News & Views Sunday, February 26, 2017

Valentine’s Day! 30 January, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

alfred-44681Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you pianists and vocalists out there may be looking for the perfect piece(s) to perform for a Valentine’s Day party or other event this time of year. We have the perfect recommendation for you!

Best Romance Songs, from Alfred Publishing is a collection of 49 love songs, including Etta James’ “At Last,” Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Bobby Vinton’s “Roses are Red,” and many more. The collection is an excellent resource to have on hand for a variety of events, from parties to weddings, and for many of these pieces, the melody is present in the right hand of the piano, so it can be played as a piano or vocal solo to fit your needs.

For more information about this and other collections, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at 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.

 


Jazz for Young People 27 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist and Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learning by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. Digital downloads include: step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets. Plus! You will have FREE access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses.

This is the first of 10 volumes in the “Jazz for Young People” series – we’ll be sure to update you as new volumes become available! Find more classroom music resources and jazz resources on our website, and contact us for more information – remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Ben Huntoon 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.


FREE READING SESSION: In One Month! 25 January, 2017

14753471_10157613215545052_3204857196636172481_oJoin the Stanton’s School Choral Music team to review and sing our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30

James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read selected titles for mixed, men’s, and women’s ensembles appropriate for spring concerts and graduation. Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of Stanton’s School Choral Music Specialists Jen Sper, Alissa Ruth, and Joyce Stonebraker, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you!

For more information, email us or call 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1.


Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2017 23 January, 2017

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

The beginning of 2017 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
I Am by Jacob Narverud
Celebrated contemporary poet Charles Anthony Silvestri has written a text that reflects the personal insights and positive and negative aspects of being a teenager. Composer Narverud has set these insightful lyrics to depict the way that teenagers feel about the dichotomy of life: doubt and frustration coupled with excitement and passion – standing on the threshold of all things new.

Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Hieronymi) by Johann Michael Haydn/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Composed by Johann Michael Haydn (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.

¡Cantad al Señor! arr. Roger Bergs
This arrangement of the traditional Brazilian worship song builds slowly but intensely from a simple, sparse beginning to a fiery final verse. The choral parts are accessible but effective for choirs large and small. Improvised hand percussion can be added easily. An IPA pronunciation guide and a translation for the Spanish text are provided.

Cool Moon by Richard A. Williamson
With limited horizontal movement in the vocal parts and no awkward melodic skips, Richard Williamson’s “Cool Moon” offers an easy and effective introduction into contemporary a cappella singing. Soothing harmonies enhance this beautiful pairing of words and music.

for Women’s Ensembles
Shout for Joy! by Dan Davison
Upbeat and uptempo, this joyous anthem could be used in both worship and concert, and its accessible vocal writing alternates between unison and harmonic passages. A straightforward piano part further supports the choir, making this a perfect choice for church or school mixed choirs.

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.

La Monja Blanca arr. Christy Elsner
“La Monja Blanca” (the White Nun Orchid) is the national flower of Guatemala and symbolizes peace, beauty and art. This folk song in Spanish is set beautifully for young SSA a cappella voices. Light, lyrical and suitable for concert or contest.

Rainfall by Patti Drennan
Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem about a storm forming in the western sky is delightfully set in this concert work for SSA voices. Text painting at its best, the vocals sing with unison, two-part and full three-part writing and interpret the sound, sights and smells of a summer storm. An exquisite choice for concert and contest.

for Men’s Ensembles
Sit Down Servant arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
Four part harmony with divisi only at the spectacular ending, men’s groups small and large can enjoy this spirited arrangement.

Danny Boy arr. Mark Hayes
Newly scored for TTBB voices, this arrangement is sure to leave audiences breathless and become a staple of your library for years to come. An enthralling arrangement of the timeless Irish air.

Vair Me O arr. Emily Crocker
Your men’s choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translating loosely as “Bring me o’er, dear one,” this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far from home and missing one’s love. Mostly in English, this will be an excellent selection for contest or festival!

Invictus by Bruno Siegfried Huhn/arr. Stephen Rotz
“I am the captain of my soul”….so ends this great piece for young men. Both elegant and bold, this is a superb addition to this genre of repertoire.

Click here for all of our suggestions for select pieces for adjudicated events – while we have specifically geared these selections to be appropriate for Ohio Music Education Association events, this quality repertoire is sure to be successful on any spring concert or other event as well! For even more recommendations, please contact us – and remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 3 20 January, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

The perfect, mellow contrast to more vigorous repertoire!

Smooth Sailing by Thom Sharp
Written in a comfortable “movie music” format with ever-shifting styles covering beauty, grace, wit and romanticism, Thom Sharp has created an excellent Spring Concert piece that will help teach or reinforce expressive shifting, vibrato, harmonics, and subdivision to your students. Everyone has active parts that all synchronize lushly for a relaxing treat perhaps between more vigorous pieces. Aaah!

Fleetwing by Doug Spata
Doug Spata is one of those composers whose works always sparkle. This soaring overture shimmers with accents, syncopation, and grace notes while teaching your students independence as the melodies pass fluidly between sections and the accompaniments parts are just plain fun! It is impressively challenging with satisfying results.

Daybreak by Bud Woodruff
While experiencing this beautiful work, your group’s maturity will evolve like the dawn. Everyone has active, essential parts to keep them musically busy with lots of call and response, syncopation and essential accidentals used to help denote the sunrise as it slowly builds to a fully lighted extravaganza. The piece is sprinkled with solos, so it’s an excellent lesson in keeping the soloists to the fore while playing background parts too. De-light-ful!

She Will Hang the Night with Stars by William Hofeldt
Reminiscent of his Lullaby, The Gift, and Nocturne, here is William Hofeldt at his best with a gorgeous interpretation of a poignant Oscar Wilde poem. Some of Hofeldt’s more recent compositions have been a tad long or too difficult for many school groups, but this one is right in the pocket and positively radiant. With some shifting in upper divisi parts and some accidentals, it will mine the depth of your pupils’ abilities with independent parts that are beautifully active. Nice to have a new Hofeldt piece that most people will savor.

Find more music for orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations!

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.


Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2017 18 January, 2017

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

Lead your congregation in Holy Week and Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!

Hope in the Shadows by Joel Raney & Lloyd Larson
Retracing Christ’s final days and journey to the cross, this new musical for Lent and Holy Week includes a mixture of traditional and contemporary hymns and songs set in a variety of styles. Arranged for SATB choir with narrator(s), and options to include soloists and congregation, plus a 5-piece instrumental ensemble, scored by Ed Hogan, this 38-minute program focuses on our Savior’s sacrifice and the hope in the shadows to which we cling.

What Love Is This? by Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks & Larry Shackley
God’s endless love for the world is vividly expressed in the Passion Story as Jesus willingly lays down His life so that all might experience eternal life. “What Love Is This?” is a moving musical and worship experience for choir and congregation alike as it walks through the last days of Christ’s earthly life from the jubilant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the difficult days of rejection and crucifixion to the triumphant resurrection of Easter Sunday. The fullest spectrum of music is represented in this dramatic 35-minute work from composers Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks, and Larry Shackley. A single narrator weaves the narrative between anthems ranging from celebratory to contemplative. The musical options with both SATB and SAB versions available ensure that this can be done by choirs large or small. The accompaniment options from piano to full orchestra to accompaniment track provide maximum flexibility for virtually any worship setting.

For more recommendations for your church choir during the upcoming Lenten and Easter season, please call us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.


“Silly & Serious” for Early Childhood 16 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Mari Schay’s Busy Bodies, Busy Brains series is a must-have resource for preschool and early elementary teachers! Research-driven and classroom-tested, each book in the series contains four thematic units, each consisting of eight lesson components which will develop musicianship while reinforcing general classroom curriculum. The child-centered and playful music-making activities include many favorite songs and rhymes as well as suggested picture books related to each theme.

New in the series this year:
Silly and Series by Mari Schay
Units include: “Silly Stuff,” “Sticky & Stinky Stuff,” “ABC & 1-2-3,” and “Time for a Rhyme.” All lessons are aligned with Common Core, NAfME, and Head Start standards.

Don’t miss the other books in the “Busy Bodies, Busy Brains” series – The Music in Me and You and Up, Up, and Away! – and lots more resources from Mari Schay, including Listen, Sing, Rattle, Ding, Sing, Drum, Play, and Strum, Tube Jams, Behind Bars, Poetic License, and Sing and Play the Global Way.

Find more valuable early childhood resources on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! 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.


Organ Music for Lent 13 January, 2017

ash-wednesdayrecommended by Barb M, keyboard and folk music specialist

The word “lent,” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring,” and lenctentid, meaning “springtime” and “March.” True to its name’s origin, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 this year. This time of fasting, reflection, and preparation for the coming of Easter is musically marked with selections that reflect the solemnity of the season.

For organists looking for music appropriate for the five Sundays in Lent, we are eager to recommend two collections:

msm10-300Improvisations for the Lenten Season, Set 1 – Paul Manz

Ohio-born composer Paul Manz created this collection of six pieces; four of these are settings of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” and two are settings of “ O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.”

augs-0800658973Lent – Augsburg Organ Library

This collection includes 33 selections by a wide variety of composers, including: Franklin D. Ashdown, Robert Below, James Biery, Marilyn Biery, J. Berr Carlson, G. Winston Cassler, David Cherwien, Pamela Decker, Emma Lou Diemer, Max Drischner, J. Wayne Kerr, Anton Wilhelm Leupold, Paul Manz, Gerald Near, Karl Osterland, Flor Peeters, R. Vaughan Williams, and Wayne L. Wold.

For more information about these collections, or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at www.organmusiconly.com or 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.

 


The Resonant Male Singer 11 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The Resonant Male Singer by Jacob Narverud
An inspired and fresh approach on building tone and ensemble resonance with male singers! With you as their personal trainer, this book provides daily workouts for your guys to help them develop a vibrant, healthy, and mature sound through proper vocal technique. This resource includes notated warm-up examples and photos with descriptive, enthusiastic teaching ideas. Topics include:
• Body, Breath, & Energy
• Muscles & Movement
• Exploring the Voice
• Finding & Activating Resonance
• Focusing the Resonance
• Tuning the Resonance
• Repertoire/Rehearsal Ideas
An appendix of tried-and-true suggested repertoire for middle, high school, and collegiate male vocal ensembles is included. An enjoyable, yet practical guide for anyone working with male voices!

Find more valuable choral texts 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.


Orchestra “Alternatives” 09 January, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

A touch of rock, country, folk and ragtime, just perfect for your young players’ Spring Concert!

Fiddling Farmers arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Grade 1
The farmer is celebrated fiddle-style in this trio of folk songs: “Old McDonald, “The Farmer in the Dell,” and “Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow.” Various eighth note patterns will provide wonderful training for the right hand. While expanding their bow length with the legato long-short-short pattern, young string players are also performing a great number of bow lifts or retakes to develop their control of bow placement.

Pizzicato Fizz by Steven Rosenhaus, Grade 1
Based on a 12-bar blues pattern, this playful string work for first or second year players will thoroughly engage young players and give them a fine piece for a successful early performance; all notes for strings are played either with open strings or with first finger. As the title indicates, the string parts are played pizzicato, and a non-optional piano part lays down a solid rock groove. Enjoy this super-fun, easy string work with your students!

Rosintown Rock by Benjamin P. Snoek, Grade 1.5
This fun alternative-style original works great with beginning strings and sounds much harder than it is. Students will love the energetic rock beat! The suggested drum part really drives the piece.

Simple Gifts arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Grade 2
Lighthearted and energetic, this arrangement ofSimple Gifts suggests a dance-like character. With its familiar and captivating tune supported by a gentle but persistent underlying rhythmic motif, students will study balance of sound, staccato and legato bowing styles. Very playable and creatively arranged, it has interesting, active parts for everyone.

Cakewalk Strut by Carl Strommen, Grade 2
The “Cakewalk”, also known as the “Walkaround” or “Prize Walks,” was a late nineteenth-century Southern dance form set to the infectious, even eighth-note pulse of Ragtime. A partner dance, judges would evaluate the elegant bearing of the men, the gracefulness of the women and the inventiveness of the pair of dancers. The last remaining pair (“winners”) would often be presented with an elaborately decorated cake. This strut is perfect for string orchestras that have an abundance of upper strings. The top three voices carry most of the action while the cellos and basses anchor the “ooh-pahs” under the syncopated Ragtime rhythms. A great lesson in subdivision, with the emphasis on the “and” of the beat, there are handy accents to capture the rhythmic feel as well as bow lifts and ties. Second violins get a crucial D# on the D string too.

Find more novelties for strings on our website, or contact us – we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect new piece for your ensemble! And remember to 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.


Composer Profile: Andrea Ramsey 06 January, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

dsc_2397-psOne of the most special and powerful things about being a choral musician is the beautiful relationship between music and text – few composers exemplify the incredible possibilities inherent in this relationship like Andrea Ramsey. Her compositions are musically satisfying in both technical concepts and the deeply emotional aspects of the poetry she chooses.

Dr. Ramsey’s teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfME, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.

The music of Andrea Ramsey is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, Alliance, and Santa Barbara. For more information about Andrea and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Shenandoah, Letter from a Girl to the World, Grow Little Tree, Three Quotes by Mark Twain, Tell My Father, Up Above My Head

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.


Canta, Mariachi, Canta! 04 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Canta, Mariachi, Canta! by Jose Hernandez
Experience authentic mariachi styles and rhythms in your general music class! Eight traditional Mexican songs transport you and your students to a place rich with harmony and ensemble camaraderie. These arrangements by world-renowned mariachi composer and performer, Jose Hernandez, work well with piano or guitar accompaniment. Add pitched Orff instruments for even more fun. The Teacher Edition offers vocal parts with Spanish lyrics and pronunciation guides, piano and guitar accompaniment, Orff parts, brief song translations and history. This all-in-one collection also includes digital access to authentic recordings produced by Maestro Hernandez and performed on traditional mariachi instruments for added authenticity! Students can model the singing and then perform with the full-sounding accompaniment recordings. You will also receive digital access to PDFs of singer and instrument parts when you purchase the Teacher Edition. Songs include: Cielito lindo, El venadito, La golondrina, La llorona, La sandunga, Las mananitas, Los barandales del Puente, and a beautiful arrangement of Noche de Paz (Silent Night) for the holidays featuring both English and Spanish lyrics. Suggested for grades 3-6.

Need more multicultural resources for your classroom? We also highly recommend Jig: Irish Music for Barred Percussion Ensemble by Doug Edwards, and you can find even more options on 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.


Church Reading Session Coming THIS SATURDAY! 03 January, 2017

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session this Saturday, January 7th 2017, and you’ll be fully prepared for the remainder of your church choir season. We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 7th, 2017

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 7th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


OMEA Solo and Ensemble Event 02 January, 2017

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It’s January, which means OMEA solo and ensemble season is here! Here are some reminders to make sure that that busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music.
– Even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of
copyright law.

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Enter the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Page
– Select JH or HS
– Choose “area,” then select your instrument
– Select the event about which you are inquiring
– Click “class,” and select the class in which your student is performing
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title)
– Click the arrow on the right, then “view approved editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Keyboard and Pop (keyboard@stantons.com)