News & Views Thursday, July 24, 2014

Category: Church Choral

Larry Shackley is Coming in August! 26 June, 2014

Sacred Clinic logoStanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session!

Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

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 8/9/2014, 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 Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 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

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Stanton’s Summer Choral Clinics – Register TODAY! 18 June, 2014

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

Mark your calendar for these dates:
gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/30/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC, 775 Galloway Road 43119

 

 

John Jacobson Workshoplogo JJW
Thursday 7/31/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC, 775 Galloway Road 43119

 

 

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 8/1/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC, 775 Galloway Road 43119

 

 

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/2/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St 43215

 

 
Sacred Clinic logoSacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/9/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park Street, Westerville OH 43081

 

 

excellence logoExcellence in Choral Literature
Saturday 8/23/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street 43215

 

 

Register online, or contact us for more details!

Plan to Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session! 28 May, 2014

Sacred Clinic logoStanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session!

Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

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 8/9/2014, 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 Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 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

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Need To Organize Your Music Library? 22 May, 2014

disorganizedIs your music library a mess? Are your arrangements getting tattered, torn, dog-eared, etc.? Let Stanton’s Sheet Music help you get your music library organized with File Finder music file boxes and Musi-Dex Filing System filing envelopes.

 

       
Concert Size                9 1/2″ x 12 5/8”
Available in 5/8” (#60-1), 1” (#60-2), and 1 1/2″ (#60-3) depths.

Marching Band            5 3/4″ x 7 1/4″
Available in 1” (#40-2) and 1 1/2″ (#40-3) depths.

Octavo Size                 8 1/2″ x 11″
Available in 1″ (#80-1), 2″ (#80-2), and 3″ (80-3) depths.

 

 

Musi-Dex Filing System Envelopes                .35 each
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SAVE THE DATE – Sacred Choral Reading Session 2014 30 April, 2014

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 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 8/9/2014, 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 Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 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

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Choral Collections for Church Choirs 04 April, 2014

church_choirIf you’re facing the challenge of a smaller choir and trying to make the most of your church’s music budget, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you explore some of these exciting new choral collections:

In Christ Alone (Acoustic Praise for the Growing Choir)
The increasing treasury of modern hymns and sacred songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty and collaborator Stuart Townend are explored in this new resource designed for choirs of any level. Many of this writing team’s biggest successes are included, all lovingly adapted by some of our most gifted arrangers. Music for the entire church year is contained in this collection. Transcending stylistic boundaries, this music and message are home in both contemporary-styled worship venues and traditional programs. Creative instrumental adornments offer additional options for performance while sensitive arranging make this compilation accessible to choirs of any size.

10 More Anthems for About 10 Singers
Continuing the acclaimed series of choral collections for smaller choirs, this invaluable and economical compilation is a perfect solution no matter how few in number or vocally unbalanced your faithful choir may be.  More collections in this series include 10 Anthems for About 10 Singers, 12 Anthems for About 12 Singers, 12 Carols for About 12 Singers, 8 Anthems for About 12 Singers, Raise the Praise for About 10 Singers, and 10½ Anthems for About 10 Singers.

Women in Song IV
Here is the 4th volume in Hope Publishing’s successful series of settings for women’s choirs. Included are ten top-sellers composed and arranged by Lloyd Larson for SSA voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.  Check out Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 as well!

For more valuable suggestions for your church choir, please contact us!

Stanton’s August 2014 Church Clinic 25 March, 2014

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 Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC.  From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

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 8/9/2014, 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 Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 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

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Church Choir Warm-Ups 24 February, 2014

Church Choir Warm-Ups by Janet Day is a valuable resource essential for every church choir director. These warm-ups and activities will help prepare voices, bodies and spirits to share the Word through song. The opening prayers and meditations will help center your rehearsals. The vocal exercises will guide singers to produce a free and open tone, develop clean articulation and diction, improve resonance and intonation – all while singing inspirational words and passages. The group activities will develop a camaraderie that every church choir should know. The enclosed enhanced audio CD provides a demonstration recording of each vocal exercise to use with full choir, small group or individual practice, plus printable, reproducible, projectable PDFs of each singer exercise. Use these meaningful exercises, prayers and activities to enhance your music ministry at any level.

For more resources for your music ministry, contact Stanton’s Sheet Music at 1.800.426.8742.

Mark Your Calendar – Sacred Choral Reading Session! 17 February, 2014

As the Lenten season continues and Easter gets closer and closer, Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC.  From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

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 8/9/2014, 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 Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 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 2014 10 February, 2014

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

All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Anna Laura Page
This delightful setting of the cherished hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” makes a splendid selection for older elementary choirs or any choir of unison or 2-part voices. After singing the familiar ROYAL OAK tune on stanza 1, a new melody spotlights stanza 2. The two melodies join together on stanza 3 in traditional partner-song fashion before concluding with a final restatement of the timeless refrain. Optional flute and finger cymbals sweetly compliment the piano accompaniment during the song’s introduction, interludes, and conclusion.

Glory to the Risen Lord by Mark Patterson
Celebrating the triumphant news of Christ’s resurrection, this jubilant anthem calls “Easter people” to sound the news that Jesus is alive! A recurring refrain of “alleluias” follows each verse and also provides an optional descant as the song nears its conclusion. A simple part for 3 optional handbells heightens the sense of exuberance.

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna arr. Michael Bedford
This arrangement of the stately ELLACOMBE tune brings regal sophistication to any festive Palm Sunday celebration. Organ and trumpet enhance the spirit of celebration as unison or 2-part voices herald Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. In the final stanza, a resounding vocal descant along with optional congregational singing further magnifies the passionate praises of the crowd.

Little Innocent Lamb arr. Greg Gilpin
Greg Gilpin’s incredibly fun vocal part-writing and unique accompaniment style suit this setting of “Little Innocent Lamb” wonderfully! Your choristers will love singing this upbeat setting of the traditional spiritual. Can be performed as a unison or a two-part piece.

My Mother’s Love by Tom Shelton
This lovely piece for a combination of children and their mothers will immediately draw tears on Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home. The text alone is quite touching. Easily put together on limited rehearsal, this is another great installment in the Accent on Young Voices Series edited by Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White.

The Big Fish by Ken Medema
Here’s the story of Jonah as only the creative minds of Grace Hawthorne and Ken Medema can present! With a jazz “film noir” touch, this 20-minute reproducible musical for young voices is easy to prepare and present…while also being uncommonly creative. Hop aboard “the big fish” for an unforgettable ride!

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s?  Contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Handbell Music for Lent and Easter 2014 07 February, 2014

Are your ringers ready for a new challenge during the Lenten season?  Try one of these excellent selections for Lent and Easter, recommended by Stanton’s Handbell Music specialist:

Enhance your Palm Sunday service with this bold and stately arrangement of All Glory, Laud and Honor. The inclusion of an optional solo trumpet will add excitement to your celebration of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

In How Hast Thou Offended, Ron Mallory has given us this wonderful arrangement incorporating two great tunes for Easter. Use of the LV technique will offer a great challenge for your Level 1 ensembles.

Guaranteed to be a highlight during any service on Easter morning, this vibrant Linker/McFadden arrangement of Lift High the Cross for handbells and organ includes optional parts for handchimes, Bb or C trumpet, congregation and optional choir to allow everyone to join in the celebration of faith. A timeless selection to be used for years to come!

Written for 5, 6 or 7 ringers, this contemplative treatment of the beloved hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross is the newest offering in Chorister’s Guild’s “Ring More With Less” series. The use of handchimes and various handbell techniques will add color to this prayerful and thoughtful rendition. Suggested assignments for 5, 6, or 7 ringers are provided.

Jason Krug offers a lively and majestic new arrangement of Christ the Lord Is Risen Today with just enough pomp and circumstance to create a perfect opener for your Easter service!

The majestic tune Thine Be the Glory, composed by G.F. Handel, has been skillfully arranged for your handbell ensembles. Bright and uplifting, your choir will enjoy the use of echo, LV, and mallets.

The unbridled joy of Easter morning is brilliantly reflected in Easter Bells, an ingenious pairing of LASST UNS ERFREUEN (“All Creatures of Our God and King”) and EASTER HYMN (“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”). Arranger Michael Ryan has made this accessible and exciting for all 2-3 octave choirs.

An exciting title to feature your handbell choir on Easter morning! The beloved hymn Jesus Christ is Risen Today is presented simply, enhanced by malleted bells before developing into variations where each one is more stunning than the last. A martellato section heralds the return to the original theme before building to a dramatic conclusion. Use the optional handchime parts to add even more interest to this celebration of faith.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New Church Anthems for Spring 2014 03 February, 2014

Sharon-Church-in-spring-IMG_27511It may still be cold and snowy outside, but it’s certainly not too early to be planning your choral anthems for this spring!  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.

For the Lenten season and Holy Week, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross is an excellent choice.  Mary McDonald takes this classic lyric and creates a memorable original melody, in which she incorporates a cameo appearance of the familiar hymn tune. Rich sonorities and great choral moments blend with a signature piano accompaniment to produce the perfect devotional anthem. In another option, worshippers will be thrilled by Craig Courtney’s stunning arrangement of the classic hymn Sing My Tongue the Glorious Battle. Its intensity builds persistently to the final declaration: “Tell how Christ, the world’s Redeemer as a victim won the day.”

Howard Helvey’s exquisitely crafted arrangement of Ride On, King Jesus provides a wonderful teaching tool for your choir and crowning jewel for any Palm Sunday service. Dynamic contrast, distribution of the melody throughout all sections of the choir, richly layered part writing and creative use of syncopation are just a few of the features that make this a cappella arrangement so special.

The Day of Resurrection features a brilliant instrumental fanfare and opening chorus to announce our Savior’s triumph over the grave. After a wonderful passage for choir and congregation, the fanfare returns for a victorious finish! The versatility of this arrangement allows the accompaniment to be tailored for use with small or large choirs. Another choice is Mack Wilberg’s Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise, a grand and exultant arrangement of the hymn tune LLANFAIR. The melody is treated in several ways, including a four-part unaccompanied verse and a jubilant descant; the accompaniment adds further triumphant color and scalic flourishes.

For other Sundays this spring, try Lloyd Larson’s The Bible Tells Me So. Opening with a simple child’s solo (that may also be sung by female voices), this charming anthem moves into a light jazz style with clean vocal lines and a whimsical piano accompaniment, creating a sure favorite for singers and congregation alike! Other excellent options include How Marvelous, How Wonderful (a soaring new melody for the standard “I stand amazed in the presence…” text), Write Your Blessed Name (a classic choral by K. Lee Scott) and Spirit Come Down (a lively retelling of the Pentecost story by Mark Hayes).

Did you miss out on our Sacred Choral Music Reading Session?  Never fear!  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 2014, or visit our Virtual Workshop.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Church Reading Session – THIS SATURDAY! 07 January, 2014

Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session this Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 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. The clinic will be held in its usual place at the Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH.

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 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2014 02 January, 2014

lenten crossLead your congregation in Lenten or Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!

In My Place by Craig Courtney
“In My Place” is a poignant musical journey following Christ to the cross. It is a compelling reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus willingly made as He gave His life for each of us. Craig Courtney’s masterful compositions and Pamela Stewart’s inspired narrative will facilitate a memorable and meaningful worship experience for Lent or Holy Week. The music is a distinctive blend of original melodies and creative hymn settings. The narrative focuses on the observations of five first-hand witnesses to Christ’s final hours: Judas, Peter, the thief on the cross, the Roman centurion, and a crowd member who called for Christ’s death. Moving, dramatic, and life-changing are all appropriate descriptors of this exceptional Craig Courtney cantata.

Testimony of Life by Joseph M. Martin
Written in a traditional style and inspired by the celebrated “lessons and carols” format, “Testimony of Life” presents the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Comprised of choral anthems, Scripture and congregational songs, the work also divides easily into three sections, enabling directors to present the work progressively through Lent and Easter. Choirs of any size will enjoy the thoughtful part writing and the easily learned melodies. From joyful celebrations of Christ’s early ministry to the deep sadness of His suffering and crucifixion, from the shadowed whispers of Gethsemane to the brilliant alleluias of Easter, “Testimony of Life” is a thoughtful mix of artistry and ministry.

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!

Mark Hayes’ “Requiem” 27 December, 2013

     Composer Mark Hayes’ vocal and instrumental writing is widely acclaimed and performed across the nation. He is well-known for his unique choral settings which draw from such diverse styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk, and classical to achieve a truly “American sound.”  His brand new Requiem, scored for two soloists, chorus and orchestra is a contemplative work using English translations combined with Latin text for a musically reflective experience.

Premiered at Lincoln Center with Hayes conducting in May 2013, this work includes seven movements of the Requiem Mass and, other than the dramatic “Dies Irae,” each movement features both Latin and English texts. Hayes has dedicated his new Requiem to his parents, both of whom passed away in the last few years.

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and record producer. His personal catalog, totaling over 1000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Among his many honors are the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music from Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies, and, numerous times, the Standard Award from ASCAP.

For more exciting new works for choir, please contact us.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Sacred Clinic in ONE MONTH! 11 December, 2013

With 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 11th, 2014, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. The clinic will be held in its usual place at the Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH.

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 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing.

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Be a Host with the Most” 05 December, 2013

Congratulations! You’ve just accepted the worthy challenge of planning a music festival…so what happens now? If you’re like many festival organizers, you may worry about lacking the time, energy, or experience to pull off a successful event. Relax! Be a Host with the Most is an easy-to-use guide that will help you to get and stay organized by outlining the major elements required in a clear and concise format. Master conductor Eph Ehly offers practical and insightful advice based on his more than fifty years of experience and participation in over 600 music festivals. Also included are reproducible checklists to keep track of the details before, during, and after the festival.

For more information on planning a choral festival, check out our previous blog on how Stanton’s Sheet Music can assist you in providing music for your attendees, or contact us for more information.

January Sacred Choral Reading Session 19 November, 2013

Since most church choirs are in the thick of preparations for Advent and Christmas, it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! When the holidays are over, plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 11th, 2014, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday, January 11, 2014
9:00 am – 12:30 am
Registration: $20.00

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. The clinic will be held in its usual place at the Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH.

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 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Click here to watch video

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kids’ Korner for Fall & Christmas 2013 03 October, 2013

ChildrenChoirWeb300x200Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Anna Laura Page
This delightful setting of the cherished hymn makes a splendid selection for older elementary choirs or any choir of unison or 2-part voices. After singing the familiar ROYAL OAK tune on stanza 1, a new melody spotlights stanza 2. The two melodies join together on stanza 3 in traditional partner-song fashion before concluding with a final restatement of the timeless refrain. Optional flute and finger cymbals sweetly compliment the piano accompaniment during the song’s introduction, interludes and conclusion.

I’m Gonna Sing (with Over My Head) arr. Terry Taylor
It is nice to find an arrangement that simply lets the original songs shine! The piano accompaniment gently supports the melody as each spiritual is introduced. Then, the fun begins as the two melodies partner together. This piece will be a cinch to put together, and your choristers will have a blast as they sing and learn these timeless songs.

A Christmas Gloria! by Timothy Shaw
Rhythmic energy radiates throughout this piece that proclaims the joyous message sung by angels the first Christmas night, “Gloria in excelsis Deo!” The celebratory refrain begins and ends the piece while a slightly more relaxed middle section offers a pleasing contrast. A fine choice for both unison and unison/2-part choirs, especially for choirs of older elementary voices.

Silent Night arr. Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson’s simple, straightforward, and beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night” includes everything a choir needs for success. The vocal line is set in a perfect range for children’s voices, and the addition of a descant on the last verse creates a part-singing learning opportunity. Use the German text on the first verse to teach your choir and congregation about the origins of the song.

Glory to God! by Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson brings us a cute, inventive 2-part Christmas calypso that is just right for children. The percussion starts it off, then the parts alternate phrases before getting to sing two melodies together. The finale is the Gloria from “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Claves and maracas add sparkle.

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s?  Contact our choral department at 1.800.426.8742!

On This Shining Night 18 September, 2013

flat,550x550,075,fPrepare for Christmas with your church choir with some of these outstanding anthems and cantatas!

Amen! Tell It on the Mountain arr. Mary McDonald
In a relaxed, blues/swing style, “Amen! Tell It on the Mountain!” creatively combines two familiar spirituals, “Amen!” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” There are many soulful blue notes in the piano, and the accessible vocals are fun to perform, especially as they build to a big finish.

Breath of Heaven arr. Michael Barrett
An apex of contemporary sacred music, this popular solo now made choral, probes the emotions and sentiments felt by Mary as she ponders the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Heart-felt and filled with gentle beauty, this sensitively arranged octavo rises and falls like a prayer. Ideal for Marian emphasis or Advent services, this soliloquy of grace will become a favorite with your singers.

How Beautiful This Silent Night arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Gentle and captivating, the beautiful text images are reinforced by subtle musical references to “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Ruthie’s melody is unforgettable.

Joy to the World arr. Lloyd Larson
This bold and exciting arrangement of “Joy to the World!” is worthy of both worship and the concert hall. The arrangement unfolds with striking harmonic color, fluctuating choral textures, and rhythmic interplay.

A Light Will Shine arr. Lloyd Larson
This energetic Advent anthem is based upon a famous passage from Isaiah: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.” Opening with lively syncopation in the accompaniment and easy vocals, it segues to the HOLY MANNA tune, which Lloyd creatively pairs with Charles Wesley’s “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

This Child by Mary McDonald
From a hushed, meditative opening to a powerful, praise-filled conclusion, “This Child” focuses on the identity of the baby in the manger and His mission to bring light to the entire world.

What Strangers Are These arr. Dan Forrest
The contemplative text of an old Scottish Carol explores the identities and relationships of the participants in the Nativity story. The SATB arrangement of a Scottish folk song includes a tender piano, flute and/or guitar accompaniment. Perfect for Christmas Eve.

With Open Hearts We Are Waiting by Pepper Choplin
“Emmanuel: our prayer is the same as the meaning of Your name. God be with us.” And with open hearts, we eagerly await our Emmanuel each Advent season. Choplin’s original is a lyrical and touching musical expression of our faith.

Bethlehem’s Child by Lloyd Larson & Victor Johnson
Using a blend of original and familiar music, Lloyd Larson and Victor Johnson who are church musicians like you, collaborated on this telling of the Christmas story from the vantage point that God’s ways are not typically our ways. Featuring all of the hallmarks of popular cantatas, from beloved carols and a scripturally based narration to opportunities for congregational participation and an optional full orchestration, this work also boasts the distinctive choral writing of two fine composers, an upbeat spiritual movement, and short optional female or male solos. May you welcome “Bethlehem’s Child” into your heart and your worship service this season!

On This Shining Night by Lee Dengler
The hauntingly beautiful introductory section of this new Christmas cantata from Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler leads into the glorious majesty of “O Holy Night,” and sets the scene as the shining night when Jesus – the Light of the World – was born. The work is woven with newly-composed music and familiar carols, including “Joy to the World!;” “O Come, All Ye Faithful;” “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow;” “Rocking Carol,” and many more. This cantata is scored for choir (with an optional congregation participation piece) with piano accompaniment. The movements are separated by narration for one or two readers. An optional chamber orchestration is available for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, percussion, timpani, string quintet, and handbells. Performance suggestions, including dramatic use of candles and two possible endings for the cantata, are included in the choral book. This creative cantata, which includes energetic and upbeat songs as well as reflective and reverent pieces, promises to be a profound addition to your congregation’s Advent and Christmas observances.

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