News & Views Monday, September 01, 2014

Save the Date: Stanton's Sacred Choral Clinic! 31 May, 2011

Stanton's is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Hayes’ personal catalog of over 700 vocal and instrumental compositions is widely acclaimed and performed across the nation. He is well-known for his unique choral settings which draw from such diverse styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk, and classical to achieve a truly “American sound.” His music can be found in the music libraries of the finest churches and universities in the country, and he is in increasing demand for choral clinics and concerts.

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Your registration includes a packet of over 40 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.

Remembering Past Heroes 30 May, 2011

Stanton’s in closed today so that we may observe Memorial Day with our families. You can still place your order online, and we’ll process it as soon as we open again tomorrow.

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Do You Need a Little “Showbiz”? 27 May, 2011

Do you need help creating exciting choreography for your choir.  If so, you'll want to join the thousands of choral directors across the country that have discovered Alfred Publishing's popular movement DVDs!  Featuring the creative talents of Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck, these DVDs are a quick and easy way to add simple yet effective choreography to your concerts.  Perfect for elementary, middle school, or high school choirs, each DVD features movement suggestions for about 12 Alfred choral titles.

The newest DVD in the series is Showbiz!, which features such choral arrangements as “Get Happy,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Santa Mash-up,” “Tama Tu,” and “The Time Warp.” Here’s a preview:

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Previously released DVDs from Alfred include: Danza!, Follow Me to the Top!, Hooray for Hollywood!, In the Spotlight!, On with the Show!, On the Stage!, Put on a Show!, Razzamatazz!, Showtime!, Step by Step, and That's Entertainment!  Check out them all for great choreography ideas, or contact us for more information.

Stephen Paulus - American Masterpieces: Choral Music 26 May, 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Choral Music initiative is designed to celebrate our national musical heritage by highlighting significant American choral composers and their works of the past 250 years.  Stanton's Sheet Music is proud to present this series highlighting the composers and their works featured in this groundbreaking project.

(from NEA.gov)
Stephen Paulus (born 1949) is nationally and internationally recognized as one of today's leading composers. Born in Summit, New Jersey, he studied at the University of Minnesota under both Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento. In 1973, with Libby Larsen, he founded the American Composers Forum. He has been Composer-in-Residence with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

His style is usually diatonic and accessible, always noted for solid construction and expert scoring. But perhaps what makes his work stand out the most is what the New York Times called “melodic patterns that are fresh and familiar at the same time.” As a result, his choral works are regularly performed by choruses ranging from high school to fully professional groups. His more than 50 recordings place him among the most-recorded of contemporary American composers.

He is also a respected composer of opera. His nine stage works include The Postman Always Rings Twice, based on the novel by James M. Cain and first presented by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The following year it became the first American opera production mounted by the Edinburgh International Festival. In addition, Paulus is the only American composer to have a work commissioned for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge, in England.

Perhaps his best-known choral work is “Pilgrims' Hymn,” originally composed for the church opera The Three Hermits. Most notably performed at President Reagan's funeral, its transparent beauty has made it a perennial favorite. Other highly regarded compositions include the Christmas suite, So Hallow'd Is the Time; Letters for the Times, based on 17th-century American newspapers and diaries; and Meditations of Li Po, based on contemplative 8th-century Chinese texts.

Selected Works:
Hallelu!
Meditations of Li Po
Pilgrim Jesus
Pilgrims' Hymn
So Hallow'd Is the Time

For more distinguished choral repertoire suggestions, please contact us.

Yann Tiersen Piano Works 1994-2003 25 May, 2011

Some works of Yann Tiersen are now available in the USA.
“Yann Tiersen Piano Works, 1994-2003″, includes “La Valse d’Amelie“, “La Dispute” and more from Amelie the movie and other pieces.
There are 23 piano works in all. This collection was well worth the wait!  Check it out on our website, stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC to inquire.

Heartaches and Highways by Emmylou Harris 24 May, 2011

At last, Emmylou Harris has published a book of 20 of her best songs from 1956 to 2008!

The last time we saw an Emmylou Harris songbook, it was about 20 years ago. From “Boulder to Birmingham” to the bouncy “Two More Bottles of Wine”, this book has the best of Emmylou Harris.  The  book has the piano, vocal and guitar parts for all the songs included.

Check it out on our website or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC.

Attention: Serious Violinists! 23 May, 2011

For the first time, there is now a collection of violin music from the inimitable bel canto diva of the violin, Rachel Barton Pine.  The compilation gathers together for the first time her exceptional cadenzas of standard concerti (Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Brahms, Berg and more) and her composed unaccompanied encore pieces that have thrilled audiences around the world as well as other concert works that she has meticulously edited for violin and piano, including virtuoso renditions of “Happy Birthday,” “Dixie,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Zorba the Greek,” “Witches Sabbath” from Symphonie Fantastique, “Asturias” from Albeniz’s Suite Espanola and many more.  As an added bonus, the included CD contains piano rehearsal tracks for the accompanied pieces that will make practicing them more enjoyable.  The CD also includes all of the piano parts in PDF form so that musicians can print out a desired part for recital performances.  This is a collection that any serious violinist will want to have!

Register NOW for the 2011 Excellence Clinic! 20 May, 2011

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 18th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday, August 27, 2011!  This session was 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.  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 check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742.

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Author a New Choral Piece! 19 May, 2011

Stanton’s is excited to announce to our customers the Heritage Music Press Text Submission Contest!

As Heritage Music Press continues to celebrate the value of music education and quality music for ensembles everywhere, they would like to invite students to become part of the compositional process.

From May 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011, Heritage Music Press will accept submissions from students enrolled in any choral ensemble to be considered as a text for a future choral publication. The winning submission will be used by one of our composers to create a new composition for our Fall 2012 release. The student who submits this text will receive a $100 prize, and his or her choral ensemble may be given the opportunity to premiere the piece.

Visit the contest website for more information and to download the entry form!

Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp 18 May, 2011

The history of the harp goes back to ancient times. There are harpists portrayed in the artwork from Greece, Sumeria, Babylon and Egypt, just to name a few. Of course, David played his harp for Saul.
Harps are still popular. It is a wonderful thing to have a good pedal harpist to play with an orchestra or to play for a wedding or other event.
What about the folk harp? It is a “lever” harp. Instead of pedals to change keys, the player has to flip a lever under the top end of the string, which changes its length, therefore its pitch.
Sylvia Woods, world renowned folk harpist, has written “Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp” to help beginners learn to play this lovely instrument. The parts of the harp are named and explained. How to hold the harp, proper hand position, and how to read music are presented. The songs to learn include American folk songs like “Yankee Doodle”, and several Irish songs are included such as “Eileen Aroon” and “Sheebeg Sheemore”.
Visit our website, stantons.com, email us at greatservice@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC
to check out this folk harp book and others.

Mother's Restaurant 17 May, 2011

The first stop for New Orleans travelers in-the-know and for locals looking to put a good feed on is Mother’s Restaurant. The line for this fine eatery many times extends beyond their threshold allowing the aromas of crawfish etouffee and cornbread to waft out across the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas.

Here’s their incredible recipe for Seafood Gumbo.

4 – Lbs okra — fresh or frozen
6 – Cups onions – medium diced
2 – Cups rendered ham fat o oil
1 – Cup bell pepper — medium diced
1 – Cup celery — medium diced
1 – Tbsp tomato puree
2 – Tsp salt
1/4 – Tsp thyme
1 – Pinch cayenne
1/4 – Tsp white pepper
1/4 – Tsp black pepper
1/4 – Cup garlic — minced
1 – Ea bay leaf
4 – qts crab stock
1/2 – Cup brown roux
2 – Cups oyster and oyster water
2 – Lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 – Cups lump crabmeat
2 – Cups claw crabmeat
1 – Cup green onion chopped

In large roasting pan, mix together okra, 2 cups onion and 1/2 cup rendered ham fat. Place in 350 degree oven until the slime is cooked out of the okra, approximately 1 hour. Stir frequently to keep okra from sticking and burning. When slime is cooked out remove okra from oven and set aside.

In a large stock pot heat 1/2 cup ham fat on high heat and saute’ 2 cups onion, 2 cups bell pepper and 1 cup celery until caramelized, approximately 5 minutes. Add tomato puree simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt, thyme, cayenne, white and black pepper and garlic. Cook until you smell the garlic, approximately 1 minute. Add cooked okra, add hot crab stock, bring to boil and reduce to a simmer, let simmer for about hour to an hour and a half. Whisk in cold roux and bring back to a simmer let simmer for a few minutes, add Oysters and shrimp cook until shrimp are tender add crab meat bring back to a simmer, remove and cool.

To accompany this jazz festival for your palette, put some Dr. John on the Victrola and kick back with a sweet tea.

Once you’ve had a long nap, you’ll want to check out the three volumes of  Dr John Teaches New Orleans Piano. Who knows… maybe you’ll be able to land a gig playing in the French Quarter!

- The Stanton’s Jazz Guy

Are you looking to play again? 16 May, 2011

Westerville Community Band

Are you a former band member who played an instrument in high school or college who wishes you hadn’t stopped playing.  Why not pull your instrument out of the closet (or from under the bed), dust off the case, grab some reeds or valve oil, and join a local community band. 

Central Ohio is a hotbed of active, quality groups - a testament to the area school band programs – and there’s something for everyone.  The vast majority are open to anyone wanting to play, most perform throughout the year, though some may be summers only, and age and experience participation ranges from those just out of high school or college, to adults in other professions, senior citizens, and even some area professional musicians. 

Too many adults we speak with express regret over quitting band at some point in their lives, or would love to have continued playing after they finished college.  Community bands provide just such an opportunity – an enjoyable, safe environment to begin playing and learning music again, an opportunity to make new friends, and one more way to enrich our lives, as well as the communities and region in which we live.

Use the links below to find the group that best suits you.  If you don’t feel inclined to begin playing again,  check out the performance schedules and attend a concert or two.  You’ll be glad you did.

*If you would like to contribute any groups not on this list, please add them via the comment field (include group name and website).

Register NOW for the Elementary Music Clinic! 13 May, 2011

You can pre-register NOW for Stanton’s 2011 Elementary General Music Clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, August 3rd.

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Stanton's is excited to welcome back Cheryl Lavender as our clinician for the 29th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton's longest running and most successful clinics, where we showcase the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

Violin Duets by Aleksey Igudesman 12 May, 2011

If you are one of the millions who have checked out Igudesman and Joo on youtube, you know their crazy schtick with violin and piano that calls for brilliant classical technique but a zany sense of humor and knowledge of ethnic styles as well.  If you don’t know them, think Victor Borge on steroids, or the Harlem Globetrotters as musicians in their underwear!  Now add an ethnic twist, such as Latin, Celtic or Klezmer and you get an idea of what Igudesman and Joo are all about.

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If you are a working violinist or college student with a leaning toward comedic but technically proficient performance, in recital or gig, the perfect vehicle for you has just become available (you will need a fellow violinist of the same ilk for the full effect).  Aleksey Igudesman has just published three books of music in his own wacky style for two violins that will take a fair amount of rehearsal and a slightly warped sense of humor to work up, but will prove to be the highlights of any performance.  Even if you only do them for your own amusement, they will be a blast, but will definitely take some work to polish up.  They are filled with double stops, flying sixteenth notes, odd meters, tricky rhythms and special effects which all make the final result that much more impressive.  If you are up to the challenge, check out:

Latin & More Violin Duets by Aleksey Igudesman
10 pieces including La Cucaracha, Rumba de Mumbai, On a Bus in Uruguay and more.

Klezmer & More Violin Duets by Aleksey Igudesman
10 pieces including Hava Nagila, The Crazy Bride, Dancing With the Rabbi and more.

Celtic & More Violin Duets by Aleksey Igudesman
10 pieces including Scotland the Brave, Irish Stew in the Morning, Giora Feidman Lost in Dublin and more.

Happy Birthday, Irving Berlin! 11 May, 2011

 Israel Isadore Baline was born on May 11, 1888 in Russia. Â  In 1893 his family  immigrated to the United States  and settled in New York City.  Due to a misprint on the cover of “Marie from Sunny Italy” , which he co-wrote with a friend, Mike Nicholson, he became known as “I. Berlin”, and the “I” somehow became “Irving”. Â  In 1911, he made his first big hit with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”.  From then until the end of his career, he wrote about 1,500 songs.  Irving Berlin is one of the best known and among the most prolific songwriters our country has ever known.  “God Bless America“  is a Fourth of July standard.  The musical, “Annie Get Your Gun” is still performed in community theaters.  “Easter Parade” and “White Christmas“  are perennial favorites.  When he died on September 22, 1989, America lost a living musical treasure.  From choral to ukulele, Stanton’s has, or can order, music by Irving Berlin.  Happy Birthday, Irving Berlin!

First Lessons Dulcimer 10 May, 2011

First Lessons Dulcimer is the perfect book and CD set for a beginning mountain dulcimer player.  Basic chording and melody picking are easy to learn . You can learn to read the tablature and/or the music notation for dulcimer. The CD reinforces the concepts presented in the book. Learn to play basic folk songs, and then you can move on to new levels and new tunes!

Call Stanton’s at 800-42-music , email us or visit our website to check out other mountain dulcimer books we have to offer.

Register NOW for the “John Jacobson Workshop!” 09 May, 2011

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Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to the 2011 John Jacobson Workshop–wear your comfy clothes and tennis shoes because you're gonna get a workout! Recharge your battery, renew your enthusiasm and review the best new titles for show choir with the master of choreography, John Jacobson and special guest, Mac Huff. You will receive all the music and choreography notes for 20 complete routines and a DVD of some of the titles covered in this session. Contact us for more information, or register online NOW!

Stanton's Partners with Columbus Music Academy this Summer! 06 May, 2011

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited about its new partnership with The Columbus Music Academy.  The Columbus Music Academy teaches over 700 students of all ages how to play musical instruments.  Columbus Music Academy works with young students to develop the fundamentals of learning to read music, count and use proper technique on the instrument you choose to play.

The Columbus Music Academy has asked Stanton’s Sheet Music to use the James E Strouse Workshop hall for their Saturday morning Band & Strings ensemble program.  The Saturday Band & Strings program was developed to give elementary and middle school students the opportunity to improve their playing skills beyond the regular school program. In addition, this program is available for students who do not have the opportunity to play an instrument in school due to scheduling issues or budget cuts. The program is divided into an 8-week Summer Session and two 10-week sessions during the school year. Each session will consist of technical study and ensemble work and will end with a performance.

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited about the opportunity to partner the the Columbus Music Academy to give back to the music community and provide a central location at which students from all over the city can rehearse.

Register online at: www.columbusmusicacademy.com.

Musical Party Products 05 May, 2011

May is the month to celebrate special events–come to Stanton’s Sheet Music to find the ultimate party decorations!

We have just received an assortment of plates, napkins, cups and other decorations with musical designs on them.  They can be used for various celebrations like birthdays, graduations, recitals or just to “party!”

Stanton’s is not just a sheet music retailer…it is THE place to buy musical party items as well as gifts. Call us at 1-800-426-8742 or come and see for yourself!

You Can Teach Yourself Autoharp 04 May, 2011

At first, the Autoharp was generically called a “chorded zither.”  “Autoharp” and “Chromaharp” are actually trademark names for the Schmidt and Rhythm Band chorded zithers, respectively.  Most have 15 chords in 2 rows, some have 21 chords in 3 rows.

So what do you do with this box that has 36 strings stretched across it.  “You Can Teach Yourself Autoharp” from Mel Bay Publications, explains how to tune it, how to hold it and how to strum it.  Playing this delightful folk instrument is made easy with 48 folk tunes.  About 20 styles of strumming are taught so you can liven up the songs you play.  Have a look at this book and other Autoharp books online, or call Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC  for more information about music for this fun Appalachian folk instrument!

Attention: Young String Players! 03 May, 2011

The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras are holding auditions for the 2011-2012 season on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, OH. 

Their youth orchestra program features:

• A Side-by-Side concert, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO)
• Sectional coaching by members of the SSO.
• Chamber music opportunities with Brass and Woodwind Quintets, String Quartets and a Percussion Ensemble. These small ensembles are featured in numerous performances throughout the school year. Students are chosen by audition.
• Master class opportunities with SSO guest artists.
• Project Protégé, a program in which select SYS string players are invited to perform with the Springfield Symphony during a subscription concert.
• A Concerto Competition for SYS seniors, with performance opportunities for the winner.
• Rehearsals and concerts in the world class Clark State Performing Arts Center.

They are auditioning for all orchestral instruments. Download a brochure with application form by clicking here.

Concert Band of Dublin to Perform Inaugural Concert 02 May, 2011

The newest community concert band to Central Ohio, the Concert Band of Dublin, will perform its inaugural concert on Wednesday, May 18 at Radiant Life Church in Dublin.

Under the direction of Jeff Chesser, one of the band directors at Dublin Scioto High School, the Concert Band of Dublin began rehearsals at the end of January adding a concert band to the Dublin Community Bands organization.  Its other groups include the rebirth of the historic Dublin Cornet Band, the Dublin Silver Band (a British-style brass band), and the Emerald City Swing Orchestra.

The inaugural concert will feature a variety of wind band staples (Second Suite in FGustav Holst, An Irish RhapsodyClare Grundman, Scenes from the LouvreNorman Dello Joio); a pops tune (Tijuana Brass in Concert), and a standard march (Henry Fillmore‘s Rolling Thunder).  Also highlighting this first concert will be the featured performance of former Dublin High School band director and trombonist Dr. Jeff Keller on a powerful arrangement of Irish Tune from County Derry as well as the third movement of the Philip Sparke Trombone Concerto.

Admission is free, however donations are encouraged.  Follow this link for more information about the Dublin Community Bands, and keep reading this week for a post highlighting the numerous community bands in Central Ohio.