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Sparkling Lights! Fantastic New Concert Band Christmas Titles 31 October, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Last month I posted our recommendations of great new Christmas arrangements for young band.  Now that marching season is basically over, I’d like to share our favorite new pieces for high school.  They all happen to be about a grade 3 difficulty, so they should be fairly easy to put together in the short turnaround between marching band and your winter concert.

Start by picking up the energetic and brilliant Sparkling Lights by Matt Conaway.  A perfect, celebratory opener, it has the unique distinction of receiving a Perfect 10 during our listening!  That’s right, all 3 of us gave it a 10.  Rejoice the Season! is a wonderful, traditional selection sure to be well received by any audience.  Lastly, I just had to include Christmas Vacation.  We watch A LOT of Christmas movies in my house, and somehow we always start with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  While the theme is somewhat cheesy and definitely a product of its time, it has the pedigree of songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and is performed by Mavis Staples (= music education!).  To our knowledge, it hasn’t been arranged for concert band before, and will add some fun to your concert.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out our Christmas & Winter Holiday categories for more seasonal ideas.

Sparkling Lights
Fanfare on O, Christmas Tree
Matt Conaway
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3                        $74.00
Open your next winter concert with this shimmering holiday fanfare.  The melody of O, Christmas Tree is given a dynamic and energetic new treatment that will set the stage for a fantastic concert.  The shifting meters will keep your ensemble on its toes, and the musical result is worth the effort.

Rejoice the Season!
arr. Rob Romeyn
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3                        $74.00
This very clever festive arrangement is the perfect opener or closer for your holiday concert!  Familiar carols are very creatively woven together capturing the true joy of the season. A very expressive and beautiful treatment of Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella provides a wonderful contrast to the festive and energetic beginning and ending of the piece. Rejoice the Season is sure to be holiday favorite with school bands and adult community groups.

Christmas Vacation
arr. Patrick Roszell
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3                        $77.00
Since its release in 1989, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has become an annual modern Christmas classic with an almost cult following generating recollections of the funniest lines from the film. Stimulate those hilarious memories musically with this delightful arrangement of the charismatic theme song.

Stanton’s also recommends: Brazilian Bell Carol, Let the Light of Christmas Shine

Also now available: Selections from The Polar Express with Optional Choir and Strings

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, and all things Pittsburgh (Go, Steelers!).  He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band, loves fall weather, and is excited that hockey season has begun!


Augsburg Organ Library 28 October, 2016

augsburg organ LibraryDuring the twentieth century, the organ experienced a resurgence of interest. Music from the 16th and 17th centuries was rediscovered, modern composers began to arrange favorite hymn tunes with newer harmonic structures and rhythmic possibilities, and new music was composed that has a contemporary feel. Organ settings were written by contemporary composers and arrangers for new hymns and some contemporary worship songs.

The Augsburg Organ Library is a collection of organ books organized for the church year.  There is a book for Lent, a book for augsburg organ library2Easter, etc. Visit OrganMusicOnly.com and search “Augsburg Organ Library.” You will be able to see all the books available and their contents.

For more information about this music or other organ music, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Alissa R. 27 October, 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!

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.

headshotWhat department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Choral

What do you consider your specialties here?
– I really love school choral music, especially secondary rep (since those are the age groups I taught), so I enjoy putting together recommendations for middle and high school choir directors.

How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – I started in August 2016, so I’m still one of the newbies!

What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – I enjoy listening to the new publications and choosing recommendations based on what I hear. It keeps me listening critically and actively thinking about the students who will be learning each piece.

What is your hometown? – I grew up in Lexington, Ohio.

Where did you go to college? – I graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Music in Education degree.

What is your major instrument? – Voice

Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I sing with the LancasterChorale in Lancaster, OH, with Choral Union at Capital University, I record new publications for Beckenhorst Press in Zionsville, IN, and I work as the Music Ministry Assistant at Broad Street Presbyterian Church here in Columbus.

What do you like to do in your spare time? – I am a runner, I love doing yoga, and I really enjoy cooking and watching Netflix. I also love, love, love to travel, so it’s a goal of mine to set aside some time each year to go out of town, even for just a small trip.

What days are you available at Stanton’s? – I generally work on Tuesdays-Saturdays.

What is the last song/piece you listened to? – I’ve been listening to the full Hamilton cast album on all of my long runs, so whichever piece I was on at the end of my last run
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Organ Music for Thanksgiving 26 October, 2016

Looking for organ music for your Thanksgiving services? Let Stanton’s help!

9781451424188bThankfulness and Praise is a collection of ten organ settings by Lynn Petersen. It includes “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “For the Bread Which You Have Broken,” and eight more. These are medium difficulty with some some pedal work.

Another good source of material is the Augsburg Organ Library’s November collection. This volume of intermediate to advanced pieces  includes over thirty selections, including “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “For All the Saints.” Either (or both) of these collections can be a wonderful source of material for the Fall season and the month of November. More collections of this type can be found on our website under “organ”, then “Thanksgiving”.

Find more collections of this type on our website, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


What Will Santa Claus Say?!? 24 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready for holiday concerts? Have some fun with your programming this year, and try one of these exciting pop arrangements – perfect for concert, show, or jazz choirs!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
What Will Santa Claus Say? arr. Larry Shackley
Louis Prima’s quirky and upbeat tune will practically dance itself into the hearts of singers and audiences alike! With exciting swing rhythms and tight chromatic harmonies, it’s ideal for choirs with some jazz experience.

Winter Wonderland arr. Greg Jasperse
Dazzling jazz harmonies and an exquisite, flowing accompaniment combine in this incredibly artistic setting of the festive familiar favorite! Sure to be a memorable moment on winter concerts and holiday programs alike.

Jingle Bells arr. Philip Lawson
You’ll be laughing all the way with this fresh winter showpiece that is great fun for mixed, treble or men’s choirs! The keyboard part is dazzling, the vocal parts are definitely “rollicking” and the audience will be cheering. Don’t miss it!

Someday at Christmas arr. Mac Huff
Filled with the universal hope for peace on earth, this soulful Stevie Wonder song evokes heartwarming memories of Christmases past. Originally released in 1966, in 2015 it received renewed interest as Stevie performed it with Andra Day.

We Wish You the Merriest arr. Mac Huff
Deck your hall with this swinging Christmas song that’s positively brimming with Yuletide cheer. Popularized by Frank Sinatra in the 1960s with Bing Crosby, it has remained a holiday standard through the generations!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Holiday Road arr. Roger Emerson
Written and recorded by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and featured in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” this makes a great up-tempo addition to seasonal concerts! A sensational selection for show and pop groups!

A Jolly, Jingling Carol Medley arr. Greg Gilpin
This concise arrangement seamlessly strings together six carol favorites, featuring various twists on meter and style while maintaining accessibility. It is perfect as a festive opener or closer that audiences and singers will love.

FOR WOMEN
Candy Cane Lane arr. Greg Gilpin
This bubbly, contemporary country-pop release from Point of Grace has darling lyrics and a catchy chorus that begs for choreography.

Sugar Cookie! by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
Written in a 1940s swing style, this choral confection is chock full of accessible harmonies with lots of built-in repetition, plus a fun-filled spoken word section that’s the icing on top.

FOR MEN
Little Saint Nick arr. Audrey Snyder
Younger choirs will have holiday fun, fun, fun with this Beach Boys Christmas classic! Easily learned, it is perfect for adding beach choreography and costumes for a special showcase!

You can find more fun holiday numbers for your concert or show choir in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. 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.


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2-2.5 21 October, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

The best energetic program pieces of the year for younger string players!

Wave Dancer by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 2.5
Another wonderfully syncopated and sparkling “theme without a movie” from Alan Lee Silva. A jubilant F-Lydian introduction ushers in Wave Dancer. The harmonized, lyrical violin melody and the accented, syncopated phrases create a joyful and celebratory atmosphere from the opening measure. The driving C pedal point in the cellos propel the lilting violin phrases on toward the main theme. Syncopated rhythms are played precisely and accented, as well as lyrically and smoothly. The violins play expressively and passionately with precise 3, 3, 2, eighth-note syncopated accents. The mid- and low strings are expansive and play their sustains strongly with a beautiful, full sound. An abrupt key change up one step from C to D major gives the piece a boost in energy. It closes heroically with fortissimo unison sixteenth notes, leading to the final robust downbeat. Joyous!

Fire in the Bow by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
Conceived as an energetic and musically rewarding work, this piece also happens to be an excellent vehicle for teaching and reinforcing low 1 fingerings (violin/viola), “backward” extensions (cello), and half position (bass). The piece avoids augmented seconds and focuses on simple finger patterns while exploring dynamic harmonies that create wonderful tension and release throughout. A fantastic opener or closer, it keeps everyone busy and propels the music right up to the end!

Lost Horizon by Thom Sharp, Grade 2.5
This original work by Thom Sharp is an energetic adventure-themed rondo in which every section takes the lead heading off into the horizon looking for adventure. The rhythm of the A theme is used for new melodies in the contrasting sections, either in its original form or starting on a different beat to create a new, yet familiar, rhythm. The last iteration of the A melody employs augmentation. All of these devices provide ample opportunity for instructing students in form and structure and provide for efficient rehearsal time!

You can find more programmatic pieces for Grade 2-2.5 strings on our website! Or, give us a call – 1.800.42.MUSIC – and we’ll be happy to help! 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.


“This Little Holiday Light of Mine” 20 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

A La Ru, A La Me arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Douglas Wagner’s soothing setting of this Spanish lullaby includes mostly unison voices throughout, making it a snap to learn. The lilting countermelody added to each chorus pairs perfectly with the optional instrumental parts and colorful synth track to enhance any performance.

Ding Dong! Merrily On High arr. Cristi Cary Miller
The traditional carol receives a spirited treatment in this easily-learned arrangement for younger choirs with the bonus of optional handbells or hand chimes to add sparkle to your holiday programming!

This Little Holiday Light of Mine by Jerry Estes
Sparked and inspired by the familiar spiritual, this bright, cheery holiday original shares a marvelous message of peace and goodwill. With ample unison lines, this winner is a snap to learn and the ranges are very accessible for young choirs. Consider adding candles, flashlights or other visual enhancements to add to the festive mood and important message.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and 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.


Inspector Gadget Theme for Four-Hand Piano 19 October, 2016

00-45717recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Inspector Gadget is back! Hulu has the series, and it’s a hoot to watch this cyborg policeman fumble his way from case to case, with his niece Penny actually doing all the “heavy lifting.” Heaven only knows how many gadgets the inspector has – they never quite seem to help!

The theme, written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, has been arranged for advanced piano duet by Zach Heyde and Frank Tedesco. Full of musical jokes and a gag or two, this arrangement from Alfred Music would be great to include on a recital or a school talent show. It’s just too funny to pass up!

For more about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Across the Field! 18 October, 2016

Across the Field” is Ohio State University’s football fight song. It was composed by William Doughtery, a student at OSU, in 1915. The words to “Carmen Ohio” were  written by Fred Cornell, a cheerleader at OSU, in 1902. The tune is a hymn tune called MADRID – “Come Christians, Join to Sing” is the hymn most often sung to that tune. Both tunes are in the condensed score for “College Songs for School Bands” from Hal Leonard, which can also be used for piano (but, words are not included). Songs from other colleges are included in this book of sheet music too! Another standard OSU song, “Hang On, Sloopy” is available at DigitalDelivery.stantons.com.

For more information about this collection of college fight songs, or other collections of sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com.


The Stanton’s Difference: Bring Your Students! 17 October, 2016

We know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music, so we want to take the opportunity to highlight 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!

Besides making it a road trip to Stanton’s to work with our knowledgeable staff, you can also bring your students!

busWhile a number of directors visit us on Saturdays or professional days throughout the school year, and some make a summer pilgrimage from nearby states, it is also not unusual for us to see a school bus full of students pull into our parking lot about once or twice a year (don’t worry, we only cower briefly). After a quick “lay-of-the-land” tour, we are happy to turn students loose to shop, and they are welcome to take advantage of our first-hand musical knowledge, as well.

Preparations for solo & ensemble adjudicated events provide a perfect opportunity to introduce your students to Stanton’s. What a great use of time, and a unique experience for the students! Besides finding their solo or ensemble piece with some guidance from their teacher, they are also free to check out a whole host of method and etude books, pop play-alongs, and holiday collections that are on-hand as well.

We often hear from educators who have moved on to other states that they do not have a music supplier like Stanton’s even within driving distance, and many stores do not let customers freely browse all of their titles. Besides having directors take advantage of stopping by the store, what can be better than bringing aspiring musicians (and tomorrow’s teachers!) to musical Candy Land!?

For more details or questions, please visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Finding Dory 14 October, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE from Disney*Pixar is the piano sheet music for 00194289-wlFinding Dory, available for both easy piano and intermediate/advanced piano levels. This film has been shown world wide, and has met with success all over. Play the music and sing the songs! Also included in the books are several still photos from the movie. Enjoy yourself!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com!

 


It Takes Two to Tango 13 October, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

A little while back I posted about teaching style to your middle school band, and recommended some fantastic titles in Latin, African, and Klezmer styles, and more!  You can add 2 great new tangos to that list – one an original by Robert Sheldon; the other, an excellent Paul Murtha arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s well-known Libertango.  Stylistic charts provide some interesting variety to your concert programming, place different reading and interpretation demands on players enhancing their musicianship, and may well be the highlight of your performance.  These arrangements are fun, different, and enjoyable, and we couldn’t recommend them more.  Enjoy!

Tango Argentina by Robert Sheldon
Interesting to program with plenty to teach, this popular South American dance style allows your developing musicians to work on light playing and staccato articulation.  Low winds have stylistically appropriate bass lines, trumpets and clarinets feature prominently on the melody (complete with off-beat 8th note pick-ups), and changes of tempo provide contrast while range and technique are very manageable.  Throw in some guiro, tambourine, clave, and a typical tango snare drum pattern to keep your percussionists engaged.

Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Arranged by Paul Murtha
With an original, James Bond sounding introduction and set in a Latin rock style, this popular and recognizable composition by Astor Piazzolla is a great programming contrast.  The melody will get woodwind fingers moving; counterlines, glissandi, and a brief trumpet solo add interest; and the harmonic changes will help your students’ ears to grow.  Libertango is a fun, light number your audience is sure to enjoy.  Definitely consider it for spring concert programming!

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, and all things Pittsburgh (Go, Steelers!).  He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band, loves fall weather, and is excited that hockey season has begun!


Kid’s Korner for Fall and Christmas 2016 12 October, 2016

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

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

Be Strong in the Lord by Brad Nix
Based on Joshua 1:9, this piece reminds us to trust in the Lord wherever our paths may lead. A quick moving tempo and a comfortable mid-range melody allow children, youth, or adults to sing with strength and confidence.

God’s Love Is Alive in Us by Mark Patterson
A spirited new offering from bestselling composer Mark Patterson. Appropriate for any service at any time of year, you’ll want to program this anthem again and again. Simple part-singing opportunities are created through antiphonal echoes and a stepwise descant line. Mark’s timeless text celebrates the heritage of faith and the bright future ahead for the people of God. A must-have for your choral library!

Go, Tell It on the Mountain arr. Victor C. Johnson
This dynamic arrangement of the popular Christmas spiritual features a splendid piano accompaniment that supports the familiar melody with colorful harmonies and rhythmic enthusiasm. The optional 2nd voice part adds an additional layer of fun for any choir of unison voices from children to adults.

On a Night Long Ago by Natalie Sleeth
Natalie Sleeth’s light folk style perfectly frames this original school-friendly Christmas text. Repetition in the straightforward vocal lines will save rehearsal time, and the available synth track makes this piece so much fun to sing.

Look to the Light by Joseph Martin
This anthem for Advent joyously anticipates the coming of Christ as it calls us to open our hearts and look to the Light. The lilting 3/4 meter, along with a sparkling part for flute, creates a cheerful, dance-like feel and heightens the sense of jubilation throughout the song.

The Snow Lay on the Ground by Mark Patterson
Optional parts for glockenspiel and handbells join together with piano and voices to create this masterful arrangement of the beloved carol. Suitable for choirs of all ages, the piece is an excellent choice for use on Christmas Eve or anytime during the Christmas season.

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.


Handel’s Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance 10 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Handel’s Messiah: Warm-Ups for Successful Performance by Jason Paulk & Ryan Kelly
This valuable resource is a must for every choral director that prepares a chorus to sing Handel’s Messiah! In three sections, Part I – Introduction to Preparing Messiah highlights Baroque performance practice and Ideals, Practical Considerations for Performing Messiah and other helpful information; Part II includes warm-ups for 20 choruses; Part III includes Appendices with a historical context of Messiah, primary sources supporting Baroque style and expression and a recommended reading list. The director score includes the full text and warm-ups with piano accompaniments, along with a code for accessing downloadable singer parts online. The singer book includes a handy folder-sized print edition of the vocal warm-ups.

For more information, please contact us – and remember, 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.


Thanksgiving Piano 07 October, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Cindy Berry is a well known name in piano arranging, especially for sacred piano music. “What Can I Play on Sunday, Book 6: November and December Services” includes music for Christ the King Sunday through Christmas service. The Thanksgiving medley has “Now Thank We All Our God” blended with “Come Ye Thankful People Come.”

Faye Lopez is an arranger with Soundforth through Lorenz. “Filled With Thankfulness” has ten pieces appropriate for Thanksgiving: “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” and more. Both collections of sheet music for Thanksgiving are intermediate/late intermediate level. Try something new! Check out one (or both) of these collections!

For more information about these collections or other sacred/seasonal piano solo music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Handbell Music for Fall and Christmas 2016 06 October, 2016

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
In Christ There Is No East or West arr. Anna Laura Page
A jubilant arrangement combining two different hymn tunes that are associated with the familiar hymn text. This setting is appropriate for general worship as well as special occasions, and it promises to keep all ringers busy with fun rhythms and articulations throughout. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves.

Now Thank We All Our God arr. Lloyd Larson
This festive presentation for handbells and piano sets a joyous mood with a flourishing keyboard pattern at the start and then builds dynamically as it progresses. The Level 2 bell part is very accessible and the piano solo shines with color and interest – ideal for worship or concert.

Simple Gifts arr. Lloyd Larson
Simple and heartfelt describe Lloyd Larson’s arrangement of this tune. With few accidentals and one easily-managed key change, most ensembles will have little trouble putting this piece together technically, allowing them to focus on musicality and expression. A lovely choice for worship throughout the year.

Raise the Songs of Harvest arr. Lloyd Larson
Bold chords give way to ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (Come, Ye Thankful People, Come) to open this medley of Thanksgiving tunes. A softer middle section utilizing the tune KREMSER (We Gather Together) gives all ranges a chance to showcase the melody. A final verse, using NUN DANKET (Now Thank We All Our God) returns to the same triumphant feel of the opening. A rousing choice for a Thanksgiving service.

Crown Him Lord of All arr. Derek Hakes
Celebrating the coronation of our Savior and King, here is an easy, straightforward setting of two familiar hymn tunes. With no bell changes, but plenty of techniques, this arrangement will keep ringers busy while sounding more challenging than it actually is.

Ring to the Lord a New Song by Cathy Moklebust
This jubilant original composition will delight worshippers and concert-goers with its cheerful melody and spirited pace. The melody moves from major to minor, bass and treble, then concludes with a fiery return to the major key and an energetic, powerful ending. Compatible editions for 2 or 3, or 4, 5, or 6 octaves make this piece a perfect choice for handbell festivals. With this work, Cathy honors her childhood handbell director and mentor, Barbara Berntson.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Come and Adore
This charming reproducible collection features easy Advent and Christmas arrangements playable on either handbells or handchimes. “Come and Adore” will be a wonderful resource for developing choirs, as well as for more experienced groups needing music they can learn quickly. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, these favorites from the Choristers Guild catalog are compiled for the first time in a budget-stretching, reproducible format.

Christmas Angels arr. Brian Tervo
The Christmas angels announce the joy of Christ’s birth in this medley of beloved carols! This piece will make a bold statement at your Christmas services and can be mastered in a minimal amount of rehearsals.

Glory to the Newborn King arr. Dan Edwards
The perfect opener for any Christmas service or concert, this energetic arrangement of “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” comes to us from the creative mind of Dan Edwards. The melody – written in 3/4 time – and a moving eighth-note accompaniment adds to the excitement. The piece also features many handbell techniques, including malleting, shakes, martellatos, and tower swings.

Brightest and Best arr. Terry Osman
With minimal bell changes, Terry Osman’s beautiful setting will make a striking addition to your Epiphany service. The middle section of the arrangement offers a flowing eighth note accompaniment that is a wonderful learning tool for developing ensembles.

Deck the Halls arr. Benjamin Tucker
A real celebration of the season, Ben’s energetic setting of the classic carol “Deck the Halls” is rhythmic and fun, and contains a contrasting section in waltz tempo. Unforgettable!

What Child Is This arr. Brenda Austin
A haunting singing bell chord begins this emotional rendition of the Christmas favorite. An arpeggiated middle section builds in intensity before dying away to return to the opening texture. A creative and original choice for your Advent season.

For more great handbell recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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 05 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

I love finding well-edited versions of masterwork compositions for Middle School and High School choirs – it’s a perfect way to introduce major composers from different historical periods to your ensembles! Here are a few of our favorites this season:

RENAISSANCE
Tanzen und Springen by Hans Leo Hassler/arr. Russell Robinson
Hassler’s lively and dance-like madrigal, originally written for five voices a cappella, is re-voiced here for 3-part mixed and optional accompaniment. Both English and German are included and can be sung in either language or a combination. A smart choice for young singers beginning their exploration into Renaissance music.

Matona Mia Cara by Orlando diLasso/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Orlando di Lasso’s tuneful villanelle is set here for TBB voices with details that suit the young male voice. The Italian text is accompanied by an optional English text, it is shorter in length than the original SATB score, contains an optional piano accompaniment, and is written in a style that is rustic and light with the energized syllables of “dire, dire, don, don, don.”

Cantate Domino by Claudio Monteverdi/arr. Jill Gallina
One of a number of short motets written by Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, this madrigal style for six voices has been set for SSA, carefully weaving selected vocal lines from the original to create this stylistically authentic edition using both energized and legato singing.

This Is Our Time for Singing by Orazio Vecchi/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Lilting and light, the contrasting sections of this 16th century Italian madrigal provide an ideal introduction to this important musical style. Whether you enjoy singing a cappella or with piano, consider adding the optional flute and hand drum parts. Ideal for concert or adjudication.

BAROQUE
Dixit Dominus by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Jacob Narverud
Arranged for SATB voices, harpsichord or piano, and string quartet, Vivaldi is celebrated by or perhaps even introduced to your singers in this smart edition. Optional children’s choir or ensemble is included, helping create a terrific opening masterwork for choirs of all ages.

Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi by Baldassare Galuppi/arr. Jill Friedersdorf & Melissa Malvar-Keylock
Introduce your treble choirs to the Baroque/Classical style of the Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi with this adagio movement filled with sorrowful descending lines and ardent suspensions. An excellent work for developing clarity of line and musicianship.

If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell/arr. Russell Robinson
Russell Robinson presents this choral masterwork by Henry Purcell in a well-constructed arrangement for middle school mixed choirs. The music for the first and second verses are identical to aid in quick learning of this especially fine contest selection that also offers an option to perform a cappella.

CLASSICAL
Alleluia, to Thee We Sing by W.A. Mozart/arr. Jacob Narverud
Mozart’s delightful melody is paired with an original text by the arranger suitable as an opening number for concert choir. The musical theme and accessible vocal writing will appeal to both high school and advanced middle school singers, too. The piano accompaniment is pure Mozart and a wonderful showcase for your pianist.

Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Hieronymi MH 254) by Johann Michael Haydn/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Composed by the younger brother of composer Joseph Haydn, this classical work features brilliant melismatic lines and a well-crafted piano reduction of the original orchestral score. An opening triadic motive in the sopranos is repeated and developed through the lower voices in imitative fashion, before coming to a homophonic section, then a stately close.

ROMANTIC
Abschiedslied by Johannes Brahms/arr. Gerald Custer
Gerald Custer presents one of the most well-known Brahms love songs in this sensitive scoring that retains the harmonic richness of the original. The strophic setting takes voice leading into careful consideration and highlights men and women separately and together.

Find more options in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations at 1.800.42.MUSIC. 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.


Junior Festival Piano Music!!!! 04 October, 2016

nmfcThe new National Federation of Music Festivals Bulletin was released in May 2016. If you don’t have yours yet, call the Federation at 317-882-4003, provide your mailing information and your credit card number, and you’ll have your new bulletin in a few days.

The current bulletin is good from July 2016 to June 2020. As usual, Stanton’s has the music for most piano solos and duets available. Call or email to make sure we have everything you want, as there are several small publishers that distribute their own music. We have Alfred, Hal Leonard, FJH, Kjos, Willis, C.F. Peters, Faber, Carl Fischer, and Schirmer editions available. We are well-stocked on all Junior Festival music, especially at the Pre-Primary to Moderately Difficult levels, and look forward to helping you prepare your students for the event!

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


It’s a Christmas “Cello-bration!” 03 October, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Wonderful new holiday music for string orchestra at various grade levels to satisfy all of your groups.

German Christmas Carols arr. Sandra Dackow, Grade 1
Although relatively unknown, these three carols (one is “O Come, Little Children”) will still add festiveness to a holiday concert and give you something new and fresh. With the multicultural bonus, they will also help teach bow placement, cut time, tempo changes and key changes. Everyone gets some melody on these holiday tunes associated with singing children. Add optional sleigh bells for a jolly touch.

Christmas in the Renaissance arr. Robert A. Curry, Grade 2
Three dancelike carols circa mid-1500s (“Riu, Riu, Chiu;” “Dadme Albricias Hijos d’eva;” “Ding, Dong Merrily On High”) that will help reinforce cut time and low “1” (using accidentals.) Generously scored, it also has tambourine, bodhran and glockenspiel parts for authentic color.

Christmas Cello-bration arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 2
Your hot-shot cellos are showcased on “What Child Is This?,” “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Cellos get 3rd & 4th position practice (first violins shift too) and everyone gets to experience key and style changes and an accidental G#.

The Little Drummer Boy arr. Bob Cerulli, Grade 2
Who needs a drummer, when your strings can play col legno for a drum-like effect? This popular, modern Christmas classic will fall together fast as you are reinforcing Bb and F notes. The upper strings carry most of the melodic material while the lower strings have a very effective ground bass. A refreshing, inventive arrangement!

Silent Night arr. Jeffrey E. Turner, Grade 2.5
Do you use a pianist with your string orchestra? This arrangement needs piano and even offers solo moments for it as well as principal cello and violin. With a tip of the hat to the Mannheim Steamroller, this fresh, ethereal setting in 4/4 time will help teach staggered bowing, triplets, sul tasto and transparency.

Appalachian Snowfall arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 3
The latest chance for you to rock out with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for your holiday concert. With its engaging, syncopated rock rhythms, eighth note pulse and optional rock rhythm section it could be the highlight of the show. Use electric violin & guitar if you have them.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel arr. Brian Holmes, Grade 3+
Here is a great change of pace for a high school holiday concert. It’s a highly original and energizing version of this popular advent carol. Everyone has fairly challenging parts which incorporate contrasting moods, song “quotes,” and rhythmic stretches with overlaps. Very effective!

Find more holiday options for strings on our website, or contact us for 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.