News & Views Saturday, February 06, 2016

Category: New Publications

New Church Anthems for Spring 2016 05 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

It may still be cold and snowy outside, but it’s certainly not too early to be planning your choral anthems for this spring! We have carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety or worship styles and services throughout the coming months.

For the Lenten season and Holy Week, Mercy is an excellent choice. A powerful, poignant song of confession combined with a plea for Mercy, “Kyrie eleison” in ever increasing complexity and voice layering. Scored for SATB with piano accompaniment. Suitable for any time of introspection and reconciliation and particularly appropriate on Maundy Thursday. In another option, Lloyd Larson brings us to the garden in Gethsemane, combining chilling music with Susan Boersma’s compelling text to express Christ’s final plea: “Abba, take this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord is a spirited Palm Sunday processional. This anthem includes the first verse of “All Glory, Laud and Honor” for the congregation to participate, as well as an optional children’s choir part.

A splendid Easter opener, Ring the Easter Bells with Gladness joins choir and congregation in a mighty acclamation of the resurrection of Christ. Using a prominent hymntune makes this an almost instantly learned piece in the classic “Fanfare and Concertato” format. Each verse receives its moment, and the anthem is bookended by choral and brass flourishes, all creating an exalted effect!

For other Sundays this spring, try I Surrender All – this sumptuous setting of the classic hymn from gospel’s golden age is an example of Victor Johnson at his artistic best. An elegant piano accompaniment surrounds a stunning a cappella verse, creating a musical contrast that will be inspiring to hear and sing. Other excellent options include O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (a powerful and majestic new setting of the text), Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (a soulful Mary McDonald gospel anthem), and Give Me a Song (an earnest new text set to the hymntune GERMANY).

Did you miss out on our Sacred Choral Music Reading Session? If you’re interested in receiving a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us!

You can also click here to view our entire Sacred Choral promotion for Spring 2016, or visit our Virtual Workshop. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 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.


Organ Music for Easter 27 January, 2016

GetImage.ashxrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

It’s time to pick the Easter music, already! Two organ solo books to check out are “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” compiled by Michael  Shea, and the Augsburg Organ Library’s “Lent.”

“All Glory, Laud and Honor” includes fifteen organ solos for Palm Sunday through Eastertide. The music is written on three staffs, and the pedal part is somewhat busy. Just this one collection could carry an organist through the Easter season!

Augsburg Organ Library’s “Lent” includes forty-two 0800658973arrangements of hymns suitable for Lent, arranged by some of today’s best arrangers. This is a wealth of material for Lent between two covers. A church organist will turn to this collection year after year.

For more information about these organ books or others,  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 at OMEA for 2 Band Showcases! 26 January, 2016

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Hey Ohio band directors – we’re excited that in addition to our annual jazz and orchestra reading sessions, we are sponsoring 2 (count ‘em 2!) showcase sessions at this week’s OMEA Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati!

Motivation, Inspiration, & Differentiation in Your Beginning Band will be presented by Cincinnati’s own Richard Canter (Walnut Hills H.S.) featuring his popular (and newly released 2nd Edition!) Scale & Rhythm Chunks. This session will be on Friday, January 29 at 12:00 p.m. in room CC212. You can also catch Rick immediately after the session at the Stanton’s booth for a meet & greet, to discuss the series, and have a chance to win an “I  Chunks” t-shirt!

Canter Showcase

Assessment with a Purpose: Improving Your Band Students’ Sightreading and Music Literacy Skills (co-sponsored by C.L. Barnhouse) will be presented by composer and educator Dr. Ed Huckeby featuring the just released Sightreading 101, 201, & 301 series. It will take place on Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 a.m. (we know it’s early, but it’ll be worth it!) also in room CC212. Stop by the Stanton’s booth on Friday to meet Dr. Huckeby and discuss this new series (including its assessment component).

Huckeby Showcase

Of course, we will have plenty of each of these series on-hand at the booth, along with a whole host of other arrangements and music education resources – just look for the blue balloon. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. Now that the holidays are over, 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.


Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2016 22 January, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The beginning of 2016 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
Jenny by Nick Myers
Fluid vocal lines and a sensitive text shine in this powerful, yet heartfelt, recollection of a loved one no longer here with us. Perfectly capturing the essence of love that lives forever, it is both touching and haunting at the same time.

Juravit Dominus by J.M. Haydn/ed. Martin Banner
“Juravit Dominus” was completed by Johann Michael Haydn in 1784 in Salzburg. This edition adheres closely to the autograph score, and is an excellent example of Haydn’s work and of the Classical period.

Carnavalito arr. Will Lopes
This Bolivian folksong is alive with rhythm and movement! Body and vocal percussion give this a cappella setting intensity and drive – a wonderful showcase for mixed choruses in school and community!

Evening Star by Victor C. Johnson
Soaring melodic lines, lush harmonies and an artfully crafted accompaniment grace this gorgeous piece, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The Cello obbligato adds a special touch to this inspiring and reflective concert work. “O evening star, gently glowing star, fill our souls with peace tonight. Play for us the gentle strains of your symphony of light.”

for Women’s Ensembles
Rosas Pandan arr. George G. Hernandez
This Filipino or Visayan folk song is about joy and love. George Hernandez, conductor of the Saringhimig Singers from San Francisco has captured the native flavor in this rousing arrangement. Selected for the Ron Kean Multicultural series, high school and college choirs will love it.

Ride the Chariot arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
The spiritual comes alive with a plethora of upbeat rhythms and drama in this lively setting. As can be expected from Stacey Gibbs’s spiritual arrangements, a thrilling performance is sure to be given!

Drying Their Wings by Greg Gilpin
Greg’s stunning setting of the Vachel Lindsay poem features an expressive accompaniment that flows and weaves underneath the soaring melodic lines which seem to rise and fall, as if flying. This exquisite text allows for interpretation on many levels and sparks imaginative imagery. Also a wonderful teaching piece, it is a superb choice for concert or festival. A Learning Resource Page is included.

Holla Hi, Holla Ho! arr. Dave & Jean Perry
Arranger Jean Perry first heard this clever German folk song as a young girl singing around a fire at Girl Scout camp. It was so enchanting, she never forgot it. Now set for SSA voices, opportunities abound for teaching rhythmic precision, tonic, sub-dominant and tonic chord relationships, and independent part singing. A wonderful piece that will delight audiences and treble choirs of all levels.

for Men’s Ensembles
The Lone Wild Bird by Richard Burchard
Selected for the Georgia Music Educator’s Association High School All State Men’s Chorus in 2016, Richard Burchard has composed a sensitive and touching melody to this famous 19th century text. The harmonies match not only the text but Richard’s style of warmth. There is no divisi in this piece, it is consistently 4 part men – great for high school.

Hard Times Come Again No More arr. Alice Parker
One of the sweetest of Stephen Foster’s songs, balancing nostalgia with heartfelt lament. Seems made for male chorus, with the kind of piano or guitar accompaniment that would’ve been found in 19th century homes. Very accessible vocal writing with a simple accompaniment, making this a fantastic option for every men’s chorus.

Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. John Leavitt
From Vivaldi’s ever-popular Gloria, this is the joyous opening movement arranged for male voices. An excellent selection for concert or festival!

Goin’ Down to Cairo arr. Jeanne Julseth
Specifically designed for young men’s voices, Jeanne’s rousing, spirited arrangement features a vocal hoedown section which terraces the vocal parts one by one until there is a sense of vocal energy which demands a sudden ending to the frenzy. Several surprises occur along the way utilizing rhythmic repetition which is indicative of folk music. The tenor line resides within a cambiata register, staying true to the beginning stages of unchanged voices.

Click here for all of our suggestions for select pieces for adjudicated events – while we have specifically geared these selections to be appropriate for Ohio Music Education Association events, this quality repertoire is sure to be successful on any spring concert or other event as well! For even more recommendations, please contact us.

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.


Edgar Allan Poe in the Choral Classroom 20 January, 2016

recommended by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Choral Specialists

When we think of Edgar Allan Poe, poems like “The Raven” and stories like “The Tell-Tale Heart” come to mind. Sometimes we forget that this American master wrote not only of the supernatural, but more traditional subjects as well. Here are two new chorals that we love with completely different moods by this master of the macabre!

evening starEvening Star by Victor C. Johnson

Poe’s ode to the beauty of the moon is the complete opposite of what we expect from a Poe text. “O evening star, gently glowing star, fill our souls with peace tonight. Play for us the gentle strains of your symphony of light.” This beautiful piece is precisely what we love to see from Victor Johnson: a beautiful masterwork text, a soaring melody, interesting (but not difficult) harmonies and a well-crafted piano part make this a perfect piece for your fall/holiday program or concert/festival performances later in the year. Available in SATBThree-Part Mixed, and SSA.

 

lakeThe Lake by Jay Althouse

This piece, on the other hand, will make sure you never enjoy a vacation by the water again! “My infant spirit would awake; To the terror of the lone lake.” Dissonant harmonies and staccato singing make this a fun challenge for your group. The slower middle section is packed with fermate and caesurae, making it a wonderful opportunity for less experienced groups to work on expression and interpretation of conducting gestures. Available in SATB.

Extension activities abound when you program both of these pieces on the same concert. Consider slide shows or artwork with each piece, or partner with your language arts department for an entire Poe week right around Halloween. The possibilities are endless!

For more recommendations give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1 or check out the “Favorite Texts/Poets” section of our Listening Lab.

About the Authors:

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 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Pajama Party! 18 January, 2016


pajama partyPajama Party!

A Musical Revue About How Bedtime Can Be a Blast!

by Cristi Cary Miller and Jay Michael Ferguson
recommended by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Music Specialists

When we review the scores of new products we receive each year for elementary general music teachers, one of the key things we look for are products that have clearly been “teacher tested, teacher approved.” It is obvious from the very first page that Pajama Party! falls into that category.

This musical for K-2 students is so adorable that you’ll want to start doing a musical with your early elementary students even if you’ve never attempted one before. Each of the songs is in a different musical style, and is about a different part of the bedtime routine. “Marching Orders” tells kids to pick up their toys and head for the bathtub in a fun march style. “Under My Bed” faces that scary monster that lurks in the shadows. Our personal favorite is the soft shoe-style partner dance “Cozy Special Friend,” where each student dances with their favorite teddy, blankie or doll. The cuteness knows no bounds!

Staging this musical is a breeze. Students play themselves and come in their favorite PJ’s, while a simple patchwork quilt-like backdrop can be made by hanging students’ old baby blankets. The rhyming script can be performed by as many or as few students as you like. There are no formal parts to cast!

This musical is an all-in-one package with a teacher book and a CD-ROM that includes performance and accompaniment tracks for each song as well as reproducible student songsheets, lyric pages and the script for just $49.99. Suggestions for choreography and staging are also included.

Have a great time with your younger students and throw a Pajama Party this spring!

For more recommendations for early elementary musicals, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1 or visit our Pinterest board, where we post our favorites for this age group.

About the authors:

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 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2016 15 January, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Lead your congregation in Holy Week and Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!

35030635A Journey to Hope by Joseph M. Martin
This major sacred work is musically inspired by traditional spirituals and tells of the ministry, passion and resurrection of Jesus through familiar repurposed tunes, narration and scriptures. Two endings are provided, one for Holy Week and one with a jubilant Easter finale, making this a versatile and inspiring work for a variety of Spring programming. From the rhythmic vitality of “Ride On, King Jesus” to the languishing strains of “They Crucified My Lord,” from the stately dignity of “Give Me Jesus” to the festive joy of “Great Day,” this work delivers both ministry and artistry. Whether presented with Brant Adams’ inspired orchestrations, or with piano alone, you will find “A Journey to Hope” a unique and effective cantata experience.

The Alleluia Tree by Mark Hayes
The shame and pain of the cross was transformed into a triumphant symbol of hope through the message of Easter. This well-crafted 25-minute five song cantata beautifully and poetically depicts the Easter journey with fresh songs and familiar hymns…from reflection to resurrection. It’s easily prepared, yet powerful, and perfect for large and small choirs alike. It can be performed as a complete cantata or as separate anthems during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

A Living Hope by Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
Even Jesus’ closest friends doubted His promise: “In three days I will rise again.” However, Christ triumphed over death, and through His resurrection, those who follow Him have a new and “Living Hope.” This cornerstone of our faith serves as the foundation for Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi’s impassioned extended work for Easter. Distinguished by its use of nineteenth-century American hymnody, Shaker melodies, and spirituals, this celebratory cantata also includes the option for three soloists and six narrations for one or more readers. Michael Lawrence’s powerful orchestration adds to the brilliance of this hope-filled work that is sure to engage your choir and congregation in celebration of the risen Christ!

For more recommendations for your church choir during the upcoming Lenten and Easter season, please call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 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.


“A Cappella” by Deke Sharon 13 January, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

We’re excited to announce that the new resource book from a cappella master Deke Sharon, “A Cappella” is NOW AVAILABLE!

More than any other person, Deke is responsible for the current success of pop a cappella. Founder of the House Jacks (the original “rock band without instruments”), Deke continues to influence through his work with “The Sing-Off,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” and “Vocalosity.”

Combine Deke’s expertise with that of directors Ben Spalding and Brody McDonald, add a foreword by Ben Folds, throw in advice from contributors like Peter Hollens, and you have the most comprehensive volume ever created on the subject of contemporary a cappella singing.

Find more valuable a cappella resources on our website, or contact us for more information!

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.


Fiddle Tunes for Baritone Ukulele 08 January, 2016

00153260This collection of sheet music for baritone uke is a fun mix of American, Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes arranged for baritone uke.  (You can also play them on the top four strings of a guitar.)  This book includes Online Audio, which lets you stream or download the recording of the tunes.  There are fifty-five tunes to choose from, which include chord symbols for anyone who wants to strum along.  This is great entertainment, either for yourself or to share with friends!  For more information about this collection or other baritone uke music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our web site , http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


GLORY 06 January, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

GLORY arr. Mark Brymer

The dramatic song by American rap artist and actor Common and singer/songwriter John Legend is featured in the historical film drama “Selma,” based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders of the time. A powerful learning opportunity for a new generation!

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.


Church Reading Session – THIS SATURDAY! 04 January, 2016

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session this Saturday, January 9th 2016, and you’ll be fully prepared for the remainder of your church choir season. 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!

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 9th, 2016

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

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 9th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens 30 December, 2015

00154451Star Wars: The Force Awakens” advanced piano solo book is finally off the press!  Stanton’s got the first twenty copies for advanced piano solo.  We are awaiting the arrival of this collection on the following piano solo levels: 5-Finger, Big Note, and Easy.  Reserve your copy now! We also have collections on different levels for the original Star Wars 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!


STANTON’S SPOTLIGHT – Middle School Show Choir 30 December, 2015

middle school show choir

recommended by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Choral Specialists

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of choir directors quite like the words “middle school show choir.” It’s a great recruiting ensemble that builds your program, but it can be very difficult to find appropriate literature. You want the kids to enjoy their music, but you don’t want it to be all current pop or “bubblegum” with no substance. You want to do some partner dancing, but you don’t want it to be too “touchy-feely” at this age. You don’t want the boys to constantly have to sing about lovey-dovey stuff, but the girls just eat that up. What’s a choral director to do?!?

singin in the rainMay we recommend Singin’ In the Rain? This classic tune from the Gene Kelly movie musical of the same name is arranged here for choir by Mac Huff. It’s perfect for middle school show choir! Here are some reasons why:

  • It’s got a happy, positive theme (“I’m singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain. What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again. I’m laughin’ at clouds so dark up above, the sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love.”) that isn’t overly focused on couples and relationships. Plus, you never have to worry if the lyrics are school-appropriate!
  • Speaking of not being overly focused on couples, it IS the perfect opportunity for your first partner dance. Don’t have enough guys?  That’s ok, pairing up girls with each other can be lots of fun on this song too. And if you break out the umbrellas, you can skip the hand holding!
  • When it comes to giving your boys a strong dancing role model, you can’t do better than Gene Kelly! There’s lots of great moves that you can easily lift from the original.
  • The phrases in this arrangement are VERY short, giving students lots of opportunities to breathe without destroying the melodic line.
  • This particular arrangement comes in both a 2-part and SAB voicing. If you’re group has the balance, numbers, range and skill to do the SAB, that’s wonderful! If you’re just starting out or have a small and inexperienced group, the 2-Part can be easily adjusted for boys with changing voice. It has many unison passages as well, which can be opportunities for solos, small groups or more complex choreography.

For other great pieces for your middle school students give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext 1 or come on in and visit us!

About the Authors:

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 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Scottish Folksongs (for violin) 28 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Hal Leonard’s Violin Play-Along series has a new book of Scottish folk songs. Audio access is included, so you can use the unique code in the front of the book to access both the demonstration tracks to listen to and the accompaniment tracks to play along with. The tracks can be either downloaded or streamed. “Playback+” allows the player to slow the track down without distorting the pitch.

These arrangements are not easy pieces. The solo violin part goes up into the fifth position on occasion. There are key changes within the pieces. “The Skye Boat Song” is lovely. It crosses octaves, then includes a variation before it goes back to the theme. “The Water is Wide” and “Barbara Allen” are also well arranged. A beautiful tune called “Weaving Lilt,” which I had not heard before, goes across the low, medium and high registers of the violin, with a variation before returning to the basic melody, much as “The Skye Boat Song” does.

This collection of sheet music for violin will be a source of enjoyment for hours. The audio access makes it even more fun to play. For more information about this violin music, or other folk tunes for violin/fiddle, 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.


News from the Music Publishing World – Choristers Guild Sing! 21 December, 2015

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recommended by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper

If you’re a teacher, you probably don’t pay much attention to publishers. You sometimes look for composers and arrangers that you like, but you barely give the publisher a second glance. However, we’ve got a new publisher on the scene this year for school choral music and we promise, it’s worth your time!

Mary Lynn Lightfoot has long been a name associated with quality school choral music. Longtime editor for Heritage Music Press (the educational arm of Lorenz publishing), this year Mary Lynn moved to Choristers Guild. Choristers Guild has always been a sacred publisher, but this year Ms. Lightfoot edited their first catalog aimed at the school market, entitled Sing!

This promotion (pictured at left) should have arrived in your school mailbox sometime in August. If you didn’t receive one, you can contact Choristers Guild through their website and request one here.

If you haven’t looked at this promotion, here are some reasons we think it’s worth your time:

  • First and foremost, the music is GREAT! When we do our initial listening for our choral promotions, we consider a publisher’s release “strong” if 30% or so of their titles make it through our first round. Out of this promotion, EIGHTY PERCENT of the titles make it through Round One (for more information about how we pick titles for promotion, check out our previous post on the subject).
  • When it comes right down to picking the 75 or so titles that we promote for the year, the competition gets even tougher. This year, SING! had the highest percentage of their new issues promoted. We picked FORTY PERCENT of their new releases for promotion. The next best major publisher had just 25%.
  • Many of the octavos come with a Learning Resource Page. Printed on the front inside cover, these offer coding from the new National Standards for Music Education (for use in lesson planning), as well as classroom activities, extension activities (for groupwork, homework, accelerated students, etc.), vocabulary and more.
  • We especially loved that the activities are age-appropriate. For example, two part octavo activities are clearly aimed at upper elementary/early middle school students, while SATB octavos have more sophisticated material for late middle school or early high school kids.

For more information about titles we especially liked, check out our middle school and high school promotions on our website, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1.

About the Authors:

Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department 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 a 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!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Happy Birthday Alice Parker! 16 December, 2015

Alice Parker

by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Choral Specialists

It’s hard to believe,  but Alice Parker turns 90 years young today! This elder stateswoman of choral music was born in 1925. She studied music at Smith College and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw. Her collaboration with Shaw continued for the duration of his career, and her catalog of folk songs, spirituals and holiday music (both alone and with Shaw) are staples of the choral literature. She is the recipient of 6 honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal.

At the age of 90, Ms. Parker is still an active teacher, clinician, conductor and composer! Her non-profit organization Melodious Accord is sponsoring a project called Alice Is 90. They are asking for choral conductors to video record their groups singing her works anytime between December 2015 and December 2016 and upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook with #Aliceis90. Looking for a way to participate? Give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1; and we’d be happy to send you a 21 Day Trial or suggest something appropriate for your group.

Speaking of being an active composer, Stanton’s is happy to recommend these two new men’s chorals from Alice Parker, both in TTBB voicings:

hard times come againHard Times Come Again No More by S. Foster/arr. Parker (00144509)….$2.25

One of the sweetest of Stephen Foster’s songs, balancing nostalgia with heartfelt lament. Seems made for male chorus, with the kind of piano or guitar accompaniment that would’ve been found in 19th century homes. Very accessible vocal writing with a simple accompaniment, making this a fantastic option for every men’s chorus.

cindy.jpgCindy arr. Alice Parker (SBMP1215)………………………..$1.95

“I wish I was an apple a hangin’ from a tree, and ev’ry time that Cindy passed she’d take a bite of me.” Guys will delight in singing this clever arrangement of the American folksong. The versatility that the elegant writing affords makes this piece appropriate for choirs of all sizes.

 

 

About the Authors:

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 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper 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.


Rise Again Songbook – New from Peter and Annie! 14 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Many people, especially people in the folk music community, have enjoyed the “Rise Up Singing” songbook for years. In my neck of the woods, it’s also called the folksinger’s bible. Many people have two copies: a newer copy, and the old, tattered one with the important notes in it from years ago. (Perhaps I should will my tattered copy to my ukulele-playing niece – it needs to stay in the family!)

Now, Peter Blood and Annie Patterson have compiled a new songbook of nearly 1200 songs: “Rise Again Songbook.” Perhaps because us Baby Boomers are getting a bit nearsighted, the print is a little bigger, and the ink a little darker. Think of it as volume two of the “Rise Up Singing” songbook. It’s full of the pop and folk songs us Boomers grew up with and we sang to our children, who now sing them too: “YMCA,” “Your Song,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Cecilia,” and many more. (Are the grandkids singing these songs, now? Better check…)

To quote Billy Bragg, “A wise person once said that the only bad thing you can do to a song is not sing it.” So tune whatever instrument you strum, and buy this book. Get singing!

For more information about this collection of folk songs or other, similar collections, 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.


Sacred Clinic in ONE MONTH 11 December, 2015

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 9th 2016, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION

Saturday January 9th, 2016

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 9th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music from Star Wars 10 December, 2015

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensWe’re 1 week away from the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in addition to the numerous toys, action figures, shirts, collectibles, and other merchandise that you’re scooping up don’t forget to program some music from Star Wars on your spring concert or grab an instrumental play-along for you or someone you love. Below are the currently available, best-selling concert band arrangements and solo collections for winds and strings. We will update this post as new releases become available – the score to The Force Awakens is just recently finished, so arrangements and play-alongs featuring any new music have yet to be determined (and receive John Williams’ sign-off).
If you want to geek out on more Star Wars goodness, check out IGN’s helpful guide to what is now canon, and recent episodes of the Assemble After Dark podcast featuring Episodes I-VI.

Star Wars for Concert Band
*New for 2016!*
Star Wars Heroes
arr. Jerry Brubaker
This new arrangement has been announced, but is not yet available for order.
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.

Star Wars (Main Theme)
arr. Carl Strommen
Belwin Beginning Band
Grade 1                                    $56.00
One of the most recognizable movie themes ever written, John Williams’ explosive theme from Star Wars is made accessible to very young musicians in this Carl Strommen arrangement.

Highlights from the Star Wars Saga
arr. Paul Cook
Belwin Young Band
Grade 2                                    $70.00
Great music from the motion pictures Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Composer John Williams’ genius shows in this very playable montage of Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), Princess Leia’s Theme, Cantina Band, Han Solo and the Princess, and Star Wars (Main Theme).

Selections from the Star Wars Saga
arr. Michael Story
Belwin Young Band
Grade 2.5                     $67.00
Michael Story has expertly selected and arranged titles from Episodes I-VI of the Star Wars films for young band including: Star Wars (Main Title), Cantina Band, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), Augie’s Great Municipal Band, Across the Stars, and Battle of the Heroes.

Star Wars – The Marches
arr. Jerry Brubaker
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $77.00
John Williams created so many stunning marches to accompany the Star Wars motion pictures that they had to be combined in one powerful piece. The arrangement features: Star Wars (Main Theme), Parade of the Ewoks, Imperial March, Augie’s Great Municipal Band, and The Throne Room.

Suite from the Star Wars Epic – Part I
arr. Robert W. Smith
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $80.00
A serious collection of the most recognized John Williams themes from the Star Wars prequels, the Suite from the Star Wars Epic – Part I contains three movements: Duel of the Fates (from The Phantom Menace), Across the Stars (from Attack of the Clones) and Revenge of the Sith (from Revenge of the Sith).

Suite from the Star Wars Epic – Part II
arr. Robert W. Smith
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $82.00
A serious collection of the most recognized John Williams themes from the original Star Wars trilogy, the Suite from the Star Wars Epic – Part II contains three movements: Princess Leia’s Theme (from A New Hope), Imperial March/The Forest Battle (from The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi), and, of course, the Star Wars (Main Theme).

Star Wars Solo Collections
Star Wars: A Musical Journey
Episodes I – VI                       $12.99
Star Wars: A Musical Journey includes selections from all six Star Wars movies. The wind instrument arrangements in this series are completely compatible with each other and can be played together or as solos, however they are not compatible with the string collections in this series. Each book contains a carefully edited part that is appropriate for the Level 2-3 player and a fully orchestrated accompaniment CD that includes a instrumental demo track followed by the play-along accompaniment track. Also included is both 4-color and black and white art from the movies.

The Star Wars Trilogy
Episodes IV – VI        $12.95
These instrumental editions are completely compatible with each other and can be played together or as solos. Melodic ranges and rhythms are carefully considered for each instrument so every tune is easily accessible to all players.  This collection includes music from the original trilogy not available in Star Wars: A Musical Journey – Ben’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack, Han Solo and the Princess, Yoda’s Theme, Luke and Leia, Parade of the Ewoks, The Emperor Arrives, and Victory Celebration.  Please note that no play-along tracks or piano accompaniment book are available for this collection.

Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III       $14.95
Part of an instrumental series arranged for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Horn in F, and Trombone, these arrangements are completely compatible with each other and can be played together or as solos. Each book contains a carefully edited part that is appropriate for the Level 2-3 player and a fully orchestrated accompaniment CD. Each song on the CD includes a demo track, which features a live instrumental performance, followed by the Play-along accompaniment track.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He finds it very hard to believe that The Force Awakens will be the first Star Wars movie he’s seen on the big screen – especially having been born in 1977. He also wonders if the R2-D2 and C-3PO action figures that he and his brother had still exist somewhere in his parents’ basement.


NEW for String Orchestra! 30 November, 2015

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

As you explore new music for your string orchestra, we trust that you will consider Stanton’s recommendations. You will find them on our mailed promotions, blog, e-blasts, and Stanton’s website: http://www.stantons.com.

Our staff reads through all the new music each year and picks the select few that we feel are educationally valid, provide interesting parts for everyone and will make good concert and festival repertoire. The larger publishers provide many options from which to choose and we always find good literature from among their offerings. The smaller publishers have fewer titles to present, but there are often some real gems among them which we like to point out to teachers who may have missed them in the plethora of publishers’ promotions.

Here are this year’s Stanton’s String Orchestra favorites from some smaller publishers in Grade Level order:

Criancas da Canoa (Canoe Children) – arr. Steven Frackenpohl
9013 – Grade 2 – Kendor Cadet Series – $48.00
Three lively Brazilian children’s songs with shared melodies.

Edge of Silence – Clarence Barber
50250094 – Grade 2 – Ludwig/Masters – $45.00
Slow tumble and flow will increase the maturity of any group.

Elephant’s Trumpet – Clarence Barber
50250097 – Grade 2 – Ludwig/Masters – $48.00
Cool String Bass section feature with “trumpeting” glissandi.

Escape – Kevin Sluder
GMMOR141 – Grade 2 – Grand Mesa Music – $50.00
Developing an intense theme with imitation and overlayments.

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen – arr. David Bobrowitz
GMMOR134 – Grade 2 – Grand Mesa Music – $40.00
Emotional, unique setting of a tune said to have brought Lincoln to tears.

Theme with Academic Variations – arr. Jeffrey S. Bishop
3035321 – Grade 2 – Wingert-Jones – $45.00
Demonstrate the precision needed to perform a piece as perfectly as possible.

Down at the Farm – arr. James K. Taylor
GMMOR139 – Grade 3 – Grand Mesa Music – $50.00
Rakes of Mallow and Red Wing with fun, unexpected, imaginative surprises.

Pony Express – Brian Holmes
3035401 – Grade 3 – Wingert-Jones – $50.00
6/8 time and shifting harmonies capture the thrill of the Pony Express.

Brahms Hungarian Dance #1 – Brahms/arr. Frank Rodgers
SO334 – Grade 3-4 – MSB Publishing – $48.00
Slightly simplified, chromatic, G minor Hungarian Dance.

Perpetuoso – Brian Holmes
3035411 – Grade 3.5 – Wingert-Jones – $50.00
Perpetual motion piece with modern harmonies and groovy syncopation.

Diem Jubilate – Elliot Del Borgo
SO335 – Grade 5 – MSB Publishing – $65.00
A modern, challenging processional or impressive concert opener.

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.