News & Views Friday, June 23, 2017

Category: New Publications

Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical 22 June, 2017

00197874-wlFrom the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, and inspired by the beloved films, the dazzling new Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

“Anastasia” features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, and a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Six songs from the original movie have been kept (including “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December”) and sixteen new songs added to the production. This vocal selections collection includes fourteen songs for voice with piano accompaniment.

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


A Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling 21 June, 2017

recommended Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

melbay-517291The Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling by Melinda Crawford Perttu
Especially designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their “Scottishness,” this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Each technique is clearly defined and supported with an abundance of tunes and assessments for maximum learning. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion Melinda Crawford show how to execute all of the different techniques and how to perform more than 44 full-length traditional Scottish fiddle tunes. Even the most classical player will be jamming!

For more information on this book or other fiddling resources, please contact us! And remember – 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.


COMING SOON: Elementary General Music Clinic 20 June, 2017

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 8/2/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $25.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Sharon Burch as our clinician for the 35th 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!


A New Generation of Broadway 16 June, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Broadway Musical Magic arr. Mac Huff
We love this newest Broadway medley from Mac Huff because of its quick, no-nonsense transitions, quality part-writing, and full piano accompaniment (which works well on its own if you don’t have a combo for your performance). The medley is divided into three installments as seen below, which allows you flexibility in terms of your programming options.

Section 1: A Musical, Into the Woods, Seize the Day, Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
Section 2: The Song of Purple Summer, Electricity, Seasons of Love
Section 3: Let’s Hang On, Mamma Mia, So Much Better, Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll

Additionally, this medley is the third of its kind by Mac Huff (following “100 Years of Broadway” and “Opening Night”), and the three can be performed consecutively to create a, 84-piece, 90-minute “Broadway in Concert” performance option.

Something Rotten:
Welcome to the Renaissance arr. Mac Huff and A Musical arr. Andy Beck
Something Rotten has a sweet spot in my heart because it was the very first musical I saw in New York City! Because both of these pieces from the show are full chorus numbers, they translate very well from the Broadway stage to the school choral setting.

Welcome to the Renaissance” goes back and forth between swing and fast rock styles and boasts a wide range of funny historical references, which your audience will love (not to mention that they provide cross-curricular information). Because there are so many cheeky moments, there are a number of opportunities to talk about communication through consonants, facial expression, etc, and the harmonies here are rich and satisfying.

A Musical” has that classic Broadway feel (yep, there’s an opportunity for a kick-line), which makes the lyrics, which cleverly poke fun at musical theatre, even more humorous. The entire piece is filled with text painting, offering a variety of avenues to talk about the relationship between music and text.

Hamilton:
My Shot arr. Roger Emerson and Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Over two years after its January 2015 premier, Hamilton is still one of the most sought-after tickets on Broadway. It combines hip hop, rap, and theatre elements to tell the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and because of the variety of styles used, it has an appeal to a wide range of audiences. While I was skeptical of the music from this show (which I love) being turned into a choral arrangement, I think both Emerson and DeSpain did a great job of keeping the integrity of the original pieces when creating these arrangements. If your kids are excited about Hamilton, these are both great options for you!

My Shot” offers a great way to feature students that have the skill to rap, and while the solos are definitely the feature of this piece, the choral parts are solfege-accessible and there are valuable opportunities for rhythm reading here.

Hamilton (Choral Medley)” utilizes the following six pieces from the show: Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, The Room Where It Happens, Helpless, and The Battle of Yorktown. The transitions between each are quick and clean, and because each piece is so different, there are lots of opportunities to talk about the contrast of styles and why Lin-Manuel Miranda chose the styles that he did for each piece.

Waitress:
Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Waitress, with music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, is based on Adrienne Shelly’s film of the same title. It boasts a creative team comprised entirely of women, and has been nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Waitress (Choral Highlights)” uses strong three-part treble writing, accessible ranges, tasteful use of solos, and quality transitions, making it an excellent Broadway option for your women’s chorus. The closing number in particular captures the uplifting tone of the show, and Bareilles’ style is captured beautifully.

Looking ahead?

Dear Evan Hansen:
You Will Be Found arr. Mac Huff
Dear Evan Hansen has been nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and tells the story of high school student Evan Hansen, who struggles with social anxiety and wants nothing more than to fit in. “You Will Be Found” would be a great choice as a senior tribute or spring concert feature:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

For more information about these or other recommendations, visit us at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 1.5-2.5 14 June, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Get your young string players performing with maturity beyond their years!

Smaster-50250102-faluda River Waltz by Andrew Balent
Waltzes are always gentle crowd pleasers and teaching moments abound in this one as you float gently downstream. Work on subdividing for dotted quarter/eighth rhythms and getting C naturals in tune. As with many waltzes, the violins get most of the melodic action while the other parts drive the important 3/4 waltz lilt.

Adoration by Bud Woodruff
Bud Woodruff has come into his own this year with several wonderful compositions from Grade 1½ to Grade 3. As a retired teacher in Deerpark, Texas, he has taken his years of experience “in the trenches” and offered up pieces that really work for young players. Here he gives an uplifting, aural depiction of the feelings of infatuation with generously shared melodic material and harmonic twists. Lessons in rhythm are included with offbeats and accents and he keeps students on their toes by including the notes Bb, D#, and F. Plus the work has audience appeal aplenty. An all-around winner.

cfn-yas150-fHeartstrings by Larry Clark
Give your unsung second violins the spotlight at the beginning as they introduce the melody. Beautiful harmonies are emotionally enhanced with Bb, Eb, C# and F natural accidentals in the key of G. Heartstrings is dedicated to the memory of a young man who died tragically in a climbing accident as well as any loved ones we have all lost. By bringing to mind the love that we have for our close friends and family members, it will pull on your heartstrings – love with a touch of sadness. Certain harmonic choices and dissonances in the melody to the harmonies were used to bring about this emotional feeling. In the hope of stretching young people’s musicianship you can ask them to put their emotions into the music by stretching the phrasing, pushing lines, and giving things shape; make the music more than what is on the page. Bring it to life and make the audience feel something with their performance. Inspire your students to do so and expand their musical horizons.

wj-3035501-fA Million Miles Away by Francis J. Caravella
What better than the Lydian mode to depict the vast reaches of outer space? You can not only teach your students about modes, but can also talk about dissonance, bow control, and dynamics. Everyone’s part is necessary and propulsive, so no boredom here! A Million Miles Away is very “grown-up” sounding, but certainly accessible. You might even say it’s out of this world!

Farewell to a Friend by Susan H. Day
You can count on Susan Day to use her expressive and extensive talents to pull emotion out of your players and your listeners while providing a teaching vehicle with which to do it. Composed in memory of a beloved orchestra conductor, she offers legato bowing, arpeggios, expression, syncopation, sweet countermelodies and accompaniments as ways to not only bring tears to the eyes of the audience, but also to teach these concepts to add to your students’ musicality.

Find more programmatic pieces for strings on our website, or contact us for more information. 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.


CLASSIC ROCK for Marching Band 09 June, 2017

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-03746114-fHeartache Tonight arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
The Eagles made this a #1 hit back in 1979, and it still resonates decades later! Arranged here in a medium shuffle groove, this chart really churns from beginning to end.

Never Gonna Give You Up arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Nothing epitomizes the appeal of music from the 80s like this energetic and familiar pop hit by Rick Astley. Often heard in television and film, this is sure to be a favorite.

Rock the Casbah arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Recorded by the iconic 80s pop band The Clash, this familiar hit features a driving pulse and distinctive riffs.

leon-03745379-fSweet Caroline arr. Tim Waters, Grade 3
Featured in the hit TV series Glee, this familiar hit from Neil Diamond has certainly stood the test of time. Written in an up-tempo shuffle style and with plenty of full ensemble punches, this will work great in the stands or with drill teams.

Sweet Caroline arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
Originally recorded in 1969, this iconic Neil Diamond hit has stood the test of time and remains as popular today as ever. Be sure to get the crowd involved with the vocal refrain “bump, bump, bah…”

Build Me Up Buttercup arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This arrangement of the classic hit from “The Foundations” is sure to be a sing along favorite for any crowd!

jalen-mba404-fYou Don’t Own Me arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This tune has stood the test of time! First a hit in the ’60s, this tune has been covered by numerous artists and was most recently featured on many commercials and top movies. You’ll love this powerful and bluesy arrangement of “You Don’t Own Me.”

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2017 06 June, 2017

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 24th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/26/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
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!


Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director 05 June, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Attention Orchestra Teachers – new or seasoned veterans – a must for your Summer Reading!

gia-g9363-fHABITS OF A SUCCESSFUL ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Christopher Selby, edited by Scott Rush
G9363 – $29.95
A resource rich with practical strategies and fresh ideas about teaching orchestra students of all ages.

* Creating a culture of success with rehearsal strategies, classroom policies and the structuring of class time
* Students becoming orchestra leaders and taking greater pride and ownership of their ensemble
* Tips for building your program, long range planning, assessment of improvement
* Communicating with parents and administration to better support the orchestra
* Performing with refined intonation, rhythmic precision and a beautiful tone
* Sight reading better, rehearsing more efficiently in class and practicing better at home
* Teaching of left hand position, vibrato and shifting; right hand set up and trouble shooting
* And much more!

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.


Handbell Collections for Summer and Beyond 02 June, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Contemporary Piano Settings 31 May, 2017

1 handbell.qxdrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Essential Collection of Contemporary Piano Settings arr. Lloyd Larson
This is a wonderful collection of fifty-five hymns and current sacred songs arranged by Lloyd Larson. The wide selection of titles brings together useful settings, in a variety of music styles, for preludes, offertories and special occasions. A useful topical index offers easy referencing, as well as a quick glance at the liturgical church year. Difficulty ranges from moderately easy to moderately advanced.

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


MARY MCDONALD: Coming to Stanton’s This Summer! 30 May, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

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 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
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 Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Pärt Uusberg and the Music of Estonia 29 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

sczs5l1p.prpEstonian composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg graduated from the class of Heli Jürgenson at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in 2009. In 2014 he received a degree in composition with Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always an active choral singer, he started in the Riinimanda children and youth choirs conducted by his mother Urve Uusberg. Over the years he has also sung in the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, Voces Musicales, and World Youth Choir. (Side note: he may perhaps be better known as an actor in his home country, having appeared in the film The Class).

New from Uusberg this year are these lovely settings of Estonian texts. Warm harmonies and pure vowels lend themselves nicely to choral singing, and IPA guides are included for all three.

leon-00156068-fMuusika (Music) – an incredible poem about the mystery and wonder of music. A dynamic build of sound and tone helps to express the importance of the text. Gorgeous harmonies and solid construction.

Õhtul (Evening) – the poem speaks of evening and of the images we associate with dusk. Tonalities are both familiar and otherworldly.

Valgusele (For Light) – a lovely work that speaks of someone dreaming of the world and of searching for love. Vocal writing is evocative and yet accessible. A chance to focus on the quiet and peacefulness of dreams.

Find more creative programming options on our website, or contact us for more information. 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.


Classic Pops for Guys 26 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

I can always count on Roger Emerson to do a high-quality arranging job, especially on pops titles – and this collection for guys is no exception! Roger keeps the authentic, fun style of each title while also providing excellent teaching opportunities:

leon-503979Classic Pops for Guys arr. Roger Emerson
Develop enthusiasm and skill with this value packed collection for men’s chorus that will add to your repertoire and be fun to rehearse! Includes: “ABC” (The Jackson 5), “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Tokens), “Man in the Mirror” (Michael Jackson), “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (Curtis Lee), “Silhouettes” (The Rays).

Find more fun pops for guys’ ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information – 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.


Pop Tunes for Marching Band 24 May, 2017

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

leon-03746118-fStarboy arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
Recorded by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, here is an energetic stands tune that skillfully passes the melody from section to section. Contemporary pop music at its best.

Cheap Thrills arr. Michael Brown & Omar Carmenates, Grade 3-4
Pop singing sensation Sia took the music world by storm with her hit Cheap Thrills. Featuring a distinctive Reggae flavor and a driving pulse, this is perfect for the stands or field.

leon-03746106-fHandClap arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
Recorded by Fitz and the Tantrums, you’ll hear this catchy tune used in TV commercials as well as on the airwaves. This energetic chart is a great way to get the crowd involved with the signature hand clapping section.

Closer arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
Here’s the popular and infectious tune recorded by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, arranged in a driving and powerful version for the stands or field.

Stadium Jams Volume 11 arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3-4
A dynamite collection of contemporary sounds for the stands, here are shortened versions of: Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon), Uma Thurman (Fall Out Boy), Fight Song (Rachel Platten), and Ex’s & Oh’s (Elle King).

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


SUPER SESSION is Coming Soon! 23 May, 2017

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/5/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
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, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and 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 opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


“A Mighty Fortress” 22 May, 2017

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

Planning ahead for fall? Here’s a great option for Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017 – celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses!

bpi-bp2101-fA Mighty Fortress Is Our God arr. Dan Forrest
Stand with Martin Luther as he nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and feel the emotion of this pivotal act in the Protestant Reformation. This stunning arrangement will make history come alive with its dramatic interpretation. Written for SATB choir, organ, brass sextet and percussion with optional orchestral accompaniment.

Contact us for more anthem recommendations for the coming church year, or visit us online – 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.


“Vocalist’s Corner” – Vocal with BIG BAND 17 May, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

leon-502271Who Walks In When I Walk Out arr. Rick Stitzel
Famously recorded by Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong, here’s a medium swinger from the early days of jazz that makes a perfect showcase for a charismatic vocal soloist (optional duet for female and male). Everyone will have fun with this nostalgic romp! (Can also be performed using a duet of trumpet and tenor sax)

Route 66 arr. Mark Taylor
Composed in 1946 and recorded by countless artists over the years, here’s a jazz standard that never goes out of style! Mark’s medium tempo chart features a shuffle groove and feature spots for the band trading phrases with a solo trumpet. Fun for the singer and band alike.

leon-07012714-fHello arr. Paul Murtha
From Adele’s third album, this record-setting power ballad took the pop charts by storm and helped put the British singer back in the spotlight. This arrangement for vocal soloist (opt. alto sax) is beautifully paced, starting with just piano accompaniment then gradually building intensity as the full band joins in.

Lover Come Back to Me arr. Mark Taylor
This familiar standard, first popular in the ’20s and ’30s, has been revisited over the years in a variety of styles. Here is an attractive, smooth samba version for vocal solo (opt. tenor sax) that includes a feature spot for the saxes accompanied by the vocalist in a vocalese style. A marvelous change of pace for festival or concert use.

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


31st Annual JOY OF SINGING 16 May, 2017

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2017 – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

THE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/3/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $55 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part/3-part mixed). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/4/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $55 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller, Rollo Dilworth, and Mac Huff. 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!


Disney Learning Books 15 May, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Check out these exciting new children’s storybooks from Disney Learning and Explore Music, perfect for kids ages 4 and up! If you’ve stumbled upon our blog, you’re likely already a musician in some capacity – these books are great gifts for children whose parents who are not musicians, as they provide easy-to-implement ideas and suggestions for including music in a child’s daily life, and valuable information about the benefits of music for a child’s growth and development. They’re great for a child’s birthday, or even a baby shower for new parents!

00160409-leonMickey’s Found Sounds
This inventive story uses music, crafts and creative play to help children experience the fun of making music out of “found sounds.” The Main Street Parade has been rained out, but Mickey and his friends make their own parade as they discover items around the house that can be used to make musical instruments, including shakers, a glass jar xylophone, and more. The book includes special unique online activities including a video read-along, an audio sing-along, and activities to explore sounds and sound makers.

00160408-leonTangled: It’s Better When You Sing It
In this innovative musical exploration storybook, Rapunzel shows us that everything is better when you sing! This playful story uses music and creative play to help children experience the joy of singing and discover their own unique voice. The book includes special online activities, including a video read-along, an audio sing-along, and activities to explore sounds and singing.

These books can keep a child and parent (or babysitter) occupied for a whole afternoon with all the things to do that go along with the stories. Singing and music provide important benefits to children as they grow and learn. Encouraging children to be free to explore, play, and develop musical ability at their own pace can establish a love of music that can last a lifetime!

Stanton’s Sheet Music offers not only these colorful and fun storybooks, but also many books of children’s songs to sing, dance to, and act out, including My First Orchestra Book, Tubby the Tuba, and the Freddie the Frog series. Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information, or email us at keyboard@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.


Especially for SUMMER CHOIR 12 May, 2017

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

With summer fast approaching, many churches are nearing the end of the traditional “choir year.” Keep your choristers active during the summer by featuring them on a few services throughout the season – your congregation will thank you! Cancel your mid-week rehearsal and meet before the Sunday service to work up an easily-prepared anthem from one of these choral collections:

Easy Settings Volume 4 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader & Lloyd Larson
Here is the 4th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are proven winners arranged for SAB or Two-Part Mixed voices.

Singing Men Volume 6 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader, Mary McDonald & Douglas E. Wagner
Here is the 6th volume in Hope’s successful series of settings for men’s choirs. Included are nine top-sellers composed and arranged for TTBB voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.

Hymns We Love to Sing Volume 2
With the overwhelming success of “Hymns We Love to Sing,” we are delighted to present the second installment of musically sound, accessibly voiced anthems. Featuring arrangements by some of the top composers and arrangers in the industry, this collection contains music written from a place of spiritual sincerity and musical practicality for today’s church choir. A number of the selections include the option for additional instrumentation, and an accompaniment CD is also available. With a wide breadth of styles and accompaniment options, this easy-to-prepare collection is sure to become a staple in your choral music library.

Find more collections like these on our website, or contact us for more recommendations – 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.