Robert Lau, Composer

Robert Lau


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Robert Lau, a prolific and active composer, has more than 500 keyboard and choral compositions published by prominent American music publishers. In churches and organizations across the country, Dr. Lau offers workshops and clinics on a range of subjects. He belongs to the American Guild of Organists as well as the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

At Lebanon Valley College, where he taught for 22 years and oversaw the music department for eleven of those years, Dr. Lau is a Professor Emeritus of Music. Additionally, he taught music as an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg. Robert Lau has degrees in musicology from The Catholic University of America, a master’s in theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s in science in music education from Lebanon Valley College.

Robert Lau has received commissions to produce choral and keyboard works for a range of churches, individuals, and organizations. He has received 15 Special Awards from ASCAP for his published choral and keyboard music work. He has worked as an organist and music director for many churches, most recently serving as organist and choirmaster at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.


Robert Lau

Best Selling Chorals

There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy

In the world of church music, Robert Lau is renowned for his masterful part writing, insight into the human voice, and awareness of all the practical aspects of a dynamic music ministry. For There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy, he uses a keyboard and various voices to perform the hymn song Beach Spring. Try it on Sunday for the World Communion.

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There Is A Balm In Gilead

This charming classic spiritual, There Is A Balm In Gilead has been arranged by Robert Lau for SAB voices and piano or organ. This piece is suitable for Lenten services.

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

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Seek and You Will Find

Many people are familiar with and adore Natalie Sleeth‘s melodic songs. Sleeth’s Seek and You Will Find melody is adapted here for mixed choir and keyboard by composer Robert Lau. The straightforward composition would be suitable for a small youth choir or adult church choir.


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Concertato On Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

This hymn concertato is written in the conventional classic hymnal form favored by Robert Lau for mixed voices and organ. A large Sunday service performance of Concertato On Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty would be an ideal setting for this fairly difficult work.

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This Is The Day

The original score for This is the Day called for unison/optional two-part vocals with piano (HMC229). Here, Robert Lau skillfully adapts the  Natalie Sleeth tune and text for choirs of all sizes, including adult and youth.

Although practically any occasion would be an outstanding fit for the composition, Easter, Palm Sunday, Pentecost, and Christ the King would be more than appropriate celebrations to feature this musical work.

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