Rhonda Steffey Woodward is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, composer/arranger/lyricist, graduating magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Piano/Vocal Major). Having taught elementary and secondary vocal music, private piano, voice, composition, and third through sixth grades, she now ministers alongside her husband, James, the founding pastor, at Free Refill Fellowship in Greer, South Carolina. Rhonda’s award winning compositions have been published by Thomas House Publications, Fred Bock Music Company, Kelman Hall, and The National Federation of Music Clubs, with titles finding a new home at Cypress Choral Music.
Additionally, Rhonda has authored numerous Bible study series and sermons and concurrently remains engaged with several book projects. She continues to be thankful, meanwhile, for the influence of her “Nana,” who sent her a toy piano at age four as a Christmas gift. This grandmother—“wanting a musician in the family”—came from a large Appalachian family of musicians and poets whose love for God, each other, and music impacted Rhonda’s life. Rhonda’s motto? “Come up higher!” words spoken by the angel to the Apostle John in Revelation 4:1, with which she often encourages and inspires others toward the personal pursuit of excellence.
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
Words by Fredrick Faber (1814-1863)
Music by Rhonda Steffey Woodward
TTBB with piano and baritone solo – KH 101– duration 2:55
Fredrick W. Faber’s timeless text set to a new, expressive melody and arranged for TTBB voices with piano accompaniment ebbs and flows like the sea. Its octave leaps soar with the pinnacle message of God’s mercy and love—pointing to a haven for world-weary souls. First published with Kelman Hall (Peter Nikiforuk, editor), it was awarded first prize in The Associated Male Choruses of America Contest in 1998, and recently to Cypress Choral Music’s catalog in 2021.
Your Love Streams Down On Me
by Rhonda Steffey Woodward
SATB with piano – KH 118– duration 4:05
Simple. Yet deep. This soothing, reflective prayer set for SAB voices with piano accompaniment portrays the beauty and power of a personal, intimate relationship with God wherein His love “streams down” and “pours as the sunlight through my soul.” The memorable melody’s stepwise descending motion augments the text’s power, reinforced by a sprinkling of contrapuntal voices, after which other similes culminate in the timeless message of the cross.