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Shane Mickelsen is the arranger and composer of "Classical Hymns."

"CLASSICAL HYMNS," by Shane Mickelsen, Stone Angel Music, $17.98

Utah-based multi-talented musician Shane Mickelsen recently released his debut album titled "Classical Hymns." Mickelsen is a composer, conductor, teacher, arranger, pianist, clarinetist, husband and father.

"Classical Hymns" is a breathtaking collection of sacred music along with an original composition, “Annie Jane,” which Mickelsen dedicated to his young daughter. The album begins and ends with a “Requiem” and includes hymns familiar to members of The Church of Jesus Christs of Latter-day Saints. The album features two piano solos played by Mickelsen, “I Stand All Amazed” and “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” both powerful in their simplicity and his unique interpretation.

Mickelsen invited Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker to play in a mesmerizing arrangement of “There is a Green Hill Far Away” for solo violin and string orchestra, and pianist Jon Schmidt to play in Mickelsen’s orchestral arrangement of “Come Thou Fount.”

Other hymns include “Abide with Me” and “Amazing Grace,” both performed by Mickelsen and the Stone Angel Orchestra. The brass section carries the melody in Mickelsen’s rousing rendition of the hymn “The Spirit of God.” This inspiring collection of uplifting hymns is bound to invite the Spirit into the home.

After the album debuted in April, it was No. 13 on Billboard's Classical Chart, No. 11 on the Crossover Chart and No. 3 on the Heatseeks — Mountain Chart, according to a news release.

Mickelsen has a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Utah State University and a master's degree in music composition from the University of Utah. He has a music studio, Mickelsen Music Services, where he teaches, arranges and composes.

Mickelsen frequently creates arrangements, orchestrations and original music for artists such as the Piano Guys and Paul Cardall. He serves as music director of the West Jordan Symphony.

Stephanie Abney, retired schoolteacher and freelance writer, lives in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Jim. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. Her email is [email protected], and she blogs at stephaniesaysso.blogspot.com.