News & Views Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Category: New Publications

Traditions & Fun: Great New Christmas Arrangements for Young Band 27 September, 2016

by Ken Tilger – Band Education Specialist –

Each year in previewing the new band releases, we keep an ear out for the best new arrangements for Christmas and winter season programming.  As always, we have chosen a number of fun, high quality (and some of my personal favorite!) titles for young band this year.  There’s something for everyone – traditional carols, popular Christmas songs that have become standards, and two unique takes on the season that will be a blast for your students!

The Traditional
While we often get tired of the same old titles at Christmas time, let’s face it – they are what our audience wants to hear.  You can never go wrong with wonderfully arranged versions of traditional Christmas carols, and if they’re done right new light can often be shed on old favorites.

Come, Rejoice!
arr. Scott Watson
Alfred Debut Series
Grade 1                                    $48.00
Majestic and celebratory, Come, Rejoice! is a fanfare based on Adeste Fidelis.  Very accessible to young bands, this arrangement is in Bb with fairly limited range, mostly quarter note based rhythms (some 8ths), and a moderate tempo.  There is plenty of opportunity to develop a big, full sound and the style is set by the numerous accents throughout the piece.  While the work is based on a familiar carol, your audience will enjoy that the tune is prominently featured throughout.

Midnight Carols
arr. Jerry Davis
Belwin Young Band
Grade 2                                    $62.00
Midnight Carols combines two beloved Christmas carols (What Child is This?; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear) in a charming 3/4 setting for developing band.  While rhythms are no more technical than 8th notes and both settings are fairly straight-forward, challenges will be presented by the numerous accidentals throughout, and the seamless weaving of an 8th note accompaniment line on the second number.  The percussion writing enhances each setting, and intro and transition material centers around quarter note rhythms and the key change from Eb to Bb.

The Popular Standards
Some popular Christmas songs are so good and beloved that they have added themselves right alongside traditional carols.  This year features young band arrangements of two of my all-time favorites in tasteful arrangements that are sure to be a hit with your audience!

The Christmas Song
arr. Johnnie Vinson
Hal Leonard Discovery
Grade 1.5                     $45.00
You just can’t go wrong with a straight-forward setting of this popular Christmas standard.  Johnnie Vinson sets the tune in a ballad style against a soft rock beat.  All the 8th note melody lines are present from the original, and its stocking is stuffed with chromatic passages and harmonies making for a lush, warm, and sophisticated setting worthy of the original.  This is the perfect gift for your audience this year.

Merry Christmas, Darling
arr. Michael Brown
Hal Leonard Discovery Plus
Grade 2                                    $50.00
Beautiful and straight ahead, Michael Brown does a wonderful job of maintaining the rhythms, harmonies, and pleasant, easy listening quality of this holiday favorite by The Carpenters.  Sometimes all an arranger needs to do is orchestrate a tune to fit the ensemble it’s being arranged for, no more, no less, and Brown comes through.  A perfect addition to your holiday library that is sure to stand the test of time!

The Fun!
”And now for something completely different.”  While they won’t play to every audience, these unique pieces incorporate pirates (!) and the recent popularity of the folkloric (and dark & twisted) Krampus for some fun playing and interesting programming.

A Christmas Tale: Beware the Krampus
Randall D. Standridge
Alfred Young Symphonic
Grade 2.5                     $58.00
Creepy, awesome, and very challenging!  Setting a narrated original poem by the composer based on the European tradition of the Krampus (St. Nick counterpart who doles out punishment to bad boys and girls on Christmas Eve), numerous settings and advancing musical concepts are used to combine distorted versions of The Ukrainian Bell Carol, Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and other holiday favorites into an alternative holiday tour-de-force!  Great for advanced junior high bands or for high school groups as an alternative to The Nightmare Before Christmas!

A Swashbuckling Christmas
arr. Jack Wilds
FJH Developing Band
Grade 1.5                     $50.00
Looking for something unique for your holiday concert?  Setting familiar Christmas songs & carols in a medley with familiar sea chanteys makes for quite the holiday adventure.  Including What Would You Do, We Three Kings, Blow the Man Down, and more, A Swashbuckling Christmas is fun and full of musical challenges – changes in tempo, style, and meter.  Sure to be fun for your students and provide a creative moment of levity for your audience.

For more Christmas and winter ideas, check out the Christmas & Winter Holiday category on our concert band page.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, and all things Pittsburgh.  He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.  You should check out their album Walk On Out the Door available on iTunes and Amazon.


“I’d Like to Fly!” 23 September, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Welcome your elementary choir back to school with one of these great choral octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller:

The Bumblebee by Sally K. Albrecht
A true charmer! The original text cleverly hovers along the pitches of the major scale, and a slower middle section (in the parallel minor) provides a perfect opportunity to discover and discuss tempo and tonality.

Crawdad Song arr. John Leavitt
Accessible voice parts coupled with hand claps and toe taps help create this lively, energized arrangement of the American folk song favorite. Leavitt employs call and response phrases with contrary motion along with terraced dynamics to provide interesting variety in vocal textures. Enhance the fun piano accompaniment by including the xylophone and string bass parts.

Dors, dors, petit bebe arr. Cristi Cary Miller
This gentle lullaby offers a wonderful opportunity to build tone quality and phrasing in a well-crafted setting for young treble singers. The easily learned Cajun French sings “listen to the river” while the undulating piano accompaniment evokes the sound of the river beneath the rocking vocal line.

I’d Like to Fly by David Waggoner
A beautiful metaphor associating flying and soaring to finding one’s own discovery and destiny in life is sung here in this original work for 2-part voices. Contemporary motifs are played in the piano accompaniment, supporting melody and harmony that could be found on the Broadway stage. A stunning performance piece for young voices.

I’ve Been Working on the Wabash Cannonball arr. Cristi Cary Miller
These two famous train songs are arranged for young singers in a creative way that includes sound effects, layered rhythm speech and much more! A great choreography showcase, it is a wonderful concert finale!

Rainsong by Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Lightfoot’s whimsical and energetic original is a creative programming delight! Throughout the piece, both piano and voices emulate the gentle and playful rhythms of falling rain, and the ending unfolds with a fun, syncopated tap, tap, tapping of the rain upon the window pane. Limited ranges and lots of dynamic interest make this a great choice for developing choirs.

‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It) arr. Rosana Eckert
Here is a song written in the big band era, first sung by jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, in 1939 and ideal for introducing beginning and developing groups to swing style. In the Discovery Series, it’s perfect for building jazz diction and rhythmic skills.

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

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


Shepherds, Tell the News! 21 September, 2016

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

Prepare for Christmas with your church choir with one of these outstanding anthems, carefully selected by our experienced Sacred Choral Music staff:

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne arr. Craig Courtney
This beautiful arrangement of the classic carol begins and ends with delicate simplicity building in between with a dynamic statement of the powerful third and fourth verses, including strategic a cappella sections. The truth of this wonderful anthem is worth singing about all year long. Don’t save it for Christmas!

March of the Wise Men arr. Phillip Keveren
The classic “As With Gladness Men of Old” has been set with great care and creativity to Bizet’s “March of the Kings” tune, resulting in an anthem filled with energy and pure fun. “We Three Kings” is also beautifully incorporated. Jubilant!

Lift Up Your Heads arr. Larry Shackley
Flexibly voiced and filled with lively call and response, Larry Shackley’s delightfully festive setting of PUER NOBIS is a quickly prepared selection perfect for the Advent season. “Lift up your heads, you mighty gates; the King of kings is drawing near.”

Behold the King of Glory by Mary McDonald
The richness of Christmas is seasoned with the Easter message in this reverent, powerful song. Gently contemporary and triumphant, this offering is inspirational and moving. It’s easily prepared and presented, yet deeply effective.

Sweet Little Jesus Boy arr. Molly Ijames
Lush sonorities abound in Molly Ijames’s inspiring setting of the Christmas classic. A lovely blending of solo and choir combined with an elegant piano accompaniment will distinguish this setting for years to come.

Mary Had a Baby arr. Lloyd Larson
As arranged by Lloyd Larson, this blues-gospel rendition based on the traditional Christmas spiritual is richly soulful and power-packed. The addition of the Adeste Fideles “O come, let us adore him,” enhances the drama while the dynamic rhythm parts heighten the impact of the retelling of King Jesus’ birth in a manger.

This Holy Night by Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall team up for this sensational Christmas Eve selection which is part love song, part lullaby, part ballad. God made a promise that he would make a way, and this quiet example of trust still speaks to us today “on this quiet, silent night.”

Shepherds, Tell the News by Lee Dengler
Warm, joyful, and inviting…this new anthem offers your choir a creative means to proclaim the Christmas message with energy and celebration. After the statement of the main theme and chorus, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is creatively woven with original theme, adding an extra moment of unbridled joy.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2016, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.


The Noel Critter Motel 19 September, 2016

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

The Noel Critter Motel by Mark Cabaniss & Ruth Elaine Schram
It’s not just another day at the Tiny Bit of Heaven Motel in Bethlehem (actually a stable behind a small Inn) which is run completely by animals. Annie Lamb is a reporter for The Bethlehem Chronicle and snooping around for clues regarding Caesar’s Census. However she – along with the others – is about to have a life-changing night. Major Moo runs a tip-top motel, accompanied by Miss Dovie (Front Desk Clerk), Ladybug Lacey (maid) and Cecil R. Caterpillar (bellhop). The Innkeeper is the only human that ever comes in among the animal visitors, but rumor has it he’s bringing a human couple in to stay the night and the animals are afraid they’ll ruin everything! But they all eventually learn a certain “Stranger on the straw” came to earth to change the world, and that even people and things we don’t understand can sometimes be miracles in disguise.

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

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

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


The Lang Lang Piano Method 16 September, 2016

12-0571539114Lang Lang is one of the most famous pianists of our time. His enthusiasm for playing, and his love for the piano are unmistakable. In China, “the Lang Lang effect” has encouraged over forty million children to learn to play the piano.

The Lang Lang Piano Method is new to the market. This series includes five books on progressive levels, beginning on a primer level. This new piano method is as enthusiastic as Lang Lang. If you watch the YouTube videos, you can see him smiling and listening to the orchestra playing along with him! If you have children or students who are excited about the piano, Lang Lang is a great role model, and this method is a great way to encourage their interest in the piano – check it out!

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


Song Collections for the Elementary Music Room 15 September, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist

For elementary music teachers, building a library of song collections for your classroom provides a wealth of quick and easy lessons and activities for your students! Here are some of our favorite new collections this year:

Ready Set Sing! by Cristi Cary Miller & Elizabeth Shier
From the first day of school to the last, this multi-media song collection is filled with music fun for your little ones! Play a name game, make new friends, move and freeze with the Spider Dance, echo rhythm patterns with Turkey Tom, scat sing with call and response, and much more! The all-in-one format features:
• creative, new lyrics set to familiar tunes for quick learning
• full color projectable song charts with lyrics and embedded audio for instant sound with a single click
• activity visuals to reinforce steady beat, rhythm reading, fast/slow, loud/soft, solfege patterson (so la mi re do)
• reproducible melody sheets for young readers
• quality lessons plans that feature separate teaching sequences for Kindergarten, 1st Graders and 2nd Graders
The projectable song charts and activity visuals are included via digital download access and viewed in your browser, so there is no need for special software. Just download the files onto your computer and you’re ready to go! Performance and accompaniment audio recordings are also available in a separate folder via download for performance options. Songs include: Do You Know My Friends at School?, When We’re in School, The Spider Song, Turkey Tom, Hurry Hurry Christmas Day, On a Wintry Day, Down at the Station, J-A-Z-Z It’s for Me!, Instruments Are Fun, Spring Is Finally Here, If You’re Happy Summer’s Comin’, Hit the Beach. Suggested for grades K-2.

A Hip Hop, a Skip and a Jump! by Jill & Michael Gallina
Movement and music provide an excellent instructional format for teaching a broad range of musical and developmental skills. This energetic collection of 10 engaging songs will help teach the emerging young musician and provide growth to all students in a wide range of areas existing across the entire curriculum. Active listening, auditory memory and discrimination, gross motor skills, and body awareness are all a part of the participatory songs designed with melodies and lyrics that give directives while listening. Rhythmic vocal speech adds a terrific learning experience and the comfortable vocal range allows for singing and performance as well. Piano/vocal arrangements are included, along with digital access to performance/accompaniment audio recordings and PDFs of singer parts. Plant and nurture the seeds of learning with these imaginative original songs. Songs include: Do the Funky Thing, Hip Hop Hippity Hop, Ice Skating, Imagine That!, Jumping Beans, Can’t Sit Still, Do What I Do, Soar High, Skippity Dee Skippity Doo, and Settle Down Song. Suggested for grades K-3.

Songs for You the Whole Year Through by Lois Fiftal
This dynamic collection is packed with songs and activities in celebration of familiar holidays throughout the school year. Games, movement ideas, instrumental parts and interdisciplinary concepts are given to enhance your students’ musical learning. Each song can be used individually to extend your concert repertoire or together as a revue, showcasing all your students have learned. Performance/Accompaniment audio recordings and singer PDFs are available via digital download. 12 songs include: Back to School, I’ll Take Five, Poor Clifford Skeleton, Thanksgiving Day Is Coming Soon, A Month Full of Holidays!, Let’s Build a Snowman, Won’t You Be My Valentine?, Pizza Pie for Breakfast, Baseball Hero!, Get Ready for Summertime Fun! Suggested for grades K-3.

All About Music Songs! by Mark Burrows
What’s the best way to learn concepts? … Through experience! How about a great way to memorize facts? … By singing! This ingenious collection demonstrates fundamental musical concepts while clever lyrics define them. Dynamics, articulations, tempo markings, treble and bass clefs note names, rests, fermatas, and more; it’s all about music! Mark includes creative lessons (often games) and suggests related listening (usually masterworks) for every song in the book. So fun, kids won’t realize they’re learning. So fundamental, curriculum planning is a cinch!

You can find more song collections for the elementary music classroom 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.


“What Sweeter Music” 14 September, 2016

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

Presenting a cantata with your church choir is a wonderful way to prepare your congregation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff highly recommends these cantatas for the Christmas season:

Morning Star by Lloyd Larson
The Christmas story is one of hope. It is a message for each of us at any stage of life’s journey reminding us that in our own dark nights Christ, the Light of the world, has come. This versatile musical is designed to be a worship celebration for choir, two narrators, and congregation. The blending of new and familiar Christmas melodies ensures a meaningful experience. The varied accompaniment options – from piano only to full orchestra – as well as the availability in both SATB or SAB versions enables this cantata to work for choirs large and small. This inspiring work can be presented in shorter segments through the Sundays of Advent or in a single 30-minute Christmas worship experience.

What Sweeter Music by John Leavitt
Capturing the varied moods and colors of the Christmas season, this extended work is delightfully written and highly singable, with a selection of carols that is pure Christmas joy. Ideal for both Christmas concerts and worship, it includes: Sing Noel, Alleluia!; The Angel Gabriel, He Is Born; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; People, Look East; Resonet In Laudibus; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; We Three Kings of Orient Are; What Sweeter Music.

Joy! (A Gospel Christmas Celebration) by Joel Raney
Telling the Christmas story through six dynamic choral settings, Joel Raney brings his masterful ability to compose new and creative rhythms that showcase his grasp of the gospel style to this impactful presentation for SATB choirs. Christmas carols like you’ve never heard before, all performed with an interspersing of scripture readings on the theme of “Joy.” Accompaniment can be provided by just piano or Ed Hogan’s lively orchestration or a smaller set of rhythm parts. Performance time is 25 minutes making this ideal for fitting into a Christmas worship service or as a separate musical program.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2016, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.


New Church Anthems for Fall 2016 09 September, 2016

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

As church choirs start up for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:

And the Father Will Dance by Mark Hayes
With text from the book of Zephaniah and the Psalms, Mark Hayes has created a timeless work already performed by thousands of choirs around the world. The pianistic accompaniment has proved to work well on the organ, also.

Seek the Lord by John Carter
This classic Hope anthem by John Carter is based on the familiar verse from Isaiah 55, “seek the Lord while he may be found, cll upon him while he is near.” A proven winner for church choirs, this all-time best-seller is now available for SAB choirs with an optional C instrument part included.

Hymn of Thanksgiving by Douglas E. Wagner
Douglas Wagner has taken the familiar ST DENIO hymn tune and created an accessible setting of this Cliffor Baz text for use at Thanksgiving. This festive anthem, with its inclusion of optional Brass and Timpani, is a bold yet highly accessible declaration of thanks to God.

Lord, Your Church Are We arr. Mary McDonald
“Lord, Your church are we; redeemed, Your own to be.” Full of thoughtful text and vivid scriptural images, Mary McDonald’s flowing setting of the early American folk tune PROSPECT is an ardent call to discipleship.

Celebrate the Day by Pepper Choplin
This festival anthem explodes with exuberant calls to celebrate alternating with time for contemplation and praise. The celebration is enhanced with the use of 2 trumpets, horn, 2 trombones and timpani.

For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Mark Hayes
A stately fanfare opens this masterful setting that reflects on the wonders of God’s creation. The subsequent section is much quieter, but the fullness of sound quickly returns as the congregation is invited to join in, leading to a vigorous and fulfilling finale.

We See Christ by Joel Raney
Based on Matthew 25, this original anthem by Joel Raney is ideal for themes on social justice, ministry, and mission. It opens with an optional reading of the scripture which then flows perfectly into the anthem proclaiming the powerful message: “When we look at the needy, we see Christ. We are yours, Lord, make us your instruments of peace, bringing hope when all seems hopeless, filling darkness with light.”

Come Home by Craig Courtney
This beautiful setting of the familiar SOFTLY AND TENDERLY is full of rich, pleading solo melody supported by warm, stirring choral development. Scored for SATB choir and piano with full score and parts for small string ensemble and oboe available for purchase. Perfect for All Saints, communion or memorial.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, click here to view our complete Sacred Choral promotion for Fall 2016, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.


Easy Classics for Orchestra 07 September, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Introduce your younger groups to a variety of excellent serious literature for string orchestra – here are some of the best for this year!

Medieval Dance by Thibaut deBlason/arr. Michael Story, Grade 0.5
Offering a surprisingly mature sound for very beginners, this super simple, secular sample of mixolydian modal music circa 1200 AD will help teach simple rhythms in 3/4, bow lifts and the 1st/2nd ending concept. Add tambourine and triangle for authenticity.

Theme and Variations from the “Trout” Quintet by Franz Schubert/arr. Andrew Dabczynski, Grade 1.5
Introduce Schubert’s glorious melody as everyone gets to play the famous theme – even basses! There are scattered solos for principal players too. Concentrate on dynamics and keeping pizzicato steady while teaching detaché & brushed strokes to your young players.

French Dance (Jouissance vous donnerai) arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2
A Renaissance dance (jouissance) where the dancers’ feet stay on the ground, this concert/contest piece in E natural minor with modal harmonies and optional percussion will help train the ears and teach double upbows plus two note slurs followed by two separate notes.

A Nordic Lullaby by Edvard Grieg/arr. Pierre LaPlante, Grade 2.5
Celebrate Grieg’s true genius with this stunning transcription of his “Lyric Piece Op 68, #5.” The melodies & harmonies generously intertwine among the sections of the orchestra as you stress musicality and expression with delicate harmony and accidental Bb and F.

Canarios (from Suite Española) by Gaspar Sanz/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2.5
Enjoy this vigorous but flowing movement from “Suite Española,” which juxtaposes 6/8 & 3/4. Written for guitar in 1674, it will allow your students to feel the difference between the time signatures and keep an eye out for accidentals. In emulating the guitar style, upper strings carry the melody, while the lower strings keep the harmonic and rhythmic flow going. Classic, but different!

You can find more classical options for developing strings on our website, or contact us for even more ideas! 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.


Take a Trip to “Jingle Bell Hill!” 05 September, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Are you looking for a new Christmas musical to perform with your students this year? Presenting musicals and programs is a great way to provide performance opportunities for young singers, and to teach valuable performance skills. Try one of these brand publications with your students!

The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill by John Jacobson & Mac Huff
Suggested for Grades 4-8
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Join in the tale of the annual holiday contest, and the frustrated residents of Jingle Bell Hill who, despite their best efforts, never win. Larry, the frightening tenant who lives in the one dark house on the corner, refuses to participate in the decorating efforts. Throughout the course of this hilarious and heart-warming musical, the townspeople discover the real reason for Larry’s reluctance to get into the holiday spirit.

Freeze Frame! by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse
Suggested for Grades 2-6
Performance time: about 20 minutes
Freeze Frame!, the hottest new TV game show, is on the air, featuring a fast and frantic “Freeze Team” of performers who spin their way into positions portraying favorite wintertime activities. Our host, Chris Coldplay, keeps things moving as a quartet of celebrities tries to guess the action being shown on stage. Complete choreography included.

Elflandia by John Jacobson & John Higgins
Suggested for Grades K-3
Performance time: about 25 minutes
Welcome to Elflandia – the land of Santa’s elves – busy making toys and getting ready for Santa’s yearly trip round the world to bring presents to all the deserving humans on the planet. But wait! Do human beings really exist? The reports the elves have heard are not very encouraging. Many are grumpy and stressed at holiday time, others are downright sour when they wake up from a nap, and some are just big and loud and hairy! Discover what the elves learn about humans when Santa shows up with a real living sample! The ensuing effort to get Elfie Selfies with as many humans as possible makes for a rousing closing to the musical!

For more elementary program suggestions, click here to visit our website or contact us at 1.800.42.MUSIC. 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.


“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana 31 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Over the last several years, we have seen a surge in the popularity and performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana by community choirs, collegiate ensembles and even local high schools. With multiple accompaniment options (orchestra, wind ensemble, or the very nicely done 2-pianos and percussion edition) and reasonable vocal challenges for teen voices, programming and performing this work can be an exciting accomplishment for a good high school choir!

Not ready to tackle the entire major work? The spectacular opening movement, “O Fortuna,” is now available in an individual performing edition for SATB and one piano. It would be a fabulous concert opener or closer, and a great example of 20th century choral music.

For more recommendations for large works for your high school choir, visit our website or contact us – and remember to 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.


New York Voices: Old Friends 26 August, 2016

American vocal music group New York Voices was formed in 1987 from an Ithaca College alumni group. They released their first, self-titled album in 1989, and won a Grammy award for their 1996 collaboration with the Count Basie Orchestra, “Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.” Aside from performing, the New York Voices give jazz clinics at schools and universities and individually have their own solo careers. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all blends of classical, pop, R&B, Brazilian and American jazz.

The new choral collection New York Voices: Old Friends represents and celebrates the incredible cross-section of high-level artistry of this award-winning vocal jazz group, adored for nearly 30 years. Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian have defined and raised the bar for jazz ensemble arranging and singing style and have influenced and inspired musicians, audiences and music educators with every arrangement, workshop and performance.

This collection includes personal photographs, historical notes regarding New York Voices, words of tribute from other well-known jazz musicians and personal memoirs from each member. The songs range from traditional standards like “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and Ellington’s “Bli-Blip” to contemporary classics from Paul Simon and a Peter Eldridge original. Now you can learn, sing and enjoy these outstanding jazz vocal arrangements that have been crafted by the New York Voices.

For more recommendations for vocal jazz ensembles (of all difficulty levels!), please visit our website or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2016 22 August, 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
**NEW LOCATION** Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E Main Street, Bexley OH 43209
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!


The Stephen Foster Collection 19 August, 2016

Stephen_FosterKnown as “the father of American music,” Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century,” and may be the most recognizable American composer around the world.

New this fall:

The Stephen Foster Collection arr. Mark Hayes
This exquisite book offers stunning piano/vocal arrangements of ten favorites from the Foster library. Mark Hayes adds his touch to this quintessential repertoire for recitals, concerts, and contests.

For more recommendations for solo voice, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


A Little “Mischief” Music 17 August, 2016

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Trick or Treat! If you are lucky enough to have an orchestra concert toward the end of October, check out these latest options for a ~spooky~ Halloween-themed program.

The Abandoned Funhouse by Brian Balmages, Grade 0.5
Do you have a first concert toward the end of October? You might be able to get your beginners featured on this highly playable, extremely engaging, eerie funhouse tour! Using stepwise motion and no eighth notes, with many instruments only using 5 or 6 notes, you will have to teach them string crossing involving open strings and first violins a one octave D scale, but then you just let the necessary piano (and a wonderfully creepy optional celeste/electronic keyboard) tie it all together for a true showstopper.

A Little Mischief Music by Chris Thomas, Grade 2.5
Conjure up images of wicked forest gnomes and perspicacious pixies for a Middle School Halloween concert. Once your students have learned the difference between marcato and legato as well as how to play low “1” in the high strings and extensions in the cellos, you will have a quirky and fun addition to your concert program where everyone plays important melodic parts. Influenced by dark Russian fairy tales and folk songs it is full of interesting counterpoint and harmonic surprises. Devious but deliciously delightful.

Need more creative programming ideas? Visit our website, or contact us for more personalized recommendations! 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.


Pop Warm-Ups and Work-Outs for Choir Vol. 2 12 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Tired of using the same old warm-up exercises with your choir every day? Roger Emerson’s “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs” series is a great addition to your warm-up resources – these classic rock and pop melodies and motives help you build vocal skills while having fun! New this year:

Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir 2 by Roger Emerson
Following the success of “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Guys” and “Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir,” this sequel includes some of the latest pop song melodies and motives to inspire students to sing with gusto and to reinforce basic choral fundamentals common to all types of music. The ten songs featured are preceded by suggestions for practicing and reinforcing skills such as breath control, ear training, vowel shapes, resonance, range extension and head voice development. The warm-ups can be used with changed or unchanged voices. Warm-ups are based on pop melodies including: “Ho Hey,” “Best Day of My Life,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Chasing the Sun,” and more!

Find more fun warm-up resources 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.


Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 08 August, 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
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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NEW for Young Jazz Ensemble 05 August, 2016

recommended by Ben H., Jazz Music Specialist

Start your young jazz ensemble off this fall with a hot new chart! These new publications are perfect for young groups (about Grade 1-Grade 3), and can help you teach lots of jazz styles – swing, blues, bossa nova, funk, R&B, and more!

Back Online by Gregory Yasinitsky
Written for developing bands, this chart is a swinging, shuffle blues with a fun saxophone soli, a written or ad lib solo for trumpet, and a richly scored ensemble section. Showcasing the entire dynamic range of the band, from a whisper to a roar, it also features Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players. Each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, F horn, tuba and vibes parts.

Cajun Chili Peppers by Doug Beach & George Shutack
Looking for just the right seasoning to spice up your next program? Cajun Chili Peppers is the perfect choice! A strong, happy Latin groove is the foundation of this very easy level chart. Beginning with the drums, the horn section then states the opening fanfare, followed by a solo section, and the full ensemble takes the chart out. Scored for 4 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band, written or ad lib solos for all are included, along with optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F.

Street Smart by Doug Beach & George Shutack
Take a strong R&B groove, add a fun-to-play melody with a catchy hook, stir in some solid ensemble writing, and you have the recipe for a rock chart that will be a hit with students and audiences alike. The solo section features a 16-bar blues that will be a great vehicle for young soloists to develop their jazz chops. Scored at the very easy level for 5 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band, written or ad lib solos for all and optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F are included.

Jordu by Duke Jordan/arr. Mike Story
“Jordu” is a Duke Jordan jazz standard played by all the greats. This chart arranged by Mike Story is very accessible and swingin’ with a cool melody line. The tempo is 138 BPM and written-out solos are provided for piano, trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax. Optional parts include flute, clarinet, vibraphone, F horn, baritone horn, and tuba.

Silver Oak by Doug Beach & George Shutack
This bossa nova is a tip of the hat to jazz legend Horace Silver. Based on the chord progression to Song For My Father, this original chart provides developing players the chance to improvise over those chord changes and rhythmic groove (written or ad lib). Playable by 12-17 players, optional parts are included for flute, clarinet, horn in F, tuba and vibes.

A Day in the Life of a Fool (Manha de Carnaval) arr. Terry White
“A Day in the Life of a Fool (Manha de Carnaval)” arranged by Terry White is a bossa nova groove – but not just any bossa – this one stands above the rest. Superb harmonies, nice voicings, a nice sax soli, written solos for alto and trumpet, a big shout chorus, and all very tasty throughout. This chart also includes a variety of optional parts plus flute, clarinet, and vibes.

Fool Me Once by Gordon Goodwin
Fool Me Once from the Jazz Band Series is designed for high school and advanced junior high school band. Full instrumentation includes 5 saxophones, 8 brass and 4 rhythm parts. Optional parts include flute, B-flat clarinet, tuba, horn in F, vibraphone, and baritone T.C./tenor sax. All solos are written out with chord changes, the rhythm section parts suggest chord voicings and rhythms and guitar chord frames are provided to assist young guitarists.

Sack of Woe arr. Mark Taylor
A different twist on a great jazz classic from this seminal jazz saxophonist. Arranged here in an attractive shuffle funk style, there’s a nice balance between a small group flavor and riffs scored for the entire band. Solos are provided for alto sax and trumpet.

Slow Hot Wind (Lujon) by Henry Mancini/arr. Paul Murtha
Originally an instrumental composition by Henry Mancini, this engaging tune has been used in various film scores, and later recorded by recording artists such as Sarah Vaughan and Sergio Mendes. Here’s a steamy bossa nova for young players that serves as a feature for alto sax.

Be My Buddy by Terry White
This laid back blues in Bb is the perfect tune for young bands to swing. Reminiscent of the Basie band, this a great vehicle for introducing the distinctive “Freddie Green” chomping style. Solo section includes written or ad lib solos for Alto Sax and Trumpet.

Late in the Quarter by Mike Dana
This beautiful folkish chart in an even eighth note ECM style features diatonic melodies over lush chord voicings. The tenor and piano solos can be played as written or ad lib.

Monkey See, Monkey Do by Rick Stitzel
Based on the blues in F and featuring a catchy riff traded around the band, here is the perfect swing chart for beginning jazzers! Rick carefully uses tutti rhythms for ease in learning, and the sample solo can be played by any sax, or by the entire section. Great intro to Basie-style swing!

You can find more suggestions for Young Jazz Ensemble on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben H. 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.


DISNEY: The Movies, The Music 01 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Looking for a fun, easy-to-stage musical for your elementary students this year? John Jacobson’s new “DISNEY: The Movies, The Music” is a great option! The revue-style format makes this a perfectly quick and easy production to put together – you can assign each grade or class their own song, narration can be shared between as few or as many students as you want, and choreography is included!

DISNEY: The Movies, The Music by John Jacobson, Janet Day & Tom Anderson
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Children of all ages! Welcome to the Wonderful World of Disney! Celebrate 75 years of Disney magic and some of the music that helped make that magic happen with favorite songs from the movies of “Peter Pan,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Lion King.” The Teacher Edition features reproducible program narration, piano/vocal arrangements and choreography. The Singer Edition 20-pak features singer parts in attractive full color spreads with many of your favorite Disney characters. About 25 minutes. Suggested for grades 2-5.

For more fun options for elementary musicals, visit our website or contact Stanton’s Sheet 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.


NEXT WEEK: School Choral Week 2016! 25 July, 2016

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller
JoyOfSinging_30th_TINY THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration!

for Young & Developing Choir
Thursday August 4, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 5, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 6, 2016
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Also in August 2016:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 13, 2016
Clinician: Mark Hayes
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 27, 2016
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration is open now! For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!