by Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists
Send your graduating seniors off with music with one of these new choral titles, perfect for spring concerts or graduation ceremonies!
Joy Be With You All arr. Douglas E. Wagner
This thoughtful closing sentiment is appropriate for any time of year. Imagine your singers joining hands as they blend and tune their voices. Just when you think you’ve heard the finest of a cappella harmonies, the final cadence delivers even more.
Over the Rainbow arr. Mac Huff
This stunning setting of the timeless ballad from The Wizard of Oz is one you will return to again and again. Simplicity, elegance and perfect moments of breathtaking sonority will showcase concert and community choirs at their very best!
There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis
In a world of conflict and violence, the true essence of this work should be one of gentle inner understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, “Look in the eyes of the children, feel the touch of their hands, there is peace,” the verse enters, with a full, yet still gentle sound. The refrain is more celebratory, followed by a quiet bridge and ending which is calm and introspective, much like the opening.
Things That Never Die by Victor C. Johnson
Prolific composer Victor Johnson has written a heart-felt setting of Charles Dickens’ well-known poem for three-part mixed voices and piano. Lyric, interesting melodies contrast with lush harmonic refrains, all in accessible ranges. Appropriate for ensembles of all sizes and abilities and for concert or festival needs.
For more suggestions for your graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.
Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!