News & Views Friday, April 29, 2016

Category: New Publications

23rd Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 26 April, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Hillsong Modern Worship Hits 22 April, 2016

00154952Many contemporary  Christian favorites come from Hillsong, an Australia based mega-church. Their music ministry is well recognized, with songs like Darlene Zechech’s “Shout to the Lord” and many others being sung around the world. Many of their albums have achieved gold status in Australia.

This collection, “Hillsong Modern Worship Hits,” includes twenty favorites – “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “This I Believe (The Creed),” “Cornerstone,” “Christ is Enough,” and more. Lyrics, piano part, and guitar chords are included in this collection. If Hillsong music includes some of your favorites, you will enjoy this book!

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Join Us with MARK HAYES This Summer! 19 April, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Hamilton 14 April, 2016

HISTORIC. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush. A MARVEL. – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

BRILLIANT. HAMILTON is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a theater. Bold, rousing, sexy, tear-jerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that asks you to think afresh about your country and your life. – David Brooks, The New York Times

HAMILTON is the most exciting and significant musical of the decade. Sensationally potent and theatrically vital, it is plugged straight into the wall socket of contemporary music. This show makes me feel hopeful for the future of musical theater. – The Wall Street Journal

These are a few of the reviews for the new musical Hamilton, which first debuted Off-Broadway at 00155921The Public Theater in February, 2015. In August, 2015, it moved to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. People started asking at Stanton’s for the vocal selections  for “Hamilton” by Christmas of 2015. Finally, we can tell our customers that they can reserve a copy! Hal Leonard has the vocal selections (vocal line with piano accompaniment) coming soon. Seventeen songs are included, such as “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “Satisfied,” and “You’ll Be Back.”

Reserve your copy now! Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


Little Gems for Your Warm-Up Library 13 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Having a productive rehearsal begins with effective warm-up exercises, so keeping a library of quality resources for this purpose is invaluable! Here are just a few of our favorite choral warm-up resources:

Wander the World with Warm-Ups by Lynn M. Brinckmeyer
The next time you use warm-ups, wander the world with your choir! This collection of forty simple folk songs from twenty different countries is the perfect resource for you. They can be easily memorized for immediate focus and the recommended strategies allow the warm-ups to work for both beginning and advanced singers. Help refine students’ ability to listen to each other, unify vowels and tune chords all while experiencing beautiful and dynamic songs of other cultures.

Warming Up with Rounds by Catherine DeLanoy
Choral rounds have been used for recreational singing for hundreds of years and are effective tools for your students to understand harmony, expand their vocal ranges, and experience a choral sound that is easily accessible to them. By using rounds as warm-ups, you can teach vocal technique, music theory, application, appreciation, and history, as well as increase your singers’ understanding of scales, intervals, modes, dynamics, and terminology. “Warming Up with Rounds” includes both familiar and rare rounds that are easy and challenging, as well as serious and fun. Music teachers and their students will enjoy discovering the secrets that choral rounds offer and ultimately feel a great sense of accomplishment when they make beautiful, harmonious music together.

115 Tang Tungling Tongue Twisters by Greg Gilpin
This collection of enjoyable and challenging tongue twisters using every letter of the alphabet is set to fun music for all ages. Say them! Sing them! Use them to focus your choir’s attention! These tongue twisters are effective tools to improve diction and enunciation, while offering some amusing “icebreaker” moments. Whether used as a warm-up, warm-down or focus moment, they will taunt even the most talented in town with a tang-tungling time! Greg Gilpin has written the piano accompaniment with chord symbols so your choir can move up and down the scale with ease.

For more warm-up recommendations for your choir, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742!

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.


SUPER SESSION This Summer! 12 April, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Found Soundology 06 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Found Soundology by Mark Shelton
Take your students on an unforgettable musical journey with this collection of twelve original compositions using everyday objects in place of traditional instruments – tin cans! tables! plastic buckets! paper and pencils! While each piece includes suggestions for found sounds, Mark Shelton encourages you and your classes to find your own sound sources. Teaching and performance tips, recordings, and reproducible parts round out this convenient, creative outlet. Perfect for middle school general music!

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.


THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration! 05 April, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, and Roger Emerson. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration is now open! Contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


STANTON’S SPOTLIGHT – Men’s Choir 04 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Though Much Is Taken, Much Abides by Victor C. Johnson
Images of courage, honor and bravery abound in this moving and valiant setting of selected lines from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses. A powerful accompaniment supports Victor’s solid, artful choral writing. This poignant work is a welcome addition to men’s choral repertoire and is especially ideal for festival choirs.

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.


THIS SUMMER: Elementary Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller 29 March, 2016

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 8/3/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 34th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


NEW for Elementary School Choir 23 March, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Specialist

This spring, feature your elementary choir with some of these fun octavos, perfect for young singers in grades 3-6!

alfred-492328Bound for Glory arr. Alex Gartner
Step one: sing a familiar spiritual; step two: combine with a catchy partner melody; step three: introduce “When the Saints Go Marching In;” and then . . . put ’em all together for an ingenious triple partner song! All aboard!

Clever Chameleon by Andy Beck
How fun to sing about one of nature’s most curious creatures! A whimsical text, bluesy overtones, quirky chromatics, and optional hand percussion paint a clear picture of the skillful lizard and his changing colors. As to be expected from Andy, the two-part writing is spot on.

Colonel Bogey’s Grand Old Flag! arr. Greg Gilpin
Patriotic and fun! Greg Gilpin’s creative partner song combines singers and kazoos on two well-known, flag-waving favorites. A rousing crowd-pleaser!

lorenz-15_3231h-fDide ta Deo arr. Mark Weston
Add excitement to your concert program with this Mark Weston adaptation of a traditional Nigerian folk song that tells the story of a safe return home. The percussion parts illuminate the driving beat and spirit-filled emotion, and a pronunciation guide and translation are included.

Hummingbird and Butterfly by Amy F. Bernon
The title characters meet at a flowerpot one summer night and a great friendship is born. Shy Hummingbird and social Butterfly come together in a fluttering duet that will delight young singers. Lyrical and full of movement, this delightful original is just right for spring concerts and end-of-year performances.

Night and Day by Peter Robb
Two contrasting moods are explored in this short setting that gives young singers a chance to develop a full, free and flexible sound. Includes two movements: Moon, Are You Out There? and Fine Day.

lorenz-15_3253h-fOctavia by Mark Burrows
From the creative wellspring of Mark Burrows comes this adorable song about Octavia the Octopus, who wants nothing more than to sing! Complete with solo opportunities, a catchy tune, and comfortable vocal ranges, this crowd pleaser is the perfect match for any developing choir.

Sing Alleluia! by Victor C. Johnson
This bright and festive work opens with an upbeat and rhythmic A section, full of fun syncopations and interesting meter changes, transitioning into a lyrical and flowing B section and finally returning to a variation of the opening material. Ideal for concert, festival or contest use!

chorgd-cge5-fWho Has Seen the Wind? by Edwin T. Childs
We see and feel the effects of the wind – cold, warm, a slight breeze or a fierce blow – but can we really see it? Christina Rossetti’s intriguing poem about the mysteriousness of the wind provides the text for this engaging, gentle concert offering for young and developing choirs. The flute provides interesting color and a distinctive third part when both vocal parts unite in an effective partner song format. A Learning Resource Page is included.

You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Carole King’s classic hit from 1971 and covered by James Taylor offers a universal message of hope and reassurance. Recently included in the Broadway musical Beautiful, this is a wonderful feel-good song for choirs of all types and many concert occasions!

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.


THE FORCE AWAKENS for Strings 21 March, 2016

recommended by Dan Clark, Orchestra Specialist

String Orchestra Directors – has your Force Awakened?

Here are your best NEW options for “Star Wars” music for your Spring Orchestra Concert! All are expected to be off the press by the end of March.

STRING ORCHESTRA:
March of the Resistance arr. Paul Lavender (available NOW!)
This distinctive march theme gives string orchestras a terrific concert work that features skilled contrapuntal and fugal style writing. A challenging yet fun experience that mixes early Baroque and Classical style with the power and drama of Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Highlights arr. James Kazik
James Kazik’s impressive montage spotlights the newest John Williams themes from the film soundtrack, plus the monumental Star Wars main theme. Includes: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars Heroes arr. Jerry Brubaker (available NOW!)
This stunning medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker includes popular selections from many of the films. It features the ever recognizable and exciting “Star Wars (Main Title),” the lush and beautiful “Luke and Leia,” the action packed “Battle of the Heroes,” the emotional and lyrical “Han Solo and the Princess,” and to provide a fitting conclusion, the majestic “The Throne Room.”

Themes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Robert Longfield (available NOW!)
For developing string groups, this accessible medley includes all of the major Star Wars themes heard throughout the newest chapter, including: Star Wars Main Theme; March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Rey’s Theme arr. Robert Longfield
Younger groups will love playing this new adventure theme from The Force Awakens. Truly a highlight of John Williams’ new score, “Rey’s Theme” gives a great sense of spirit, adventure, and fantasy that has become of key part of the continuing saga of Star Wars.

FULL ORCHESTRA:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Suite for Orchestra by John Williams
Includes 5 concert movements with performance options: I. March of the Resistance; II. Rey’s Theme; III. Scherzo for X-Wings; IV. The Jedi Steps (Concert Version); V. The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Suite arr. Sean O’Loughlin
This edition for educational groups brings the drama and beauty of John Williams’ newest film score to the stage for school orchestras. The Star Wars main theme is included, along with brilliant, engaging new music from the soundtrack: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Johnnie Vinson (available NOW!)
From the blockbuster film, John Williams used familiar older themes along with dynamic new material in creating a truly memorable soundtrack. Here is a great sounding medley scored with flexible instrumentation and playable with just about any size ensemble. Featuring the following titles: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Looking for other Pop Music for String Orchestra? These are all off the press and ready for immediate delivery!
Hello arr. Larry Moore
Hey Jude arr. Larry Moore
Learn to Fly arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Mike Story
Ticket to Ride arr. Larry Moore

About the Author:
Dan 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.


Plan to Attend: EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 2016 15 March, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers 14 March, 2016

9780199778577Too often, urban music education is seen as “less than” its suburban counterpart. In Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachersauthor Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish offers an important corrective that encourages music teachers to focus on students’ strengths as their primary resource. Through a combination of research-based strategies and practical suggestions, she highlights such issues as culturally relevant pedagogy, the “opportunity gap,” race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, musical content, curricular change, program development, student motivation, and finding inspiration and support. Written for a wide variety of school and community settings, the book challenges all teachers who work in underresourced settings to tailor their pedagogy to meet students’ needs.

Author Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Michigan. An avid supporter of public school music programs, she is the former director of instrumental music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.


Haja: The Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly 11 March, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

leon-00146080-fHaja: The Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly by Julia Jordan Kamanda
West Africa’s vibrant colors and sounds come alive in this interactive musical storybook depicting the touching tale of a small bird who must face her biggest fear. 4 to 7 year olds will love adding the sounds of Haja’s heartbeat, wind and the rain on the mango leaves. A companion CD includes a djembe drum jam track, an audiobook of the story, and the instant classic song “Fly Haja Fly,” performed by author Julia Jordan Kamanda and students from J3Music Studios. A singer/songwriter, teaching artist, and ‘mom on a music mission,’ Julia helps your students explore Haja’s world and learn more about the musical element of rhythm.

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.


Kids Sing Praise and Worship 09 March, 2016

00121351recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Kids Sing Praise and Worship” is a newly released collection of ten praise and worship songs written in ranges that are just right for children. Whether you have a Sunday School class or a children’s choir that sings unison most of the time, this is a great resource. The price of the collection includes audio access; companion recorded piano accompaniments online. The accompaniments can be streamed or downloaded. There is a code printed inside the cover of the book to access the accompaniments – no more CD to lose or scratch!

For more information about this collection of sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.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.


SAVE THE DATE: Sacred Choral Reading Session August 2016 08 March, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


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.


Music from Star Wars – UPDATE! 03 March, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensBack in December, one week before The Force Awakened, we posted the then available concert band and instrumental play-alongs from Star Wars. We are excited to be able to share the new band arrangements from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and announce that they are ALL off the press and sound awesome!). Check out the details for each below, click on the titles for audio previews, and scroll to the bottom for Best-Selling Star Wars backlist titles!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Robert Longfield
Discovery
Grade 1.5                     $50.00
Without sacrificing the flavor of the original, here is an amazingly authentic sounding version of the Stars Wars Main Title along with the new March of the Resistance. Note that the triplets have been retained in the main theme, and offer the perfect opportunity to teach this rhythmic concept to 2nd year players.

Music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Michael Sweeney
Discovery Plus
Grade 2.5                     $65.00
Carefully paced and skillfully scored for younger players, here is the dynamic music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Familiar old themes are blended with exciting and powerful new material. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Johnnie Vinson
Flex-Band
Grade 2-3                    $65.00
From the blockbuster film, John Williams used familiar older themes along with dynamic new material in creating a truly memorable soundtrack. Here is a great sounding medley scored with flexible instrumentation and playable with just about any size ensemble. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arranged for flexible instrumentation: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Soundtrack Highlights from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Michael Brown
Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $75.00
Opening with the familiar strains of the main theme, this carefully paced medley also includes important themes for new characters Rey, Kylo Ren, and the rousing march theme of the good guys. Film music at its best from John Williams, and effectively adapted for younger players. Featuring the following titles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
arr. Jay Bocook
Symphonic Band
Grade 4                                    $90.00
Utilizing the distinctive Jedi Steps theme featured at the end of the film, combined with the rousing Finale from the end credits, Jay Bocook authentically recreates the beauty and power of this amazing film score. Courtesy of Mr. Williams himself, an alternate “concert ending” is provided in addition to the quiet ending as heard at the end of the film. Features the following titles from Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

New from Star Wars
Star Wars Heroes

arr. Jerry Brubaker
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $87.00
Celebrate the heroes with some of the most beloved music from Star Wars Episodes I-VI! This stunning medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker includes Star Wars (Main Title), Luke and Leia, Battle of the Heroes, Han Solo and the Princess, and The Throne Room.

Best-Selling Star Wars Arrangements
Star Wars (Main Theme)                   arr. Strommen             Grade 1                      $56.00
Highlights from the Star Wars Saga arr. Cook                     Grade 2                      $70.00
Selections from the Star Wars Saga arr. Story                    Grade 2.5                   $67.00
Star Wars – The Marches                  arr. Brubaker               Grade 3                      $77.00
Suite fr the Star Wars Epic – Part 1  arr. Smith                    Grade 3.5                   $80.00
Suite fr the Star Wars Epic – Part 2  arr. Smith                    Grade 3.5                   $82.00

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. Now that spring is almost here, the countdown to Kennywood season has begun (opening day May 7!). He has the rest of hockey season (Let’s Go Pens!) and the upcoming releases of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War to tide him over.


Read ‘Em, John! 02 March, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

An excellent option for treble choruses in middle school and high school, Read ‘Em, John! by Caldwell & Ivory is also a great advocacy piece for cross-curricular literacy awareness in conjunction with Read Across America – read more below!

leon-492560Read ‘Em, John! by Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory
A song from the South Carolina Sea Islands with a hidden meaning comes from the tradition of the ring shouts with call and response vocals, polyrhythms, and a driving accompaniment in the classic Caldwell & Ivory style. An excellent showcase for treble choruses!

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.