Adam Reifsteck

Adam Reifsteck

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Music is both explicit and implicit direct story telling and an infusion of our life and relationships. The music I write seeks to be dynamic and exciting by gathering inspiration from life experiences.

Biography

Through music that is dynamic, exciting, and explicit and implicit direct story telling, Adam Reifsteck shares the powerful message of Jesus Christ. His most recent projects include a commission to write the theme song (“Jumpstart Your Faith”) for the 2007 Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI Youth Rally and the premiere of his composition "Missa Cor Inflammatus" for unaccompanied choir by the Western Michigan University Chorale under the direction of Dr. James Bass. Adam also performed at the 1999 and 2001 National Catholic Youth Conferences (NCYC) in St. Louis, MO and Indianapolis, IN with attendance of over 25,000 people. As a workshop presenter, Adam Reifsteck continues to minister and perform at conferences, schools, universities, and parishes across the United States.

In addition to his music ministry, Adam Reifsteck received the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant to record some of his classical chamber works. Adam also wrote and produced commercial spots, jingles, and audio sales presentations for the Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc. affiliated stations WBCK-AM 930, WBCK-FM 95.3, and WBXX-FM 104.9.

In 2005, Mr. Reifsteck participated in the All-Star Collegiate Choir conducted by Marvin Hamlisch with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Duquesne University Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Brady Allred, Adam performed for the 2003 ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Convention at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. He also performed in the world premiere of "Paradise Lost: Opera Electronica" by composer Eric Whitacre and librettist David Noroña in 2003.

Adam Reifsteck holds a B.M. in Music Technology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and a M.M. in Composition from Western Michigan University. He is a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), American Composers Forum (ACF), National Pastoral Musicians (NPM), and Society for Electro Acoustic Music (SEAMUS), as well as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key Honour Society, and Phi Eta Sigma.

Lyrics

The Lord Is My Light

Written By: Adam Reifsteck

The Lord is my light
and my salvation.

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold
of my life;
before whom should I shrink?

The Lord is my light
and my salvation.

There’s one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long:
To live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life.

The Lord is my light
and my salvation.

I’m sure I shall see
the Lord’s goodness
in the Land of the Living.
In the Lord, hold firm
and take heart;
hope in the Lord.

The Lord is my light
and my salvation.

English Translation of the Refrain Text from Lectionary for Mass Copyright © 1969, 1981 ICEL. Used by Permission. Verses Text Copyright © 1963, 1991, The Grail. GIA Publications, Inc. agent. Used by Permission. Music Copyright © 2001, Adam M. Reifsteck. All Rights Reserved.

Evening's Answers

Written By: Adam Reifsteck; Bonnie Church

As the sunset slowly fades
and the dusk turns into night,
The crescent moon on center stage
gives forth a semblance of light.
Perching on the mossy dock,
staring out at the mirrored lake,
I reflect on this new battle,
unsure of which road to take.
In this dark serenity,
I humbly look up to You,
Asking for Your guidance,
to show me what I must do.

The water without a ripple reflects
this scene from above,
A most magnificent masterpiece,
painted wholly with Your love.
I'm filled with awe and wonder
at the amazing things You do.
You are my Lord and Savior.
Nothing compares to You.

Asking for some answers,
You have come with Your embrace.
Through the just born evening,
You've filled me with Your grace.
Gulls appearing as angels;
they are soaring through the skies.
A congregation of wispy clouds
have taken control of my eyes.
Billowing sleeves of purest white
seem to come through the haze.
Majestic, gentle, and outstretched
arms at once command my gaze.

The water without a ripple reflects
this scene from above,
A most magnificent masterpiece,
painted wholly with Your love.
I'm filled with awe and wonder
at the amazing things You do.
You are my Lord and Savior.
Nothing compares to You.

Original Poem Copyright © 2000 by Bonnie Church. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Music Copyright © 2003 by Adam M. Reifsteck. All Rights Reserved.

We Come Adore

Written By: Adam Reifsteck

Text by Thomas Aquinas, 1227-1275;
tr. by Edward Caswall, 1814-1878, alt.
Tune: DUGUET, LM;
Dieu donne Duguet, d. 1767

Additional Music and Refrain text by Adam Reifsteck

O Saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to us below!
Our foes press on from every side:
Your aid supply, your strength bestow.

To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
When our true native land we see.

We come adore with a thankful heart;
You are here with us and we sing your praise.
We come to worship and exult;
We will glorify you until the end of our days.

O salutaris hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur fer auxilium.

We come adore with a thankful heart;
You are here with us and we sing your praise.
We come to worship and exult;
We will glorify you until the end of our days.

Copyright © 2008, Adam M. Reifsteck (BMI).
All Rights Reserved.

Set List

A quality music ministry program is essential to the continued development of our worship and spiritual experiences.

Adam Reifsteck is available to encourage and assist parishes in leading prayer services, workshops, and training sessions for liturgy teams, musicians, other liturgical ministers, and congregations.

Schedule one of the sessions listed below or ask Adam to customize one that meets your needs. Contact: info@adamreifsteck.com

EVENTS FOR CONGREGATIONS

"Resound in Praise"
Share in an interactive evening of praise and worship music: an evening that involves the whole body, mind, and spirit.

"Music and Spirituality: A Lifestyle"
Learn how music enhances our worship and spirituality. Proclamation and witness of the Good News involves carrying out God's work in the world. Participants will learn how to embrace their faith as a lifestyle through the power of music.

"Take the Leap…Contemporary Songs of Faith"
Explore effective ways to proclaim the Gospe