Mrs. Glenda Macomber


Author takes flight to heaven

Mrs. Glenda Macomber laid aside everything in the hopes of getting the definition of Godly music clearly presented, as the culmination of a lifelong career of teaching and studying holy music. She passed away before getting her work published, but her children have attempted to take her work and present it here. Please take time to learn about the only music God's people should ever use!

This is to be the website that describes consonant Christian music, suitable for use in the Sanctuary, or for turning any place into a sanctuary for God! The owner of this site passed away before setting up this website, so her children will be doing their best to present the massive amount of work that she left to be included! Pray for us that we can be an effective witness for our Heavenly Savior!
What God Hath Prepared!
  • God created the earth, the sky and everything with incredible beauty and symmetry. He created music as well to glorify Him and match His creative work.
  • What is the music God created?
Harmony in 21 Lessons
Glenda Macomber used a harmony series that was easy to understand and of great practical value. The series was written up formally for the Home School Curriculum by Cheryl Macomber. We are presenting the series with fresh artwork and a fresh edit! The work has had the testing of many students and simply has withstood the test of time. If you have not had a formal training in Harmony, it is important that you do so. Take this short course!

Website News and Updates

Violin Audio Files Working Again….

Well! We were surprised to see the audio player was no longer working when we visited the Violin solo page! So it took a while to pick a new audio player, but we think we have one that should work in almost any browser!

We are sorry the sound files blanked out and hope it is not a problem to any of you! Give things another try and hopefully you will not be disappointed!

The page is: Classic Violin Hymn Arrangements

Also a note! My mother used to have beginning students just do the first verse of her arrangements. Then intermediate students would work on adding the second verse and advanced students would add the third verse. So don’t think that just because you cannot play through the whole arrangement you can’t use it! A lot of students never get past the easiest first verses!

Also she had certain pieces to begin with and other pieces once things were going better.  There is a whole range of hymns to check into.

If the student feels the one verse is too short, then she would have them play through it twice.

She always believed that less was more. So, going through a hymn twice was more than most will politely sit through, unless things were building and becoming more interesting. Many students fail to hold the interest of an audience when they try to play too long and too much, until they become very skillful.

Welcome to Sanctuary Strings Symphony!


We are looking forward to meeting together for the purpose of playing and learning beautiful hymn arrangements in the classical style and playing music that glorifies the Lord in melody, harmony, and style.  

Our first meeting will be at 4:30 pm on September 12, 2011.

Please log in and collect your music and check for any announcements or updates.  


Website Upgrades

Well, with all the changes, we managed to “break” the menu system we were using. It was just as well, but it caused a bit of panic on my end! It was based on “Spry” because I was trying to be fancy without a lot of work, but in the end, it just was not fixable, using too much java and non-essential files. So we went to work and have built a new system that does not use all that extra junk and we actually like the new setup much better. We can now add descriptions and even artwork, and make the menu much more helpful to the visitor. We hope to redo the main page in the future, but for now it will have to stay.

So, we hope you can enjoy the new menu system. The site is in full development, so things are bound to change till we settle on various systems and weed out other systems that are just not necessary anymore.

But in the process, Deborah noticed our audio file for “It Is Well With My Soul” was not the correct one. We have the scores for a easier version, and the audio for the advanced version that Glenda Macomber wrote. She has several versions of this great hymn, and I grabbed the wrong one from which to make the audio file. That is now fixed!

All in all, I hope our users have not been troubled by the menu breakdown and the wrong audio file in the case of the one hymn. If there are problems, please let us know! Everything can be changed, including the size of the score files, the sound on the audio files, and the layout of the website. If anything is a problem, let us know. This is not here for our benefit, but for yours!

Pastor Clinton Macomber

Last of the Violin Section finished!

O Worship the King

This piece was originally written for a harp and violin, and it still can be used for that, but we changed things a little bit to be a piano and violin duet piece. Wow! what a beautiful piece of music! It is a bit of a medley, so flow very nicely. We hope you can find good use for this well written and skillful music!

The cover was made from a photo on the Temple mount in Jerusalem in Israel. Inside the cover is an overview of the things that happened at this most holy site on earth. Prayers from God’s people have gone up from this site for 4000 years!

We have provided the music scores for violin, piano, and the two combined. We also had the robot play the music so it could be heard to gain an idea of how it sounds.

What a Wonderful Saviour

This is our last piece to offer from this book! We hope the music is a blessing to others and can continue being used to the glory of God. Getting good musical arrangements is so hard, and it should be much easier with all the musical arrangements that have been made over the last 2000 years!

The cover of this piece was made from a photo of Jeroboam’s High Place. It is the place where he shamefully set up a golden calf for Israel to worship to keep his people from going to the holy Temple of Jerusalem. It offers a challenge for us to be able to cleanse away the filth of our lives as Hezekiah did, so that God can bless us and we can know Him as the Wonderful Savior that He has been for so many true Christians.

Again the piano, violin and combined scores are offered for free (to you, we still have the costs to bear of offering them), and we hope God will bless those that make use of this treasury of Holy music. This music is separate from the world’s distortions and immorality and can only be appreciated by those that are yielded to the only Savior from sin and its consequences.

The Last Violin and Piano duets

We are getting to the last of the violin and piano duet music that we can find! We’ve now pulled out all the stops to clear the finish line! Here is today’s work:

Jesus Shall Reign. This piece was written by Cheryl Macomber and has a very simple piano part. Coupling the simplicity of the piano with the beauty and tension of the strings of the violin produces a very comforting and assuring statement that Jesus Shall Reign on this earth!

The cover is a photo of a meadow on Mount Carmel and inside the cover is a review of the things that happened on Mt. Carmel in Scripture. Click on the hymn title at the beginning of the paragraph before this one and take a look and listen to the piece! It is a wonderful hymn with a beautiful arrangement.

My Saviour’s Love. This cover is made from a photo of Caesarea Philippi and a river there. A short description is given of the mention in Scripture. The music is a powerful arrangement that carefully notices the words and makes the message of the hymn a very poignant statement. We are so happy that this musical score is now available with the robot’s playing of it!

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

It is with great joy we announce that the editing is now finished on this wonderful piece of music! It took a bit to get the scores set up again, and even longer to get the sound file ready, but it is finally done!

Deborah Macomber handled keying in the score, and had quite a time getting things set up. Clinton handled the editing of the score and refining of several areas and then the merging of the scores. Cheryl and Deborah joined him in helping adjust the sound elements so that the audio and score would reflect how they play it. So after a great bit of behind the scenes toda, we have the piece ready!

So are you ready to hear it? Well there are a few more things to say first!

We have to mention the cover! It is a photo of the gate to the old city of Jerusalem. Inside the cover is an article about the significance of the common sparrow. Both are done in a very professional and beautiful manner.

So are you ready to see and hear it? Well there is more….

The music is incredible and quite difficult. The violinist should not be a beginner nor should the pianist! But the musical arrangement brings out the best of both the violin and the piano, and together make a wonderfully uplifting and sweet sound. This is music at its best! If you have not heard the family play this piece, you have got to give it a try to hear it!

So now are you ready to enjoy it and lift your spirit heavenward? Well, there is more! We need a huge bucket of money! If you could just…. Oh, I forgot, this is a free offer! So much for paying bills! Frankly there is nothing on earth that could pay for such good music and make it a fair trade.

To hear the robot play the music and see the score, use the following link:

His Eye Is on the Sparrow for violin and piano.

Violin Hymn Score work

We did several things last week, including re-designing the Violin music scores page. This week we worked on setting up a status table so we can handle the remaining sections.

Count Your Blessings was redone with corrected and reworked scores. We also redid the audio file to slow it down, adjust the speed and the volume of the instruments as they relate to each other.

We had to remove a couple titles that were listed, since we cannot locate the scores for them! These were “Nothing Is Impossible,” “The Love of God,” and “O Could I Speak.” Maybe later they will appear!

We’re Marching to Zion is now completed and ready! This is a simple march for the violin and piano. The cover photo is of Gadera on the Sea of Galilee. The inside of the cover features a lesson about being freed from demons and repentance. It also has a short description of Zion. Listen to the synthesized audio and look over the scores! This might be a musical piece that would be fun to play!

My Heavenly Father Watches Over You is also ready! The cover features a photo of an old boat from the Sea of Galilee. Inside the cover is a Bible lesson on the anchor. This music composition is a remarkable and well thought out and written piece of music that is a must for anyone serious about sacred hymns. Take a serious look at this piece!

The Joy-Trust Medley is now ready! Praise the Lord! This piece has been used in small Christian circles now for over 10 years and is a tried and true peppy little piece of music. The cover features a 3000 year old replica of Solomon’s Temple at Tel Arad in Israel. Inside the cover is an article on the story of Israel, and the story of the photo, and how import it is to trust our Savior. If nothing else, enjoy the synthesized reproduction of the music!

Send the Light now has the synthesized music added! If you would like to hear who the music sounds by a robot, now you can!

Cheryl Macomber did a second check on things and found some problems on things that were not working right, so these have been fixed as well. In all this has been a great week!

Violin and Piano Audio Files

We started out just adding the audio player and audio files to each hymn, but it ended with a complete rework of the page into a very different layout and style!

We have added the following synthesized audio outputs to the following music:

    1. As a Volunteer for piano and violin
    2. Blessed Be the Name for piano and violin
    3. Come Thou Fount for violin and piano
    4. Count Your Blessing for violin and piano
    5. Exaltation of Christ for violin duet
    6. Great Is Thy Faithfulness for violin and piano
    7. I Gave My Life for Thee for viola and piano
    8. I Know Whom I Have Believed for violin and piano
    9. I Love Thy Kingdom Lord for violin and piano
    10. It Is Well with My Soul for violin and piano
    11. My Anchor Holds for violin and piano
    12. Send the Light with violin and piano
    13. The Lord Is My Shepherd for violin and piano
    14. To the Regions Beyond with harp and violin
    15. When We See Christ with violin and piano: redone

Violin and Piano Music Audio files

We decided to add the synthesized audio to a bunch of the violin and piano music scores we have. Here is what we have added:

  1. When We See Christ
  2. We Gather Together
  3. What If It Were Today?

    Some Golden Daybreak

    We got another set of music scores finished this week! It is the music Glenda Macomber wrote for Some Golden Daybreak for Violin and Piano. It is very energetic and moving! The kind of music that brings God’s people to their feet in praise of God.

    We have included a synthesized reproduction of the combined scores so that the user can see what they sound like when a machine plays them. Of course, with a human playing them, there is a much better sound!

    The cover is a photo of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, and the inside a little comment about the photo and today.

    To see the prepared scores, use the following link:

    Some Golden Daybreak for Violin and Piano.