News & Views Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Stanton’s Difference: Creative Help 24 August, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the past few weeks, we highlighted a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use, and we’d like to add one more reason to your list.

Sometimes customer needs and requests require some lateral thought and creativity. A local choral director was in the store this fall, and ventured over to The Dark Side (read: Band Department) because our band department handles our music theory books and software. “I have a Theory 2 student. She’s a flute player, and we’re looking to study the classical period and composition. Do you have anything?” Each of her Theory 2 students is doing an individual study on specific areas of interest to them.

Our first thought was, “We don’t have anything that is specific to the classical period. No specific theory books, no analysis, and only a page or two of history in the Kjos Music Theory & History Workbooks.” The next thought was, “What DO we have? Is there anything that could work?”

“I’ve got it – Flute player + Classical Period = the Mozart Flute Concerti! Both are on the Ohio Class A flute list, so she could use one of them for her theory class, AND private study/OMEA adjudication. She would have the added benefit of having studied and analyzed the work while she learns and performs it!”

Wait a minute – composition and analysis…Dover has a score of all of the Mozart Concerti for Wind Instruments, and their scores are very reasonably priced. Now we’re talking – both flute concerti should be in there along with the concerti for bassoon, clarinet, and horn.

“What about using the Dover score for study and analysis? She could see the original orchestration, how the flute part works in context with the orchestra, and study how the original orchestration was translated into the piano reduction for the solo edition. This is perfect!”

Needless to say, this could not have worked out better for our customer, and her student. Can your sheet music supplier provide this depth of thought and expertise? More importantly, will they take the time? If not, give Stanton’s a try. We’re more than a store or website; we’re an experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful staff that has made Stanton’s the “Sheet Music Specialists” for over 50 years!

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Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2016 22 August, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E Main Street, Bexley OH 43209
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Stephen Foster Collection 19 August, 2016

Stephen_FosterKnown as “the father of American music,” Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century,” and may be the most recognizable American composer around the world.

New this fall:

The Stephen Foster Collection arr. Mark Hayes
This exquisite book offers stunning piano/vocal arrangements of ten favorites from the Foster library. Mark Hayes adds his touch to this quintessential repertoire for recitals, concerts, and contests.

For more recommendations for solo voice, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


A Little “Mischief” Music 17 August, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Trick or Treat! If you are lucky enough to have an orchestra concert toward the end of October, check out these latest options for a ~spooky~ Halloween-themed program.

The Abandoned Funhouse by Brian Balmages, Grade 0.5
Do you have a first concert toward the end of October? You might be able to get your beginners featured on this highly playable, extremely engaging, eerie funhouse tour! Using stepwise motion and no eighth notes, with many instruments only using 5 or 6 notes, you will have to teach them string crossing involving open strings and first violins a one octave D scale, but then you just let the necessary piano (and a wonderfully creepy optional celeste/electronic keyboard) tie it all together for a true showstopper.

A Little Mischief Music by Chris Thomas, Grade 2.5
Conjure up images of wicked forest gnomes and perspicacious pixies for a Middle School Halloween concert. Once your students have learned the difference between marcato and legato as well as how to play low “1” in the high strings and extensions in the cellos, you will have a quirky and fun addition to your concert program where everyone plays important melodic parts. Influenced by dark Russian fairy tales and folk songs it is full of interesting counterpoint and harmonic surprises. Devious but deliciously delightful.

Need more creative programming ideas? Visit our website, or contact us for more personalized recommendations! 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.


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Cheryl H. 15 August, 2016

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level. Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Cheryl HillCheryl H. is an active local musician here in Columbus, performing with many various ensembles across the area. She splits her time here at Stanton’s between many different tasks and departments, and is able to help our customers with almost any request they have!

What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – I work in the Choral Department primarily but assist in the Instrumental and Receiving Departments when needed.

What do you consider your specialties here? – Since I work in 3 different departments throughout the year, there are ‘specialties’ or strengths for each department. In the Choral Dept. I would say my strength is more in the Sacred/Church Music. In the Instrumental Department, I would consider myself a ‘woodwind’ Solo & Ensemble/Method specialist, and in the Receiving Department, my general knowledge of how our store’s inventory is tracked and updated, along with my knowledge of the retail store/publisher relationship works is extremely helpful.

How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – I was hired in August of 1988 in the Billing/Shipping Department and have worked as a full-time, part-time, and seasonal employee for these last 28 years.

What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – I am a very detailed oriented person so I enjoy keeping things organized and clean within the departments I work. I am known around the store as ‘Sherlock Cheryl’ because I, 99% of the time, am able to hunt down a piece of music in our inventory that my colleagues have been looking for and weren’t able to find.

What is your hometown? – Westerville, Ohio

Where did you go to college? – Otterbein College (now Otterbein University)

What is your major instrument? – Clarinet(s), and secondary, Saxophone(s)

Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I am a hired musician in and around the Columbus, Ohio area, I currently play bass clarinet with the Westerville Community Concert Band on a regular ‘volunteer’ basis, and I sing soprano in my church choir at Central College Presbyterian Church.

What do you like to do in your spare time? – Spare time? What’s that? No, I really enjoy the quiet “down time” I have with my husband, and family time with our grown children, little as it may be, as well as volunteering at my church!

What days are you available at Stanton’s? – I am typically at Stanton’s Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. There are times of the year, primarily in July, August, and September when I am in on a Saturday.

What is the last song/piece you listened to? – “Candle on the Water” from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. John and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and this was ‘our’ song!

What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – As of this writing I last played an arrangement of Copland’s “Hoe Down” for concert band on my bass clarinet in rehearsing for an upcoming concert. I last sang “Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord” by Dave & Jean Perry with my church choir last Sunday.

If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – I would love to play with Benny Goodman, and perform for John Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

What is your most memorable musical moment? – My final concerts in band, orchestra, and choir from high school. We had a really great senior class of musicians, many whom I still am privileged to perform with today as a professional (not to mention the best high school music teachers EVER!)

If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – No question, I would choose piano! I took lessons for 7 years as a child and wish now I would have kept it going! But am very thankful for the musical foundation those 7 years gave me!

What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I can’t think of any that were ‘unusual’ off the top of my head.

What musical sound or noise do you love? – I love listening to an accomplished oboist with a smooth, rich, open tone!

What musical sound or noise do you hate? – The exact opposite of my last answer!!

If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight, which would you choose and why? – I would choose to perform! I love being a musician and am fortunate to have played many ‘great’ performances in my lifetime. It brings great pleasure to make beautiful music with my fellow musicians! (However, I also love listening to a great concert as well!)

If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Well, I have no doubt that Heaven does indeed exist! It would be my pleasure to play with the members of Benny Goodman’s Big Band!!!

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – If I hadn’t gone with my heart in choosing to be a musician/teacher, I would have followed in my father’s footsteps in choosing something in the medical profession. Most likely nursing!

What profession would you not like to do? – Construction or road work!

On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – Hmm….I would say maybe a 6. I have always been told by my family and friends that I have a great sense of humor.

Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)? – Harrison Ford!!!!

Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Nothing in particular.

Do you love or hate roller coasters? – I LOVE Roller coasters! (Although I’m a bit more cautious about them as I get older for some reason!)

If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – I would love to be able to fly! (especially with as bad as traffic is these days)

How many pairs of shoes do you own? – Oh boy…..that’s a loaded question….I would say enough, my husband would say way too many!

Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I would love to win the lottery and continue to work or volunteer at the ‘perfect’ job – if there is such a thing!

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I love spaghetti and a good salad with homemade garlic bread!


Pop Warm-Ups and Work-Outs for Choir Vol. 2 12 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Tired of using the same old warm-up exercises with your choir every day? Roger Emerson’s “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs” series is a great addition to your warm-up resources – these classic rock and pop melodies and motives help you build vocal skills while having fun! New this year:

Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir 2 by Roger Emerson
Following the success of “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Guys” and “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir,” this sequel includes some of the latest pop song melodies and motives to inspire students to sing with gusto and to reinforce basic choral fundamentals common to all types of music. The ten songs featured are preceded by suggestions for practicing and reinforcing skills such as breath control, ear training, vowel shapes, resonance, range extension and head voice development. The warm-ups can be used with changed or unchanged voices. Warm-ups are based on pop melodies including: “Ho Hey,” “Best Day of My Life,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Chasing the Sun,” and more!

Find more fun warm-up resources on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
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.


Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 08 August, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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NEW for Young Jazz Ensemble 05 August, 2016

recommended by Ben H., Jazz Music Specialist

Start your young jazz ensemble off this fall with a hot new chart! These new publications are perfect for young groups (about Grade 1-Grade 3), and can help you teach lots of jazz styles – swing, blues, bossa nova, funk, R&B, and more!

Back Online by Gregory Yasinitsky
Written for developing bands, this chart is a swinging, shuffle blues with a fun saxophone soli, a written or ad lib solo for trumpet, and a richly scored ensemble section. Showcasing the entire dynamic range of the band, from a whisper to a roar, it also features Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players. Each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, F horn, tuba and vibes parts.

Cajun Chili Peppers by Doug Beach & George Shutack
Looking for just the right seasoning to spice up your next program? Cajun Chili Peppers is the perfect choice! A strong, happy Latin groove is the foundation of this very easy level chart. Beginning with the drums, the horn section then states the opening fanfare, followed by a solo section, and the full ensemble takes the chart out. Scored for 4 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band, written or ad lib solos for all are included, along with optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F.

Street Smart by Doug Beach & George Shutack
Take a strong R&B groove, add a fun-to-play melody with a catchy hook, stir in some solid ensemble writing, and you have the recipe for a rock chart that will be a hit with students and audiences alike. The solo section features a 16-bar blues that will be a great vehicle for young soloists to develop their jazz chops. Scored at the very easy level for 5 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band, written or ad lib solos for all and optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F are included.

Jordu by Duke Jordan/arr. Mike Story
“Jordu” is a Duke Jordan jazz standard played by all the greats. This chart arranged by Mike Story is very accessible and swingin’ with a cool melody line. The tempo is 138 BPM and written-out solos are provided for piano, trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax. Optional parts include flute, clarinet, vibraphone, F horn, baritone horn, and tuba.

Silver Oak by Doug Beach & George Shutack
This bossa nova is a tip of the hat to jazz legend Horace Silver. Based on the chord progression to Song For My Father, this original chart provides developing players the chance to improvise over those chord changes and rhythmic groove (written or ad lib). Playable by 12-17 players, optional parts are included for flute, clarinet, horn in F, tuba and vibes.

A Day in the Life of a Fool (Manha de Carnaval) arr. Terry White
“A Day in the Life of a Fool (Manha de Carnaval)” arranged by Terry White is a bossa nova groove – but not just any bossa – this one stands above the rest. Superb harmonies, nice voicings, a nice sax soli, written solos for alto and trumpet, a big shout chorus, and all very tasty throughout. This chart also includes a variety of optional parts plus flute, clarinet, and vibes.

Fool Me Once by Gordon Goodwin
Fool Me Once from the Jazz Band Series is designed for high school and advanced junior high school band. Full instrumentation includes 5 saxophones, 8 brass and 4 rhythm parts. Optional parts include flute, B-flat clarinet, tuba, horn in F, vibraphone, and baritone T.C./tenor sax. All solos are written out with chord changes, the rhythm section parts suggest chord voicings and rhythms and guitar chord frames are provided to assist young guitarists.

Sack of Woe arr. Mark Taylor
A different twist on a great jazz classic from this seminal jazz saxophonist. Arranged here in an attractive shuffle funk style, there’s a nice balance between a small group flavor and riffs scored for the entire band. Solos are provided for alto sax and trumpet.

Slow Hot Wind (Lujon) by Henry Mancini/arr. Paul Murtha
Originally an instrumental composition by Henry Mancini, this engaging tune has been used in various film scores, and later recorded by recording artists such as Sarah Vaughan and Sergio Mendes. Here’s a steamy bossa nova for young players that serves as a feature for alto sax.

Be My Buddy by Terry White
This laid back blues in Bb is the perfect tune for young bands to swing. Reminiscent of the Basie band, this a great vehicle for introducing the distinctive “Freddie Green” chomping style. Solo section includes written or ad lib solos for Alto Sax and Trumpet.

Late in the Quarter by Mike Dana
This beautiful folkish chart in an even eighth note ECM style features diatonic melodies over lush chord voicings. The tenor and piano solos can be played as written or ad lib.

Monkey See, Monkey Do by Rick Stitzel
Based on the blues in F and featuring a catchy riff traded around the band, here is the perfect swing chart for beginning jazzers! Rick carefully uses tutti rhythms for ease in learning, and the sample solo can be played by any sax, or by the entire section. Great intro to Basie-style swing!

You can find more suggestions for Young Jazz Ensemble on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben H. is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 03 August, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

We’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
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Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

*Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, Virtual Workshop, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

*Itemized purchase orders, bids, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

*Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
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Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

*We have 3 departments each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & General Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

*We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your internet orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

*We are your partner in music education. We choose our Stanton’s Staff Selections to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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DISNEY: The Movies, The Music 01 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Looking for a fun, easy-to-stage musical for your elementary students this year? John Jacobson’s new “DISNEY: The Movies, The Music” is a great option! The revue-style format makes this a perfectly quick and easy production to put together – you can assign each grade or class their own song, narration can be shared between as few or as many students as you want, and choreography is included!

DISNEY: The Movies, The Music by John Jacobson, Janet Day & Tom Anderson
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Children of all ages! Welcome to the Wonderful World of Disney! Celebrate 75 years of Disney magic and some of the music that helped make that magic happen with favorite songs from the movies of “Peter Pan,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Lion King.” The Teacher Edition features reproducible program narration, piano/vocal arrangements and choreography. The Singer Edition 20-pak features singer parts in attractive full color spreads with many of your favorite Disney characters. About 25 minutes. Suggested for grades 2-5.

For more fun options for elementary musicals, visit our website or contact Stanton’s Sheet Music!

About the Author:
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.