“Music for Martin”

Posted By ADMIN on Jan 28, 2020 | 0 comments


The Music Ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Jasper is seeking to commission (have a piece of music composed for a special purpose) a choral anthem to honor the life and ministry of our former Director of Music & Arts, Martin Jones. It is our desire to commission this work from one of the most respected names in church music, Mary McDonald. (marymcdonaldmusic.com)

The composer’s fee for the commissioned work is $3,000.00. (As of March 12, 2020, we have received 1,900.00 toward this project!) By working with a composer of Mrs. McDonald’s reputation and stature, we can be assured of a composition that will honor Martin in the most fitting way possible, and which will also have a strong chance of being published. (We have many anthems in our library that were similarly written in memory or honor of individuals.) The completed composition would bear an inscription stating the occasion and purpose of its writing.

Our goal is to raise the full funding through contributions and gifts by the end of March. Once the funds have been secured, we can begin the project. (The composer’s contract stipulates that we plan one year ahead of the scheduled premiere date. We’ll determine that date at the point that all funds are received.)

Through this effort, we will be able to honor Martin for his decades of ministry and service in both music and youth in a way that he would appreciate. We ask that you please help spread the word. Anyone whose life was touched by Martin’s ministry is invited to give. For the premiere, we will invite any and all who want to sing to join us!

If you wish to be a part of this special project, we invite you to make your contributions to the FUMC Jasper Music Ministry.  You can mail to or drop off your donation in the Church Office.  Another option is to use our online giving portal.  Click on “Online Giving.  You can enter the amount under “Memorial Fund” and type “Music for Martin” in the box to the right of the amount.  This will ensure that it is credited to the correct fund.


The First United Methodist Church
329 N. Bowie Street
Jasper, Texas 75951

Thank you.