News & Views Thursday, April 27, 2017

Category: Church Choral

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.


The Noel Critter Motel 19 September, 2016

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

The Noel Critter Motel by Mark Cabaniss & Ruth Elaine Schram
It’s not just another day at the Tiny Bit of Heaven Motel in Bethlehem (actually a stable behind a small Inn) which is run completely by animals. Annie Lamb is a reporter for The Bethlehem Chronicle and snooping around for clues regarding Caesar’s Census. However she – along with the others – is about to have a life-changing night. Major Moo runs a tip-top motel, accompanied by Miss Dovie (Front Desk Clerk), Ladybug Lacey (maid) and Cecil R. Caterpillar (bellhop). The Innkeeper is the only human that ever comes in among the animal visitors, but rumor has it he’s bringing a human couple in to stay the night and the animals are afraid they’ll ruin everything! But they all eventually learn a certain “Stranger on the straw” came to earth to change the world, and that even people and things we don’t understand can sometimes be miracles in disguise.

For more recommendations for Christmas musicals 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.


“What Sweeter Music” 14 September, 2016

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

Presenting a cantata with your church choir is a wonderful way to prepare your congregation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff highly recommends these cantatas for the Christmas season:

Morning Star by Lloyd Larson
The Christmas story is one of hope. It is a message for each of us at any stage of life’s journey reminding us that in our own dark nights Christ, the Light of the world, has come. This versatile musical is designed to be a worship celebration for choir, two narrators, and congregation. The blending of new and familiar Christmas melodies ensures a meaningful experience. The varied accompaniment options – from piano only to full orchestra – as well as the availability in both SATB or SAB versions enables this cantata to work for choirs large and small. This inspiring work can be presented in shorter segments through the Sundays of Advent or in a single 30-minute Christmas worship experience.

What Sweeter Music by John Leavitt
Capturing the varied moods and colors of the Christmas season, this extended work is delightfully written and highly singable, with a selection of carols that is pure Christmas joy. Ideal for both Christmas concerts and worship, it includes: Sing Noel, Alleluia!; The Angel Gabriel, He Is Born; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; People, Look East; Resonet In Laudibus; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; We Three Kings of Orient Are; What Sweeter Music.

Joy! (A Gospel Christmas Celebration) by Joel Raney
Telling the Christmas story through six dynamic choral settings, Joel Raney brings his masterful ability to compose new and creative rhythms that showcase his grasp of the gospel style to this impactful presentation for SATB choirs. Christmas carols like you’ve never heard before, all performed with an interspersing of scripture readings on the theme of “Joy.” Accompaniment can be provided by just piano or Ed Hogan’s lively orchestration or a smaller set of rhythm parts. Performance time is 25 minutes making this ideal for fitting into a Christmas worship service or as a separate musical program.

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.


New Church Anthems for Fall 2016 09 September, 2016

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

As church choirs start up for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:

And the Father Will Dance by Mark Hayes
With text from the book of Zephaniah and the Psalms, Mark Hayes has created a timeless work already performed by thousands of choirs around the world. The pianistic accompaniment has proved to work well on the organ, also.

Seek the Lord by John Carter
This classic Hope anthem by John Carter is based on the familiar verse from Isaiah 55, “seek the Lord while he may be found, cll upon him while he is near.” A proven winner for church choirs, this all-time best-seller is now available for SAB choirs with an optional C instrument part included.

Hymn of Thanksgiving by Douglas E. Wagner
Douglas Wagner has taken the familiar ST DENIO hymn tune and created an accessible setting of this Cliffor Baz text for use at Thanksgiving. This festive anthem, with its inclusion of optional Brass and Timpani, is a bold yet highly accessible declaration of thanks to God.

Lord, Your Church Are We arr. Mary McDonald
“Lord, Your church are we; redeemed, Your own to be.” Full of thoughtful text and vivid scriptural images, Mary McDonald’s flowing setting of the early American folk tune PROSPECT is an ardent call to discipleship.

Celebrate the Day by Pepper Choplin
This festival anthem explodes with exuberant calls to celebrate alternating with time for contemplation and praise. The celebration is enhanced with the use of 2 trumpets, horn, 2 trombones and timpani.

For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Mark Hayes
A stately fanfare opens this masterful setting that reflects on the wonders of God’s creation. The subsequent section is much quieter, but the fullness of sound quickly returns as the congregation is invited to join in, leading to a vigorous and fulfilling finale.

We See Christ by Joel Raney
Based on Matthew 25, this original anthem by Joel Raney is ideal for themes on social justice, ministry, and mission. It opens with an optional reading of the scripture which then flows perfectly into the anthem proclaiming the powerful message: “When we look at the needy, we see Christ. We are yours, Lord, make us your instruments of peace, bringing hope when all seems hopeless, filling darkness with light.”

Come Home by Craig Courtney
This beautiful setting of the familiar SOFTLY AND TENDERLY is full of rich, pleading solo melody supported by warm, stirring choral development. Scored for SATB choir and piano with full score and parts for small string ensemble and oboe available for purchase. Perfect for All Saints, communion or memorial.

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.


Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 08 August, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

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 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
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 Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 12 July, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

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 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
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 Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

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.


MARK HAYES: Coming to Stanton’s This Summer! 31 May, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

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 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
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 Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


For Summer Church Choir 11 May, 2016

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

As we head into summer, we recommend both the Easy Anthems and Singing Men series as excellent options for summer church choirs – with many full choirs on summer hiatus or with members traveling out of town, it can be a challenge to find repertoire to effectively lead your congregation while still being musically achievable! New this year:

Easy Anthems Vol. 6 compiled by Jane Holstein
Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. There are pieces for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Communion and general occasions in a variety of styles. All of these are proven winners from composers and arrangers: Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jay Althouse, Marty Parks, and Ruth Elaine Schram. Each is set for SAB or Two-Part Mixed choirs.

Singing Men Vol. 5 arranged by Lloyd Larson
Here is the 5th volume in our successful series of TTBB voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are popular contemporary songs are top-selling arrangements from Lloyd Larson.

For more recommendations for your church choir, please contact us!

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.