News & Views Friday, October 31, 2014

Category: Church Choral

“The Stars Point the Way” 17 October, 2014

For a special feature for your treble ensembles in your upcoming holiday performances, Stanton’s suggests:

The Stars Point the Way by Mark Sirett
The Stars Point the Way was commissioned by the Cantilon Choirs of Edmonton, Alberta and was awarded “Outstanding Choral Composition for 2010” by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. This Christmas carol is sub-titled “Cosmic Bethlehem” and is a beautiful mix of traditional metaphors and contemporary references that will engage your singers and audiences and make the miracle relevant and personal.

Cradle Hymn by Kim Andre Arnesen
The Norwegian composer has created a beautiful, expressive piece set to a poem by the famous English hymn writer Isaac Watts. Sing it at Christmas or any time of the year.

For more stunning holiday suggestions, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Composer Profile: Stephen Main 14 October, 2014

by Jen Sper, Choral Music Specialist

Steve_Smile_HandHere at Stanton’s Sheet Music, choral composer Stephen Main first captured our attention with his original setting of the In the Bleak Midwinter text in 2006. While not yet prolific by any means – we’ve seen just seven titles from him – we’ve come to trust his name, and know that we’re in for something special! His work is consistently beautiful, with creative melodies and lush harmonic structure that simply feels good to both the singer and the listener.

Especially notable are Main’s contributions to holiday concert repertoire. In the Bleak Midwinter was featured on our Excellence in Choral Literature reading session in 2010, followed by The Darkest Midnight in December in 2013, and Blessed Be That Maid Mary and The Holly and the Ivy in 2014.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Main has music in his blood: his mother taught piano and his father, Tom Main, was a professional jazz trombonist with Si Zentner’s band in the 60s. As a choirboy Steve sang at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue under Gerre Hancock. He went on to study violin, piano, organ, theory and composition at the Choate School and then at Oberlin Conservatory. At the same time, he earned his B.A., M.A., and eventually his Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is currently the Music Director at Piedmont Community Church, in the Bay Area, where he composes and conducts regular choral and orchestral performances. Stephen is active as an organist, harpist and conductor, with recent appearances in San Francisco, throughout Northern California, New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco and LA.

As a composer, Steve’s work has included the recent publication of new choral and symphonic works, multiple commissions, and the completion of the scores for several films. He is a First Prize Winner of the John Ness Beck award for a new American choral work, and a 2007 winner of the American Composers Forum carol contest. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune hailed Stephen’s work as “evocative” music that “captures mystery.”

For more information about Stephen Main and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Blessed Be That Maid Mary, The Darkest Midnight in December, The Heavenly Table, In the Bleak Mid-Winter

About the Author:
Jen has been with Stanton’s since 2006. 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.


Kid’s Korner for Fall and Christmas 2014 02 October, 2014

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

Jesus Loves the Little Children by Charles McCartha
This delightful anthem combines new text with familiar words from “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” A new melody filled with joy and playful syncopation underscores the song’s message of inclusivity and love.

Living God’s Love by Mark Patterson
Bright and spirited, this anthem works in any service, any time of year, and will be especially useful in services of recognition. The composer has created part-singing opportunities through antiphonal singing, echoing, and homophonic harmonies. A beautiful anthem for worship with fantastic part-singing lessons built in! A must-have for your choral library which you’ll use again and again.

This Little Light of Mine arr. Anna Laura Page
Children of all ages will love singing this exuberant setting of the popular spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine,” which also incorporates another favorite of young singers, “Give Me Oil In My Lamp.” Options for dividing the choir into two groups make this a great piece to combine younger and older children’s choirs together for a joyful Sunday anthem.

A Christmas Canon arr. Donald Moore
Who doesn’t love teaching canons and the tune O Waly, Waly / The Water is Wide? This wonderful canon, set with original lyrics, is sure to be a favorite among young singers. Teaching opportunities abound for musical line, phrase development, range extension and part independence. Accessible vocal lines are complemented with an undulating piano part, both of which celebrate “the birth of a tiny child.” Suitable for any holiday concert performance.

How Far Is It to Bethlehem? arr. David W. Music
A wonderful addition to the Rote to Note series for your youngest singers. The composer has combined “How Far Is It to Bethlehem” with hints of “Away in a Manger” in the piano accompaniment, which your younger singers will no doubt recognize. This sweet melody is the perfect next step when your singers are ready to move beyond “Away in a Manger.”

Sing We Now of Christmas arr. Mark Patterson
This masterful setting of the traditional French carol is an ideal choice for older elementary choirs and middle school choirs alike. A creative, accessible piano part provides a superb accompaniment to the carol’s dance-like melody while optional finger cymbals add an additional layer of charm to the presentation. The song’s middle section introduces an easy countermelody that later serves as an optional descant for two-part choirs.

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


Is There Room in Your Heart for a King? 18 September, 2014

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

Every Valley by Victor C. Johnson
Victor C. Johnson provides this strikingly beautiful setting for the familiar Advent text. The flowing accompaniment enhances the choral harmonies in a quiet celebration of the Child who will bring peace on earth.

Peace Will Come arr. David Schwoebel
Truly memorable for Christmas, this offering features a thoughtful text from Terry York that shares the message “Christmas comes when we hear the still, small Voice of God.” David Danner’s quietly powerful music moves from tender to soaring.

The Long-Awaited by Lee Dengler
This upbeat Advent offering captures the spirit of this blessed time of year with a light classical touch. The rhythmic energy of the accompaniment is reflected in the voices, creating a unique and refreshing piece.

Is There Room in Your Heart for a King? arr.Mark Hayes
Pamela Stewart’s unforgettable text about the search for the birthplace of God s Son challenges all believers to prepare room in their hearts for the King. Mark Hayes magically conveys the heartfelt poetic imagery in this evocative setting.

Born in Bethlehem arr. Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald and Jean Anne Shafferman partnered in this creative pairing of two well-loved spirituals featuring touches of blues, engaging interplay between vocal parts, and clever musical depictions, especially of the “magi from the East.”

Angels We Have Heard on High arr. Peter Anglea
A bright new arrangement of the traditional carol. Exciting rhythmic accompaniment introduces the lively first verse and chorus which contrasts with a quiet, contemplative second verse and chorus. The anthem ends with a strong, dynamic invitation to “come,” ”see” and “adore” the newborn King. A great piece for Christmas Eve.

By Candlelight by Ruth Elaine Schram
For the first time, this modern classic from Ruth Elaine Schram is now available in a new Two-Part mixed voicing. Accompany with the chamber orchestration or the sparkling InstruTrax accompaniment CD.

Cradle Carol arr. Victor C. Johnson
Victor C. Johnson s original melody beautifully blends with a beloved carol and classic lyrics by Christina Rossetti in this sensitive Christmas anthem. “Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, in the world His hands had made, Jesus, born on this day.”

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2014, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Love Came Down at Christmas 15 September, 2014

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

Darkness Into Light by Mary McDonald
Just as Mary and Joseph moved from darkness into light, so do all when accepting the One True Light. This new 40-minute adult Christmas musical from Mary McDonald features fresh settings of carols along with beautiful new songs, and celebrates the Light of Christ. An optional candlelight moment is included along with inspired narration and lighting suggestions to heighten the darkness into light theme.

Love Came Down at Christmas by Joel Raney
Love is the central theme of Christmas. The incarnation story tells us that God so loved the world that he came to earth as a Baby, and that love is creatively illustrated in this compelling Christmas work by Joel Raney. The versatile format of this 30 minute cantata allows it to be performed in its entirety in a single worship setting, or it may be presented around the four traditional themes of hope, peace, joy, and love throughout the Advent season. A rich tapestry of original and familiar melodies, diverse musical styles, accessible choral settings, and engaging accompaniment options combine to ensure a rich and meaningful Christmas worship experience for your congregation.

Christmas Suite by Mark Hayes
Three exquisite carol arrangements from the inimitable Mark Hayes are linked with brief spoken narratives to create Christmas Suite. Perfect for a Christmas Eve service or anytime during the Christmas season when a full work isn’t desired. Accompany with piano and/or organ, Chamber Orchestra or the sparkling InstruTrax Accompaniment CD. Contains “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella”, “Midnight Noel” and “O Holy Night.” Create an elegant, yet easily-prepared Christmas celebration with Christmas Suite.

Treasury of Carols by Joseph Martin
This remarkable new resource is an essential compilation of beloved carols by a trio of our best-selling arrangers. Fully orchestrated and filled with variety, you will discover music for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Soaring festival arrangements mingle with equally impressive restrained offerings to provide a well-balanced volume of seasonal songs for concert or sanctuary usage. Beautifully orchestrated, this assemblage is sure to be a permanent part of your holiday music planning.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2014, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


New Church Anthems for Fall 2014 11 September, 2014

autumn-churchAs 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:

O Come and Lift Your Voices arr. Mark Hayes
The classic ASH GROVE tune is given a delightful new text and arrangement in this anthem perfect for Thanksgiving or any time. The artistry of Mark Hayes is on full display with his artful accompaniment coupled with creative and satisfying, surprising harmonies. Refreshing!

There Is Room for the Stranger by Lee Dengler
Warm and inviting, this Christmas communion anthem is filled with hope. The words and music are perfectly matched. Add the optional flute obbligato for a nice touch. “So come, feast, be not afraid…come taste and see where peace is made.”

I’d Rather Have Jesus by Mary McDonald
Starting with a contemplative opening and building to a powerful climax, this dynamic anthem will enhance any worship or concert experience. Your congregation and choir will be inspired by this affirmation of faith!

Wonderful Grace of Jesus arr. Larry Shackley
This spirited arrangement of the well-known hymn offers a rollicking celebration of the abundance of God s grace. Featuring options for two or four hands at the piano, this adaptation from the keyboard collection “Festive Hymns for Four Hands” (70/1773L) is a great choice for worship throughout the year.

Hymn of Fellowship arr. John Ness Beck
Three trumpets herald each verse of John Ness Beck’s powerful setting of “In Christ There Is No East or West” for choir and congregation, lifting each a half-step higher before reaching the final Alleluia Amen. Majestic and festive, yet accessible for most choirs.

Come Sing a New Song by Lloyd Larson
There is unbridled joy in this anthem from Susan Dengler and Lloyd Larson. Rhythmic and driving, it has a fun gospel touch that will have the congregation’s toes tapping. The contrasting dynamics add an element of fun leading to an ending flourish.

Softly and Tenderly arr. Joel Raney
This time-honored hymn portrays the gentle, invitation of Christ’s call to “Come home.” Like the story of the prodigal’s return (Luke 15:11-32), Christ stands at the door waiting and watching for the weary. Joel Raney’s elegant presentation lends passion and depth while staying true to the original 19th-century hymn by Will Thompson.

And Can It Be by Dan Forrest
A thoughtful new setting of the well-known text for SATB choir and piano. A quiet contemplative opening builds gradually to a confident stating of the truth of the gospel, ending with a pensive reiteration of the question and the assurance of the amazing love.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2014, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s E-Tools: The Stanton’s App 08 August, 2014

smart phonesThe 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!

stanton's bar code scanner

 

Stanton’s has an app? 

That’s right, just like everyone else these days, Stanton’s Sheet Music has an app.  It’s called the Stanton’s Bar Code Scanner, and it is available for both Android and iPhone.   Even better, it’s free!

What does the app do?

Our simple-to-use app is just what it sounds like.  It helps you to use your phone or tablet’s  camera to scan bar codes on music.  Once you scan, you are taken automatically to the item’s page in our Listening Library.  Within seconds, you can be listening to the sample recording of the piece that you are holding in your hand!  If there is no sample recording of the piece provided by the publisher, you will still be guided to that item’s entry on our website where you will find a description, price, catalog number and other useful information.

How can I make the app work for me?

  • When you are shopping for music in our store, bring your headphones!  As you pull music off the shelf you can scan and listen immediately.
  • Going through your own music library?  Scan the titles you already own to refresh your memory or see if the item is still available to order.
  • When  you send your students or church choir members home with a folder full of new music, have them download the app as well.  They can listen, look, and have a valuable listening example at their fingertips!

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

Previous posts in this series:  Listening Library


THIS SATURDAY – Church Reading Session with Larry Shackley! 04 August, 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!


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
Concert Size (F11)       11” x 14 1/2″               03770989
Marching Band (F9)     6 1/2” x 9”                    03771063
Octavo Size (F12)        9″ x 12 1/4″                 03770990

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!

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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.

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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!