About Me!

There are two facets to my music--teaching, accompanying, and composing and performing all kinds of music, from Classical to Jazz and Broadway, and arranging, composing, and performing sacred music that is at the heart of whom I am. And so I include the two sections below to help you get to know each side of my music and me. 

Christine Knowles Monson received her Bachelor's Degree in piano from Weber State University in 1996, studying with Dr. Diana Page, and receiving instruction in piano pedagogy from Dr. Yu-Jane Yang.  She served as accompanist for Weber State Singers under the direction of Evelyn Harris for two years during her college years (as well as being the first accompanist for the Weber State Alumni Singers), being distinguished as "the accompanist who doesn't use music"--she memorized (or played by ear) all of the pieces for the Weber State Singers concerts! 

While at Weber, she taught in the Weber State University Piano Preparatory Program, and later also served as an adjunct faculty member as the Opera Class accompanist/coach at Weber.  She also had a year of graduate study in Musicology at Brigham Young University. Christine has taught many master classes for various teachers, judged numerous competitions and solo and ensemble festivals, and served as the accompanist for countless choirs, soloists, and ensembles. 

Known for her expressiveness, innate musicality, extensive musical knowledge, sight reading ability, and amazing God-given talent to play, compose, and arrange by ear (plus her perfect pitch!), she continues to teach and accompany in the Bountiful, Utah, area, as well as compose, arrange, record, and perform extensively, having released a CD of hymns arrangements for piano and several other recordings at her website and many other sites.  She provided the music for several Glenn Rawson stories that have been featured on the Sounds of Sunday radio program.  All of her music that she has currently written or recorded is available at her website, FreeLDSSheetMusic.org, and SheetMusicPlus.  More is continually being added, so fill out the Contact form here to keep up on the latest from Christine.  

And my bio from my first CD, "My Savior, My Lord, My King."

CHRISTINE KNOWLES MONSON grew up near Ogden, Utah, the oldest of 6 children in a very musical family.  Her mom, a pianist, and her dad, a trombonist, met in a college choir—a musical family was inevitable!  Christine began piano study at an early age and eventually earned a bachelor's degree in piano from Weber State University and later did graduate work in Musicology at Brigham Young University.  She took up many things along the way, but improvising, arranging, and composing have always been her first love, by virtue of some of the musical gifts she has been blessed with as talents.  Over the last 17 years, and especially after her marriage to her husband, David, she has felt inspired and free in combining that love of composing with that which means the most to her--her love of the Gospel, which was solidified during her mission to St. Louis, Missouri.

BOUNTIFUL, UTAH, is home now, where she is the busy mother of 5 children, her greatest joy & her favorite role.  In her spare time, she teaches piano master classes and private lessons, accompanies professionally, loves to direct choirs, all while trying to compose, arrange, and write music.  This is her first major recording, and she hopes there will be many more to share!

I love clothing the truths of the Gospel that I have a strong testimony of in the unmatched symbols of music. I strive as fully as possible to portray the stories, feelings, and meaning of the lyrics of the hymns through music. 

In addition, I have been touched in my life by many experiences, and I have sought healing and perspective through writing songs about these experiences.  Some of these include the sickness and death of a child, suicide, parenting challenges (including stepparenting!), financial and employment struggles, and doubt and depression.  Look for several more recordings and CDs coming up that share through these songs how the Savior is everything to us as He helps us and changes us through these challenges.  

Please help us bring this music more powerfully and widely to the world by buying "My Savior, My Lord, My King" and other CDs or recordings as they become available, purchasing sheet music as it becomes available, or by donating through our Patreon and Paypal links. To keep up with the new music being added all of the time, please click here and fill out the Contact Form to receive periodic email updates from Christine.

Thank you for looking and listening.  My prayer and hope is that you will be touched, touched, and strengthened through the instrument in His hands that this music is, as the Spirit would do for you now.

 

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New: Glenn Rawson Stories & Sheet Music PDFs

Please check out my new sections, Glenn Rawson Stories and Sheet Music PDFs under Sacred Music. 

Sheet music is finally becoming available!

I LOVE sharing this music with you! 

PLEASE READ to see what you can do for me! 

My goal is to give you something that you can use, not something that will clutter up your files because it doesn't suit the abilities or circumstances of your performer(s).  If what you get doesn't work for your circumstances, please contact me and we will work together to modify the key, the difficulty of the piano part, or the treble/bass configuration so it is something you can use.  

Currently I have decided that I will offer my music, both sheet music PDFs and mp3 downloads, for free.  There are many others who do sell their music, but for me, the time, energy, and emotional mindspace involved in selling it does not make it worth what little I might make at that route.  Please use this music to the fullest.  That's the greatest thing I want.  And a few miracles to help my family that come when we put our trust in Him and let go of our agendas. 

I know there are many out there who don't like to take anything for free.  If you'd like, you can donate through the GoFundMe link here gofund.me/cjvzvk or on my homepage. 

I would love a continuing relationship with those use this music, in a way that we can both benefit from. I may update this song as it continues to be performed and used--and as hard as I have tried to edit it, there may be a mistake that slips through--let me know if you find something.  Also, if you have any great suggestions, let me know.  Please give me your email through my website and I will send you updates, as well as new music as it becomes available. ‚Äč

You can also like my pages on Facebook, ChristineMonsonMusic.org and WeSingofChrist.org, or subscribe to the YTouTube Channels with the same names.  Please share links to this music from these two websites, these Facebook pages, and from Youtube on your social media pages so we can share this music, and the spirit and truths in it, with as many as possible.

These downloads give permission to you to make copies for you and any group you are a part of.  However, as a courtesy, and to assist me, if others you know want to perform this at another time and place, with another group, please have them download this themselves.  I also don't own the inspiration you might receive.  You can modify it as you need.  However, I would love to know when and how you use it!  Send those stories to me.  It keeps me going! 

These small things you can do will greatly assist me in this ongoing project of writing and recording this music and making it available for you and everyone else.   

You can listen to and download these songs and sheet music either here at this website, or at freeldssheetmusic.org.  In the future, much of this music will also be streamed and shared on Youtube with video. 

Thank you!  

Christine

 

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