News & Views Friday, May 06, 2016

Category: Handbells

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.

We don't need no stinkin' wires!!! 04 November, 2010

That’s right, free WIFI for Stanton’s Sheet Music customers! Bring your wireless device right into the store and log on. You’re thinking, “that’s all well and good but now what?” Well, here’s the really cool thing! We’re very proud of the vast quantity of sound files (36,297 at last count) in our listening library. Our customers can now shop anywhere in the store and listen to the musical arrangement they happen to be looking at! Plug your earbuds into your iPhone, iPad or Android, log on to the free WIFI and you’re good to go! No more waiting in line to use the CD player, cassette tape player or the turntable (turntable - what the heck is a turntable!!!).

Stanton’s Sheet Music… always on the cutting edge!

What's the Difference? 30 August, 2010

In this ‘information age’ of internet websites, digital downloading and social networking, you can order and purchase music through any number of sources at any time of the day (or night), and even do it via your smart phone, so what’s the difference?  Granted, Stanton’s Sheet Music has quite an internet presence due to our website and online listening library, we have a digital download site with ever increasing inventory, you can become our ‘friend’ on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and, let’s face it, you’re reading our blog, so what REALLY sets us apart?

First, and foremost, almost all of our staff (including bookkeeping, receiving, shipping, etc.) are trained, degreed musicians with both performance and teaching experience. We have former band and choir directors, church musicians, former classroom teachers, private instructors and active, freelance musicians on staff. When you pick up the phone and speak with us, we’re more than just ‘customer service representatives’. We have studied and/or taught with much of the material that we offer, make recommendations, and have experienced many of the rewards and challenges of marching season, school musicals, budgets, booster groups, administrators, etc.

Second, and equally important, we are one resource with one location and we do it all! We are a store open to the public, not a warehouse. All of our orders whether phoned in, faxed or placed online are pulled from our in-house stock, backordered from publishers as necessary, and sent from our store. The same sales staff you speak with that takes your orders, fills your orders, responds to customer e-mail, orders our stock, puts stock away, reviews new material, processes internet orders, matches backordered items, and works with publisher representatives. Stanton’s is not divided into script-following CSR’s, order pullers in some distant warehouse, stock orderers hidden away in offices, and a billing department on another floor of the building. The same people handle your order from beginning to end and are available to answer any questions along the way.

If you haven’t worked with Stanton’s before, give us a call (1-800-426-8742), send us an e-mail, visit our website, or visit our store (we not only give music recommendations, but fantastic lunch recommendations as well).  Place your next order with us and find out why we have been the ‘Sheet Music Specialists’ since 1960!

Happy 50th Anniversary Stanton's! 02 August, 2010

2010 is a very exciting year for us here at Stanton's Sheet Music - we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary!  Founded in August of 1960 by Columbus, Ohio native John Stanton, Stanton's Sheet Music has grown over the last 50 years from a humble “mom and pop” storefront to our current status as one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country.  We are fortunate to have become a valuable and trusted resource for musicians because of our commitment to quality products and personal customer service; a commitment we continue to build upon.

For a retrospective look at where we've come from (and where we're heading in the future), check out our video below.  Thanks to our wonderful family of customers, we've enjoyed an amazing and successful 50 year history, and we look forward to continuing to serve all your sheet music needs for the next 50 years!

Preview new items for FREE! 29 June, 2010

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.)

Contact us NOW in June and July when we have more time to spend considering your unique trial request. When all the other teachers are dragging themselves into the store first thing in the morning on a Saturday in August or September, you'll continue to sleep soundly knowing that you've already received a package of music, specifically chosen for you, that will be waiting whenever you choose to wake up and read through it…

Get Ready for St. Patrick's Day! 01 March, 2010

In celebration of the Irish holiday, St. Patrick's Day, we have come up with some popular Irish tunes that you might find fun to perform–ranging from piano/vocal sheets, choral arrangements, vocal collections, and mandolin and fiddle pieces to orchestra and jazz band.

The ever popular “Irish Eyes are Smiling” is available in a choral arrangement by Teena Chinn for SATB, 3-Part Mixed and 2-part treble voicings. “Danny Boy,” probably one of the most famous of Irish pieces, is available in almost in any form you can think of!

For those of you who prefer some easy and “fun to play” tunes for the big day, some titles you might enjoy can be found in “Irish Ballad Book” or “Irish Ballads,” both of which are vocal/piano collections. There is also a general music collection titled “Music of Our World: Ireland” for the elementary students.

As you can see the choices are many and all very good; visit our website, email or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, and we'll help to find the right Irish tune for you!

POP goes the sheet music! 05 October, 2009

Stanton's receives many calls and emails that begin with “I've got a great piece of music here that's pretty old…” and, sadly, that conversation often ends with “I'm sorry to tell you that piece is permanently out of print.” What does that mean for you, the director/musician when something is permanently out of print (POP)? Read on to find some of the most common questions and their answers:

1) Why do things go POP?
When we inform someone that a certain piece is POP, the most common response we receive is “I can't believe it—that piece is so good!” While it is true that sometimes a piece is taken out of print due to lack of sales, this is not the only reason. Sometimes there are copyright changes, royalty disputes and other business issues that have nothing to do with sales. Even if a piece is taken out of print due to low sales, that's not necessarily an indicator of quality. A piece that is “good” may also be very difficult, or extremely contemporary or use an unusual voicing/instrumentation, all of which could lead to low sales despite how “good” it is.

2) Why does Stanton's show POP titles on their website?
When Stanton's determines that a piece is no longer in print, we indicate that on our website so that you, the customer, can also have that information. If you were looking for a certain piece and simply didn't see it listed, you may just conclude that it's not available from Stanton's, or that you had typed something incorrectly.
Sometimes a piece that is permanently out of print is not yet listed that way on our website. While we make every effort to keep the information on our website up-to-date, we usually don't learn that a piece has gone POP until we try to order it and the publisher says “sorry, no.” Please call us if you have questions about the status of a particular piece.

3) How do I determine that something is POP?
As stated above, we encourage you to contact Stanton's whenever you have questions about a piece of music. If you are interested in doing some research yourself, you can check the website of the publisher to see if they have more information. If the music is from a publisher that is no longer in business, their copyrights, or “imprints,” are probably still owned by another publisher; the same arrangement may still be in print from the “new” owner of that imprint. You can find more details about defunct publishers on the Music Publishers Association's directory of imprints.

4) Do I have any options for obtaining this music?
Once you have determined that something is POP, you may contact the publisher to request permission to photocopy (Stanton's can give you their contact information) if you have at least one original copy. Especially in the case of churches and schools, the publishers will often grant this request for little or no cost. The publisher will then send you a letter stating that you have permission to make copies. If you do not have an original copy, you might acquire a copy from someone else's library by sending out a query on the ChoralNet listserv, or a similar forum. IT IS ILLEGAL TO MAKE PHOTOCOPIES WITHOUT THE PUBLISHER'S PERMISSION, EVEN WHEN SOMETHING IS NO LONGER IN PRINT!

5) This music is still in print, so why is it so hard for me to get it?!
In addition to “in print” and “out of print,” there are a few other ways to designate the status of a piece of music. It may be “temporarily out of print” (TOP) or “on backorder” (OBO), which means that the publisher is sold out of the music in their warehouse and will need to print some more. It also may be designated as “print on demand” (POD) or an “archive edition,” meaning that it is not something that the publisher keeps in stock, but they will print special copies on request. A piece of music might be a “special import” that is not kept in stock in the US, but that a publisher can get from their international partners. ALL of these situations may affect how long it will take to get your music and how much it will cost.

6) Is there any chance that it WILL come back into print?
No. There may be other arrangements of the same composition available, but once something goes POP, it will not come back.

Permanent means permanent.