News & Views Thursday, October 19, 2017

“We’re Goin’ on a Sleigh Ride!” 18 October, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Sharon Burch:

lorenz-15_3386h-fHushabye, Nanita Nana by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
Perfect for your younger choirs, this partner song does Christmas with a Spanish flair through vocal parts that are written with understanding of the developing voice and plenty of repetition for quick learning. Perform with piano and flute, or add the festive accompaniment track for mood-setting support!

We’re Goin’ on a Sleigh Ride! arr. Greg Gilpin
Grab your coat, scarf and mittens and join us on a sleigh ride! This bright and festive winter partner song features the familiar Jingle Bells as the Descant, giving your singers the experience of briefly singing in three parts, each with their own independent melody. Add some sleigh bells and let the fun begin!

chorgd-cge188-fWhite Fields by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
With lyrics based on a poem written by James Stephens in 1915, this delightful winter selection features canon form and straightforward voice leading, making it easily learned and accessible for young choirs. The Glockenspiel and Alto Metallophone add interesting textures and flavor to this charming piece, an excellent choice for your winter or seasonal concert. A Learning Resource Page is included.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Holidays with the Orchestra – Grade 2.5-3 16 October, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

There is a bumper crop of new holiday pieces this year, so take advantage of them and freshen up your library! There are lots of fun mash-ups, unique arrangements of Christmas favorites, and some off-the-beaten-track selections that will add pizzazz to your winter concert.

alfred-45870-fDeck the Hall of the Mountain King arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
The deft talent of Richard Meyer has conjured up this good-natured combination of the well-known Welsh carol, Deck the Halls, and Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. The major/minor juxtaposition of the diatonic and chromatic melodies adds to the aural amusement as does the accelerando and stringendo at the end which one expects from In the Hall of the Mountain King. It’s clever but not crass. Add the optional sleigh bells and crash cymbals for the greatest effect!

My Candles (In the Window) arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 2.5
It’s always super satisfying to find something off the beaten track for a holiday concert, and this one really fits the bill. Brendan McBrien has taken a simple, strophic Hanukkah song (My Candles a.k.a. In the Window) and written a complementary theme to separate its reiterations. Both themes are liberally shared among the orchestra sections which makes a great opportunity for your students to learn when to bring out their line and when to accompany. Optional suspended cymbal, triangle, bongos and bells will add some festive color to the performance.

alfred-45883-fSecret Agent Sugar Plum arr. Scott Watson, Grade 2.5
When you can find a way to class up a holiday concert novelty that will not only give a chuckle to your students and your audience but will also satisfy their expection of classical music from your orchestra, you’ve got it made! This clever fusion of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker with classic spy music idioms incorporating a rock groove will have the whole room heart happy! Optional drumset, cowbell, triangle and piano will help with the pop ambiance.

O Silent, Holy Night arr. Stuart Carlson, Grade 3
If you need a top notch “down” tune for your holiday concert, look no more! Here are two of the most popular slower Christmas tunes combined in a sublime, seamless medley that flows from 3/4 to 6/8 with hardly a ripple. The accompaniment parts are as interesting as the melody so everyone will enjoy this mellifluous mixture of Silent Night and O Holy Night.

wj-3035781-fJingle Bells arr. Michael Blackwood, Grade 3
You have never heard Jingle Bells arranged like this before! It’s amazingly unique, yet not so weird that it will turn people off. Your students will surely request to play it year after year! Everyone gets a shot at the melody, even the basses, in half time under a 16th note chromatic accompaniment that comes as a real aural surprise. There is a fair amount of chromaticism overall, so follow those fingerings! First violins and cellos do a call and response round at one point and the whole thing finishes with a big shout chorus. Oh, what fun it is!

Time for Christmas arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 3
Sometimes you just want some standard carols for your holiday concert – but wouldn’t mind if they are cleverly arranged. A Time for Christmas will definitely fit the bill! Here are Good King Wenceslas, The First Noel and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen like you’ve never heard them before! Syncopations, hemiolas, staccato and spiccato bowing all contribute to this fresh, contemporary setting, with interesting, active parts for all sections so that no one will feel slighted. It’s spunky!

alfred-517868Away in a Manger arr. Jeffrey E. Turner, Grade 2.5
This is the “other” version of Away in a Manger, the beloved Christmas carol, written by William J. Kirkpatrick. Arranged by Jeffrey E. Turner, it features a string quartet within the orchestra and its haunting beauty is mesmerizing. This is sure to become one of your holiday favorites.

Catalonian Carols arr. Pierre LaPlante, Grade 3
Arranger LaPlante has taken two traditional melodies from the Catalonian (northeastern) region of Spain: Carol of the Birds and On Christmas Eve. Catalonia boasts a long and varied history of music and music making, and from this music the arranger has tapped into a deep well of inspiration to create this rich and very musical setting for strings. The piece offers a great opportunity for expressive playing, phrasing, and exercising one’s musicality without having to drill too much on technical difficulty. This fabulous setting will work well on a seasonal concert, or as a festival selection.

Need more holiday options for your orchestra? Visit our website, or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2017 13 October, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

celgra-622011305-fA Blessing of Grace arr. Joseph M. Martin
This general anthem can also serve as a wonderful blessing or benediction for any service or program. The imagery encourages spiritual growth in our service as we are connected to the Savior. Easy writing is complemented by a well-crafted optional second part which provides rich harmonies.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing arr. Lynn Shaw Bailey & Becki Slagle Mayo
This creative hymn arrangement combines the familiar 3/4 meter of the original with a rhythmic 5/4 meter second verse. A newly written refrain incorporates the optional second part for a nice harmony opportunity. Percussion parts add to the festive quality of the piece.

Come with a Grateful Heart by Lynn Shaw Bailey & Becki Slagle Mayo
New from Lynn Shaw Bailey and Becki Slagle Mayo is a fun, easy-to-learn anthem that will be a hit with your young choristers! Featured in the Choristers Guild “Rote to Note” series, this piece has a memorable refrain and two short stanzas highlighting John 3:16.

Grow Me, Lord by Ruth Elaine Schram
This gentle song of commitment expresses the desire for the Lord to grow and mold us into Christ’s image. Hymnlike in its writing, the optional second part soars in a descant style creating beautiful musical moments. Consider using the flute for a special effect.

leon-512443I’m Gonna Sing arr. Audrey Snyder
Handclaps, spoken refrains, and a dynamic piano accompaniment make this jubilant arrangement of the familiar spiritual a perfect selection for older elementary choirs or choirs of any age. The final verse includes an optional descant that heightens the sense of joy and exuberance found in this rapturous piece.

Thanksgiving to Our God arr. Stan Pethel
Now available for unison or 2-part treble choirs, this gently contemporary anthem truly sounds rich and full. The incorporation of classic words with new lyrics creates a wonderful counterpoint of something old with something new.

This Is the Day by Ken Berg
This cleverly written song gives text options for both general use and Easter. Incorporating the familiar hymn Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him, the song moves along at a joyful pace with syncopated rhythms and a fun melody. It finishes with the combining of optional second and third parts. The percussion adds another layer of creative flavor.

leon-512441All On a Christmas Morning by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
This charming anthem invites one and all to join the angel chorus and celebrate the birth of Jesus. A lilting piano accompaniment brings a festive flair to the piece as the choir recounts the joy and wonder of the first Christmas morning. An optional flute part adds to the spirit of merriment and jubilee.

How Great Our Joy arr. Terry D. Taylor
This jazzy Christmas piece is based on a traditional German carol. The optional second part creates tight harmonies while the optional clarinet part adds additional color. Perfect for older children or combined-age choirs.

Somebody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus arr. Terry D. Taylor
A partner song arrangement of two spirituals, from one of our favorites: Terry D. Taylor. Rhythmic and catchy, your choristers will love the drama of sudden dynamic changes. The text of “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” receives a fresh new melodic treatment as the partner tune, making this piece very easy to learn.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

New Festive Favorites for Band 12 October, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The holiday concert season is right around the corner.  Whether you’re in the process of selecting your whole concert or just searching for 1 or 2 new arrangements to complete your program, we have you covered.  These are our favorite new holiday releases for 2017 ranging from beginning band to high school, and featuring several of our favorite composers.  If you have a young group, be sure to check out Snow (Yuki).  This Japanese children’s song features a simple melody that is delightful.  My wife has programmed a choir arrangement of this song, so I was excited to see it arranged for band.  Enjoy!

African Holy Night
arr. Robert W. Smith
RWS Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $75.00
The traditional carol O Holy Night has been re-imagined in a completely different setting. Featuring the percussion section, we are musically transported to the Serengeti and jungles of Africa to explore the well-known melody in both time and texture. A unique and exciting selection for your next holiday concert!

A Festive Fanfare
Brian Balmages
FJH Beginning Band
Grade 1                                    $40.00
This powerful and driving overture is the perfect way to kick off your holiday program! Featuring a mix of original themes and holiday favorites, this work does not sound like a medley; rather, it is a powerful fanfare featuring snippets of holiday favorites that span from lyrical to soaring!

Jingle Jangle All the Way
arr. Ed Huckeby
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $68.00
Ed Huckeby’s inventive and colorful treatment of the classic Jingle Bells is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! The fresh rhythmic concepts provide just the right combination of uniqueness and familiarity to give this holiday favorite a brand new twist. The clever changing meter elements provide that extra “special” to bring the tune alive and create fresh sounds. Jingle Jangle All The Way is certain to become a favorite on your annual holiday concert program!

The Joys of Christmas
arr. Rob Romeyn
Barnhouse Rising Band Green
Grade 1.5                     $49.00
A festive and fresh holiday concert opener for beginning band that is sure to be a favorite for both performers and audiences. Good King Wenceslas is used as the basis for the work, crafted in a powerful and effective setting while a very creative and lyrical interlude of Jingle Bells serves as a beautiful musical moment before the piece ends as it began, powerfully festive. Easy to play and easy to put together, this wonderful selection is also appropriate for more advanced groups with limited rehearsal time.

Santa’s Heartfelt Christmas
arr. James Swearingen
Barnhouse Sound Foundations Red
Grade 0.5                     $45.00
This combination of Up On the Housetop and Jolly Old St. Nicholas clearly demonstrates Swearingen’s ability to make a young band sound mature beyond their years. Emotionally uplifting, this beautiful setting touches all the right buttons necessary to leave your audience wanting to experience the joy of the holiday season!

Snow (Yuki)
Robert Buckley
Hal Leonard First Concepts
Grade 1                                    $40.00
Snow is based on the charming Japanese children’s song Yuki. Robert has combined this song with an original festive melody to create a joyful, winter holiday piece. Everyone gets a chance to shine in this beginning band piece – suitable for that first holiday concert!

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the 5x Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), the Steelers, and all things Pittsburgh.  He’s sad about Tom Petty, but very excited that the new NHL season has begun!

The Christmas Season for Pianists 11 October, 2017

00236689-wlrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

It’s often not easy to find arrangements for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany in all one book, but the new collection Piano Solos for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany does just that! There are five piano solos for each of the three parts of the Christmas season. These intermediate level arrangements are easy to prepare, so you’re sure to be ready for the busy season (even with limited practice time!). The selections include traditional favorites such as “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and “We Three Kings,” and more. This is a collection that can be used over and over again! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

THIS SATURDAY: Free Holiday Choral Session! 10 October, 2017

ChristmasPianoAre you ready to program your December choral concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to complete your programming. Come join Stanton’s for a morning of holiday fun in October!

*FREE* Holiday Choral Reading Session
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read titles in all voicings for winter concerts selected from our school choral promotions. Even if you attended our choral reading sessions this summer, we still encourage you to join us for this session, as we will be featuring many titles that have not been read on any previous Stanton’s sessions!

Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of the Stanton’s School Choral staff, Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you! Current college music majors are welcome, as well as new and experienced teachers – come network with your fellow educators!

For more information, please contact us at 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1 or email!

Creative Programming: For Social Justice 09 October, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” –Andre Maurois

As a result of today’s politically charged and divided climate, we have gotten a number of phone calls and emails asking about pieces composed on the idea of “social justice” in some form, and we’ve seen composers writing to this theme more frequently in recent months (as artists do in times of turmoil). Below, we’ve compiled some of these pieces that could provide another impactful selection to your concert repertoire.

But a Flint Holds FireBut a Flint Holds Fire by Andrea Ramsey
Jointly commissioned by a consortium of choruses to benefit the programs and services of Chorus America, this “socially conscious” work merges a Christina Rossetti text with words from choir students in Flint, Michigan. This was the personal revelation for the composer that there was something she could do to affect in a positive way the tragedy of the Flint Water Crisis. This is also a vehicle for you and your students to positively affect this tragedy as half of the profits from the sale will go directly to Flint Rising, a coalition of community organizations and allies. There is a QR code in the music for the audience to make a donation and the web site is also included.

From Andrea Ramsey’s Facebook page April 13, 2017
In September of 2016, I finished a treble choral work about the Flint Water Crisis. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Karen Salvador at UM-Flint invited me to do a residency in Flint in October of 2017 as part of a choral festival on their campus. At the time, I thought naively that Flint couldn’t possibly go another full year without the drinking water situation being fixed. Yet, there was no hesitation in Dr. Salvador’s voice when she told me things would still be the same in one year’s time. In disbelief, I told her if that proved to be the case, I would create a mixed chorus revoicing of the work for free.
Today, I just put the final touches on the mixed chorus revoicing of “But a Flint Holds Fire” that I hoped would be irrelevant in a year’s time. However, it is as relevant as ever, and the event is moving forward in October. Hard to believe nothing has changed.

Keep in mind that the 100,000 plus residents of Flint have not had clean water since APRIL, 2014.

A friend sent this paradigm- shifting quote to me today: “Today I am grateful that Russia and Syria did not bomb us for poisoning the children of Flint, Michigan…” – Matthew Parsons

Unabashed food for thought. There is no cure for lead poisoning, and no plan to help them.

Consider this excerpt penned by a choir student in Flint for the project: “My siblings and I were all tested for lead poisoning. A week passes and my mom finds out that all four of her kids have lead poisoning, including the baby. My mom and dad were angry. I didn’t want to believe it was true.”

Song for SarajevoSong for Sarajevo by Judy Collins, arr. Audrey Snyder
This song by Judy Collins from 1994 was written for the children of the Bosnian War of the 1990s, but has continuing meaning for today’s children of conflict. “I dream of Peace, I dream of flowers on the hill, I dream I see my mother smiling, When I close my eyes I dream of Peace.”

LullabyLullaby by Shawn Crouch
Poet and Iraqi war veteran Brian Turner writes moving accounts of the war that are vivid and powerful. Composer Shawn Crouch uses Turner’s visceral images of the war but emphasizes the lyrical qualities and changing colors of the poem to create long musical lines. Here, in Lullaby, a father seeks ways to comfort his child and himself as the sounds of war ring out all around them.

Hymn to FreedomHymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson, arr. Paul Read
One of Oscar Peterson’s most heartfelt compositions and now once again available in the classic arrangements by Paul Read (SATB) and Seppo Hovi (SSA), this song has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. Now available with concert band and strings accompaniment arranged by Robert Buckley

Safe With MeSafe with Me by Bryan Sharpe
“Though the sky is dark, though the stars in heaven can’t be seen, though the world is cold, you will be safe, safe with me.” Brilliant opportunities for teaching phrasing, dynamic contours, breath support, and general musicianship abound. The depth of beauty and sensitivity in this Bryan Sharpe original make it a stunning addition to any concert program.

You Will Be FoundYou Will Be Found (from “Dear Evan Hansen”) arr. Mac Huff
The powerful Act I closer from the Broadway hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen” explores the complexities of social connectivity and our need for respect and love. A perfect choral showcase for pop and concert choirs!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is a very active choral singer, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Handbells for Fall & Christmas 2017 06 October, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

bpi-hb551-fThis Is My Father’s World arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of TERRA BEATA takes the tune through various keys and moods, providing ample interest for ringer and listener alike. A delicate, duet-like opening gives way to a chordal verse with fresh, unexpected harmonies, followed by a verse featuring stopped sounds. A final, triumphant verse rounds out the piece in glorious fashion. A great choice for any time during the church year!

Joyfully Rejoice arr. Terry Osman
Lift the spirits of your congregation with this dynamic medley of three beloved hymn tunes. Whether the piece is played on handbells or handchimes, it will establish a joyful worship experience that everyone can appreciate.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Michael Helman
This hymn of quiet assurance is given a handsome treatment that is accessible and nicely expressive. Beginning choirs will have a chance to develop good legato ringing, and more mature choirs can explore its expressive qualities as an offertory or call to worship.

chorgd-cgb1033-fJesus Shall Reign arr. Bill Ingram
This flexible and solid level 1 arrangement is playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell or handchime groups, making it an excellent choice for festivals and for choirs ringing with some absentees. The stately hymntune, DUKE STREET, is set to several different sets of lyrics in different hymnals, and will be useful throughout most of the church year. The piece is enhanced by a variety of techniques, which can easily be adapted for handchimes.

Glorify the Almighty arr. Sandra Eithun
Sandra Eithun’s stunning medley of two well-loved hymns is sure to be a hit with your congregation. A bold fanfare gives way to a majestic setting of the tune ENGELBERG (When In Our Music God Is Glorified), followed by a joyous setting of LOBE DEN HERREN (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty). At the end, the two tunes are artfully combined to provide a triumphant conclusion.

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven arr. Brian Childers
This is a tremendous arrangement of the grand hymn LAUDA ANIMA. Opening with an exultant fanfare the energy never let up, even in the contrasting middle section. This exciting arrangement will be a favorite of ringers and listeners alike!

lorenz-505370Two Joyful Carols arr. Linda Scholes
These two joyful carols are wonderful teaching pieces for beginning ringers. “With Heart and Soul and Voice, Rejoice!,” a level 1+ arrangement, incorporates shakes, thumb damps, and malleting with only a few bell changes. “Sing We Now of Christmas” is an accessible level 2 arrangement with numerous techniques. Both will add to the joy of your Christmas celebration.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly arr. Linda R. Lamb
Remind your congregation of the significance of Jesus’ birth with Linda Lamb’s lovely arrangement of the Polish carol. With simple statements of the melody in both the bass and treble bells, the tune will stay with listeners as they leave the worship space. An ideal selection to practice keeping a steady beat, this piece has a flowing eighth-note accompaniment and no bell changes.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming arr. Anna Laura Page
The expert writing of Anna Laura Page effectively combines two lovely Advent/Christmas carols: Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and Of the Father’s Love Begotten. Bells and chimes interplay in this most accessible arrangement.

Carol of the Bells arr. Douglas E. Wagner & Michael Ryan
This Christmas classic begins with the effect of tower bells ringing throughout the countryside, then gracefully transitions into the familiar, quintessential tune for a handbell setting. The charm of this dynamic arrangement is matched with its carefully crafted level of difficulty making this accessible to many bell choirs.

chorgd-cgb1028-fOn This Day Earth Shall Ring arr. Carol Lynn Mizell
This simple yet musically powerful arrangement of PERSONENT HODIE for handbells and/or handchimes employs recurring rhythmic patterns and full chords. The option of doubling bass bells and chimes on the refrain provides rich added color. With its alternate title, “Long Ago, Prophets Knew” it is appropriate for both Advent and Christmas. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-7 octaves, the arrangement will fit beautifully in worship services and concert programs.

The Blessed Angels Sing arr. Michael Helman
This medley of six beloved carols embodies the joy and awe of the Christmas season. Featuring a variety of techniques, handchimes, and an optional brass quintet accompaniment, this piece will be the highlight of your Christmas Eve services or concerts.

Find more options for your handbell choir on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Masterwork Editions for Choir 04 October, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

HIGH SCHOOL – Classical Era
Gloria PatriGloria Patri by Franz Schubert/Patrick M. Liebergen
Written when he was eighteen years old, Schubert’s only setting of the Magnificat text is arranged here for mixed voices and piano. This exuberant piece begins with joyous acclamations in the opening measures, polyphonic writing and a lyrical presentation of the “amens” and followed by the return of the homophonic style in the closing declamatory statements. A wonderful selection for serious programming.

We like this because it is a textbook example of Schubert’s style, and the balance of homophony and polyphony is accessible for school choirs. The fugue style is included, but doesn’t go on too long, allowing for students to feel successful, and the ranges and tessitura fit the high school age group.

HIGH SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Ego Sum Panis VivusEgo Sum Panis Vivus by G.P. da Palestrina/arr. Ryan Kelly
Blending scholarship and practicality, this performing edition of a Palestrina masterpiece can be performed a cappella. Or, employing the optional instrumental parts for strings in C, Alto and Bass clefs, and a keyboard part, it can be performed with whatever combination your situation calls for.

We like this because it is the perfect example of Renaissance style, which provides a plethora of great teaching tools, from solfege-accessible melodies to part independence. Also, is there really ever a reason NOT to work on a Palestrina piece?

HIGH SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Haec Est DiesHaec Est Dies by Jacob Handl/arr. Philip Brown
A nice edition of a lesser-known work of the 16th century. “Haec Est Dies” is written for two SATB choirs, but the vocal writing is simple enough to work for younger high school choirs who are ready for the challenge.

Don’t let the double choir voicing scare you! We like this piece because it feels powerful and impressive without being too difficult; it’s the perfect introduction to double choir singing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Alleluia (Byrd)Alleluia (On a Theme by William Byrd) by William Byrd/arr. Russell Robinson
Inspired by the Byrd “Haec Dies,” this stylistically clean and direct arrangement, using only the word “Alleluia,” provides a nice introduction to counterpoint and singing independently for your developing choirs. Optional piano reinforces the vocal lines but can also be excluded for a fine a cappella performance.

We like this because it provides an accessible introduction to true, part-independent, 3-part singing, in ranges that are accessible to those young, middle school, changing voices.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Sing Dance and PlaySing, Dance, and Play by Pierre Certon/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
This tuneful chanson is perfectly set for developing singers with modest vocal ranges. Bouyant “fa la las” alternate with joyful new English words by the arranger. Optional flute and hand drum enhance the dance-like character. Solid 3-part mixed repertoire.

We like this because it exemplifies the standard madrigal style, especially if you choose to perform it with the optional flute and hand drum. Perfect for middle school choirs.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Classical Era
VivaViva! (from Il Re Pastore) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
A triumphant Mozart masterwork for today’s choirs! This joyful opera finale opens and closes with a boisterous choral fanfare, sandwiches a brief expressive vocal duet in the middle, features robust Italian lyrics (optional English text and IPA pronunciation guide included), and incorporates a thrilling dig-in piano accompaniment all in just two minutes. Not necessarily familiar, but undeniably fantastic!

We like this because it is the perfect example of Mozart’s style of writing, it translates well into the 3-part voicing, and offers a great way to put your solfege/number and rhythm work into practice.

WOMEN’S CHOIR – Baroque Era
Jubilate DeoJubilate Deo by Johan Helmich Roman/arr. John Leavitt
This selection by Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman, adapted in this edition for treble voices, is recommended for festival and contest programming for choirs in middle school and high school, as well as community children’s choirs. An excellent choice for developing important performance techniques in music of the era.

We like this because of the excellent part-writing (that has been well-adapted for women’s voices) and because the ranges and the Baroque style make this “feel good” to sing

WOMEN’S CHOIR – Renaissance Era
Rise Up in Merry MeasureRise Up in Merry Measure by Guillaume Costeley/Patrick M. Liebergen
Enjoy this lighthearted Renaissance era madrigal highlighting resonant treble sonorities, terraced dynamics, and accessible homophonic voice parts. Consider adding the optional piano accompaniment, optional hand drum part, or perform entirely a cappella.

We like this because every voice part is interesting and involved, embodying that classic Renaissance style, and we think this level would be an excellent fit for freshmen women.

MEN’S CHOIR – Classical Era
SanctusSanctus by Franz Schubert/arr. Lon Beery
Beery’s adaptation of this Schubert favorite, now for male ensembles, adheres to the original SATB work with additional supportive accompaniment. Maintaining the beauty and simplicity of Schubert’s writing, the added option of singing in German or English is very appealing. Hymn-like in nature, it is sure to add understated elegance to any concert program.

We like this because it offers an excellent avenue to start practicing vocal control at this age level, and because the three-part writing feels solid and supported.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Amelie: A New Musical 02 October, 2017

00241528-wlThe story of “Amelie: A New Musical” tells about a young French girl and her mission to do good to make others happy. In the course of doing good, she also finds her own happiness. Based on the 2001 romantic comedy film with music by Daniel Messe, with new music in this adaptation for the stage. In September 2015, “Amelie” premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The show went to Broadway in 2017, and closed May 21, 2017.

Songs included in this new vocal folio are “Times Are Hard for Dreamers,” “Tour de France,” “Goodbye, Amelie,” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” This exciting production won The Drama League Award in 2017, and Phillipa Soo, playing Amelie, won Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical.

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