Print Publications, most recent at the top:

Coming soon – Eight sacred congregational and choral pieces are presently “in the queue” at WLP/GIA for pending release in 2020 and beyond: “Psalm 92,” “Psalm 41,” “Watching for the Lord,” “In You, O Lord,” “There Is No Rose,” “Easter Entrance Antiphons,” one piece co-written with Shannon Cerneka: “Heaven’s Glory Shatters Darkness,” and my arrangement of a piece by Shannon: “Holy Mary, Pray for Us.” My arrangement of a piece by Shannon, “Who Could Love Me More Than You?” is also due out soon from OCP.

Click here for info on my co-authored books on prayer and liturgy.

A few other projects are always in the works – check back soon for future updates!

wlpWLP, 2019, “Psalm 116 – Our Blessing Cup” – Congregational psalm for Holy Thursday, for two cantors, SAB choir, piano, guitar, and three obbligato instruments.

wlpWLP, 2019, “Breath of Christ” – I have four tunes included in this hymnary from Alan Hommerding, with poetic texts ranging from the intellectually stimulating to the immediately practical for use throughout the liturgical year.

wlpWLP, 2019, “Our Savior Has Come” – Composed with Shannon Cerneka, a four-part quodlibet for Christmas, for children’s choir or other voices, with piano, guitar, and hand percussion accompaniment.

slmSLM, 2019, Several simple settings of daily mass psalms with metrical refrains and chanted verses available for purchase or via subscription.

Audio and score samples available at Simply Liturgical Music.

wlpWLP, 2018, “Fill Us, O God” – Composed with Shannon Cerneka, a contemporary, congregational hymn and litany appropriate for the season of Lent.

wlpWLP, 2018, “Psalm 22: My God, Why Have You Abandoned Me?” – a congregational (paraphrased) setting of the familiar responsorial psalm for Palm Sunday, featured in the WLP 2019 Sing the Seasons:

wlpWLP, 2018, “Immaculate Mary: Concertato on LOURDES HYMN” – a congregation-friendly arrangement of the familiar hymn for chorus, organ, and brass

tmpTMP, 2018, Hachnasat Orchim — a song of welcome in the collection “Chazak V’Ematz; Jewish Songs of Protest and Hope”

ocpWLP, 2018, “Praise the Lord Who Lifts Up the Poor (Psalm 113)” – a congregational responsorial psalm

ocpWLP, 2017, “God of the Covenants” – a congregational Lenten gathering hymn, featured in the WLP 2018 Sing the Seasons:

ocpOCP, 2016, “Deep River” – an a cappella choral arrangement of the familiar African-American spiritual

ocpWLP, 2015, “The Lord is My Shepherd” – a choral setting of Psalm 23

ocpGIA, 2015, “An Advent Fantasia” – A choral piece for Advent or Christmas Eve Preludes

ocpWLP, 2014, “Gather at the Cross” — A congregational piece for Good Friday
Featured at the NPM 2015 Convention and WLP 2015 Sing the Seasons:

ocpFACR, 2011, “Psalms for All Seasons” — A congregational setting of Psalm 31 (“I Give My Spirit,” see below) by me and Shannon Cerneka is included

ocpGIA, 2009, “Cross Generation” — A song book intended for all ages, for worship and catechesis — 11 songs from “Walk Away Different” (see below) are included


ocpGIA, 2009, “Walk Away Different” — A guitar/choral collection of 16 songs under the name Oddwalk Ministries (by me, by Shannon Cerneka, or by us both)
— At Your Name (SC)
— Bless the Lord, My Soul (Psalm 103) (SC&OJ)
— My Name is I AM (OJ)
— Lord, I Thank You (Psalm 138) (SC)
— Let Us Go Rejoicing (Psalm 122) (OJ)
— Show Us the Way (SC&OJ)
— Get It Together (SC, arr. OJ & Gary Daigle)
— For All Time (SC&OJ)
— Share (OJ)
— To Know Darkness (OJ)
— I Give My Spirit (Psalm 31) (SC&OJ)
— Come to Me (SC)
— This is the Day (Psalm 118) (SC&OJ)
— I Love You, Lord, My Strength (Psalm 18) (SC&OJ)
— In My Heart (OJ)
— We Will Go, Lord (SC&OJ)




“Commercial” Recordings, most recent at the top:

ocpTMP, 2018, Hachnasat Orchim — a song of welcome in the collection “Chazak V’Ematz; Jewish Songs of Protest and Hope”


ocpFACR, 2011, “Psalms for All Seasons” — A congregational setting of Psalm 31 (“I Give My Spirit,” see above) by me and Shannon Cerneka is included


ocpGIA, 2009, “Alright Now” — A collection of 13 fun, participatory songs under the name Oddwalk Ministries (mostly by me, by Shannon Cerneka, or by us both)
— Chickenwire Joe (SC)
— Dance in the Sight of the Lord (SC)
— Just Because You Can (SC&OJ)
— Jesus is Here (SC&OJ)
— Let the Children Come to Me (SC)
— May God Bless and Keep You (SC&OJ)
— Oh, St. Joseph (SC&OJ)
— Teenagers in My Car (SC&OJ)
— Old Irish Blessing (OJ)
— The Cubs Song (SC)
— Matilda the Gorilla (Mary Rice Hopkins)
— These Are the Chords to Every Christian Song I Know (SC)
— Jammin’ With Jesus (SC)

ocpGIA, 2007, “Walk Away Different” — A collection of 16 songs under the name Oddwalk Ministries (by me, by Shannon Cerneka, or by us both, see above)



Other related links and notes (scores, recordings, etc.):

Sts. Joachim and Ann, 2019, “A New and Glorious Morn” — A CD of Christmas music from the parish’s various ensembles. One sample (piano improvisations from me) below, more samples at:


In 2019, I was featured in the WLP AIM magazine. Click here or on the thumbnail to view a PDF of the article.


The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus asked me to write an encore for their 2018 Christmas Concert: an arrangement of SLANE with a new text written by me. It was then recorded by the chorus for a forthcoming CD to be released soon. Visit again later for details and an audio sample!

I was commissioned in the fall of 2018 to write a few songs and some incidental music for a production of “The Imaginary Invalid” at Chaminade College Prep in Creve Coeur, MO, where I assist with liturgy and drama.


In 2018, Oddwalk recorded some new audio as a resource for a book of prayer services we authored. Two of these pieces are below: an instrumental of an original hymn by me, “Watching for the Lord,” and my arrangement of “What Wondrous Love is This,” performed by Shannon Cerneka and me.

vocaljazzlargeFor information on my arrangement of “Lo Yisa Goy,” commissioned by Ben Silvermintz and Parkway Central High School’s Standard Time Vocal Jazz for the January, 2018 Missouri Music Educator’s Association Conference, click here!

Sts. Joachim and Ann, 2015, “Mother of Mercy” — A CD of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary accompanied by piano improvisations (my own) on Gregorian Chants.  One sample below, more samples at:

Oddwalk, 2015, “Mercy at Work” — 12 original pieces of faith under the name Oddwalk Ministries (for use at youth events, worship, etc.) by myself and Shannon Cerneka (or by us both). Both a CD and a guitar/vocal songbook available.

In 2015, Bradley J. Behrmann and I completed work on a full length musical based on the book of Esther titled “Just Pretend” (with a few minor edits in 2016). It had its world-premiere at Youth Sing Praise 2015. It is available for other performances!  Audio, video, score, and libretto samples available!


In 2014, I had a setting of “Canticle: Isaiah 40” premiered at Thursday Morning Prayer of the NPM Convention in St. Louis, MO. Video link:


A song by me and Shannon Cerneka, “We Will Go, Lord” (from the “Walk Away Different” collection above) was recorded by the music ministry of St. Margaret of Scotland on their CD “Be Still and Know” in 2013.


My song, “My Name is I Am” (from the “Walk Away Different” collection above) is included on the CD of the parish music ministries of Sts. Joachim and Ann on their 2013 CD “I Will Bless and Sing.” Audio samples at:


My voice is on several recent recordings of the St. Louis Chamber ChorusA simple, uncredited arrangement by me of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” may be found on the Christmas From St. Louis collection (2011). The arrangement is available for downloading from my “Freebies” page.

In 2011, my Mass setting, “Ever Ancient, Ever New” (unpublished) was featured as a part of a DVD on the texts of the new missal translation, “Praying the Mass Today,” produced by Oblate Media and Communications (no longer in business). The full Mass setting is available for downloading from my “Freebies” page.  A sample of the video which features my Glory to God may be viewed here:


I wrote the soundtrack for a short film by Allan Piper – filmed and scored entirely on iPhones –  titled “U Snd Me” and which was a part of the 2011 New Media Film Festival.  View the film here:


Biographies at GIA Publications:
— Orin Johnson:
— Oddwalk Ministries (me and Shannon Cerneka):


Biography at Simply Liturgical Music (SLM):
— Orin Johnson

Older recordings from Oddwalk Ministries (2005, 2006, 2010):
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Three CDs produced at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, featuring a few unpublished compositions and arrangements:
— Songs of Mary (2002)
— Songs of Healing and Hope (2002)
— Songs of Christmas (2003)