellar. Thank you so much.
    Randy McConnell
    Minister of Music and Organist


    I was hoping to arrange or transpose some songs for our choir voicing, but the sites saved file is not XML enabled.
    Any chance Personal Composer has the option to enable it?
    This would help out some of us choir directors who already purchased other software, but would love to transpose or arrange for our choirs of limited ranges.
    Thanks for all the work you do, it blesses many.
    Blake Cleverly


    Dear Sally!

    Thank you for your free downloaded sheet music. Your arrangement of I’m a Child of God will bring the spirit to many people during our multi-stake Missionary Fireside. I really appreciate your spirit.

    -Yours, a sister in Zion.


    Hi Sally,

    Thank you sooo much for the free music, you are so special. I have used it in my ward. I don’t think your site is weird at all I love it because it feels like home. Also, I like your home studio.

    Thanks again,


    Sally —

    I absolutely love your music and this website. It put a smile on my
    face to read that your wrote a song for each of your children, starting
    with an amazing daughter Holly.

    We have 8 children, and the oldest is an amazing daughter named
    Holly (who now has 6 kids, all adopted from drug abuse homes).
    We have 25 grandkids in total, and will have 27 by next September
    if all goes well.

    Unlike you, I am a slow-slow-slow music composer, and wrote
    one hymn for all of my 8 children, and it took me almost 10
    years to finish it, because I composed it while riding the bus
    after work on a 45 minute commute. I wanted my children to
    have a song from their Dad about the importance of preparing
    for the Second Coming of Christ, and with work and family
    responsibilities and Church responsibilities, the only time
    I set aside to compose was on the bus ride home.

    When I hear your music, I can feel that love of a parent
    for your children, and that your love for your children was
    one of your powerful motivators. Bless you for your devotion,
    because your music is simply sublime!

    Now that I am retired, I’m discovering that there are some
    amazing software tools that I am not aware of, for the
    production of video and inspirational music.

    Would you mind sharing which software you use for
    your video editing? Everything is so sharp and crisp,
    and this tool is so wonderful that it shows your complete
    mastery of images, text, effects to tell the story of
    each particular song.

    I’ve looked at quite a few LDS and Protestant religious
    videos, and your art and craft in presenting already-
    inspiring music simply lifts the inspiration of your
    music and lyrics one level higher.

    You have a gift!

    You also have technical savvy, and it’s nice to
    see you consecrate your gifts into your sublime

    Thank you for all the careful years you spent developing
    your gifts, and your willingness to share with others.

    Sally, you do not have a bigger fan that this Grandpa.

    Rex McBride


    Hi Sally,

    If you have the time, I’d love to have a response from you if at all possible.

    I’m doing a University project that involves Worship Music. I was wondering if, as an accomplished composer, you wouldn’t mind answering a question for me, in as much detail as possible. If you’re unable, I understand. My deadline is next week…and I’ve left it till the 11th hour…but I suddenly had a breakthrough!!

    The question is:

    What, for you, is needed in a Worship Song; both lyrically and musically.

    Many thanks,

    Phil Ives

    Plymouth University, England


    We were wondering if you would be able to help. We are writing a duet to play in church and seem to be at a roadblock. Do you have any duet arrangements that would be appropriate to play in sacrament meeting? If you can help us out it would be much appreciated.
    Thank you for your time and response
    Hannah & Levi


    Sally, thank you for your website. You do a great service for members of the church all over the world by providing free printable arrangements of hymns and other sacrament-appropriate music! I was asked at the last minute to sing a song in sacrament meeting the Sunday before Christmas. I wanted to sing “In the Bleak Midwinter” and began searching online for an arrangement that I liked that was also available to me immediately and not too expensive. I wasn’t finding that until I thought to check your website for it. VoilΓ‘! You had an arrangement that I liked, that was available for me to print immediately, and that was free! Thank you so much for sharing your arrangements with others. I received many comments from ward members who enjoyed the musical number. I also like your little blurbs about the background of the song. What you said about the image of snow in the song “In the Bleak Midwinter” was perfect. And I used your explanation to help others understand the song.


    No request, just much gratitude for sharing your talent and love with us!! We sang a number of your Christmas arrangements in Sacrament meeting today. I was so grateful for you!! For so freely sharing your music that helps us express our love for our Savior and our testimonies of Him.Today while the congregation and Choir was singing Oh Holy Night, I felt the Savior’s presence and approval and love as our voices were unitedly raised in supplication, worship and adoration. Your song, Write Thy Name upon my Heart has become our ward favorite. As I have practiced and performed that song, I have been strengthened in my desire to be more like our Savior and it has given me way to express that feelings of my heart. Thank you, Sally. I appreciate you so very much!!!

    Angela Page
    Kaysville, UT


    Hello Sally, I’m sure you are used to having your music performed around the world, but I wanted to let you know that our professional opera chorus here in Wuppertal, Germany, just sang “When Mary Sang Her Lullaby” in our Christmas concert. This was the first Christmas concert we’ve had in my 11 years here, and we performed it first at the Opera House last week, then again today for a Catholic charity. The ladies sang beautifully, and I wish I had a recording to share with you. (I was anxious to let them know – “She’s from my church!” Our director came across this site after googling Christmas music for choirs.) Anyway, thank you for sharing your talents, and for making the music available.
    Merry Christmas!


      I would like to point out that, while we are professional singers, the concert was a benefit concert for a church-run hospice service, and not for-profit in that sense. It was a volunteer effort on our part. I hope this is in compliance with the “non-commercial use” clause. If there are problems with this, please let me know.


    I was reading psalm 94 today which led me to find a song in U-tube about casting our burdens upon the Lord. I found this beautiful piece sung by James Loynes (incredible talent he has). Immediately searched for his website and sent him a word of blessing. I am a worshiper of the Lord most high. As I kept on finding so beautiful songs I realized you are the wonderful person writing the words and the music; blessed is the Lord! God is raising people just like you and James in these lasts days for his glory to be shined throughout the world. I want to send you an attachment for you to listen to. When my nephew of 19 years old died my brother recorded this song which my daughter sings. He combined it with another artist she loves and they both sound incredibly. Please listen to it and let me know. May God Bless you!
    Jeanette Waltrip


    Hi Sally,

    I served as a missionary in the Germany Duesseldorf Mission with your husband. We served in Bonn together. In 1983, my friend Ken Weeks and I traveled to Albuquerque and we spent a couple of nights at your house and attended church there with you. We really appreciated the hospitality.

    Anyway, the reason I am writing pertains to your music. My daughter Lillie sings with the 7th Grade Choir at Sandridge Jr. High School in Roy, Utah. I attended their Christmas Concert last evening and one of the songs they performed in the concert was “Born is the Light of the World.” I was very pleased to see your name on the program and it was fun to share with my daughter that I had actually met the author of this song. The lyrics are truly beautiful, as is the message they convey.

    Please relay my best wishes to your husband. I’m sure he will remember the Bonn District made up of Bruder DeFord, Bruder Jorgensen, Bruder Weeks and Bruder Lindsey. I loved that group of Elders and I still have contact with them. Ken Weeks is a high school English, German and Drama school teacher living in Burley Idaho. Scott Lindsey is a Business Management Professor at Dixie State University in St. George. I work in the Incentives Department for Columbus Travel in Bountiful, Utah. I am married with 2 children. My wife, Angie is from London, England. We both married rather late in life. My children are 12 and 13.

    We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

    Please send my regards to Dennis and wish him a “Frohe Weihnacht” from Walter Jorgensen.


    I just want to say you are amazing! Thanks for doing so much work for free! My Ward Christmas Program was saved by you!


    Do you use any MIDI sequencing in the production of the accompaniment tracks offered here?

    The musical artistry demonstrated is extraordinary and as your FAQ suggests, you MAY be “somewhat insane” to charge half of what major houses like Daywind.com charge for MP3s!!

    Thanks for sharing your work.


      Well, yes and no. I do some sequencing using VST instruments, but I record them without a metronome and use the MIDI information only to make modifications later if needed. Don’t want to sound like a robot… πŸ˜‰


    First, I would like a response pretty quick if you can. I would like to do a Carol Sing-In for the Regional Singles where I live for a fireside. Not sure the best way to go about this. Do you have a program available that you have used?




    I LOVE your congregational arrangements for Christmas time. In planning this year’s stake music for Christmas, I came back to print off “The First Noel” and can’t seem to find it. Am I imagining things, or was there previously a congregational arrangement for this song? I’d love to see it back. Thanks!


    Hi Sally,
    I am wanting to do your song “I heard the bells on Christmas day” with a friend singing and I’m playing the flute part, but we don’t have a pianist at church yet, so I was looking to purchase the soundtrax to this song but I can only find the free mp3 on here. Do you have this on soundtrax ? If you would please email me with your response. Thank you and by the way, this is a very pretty arraignment.


    Dear Miss DeFord
    My name is Kimberly, I am 17 years old and I am from Germany. On our every year christmas concert at school, it is my pleasure to sing two of your songs. One of them two is “The most beautiful story that`s ever been told”, but i am going to sing this song in spanish. So i pracitsed it over and over again but I`m still stuck with the words going together with the melody,haha. So i wanted to aks you, if you do have any recordings of this song with spanish vocals? πŸ™‚ Thanks in advance!



    I just wanted to personally “THANK YOU” for all the beautiful music that you sent my way via YouTube. The music is so “inspiring”. When listening to your beautiful songs, I just want to give praise and worship to Our Lord! I look forward to your musical emails. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity to express my sincere “THANKS”.

    “Blessings in Christ”,

    David Foltz


    Dear Sally,
    I would have the possibility to perform your cantata In HIm We Live with some young students of a music school near me, which could be 2 flutes, 1/2 clarinet, cello, 2 violins, tenor sax trumpet, piano and organ. Nothing will be changed in your choral score, the interludes will remain piano and narrator and I’m going to orchestrate other pieces.
    Two questions :

    1. Do you agree if I write this orchestration ?

    To have a complete conductor score I should write all again adding new instruments, so :
    2. Can you send me a Finale Version (every release is good) of this cantata or at least an XML version that I can import in Finale ?

    Alessandro Maschio


    This is not actually a question about your music but I am in search of a song and trying every resource I can think of to find it (perhaps others reading here may know what I am talking about also). My Mother remembers singing a song some time in the 80’s entitled “A Daughter of God” or something like it. It Is not the songs that can be found on the church website. The information we have is the words to the first and last verse. They are as follows. (I would love to fin this music for her for Christmas, if anyone has an idea where it comes from that would be great). Thanks.

    vs 1. I am a daughter of god, I am heir to eternity and while i’m on this earth i will live to prove my worth, so I can return to my home.

    vs (4?) And if I do my part to serve god with all my heart, I know I’ll be blessed to pass through every test, because I am a daughter of God.


    Dear Sally,
    I have tested many christian songs and i’ve found in your composition the true grace of God by the guide of the Holy spirit. I’m a monitor of a sunday school choir in Madagascar. For the purpose of preaching the gospel of Jesus, mainly among the children, in my country using your composition, May us use your music and translate the lyrics in our tongue with regards of the theme??? I would be very pleased if you agree that.
    May God bless you in whatever you do!!
    Peace be with you



    I just want to thank you for all the music that you allow us to use. I have used a lot of your music over the years and have recommended your site to others. At present I have a son serving in the Army in Kuwait. He has used your piano music to play for musical numbers in Sacrament Meeting. Thank you again for all that you do. It is greatly appreciated.

    Dora Bingham


    How do you list your music for an LDS Sunday Program? I’m wondering if lyricist, composer, arranged by, as well as performer and pianist all need to be included? I see it done differently all the time and for the life of me I can’t seem to find a standard answer. I’d appreciate your thoughts!

    Many thanks!


      I see it done differently all the time too! My personal preference is that the program list the singer(s) and instrumentalists, and leave the composer/arranger/etc. off. It’s too much information, and people who are interested can always ask the performers. Just my .02 though. πŸ™‚


    I was just singing/playing one of your songs this morning and was feeling such gratitude for your music I thought I should send you a quick “Thank you” note (no need to respond). Your music really speaks to me, not only is it beautiful but the messages are an extension of my own testimony. Thank you for sharing freely. I also appreciate your free download to transpose your music which allows me to put the music in a key that’s more comfortable for my voice. THANKS AGAIN FOR FREELY SHARING YOUR TALENT!!


    Hello Sally,

    First off, I’ve been a huge fan of your work for years, and have sung/listened to tons of your arrangements!

    I really love the recording of “What Child Is This?”, vocals by the Kidmans, and especially love the guitar played quietly with the accompaniment. However, there is no file for the guitar part, which is a shame because it is so beautiful. Do you have sheet music for the guitar, and is there a way that I can have access to it??

    I’m excited to see what you keep producing!

    Ginger Dall


    Hello Sally,
    I was trying to find out who this Heather Prusse is that sings many of the tracks for your songs? She has an exceptional voice and I’d like to know what training she had in order to sing so well. Or if that is just natural talent? Her voice definitely adds to your already heavenly songs!


    Father’s Day Music. As a ward choir director I had a hard time finding a Father’s Day song that said what I wanted so I wrote my own words to your arrangement of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The song is called “A Father’s Prayer.” The first verse is by the women giving thanks for the men in their lives. The men sing the second verse asking for Heavenly Father’s help in watching over their families. The third verse is praise for Heavenly Father. I would like to share the words for this with others, like you have done with Easter and Christmas cantatas.

    May I send you the words to share?

    Mary Greathouse


    Dear Sally:

    I recently set up a web site (saintel.co) to offer music and books to the public created over a lifetime. The music offerings include hymns for four-part men’s voices, four-part choir with organ accompaniment, hymns with piano and organ accompaniment, and a few jazz standards and compositions for jazz choir (SACTB) and jazz orchestra (5 saxes, 4 t-bones, 4 trumpets, 4 rhythm). All can be downloaded for a reasonable price. Please check out the site (again saintel.co) and if you approve, would you link it? Please respond.

    Thank you.



    Is there a way I can get sheet music for “come unto him”? My brother wants it for his mission homecoming. Please please email me back so I know, either way. Thanks,!!!


    Hi Sally,

    thank you for this site! πŸ™‚

    In two weeks I’m going to sing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” at a concert and I found your beautiful arrangement with that nice accompaniment(http://freeldssheetmusic.org/song/Come-Thou-Fount-Sally). Thanks for that! πŸ™‚

    Do you also have that arrangement for a high voice in F-Major?
    If so, I would be very happy, if you could send it to me.

    Thanks for your help in advance.
    With kind regards,


    Hi Sally!
    My name is Austin Harris and I am a college freshman. I am a baritone singer and I plan on majoring in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance. I was looking for free solo sheet music and it is a pure blessing that I stumbled upon this website. Thank you for your beautiful arrangements of these songs. What better type of solo to sing than sacred! I plan on learning over fifty solos from this website, and I am sure that I will enjoy all of them! It would be nice to bless churches all around the area with songs like this. Thank you so much and God bless!


    Hi, Sally
    I can’t find the violin obligato that goes with the YW Version 2 of “If The Savior Stood Beside Me”. It’s not included with the link to the piece. Any chance you might be able to put it up online?

    Thanks so much for all you do!

    Lisa Brodie
    Alpine Utah


    A few hours ago Jesus Once of Humble Birth, with some editing, was our Easter Sacrament Meeting program. Often we create our own but in the busy-ness of life it was nice to have a good program, reachable for our little choir, easily at hand. Folks seemed to appreciate it. A few years ago I created a missionary fireside for our stake, “How Lovely Was The Morning: The Story of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” which I am now giving away on-line at http://www.ldsanthems.com. Its a fairly significant undertaking since right now it requires a small orchestra. Anyway, it was no small thing to create Jesus Once of Humble Birth, lots of good, original melodies and a narrative which worked very well. Both choir and congregation enjoyed it.


    I found an arrangement by Sally Deford at Sheet Music Plus called Primary Medley. I only wanted to access the portion of the medley that is “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” not “He Sent His Son”. I don’t see your arrangement of “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” available on your site. Is there any other way to get access to just your arrangement?


      Unfortunately no. That medley is one I arranged for a general women’s conference, and since the original songs belong to someone else, I can’t put it on my website. Jackman music published the score, and that’s the only way to get it. Sorry I’m no help!


    Thanks Sally. I really appreciate that you share your music with the world. It is so beautiful. For Easter we are singing your arrangement of “I Stand All Amazed” – just one of many I have used.


    Dear Sally; I am wondering if you have music program to transpose music. I would like my LDS choir to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” for Christmas but it is too high for my sopranos to sing without sounding screechy. I would like to put it in a lower key but my program doesn’t do it & by hand would be a formidable task. I would be happy to pay you for it if you can do it. I have enough copies of the original to cover copyright costs. thank you so much. I love your music & use it a lot. Kayla Bond kaylabond6@gmail.com


      Kayla, I don’t do that kind of work. There are programs out there that will scan music and import it into notation programs so you can transpose it, though I’m not familiar with them. You could probably pay a transcriptionist to do the work for you. You don’t need to worry about copyrights with that one since it’s in the public domain.


    Hi Sally, I had downloaded a couple of your piano solos some time ago, and then they just got lost in my collection of music. We cleaned out everything today to arrange all my stuff (music) and I found your piano solos, so I went to the piano and tried them out. They are really beautiful arrangements. I went to your site today and downloaded a couple more. Will you be doing more piano solo arrangements in the future? I hope so.


    I was wondering why style of singing is on your wonderful website? I would love to be able to sing like those artists. Is it Classical? Just so that I know what to look for in a singing teacher. Many thanks.


    Hello Sister DeFord,

    We missed you at the concert at the Assembly Hall in October! We loved singing your music, and there were a lot of sopranos that I know of that were really bummed when they found out NO Sally DeFord pics after the concert!!! πŸ™

    That said, I’m a huge fan and one of my favorite of your works is your piano solo ‘In Humility our Savior’. It’s gorgeous. I wonder if you have any tips or ides on how to somehow add a solo into it? I wouldn’t dare change the lyrics, I don’t want to change the music, but I think it would make a beautiful solo piece as well as a piano solo. Maybe I’m strange? But I wouldn’t know how or where to start singing. I started thinking an interlude and then the verses, followed up by the rest of the piano solo, but that might be too much.

    So I thought I’d ask you!

    I’d also like to send you a demo tape and I wonder what that needs to look like and how to send it to you.

    Thanks bunches for all you do! I appreciate your talent, fun nature and lack of greed. πŸ™‚



    Hi Sally, I have found your site and your music very heart- touching. I have used 2 songs of yours in my worship service at Wattana church, Bangkok, Thailand and feel that I should at least let you know. The song ‘I have not seen yet I believe’ ( http://youtu.be/uot8xEqWqvU ) and ‘I know my father loves me’ ( http://youtu.be/-_broo4q0ME ) have been performed. People love them and keep on asking where did I found them.

    I am also planning to do the ‘For me alone’ on this coming Good Friday. I would let you know again if you are interested to hear my amateur versions.

    Thank you for composing such great songs. Love them all and yes, love you, too! Keep on the good work.

    God bless you!


    Grüß Gott
    Klar ist es erlaubt einen deutschen Text zu unterlegen. Bin Dirigent eines kleinen MΓ€nnerchores und schreib oft neue Texte zu Liedern. Falls Sie Interesse haben – “If I had been in Bethlehem” habe ich in Deutsch. musik@roggenschenke.de
    Grüßle aus dem schânen Roggenburg


    Dear Sally,
    i came across your page. The songs are very beautiful and I gladly want to sing some with our choir.
    I’m from Germany therefore i want to ask you whether it is allowed to translate the songs in german.

    God bless your work.


    Dear Sally,

    I jus wanted to write a quick thank you to you for all you do! Allowing musicians free access to your work is a beautiful sacrifice, and I thank you for it. I’m a flutist, and I’ve been asked on several occasions to play the descant on various pieces of yours. I’ve lost count of how many, hehe.

    I was asked to play again recently for my dear Grandmother’s funeral. I really wanted to play ‘Be Still My Soul’, as it is a favorite hymn of mine and I knew Grandma Bette would have loved it. I looked everywhere for a suitable arrangement, but I couldn’t get anything in time. I was getting desperate, and had a sudden thought to look here. I’m very glad I did! I used your beautiful arrangement, with some tweaks to make it flute solo instead of a vocal solo. It was a very lovely, fitting tribute to the person my Grandma was. Your arrangement so perfectly expresses the feelings of loss we felt, but also the joy at a life lived to the fullest and the hope of a happy reunion someday.

    Thanks one more time for so openly sharing your music. It is so appreciated. πŸ™‚

    Ps- This FAQ page made me chuckle a few times. Your references to Hitchhikers Guide and Anne Shirley, plus the fact that you love The Weed make me sure we would get along, lol.


    Thank you for sharing your music.

    I love the piano duet “I Am a Child of God.”

    Please write more piano duets.


    Sally, I just want to say thank you for all you do. What a blessing to have such an amazing resource for LDS music for free. Your arrangements have brought the Spirit into our meetings countless times. Thank you for sharing your talent and allowing others to use it. May the Lord bless you!!!


    Did check the FAQ scrupulously, but wasn’t able to solve my problem. We’re trying (my RS counselor and the asst. Ward Clerk, and my son who works for Apple in Cupertino) to get the transposing software to work so we can raise “A Believer’s Prayer” a whole step…into the Key of A. We also, obviously, would like the instrumental obligato transposed, to the same key πŸ™‚

    Can you help? We’ve tried a Mac and a PC, and these are smart, young savvy kids we’re talking about. Any suggestions? It’s being sung on Sunday, the 9th at 9:30 a.m. in SLC. (We are the ward that meets in the Joseph Smith Memorial Bldg, in case you’d like to try and picture us πŸ™‚ Nice to know your music is being sung all over the world, huh!

    Thank you for all you do!

    RS president, Canyon Road Ward


    Dear Sally,

    Pretend this is a thank you note on beautiful flowery stationary–maybe with a few blue birds among the flowers. Just want to thank you for your beautiful, inspiring music and your wonderful generosity in sharing it so freely. I’ve used it for piano students, in choirs and just for my own enjoyment. I think of you as a real person–but can’t imagine where you find the time to get all this writing done–so in that respect you are like a nymph–or maybe a good fairy–or maybe Mary Poppins–just a little magical.

    Thanks so much. No response needed. Just sending you love and gratitude. Yvonne Allen, Idaho


    I loved your arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” when we sang it in ward choir a few years ago. I was going over the sheet music on this website and noticed some of the notes on the alto part seem a little different. Has the SATB arrangement been changed? I really loved the one we sang. (It definitely was your arrangement because the piano sounds just the same.)


    If you would like a Spanish Christmas program to add to your collection, I would be pleased to send one that was performed last year for our Christmas program in Panguipulli, Chile, last year. I found a Christmas program on your website – scriptural account of Jesus Christ by Jennifer Morgan, which I translated into Spanish and adapted the music for use with the Spanish hymn book, My wife and I are serving a mission in the Chile Osorno Mission.

    Elder Grant Erickson


    Hello Sally, Hope this new year is bringing you many of God’s blessings. I am consistently enjoying the music on your website, and have already sung a few of the selections as solos at my church. What I would like to know today is this. The song “The Master’s Voice” is a favorite that I plan to sing at church on January 19, which includes a violin accompaniment. It appears that the song is played with a keyboard/synthezier at the beginning, but then sounds like a regular piano later in the song. Could you confirm to me whether I am right, or whether I am wrong? I am assuming that the whole song is a keyboard. I need this info right away. If you could reply back to my email, I would prefer that. Thank you so much. May God bless. ~ Rhonda Eaton


    I am our ward choir director…I have been trying in vain to print off your SATB arrangement of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, I have tried 2 different computers and am exasperated. This is such a gorgeous arrangement…do you know why I am not able to print this. Any chance of getting a copy email to me or mailed to me.
    Marilyn Curtis



    I really love your organ / piano arrangements for christmas congregation. Do you know where I would be able to find others. We have used yours for the last 4 years. Anything will be helpful.


    Hi. I just want to take a moment to thank you for your music and your generosity. I just finished a lovely Christmas season of listening to choir music at church, and recognized several as your pieces. It is probable that there were others that I didn’t know were yours. Thank you for sharing your talents and love of music with the world.


    Sally, thank you so very, very much for sharing your beautiful music. I love it, and so does our choir here in New Zealand. Your music goes far and wide! We’ve just sung the Silent Night Christmas Cantata, and we’re now looking for music for Easter. Just love, love, love your music!! May you be abundantly blessed for sharing your blessed gift of music.


    Ms. DeFord; I must add my comments to those already listed. We sang 4 of your arrangements for our Christmas Program & I can’t get ANY of them out of my head! “Born to Wear A Crown”; “Born is the Light of the World”; “And His Name shall be called” & “still Still still”; I’d never heard the first 3 before, but they shall remain some of my favorites!
    4 Yrs prior to this, we sang your Arrangement of “Oh Holy Night” every Christmas Program; it’s just the best.
    Thank you for so generously & freely sharing your most wonderful talent!


    I just want to say , from my heart and through my tears, thank you , very much.



    Thanks so much for the beautiful music you share with us through your website.

    I sang “Would I Know My Savior?” at a carol sing at our church last Wednesday. It was so well received and the message is profound.

    A friend and I are singing “Guard Him, Joseph” as a TB duet on January 5th. I think our congregation will love it.

    May God richly bless you and your work!


    AH. The days of technology have gotten most of us used to ‘clicking’ on a program and having the computer do it for us. What about doing it the “Old Fashioned” way and writing it out by hand. Since the flute is a ‘C’ instrument, you don’t even have to transpose to get the flute playing in the same key as the choir. If you have a problem doing it yourself, pay a college music student a few bucks to do it for you. It’s a win-win situation (I have yet to find a college kid who couldn’t use a few bucks). What did we ever do before the cyber age?? <;-) John (I still do it by hand when I'm in a hurry) Clark


    I am interested in finding out if it is possible to transpose the flute extracted part for “A Manger Filled with Love” into the SSA arrangement key. We are using it at our RS dinner this week and had our last practice with the flutist and realized it was written for the SATB arrangement. Oversight on my part and now I am trying to scramble to see if it can be adjusted. I have finale if that would work. I tried the personal composer but that didn’t work. Thank you for your help and always sharing your music.


    My Primary is singing “Baby in a Manger” along with the ward choir for the Christmas program. Unfortunately, the SSA arrangement is in the key of F which is a little too low for the kids. So we are going to sing it in the key of Ab, which doesn’t have the SSA parts included. Just wondering if you could send me a copy of the SSA version in the key of Ab.

    Thank you so much.

    Love you music and your website. You are amazing. I am glad I got to accompany you in the early days….Los Alta 3rd Ward.



    I an the Choir director in my ward, and have used many of your songs for the 4 years I have had this calling. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your gift with us all! I am looking for a Christmas SATB number, for the closing song in our sacrament meeting. My Bishop wants it to be part choir, part congregation (maybe an obligato) number. Do you have any recommendations?
    Thanks in advance, Gina


    I just wanted to send you a note of thanks. I’ve always thought you so kind to share your talent so freely with everyone. We have enjoyed your music in our family. My girls sang and my husband accompanied one of your arrangements today. it was beautiful. Thank you again for your amazing talent and kindness.


    God bless.


    Oops. Me again.
    On your page: http://www.defordmusic.com/sheet-music/alphabetical-list/joseph-dearest-joseph-mine/
    There is a hyperlink containing a typo: http://www.defordmusic.comwp-content/uploads/carolsforpiano.zip (need a slash between ‘com’ and ‘wp’).
    The displayed text with the hyperlink is: “all scores in a single .zip file”.
    I’m not going to try to scrub your website, but this bad link also appears on the “Bring A Torch, Jeanette (piano solo)” page, so the other singles in this set might have the same problem.
    Again, my deepest respect and gratitude for your great accomplishments.
    Dave Smith


    Sister DeFord,

    FYI, I reached your “Oops” page by following a link posted on this gentleman’s website:


    Incidentally, thank you, thank you, for the many treasures you have made available over many years to the many ward choirs in which I have served.


      Hi Sally,

      I’ve enjoyed your compositions and I’d been checking back to see if you’ve come out with new ones, especially for Christmas. I’d found your music through http://artiden.com as well, 3 years ago.

      I’d just like you to know that your link is, indeed, broken. It’s probably losing a lot of musicians.

      Thanks for sharing your music.


      FYI, the author of Artiden is female.


    Hello Sally, I just wanted to tell you we’re singing your arrangement of “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire” at our Stake Conference Dec 17th and I love it!


    I see that you don’t have MIDI files of your musical arrangements on your site. Is there somewhere – which would be acceptable to you – that MIDI files with full voice-part tracking of your arrangements could be posted, eg CPDL (or, indeed, your own site), so that choristers could use them for practice purposes? I wouldn’t be surprised if many such files already exist, but so far I haven’t been able to source any of them online.


      You’re correct–I don’t have MIDI files. If there were enough interest and enough submissions, I would be glad to post user-submitted MIDI files here on the site.


        I see that the composing software you now use allows files to be saved in MIDI format, though the way you write your musical arrangements may not facilitate separate MIDI tracking for each voice part.

        Here’s a thought, Sally: I’d be prepared to buy this software, assuming it is the 8 stave version you use, and to edit each of your music files into a format that would allow separate SATB and piano accompaniment tracking – ie put each voice part (plus piano) on separate staves for MIDI purposes. I would then save each file in MIDI format and return it to you for uploading on your website.

        [Technical bit: Separate tracking, the way MIDI works, allows each voice part to be heard individually or emphasised against other voice parts, with or without the accompaniment, depending on the MIDI software used to listen to it. Users can typically save their preferred version(s) of the MIDI file in .mp3 format to listen to for choir practice purposes on their own – or even in choir sectionals or full choir rehearsals. Non-experts can have the .mp3s made for them by choir administrators in whatever preferred media they wish.]

        [Personal bit: I love to sing! My interest here is very simply because proper MIDI files can be a huge benefit to how I learn my music. I’m retired and love to take on things like this as a way of making my life as interesting and rewarding as possible in my retirement. In a former life, I was a data quality manager and have an eye for detail that makes me good at the kind of thing I’m proposing here – though it does NOT mean I am perfect or could not make a mistake.]

        If such a proposition appeals to you, Sally, but you’re still not sure, we could even start it on a trial basis, a couple of pieces at a time. Anyway, it is the kind of project that would need to be spread out over an extended period – one bite of the elephant at a time, so to speak. The work could also be shared amongst a group of interested people, or good MIDIs you already have (or know about and can get your virtual hands on) could be included with minimum further work. Let me know what you think.

        By the way, I have today put out a message to the choral community in Ireland [where I’m from, though I currently live in Bangkok] seeking MIDI files of your work from people, though I won’t hold my breath!!


          I’m certainly game if you are… but it sounds like sooo much work! The Personal Composer version I use is the full-blown program–though I don’t think I have anything on the site beyond 8 staves. And I’m quite sure the way I write my music will be a total pain when converting to MIDI, since I pay no attention to MIDI formatting whatsoever. πŸ™‚


            I have made midi files of three of the songs: When Mary Sang Her Lullaby, There Within a Stable, and Make Us One. I only have versions for women’s voices, but you are welcome to them, if you want them.


    Please, please, please – could you add the guitar chords to you music where possible. I am the Primary music teacher in our ward (Surrey in the UK) and we do not have a pianist – but I do play simple guitar. I have worked out the chords on some of your songs – but I would like to get them nearer the real thing – so the children do not wonder what they are hearing when they hear the real version.

    We are all eternally grateful for your beautiful songs and we love to perform them and I love to teach them to our lovely children – thank you πŸ™‚


    Great music, every time I hear or play it — and concurrence RE fellow primary pianists. This is a generic question that I thought would be of use in the FAQ which is “in general, what pitch ranges and song lengths would you recommend (or do you “aim at”) when you are composing for a choir?


    Hi Sally

    Do you have anything you would suggest for a family choir like the one that performed recently at general conference this month? Our stake conference is coming up and as the stake music chairman I’ve been asked to assemble a similar group.

    Zach Tanner


    Sister DeFord,
    Just FYI, I have posted a video of the Tucson West Stake choir performing your beautiful “Come Unto Christ” cantata. The video may be found by searching for “Tucson West Stake Choir” on YouTube or accessed directly at http://youtu.be/cJKjH_5B72Y


    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. I have been the choir director in more than one ward and have been singing your music for years! Many hearts have been touched, and many lives have been enriched because of the spirit your music brings. I watch the faces of my choir members and I can see when they are moved by the words and melodies they sing. Thank you thank you thank you!! Many blessings await you!
    Christy Mann, Mesa AZ


    Sister DeFord,

    Thank you for the beautiful music you write. I have been supporting choirs as an accompanist for six years and your arrangements are so powerful and invite the spirit. Our stake does a community Christmas program each year and you always have several pieces on the program. A ten year favorite is “What Sound Upon the Midnight Air?” But this year we are doing your version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The conductors have suggested to me (the organist) that a chime part similar to “What Sound Upon the Midnight Air?” would be lovely. After looking at your website I have two questions. Do you have a recommendation for this or would you be willing to write one? As we are planning to perform it this year and I suspect if you were willing it would probably not happen soon, would adding a small chime part be acceptable? After reading through your statements I wasn’t sure if that was an alteration or addition you would be comfortable with.

    Again, your music has brought so much joy to me personally and many people who perform and listen to it. If you ever happen to be traveling to Bentonville, Arkansas the second weekend in December we would love for you to hear your own music.

    Sincerely, Kirsten Johnston


      That’s no problem. You’re right… it wouldn’t happen soon! In the section called β€œArranging the Music/Altering Lyrics” (under “Sheet Music” above), this falls squarely within bounds. πŸ™‚ You’re nice to ask! Best of luck with it.


    Good Afternoon,

    I hope you are well?

    I understand that this isnt particuallky the right plac to put this message but I was unsure about being able to contact you.

    I was wondering if you would be able to contact me regarding permission to arrange one of your works for Brass Band?

    I am the composer in residence of The Fishburn and City of Cardiff Band (Championship Section) and I really love your music.

    Thank you and best wishes,

    Dave Collins


    I am searching for the music that I believe is called a combination ofr “silent Night/Jesus once of Humble Birth. It is beautiful and it has been about 3 years since i heard it performed at Christmas time. Is it still in print. i would love to find it. Thank you……..cr


      Google search will produce what you are looking for.
      PDF available within search
      Arranged by Anna M. Oaks
      Music by Franz Gruber and Giacomo Meyerbeer


    Do you have recordings for individual parts? Right now, I am looking at ‘For The Beauty of the Earth’ but will be also planning some Christmas songs. It would be nice if folks had the option of learning their individual part at home, if they can’t make it to choir rehearsal. I live in a ward with big boundaries (some people travel 30-45 min) and might not come to choir practice, but I want them to be able to participate however they can. I can always do it myself, but if you already have it available, then that would save some time. Thank you for creating such wonderful pieces of music for free. My current ward has no music and little to no budget to buy music.


    Is there a way to print music from your site in 20 point font? I’m not super computer savvy but would appreciate help with this.


    I am trying to find the flute accompanying part for “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” (medium voice solo) that is in the recording. Do you have it available for download? I looked at the flute part on the site and it is for the full choir verison. Your response would be greatly appreciated as I am doing that version for the our Christmas program on December 15, 2013.

    Clifton Taylor
    Williamsburg, VA


      The flute part on the solo recordings were borrowed from the SATB… and fussed with a little… pretty much just squashed in where they fit. πŸ™‚ I don’t have them in stand-alone sheet music. (If you want to use the SATB score to accompany your solo, you can use the flute part as it stands.)


    Dear Sally
    I have been looking for a very familiar song but the locals do not seem to have it
    It is called The King of Love my Shepard is I love this and the message that is leaves you with could you recommend one or make an arrangement of this?


    When I was choir director about 4-5 years ago, I would download one of your songs onto a CD and listen to it so I could better familiarize myself with the song. On occasion, I would play it for the choir, before we starting learning it. I have several of your songs that I downloaded that way and have loved listening to them as I am going to work. Our present choir director has recently decided to use some of your songs (which is exciting to me) and asked me if I could download them so we could do the same thing. There used to be an option to download an audio of the song; however, I can’t seem to find anywhere that will allow me to do that now. Can you point me in the right direction or has that option been removed? I love listening to and singing your music. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!


    Sister DeFord,

    I don’t expect you remember us, but Cozette and I were privileged to live in your ward with our four children in 1999 – 2000. I had no idea at the time what a wonderful musician you were (and are.)

    Since that time I have enjoyed your music while participating in choir numbers of your authorship, and while playing the piano in Primary, my favorite church calling of all.

    As our current Primary pianist, I am enjoying again “If The Savior Stood Beside Me” and found myself with tears in my eyes – yet again – as the children practiced this song this morning. Its melody and touching lyrics are truly inspired.

    Thank you,

    Mike Hardy
    Salt Lake City



    I direct a large multistake singles choir in Utah County. I just want to thank you for the wonderful gift you are giving to all of us — singers and audience. Your music is so beautiful! I have used many of your pieces over the five years I have directed this choir, and I can’t imagine a greater gift you can givet o the music world than to not only write such beautiful music but to be sp willing to share with everyone. You have blessed many lives! I pray that you are being blessed also.

    Thank you so much!
    Lorraine Wallace
    Provo, UT


    Is it possible to get the “Gethsemane” violin part merged with the piano part? I am self taught violinist and can play the piece without music no problem, but I am having a problem with the timing when the music and voice are added. It would be so helpful to have the parts merged as I listen to the recordings.
    A friend and I would like to do this for Easter 2014, we both are somewhat unsure of ourselves, she with singing and myself with violin. However we both think the other is more than capable and as a team I know we bring glory to God.
    This is a very touching piece, very beautiful, thank you for sharing.


    Is there an mp3 with you singing the song? so I can learn the song…Your songs are popular at our church…


      πŸ™‚ I don’t know which song you’re asking about, but everything I have ready is listed here on the site, so if there isn’t a recording, there isn’t one available.


    It’s kind of funny, but I always get a little anxious when my choir director tells me that she has new music for me to learn. (I play the piano for the choir.) When I get the music and see your name at the top I instantly relax, because I can honestly say that I’ve loved every piece of yours that we’ve performed.

    Right now I find myself practicing three of your songs, two for choir, and one for Primary.

    Just thought I’d drop you a line and say how much I appreciate your talent! And your humor!! Also, I wonder how you make money off of this. I know it’s none of my business, but it seems that someone should be paying for your work. I know you make some $$ on CDs, but you should be rich, says this guy. I’d hope that some benefactor was involved.

    Regardless, thanks again.


    Try Audacity. Use the custom” install or you’ll end up with a lot of junk you don’t want or need. It’s simple to use, and pretty straightforward. You can transpose the backing track into your key without changing tempo or wound quality. You will also need “Lame” to convert it from Wav format to MP3 to record onto Cd to playback. good luck. John


      John, I’m not sure which comment you were responding to with this. Audacity does transpose, as you say, but if you transpose recorded material, there will most likely be unwanted artifacts from the processing. If your source material is good enough, and your equipment is high-end enough, and your bit rate is high enough, and your software is powerful enough, and you’re not transposing very far, the artifacts may not be noticeable. If you’re transposing from an MP3, and moving it more than a couple of semitones, you’ll definitely notice that the quality is degraded. Or at least, I will. πŸ˜‰


    Have downloaded many of your wonderful solos and was just looking for
    “His Master’s Voice” but couldn’t find it in the list at your new site. Am sorry to say the new format is not as easy to access. Any comments about this?

    Diane Bolman
    Novato, CA


      Hi Diane,

      I’m so sorry you’re having trouble navigating the site. Here are a couple of things that might help you:

      The song you’re looking for is probably “The Master’s Voice.” (Which may be why you couldn’t find it on the Alphabetical List.)

      If you don’t want to peruse the entire Alphabetical List manually, just use ctrl+f (or command+f if you’re on a Mac) and type the title you’re looking for. Your browser will take you right to it and highlight it for you. Of course, it does have to be entered exactly as it appears on the page or you’ll get no results.

      Even easier is the search at the top of each page. Just enter a few words and usually you’ll get what you’re looking for in the first few results even if you don’t have the title exactly right.

      Hope that helps!


    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music – I’ve used many of your songs in ward and stake choirs. I am going to be directing our stake choir in performing your Book of Mormon cantata “Come Unto Christ.” I know there are no other instrument parts written (other than piano and organ), but I would like to include maybe a cello and/or violin or harp on a few of the songs. How do you feel about others creating parts to add to your work? I have some very talented musicians who, I think, would be able to compose some nice obbligato parts. Thanks for your input.


      You’re welcome to add instrumental parts for your performance, as long as you don’t distribute them beyond your own performers. Best of luck with the program!



    I haven’t looked at your site for a while, but just noticed a singer Jacosa Limutau, her voice is amazing! She actually made me listen to the song It was for me and made me search the site and i found I glory in my Jesus (don’t usually listen to the vocal recordings because i’m not a fan of too much vibrato), something about her voice made me drift away into a sacred, happy place. As she tells the story of the song through her sincere vocals, it makes me want to listen to more and more. As a musician I am very picky with my singers and Jacosa Limutau is truly gifted. Requesting if she could please record more of your songs or other singers with a similar tone as her. Thank you for sharing your musical talent with the world. Someday I hope to release a website with my own compositions besides just performing them at firesides.


    love what and how you share, your insight, heart and soul that is a life influence in all you do- thank you for the diference you make


    Hi Sally,

    I just want to thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music. I am a soloist in a Christian Science church and have enjoyed singing several of your pieces.




    Dear Sally,

    I can’t pass up this chance to express how grateful I am to you for putting up all these wonderful songs. This site makes practicing a new song so much easier – the music sheets, the vocals along with its accompaniment, absolutely glorious!

    I sing in our church choir and there are times I’m made to sing solo and when that happens, the dilemma of choosing a song comes in. We’ve been singing the same old songs for many years now in my church (not that I’m complaining… they are beautiful), but I think it’s nice to sing new ones for a change… and this one right here comes to the rescue.

    I, along with many of my church-mates, use your songs for, frankly, they fit our church’s standard of music, by that I mean no drum parts and other percussion instruments for having those will make us cross over to another genre. We believe church music sets the mood for worship, stilling and calming the soul in preparation to commune with Him… and your songs do just that πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much, and I can never say thank you enough for being so selfless, so generous in sharing all these wonderful pieces. You’re an angel.

    And by the way, your blogs are very entertaining. Keep them coming!

    Your admirer from the Philippines,


    Just a note for those who use Sibelius (full or trial versions) instead of Finale. Sibelius comes with a free, “lite” version of PhotoScore, which will take .pdf files and transfer them into the Sibelius program so you can edit them without inputing anything. It makes transposing so much easier. I’ve used it a few times for family members and it is really easy. All you have to do is open the .pdf file in PhotoScore, fix or ignore any rhythmic mistakes the program finds, then export it to Sibelius. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world!


      A quick caution… I’m fine with you doing this with my scores, provided it’s for your own personal use and you’re not distributing the copies. However, unless you know that the composer or publisher approves of this practice, it can be a copyright violation. So be careful and make sure what you’re doing won’t get you in hot water! πŸ™‚


    Hi Sally,

    Hope the fires haven’t gotten too close. I was just made the Stake Relief Society Secretary. We are trying to plan a Stake Relief Society Event for a Saturday in February 2014. I know it is far fetched, but do you ever keynote events like that for some place as far as Orem. I don’t know what our budget could cover as far as travel expenses, etc. This is only in my dreams and I haven’t mentioned it to anyone. Do you have any plans to be in the area sometime that we could snag you for something like that? Thanks, Sheri Wille



    I don’t know if you remember me, but was your pianist in Los Altos 3rd Ward. I really enjoyed playing for you.

    I have 3 daughters (25, 20, and 17 years) who sing and we are always looking for trios…just a thought.

    Also, I am the Primary Chorister and we have sung twice with the choir. The kids love it and it is so fun to get a group like that together. It is especially nice when they are Primary songs because the kids already know them and they just have to practice following the conductor. You don’t need to answer me, but I was wondering if you are ever planning on arranging Primary songs for children’s choir and adult choir.

    Love you website and enjoy being able to print the music and also hear the MP3.

    Janet Roberts


      Is a I need the every hour to be in the works, if not do you know where I can find one for a solo medium to high voice.


    Sr. Deford –
    Do you do your own publishing? Your music always looks very nice. How do you get it to look so nice? Do you personally use a notation program such as Sibelius or Finale?
    Thanks for taking a moment to answer.


      Yep, I do it myself. Which is probably why things get done so slowly. πŸ™‚ The software I use is described above, on the tab labeled, “Software Questions (e.g., What notation program are you using?)”


    I love singing your music and use it often for soloing at church services. I’m wondering if you’ve written anything appropriate for a memorial service or wedding. I would especially love something beautiful for a memorial service


    Do you have the .pc file for still still still/ silent night? I am a visual learner and the lighted keyboards that work with .midi would greatly benefit my learning. If not, no harm, no foul. Thank you for your talent and willingness to share with less talented folks.


    Sally, I love your music, especially when I get to sing the solos in our choir :). I was intrigued to see that you wrote an entire program, Built Upon the Rock, and wanted to possibly perform it in our ward. But, I’m getting an error when I try to open the files. The link it’s trying to use is:


    If you could fix it, I’d love to look it over and see if we’re up to par to perform it. Thanks for your help.


    Sally, love your arrangements, and found a program (free online) which transposes the performance tracks into keys that I can sing them in (I’m definitely not a soprano). The program is “Audacity”. Check it out, and pass on the word to those who need to adjust the key to suit their voices. Thanks again for such wonderful, inspirational material. John
    (2nd Baptist Cumberland MD)


    Dear Sally,
    Thank you so much for making your beautiful music available to everyone. You are a true artist! (Definition: unpaid and generous!) Our family will be singing “I Come to Him” on Father’s day Sunday when we gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of our family patriarch.

    Kind Regards,
    Julie Craig


    I love your site and have used your songs many times in church. I was wondering however, I want to sing ” I Need Thee Every Hour” as a solo with the violin, but I can’t seem to find the sheet music for the Solo, only for the SATB. Am I not looking in the right spot? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    Megan Hill


    I was browsing your site a while ago (before these gorgeous changes) and found a song about the necessity of telling those you love that you DO love them. You had a little description of why you had written that song. It was about your teenage daughter and the two totally opposite ways the two of you viewed the same incident. I would love to point my son and daughter-in-law to be able to read that also, as they are struggling with a teenage daughter. Can you point me to where this might be?

    Stephanie Walker


    I was wondering if you could maybe add ‘Savior, redeemer of my soul’ to your good ideas list? I love that song and I love all the songs you write, so combining the two would be amazing πŸ™‚ Just an idea!


    My choir and I absolutely LOVE your pieces. We were left without an accompaniest, which severely limits our options for music. Often we get called the “karaoke choir”. We will be performing “To Those Who Came Before Me” on Memorial weekend for our congregation. I was just curious as to why the SATB sheet music is in a different key than the solo and duet sheet music? Although I play piano and transpose music in my head, I am just not that awesome πŸ˜‰
    BTW you get some serious props from me for BOTH a Monty Python reference AND an Anne of Green Gables reference all in the same FAQ!


      Barbie, the different voicings are often in different keys to suit the ranges of the sections that will be singing it. And often the recording will be in a different key than the sheet music because the vocalist is most comfortable in a particular range. Hmmm… did I use both of those? The Monty Python I remember, but I don’t remember where I used the Anne. πŸ™‚


    Help! I am unable to listen to complete renditions on my iPad 2. I’ve tried to stream the music, but always cuts off in middle of song. Under the old site, it was very straight forward. How can I listen to entire songs?


      Sorry it’s giving you trouble. The streaming is now being served by Soundclick.com. (On the old site it was served directly from my web host, and the bandwidth used was enormous.) It’s possible that Soundclick is just extremely busy and that’s causing the issue with the streaming. You might want to try using the download links instead of the streaming links, and then you can play the file directly from your iPad.


    Dear Ms. DeFord —
    Thank you for such beautiful music describing the power of Christ’s atonement! You were truly inspired! Thanks Again. V. Aisen


    A comment about a missing link:

    “If you would like to translate any of the songs on this site into a non-English language, feel free. If you e-mail me your translation I can make it available to others on my Translations page.”

    There is an error link, the translation should point to http://www.defordmusic.com/sheet-music/translations/ and not just http://www.defordmusic.com/translations.htm

    I’m about to translate one of the songs in french. Can I email it to you afterwards ?


    Hi Sally,

    Really lovely music – have been playing & singing it for years on several continents! I note above that you’re open to discussing possible arrangements? How do you feel about commissions? I’m a horn player and will be shortly moving back to London to perform and research. With the massive lds.org campaign the Church has undertaken in the UK recently (very exciting!) it would be great to have something to perform apart from the very limited religious rep in my files. Personally I’m rubbish at arranging, haha. I hope we can discuss some possibilities πŸ™‚ Look forward to hearing from you.

    All Best Wishes,


    Just a short comment from Italy.
    I already have some of your pieces in the repertoir of my choir, but I decided to perform the cantata “In Him We Live” in its full score, because I think in Italy nobody did it in the past.
    My choir told me “Maestro, you are crazy, but we’ll follow you!!!”
    I’ll write you again to let you know how things are going.
    Alessandro Maschio


    Hi, Sally
    I’m brazilian and forgive me for any mistakes. I’m from SΓ£o Paulo and I’m a Primary stake president. I love your songs. We’re going to sing If I listen with my heart and I saw in your site the accompaniment track by colleen thliveris. It’s wonderful!!! It made all the difference. Is it possible to have the sheet music (PDF) of this accompaniment?
    I know you get everything you can for free, that’s why I’m asking you this.
    Thanks for your talent and for sharing it with us.
    With love,


    I would love my small choir to learn and perform “If I Have but a Moment”. There is currently no MP3 available. We also do not have a regular accompanist. Is it therefore possible for me to record or sequence an accompaniment for rehearsal and performance purposes? Could I also mix vocal parts with the backing track and distribute this to the choir members for their use during personal practice times?



    I totally love your music! The piano chords you use follow the same ones that naturally come to me. Love them!. However, I am now focusing more on the King of Organs (32 note pedal board organ that they use in church). I love your organ version of “Cast your burdens on the Lord”. I have been adapting the SABT version so I can play it as a solo on the organ without human voices. I have an organ at home and play it a lot! I have also been doing the same thing with the piano version of ” Come, thou Font of every Blessing” . I have been asked to do an organ solo in August for Church so I am toying with those two songs.
    What I was wondering is, since you are so awesome at creating SABT piano music, would you consider composing Organ solo arrangements of your songs? Personally, I prefer the Base (pedal) and Tenor voices on the same staff since that is the way the hymns are written and is makes playing with my hands, feet, eyes and brain less complicated. I know it may sound odd that I can create organ solos out of your SABT piano scores with all the lines and staff and not manage to read the pedal staff separately. I honestly don’t know how I do it. Further more, I compose on talent and can not seem to write down what comes out of my feeling fingers with the least degree of accuracy so others can play it. πŸ™ You, on the other hand, seem to be able to do both O:-)

    I think your songs make terrific preludes. Thus I would like to see solo instrumental versions for both the piano and the organ.

    Just thoughts. πŸ™‚



    Just a note from an appreciative family choir. Thank you!


    I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for all the wonderful music you have created for us to us to enhance my spiritual life and that of my choir members and those who are members of our congregation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Alamosa CO 4th ward. We have used a number of your beautiful arrangements and enjoyed them so much. The last one we performed was “Because He Lives”. What a wonderful experience this was. Thank you for all your time, energy, talent, love of the Savior, and all free to us.
    Thanks again!!


    Hi, Sally! Recently I made a video for a Personal Progress project. My goal is to get it submitted into the church website and maybe have it posted online. I’ve gone through the details of submission and one of them is copyright laws. I used a couple instrumentals of yours in the video and I was wondering what I need to do to make sure it’s okay to submit the video without getting in trouble, I’ve never done this before so I’m new to copyright requirements and permission. Could you help me out? The songs I used are “I Come to Him” and “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly” and “Write Thy Name Upon My Heart” – thanks so much!!


      Sounds like a great use of those tracks. You’re welcome to use them for your project. If you end up needing written permission just let me know. Best of luck with it! πŸ™‚


    First of all, thank you a million times over for your contribution to the world of church music. It is priceless. I love the new website; but I do not see anywhere that lists all the songs for instrumental solos, ie piano solos. I use these quite frequently for piano students. I tried looking at sheet music under “voicing” but didn’t see a piano solo category. Is there any other way to see them all together like the old website?


    I really like the new website! I can’t, however, find the piano solos anywhere. I’m probably overlooking something obvious, but please help. Thank you!


      No, you weren’t. They are the last tab on the “Music by Voicing” page, but I forgot one tiny little character in the code and… presto… no piano solos. HTML is so unforgiving. πŸ˜› They should be accessible now. Thanks!


    Oh yes, I see that when I put in the address it automatically goes to the old site… I am sorry to alarm you..; haha


    OK on I have not seen yet I believe I just clicked on the accompaniment track and it said File not found right on the same page and if I click download it takes me to the I goofed page. It has happened on a number of pieces as i have been flipping through trying to get ready with something for Sunday -oops I forgot I told someone I would sing -eek…


      You know, it sounds like you may be looking at the old version of the site somehow. Maybe it’s in your browser cache? The site has been entirely revamped, and there are no longer links that say “Download.”Hmmm… and there are no links on the player that would direct you to the “Oops…” page if the Soundclick player wasn’t working. Try refreshing the page or clearing your browser cache and see if it looks the same. If so, i’m baffled!


    It just sends me to the “I goofed” message – wait lemme do it one more time…


    IN fact, it appears that many of the songs are having issues being “played” by the player… but I think I got one that will work perfectly. I LOVE The Shepherd of my SOul. OH MY it is wonderful.


    Hello… I went to listen to the accompaniment track for Jesus The Very Thought of Thee and it gave me a message that you goof up sometimes. Haha very cute. ANyway, I am just reporting it… have a lovely day!


    I was told you had a beautiful arrangement of O My Father sung to the music of Come Thou Fount. When I searched I found this link http://www.defordmusic.com/comethoufountomyfather.htm — but it doesn’t take me to the music. Please advise. (I had a friend sing it at his father’s funeral and has requested our choir to sing it)


    I absolutely love your site and have used many of your songs for years, so first of all THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful talent. I am loving your new site, however, at this particular time I am in need of the Translated Spanish songs, however, when I click on the Spanish translation it only pulls the song up in English. We are heading to El Salvador next week and need to have some songs prepared for a program. Please let me know what I need to do.


    Thank you for a quick response to my email, and also you kind comments.


    Hello Sally,

    So glad I discovered your website. I have enjoyed listening to all of the beautiful music. I am a singer in my church choir, Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC and also a singer in the Greenville Chorale. I am planning on singing “Look to Him and Live” this coming Sunday at church and have been practicing the song on your website. However, yesterday I discovered that it keeps giving me an “oops error” and will not allow me to listen to any of your music online. Just in case you were unaware of this, I wanted to let you know so you could find out what the problem is. Keep up the good work and may God bless you richly. Thank you.

    Rhonda Eaton


      Hi Rhonda! Yes, there were definitely some issues yesterday with the MP3s, especially the playlists. I’d like to say it wasn’t my fault… but, yeah, it was. πŸ˜‰ As far as I can tell they should be working now, but let me know if they’re still giving you trouble. (Be sure to refresh your page so you don’t get a cached version with the old mistakes.) Best of luck with your song on Sunday!

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