This piano, Organ and church choir arrangement for the
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) is
inspired from "America the Beautiful" an American
patriotic song. The lyrics to this beautiful song were
written by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), a professor
of English literature at Wellesley College,
Massachusetts, after an inspiring trip to the top of
Pikes Peak, Colorado in 1893. Her poem, America the
Beautiful first appeared in print in The
Congregationalist, a weekly journal, on July 4, 1895.
The music (from a piece named "Materna,") was composed
by Samuel A. Ward in 1882, nearly a decade before the
poem was written.