We were saddened to hear of the death of Mark Schweitzer, founder of St. James Music Press and author of the famous (at least according to Mark) liturgical mystery series. Here is the notice we received:
Dear Friends of St. James Music Press,
It is with sadness that we let you know that the founder of St. James Music Press, Mark Schweizer, died this past Saturday. It was a peaceful passing, and he was surrounded by his family. In the last few weeks he was gladdened by all of your notes as well as your prayers. Thank you.
There will be a memorial service in Tryon, North Carolina, on Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 PM at Tryon Presbyterian Church.
Mark’s death is a huge loss to the church music community. But, as you may expect, Mark had great plans for St. James Music Press. Not the least of these plans was a redesign of the website which will roll-out in January and a revamping of the Viva Voce Children’s Music curriculum. Of course, we are committed to publishing new music that fulfills your needs as a church musician. St. James Music Press will continue to build on the firm foundation that Mark built.
We hope that you will take a moment with us to give thanks for Mark’s great legacy and, lest we get too serious, to have a laugh or two.
Thank you for all of your support and being a part of St. James Music Press.