News & Views Thursday, May 05, 2016

Category: Church Choral

Join Us with MARK HAYES This Summer! 19 April, 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
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


Kids Sing Praise and Worship 09 March, 2016

00121351recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Kids Sing Praise and Worship” is a newly released collection of ten praise and worship songs written in ranges that are just right for children. Whether you have a Sunday School class or a children’s choir that sings unison most of the time, this is a great resource. The price of the collection includes audio access; companion recorded piano accompaniments online. The accompaniments can be streamed or downloaded. There is a code printed inside the cover of the book to access the accompaniments – no more CD to lose or scratch!

For more information about this collection of sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


SAVE THE DATE: Sacred Choral Reading Session August 2016 08 March, 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: $20.00 (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
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Kid’s Korner for Spring 2016 17 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

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

Come, Sing a Joyful Alleluia! by Dan Edwards
A classical-sounding piece for the Easter season! Voices shine in this new anthem from Dan Edwards, which is an excellent choice for worship, festival, or concert setting. This cheery piece is written in a terrific range for treble choirs. Also great to use as a liturgical selection – and appropriate as an Introit, Hymn of Praise, Gospel Acclamation or Offertory.

Hosanna, Hosanna! by Patti Drennan
This joyful anthem for Palm Sunday retells the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem as crowds shouted, “Hosanna, hosanna! Blessed is He who comes!” Written in 6/8 meter with optional handbells, the piece works well as an opening processional or a stately service anthem for any choir of unison voices from children to adults.

Risen Today! by Cindy Berry
Celebrate the miracle of Christ’s resurrection with this dynamic anthem set in ABA form. A stirring refrain, seasoned with gentle syncopation, recurs throughout the piece and later combines with an optional descant that brings the piece to a glorious conclusion.

Springtide Birds Are Singing, Singing by Nancy Raabe
This poetic anthem combines a youthful melody and a historical text, expertly crafted by Nancy Raabe. Perfect for Easter Sunday or any Sunday in the Easter season, we are reminded of the hope we have because of Christ’s death and resurrection. “Life for death on death’s throne meeting, joy for sorrow, faith for fear; Christ is ris’n, he is not here!”

God Is Never Late by Nathan Smith
A fun, imaginative composition from Nathan Smith! With lighthearted syncopation sure to delight your choristers, this anthem is a great way to introduce concepts of musical rhythm while teaching an important lesson of faith – we may not always see God at work, but we know and trust God to be faithful. Simple rhythm instruments add to the fun!

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 Henry 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 Fry 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 2016 05 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

It may still be cold and snowy outside, but it’s certainly not too early to be planning your choral anthems for this spring! We have carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety or worship styles and services throughout the coming months.

For the Lenten season and Holy Week, Mercy is an excellent choice. A powerful, poignant song of confession combined with a plea for Mercy, “Kyrie eleison” in ever increasing complexity and voice layering. Scored for SATB with piano accompaniment. Suitable for any time of introspection and reconciliation and particularly appropriate on Maundy Thursday. In another option, Lloyd Larson brings us to the garden in Gethsemane, combining chilling music with Susan Boersma’s compelling text to express Christ’s final plea: “Abba, take this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord is a spirited Palm Sunday processional. This anthem includes the first verse of “All Glory, Laud and Honor” for the congregation to participate, as well as an optional children’s choir part.

A splendid Easter opener, Ring the Easter Bells with Gladness joins choir and congregation in a mighty acclamation of the resurrection of Christ. Using a prominent hymntune makes this an almost instantly learned piece in the classic “Fanfare and Concertato” format. Each verse receives its moment, and the anthem is bookended by choral and brass flourishes, all creating an exalted effect!

For other Sundays this spring, try I Surrender All – this sumptuous setting of the classic hymn from gospel’s golden age is an example of Victor Johnson at his artistic best. An elegant piano accompaniment surrounds a stunning a cappella verse, creating a musical contrast that will be inspiring to hear and sing. Other excellent options include O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (a powerful and majestic new setting of the text), Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (a soulful Mary McDonald gospel anthem), and Give Me a Song (an earnest new text set to the hymntune GERMANY).

Did you miss out on our Sacred Choral Music Reading Session? If you’re interested in receiving 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 2016, or visit our Virtual Workshop. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 Fry 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 2016 15 January, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, 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!

35030635A Journey to Hope by Joseph M. Martin
This major sacred work is musically inspired by traditional spirituals and tells of the ministry, passion and resurrection of Jesus through familiar repurposed tunes, narration and scriptures. Two endings are provided, one for Holy Week and one with a jubilant Easter finale, making this a versatile and inspiring work for a variety of Spring programming. From the rhythmic vitality of “Ride On, King Jesus” to the languishing strains of “They Crucified My Lord,” from the stately dignity of “Give Me Jesus” to the festive joy of “Great Day,” this work delivers both ministry and artistry. Whether presented with Brant Adams’ inspired orchestrations, or with piano alone, you will find “A Journey to Hope” a unique and effective cantata experience.

The Alleluia Tree by Mark Hayes
The shame and pain of the cross was transformed into a triumphant symbol of hope through the message of Easter. This well-crafted 25-minute five song cantata beautifully and poetically depicts the Easter journey with fresh songs and familiar hymns…from reflection to resurrection. It’s easily prepared, yet powerful, and perfect for large and small choirs alike. It can be performed as a complete cantata or as separate anthems during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

A Living Hope by Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
Even Jesus’ closest friends doubted His promise: “In three days I will rise again.” However, Christ triumphed over death, and through His resurrection, those who follow Him have a new and “Living Hope.” This cornerstone of our faith serves as the foundation for Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi’s impassioned extended work for Easter. Distinguished by its use of nineteenth-century American hymnody, Shaker melodies, and spirituals, this celebratory cantata also includes the option for three soloists and six narrations for one or more readers. Michael Lawrence’s powerful orchestration adds to the brilliance of this hope-filled work that is sure to engage your choir and congregation in celebration of the risen Christ!

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 Henry 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 Fry 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 – THIS SATURDAY! 04 January, 2016

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session this Saturday, January 9th 2016, 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 9th, 2016

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 9th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Happy Birthday Alice Parker! 16 December, 2015

Alice Parker

by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Choral Specialists

It’s hard to believe,  but Alice Parker turns 90 years young today! This elder stateswoman of choral music was born in 1925. She studied music at Smith College and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw. Her collaboration with Shaw continued for the duration of his career, and her catalog of folk songs, spirituals and holiday music (both alone and with Shaw) are staples of the choral literature. She is the recipient of 6 honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal.

At the age of 90, Ms. Parker is still an active teacher, clinician, conductor and composer! Her non-profit organization Melodious Accord is sponsoring a project called Alice Is 90. They are asking for choral conductors to video record their groups singing her works anytime between December 2015 and December 2016 and upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook with #Aliceis90. Looking for a way to participate? Give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1; and we’d be happy to send you a 21 Day Trial or suggest something appropriate for your group.

Speaking of being an active composer, Stanton’s is happy to recommend these two new men’s chorals from Alice Parker, both in TTBB voicings:

hard times come againHard Times Come Again No More by S. Foster/arr. Parker (00144509)….$2.25

One of the sweetest of Stephen Foster’s songs, balancing nostalgia with heartfelt lament. Seems made for male chorus, with the kind of piano or guitar accompaniment that would’ve been found in 19th century homes. Very accessible vocal writing with a simple accompaniment, making this a fantastic option for every men’s chorus.

cindy.jpgCindy arr. Alice Parker (SBMP1215)………………………..$1.95

“I wish I was an apple a hangin’ from a tree, and ev’ry time that Cindy passed she’d take a bite of me.” Guys will delight in singing this clever arrangement of the American folksong. The versatility that the elegant writing affords makes this piece appropriate for choirs of all sizes.

 

 

About the Authors:

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Sacred Clinic in ONE MONTH 11 December, 2015

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 9th 2016, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 9th, 2016

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 9th 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 2015 23 October, 2015

by Judy Henry & Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Specialists

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

Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord arr. Brad Nix
Joy and energy abound in this irresistible thanksgiving anthem that includes a brief portion of the hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Repetition in both text and melody make the piece a snap to learn. And an easy, optional descant gives budding two-part choirs a chance to shine as the anthem comes to a close.

There Is No One Like Jesus (Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe) arr. Joseph Martin
Upbeat and lively, this spirited acclamation of praise is pure joy. Driven forward by a syncopated theme, this is music for the soul. Lots of repetition encourages quick learning, and the optional percussion really provides for a unique listening and performance experience. Available in two convenient voicings, this is one of those rare pieces that’s equally successful for adults and younger voices. A winner!

An Invitation for Advent arr. Douglas Nolan
Beckoning for Emmanuel to “come and set us free,” this anthem for Advent combines original music and text with the beloved Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Optional egg shakers and a stirring piano accompaniment enhance the sense of longing with its gentle, but continuous rhythmic drive.

Christmas Songs of Joy arr. Joseph Martin
This anthem of Christmas celebration combines original text and music with snippets of three beloved carols: Angels We Have Heard on High, The First Noel, and Joy to the World. Filled with exuberance and joy, the piece is an excellent choice for use on Christmas Eve or anytime during the Christmas season.

Hear the Angels, Hear Them Sing by Vicki Bedford
The late J. Paul Williams gave us so many wonderful lyrics for children’s choirs and here is a Christmas one that is brand new. Vicki Bedford has fashioned a catchy melody with rhythm and verve, and let the two vocal parts echo and play. Smuggling in the chorus to “Angels We Have Heard on High” was a stroke of genius. Children’s choirs will eat this one up! From the Houston Children’s Choir Series.

Mary Rocking, Gently Rocking arr. Hal Hopson
This sweet Christmas lullaby is artfully set by Hal Hopson. With short phrasing to support the rocking movement, this piece is a great way to teach your choristers about breath control and the shaping of phrases. The optional second part is not difficult, making this a good choice for choirs ready to begin part-singing. Also includes an optional flute part.

The Inn Crowd by Lee & Susan Dengler
The infamous census of the ages has made Bethlehem a busy and crowded spot, and there are some guests at a local inn who aren’t very happy. F.W. Woolworth (rich wool salesman), Rock Starling (hip star singer) – among others – have made it clear they want no part of the “lower class” staying at the inn (or otherwise). By the end of this 20-minute, easy-to-prepare and present musical, everyone learns that Jesus came for everyone, and that because of Him, we’re all definitely in God’s Kingdom.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 Fry 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.


Happy 70th Birthday John Rutter 24 September, 2015

by Jen Sper, Choral Music Specialist

E53There’s always a little buzz of excitement in the Choral Department when a new piece by John Rutter comes across our desks. His works feel like old friends, even the first time you hear them – warm and comforting. With his 70th birthday in 2015, both Oxford University Press and Hinshaw Music are re-releasing a number of his most seminal compositions in new Anniversary Editions, with accompanying notes on both the music and performance written by Rutter himself.

Rutter’s work has strong footing in both the school and church choral markets, and an especially strong presence in the Christmas repertoire – his recordings with the Cambridge Singers are as Christmassy as the little drummer boy eating fruitcake!

Much of his secular music is less familiar, but equally well-crafted and memorable. Seeds Grow to Plants sets a lovely and thoughtful text about the cycle of life, and larger works such as When Icicles Hang and The Reluctant Dragon (which includes the charmingly funny Banquet Fugue) are refreshingly creative.

John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student. His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, whose choir he directed in a number of broadcasts and recordings. After giving up the Clare post to allow more time for composition, he formed the Cambridge Singers as a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording, and he now divides his time between composition and conducting.

For more information about John Rutter and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: For the Beauty of the Earth, Candlelight Carol, Christ Is the Morning Star, Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind, Banquet Fugue, Seeds Grow to Plants

This article was originally posted Jan. 12th, 2015, and has been re-posted today in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, and an active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys eating good food, running (to counteract the good food!) and the Muppets.


“Shout for Joy, Ye People!” 21 September, 2015

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, 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:

Comfort, Comfort Ye My People arr. Howard Helvey
This spirited setting of the Goudimel melody is sure to be a favorite for Advent year after year. Scored for mixed choir, piano and optional tambourine, this delightful choral setting and rhythmic accompaniment bring new life to a familiar text.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel arr. Pamela Robertson
This familiar Advent text is paired here with the shape-note tune PISGAH, by our newest composer in the Hope catalog, Pamela Robertson. For SATB voices and piano, this joyful setting truly sparkles with the addition of the optional violin plus 4 handbells, written simply to be rung by singing members of the choir.

Shout for Joy, Ye People! by Victor Johnson
The prophetic scriptures of Isaiah provide inspiration for this festive message of celebration. Set to energizing music, this creative piece is a fresh choice for Advent. Solid part-writing gives each section a moment to shine, and the invigorating accompaniment offers ample variety and flourish. Sensational for sanctuary or concert hall usage!

Come, Let Us Adore Him arr. Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald has filled Gary Hallquist’s Christmas original with a driving energy. After quiet statements of the refrain from “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” it rises in dynamic, pitch, and key until bursting forth with hand claps and capped by a soaring solo. Add Ed Hogan’s brass and rhythm score to complete the fun!

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming arr. Howard Helvey
This glorious arrangement of the treasured original is scored for mixed choir and piano. A cappella sections are seamlessly woven into the fabric of voices in combination with exquisite accompaniment. There will be countless opportunities to program and appreciate this anthem.

Rise Up, Children, Arise! arr. Mary McDonald
Everyone will want to “rise up” and spread the Good News with this lively, yet soulful choral from Mary McDonald. Absolutely filled with joy and style from beginning to end, it also incorporates “Rise Up Shepherd” and “Go, Tell it on the Mountain” with great effect!

Gotta Whisper, Gotta Shout! by Victor Johnson
Fun and full of energy, this original Christmas spiritual employs distinctive dynamic contrasts that both whisper and shout the good news! Call and response between soloist and choir add interest, and sequencing modulations build to a rousing finish.

Now My Spirit Sings by Lee Dengler
This fresh setting of The Magnificat captures the expressive and worshipful reverence of the moment. “The Sussex Carol” is also gently incorporated, adding a layer of richness to the anthem.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2015, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:

Judy Henry 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 Fry 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.


“Let There Be Christmas” 16 September, 2015

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, 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:

Let There Be Christmas by Joseph M. Martin
This service in song is a joyous celebration of hope and peace for the Christmas season. Using carols, narration, congregational participation and original anthems, this approachable work is the perfect choice for choirs of any size. From jubilant songs of praise to reflective carols of peace, this cantata is filled with moments designed to energize the spirit of the season in your community of faith. Extra musical suggestions offer directors creative options for presentation, and the wonderfully crafted and colorful orchestrations by Brant Adams further enhance the festive potential of this thoughtful work.

The Silence and the Sound by Heather Sorenson
More than just a re-telling of the nativity, this work explores both the mystery and the majesty of Christ’s birth. Filled with original sacred songs and beloved carols, this innovative cantata is not only a beautiful concert moment, but it is a true worship experience. The richness of both contemporary and traditional elements, along with thoughtful narrations, make this work an excellent choice for blended worship styles, and Keith Christopher’s stunning orchestrations complete the package. The perfect blending of artistry and ministry!

Sing We Now of Christmas by Howard Helvey
Exquisite, fresh carol settings are woven together with scripture lessons and poetic narration to create a refreshing celebration of Advent and Christmas. Howard Helvey’s artistry shines in each rich arrangement. Optional congregational readings and singing are included as well, to complete the presentation. The work is as singable as it is effective and inspiring, and will usher in the season of rejoicing with joy and festivity. Create a celebration of the Incarnation with “Sing We Now of Christmas.”

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2015, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:

Judy Henry 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 Fry 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 2015 09 September, 2015

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, 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:

Fanfare and Concertato on The Church’s One Foundation arr. Jon Paige & Brad Nix
Ideal for church heritage services, this treasured song of the faith will invigorate congregational participation. Featuring a fanfare opening, an attractive a cappella verse and a lofty descant, this regal anthem can also be supported by the optional brass, handbells and percussion. Impressive!

Fly Away Home by Pepper Choplin
Contemplative, heart-warming, and set in a simple, folk-ballad style, Pepper Choplin explores the promise of eternal rest promised by Jesus to His followers: “O fly away home. Come and claim sweet heaven’s prize.”

Go Rest High on That Mountain arr. Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
Vince Gill’s popular song has been given its first-ever choral setting. Perfect for memorial services of any kind, this anthem has a folk-like quality and soars as it incorporates the immortal “Amazing Grace,” leading to a quiet conclusion.

Be Thou My Vision by Mary McDonald
This old Irish hymn dates from the 8th century though the theme couldn’t be more relevant to the culture in which we live. It is only fitting that Mary McDonald found the inspiration to craft her own melody for this beloved hymn text. The words unfold in a stirring, new way with melody and harmonies that lift and transport them to new heights. The dynamic orchestration by Ed Hogan soars.

More Love to Thee by Timothy Shaw
Praise resounds from every measure of this new setting of the familiar hymn for SATB choir and keyboard. From the quiet beginning to the exuberant ending, we experience a growing dynamic of text and alleluias. This anthem is suitable for any service of praise and worship.

Marchin’ with the Saints arr. Patti Drennan
This rousing setting of two popular spirituals opens with a slower section of When the Saints Go Marching In and immediately segues into a bright two-beat setting of Give Me that Old Time Religion. Closing with a spirited partnering of the two tunes, this is the perfect selection for both worship or concert.

We Sing the Mighty Power of God arr. Anna Laura Page
The sturdy hymn tune ELLACOMBE is given a glorious new setting which skillfully interpolates the Doxology, resulting in a strong anthem of praise and proclamation of God’s power. Easily prepared, yet highly effective!

Give Thanks and Glorify His Name by Lloyd Larson
This spirited and engaging call to give thanks and praise is driven by a rhythmic accompaniment and includes the first verse of “Now Thank We All Our God.” Scored for SATB choir and keyboard, the anthem is accessible for the average church choir.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2015, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:

Judy Henry 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 Fry 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.


THIS SATURDAY – Stanton’s Welcomes Joel Raney! 05 August, 2015

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

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 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (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 Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music Major Graduation Gifts – Vocalists 07 May, 2015

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession.  Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to a high school graduate who plan to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession.   The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts ( in a variety of price ranges,) we could have used when we graduated!

For high school graduates pursuing a degree in vocal music:

IPA Made Easy by Anna Wentlet (42789) ……………………………………………………………$9.99

ipa made easyDon’t worry mom and dad, in this case IPA doesn’t stand for a type of beer.  It’s the International Phonetic Alphabet, a system of symbols depicting vowel and consonant sounds across all languages.  Vocal students spend a lot of time studying IPA, and this handy pocket-sized guide includes online examples of every sound spoken by a professional vocalist.

So You Want To Be a Music Major by Robert Franzblau (00121797)……………………$14.99

so you want to be a music majorThere’s a famous story about a music professor who looked at his or her entry level theory class of bright-eyed freshman on the first day and said, “Look to your left.  Now look to your right.  One of these people won’t be here by the end of the semester.”  Success as a music major depends greatly on a number of factors, sometimes the least of which is talent or ability.  Go in prepared with this book about how to make a successful transition from high school musician to collegiate music student.

Standard Vocal Literature ed. Richard Walters ……………………………………………………$22.99              Available for Soprano, (00740272) Mezzo Soprano, (00740273) Tenor, (00740274) Baritone, (00740275) or Bass (00740276)

standard vocal literatureAll college students complain about the cost of textbooks, but music majors have to spend an amazing amount on the music that they learn and perform.  These standard books are used by most vocal majors, and include online audio access to recorded accompaniments and diction lessons.

For college graduates pursuing a career in vocal music:

When the Fat Lady Sings: Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught by David W. Barber (0987849274)……………………………………………………………………………………………….$17.95

when the fat lady singsWe all need to be able to laugh a little at ourselves.  Whether your graduate is opera specialist or not, they’ll get a kick out of David Barber’s tongue-in-cheek take on this venerable art form.

 

Pitch Pipe (#6459 or #6459C)………………………………………………………………..$29.40 or $31.80

pitch pipeUseful to lots of musicians in a variety of situations, pitch pipes are especially important to vocalists needing a starting pitch when there isn’t a keyboard or other instrument around.  Due to their diminutive size they are easily lost, so you can never have too many!

Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir ed. Buchanan/Mehaffey                                                 (item numbers vary) ………………………………………………………………………………..$25.95-$45.95

teaching music through performance in choirThese are the go-to resource for quality literature at all levels.  The books are a wealth of information, and the accompanying CD sets have high quality recordings of each piece.  While a worthwhile investment, they can be out of reach for those on a first-year teacher’s salary.  Available titles include Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Vol. 1, 2 & 3 as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir.  Books and CD sets sold separately.

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Behind the Scenes – True Stories from the Stanton’s Staff 06 May, 2015

questioning girlquestioning girlLife has a way of supplying incidents that make you want to scratch your head in amused bewilderment!  Here are some true “Stanton’s Stories” that made us ask the proverbial question, “?!?!?”

A customer who directs a community band called to order single parts to dozens of band pieces.  Why?  His second trumpet player had his house broken into and the thief not only took valuable musical instruments and equipment, but also stole his 2nd trumpet folder. – ?!?!?

A professionally dressed woman came in to the store to buy a beginning violin book for her child.  This being her first experience, she asked, in all innocence, “What happens when we’re done with the book – do you buy them back?” – ?!?!?

Apparently some people are so sure that “big brother is watching” that they don’t feel the need to provide any pertinent information we could use to help them.  We got an anonymous email from a customer that simply said, “wrong cd.” -?!?!?

We got a call from a school band director who said, “I’ve been calling everyplace to find this piece that’s not published yet – do you have it?” – !!!?

Whatever happened to “Thou Shalt Not Steal?”  Someone once tried to use a stolen credit card to order some sacred church music. – ?!?!?

A school music teacher ordered some classroom books via email and wrote, “We have a new middle school building, so do not send the music to the old 123 Main Street address.”  However, she didn’t feel the need to tell us the new address. -?!?!?

When a fellow ordered some unusual manuscript paper online, we were concerned since it was a very specialized paper that had to be ordered in from Germany.  It was expensive and could take several weeks to import.  We contacted the customer to relay this information and to confirm that this was the product he was hoping to get. He said, “Oh no, just send any staff paper.  I’m a drummer and want to write down some rhythms!” – ?!?!?


SAVE THE DATE – Sacred Choral Reading Session 2015 29 April, 2015

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

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 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (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 Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s August 2015 Church Clinic 25 March, 2015

After Holy Week is done and you’ve had time to take a breath, make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

Your registration 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 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (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 Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!