News & Views Thursday, December 08, 2016

Category: New Publications

Classic Repertoire for More Advanced String Orchestra 08 December, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

The cream-of-the-crop of this year’s Baroque, Classical and Romantic pieces in outstanding educational arrangements.

Concerto in D for Strings by Telemann/arr. Steven Frackenpohl, Grade 3
Telemann can always provide concert sparkle as his music falls in the cusp between Baroque and Classical. Everyone has active parts: the higher parts have more flash, while the lower parts ground the piece with rolling basso continuo. There is chromaticism, on-the-string 16ths and rhythmic drive – just what you want from Telemann.

Allegro Spiritoso (from Divertimento #8, K213) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Marcia Stockton, Grade 3
A natural piece for string orchestra, this effervescent movement from Divertimento #8, K213, originally for wind sextet, will keep everyone spiritedly on their toes. With its Classical style, chromaticism and 16th note pickups, it is marvelous Mozart all the way!

Lady Radnor’s Suite: Slow Minuet by Sir Hubert Parry/arr. Robert Sieving, Grade 3
Sir Hubert Parry was influenced by Wagner, Brahms and Mendelssohn and passed on his passion to students such as Holst, Vaughan Williams & Frank Bridge. This movement would be excellent for smaller chamber groups where you can polish a sense of ensemble, concentrate on color, timbre and balance and encourage an artfully elegant, mature sound.

Symphony #104 Finale by F.J. Haydn/arr. Todd Parrish, Grade 3.5
The sparkle of this masterwork is undeniable. This exuberant finale, masterfully arranged, is Haydn at his best. As is typical of Haydn, the melody is in the upper strings and the harmony in the lower, but it is still an excellence teaching piece for everyone on the classical style, bow technique, shifting and dynamics.

Presto (from Symphony #1) by F.J. Haydn/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 4
This spirited opening movement of Haydn’s First Symphony would actually make a fantastic closer for any high school performance! It demonstrates his substantial range of invention, organization of thought, musical ideas, and inventive compositional prowess at a young age. The movement is full of rhythmic and harmonic surprises and though the violins get the melodic action, the other parts drive it, so everyone is kept plenty busy. Use it to teach 16th note scales, dynamic extremes and accidentals on G#, D# and A#.

Intermezzo (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet/arr. John Caponegro, Grade 4
To provide an “ahh” factor to any high school concert, choose this glorious, flowing operatic gem from a master of melody. Incorporating triplets, grace notes, shifting and plenty of rubato, your basses will solidly anchor it while everyone else glimmers.

You can find more orchestra classics on our website, or contact us for recommendations especially for your ensemble. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


Sacred Choral Clinic in ONE MONTH 07 December, 2016

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346With Christmas around the corner it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 7th 2017, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 7th, 2017

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 7th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


In Pursuit of Adventure: Exciting New Pieces for Band 06 December, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

In pursuit of adventurous (and quality) programming, I’m thrilled to share these exciting new pieces for concert band.  Of course, they’re favorites of ours, but more importantly, they pass the “smell test” – they musically live up to their title and/or theme.  From fairy tale and mythological fantasy to thrill-seeking excitement (and a little history!) there is plenty of variety to choose from, and they are guaranteed to be awesomely fun to play!  Enjoy!

Pursuit of the Centaur
Robert Sheldon
Alfred Young Symphonic
Grade 2.5         $55.00
The name says it all!  Pursuit of the Centaur is full of mythological excitement and adventure (and 16th note runs, triplet rhythms, and horn rips!!); a film score in search of a movie.  Bold harmonies, accented and marcato rhythms, harmonized melody lines, staggered rhythmic motion, and a full battery of percussion propel the pursuit ever forward.  The key change puts it over the top (if that’s even possible).  Your students will absolutely love this work, and your audience will be enthralled.

Skydive
Chris M. Bernotas
Alfred Young Symphonic
Grade 3                        $58.00
This piece starts with immediate exhilaration and velocity, and is full of energy, with uplifting syncopated rhythms and strong melodic lines that will engage both the students and audience. The legato section is representative of the time when a skydiver enjoys the beauty of the scenery. The energy and thrill come back and drive to the end with non-stop excitement.

Stanton’s also recommends:
For Young Band:
Capturing the Blue Riband, Stormchasing, Wild West Saga
For High School: The Dragon Prince, Great Wall (The Legend of Qi Jiguang)

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey, and all things Pittsburgh.  He’s excited to get NHLTV for Christmas so he can watch the Penguins – Let’s Go Pens!


Bucket Blast! 28 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Bucket Blast by Tom Anderson
Get funky as you jam along on Buckets and Optional Percussion to these sweet songs! Everything is provided from helpful warm-ups to authentic rhythms, grooves and specific playing suggestions. Styles like Southern Rock, R&B as well as old time Rock and Roll are explored with this inexpensive, yet surprisingly musical found instrument. Full scores are provided for the Teacher, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of Bucket Drum and Optional Percussion Instrument parts. Right off the records play-along tracks are included for even more rhythm-making fun. So grab your sticks, buckets and friends and have a blast! Songs include: Free Ride, I Got You (I Feel Good), Rock Around the Clock, Shake It Off, Sweet Home Alabama, Uptown Funk. Suggested for Grades 4-8.

Need more bucket drumming resources for your classroom? Try Give Me a Bucket or The Bucket Book, and find more drumming and classroom percussion resources on our website. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


“Glow” by Eric Whitacre 21 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Eric Whitacre’s music is undeniably popular with school choirs, and with good reason – his musical voice is so compelling! But, a lot of his compositions are out of reach to many of the ensembles captivated by his sound. That’s why I was excited to find “Glow” this year. It has the same sophistication and warm dissonance that is so indicative of Whitacre’s work, but without many of the stumbling blocks like thick divisi, extended ranges, exposed unaccompanied lines, etc – instead, “Glow” features:
• straight-forward 4-part SATB vocal writing (no divisi)
• conservative ranges (mostly within the staff for all parts)
• a supportive piano accompaniment, or optional string quartet
• an evocative wintertime text with no mention of the holidays

Glow by Eric Whitacre
Simple and welcoming, “Glow” was performed for the first time by the World of Color Honor Choir at Disney’s California Adventure® Park. The Honor Choir, made up of over 700 singers from across America, were selected to be part of the night-time spectacular Winter Dreams show.

Find more unique holiday programming ideas on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


World Music for Orchestra 18 November, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Visit Asia, Central and South America without leaving the orchestra room!

Kon’nichiwa by Keiko Yamada, Grade 0.5
“Kon’nichiwa” is the Japanese word that loosely translates to hello. It is a Japanese word that many students will be familiar with. It was chosen for this piece in particular, because it is an introductory level piece for very young students who are just learning to play their instruments, and because it is a friendly hello to the performers and audiences. The piece is based on the pentatonic scale and uses limited eighth-note rhythms. A happy main theme is contrasted by the more legato and lyrical second theme that should be lush and full sounding. It is very tuneful, with pleasant harmonies and it keeps everyone busy, which is ideal for beginners. You can adjust the tempo to whatever you think will work best for your students. If you are smiling when you play this piece, then you are doing it right. Have fun!

Ninja by Richard Meyer, Grade 1
There’s a ninja on the loose and he’s sneaking through the orchestra. But not for long! Your students will love making up storylines for what happens next in this colorful Asian-flavored piece that uses only the notes of the D Major scale. There are plenty of great teaching opportunities here for your first-year students, including pizzicato, accents, crescendos, and melody/accompaniment balance. Fun for everyone!

Takeda No Komoriuta by Keiko Yamada, Grade 2
This popular and beautiful Japanese folk song is a lullaby, but rather than it being a quiet, gentle song to put a child to sleep, it is sung by the girl Takeda to soothe herself through a difficult situation. The goal of the composer was to bring out its pensive nature and to offer the haunting E minor pentatonic tune in a variety of presentations. Although slow, there is lots of movement in everyone’s part. The violas state the melody at the beginning over drones in the lower strings, with pizzicato in the upper strings emulating a Japanese stringed instrument known as the koto. This is followed by a lush and lyrical statement with thick harmonies while the first violins carry the tune. The cellos then add arpeggiated chords along with a harmonized version of the melody in the second violins. The cellos are then given the melody with a new harmonic presentation by the other strings in parallel motion. This all builds to the climatic statement of the song one last time that leads to a dramatic pause on an extended chord, which then subdues to a short coda to complete the work. Expressive and gorgeous.

C Here by Seth Gamba, Grade 2
Based on the Brazilian baiao rhythm, this work serves to reinforce the difference between the high two and low two fingering patterns (the first on the D string and the second on the A string). It is a fun-filled educational experience for students.

Uno, Dos, Bass! by Richard Meyer, Grade 2
It’s a fiesta for your basses in this colorful section feature that your students will love putting together. Carefully written to make your bass section sound their best, this piece written by Richard Meyer starts with “Chiapanecas” (the famous Mexican “Clapping Song”) and segues into a clever 2/4 version of “Cielito Lindo.” The two songs are then heard simultaneously, bringing this “mini concerto” to a rousing conclusion. ¡Olé!

Looking for more multicultural options for strings? Visit our website! You can also contact us for more recommendations. Remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


BEST OF: New Contemporary A Cappella 14 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

A cappella is everywhere, and there are lots of great new repertoire options this year – whether your group is just getting started, or has years of experience:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Love Shack arr. Deke Sharon
From the reality show Pitch Slapped, one of the groups competes with this hot vocals-only arrangement of the B-52’s 1989 pop hit! Funky and fun!

Stitches arr. Brandy Kay Riha
This arrangement of the Shawn Mendes song demonstrates amazing a cappella craft and energy! Winner of the Noteflight A Cappella arranging competition, judged by Deke Sharon and Roger Emerson.

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) arr. Alex Phan
A bubbly and pulsating mix of vocables, lyrics, and vocal percussion support a vigorous male lead in this arrangement of the number one radio smash. Playful, memorable, cute, and catchy!

The Lion Sleeps Tonight arr. Kirby Shaw
Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Jar of Hearts arr. J.D. Frizzell
Christina Perri’s heart-wrenching debut single is perfect for pop a cappella groups with experience – lots of fun challenges!

Shut Up and Dance arr. Tom Anderson
With lyrics based on a real-life experience, this high-energy chart topper from the band Walk the Moon quickly became a hit in ten countries. The rhythmic vibe and fun hook make it fun to sing for all voice parts.

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
All of Me arr. Deke Sharon
This a cappella arrangement of the John Legend hit All of Me is set for TTBB voices. It is part of the Deke Sharon Contemporary A Cappella series.

Sing a Song arr. Deke Sharon
Written and recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sing a Song” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. Now your men’s ensembles can share what singing can do for everyone today!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Defying Gravity arr. Deke Sharon
From the Broadway show “Wicked,” this is Deke Sharon’s a cappella arrangement of Defying Gravity, by composer Stephen Schwartz.

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) arr. Deke Sharon
This is Deke Sharon’s a cappella arrangement of the Billy Joel tune. It is the song Joel wrote for his daughter Alexa Ray and first appeared on the 1993 album “River of Dreams.”

(They Long to Be) Close to You arr. Deke Sharon
From Contemporary A Cappella Publishing, this is Deke Sharon’s arrangement of the Burt Bacharach song made famous by the Carpenters in 1970.

Need help starting or developing your a cappella group? Don’t miss “A Cappella” by Deke Sharon and “A Cappella Pop” by Brody McDonald – two invaluable resources! You can find more a cappella repertoire on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your group. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


World Music Drumming – 20th Anniversary Edition 11 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist

Since 1996, World Music Drumming has transformed lives and built community through ensemble drumming, singing, moving, playing xylophones and recorders. Students have developed focus, listening, teamwork, and respect while having the best time anyone can have in school. Now in over 20,000 schools worldwide, we are celebrating this success by publishing the landmark World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Edition!

World Music Drumming: 20th Anniversary Edition by Will Schmid
This ALL-IN-ONE format adds the following new teacher and classroom-friendly elements:
• An enhanced curriculum sequence including 20 years of “best practice” (creative ideas and teaching strategies from WMD faculty and participants)
• 16 new audio recordings of each ensemble and song (including new arrangements that include piano/vocal, guitar/bass and xylophone/recorder parts)
• 47 new “how-to” videos by Will Schmid including special Ghana-filmed segments
• 28 projectable / printable PDFs for cultural enrichment, assessment and ensemble parts
• An e-Book with interactive audio, video and PDF icons.
Even if you already own the 1st edition Teacher’s Book, Cross-Cultural Student Enrichment Book and Video, you will want this enhanced 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition with its new features and interactive layout!

For more drumming and percussion resources for your classroom, visit our website or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Somewhere in My Memory 07 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Remember “Home Alone”? My younger brother and I used to watch this movie after school every day for weeks leading up to Christmas – we must have driven our poor mother crazy with it! Even as a kid, the warmth of the John Williams score resonated with me, and this year I was excited to find this new Mark Hayes arrangement for choir:

Somewhere in My Memory arr. Mark Hayes
This contemporary musical treasure is from the “Home Alone” movies we all adore and have enjoyed throughout the recent years. John Williams’ famous music is set here with a simpler orchestration, capturing the innocence and magic of childhood at Christmas with gentle vocal writing, surprising musical turns building to “home,” and ending in harmonic wonder.

You can find more holiday recommendations in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website (including another one of my favorites from “Home Alone 2” – “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas”), or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Advent for Organ 04 November, 2016

This year, Advent begins on November 27th 2016. Be ready for the first joyous Sunday of the Christmas holiday with beautiful organ music for your church’s services!

Four Organ Pieces for Advent and Christmas arranged by Charles Callahan contains 2 postludes and 2 preludes. The tunes include WACHET AUF, IN DULCI JUBILO, CRANHAM, and three more.

From Robert Lau is O Come, Emmanuel, six well known Advent melodies for the season, including “The Angel Gabriel” and “Prepare the Way, O Zion.”

Four Advent Hymn Preludes, Set 2 arranged by Wilbur Held includes “Creator of the Stars of Night” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

Carols Before, Carols After compiled by Kris Kropff has eight pieces for Advent, including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”

There are more collections for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on our website, stantons.com. Or visit our organ website, organmusiconly.com. Many of the organ selections have sound files so you can hear examples of different titles. Email us at keyboard@stantons.com to inquire further – we have a large selection of sheet music available for the season!


Storybooks for the Elementary Music Classroom 02 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist

Siku’s Song by Julia Jordan Kamanda
Climb the mountains of Peru and enter Siku’s world, a place where melodies drift through the hills and valleys. Sing along with Siku, a young alpaca who breaks the rules in order to express herself by singing and humming the songs in her heart. This storybook helps children explore the musical element of melody. Siku’s song is like the pan flute’s voice, clear and strong. A companion CD includes a pan flute party jam track, an audiobook of the story, and easy-to-sing “In My Heart (There Is a Song),” written and performed by Julia Jordan Kamanda and her students.
– Love “Siku’s Song”? Don’t miss – Haja: The Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly

Freddie the Frog and the Invisible Coqui by Sharon Burch
Freddie the Frog® and Eli the Elephant are led by an unseen guide to the secret world of the invisible coqui. The coqui speak Spanish and love to play salsa music and dance through the night. Help Freddie and Eli learn the Latin rhythms to discover the identity of their mysterious hosts! Audio CD includes a read-along dramatization, a sing-along song, and play-along Latin rhythm tracks. Kid-friendly salsa dance steps are located at the end of the story. Suggested for Grades K-3.
– Love Freddie and his adventures? Find more here!

JP’s Sousaphone by Maritza Sadowsky, Andy Beck & Vanessa Christian
New band member JP is struggling to march with his hefty concert tuba, so a helpful director sends him in search of a solution—the amazing Sousaphone! Along the way, JP learns about America’s most famous bandmaster, John Philip Sousa. This fact-filled story is told with engaging illustrations and age-appropriate vocabulary, which can be read from each screen and heard each time you turn a page. Embedded audio plays background music, Sousa marches, entertaining sound effects, and a professionally-voiced narration. Watch the story come to life (and extend the learning) by clicking highlighted elements on each interactive page. Utilizes flash technology that works on individual computers and interactive whiteboards. Recommended for all ages.
– Love “JP’s Sousaphone”? Check out – The Tale of Guido d’Arezzo

Find more storybooks for the elementary music classroom on our website, or contact us for more information – remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Sparkling Lights! Fantastic New Concert Band Christmas Titles 31 October, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Last month I posted our recommendations of great new Christmas arrangements for young band.  Now that marching season is basically over, I’d like to share our favorite new pieces for high school.  They all happen to be about a grade 3 difficulty, so they should be fairly easy to put together in the short turnaround between marching band and your winter concert.

Start by picking up the energetic and brilliant Sparkling Lights by Matt Conaway.  A perfect, celebratory opener, it has the unique distinction of receiving a Perfect 10 during our listening!  That’s right, all 3 of us gave it a 10.  Rejoice the Season! is a wonderful, traditional selection sure to be well received by any audience.  Lastly, I just had to include Christmas Vacation.  We watch A LOT of Christmas movies in my house, and somehow we always start with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  While the theme is somewhat cheesy and definitely a product of its time, it has the pedigree of songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and is performed by Mavis Staples (= music education!).  To our knowledge, it hasn’t been arranged for concert band before, and will add some fun to your concert.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out our Christmas & Winter Holiday categories for more seasonal ideas.

Sparkling Lights
Fanfare on O, Christmas Tree
Matt Conaway
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3                        $74.00
Open your next winter concert with this shimmering holiday fanfare.  The melody of O, Christmas Tree is given a dynamic and energetic new treatment that will set the stage for a fantastic concert.  The shifting meters will keep your ensemble on its toes, and the musical result is worth the effort.

Rejoice the Season!
arr. Rob Romeyn
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3                        $74.00
This very clever festive arrangement is the perfect opener or closer for your holiday concert!  Familiar carols are very creatively woven together capturing the true joy of the season. A very expressive and beautiful treatment of Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella provides a wonderful contrast to the festive and energetic beginning and ending of the piece. Rejoice the Season is sure to be holiday favorite with school bands and adult community groups.

Christmas Vacation
arr. Patrick Roszell
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3                        $77.00
Since its release in 1989, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has become an annual modern Christmas classic with an almost cult following generating recollections of the funniest lines from the film. Stimulate those hilarious memories musically with this delightful arrangement of the charismatic theme song.

Stanton’s also recommends: Brazilian Bell Carol, Let the Light of Christmas Shine

Also now available: Selections from The Polar Express with Optional Choir and Strings

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, and all things Pittsburgh (Go, Steelers!).  He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band, loves fall weather, and is excited that hockey season has begun!


What Will Santa Claus Say?!? 24 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready for holiday concerts? Have some fun with your programming this year, and try one of these exciting pop arrangements – perfect for concert, show, or jazz choirs!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
What Will Santa Claus Say? arr. Larry Shackley
Louis Prima’s quirky and upbeat tune will practically dance itself into the hearts of singers and audiences alike! With exciting swing rhythms and tight chromatic harmonies, it’s ideal for choirs with some jazz experience.

Winter Wonderland arr. Greg Jasperse
Dazzling jazz harmonies and an exquisite, flowing accompaniment combine in this incredibly artistic setting of the festive familiar favorite! Sure to be a memorable moment on winter concerts and holiday programs alike.

Jingle Bells arr. Philip Lawson
You’ll be laughing all the way with this fresh winter showpiece that is great fun for mixed, treble or men’s choirs! The keyboard part is dazzling, the vocal parts are definitely “rollicking” and the audience will be cheering. Don’t miss it!

Someday at Christmas arr. Mac Huff
Filled with the universal hope for peace on earth, this soulful Stevie Wonder song evokes heartwarming memories of Christmases past. Originally released in 1966, in 2015 it received renewed interest as Stevie performed it with Andra Day.

We Wish You the Merriest arr. Mac Huff
Deck your hall with this swinging Christmas song that’s positively brimming with Yuletide cheer. Popularized by Frank Sinatra in the 1960s with Bing Crosby, it has remained a holiday standard through the generations!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Holiday Road arr. Roger Emerson
Written and recorded by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and featured in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” this makes a great up-tempo addition to seasonal concerts! A sensational selection for show and pop groups!

A Jolly, Jingling Carol Medley arr. Greg Gilpin
This concise arrangement seamlessly strings together six carol favorites, featuring various twists on meter and style while maintaining accessibility. It is perfect as a festive opener or closer that audiences and singers will love.

FOR WOMEN
Candy Cane Lane arr. Greg Gilpin
This bubbly, contemporary country-pop release from Point of Grace has darling lyrics and a catchy chorus that begs for choreography.

Sugar Cookie! by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
Written in a 1940s swing style, this choral confection is chock full of accessible harmonies with lots of built-in repetition, plus a fun-filled spoken word section that’s the icing on top.

FOR MEN
Little Saint Nick arr. Audrey Snyder
Younger choirs will have holiday fun, fun, fun with this Beach Boys Christmas classic! Easily learned, it is perfect for adding beach choreography and costumes for a special showcase!

You can find more fun holiday numbers for your concert or show choir in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2-2.5 21 October, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

The best energetic program pieces of the year for younger string players!

Wave Dancer by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 2.5
Another wonderfully syncopated and sparkling “theme without a movie” from Alan Lee Silva. A jubilant F-Lydian introduction ushers in Wave Dancer. The harmonized, lyrical violin melody and the accented, syncopated phrases create a joyful and celebratory atmosphere from the opening measure. The driving C pedal point in the cellos propel the lilting violin phrases on toward the main theme. Syncopated rhythms are played precisely and accented, as well as lyrically and smoothly. The violins play expressively and passionately with precise 3, 3, 2, eighth-note syncopated accents. The mid- and low strings are expansive and play their sustains strongly with a beautiful, full sound. An abrupt key change up one step from C to D major gives the piece a boost in energy. It closes heroically with fortissimo unison sixteenth notes, leading to the final robust downbeat. Joyous!

Fire in the Bow by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
Conceived as an energetic and musically rewarding work, this piece also happens to be an excellent vehicle for teaching and reinforcing low 1 fingerings (violin/viola), “backward” extensions (cello), and half position (bass). The piece avoids augmented seconds and focuses on simple finger patterns while exploring dynamic harmonies that create wonderful tension and release throughout. A fantastic opener or closer, it keeps everyone busy and propels the music right up to the end!

Lost Horizon by Thom Sharp, Grade 2.5
This original work by Thom Sharp is an energetic adventure-themed rondo in which every section takes the lead heading off into the horizon looking for adventure. The rhythm of the A theme is used for new melodies in the contrasting sections, either in its original form or starting on a different beat to create a new, yet familiar, rhythm. The last iteration of the A melody employs augmentation. All of these devices provide ample opportunity for instructing students in form and structure and provide for efficient rehearsal time!

You can find more programmatic pieces for Grade 2-2.5 strings on our website! Or, give us a call – 1.800.42.MUSIC – and we’ll be happy to help! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


“This Little Holiday Light of Mine” 20 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller:

A La Ru, A La Me arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Douglas Wagner’s soothing setting of this Spanish lullaby includes mostly unison voices throughout, making it a snap to learn. The lilting countermelody added to each chorus pairs perfectly with the optional instrumental parts and colorful synth track to enhance any performance.

Ding Dong! Merrily On High arr. Cristi Cary Miller
The traditional carol receives a spirited treatment in this easily-learned arrangement for younger choirs with the bonus of optional handbells or hand chimes to add sparkle to your holiday programming!

This Little Holiday Light of Mine by Jerry Estes
Sparked and inspired by the familiar spiritual, this bright, cheery holiday original shares a marvelous message of peace and goodwill. With ample unison lines, this winner is a snap to learn and the ranges are very accessible for young choirs. Consider adding candles, flashlights or other visual enhancements to add to the festive mood and important message.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Inspector Gadget Theme for Four-Hand Piano 19 October, 2016

00-45717recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Inspector Gadget is back! Hulu has the series, and it’s a hoot to watch this cyborg policeman fumble his way from case to case, with his niece Penny actually doing all the “heavy lifting.” Heaven only knows how many gadgets the inspector has – they never quite seem to help!

The theme, written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, has been arranged for advanced piano duet by Zach Heyde and Frank Tedesco. Full of musical jokes and a gag or two, this arrangement from Alfred Music would be great to include on a recital or a school talent show. It’s just too funny to pass up!

For more about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Finding Dory 14 October, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE from Disney*Pixar is the piano sheet music for 00194289-wlFinding Dory, available for both easy piano and intermediate/advanced piano levels. This film has been shown world wide, and has met with success all over. Play the music and sing the songs! Also included in the books are several still photos from the movie. Enjoy yourself!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com!

 


It Takes Two to Tango 13 October, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

A little while back I posted about teaching style to your middle school band, and recommended some fantastic titles in Latin, African, and Klezmer styles, and more!  You can add 2 great new tangos to that list – one an original by Robert Sheldon; the other, an excellent Paul Murtha arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s well-known Libertango.  Stylistic charts provide some interesting variety to your concert programming, place different reading and interpretation demands on players enhancing their musicianship, and may well be the highlight of your performance.  These arrangements are fun, different, and enjoyable, and we couldn’t recommend them more.  Enjoy!

Tango Argentina by Robert Sheldon
Interesting to program with plenty to teach, this popular South American dance style allows your developing musicians to work on light playing and staccato articulation.  Low winds have stylistically appropriate bass lines, trumpets and clarinets feature prominently on the melody (complete with off-beat 8th note pick-ups), and changes of tempo provide contrast while range and technique are very manageable.  Throw in some guiro, tambourine, clave, and a typical tango snare drum pattern to keep your percussionists engaged.

Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Arranged by Paul Murtha
With an original, James Bond sounding introduction and set in a Latin rock style, this popular and recognizable composition by Astor Piazzolla is a great programming contrast.  The melody will get woodwind fingers moving; counterlines, glissandi, and a brief trumpet solo add interest; and the harmonic changes will help your students’ ears to grow.  Libertango is a fun, light number your audience is sure to enjoy.  Definitely consider it for spring concert programming!

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, and all things Pittsburgh (Go, Steelers!).  He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band, loves fall weather, and is excited that hockey season has begun!


Kid’s Korner for Fall and Christmas 2016 12 October, 2016

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Specialists

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

Be Strong in the Lord by Brad Nix
Based on Joshua 1:9, this piece reminds us to trust in the Lord wherever our paths may lead. A quick moving tempo and a comfortable mid-range melody allow children, youth, or adults to sing with strength and confidence.

God’s Love Is Alive in Us by Mark Patterson
A spirited new offering from bestselling composer Mark Patterson. Appropriate for any service at any time of year, you’ll want to program this anthem again and again. Simple part-singing opportunities are created through antiphonal echoes and a stepwise descant line. Mark’s timeless text celebrates the heritage of faith and the bright future ahead for the people of God. A must-have for your choral library!

Go, Tell It on the Mountain arr. Victor C. Johnson
This dynamic arrangement of the popular Christmas spiritual features a splendid piano accompaniment that supports the familiar melody with colorful harmonies and rhythmic enthusiasm. The optional 2nd voice part adds an additional layer of fun for any choir of unison voices from children to adults.

On a Night Long Ago by Natalie Sleeth
Natalie Sleeth’s light folk style perfectly frames this original school-friendly Christmas text. Repetition in the straightforward vocal lines will save rehearsal time, and the available synth track makes this piece so much fun to sing.

Look to the Light by Joseph Martin
This anthem for Advent joyously anticipates the coming of Christ as it calls us to open our hearts and look to the Light. The lilting 3/4 meter, along with a sparkling part for flute, creates a cheerful, dance-like feel and heightens the sense of jubilation throughout the song.

The Snow Lay on the Ground by Mark Patterson
Optional parts for glockenspiel and handbells join together with piano and voices to create this masterful arrangement of the beloved carol. Suitable for choirs of all ages, the piece is an excellent choice for use on Christmas Eve or anytime during the Christmas season.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer 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.


Handel’s Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance 10 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Handel’s Messiah: Warm-Ups for Successful Performance by Jason Paulk & Ryan Kelly
This valuable resource is a must for every choral director that prepares a chorus to sing Handel’s Messiah! In three sections, Part I – Introduction to Preparing Messiah highlights Baroque performance practice and Ideals, Practical Considerations for Performing Messiah and other helpful information; Part II includes warm-ups for 20 choruses; Part III includes Appendices with a historical context of Messiah, primary sources supporting Baroque style and expression and a recommended reading list. The director score includes the full text and warm-ups with piano accompaniments, along with a code for accessing downloadable singer parts online. The singer book includes a handy folder-sized print edition of the vocal warm-ups.

For more information, please contact us – and remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.