A leader in composing jazz music for the church, Deanna frequently guests at churches and concert halls, both solo and with her trio. She also works as a consultant for churches seeking to incorporate jazz in worship. Contact Deanna for more information.
Deanna’s latest album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, has a companion sheet music book meant for jazz and non-jazz musicians alike. Learn more in the video below.
Sheet music for Deanna’s hymn arrangements, choral music, and congregational songs such as “We Belong to God” are available HERE.
Testimonial from Mary Claire Kasunic, President of Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh, PA:
“Dear Deanna, It was truly an honor to have you present at our recent Thanksgiving Mass. What a great experience for our students to work with such a talented musician and benefit from the direction you offered! What a pleasure for the entire student body, faculty, and staff to be uplifted by your compositions!”
Wondering how jazz works in the context of a mass? A jazz vespers? A Sunday morning service? Check out the videos below for some examples.
Watch the congregation at First Baptist Greenville sing Deanna’s samba arrangement of “Shall We Gather at the River.”
Watch the congregation and choir at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale, MN sing Deanna’s original song, “Come and Feast.”
WHAT DOES A SERVICE LOOK LIKE ON PAPER?
“I have loved working with Deanna over the years for chapel worship here at Roberts Wesleyan College. Her skill and talent amazes; her sensitivity to God’s Spirit in the liturgy and music unmistakable. Every time she is among us you can sense that we have made space and sacred time to reflect and listen to God’s voice.”
-Jonathan Bratt, chaplain at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
Deanna and Sarah Bereza have a deep conversation about congregational singing in the podcast below.