F. William Voetberg (b. Kalamazoo, MI, 1947) composed ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE in 1985 for a versification of Psalm 7-a psalm to be read for the feast of St. James the Apostle. The simple tune is well-suited to the telling of Israel’s history. The condensed versifica¬tion permits the singing of the entire psalm; try antiphonal singing of various stanzas in that case. Singing of select stanzas should always include the theme stanza (12).
A graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Voetberg has served several Congregations as choir director and organist; since 1993 he has been the director of music at St. Paul's on the Green Episcopal Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. He is also a technical consultant for AT&T. Among his published compositions are organ works in Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes (1986) and music for instruments in 6 Christmas Trios (1992).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook