News & Views Thursday, August 17, 2017

Category: Church Choral

Curious About Copyright? 15 August, 2017

Find practical answers and information geared toward music educators and directors with the new COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Copyright is a challenging but important subject in music education.  Most of us have a very limited understanding of it, and have had no formal training or education provided, yet it applies to every facet of being a music educator.  Literally meaning the right to copy or reproduce, copyright law is designed to protect creators from having their works essentially stolen rather than purchased.  Education has a very special caveat regarding copyright law, fair use, however, this does not mean unlimited use or reproduction.  While this special relationship complicates our understanding, it makes it all the more important to know what is permissible and do what is right.  Likewise, ever-changing digital technology and the internet make copyright that much more complicated and important.

Thankfully Alfred’s new Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides us with a guide geared especially for the classroom and rehearsal hall.  Written by music education industry professionals, it provides a very practical approach to copyright law as it applies to performing musicians and teachers based on experience.  It is well laid out and easy-to-use, reasonably priced, and most importantly, directly applicable!  When you know better, you do better, so grab a copy and familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do – you might discover things that you can do that you never realized!  You might even find yourself helping your school or district to better operate within the law, and more importantly, set a good example for your students.

Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors
Pam Phillips & Andrew Surmani
Alfred Publishing                                                                 $19.99
The Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides a concise overview of the key aspects of copyright law that affect music educators and directors in the United States. Designed to provide answers to the most common questions raised by educators and directors, this resource makes it easy to find specific answers and is arranged in a user-friendly question-and-answer format. For ease of use, a thorough Glossary of Terms and an extensive Index are included. Not meant to replace legal counsel, the Copyright Handbook is a starting point for music educators and directors with questions concerning copyright. Topics: How to determine if a work is protected by copyright * The use of print music and lyrics * The use of audio * The use of video * Digital products and the Internet * Performance rights * Composing and arranging.

Also Available:
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law
Music Copyright Law

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


International Carol Suites 14 August, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists, and Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

lorenz-513044International Carol Suites arr. Mark Hayes
International Carol Suites weaves together familiar and lesser-known carols in a thrilling and multicultural celebration of the holiday season! Select one movement for a ten-minute burst of Christmas joy, or perform several for an extended presentation of carols from around the world. English text is included throughout the work, with foreign language text also included where appropriate – great care was taken to find the best English translation of each song, but in many cases the translations are not literal, so we encourage you to use the original texts whenever possible. The dazzling orchestration is ideal for combined performances, whether used as a sophisticated cantata option for a church setting or community chorus, or for accomplished choirs at the high school level.

International Carol Suites contains 30 carols, representing 20 countries: Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bohemia, Russia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United States.

Carols of Europe
I. Carols of Western Europe (Good Christian Men, Rejoice; He Is Born, the Holy Child; The Son of Mary; Still, Still, Still; Gesu Bambino; Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light; Angels We Have Heard On High)
II. Carols of Eastern Europe (Ukrainian Bell Carol; O, Come Rejoicing; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Rocking Carol; Come, Hear the Marvelous News; Carol of the Russian Children)
III. Carols of the British Isles (What Child Is This?; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Deck the Hall; The Wexford Carol; Baloo, Lammy; The Snow Lay on the Ground; Joy to the World)
Carols of the Americas
I. Carols of Central and South America (The Journey; Going to Bethlehem; The Babe; At the Hour of Midnight; Song of the Wise Men)
II. Carols of North America (The Huron Carol; Brightest and Best; Behold That Star; Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow; Go, Tell It on the Mountain)

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.

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 Santa Fe Desert Chorale, as well as various choirs in the Columbus area, and she spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 09 August, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Composer Profile: Dan Forrest 26 July, 2017

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works Requiem for the Living and Jubilate Deo. Dan’s music has received dozens of awards and distinctions, with premieres in major venues around the world. Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, and pianist.

Dan’s career and compositions are framed by his belief that “All good things, including any beauty that we encounter, are from God, through God, and ultimately to God. All beauty is God’s beauty, wherever it is found.”

The music of Dan Forrest is available through Stanton’s from several publishers, including: Beckenhorst Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Hinshaw. For more information about Dan Forrest and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Good Night Dear Heart, O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, The Work of Christmas, Psalm 8

About the Author:
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.


NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 10 July, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


MARY MCDONALD: Coming to Stanton’s This Summer! 30 May, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


“A Mighty Fortress” 22 May, 2017

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

Planning ahead for fall? Here’s a great option for Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017 – celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses!

bpi-bp2101-fA Mighty Fortress Is Our God arr. Dan Forrest
Stand with Martin Luther as he nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and feel the emotion of this pivotal act in the Protestant Reformation. This stunning arrangement will make history come alive with its dramatic interpretation. Written for SATB choir, organ, brass sextet and percussion with optional orchestral accompaniment.

Contact us for more anthem recommendations for the coming church year, or visit us online – 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.


Especially for SUMMER CHOIR 12 May, 2017

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

With summer fast approaching, many churches are nearing the end of the traditional “choir year.” Keep your choristers active during the summer by featuring them on a few services throughout the season – your congregation will thank you! Cancel your mid-week rehearsal and meet before the Sunday service to work up an easily-prepared anthem from one of these choral collections:

Easy Settings Volume 4 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader & Lloyd Larson
Here is the 4th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are proven winners arranged for SAB or Two-Part Mixed voices.

Singing Men Volume 6 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader, Mary McDonald & Douglas E. Wagner
Here is the 6th volume in Hope’s successful series of settings for men’s choirs. Included are nine top-sellers composed and arranged for TTBB voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.

Hymns We Love to Sing Volume 2
With the overwhelming success of “Hymns We Love to Sing,” we are delighted to present the second installment of musically sound, accessibly voiced anthems. Featuring arrangements by some of the top composers and arrangers in the industry, this collection contains music written from a place of spiritual sincerity and musical practicality for today’s church choir. A number of the selections include the option for additional instrumentation, and an accompaniment CD is also available. With a wide breadth of styles and accompaniment options, this easy-to-prepare collection is sure to become a staple in your choral music library.

Find more collections like these on our website, or contact us for more recommendations – 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.


Join Us with MARY MCDONALD This Summer! 18 April, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


SAVE THE DATE: Sacred Choral Reading Session August 2017 07 March, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


“Two Lenten Meditations” by Eleanor Daley 27 February, 2017

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

alfred-510347Two Lenten Meditations by Eleanor Daley
These a cappella “miniatures” were written for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, respectively. The Tenebrae texts are based on two scripture passages and set the stage for the joy of Easter Sunday. Beautiful!

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.


Kid’s Korner for Spring 2017 10 February, 2017

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

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

Hosanna, Blessed Is He by Cindy Berry
Stately and triumphant, this anthem for Palm Sunday highlights the celebration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. A simple hosanna refrain recurs throughout the piece making it both easy to teach and to learn.

Lo, He Comes! by John D. Horman
A delightful, festive introit that children will love! The accompaniment sparkles especially on the refrain.

Run to the Garden by Brad Nix
Excitement surrounds this jubilant Easter anthem that recounts the feeling of elation for Christ’s resurrection. Written in ABA form, the B section incorporates the familiar NOEL NOUVELET tune providing a nice contrast between the two A sections. An optional descant in the final A section magnifies the spirit of euphoria for the anthem’s resounding conclusion.

Ain’-a That Good News? arr. Mark Patterson
This spirited, fun-to-sing setting of the well-known spiritual is infused with cool jazz harmonies to give the piece a fresh, vibrant sound.

I Love to Tell the Story arr. Anna Laura Page
Anna Laura Page’s charming partner piece will delight your congregation. The hymn tune begins the piece before a new complementary tune innocently enters, asking to hear of “the story so dear.” Consider making this an intergenerational piece with parents and children – what a wonderful, visual way to depict faith conversations. Very accessible, featuring simple rhythms and familiar intervals.

The Light of God’s Love by Mark Burrows
Celebrate God’s light shining through us than with this anthem from bestselling composer Mark Burrows. With a soulful melody, a rockin’ accompaniment, and suggestions for optional percussion, this anthem will become one of your choristers’ favorites. Mark’s lyrics move from “me” to “you” to “we” – intentionally putting the focus on community and mission. Your choir will love the throwback to This Little Light of Mine.

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s? Contact our Choral Department 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.


New Church Anthems for Spring 2017 01 February, 2017

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

Even in the midst of the ice and snow, it’s time to start planning your choral anthems for this spring! Here are some of our recommendations for Sundays through Lent and Easter, as well as general worship:

FOR LENT
Gather at the Mercy Tree by Lee and Susan Dengler
Perfect for Good Friday or any time during Lent, this thoughtful anthem text beckons the listener to the foot of the “mercy tree” for healing and pardon. The music and text are fresh and inviting, while the piano and choral scoring are well-crafted.

The Weeping Tree by Joseph Martin
The main theme from the best-selling cantata The Weeping Tree is now available as a standalone anthem. With a heart-affirming portrait of the crucifixion and a gentle celebration of grace, the simple folk-like melody carries the weighty message of redemption in the sensitive arms of expressive music. A chamber orchestration option offers directors a way to incorporate this piece into a concert or passion pageant. Profoundly moving!

FOR PALM SUNDAY
Let the People Shout Hosanna! by Alex Gartner
Alex Gartner’s dynamic anthem is a powerful way to begin Holy Week! The high energy piece captures the excitement of Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday with its joyous melody, changing meters, and dramatic sound.

FOR EASTER
A Resurrection Declaration by Victor Johnson
Alive with vibrant praise, this acclamation of life is a festive flourish for Easter Sunday. The rhythmic theme is punctuated by a message of confidence and unbounded joy, and the majestic brass and timpani and sparkling handbell parts will lift this invigorating anthem to the skies. Glorious!

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Because He Lives arr. Mary McDonald
This classic song by Bill and Gloria Gaither explores how the resurrection of Christ transforms the lives of believers. Mary McDonald’s superb choral writing and Michael Lawrence’s dynamic orchestration add a fresh dimension to the congregational favorite.

God of Grace and Glory by Joseph Martin
Walls of sound announce with confidence and power the glorious character of the Almighty as this festive anthem unfolds. An original tune rich with vitality and punctuated with exciting mixed meter moments forms the main theme. The anthem is crowned with a moment incorporating congregation as all join in singing the traditional hymn with a soaring descant. Awesome!

At the Name of Jesus arr. Lloyd Larson
A strong, resolute setting of the classic hymn, scored for SATB Choir and Organ or Piano, incorporating ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS NAME for optional congregation participation. The setting is well within the reach of the average church choir and will make a powerful statement in any service of worship.

Did you miss out on attending our January Sacred Choral Reading Session? If you’re interested in purchasing a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us!

You can also click here to view our entire Sacred Choral promotion for Spring 2017, or visit our Virtual Workshop. 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.


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.


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!


Sing and Celebrate! 12 December, 2016

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

The popular “Sing and Celebrate!” series provides everything you need for developing younger elementary choirs in your church! Designed for grades K-4, each volume contains a variety of general and seasonal songs for use throughout the church year. Packed with lesson plans, teaching resources, and rehearsal planning ideas, these collections give you all the tools necessary for building a successful, engaging choir program in one value-packed Book/CD! The enhanced StudioTrax CD features accompaniment and performance tracks, along with reproducible singers’ pages, supplemental teaching resources, and colorful PDF song charts for projection options! Songs, both familiar and new, along with fun, creative teaching plans will nurture the musical and spiritual growth of your singers to last a lifetime.

New this year:
Sing and Celebrate 5! by Joseph M. Martin, Ruth Elaine Schram, John R. Paradowski, Michael Bedford, and Jeff Reeves
Songs include: “Jesus In the Morning” (General), “This Little Light of Mine” (General), “Loving My Neighbor” (General), “Give Thanks” (Thanksgiving), “Rejoice! Rejoice!” (Advent), “Angels Sing Tonight” (Christmas), “Run, Shepherds, Run!” (Christmas), “Palms of Praise” (Palm Sunday), “An Easter Carol” (Easter), “Thank You for Family” (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day/Family).

And don’t miss the original “Sing and Celebrate,” and the subsequent volumes (Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4). Contact us for more recommendations for your children’s choirs, and remember to 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.


Sacred Choral Clinic in ONE MONTH 07 December, 2016

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346With Christmas around the corner it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 7th 2017, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 7th, 2017

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

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!

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!


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.


Shepherds, Tell the News! 21 September, 2016

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

Prepare for Christmas with your church choir with one of these outstanding anthems, carefully selected by our experienced Sacred Choral Music staff:

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne arr. Craig Courtney
This beautiful arrangement of the classic carol begins and ends with delicate simplicity building in between with a dynamic statement of the powerful third and fourth verses, including strategic a cappella sections. The truth of this wonderful anthem is worth singing about all year long. Don’t save it for Christmas!

March of the Wise Men arr. Phillip Keveren
The classic “As With Gladness Men of Old” has been set with great care and creativity to Bizet’s “March of the Kings” tune, resulting in an anthem filled with energy and pure fun. “We Three Kings” is also beautifully incorporated. Jubilant!

Lift Up Your Heads arr. Larry Shackley
Flexibly voiced and filled with lively call and response, Larry Shackley’s delightfully festive setting of PUER NOBIS is a quickly prepared selection perfect for the Advent season. “Lift up your heads, you mighty gates; the King of kings is drawing near.”

Behold the King of Glory by Mary McDonald
The richness of Christmas is seasoned with the Easter message in this reverent, powerful song. Gently contemporary and triumphant, this offering is inspirational and moving. It’s easily prepared and presented, yet deeply effective.

Sweet Little Jesus Boy arr. Molly Ijames
Lush sonorities abound in Molly Ijames’s inspiring setting of the Christmas classic. A lovely blending of solo and choir combined with an elegant piano accompaniment will distinguish this setting for years to come.

Mary Had a Baby arr. Lloyd Larson
As arranged by Lloyd Larson, this blues-gospel rendition based on the traditional Christmas spiritual is richly soulful and power-packed. The addition of the Adeste Fideles “O come, let us adore him,” enhances the drama while the dynamic rhythm parts heighten the impact of the retelling of King Jesus’ birth in a manger.

This Holy Night by Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall team up for this sensational Christmas Eve selection which is part love song, part lullaby, part ballad. God made a promise that he would make a way, and this quiet example of trust still speaks to us today “on this quiet, silent night.”

Shepherds, Tell the News by Lee Dengler
Warm, joyful, and inviting…this new anthem offers your choir a creative means to proclaim the Christmas message with energy and celebration. After the statement of the main theme and chorus, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is creatively woven with original theme, adding an extra moment of unbridled joy.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2016, or contact 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.