News & Views Thursday, October 19, 2017

Category: Handbells

Handbells for Fall & Christmas 2017 06 October, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
bpi-hb551-fThis Is My Father’s World arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of TERRA BEATA takes the tune through various keys and moods, providing ample interest for ringer and listener alike. A delicate, duet-like opening gives way to a chordal verse with fresh, unexpected harmonies, followed by a verse featuring stopped sounds. A final, triumphant verse rounds out the piece in glorious fashion. A great choice for any time during the church year!

Joyfully Rejoice arr. Terry Osman
Lift the spirits of your congregation with this dynamic medley of three beloved hymn tunes. Whether the piece is played on handbells or handchimes, it will establish a joyful worship experience that everyone can appreciate.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Michael Helman
This hymn of quiet assurance is given a handsome treatment that is accessible and nicely expressive. Beginning choirs will have a chance to develop good legato ringing, and more mature choirs can explore its expressive qualities as an offertory or call to worship.

chorgd-cgb1033-fJesus Shall Reign arr. Bill Ingram
This flexible and solid level 1 arrangement is playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell or handchime groups, making it an excellent choice for festivals and for choirs ringing with some absentees. The stately hymntune, DUKE STREET, is set to several different sets of lyrics in different hymnals, and will be useful throughout most of the church year. The piece is enhanced by a variety of techniques, which can easily be adapted for handchimes.

Glorify the Almighty arr. Sandra Eithun
Sandra Eithun’s stunning medley of two well-loved hymns is sure to be a hit with your congregation. A bold fanfare gives way to a majestic setting of the tune ENGELBERG (When In Our Music God Is Glorified), followed by a joyous setting of LOBE DEN HERREN (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty). At the end, the two tunes are artfully combined to provide a triumphant conclusion.

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven arr. Brian Childers
This is a tremendous arrangement of the grand hymn LAUDA ANIMA. Opening with an exultant fanfare the energy never let up, even in the contrasting middle section. This exciting arrangement will be a favorite of ringers and listeners alike!

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
lorenz-505370Two Joyful Carols arr. Linda Scholes
These two joyful carols are wonderful teaching pieces for beginning ringers. “With Heart and Soul and Voice, Rejoice!,” a level 1+ arrangement, incorporates shakes, thumb damps, and malleting with only a few bell changes. “Sing We Now of Christmas” is an accessible level 2 arrangement with numerous techniques. Both will add to the joy of your Christmas celebration.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly arr. Linda R. Lamb
Remind your congregation of the significance of Jesus’ birth with Linda Lamb’s lovely arrangement of the Polish carol. With simple statements of the melody in both the bass and treble bells, the tune will stay with listeners as they leave the worship space. An ideal selection to practice keeping a steady beat, this piece has a flowing eighth-note accompaniment and no bell changes.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming arr. Anna Laura Page
The expert writing of Anna Laura Page effectively combines two lovely Advent/Christmas carols: Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and Of the Father’s Love Begotten. Bells and chimes interplay in this most accessible arrangement.

Carol of the Bells arr. Douglas E. Wagner & Michael Ryan
This Christmas classic begins with the effect of tower bells ringing throughout the countryside, then gracefully transitions into the familiar, quintessential tune for a handbell setting. The charm of this dynamic arrangement is matched with its carefully crafted level of difficulty making this accessible to many bell choirs.

chorgd-cgb1028-fOn This Day Earth Shall Ring arr. Carol Lynn Mizell
This simple yet musically powerful arrangement of PERSONENT HODIE for handbells and/or handchimes employs recurring rhythmic patterns and full chords. The option of doubling bass bells and chimes on the refrain provides rich added color. With its alternate title, “Long Ago, Prophets Knew” it is appropriate for both Advent and Christmas. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-7 octaves, the arrangement will fit beautifully in worship services and concert programs.

The Blessed Angels Sing arr. Michael Helman
This medley of six beloved carols embodies the joy and awe of the Christmas season. Featuring a variety of techniques, handchimes, and an optional brass quintet accompaniment, this piece will be the highlight of your Christmas Eve services or concerts.

Find more options for your handbell choir on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Handbell Collections for Summer and Beyond 02 June, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

lorenz-509984More Hymns for Three to Six Ringers arr. Sandra Eithun
Flawlessly crafted for small ensembles, this brilliant collection contains pieces that are suited for use throughout the year and have handbell assignments for three, four, five, or six ringers. The optional keyboard accompaniment can be used to provide texture and support to each arrangement.

The Best of Agape for 3-5 Octaves
This 60-page collection includes ten of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octaves, Level 2+. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. 10 great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!

hope-2796-fEssential Classics for 2 Octaves Volume 1
This 60-page collection includes thirteen of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 2 octave choirs. Levels range from 1+ to 2+. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. Single copies of these 13 titles exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers!

God Reigns, Let Earth Be Glad
Playable by either handbells or handchimes, this delightful reproducible collection includes accessible hymn arrangements by five outstanding composers. Published in compatible editions for 2 or 3 octaves and for 3, 4 or 5 octaves, the two editions are compatible for festivals and other massed ringing events. The collection will be excellent for developing choirs as well as more experienced groups who need music they can learn quickly.

lorenz-509985Our Welsh Heritage
Share in the great wealth of Welsh hymn tunes! This indispensable volume offers reproducible arrangements of beloved Welsh tunes set by some of today’s most outstanding handbell composers. These tunes are associated with a variety of texts from throughout the church year, making this collection one that you will return to again and again.

Reproducible Rings IV arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these nine hymn settings are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar carols and hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “Reproducible” collection from Agape, buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.

Find more quality options for your handbell ensembles on our website, or contact us for more recommendations. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2017 01 March, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

bpi-hb556-fI Love to Tell the Story arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Patricia Hurlbutt’s meditative arrangement of the well-known hymn provides the perfect backdrop to a quiet moment in worship. Occasional and unexpected chromatic notes add a lively harmonic interest, and the melody gets passed through all registers, giving every ringer a chance to partake. This well-crafted arrangement is sure to leave your listeners wanting more.

A Gospel Hymn Ring arr. Tammy Waldrop
This rousing medley was written to give the effect of a Sunday night gospel hymn sing, complete with a few country or bluegrass pickers in the group! The use of stopped techniques enhances the energetic mood of the piece.

lorenz-509957There Shall Be Showers of Blessings arr. Dan R. Edwards
Celebrate the “Showers of Blessings” with this joyful piece that invokes the bygone era of the Southern gospel. This spritely arrangement will put a smile on every listener’s face, and the active bass accompaniment, which is malleted throughout, will be a favorite of any bass bell ringer.

Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether arr. Sondra Tucker
This beloved choral anthem is now scored for handbells. Sondra Tucker’s setting is faithful to the original and may be played with the choral score, or by handbells alone. Breathtaking!

Come, Christians, Join to Sing arr. Linda R. Lamb
Encourage ringers to reflect the hymn lyrics, Loud Praise to Christ the King, as they ring this energetic arrangement of Come, Christians, Join to Sing. The many handbell techniques used will make it fun to ring, and will also make it a great piece for teaching techniques to developing ringers. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, it will be a great choice for festivals and other massed ringing events.

bpi-hb574a-fA Shepherd’s Love arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter
This prayerful setting of two well-loved hymn tunes is a beautiful pairing of handbells and piano. The majority of the handbell part consists of quarter and half notes, while the piano provides an arpeggiated eighth note undercurrent. A perfect opportunity for beginning and intermediate handbell ensembles to shine in worship!

Softly and Tenderly arr. Dan R. Edwards
Dan Edwards crafted this sensitive arrangement of “Softly and Tenderly” just for the three-octave choir. Both the treble and lower battery bells will shine through on their turn with the melody. You’ll want to keep this piece close whenever you accompany a meditation or other quiet moments in your services.

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

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2017 22 February, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Resurrection! arr. Lloyd Larson
Celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection with this outstanding medley of Easter tunes. The handbell arrangement can stand on its own or the optional brass and organ parts can be added for a more dramatic presentation. This selection is perfect for showcasing your bell ensemble on Easter Sunday and makes a dazzling inclusion in spring handbell festivals.

Easter Hymn arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Easter Hymn begins simply, with melody and fragments of it leading to the statement of the tune. An interlude generates excitement, culminating in a grand and triumphant presentation of the powerful resurrection hymn.

Shadows of the Cross arr. Dan R. Edwards
Contrasting dynamic levels, innovative harmonies, and various techniques characterize this masterful Dan Edwards arrangement. Particularly effective for Lent and Holy Week services, this dramatic work conveys the emotions of those who stood in the shadows of the cross.

The Cross of Gethsemane arr. Sharon Elery Rogers
Sharon Elery Rogers combined “Go to Dark Gethsemane” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” for this evocative setting that will enhance any Lenten worship service. To make bell changes smooth and effortless, the director may want to spread the assignments of the many accidentals throughout the choir.

The Old Rugged Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
Simultaneously traditional and modern, Lloyd Larson’s arrangement of this beloved hymn is sure to become a favorite of your congregation. A gentle accompaniment underscores the melody, while occasional and often unexpected chromatics sneak in to provide a fresh take on the tune. A simple but stunning selection for worship!

God So Loved the World arr. Anna Laura Page
Anna Laura Page has created a striking arrangement which pairs John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World” with Handel’s “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” This wonderful setting is perfect for Lent or general occasions and is accessible to most ensembles.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
This Lenten hymn reflection combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Lloyd for piano and bells following his best-selling “Now Thank We All Our God.”

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

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Handbell Music for Fall and Christmas 2016 06 October, 2016

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
In Christ There Is No East or West arr. Anna Laura Page
A jubilant arrangement combining two different hymn tunes that are associated with the familiar hymn text. This setting is appropriate for general worship as well as special occasions, and it promises to keep all ringers busy with fun rhythms and articulations throughout. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves.

Now Thank We All Our God arr. Lloyd Larson
This festive presentation for handbells and piano sets a joyous mood with a flourishing keyboard pattern at the start and then builds dynamically as it progresses. The Level 2 bell part is very accessible and the piano solo shines with color and interest – ideal for worship or concert.

Simple Gifts arr. Lloyd Larson
Simple and heartfelt describe Lloyd Larson’s arrangement of this tune. With few accidentals and one easily-managed key change, most ensembles will have little trouble putting this piece together technically, allowing them to focus on musicality and expression. A lovely choice for worship throughout the year.

Raise the Songs of Harvest arr. Lloyd Larson
Bold chords give way to ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (Come, Ye Thankful People, Come) to open this medley of Thanksgiving tunes. A softer middle section utilizing the tune KREMSER (We Gather Together) gives all ranges a chance to showcase the melody. A final verse, using NUN DANKET (Now Thank We All Our God) returns to the same triumphant feel of the opening. A rousing choice for a Thanksgiving service.

Crown Him Lord of All arr. Derek Hakes
Celebrating the coronation of our Savior and King, here is an easy, straightforward setting of two familiar hymn tunes. With no bell changes, but plenty of techniques, this arrangement will keep ringers busy while sounding more challenging than it actually is.

Ring to the Lord a New Song by Cathy Moklebust
This jubilant original composition will delight worshippers and concert-goers with its cheerful melody and spirited pace. The melody moves from major to minor, bass and treble, then concludes with a fiery return to the major key and an energetic, powerful ending. Compatible editions for 2 or 3, or 4, 5, or 6 octaves make this piece a perfect choice for handbell festivals. With this work, Cathy honors her childhood handbell director and mentor, Barbara Berntson.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Come and Adore
This charming reproducible collection features easy Advent and Christmas arrangements playable on either handbells or handchimes. “Come and Adore” will be a wonderful resource for developing choirs, as well as for more experienced groups needing music they can learn quickly. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, these favorites from the Choristers Guild catalog are compiled for the first time in a budget-stretching, reproducible format.

Christmas Angels arr. Brian Tervo
The Christmas angels announce the joy of Christ’s birth in this medley of beloved carols! This piece will make a bold statement at your Christmas services and can be mastered in a minimal amount of rehearsals.

Glory to the Newborn King arr. Dan Edwards
The perfect opener for any Christmas service or concert, this energetic arrangement of “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” comes to us from the creative mind of Dan Edwards. The melody – written in 3/4 time – and a moving eighth-note accompaniment adds to the excitement. The piece also features many handbell techniques, including malleting, shakes, martellatos, and tower swings.

Brightest and Best arr. Terry Osman
With minimal bell changes, Terry Osman’s beautiful setting will make a striking addition to your Epiphany service. The middle section of the arrangement offers a flowing eighth note accompaniment that is a wonderful learning tool for developing ensembles.

Deck the Halls arr. Benjamin Tucker
A real celebration of the season, Ben’s energetic setting of the classic carol “Deck the Halls” is rhythmic and fun, and contains a contrasting section in waltz tempo. Unforgettable!

What Child Is This arr. Brenda Austin
A haunting singing bell chord begins this emotional rendition of the Christmas favorite. An arpeggiated middle section builds in intensity before dying away to return to the opening texture. A creative and original choice for your Advent season.

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

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


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!


Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2016 04 March, 2016

recommended by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Music Specialist

chorgd-cgb941-fAll Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Cathy Moklebust
Cathy Moklebust’s reproducible collection contains several well-known hymn tune arrangements and original compositions for use during various seasons of the church year. Two of the pieces include instrumental parts. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, this budget-stretching reproducible collection will be a great addition to the libraries of church handbell choirs.

Ring Out for Spring
This collection offers approachable level-one music from some of today’s finest composers and arrangers. Meeting your needs for all aspects of the Easter and spring season, this book contains an eclectic mix of hymn-based pieces and original compositions.

alfred-493870The Alfred Essential Handbell Library Volume 2 arr. Sondra Tucker
This exciting reproducible collection of familiar hymns is both affordable and achievable for most choirs. The wonderful arrangements will come together quickly and will have your handbell choir ready to play at any time throughout the entire church year! All of the arrangements are suitable for 2-3 octaves of handbells and some provisions have been made to make some of the arrangements playable by handchimes as well.

I Must Tell Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
This is a joyous arrangement of a familiar gospel favorite for bells and piano. Written in 9/8 time, this piece keeps all ringers active throughout. The piano part adds support and color to the overall piece and never overwhelms the bells. A celebration!

lorenz-20_1847l-fHere I Am, Lord arr. Michael Helman
Michael Helman skillfully set Daniel Schutte’s beloved tune in this expressive arrangement that is ideal for concerts, festivals, and worship. The key changes will keep your ringers engaged, and the middle section employs handchimes to great effect.

Reproducible Rings II arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these eight hymn settings by Lloyd Larson are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “reproducible” collection from Agape – Buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.

Jesus Paid It All arr. Dan R. Edwards
In addition to its traditional Lent and Easter usages, this expressive setting of the hymn offers a wonderful tribute for a memorial or dedication service. Dan thoughtfully marked his musical intentions, allowing any group to play with expression and feeling.

About the Author:
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.


Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2016 24 February, 2016

recommended by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Music Specialist

Are your ringers ready for a new challenge during the Lenten season? Try one of these excellent selections for Lent and Easter!

lorenz-20_1871sf-fThat Easter Day with Joy Was Bright arr. Anna Laura Page
Full of the joy promised in the title, this piece features a unique chordal accompaniment that beautifully supports the melody, all in celebration of His ascension. Quick in tempo, the music sounds best when felt in one.

Ah, Holy Jesus arr. Terry Osman
With minimal bell changes, this straightforward arrangement lends itself to success in just a few rehearsals. The perfect addition to your Lenten and Holy Week observances, this piece will help your ringers develop their dynamic range from pp to ff.

chorgd-cgb930-fThe Day of Resurrection arr. Cathy Moklebust
This flexible arrangement of the tune LANCASHIRE is given two titles, one for Easter and the other for general use during the church year. All the instrumental and vocal parts are optional, so it can stand on its own as a handbell piece. After a fanfare introduction, stanza 1 is scored for congregation and SATB choir. Stanza 2 begins with the women singing, then the men sing midway through. A brief interlude leads into Stanza 3, which includes a choral descant. A reproducible congregational page is provided for each hymn text.

Easter and Beyond arr. Michael Helman
In this reproducible collection, you will find a wealth of hymn-tune settings by some of today’s most outstanding handbell arrangers for the festive weeks following Easter. Some of these masterfully crafted arrangements can also be performed by six-octave choirs, and many feature an optional two to five octaves of handchimes.

bpi-hb532-fRide On, King Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
An engaging arrangement of Ride On, King Jesus and Plenty Good Room, this energetic setting uses special techniques to highlight the melody and to provide interesting accompaniments. As the piece progresses it becomes more active, building to a great ending. Don’t miss Ride On, King Jesus!

Beneath the Cross of Jesus arr. Alan Lohr
Written for the Bob Jones University Handbell Ensemble, this lyrical arrangement of the familiar hymn offers an opportunity to expose choirs to key signatures that they may not normally see. Careful bell assignments will help to avoid challenging bell changes.

Ring Glory, Laud and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson creatively uses the tunes ELLACOMBE and ST. THEODULPH in this Palm Sunday composition. This setting actively involves all ringers and shares the melody between the bass bells. This solid arrangement will be a great addition to your ensemble’s repertoire.

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

About the Author:
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.


Handbell Music for Fall and Christmas 2015 14 October, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart arr. Margaret R. Tucker
After a short, fanfare introduction, “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” presents the hymn tune MARION in three settings: 1. traditional 4/4 hymn form, 2. a more meditative setting in 3/4 time, with the melody in mid range, played by optional handchimes, and 3. a stately setting in 4/4 time with a flowing bass bells accompaniment. The first setting of the hymn tune could also be used, with or without treble instrument, to accompany congregational singing of this hymn. The two editions are written so they may be played together in festivals and other multiple bell choir situations.

Ring Out for Fall ed. Michael Helman
This outstanding collection offers spectacular seasonal selections that teach many handbell techniques, including LV, martellato, martellato lifts, shakes, and echo, as well as instructions for handchime choir adaptation. Your beginning ensemble will appreciate and enjoy this resource year-round!

Father Most Holy arr. Terry Osman
Terry Osman composed this fabulous arrangement of the well-known tune that will bring to mind each of the many texts with which the tune is often associated. Flowing neatly through the ensemble, this piece can be learned by young ringers in only a few rehearsals.

My Faith Looks Up to Thee arr. Michael R. Keller
From peaceful beginnings, this arrangement of the tune OLIVET gains strength and energy through a lightly-arpeggiated middle verse and on into a glorious whirlwind of a final verse. With minimal bell changes, ringers can focus on their musicality, which will be challenged with contrasting styles and moods. An excellent choice for use throughout the church year, by ensembles of almost any level.

I Love Thee arr. Tammy Waldrop
Captivate your audience with Tammy Waldrop’s stunning arrangement of the beloved tune. Full of devotion, this selection is easy to prepare due to bell changes only occurring at the key change.

Be Still, My Soul arr. Lloyd Larson
This graceful arrangement of two well-known hymns will find a place in church services and concerts throughout the year. A fanfare-like opening leads into a grand statement of the FINLANDIA tune, which gives way to a thin and delicate verse of “It Is Well with My Soul” before returning for a triumphant chordal ending with the original tune. The optional cello provides a beautiful contrasting sonority to the bells.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Angel Medley arr. Terry Osman
Terry Osman weaves together three favorite Christmas tunes: “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in this charming arrangement. It is perfect for any occasion during the Christmas season.

I Wonder as I Wander arr. Peggy Bettcher
The ethereal sound of singing bells opens this 3-5 octave arrangement which combines two haunting Christmas melodies, the Appalachian folk tune “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Coventry Carol.” These two carols are artistically woven together to create a beautiful, contemplative composition, making this a poignant addition to any Christmas service or program.

Now Proclaim Messiah’s Birth arr. Linda R. Lamb
This joyful arrangement of the tune REGENT SQUARE will be a welcome addition to your Christmas repertoire. A rhythmic, malleted opening verse gives way to a gentler, almost fantasia-like verse in 3/4 time, before returning once more to the familiar 4/4 time. A snippet of “Angels We Have Heard on High” provides a moment of melodic contrast before the triumphant finish. A fun piece both to ring and hear!

Masters in This Hall arr. Jason W. Krug
Immense energy and a quick tempo ensure that this delightful piece will be a memorable addition to your holiday performances. A great selection for beginning ringers, it is free of bell changes and includes opportunities to use thumb damp techniques.

Shepherds Jubilee arr. Michael Helman
From the collection “Let Our Carols Fill the Sky” (20/1588L), this creative medley incorporates four traditional carols and is perfect for use throughout the holiday season. Various stopped techniques, as well as the optional chimes add variety for the listener and ringing enjoyment for your choir.

Puer Nobis arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of the tune PUER NOBIS is a light, playful selection sure to entrance ringers and audiences alike. With no bell changes and limited techniques, most ensembles can prepare this piece with minimal rehearsal time. Suggested hymn titles for the piece allow it to be played for Easter, Christmas, or at any point throughout the church year.

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

About the Author:
Jennifer Fry is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s since 2001 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.


Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2015 03 March, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

Church of God arr. Bill Ingram
This strong and dynamic arrangement expertly weaves together the hymn tunes AURELIA and ST. THOMAS, making it a perfect choice for worship services throughout the church year.

Reproducible Rings II arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these eight hymn settings by Lloyd Larson are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “reproducible” collection from Agape.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
This tasteful arrangement reminds us of the peace that we receive when we learn to trust in Jesus. The melody sings over the driving accompaniment, and extended techniques, optional handchimes, and bell changes combine to add additional value to this elegant arrangement.

Two Hymns of Faith and Praise arr. Bill Ingram
Included in this set of two hymns for developing ringers are “Faith of Our Fathers” and “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Ringers will have an opportunity to be introduced to 3/2 meter in “Come, Thou Fount…” as they continue their musical development.

The Alfred Essential Handbell Library, Volume One by Anna Laura Page
Truly an essential addition to your handbell library! Compiled by veteran handbell composer/arranger Anna Laura Page, this budget-stretching 100% reproducible collection contains best-selling arrangements from today’s leading handbell arrangers.

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

About the Author:
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.


Handbell Music for Lent and Easter 2015 09 February, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

Are yoprelude on ellacombur ringers ready for a new challenge during the Lenten season? Try one of these excellent selections for Lent and Easter!

Prelude on Ellacombe arr. Michael Helman
Michael Helman expertly arranged Larry Shackley’s exuberant piano work “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” (70/1830L) to create a perfect handbell piece for concerts, festivals, and worship services. The mixed meter section incorporates numerous stopped-bell techniques which will delight and challenge your ringers.

Easter Glory arr. Cathy Moklebust
Cathy Moklebust expertly weaves together three dynamic hymns in this joyous arrangement proclaiming the Risen Christ! In addition to Easter morning, this piece is also a wonderful selection for festival and concert settings.

he never said a mumblinHe Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson gives us a captivating arrangement of this beloved spiritual. Rich harmonies are featured throughout, and all parts get a chance to play the melody at some point in the piece. Great for ensembles looking for something a little different and not too technically demanding for their Lenten services.

O Sacred Head Now Wounded arr. Arnold B. Sherman
Arnold Sherman has taken the Passion Chorale and created a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Written for 3-5 octaves of handbells, this piece is a must for the Lenten season.

from the cross to ressurectionFrom the Cross to Resurrection arr. Anna Laura Page
Master composer Anna Laura Page brings us this outstanding collection of handbell arrangements for the Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter seasons. These creative settings, featuring various skill-building techniques and optional handchimes, bring both the suffering and victory of Christ to glorious expression.

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

About the Author:
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.


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!

Preview New Music from Home! 27 February, 2013

As you begin looking planning you Spring concert program, remember that you can preview music from Stanton’s before you decide to buy! We know that it’s difficult to tell if a particular piece of music will fit your needs without actually reading it through, so similar to checking things out from a library, you can “borrow” resources from our store using the “21 Day Trial” program!

piano musicEach of Stanton’s departments has slightly different guidelines about what/how many items can be sent on “21 Day Trial,” but in general we can send printed sheet music that is currently in stock. You can request items for trial by phone, email, fax, online or in person—any of the ways that you can place a regular order—but make sure that you specify “21 Day Trial.” You can list the music you’d like to peruse, or you can give us some specifications (like “Patriotic easy piano solos,” “SSA choral music on the theme of friendship,” or “new publications for 8th grade jazz band”) and Stanton’s knowledgeable staff will find some suggestions for you!

We require account or credit card information so that if you choose to keep the music we can charge you accordingly, or return the music within 21 days of your invoice date and you’ll never be charged! (You’ll just have to pay return shipping to get the music back to us.)

Contact us now to request your trial, and then you won’t have to rush around once you’re done with Contest or back from Spring break!

Handbells Music for Lent and Easter 11 January, 2013

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:

Ah Holy Jesus
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Larson, Lloyd
Grade: 2
#HB451     $3.50
The Best of Ring And Rejoice
Handbells 2-3 Octave Collection
Various
Grade: 2/2+
#20/1645L     $8.95
Easter Joy
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Helman, Michael
Grade: 2
#20/1652L     $4.50
HosannaHosanna
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Krug, Jason W
Grade: 2
#20/1647L     $4.50
Meditations On The CrossMeditations On The Cross
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Helman, Michael
Grade: 2
#20/1649L     $4.50
Dobrinski, Cynthia
Grade: 2
#1230     $4.25
Walk Through The ValleyWalk Through The Valley
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Ingram, Bill
Grade: 2+
#20/1644L     $4.50
What Wondrous Love Is ThisWhat Wondrous Love Is This
Handbells 3-5 Octaves
Page, Anna Laura
Grade: 3
#CGB244     $3.95
For more great recommendations, contact us at 1-800-426-8742.

Who You Gonna Call? 09 August, 2012

We’re always talking about our knowledgeable staff—you’ll find that very phrase on much of our printed advertising, as well as on our website. Stanton’s sales staff is separated into departments to ensure that each staff member is well informed about a specific area of the wide variety of music that we carry. So when you call and ask about music for trumpet, you’ll be speaking with someone who has first-hand knowledge of repertoire, not just a phone operator with no musical experience. Here’s what you’ll find in each department:

CHORAL DEPARTMENT (ex. 1)
Choral Music for School & Church
Elementary General Music
Classical Solo Vocal
Handbell

phone musicBAND DEPARTMENT (ex. 2)
Concert Band
Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble
Orchestra
Solos for all concert instruments
Instrumental Method Books
Music Software/Technology

POP/KEYBOARD (ex. 3)
Sacred & Secular Piano
Organ
Piano Method Books
Popular/Broadway Solo Vocal
Contemporary Christian Vocal
Guitar Solos and Methods
Music for Folk Instruments

You can direct emails to the exact department you need by clicking the links above, or press the appropriate extension when you call 1-800-42-MUSIC. If you’re unsure of which department to choose, we’re always happy to direct you to whoever can best address your needs. At Stanton’s, it is important to us that you receive the most educated answers to your questions and the finest music recommendations.

Did you know?… 27 July, 2012

At Stanton’s Sheet Music, we vicariously help teach your students with you! It’s true…We look through hundreds of new titles every summer and choose the select few that we would use if we were teaching.  These are the titles we share with you in our promotions on-line and in the mail.

So if you are thinking:
“Why should I spend my time looking at Stanton’s promotions?”
It’s because:
• Stanton’s Staff has already spent hours looking at and listening to hundreds of new titles.
• They have picked pieces at all levels that they would use if they were teaching.
• Their aim is to make your life easier and to help you succeed.

And if you are thinking:
“Why is Stanton’s Staff qualified to make these recommendations?”
It’s because:
• Stanton’s Staff is made up of college-trained musicians.
• Some of them have taught in the public schools and many teach privately.
• They know what has proven to be successful for Stanton’s customers over the years.

And if you are thinking:
“Why did Stanton’s Staff pick these particular pieces to recommend to me?”
It’s because:
Stanton’s only selects pieces that they believe are
• The most educationally valid
• The best sounding
• The most highly programmable

So if you are thinking:
“I can’t go wrong with Stanton’s Choices!”
It’s because:
• You’re right!

Get a real, LIVE person on the phone! 30 January, 2012

We’re always talking about our knowledgeable staff—you’ll find that very phrase on much of our printed advertising, as well as on our website. Stanton’s sales staff is separated into departments to ensure that each staff member is well informed about a specific area of the wide variety of music that we carry. So when you call and ask about music for trumpet, you’ll be speaking with someone who has first-hand knowledge of repertoire, not just a phone operator with no musical experience. Here’s what you’ll find in each department:

CHORAL DEPARTMENT (ex. 1)
Church Choral Music
School Choral Music
Elementary Classroom Music
Classical Solo Vocal
Handbell

BAND DEPARTMENT (ex. 2)
Concert Band
Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble
Orchestra
Solos for all concert instruments
Instrumental Method Books
Music Software/Technology

POP/KEYBOARD (ex. 3)
Sacred & Secular Piano
Organ
Piano Method Books
Popular/Broadway Solo Vocal
Contemporary Christian Vocal
Guitar Solos and Methods
Music for Folk Instruments

BILLING AND ACCOUNTS (ex. 4)

You can direct emails to the exact department you need by clicking the links above, or press the appropriate extension when you call 1-800-42-MUSIC (1-800-426-8742). If you’re unsure of which department to choose, we’re always happy to direct you to whoever can best address your needs; press “0″ to have your call directed, or send a general email. At Stanton’s, it is important to us that you receive the most educated answers to your questions and the finest music recommendations.

Stanton’s “21-Day Trial” Program 27 December, 2011

Did you know that you can preview music from Stanton’s before you decide to buy? We know that it’s difficult to tell if a particular piece of music will fit your needs without actually reading it through, so similar to checking things out from a library, you can “borrow” resources from our store using the “21 Day Trial” program!

Each of Stanton’s departments has slightly different guidelines about what/how many items can be sent on “21 Day Trial,” but in general we can send printed sheet music that is currently in stock. You can request items for trial by phone, email, fax, online or in person—any of the ways that you can place a regular order—but make sure that you specify “21 Day Trial.” You can list the music you’d like to peruse, or you can give us some specifications (like “Christmas piano solos,” “SSA choral music on the theme of friendship,” or “new publications for 8th grade jazz band”) and Stanton’s knowledgeable staff will find some suggestions for you!

Sacred product 14We require account or credit card information so that if you choose to keep the music we can charge you accordingly, or return the music within 21 days of your invoice date and you’ll never be charged! (You’ll just have to pay return shipping to get the music back to us.)

As you return from Winter break and begin programming the rest of your school or church year, remember that Stanton’s Sheet Music is here to help!

Stanton's Travels Continue! 01 February, 2011

After our trips to Rochester, Grand Rapids and Cincinnati, Stanton’s has one more stop on our convention circuit – next week we’ll be heading to Louisville for the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference!

In Louisville, you’ll find us in the exhibition hall under the big, blue Stanton’s balloon. Stop by for all your music needs, or to give us a good restaurant recommendation! Contact us this week if you have any special requests for the music we’ll choose to fill our large booth.