First, way back when the new LCMS hymnal was in its early planning stages, I submitted an original setting of the Divine Service to the Commission on Worship as an entry in a sort of contest. I later heard over 70 settings were submitted. Mine wasn't picked to be submitted to the Synod for approval; but then again, the settings that were picked never made it in the hymnal anyway. But I think my submission had some nice musical ideas in it, and maybe some of the longer bits could be marketed as choir anthems.
Second, between my college and seminary years I composed several SATB, TTBB, and (in one case) SSA choir pieces. Most of them are based on hymn tunes, though I have also written several pieces based on the Easter Vigil and, within the past few weeks, a setting of Psalm 133. One of these choir numbers actually got performed and recorded by the Seminary Kantorei in Fort Wayne. A couple others were at least given a reading, in one case by the St. Olaf College alumni choir Magnum Chorum - my closest brush with fame so far. To make these choral works marketable, I think I would need (A) to touch up the voice-leading of the SSA piece and maybe replace the text; (B) transform the TTBB pieces into SATB and add piano reductions to aid in rehearsal; and (C) prepare keyboard-only versions, with no choir parts, to beef up my chorale prelude catalog.
Third, I have more recently written several chorale preludes, and some pieces for my church choir that I have already transformed into organ pieces. Together with the keyboard arrangements in C above, I could very soon have a decent, publisher-ready bundle of preludes to market as my own "Little Organ Book" or "First Book of Chorale Preludes." At the same time, I could bundle up the choir pieces in a similar collection. I reckon being able to offer the same music in both choral and keyboard formats might actually make them more marketable. Then, perhaps with my "foot in the door," I could look forward to commissioned work and royalties to support my composing habit. Wouldn't that be nice!
The hymn tunes I have treated so far:
- Ach bleib bei uns (Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide)
- Allein zu dir (In Thee alone, O Christ, my Lord)
- Alles ist an Gottes Segen (All depends on our possessing)
- Aus tiefer Not (From depths of woe)
- Der mange skal komme (Lo, many shall come)
- Es ist das Heil (Salvation unto us has come)
- Es wolle Gott (May God bestow on us His grace)
- Fred til Bod (Peace to soothe)
- Hiding Place (When time was full)
- Ich sterbe taeglich (I come, O Savior, to Thy table)
- Jesu Kreuz, Leiden und Pein (Jesus, I will ponder now)
- Lasst uns erfreuen (A hymn of glory let us sing)
- Lobe den Herren (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty)
- O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (Lamb of God, pure and holy)
- O Mensch, bewein (O man, bewail thy sin so great)
- Valet will ich (Farewell I gladly bid thee)
- Vom Himmel hoch (From heaven above to earth I come)
- Warum sollt ich (Why should cross and trial grieve me)
- Wir glauben all (We all believe in one true God)
- Wo soll ich fliehen hin (O bride of Christ, rejoice)