News & Views Thursday, December 14, 2017

Choral Music from HAMILTON Friday, November 17, 2017

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

6358377242196606171841502652_55f72d3f81c0c2a86eeb2dda_hamilton-poster“Hamilton” continues it’s popularity as a driving force in the theatrical world, even over two years after the Broadway opening. With extended runs currently in Chicago and opening soon in the West End, plus a second national tour starting in 2018 – and talks of a future film adaptation!! – now is a great time to incorporate this fantastic music and historic storytelling into your choral program.

alfred-511029Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley is sure to make a big impression! There’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

My Shot
In this stand-out selection from the show, the lead characters lay out their plans for victory, despite their personal hardships. Packed with intense hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, there are plenty of opportunities to feature soloists and small groups, while the full choir joins in on the infectious and driving chorus.

[NOTE: There are two arrangements of “My Shot” available: by Roger Emerson (SATB, SAB, SSA, and TTB) and by Alan Billingsley (SATB, SAB, SSA). They are VERY similar in the choral parts, solos, and piano accompaniment, and are both very authentic to the original number as performed in the show. Both have accompaniment CDs available, but only the Emerson arrangement has instrumental combo parts.]

alfred-514355Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Contact us for more programming ideas, 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.


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