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ELIZABETH RAGSDALE

With their lyrical melodies, distinctive treatments, and timeless messages, Elizabeth Ragsdale’s vocal solos and hymn medleys are comfort music for performer and listener alike. The wide-ranging styles and accessible scores make these pieces ideal for church musicians who want to explore new music with minimal preparation.

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Sheet Music in the Category: VOCAL SOLOS

I Am Calling You Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Based on Psalm 130. Moves through stages of prayer: calling, waiting, watching, trusting, worshiping, feeling loved. Final verse in triple meter builds to dynamic ending.
Leave It There Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Adaptation of an early gospel song with a simple, yet powerful, message. Easy to sing with a memorable melody. Rich jazz chords and varied accompaniment patterns.
Out of Reach Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

We’re out of reach of evil when we’re dwelling in Truth, ascending with Spirit, hidden in Mind, and surrounded with Love.
Prayer Is Your Friend Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

A swinging, bluesy song with a memorable melody and fun accompaniment. Three verses tackle three ways one might resist praying and how to overcome this reluctance.
Simply Satisfied Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

“O Lord, I Would Delight in Thee” set in triple-meter gospel style with original chorus of praise and contentment. Verse accompaniments build rhythmic interest.
Where We Are Loved Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample

Presents church as the sacred place that meets the needs of the heart. Each verse likens us to a biblical character loved by Christ Jesus.
A Prayer for Church Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Defines church as active thought rather than a building, infinite in its embrace rather than confined to certain people, universal law rather than narrow creeds.
Come, Ye Disconsolate Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Familiar hymn with beautiful new melody and added lyrics that complete the circle of healing by blessing others. Easy to sing, contemporary harmonies, audience friendly.
He Chose Me, He Chose You Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A poignant rendering of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, told from the woman’s perspective. Simple arpeggiated accompaniment with contemporary harmonies.
Learn of Loves Design Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A swinging, upbeat song based on seven synonyms for God. Thought- provoking, yet accessible, lyrics. Memorable, bluesy melody and easy piano accompaniment.
Teach Me How to Heal Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Blues ballad with upbeat rhythms and memorable melody. Lyrics begin with dialog between God and the learner. Four verses outline steps in spiritual healing.
The Dance of Prayer Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A joyous waltz that uses a dance metaphor to describe stages of prayer: finding stillness, loosening thought, praising God. Simple arpeggiated accompaniment with contemporary harmonies.
The Serpent’s Biggest Lie Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Lyrics based on quote from Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1886 by Mary Baker Eddy: “That man can break the forever-law of infinite Love, was, and is, the serpent's biggest lie!”
When I Let God Lead Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Incorporates refrain from Hymn 95 in the Christian Science Hymnal. Explores the when, where, and how of God’s leading. Easy, engaging accompaniment. Great audience appeal.

Sheet Music in the Category: INSTRUMENTAL

Be Thou My Vision Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Irish fiddle and American folk styles. Playful, light-hearted. Eight rapidly changing variations sustain interest. Strong, dance-like rhythms, many in triple meter. Quiet, yet buoyant, ending.
Come, Ye Disconsolate Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Excellent for Christmas, with bell-like variation. Jazz harmonies in classical context. Arpeggiated accompaniment. Alternates between major and minor modes, duple and triple meters. Calm mood throughout.
Give Me, O Lord, an Understanding Heart Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
“Moonlight Sonata” style. Melody alternates between right and left hands. Accompanied by rolling arpeggios, plaintive block chords, or vigorous 16th- note patterns. Minor mode without solemnity.
God Is My Strong Salvation Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
An audience favorite. Jazz harmonies in classical context. Dance-like rhythms, mostly in triple meter. Rolling arpeggiated accompaniment.
God Is Working His Purpose Out Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Familiar to audience and fun to play, two melodies team up for a rousing march. Subdued interlude and bright, flowing variations provide contrast.
He That Goeth Forth with Weeping Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Latin rhythms predominate. Six variations with diverse treatments: energetic staccato, rolled chords, walking bass, lyrical arpeggios. Ends with bold shift to major mode.
He That Hath God His Guardian Made Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Three memorable melodies woven together. Joyful, playful, rhythmic. Triple- meter variations have waltz-like quality. Ends with bright, flowing variation that builds, then tapers to quiet finish.
Here, O My Lord, Id See Thee Face to Face Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A favorite hymn tune wedded to a popular contemporary melody. Highly contrasting treatments: rolling arpeggios, repeated block chords, vigorous 16th-note passages, left-hand melodies.
How Sweetly Flowed the Gospel Sound Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Seven joyful, light-hearted classical variations, some with jazz harmonies. Medley alternates between duple and triple meters. Hemiola adds rhythmic interest. Quiet ending. Ideal for prelude.
I Love to Tell the Story Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Quasi-improvisational variations. Rhythms range from steady walking tempo, to rolling triplets, to vigorous 16th-note passages, to relaxed swing. Jazz chords, added harmonic tones, grace notes.
In God I Find a Precious Gift Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Lighthearted, playful treatment of two catchy tunes, with lots of rapidly changing variations. Syncopated, ragtime, and swing rhythms. A toe-tapping favorite.
In Speechless Prayer and Reverence Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Melodies embellished with classical figuration and contemporary harmonic colors. Eight variations, including Chopin-like treatment with hemiola. Quickly moving coda soars, then returns to peaceful ending.
Lo, He Sent His Word and Healed Them Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Ten seamlessly woven classical variations progress from simple beginning to triumphant ending. Arpeggiated, syncopated, or waltz accompaniments, mostly in triple meter.
Long Hast Thou Stood, O Church of God Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Long medley in minor mode with wide range of styles. Strong pianistic appeal. Melodies accompanied by walking bass, repeated block chords, syncopated arpeggios, pedal point.
O He Who Trusts in Gods Protection Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Extended medley with 10 classical variations. Choose those that fit the needs of your service. Melodically and rhythmically strong throughout. Excellent for Christmas.
O Peace of the World, O Hope in Each Breast Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Seven variations, many of them in minimalist style. Alternates between quiet, repetitive treatments and strong, resolute passages. Hemiola adds rhythmic interest. Ends with powerful fanfare.
O Weary Pilgrim, Lift Your Head Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Two well-known hymns wedded to popular inspirational song. Begins with classical arpeggiated treatment, progresses to swing rhythms, and ends with quiet restatement of harmonic progression.
O Word of God, Most Holy Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Unique treatment of two well-known melodies, bridged by original interlude. An audience favorite. Rapidly changing, seamlessly woven variations build from simple beginning to majestic ending.
O, Still in Accents Sweet and Strong Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Eight quickly moving variations seamlessly combine four old-time hymn favorites. Joyful, light-hearted, uplifting, confident. Triple meter throughout. Simple, uncluttered treatments emphasize strong melody.
Saw Ye My Saviour? Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Long medley with 10 seamlessly woven variations in minimalist style. Easy to play. Alternates between major and minor modes. Treatments range from delicate to driving.
Science, the Angel with the Flaming Sword Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Audiences will recognize universal melody “Finlandia.” Classical treatments with quiet, understated variations; bold triplet passages; majestic fanfare. Each variation has its own clean rhythmic identity.
Sow in the Morn Thy Seed Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Simple hymn tune woven into two traditional spirituals to create a medley with strong melodic appeal. Diverse rhythmic treatments. Classical and jazz harmonies.
Suffer the Children to Come to Me Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Composer’s favorite. Memorable melodies with eight variations that begin gently and end with lively ragtime. Interludes connect melodies thematically and rhythmically. Guaranteed to lift spirits!
The King of Love My Shepherd Is Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Inspired by classical influence in contemporary popular piano. Range of styles: gentle and lilting, delicate and thoughtful, bold and majestic. Dance-like, syncopated quality in triple-meter variations.

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BIOGRAPHY

As a lifelong learner, Elizabeth has expanded on her university music studies with online courses and private instruction. The piano has been her constant companion through careers in teaching, publishing, and art. The meticulous aesthetic she has honed as a book designer is evident in her beautifully crafted compositions.

As music co-chair at her church, Elizabeth recognized the need for vocal and instrumental music that speaks to contemporary audiences while honoring tradition. Fun to perform and inspiring to hear, her vocal solos feature memorable melodies, clear notation, and sight-readability. She writes most of her lyrics, reflecting an in-depth study of Christian literature.

Each of her hymn medleys includes at least one hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal and one or more tunes in a variety of genres such as classical, pop, folk, and gospel. A wide variety of styles are woven together in cohesive yet surprising ways. Numerous transition points in the medleys allow the church musician to readily meet the needs of any service.

Elizabeth lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and loves to dance and draw almost as much as she loves to write music. She dedicates these compositions to her mother, who supported her every creative endeavor.


QUOTES

“What an amazing and wonderful collection of hymn medleys! Thank you so much for all your dedication to this task—it is so worthwhile. Somehow your selections are both soothing and exhilarating. When I see or hear something really beautiful, tears usually well up at some point, and that happened toward the end of listening to the medleys, as I realized what you have managed to creatively, musically accomplish.” - Thomas Young, Middleton, WI

“Your devotion to each aspect of the hymn project echoes a sort of divine unity that brings healing as we hear familiar hymns in new ways. As a lover of hymns I find your work to be spontaneous, soul-filled, and fun. Great work and thank you for sharing.” - Ginger Mack Emden, Middleton, WI

“Seeing and hearing are believing. When you see how playable these scores are and hear how rich and varied they are, the only question left to answer is which one to play next!” - Michael Butkus-Bomier, Madison WI

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