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Piano Solos
Sacred Piano Solos
Piano Duets
Jazz Piano Teaching Pieces
Organ Music I
Organ Music II
Organ Music III
Organ Music IV
Organ & Piano Duets
Organ Duets
Organ and Brass
Organ and Woodwinds
Vocal Solos
Vocal Solos,
SATB Choral Music
Instrumental Music
Harpsichord Music
Recordings I
Recordings II
Beside Still Waters
A quiet prelude in jazz ballad style
Christmas Carols for Organ
Night Tune(Silent Night)
Midnight Blues(It Came upon the Midnight Clear)
Faithdance (Adeste Fideles)

"If you are looking for a change of pace, these pieces might fill the bill. ...Night Tune, is a quiet setting of Silent Night...Midnight Blues imitates a jazz trio. The rhythmically active pedal part is literally a walking bass part. The right hand takes the role of a solo instrument, perhaps a jazz flute, while the left hand moves between jazz counterpoint and the comping style of a jazz pianist. The use of complicated cross rhythms, i.e. three against eight, adds to the excitement of the piece while making the piece a challenge to play. [Faithdance] ...is an exciting piece which will require much energy (both physical and mental) from the performer..."
-- Jon Holland, DMA, The Diapason
Cornet Voluntary  Play music sample
Optional trumpet score
Deep River Play music sample
"...an impressionistic and haunting version."
-- Paul Hale, Organists' Review
The Ewe's Blues Play music sample
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Fantasy for Organ

"Utterback provides organists with an entertaining change of pace with his Fantasy for Organ...a musical romp through the jazz landscape with plenty of figuration and sustained pedal octaves...Utterback seems to revel in colorful sonorities...A convincing performance of this piece requires a flare for the dramatic and a willingness to throw caution to the wind. A fun piece, but not recommended for the faint-hearted..."
-- Marcia Van Oyen, The Diapason
Four SONGS for Organ
Jazz ballad styles,
moderately easy
Nativity Song (Greensleeves) Play music sample
Cathedral Song
Psalmsong for Organ
Morning Song
Spirit of God Play music sample
Savior, Like a Shepherd Play music sample
My Hope Is Built Play music sample
Just a Closer Walk with Thee Play music sample

"[Utterback's style shines brightly in these settings of gospel tunes, their vocal qualities easing naturally into Utterback's idiom. "Savior, Like a Shepherd" and "Spirit of God" are set in flowing chordal style with lush harmonies, while the Latin rhythms of "My Hope Is Built" and the walking bass of "Just a Closer Walk" rollick across the page.
-- Marcia Van Oyen, The Diapason
Knockin' at Your Door
My Lord! What a Morning Play music sample
Were You There Play music sample
Somebody's Knocking at Your Door Play music sample

"As the title indicates, the music is written in a jazz idiom, so chords with added sevenths and ninths, slides, blue notes, improvisational-sounding licks, and elastic tempos abound. Modulations are sudden and remote from a classical point of view, but are executed so smoothly that they seem logical, even inevitable. ...My Lord! What a Morning is warm and laid back (the player is directed to play "expansively" and "lazily" with an ad lib cadenza at the end. Were You There? Is both reflective and intensely sad at the beginning and end, where repeated chords in the left hand remind one of Bach's Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott. Somebody's Knocking at Your Door, in contrast, swings along "with a dancing spirit" and uses triplets in alternation with duplets and sixteenth notes to create a compelling rhythmic texture. Congregations who love spirituals will respond enthusiastically to these fresh, new settings."
-- Sarah Mahler Hughes, The Diapason

"Three spirituals in jazz style and I must say I really find them entrancing."
-- Paul Hale, The Organist's Review
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