News & Views Thursday, April 24, 2014

Category: School Choral

Register NOW – Stanton’s Super Session 2014! 16 April, 2014

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/2/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

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

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“Joy of Singing” and “John Jacobson Workshop” 2014! 07 April, 2014

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2013 “John Jacobson Workshop” on July 31st and “Joy of Singing” on August 1st – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 7/31/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 8/1/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Register now online, or contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information.

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May the Road Rise to Meet You 31 March, 2014

graduationSend your graduating seniors off with music with one of these new choral titles, perfect for spring concerts or graduation ceremonies!

From “Glee’s” 3rd season and the graduation album, Roots Before Branches opens with a reflection on the feelings of doubt that every young person experiences when facing an unknown future, but soon transitions into a powerful and uplifting refrain that expresses hope and confidence. “Roots before branches, to know who I am before I know who I wanna be, and faith to take chances to live like I see a place in this world for me.” A fantastic choice for graduation!

Recorded by Barbra Streisand, What Matters Most is an elegant and heartfelt song, almost classical in style, with a warm, acoustic accompaniment and a simple, direct lyric that celebrates the power of love in our lives.

The traditional Celtic blessing is well-known and loved in many different versions, and the setting Deep Peace by Brian Tate will be especially effective as a gentle closing number or encore for school and community choirs. Easily learned, it offers opportunities to teach flowing lines, diction and dynamic contrast.

Inspired by the words of the Native American Crowfoot, the introspective text of What Is Life? by Greg Gilpin contemplates the meaning of life. Anchored with enduring musicality that builds to a dramatic peak and concludes with the soft realization that “life is the moment, that alone.”

A traditional Irish blessing is given a thoughtful treatment by Victor Johnson in May the Road Rise to Meet You. Lyrical vocal lines and a gently flowing accompaniment provide a heart-felt closure to any concert, graduation, or gathering, and the optional oboe obbligato adds warmth to this elegant setting suitable for school or church use.

For more suggestions for your graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Testimony” by Stephen Schwartz 18 March, 2014

Testimony is a breathtaking and emotional new work composed by Stephen Schwartz for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, conducted by Timothy Seelig. Inspired by the heartfelt words of the It Gets Better Project, “Testimony” speaks to anyone who has ever felt out of place. A powerful work of affirmation and inclusion!

For more moving selections for your choir, please contact Stanton’s Sheet Music.

Stanton’s Super Session 2014! 14 March, 2014

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/2/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

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

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Sleep 12 March, 2014

The beautifully illustrated children’s book Sleep is the latest result of a collaboration between poet Charles Anthony Silvestri and composer Eric Whitacre. In Whitacre’s own words: “The book you are holding is the latest chapter in a story that began in 2000 when I wrote a choral work using as its text Robert Frost‘s beloved poem, ‘Stopping By Woods.’  The piece was a success, but I could not secure the legal rights to use the Frost text for publication.

“Rather than abandon the piece, I asked my friend, poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, to create a new alternative text to replace the Frost poem, one which mimicked the structure and rhyme scheme of the Frost, matched its tonal qualities, and which would seem, in all ways, to be the original text for the music I had created.  His poem was a beautiful meditation on the idea of sleep, and it fit my music perfectly.  ‘Sleep’ has become one of my most successful choral works, and was the basis for the enormously popular Virtual Choir 2.0 Internet phenomenon, uniting choristers from all over the world.

“I am so proud to introduce to you an entirely new way to enjoy and share this wonderful poem, now part of a new collaboration with illustrator Anne Horjus.  Enjoy this book, explore the music which inspired it, and see the connections between words and art and music which are everywhere.”

For more information on this exciting book and Eric Whitacre’s work, please contact Stanton’s choral department.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

2014 Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic 11 March, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 21st annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 23, 2014! This session was 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. 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 check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742.

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Jazz Songs of Innocence 07 March, 2014

From the creative mind of composer Bob Chilcott, the vibrant collection Jazz Songs of Innocence presents five jazzy settings of poems from William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence.” Chilcott challenges the expectation of the listener by setting each classic text in a different jazz-inspired style-from the laid-back swing of ‘The Echoing Green’ and ballad-like setting of ‘The Lamb’ to a lilting jazz waltz, ‘The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found’. The voices are underpinned by a stylistic piano part, which may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for bass and drum kit is available separately for jazz trio accompaniment. Ideal for performance individually or as a suite, these innovative songs will make a colorful addition to any concert program.

For more jazz compositions from Bob Chilcott, be sure to explore his Little Jazz Mass, a wonderful setting of the traditional mass texts.  Please contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

2014 “John Jacobson Workshop” and “Joy of Singing” 05 March, 2014

Stanton’s is pleased to invite you to our 2014 “John Jacobson Workshop” on July 31st and “Joy of Singing” on August 1st – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

logo JJWJohn Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 7/31/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch
Wear your comfy clothes and tennis shoes because you’re gonna get a workout! Recharge your battery, renew your enthusiasm and review the best new titles for show choir with the master of choreography, John Jacobson and special guest, Audrey Snyder. You will receive all the music and choreography notes for at least 20 complete routines. (Students attending this session will not receive a music packet)

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 8/1/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)
Stanton’s has hosted this session for almost 30 years! Music for all levels of choral ensembles – elementary through adult – will be presented by clinicians Roger Emerson, Mac Huff, John Jacobson and Audrey Snyder. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Register now online, or contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information.

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New Recommendations for JH Contests-SAB or 3 Part Mixed 27 February, 2014

Choosing music for your large group program can really keep a director up at night.  There are so many elements that you want to include in your program: varying tempi, foreign language, sacred, secular, accompanied, a cappella, differing time periods, world music,  and selections that show your group can sing in diverse styles.  Check out the selections below to help you on your way to a diverse and educational program!

All the Pretty Little Horses by Andy Beck

(English, secular,  American Folk Song, swing/jazz waltz, MM 152,)

This innovative arrangement presents the well-known American folk song with a jazzy twist. Unexpected, but highly creative, it’s something truly different for concert or jazz groups.

El Capotin arr. Lois Fiftal and Greg Gilpin(Spanish, secular, Puerto Rican Folk Song, MM 198, 3/4 time )

This Puerto Rican folk song has been arranged as a lively partner song using an original melody and both English and Spanish text. Combined with the festive piano accompaniment and shakers for all to play, this spirited choral is a multicultural gem.

For Everything There Is a Season by Jay Althouse (English, sacred, contemporary composer, 4/4 time, MM 84)

This contemporary setting based on this timeless and poignant text deserves a place in your upcoming contest program. Superb choral literature, guaranteed to touch all who hear it.

Kalinka arr. Audrey Snyder  (Russian/English, secular,  folk song, 2/4 time, spirited w/ many tempo changes)

Audiences and singers will thrill to this famous Russian folk favorite in an accessible setting for younger and developing choirs. Exciting tempo changes and dynamic contrasts will be tremendously fun to rehearse and perform!

Strike It Up Tabor by Thomas Weelkes, ed. John Leavitt (English, secular, Renaissance Madrigal, 3/4 Time, MM 198-207, a cappella)

This spirited 3-voice madrigal with hand drum dances with humor and rhythmic energy! Excellent as a processional or opening number, your singers will enjoy the clever wordplay and vocal effects!

Plan to Attend: Excellence in Choral Literature 2014 21 February, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 21st annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday, August 23, 2014!

This session 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. 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!

New in the Contemporary A Cappella Series 13 February, 2014

swingle2Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year!  Here are the newest releases in the Contemporary A Cappella series, from master arranger Deke Sharon:

As performed by NBC’s “The Sing Off” Season Two Winners Committed on their eponymous debut album, the uplifting Stevie Wonder classic As combines both rich close harmony and interwoven polyrhythmic counterpoint, making it an impressive showstopper for an advanced group. Vocal percussion optional.

The Beatles greatest modern folk song Blackbird is finally available for SSA groups, with the melody moving between vocal parts and interspersed elements of counterpoint and 3-part harmony.

As performed by Men of Note on The Sing Off Christmas album “Harmonies for the
Holidays,” The First Noel features a soothing tapestry of diatonic arpeggiations and melodic lines, giving the song a smooth contemporary a cappella feel that will sit comfortably alongside more traditional carols in your holiday program.

One of rock’s most iconic women’s songs (from Carole King’s “Tapestry”), this pulsing, rhythmic arrangement of I Feel the Earth Move incorporates elements of doo-wop and contemporary a cappella beneath a barn-burning solo. Vocal or other percussion optional.

In the tradition of the Singers Unlimited, Real Group and Take 6, this dense 6-part arrangement of the George Shearing classic Lullaby of Birdland is a perfect showcase for an experienced vocal jazz ensemble. Starts as a lullaby, then shifts into a deep jazz swing.

Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s anthem to living on the road, Travelin’ Band is a ripping and
rocking 4-part male arrangement in the collegiate a cappella style, without a solo line (melody in different vocal parts for different verses). A perfect high energy show opener, closer or encore for your male group.

John Mayer’s groovy, soulful anthem Waiting on the World to Change is arranged in full, 5-part a cappella harmony with solo (duet on the choruses). The light reggae groove is woven among pop harmonies above a playful bass line. Vocal percussion optional.

And if you’re interested in arranging songs yourself for your a cappella group, check out “A Cappella Arranging” by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun!

Check out the Stanton’s Sheet Music website for more titles in the Contemporary A Cappella series, and contact us for further repertoire suggestions!

Announcing 2014 “School Choral Week!” 11 February, 2014

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 July 30, 2014
Clinician: Sharon Burch
The John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday July 31, 2014
Clinicians: John Jacobson & Audrey Snyder
The Joy of Singing
Friday August 1, 2014
Clinicians: Roger Emerson, Mac Huff, John Jacobson & Audrey Snyder
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 2, 2014
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Also in August 2014:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 10, 2013
Clinician: Larry Shackley
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 23, 2014
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open in March. 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!

Yo Vivo Cantando! I Live to Sing! 05 February, 2014

eisenhower-2_DONEInvolving young musicians in an elementary school choir is a great way to encourage budding musicianship and beginning ensemble skills.  These octavos are perfect for students in grades 3-6, and will showcase your music program in the best possible way this spring!

To work on unison singing and blend, The Wind is an excellent choice.  This charming setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s children’s poem is laden with opportunities to teach comprehensive musicianship to young singers. Written in ranges which enforce proper singing technique, this song is perfect for developing singers.

Lend a Latin flair to your concert with Yo Vivo Cantando! (I Live to Sing!), an exuberant original piece about the joys of singing. The title phrase is the only Spanish text. The combination of catchy melodies that are easy to learn, lively rhythms, and a limited range result in a terrific opener that also fills a multicultural slot on your program.

Another fun novelty feature is Splish Splash, Bobby Darin’s hit from the ’50s. Set as an easy-to-assemble partner song, this octavo comes complete with suggestions for bath brush choreography!

A beautiful melody from County Donegal in Ireland and early 20th century lyrics provides a lovely showcase for more experienced treble choirs in Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. With interesting mixed meter piano interludes, each verse is set beautifully for young voices and includes references to several Gaelic mythological creatures.

I Let Her Go-Go is a cheerful Caribbean circle game from Trinidad and Tobago arranged for young voices and piano or classroom instruments. The octavo includes directions for playing the game and the setting will nicely complement Kodaly and Orff curricula as well as being an excellent addition to children’s choral repertoire.

Encourage lyrical, legato singing with I Love the Rain.  The expressive text and melody of this original work create a stunning performance piece that includes rain sticks. The piano accompaniment gently supports the vocal lines and simple harmonies that sing of “droplets on the roof” and “rivers running down my window pane.”

The inspiring and uplifting choral Imagine a World paints a picture of a world “…that knows no hunger, where none live in fear.” An important message to impart upon our children, with sensible vocal parts designed for success. “Imagine and believe!”

The endearing song Happiness from the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will delight your audiences with its adorable lyric and sweet melody. Set for 2-part voices with a tender and supportive piano accompaniment, Happiness will be a programming gem for your concert or festival.

For more programming suggestions for your elementary choir, please contact us.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Junior High Vocal Solo Collections 30 January, 2014

Choosing music for solo singers at the middle school level can be challenging. Students often have limited vocal range, difficulty with long phrases, or light voices that are easily overpowered by a thick piano accompaniment. Many appropriate selections for beginning soloists can be found in the following collections, great for solo and ensemble competitions, recitals or even church performance.

    “Let Nature Sing” is the newest volume in a series for young singers from BriLee Music.   It contains a wide variety of songs, from spirituals and folk songs to originally composed works, all by female composers. Selected with the treble voice in mind, songs with narrow ranges of six and seven notes progress to songs that expand the range as the voice develops. The nature of the selections is to challenge the voice, not to tax it, to develop its expressive capabilities, not to over-extend it.

The fourth in a series of solo song volumes for young singers, “Tales of Land and Sea” contains spirituals, folk songs and originally composed works by Mark Patterson.  The selections are especially compiled, arranged, and composed for the male changing voice. Songs progress from the “just changing” voice, to selections for young tenors, and finally, to songs for the young baritone. The included CD contains both vocal demo and instrumental tracks for all 10 pieces in the book.

Other selections in this series from BriLee include “My Heart Sings” (treble voices,) “Heroes and Vagabonds” (changing male voice,)  and “Traveling On” (changing male voice.)

folksong     “15 Easy Folksong Arrangements” (available in both Low and High voice,) is designed for those students in the early stages of voice study.  The ranges are modest, and songs have been chosen for both genders. The new arrangements are lovely, fresh and interesting, but keep the simple vocal line in the forefront. The piano accompaniments were deliberately designed for an intermediate level player. The CD is included as a learning tool, and a piano accompaniment track for practice.  Also available in this series are “15 Easy Spiritual Arrangements” (Low and High) and “15  Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements” (Low and High.)

For more advanced singers in this age group, consider “Daffodils, Violets and Snowflakes” (available in Low and High voice.) Joan Frey Boytim has compiled this collection especially for young women singers. The 24 songs – excellent literature for the young classical singer – have been chosen not only for the vocal ability of pre-teens and young teens, but also for the tastes and sensibilities of this age group.

For more information on these collections or other vocal solo literature, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit www.stantons.com!

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Men’s & Women’s Choirs 29 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for women’s and men’s choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an inspirational ballad or a fun novelty number, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Now available for choral groups, here is MTV’s Song of the Year for 2012! Call Me Maybe by singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen is infectious, upbeat and fun.

The gospel-style showstopper Here’s Where I Stand from the movie musical “Camp” builds from a soulful opening to a powerful final chorus. Featuring a strong soloist and a self-affirming message, this arrangement would be stirring as a concert or graduation finale.

The Rodgers and Hart classic My Romance is arranged by Greg Jasperse with a rolling rhythmic feel, creating a contemporary sound for this timeless song. Easy jazz harmonies infuse the vocal lines and the ballad performs well with either piano alone or the full rhythm accompaniment.

First introduced in the Broadway musical “Lady Be Good,” the Gershwin hit Fascinating Rhythm has been covered by Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, The Four Tops, and many more. Mark Hayes’ exciting arrangement effectively includes everything from Latin rhythm to swing!

It Only Takes a Moment is a beautiful song from “Hello Dolly!,” and this lush a cappella ballad setting truly does it justice.  With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs.

From Michael Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad” and featured on almost all of his concert tours, the funk-inspired hit The Way You Make Me Feel will make a great feature for guys’ groups with its steady shuffle and R&B style vocals.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2014 23 January, 2014

choir_imageThe beginning of 2014 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, Stanton’s Sheet Music’s School Choral Music staff would like to recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and classic publications as “the best of the best!”

For advanced SATB groups, Ubi Caritas II: Through Infinite Ages is an excellent example of Ola Gjeilo’s skillful style for a cappella divisi voices.  Exultabunt Sancti in Gloria by Johann Michael Haydn is an exciting choice for developing groups – the lilting 3/8 meter brings vibrancy and sparkle to the vocal parts.  Feature an exciting concert original with Alleluia! by Mark Hayes, or a setting of the classic John Masefield text Sea Fever by David Brunner.

Capable treble choirs will excel with Moses Hogan’s I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart, a multi-layered and challenging spiritual, and younger groups can work on part-singing and ensemble skills with the expressive You Are My Music by Laura Farnell or The Wayfaring Stranger, a haunting arrangement by Greg Gilpin.  Tim Sarsany’s Listen to a Jubilant Song is another strong choice for advanced groups – it’s a perfect concert opener!

The original spiritual Ain’t Judgin’ No Man is a great choice for accomplished men’s ensembles, or try Andrea Ramsey’s setting of a sensitive Helen Keller text, That Which Remains.  For younger choirs, We Shall Not Sleep by Laura Farnell offers a moving setting of the “In Flanders Fields” text, or try the creative Neil Ginsberg arrangement of This Old Hammer.

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.

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Middle School Choirs 21 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for middle school choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an exciting choreography feature or a classic jazz standard, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Released as the lead single from Katy Perry’s “Prism,” Roar quickly became Katy’s eighth number one Billboard hit.  It’s a super-charged anthem of empowerment, perfect for any group!

Love Will Keep Us Together was one of the top hits of the 1970s for The Captain & Tennille.  The triadic harmonies and pop groove make this tune absolutely adorable and perfect for younger choirs!

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe is one of the great, swingin’ “train songs” of the 1940s.  Jay Althouse’s arrangement features a tight, rhythmic “chug-a, chug-a, oo-woo” section straight from the lyricist Johnny Mercer’s own hit recording with The Pied Pipers.

Was it red? No no no. Was it brown? No no no. The famous Ella Fitzgerald rendition of the classic nursery song A-Tisket A-Tasket is a sassy, jazzy twist on the familiar lyrics. A great Discovery Series choice for developing jazz style in your younger choirs!

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Stanton’s Comes To You! 13 January, 2014

       Music educators all over the country are gearing up for convention season!  As you attend amazing sessions that leave you inspired and invigorated,  don’t forget to stop by the exhibit hall and order some of those wonderful pieces at the Stanton’s Sheet Music booth.  We are excited to announce that we will be at the Indiana Music Education Association Convention for the first time this year!   We will also be making our regular appearances at educators’ conferences in New York, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as conventions for the American Choral Directors Association,  and the American String Teacher’s Association.  Look up for our signature blue balloon and come by to ask questions, shop, or just say hello and introduce yourself to our knowledgeable staff.  We look forward to seeing you at:

     The Michigan Music Conference-January 16th-18th at Devos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MichiganStanton’s booth numbers are 118-120 and 133-135; exhibit hours are Friday 8-6 and Saturday 8-1.

     The IMEA Professional Development Conference-January 23-25, 2014 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, IndianaStanton’s booth numbers are 419, 421, 423, 322, 320 and 318; exhibit hours are Thursday 5-7, Friday 10:30-5:30 and  Saturday 8-2.

      KMEA Professional Development Conference-February 5-8, 2014 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KYStanton’s booth numbers are 600, 602, 604, 606, 501, 503, 505 and 507; exhibit hours are Thursday 10-5, Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-12.

OMEA Professional Development Conference- Feb. 6–8, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OHStanton’s booth numbers are 521, 523, 525, 527, 620, 622, 624, 626 and 628; exhibit hours are Thurday 1-6,  Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-12:30.

American Coral Director’s Association Central Division Conference-Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Oh. Stanton’s booth numbers and exhibit hours TBA.

American String Teachers Association National Conference-Mar. 5-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.   Exhibit hours are Thursday 5-7:30, Friday 10-6:30, and Saturday 10-2:30.  Stanton’s booth numbers TBA.

Also look for us this summer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference.  More details TBA!

For more information about our conference booths or products, please contact us at www.stantons.com!

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for High School Choirs 06 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for high school mixed choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, a Broadway showstopper or an inspirational ballad, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

The lovely duet Something to Believe In is one of the new songs in the Broadway musical “Newsies,” transformed here into a beautiful choral piece that speaks movingly about finding the courage to seek your dreams. It’s wonderful for graduation or any other concert program!

Who can forget the infectious Doobie Brothers classic Long Train Runnin’, which hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1973? From the familiar opening guitar lick to the final chord, this arrangement really cooks!

With a strong showing on the Hot 100, Rock and AC charts, as well as a high profile cover of the song by the “Glee” cast, It’s Time by Imagine Dragons crosses generations and genres with its unique mandolin sound that builds into an irresistible chorus.

A cappella choral textures perfectly communicate the touching lyric and classic melody of the beloved ballad Somewhere Out There in a setting that is accessible, yet musically satisfying! Opening with a lyric solo line accompanied by the ensemble, the melody then passes between the soprano and tenor before modulating, and moving steadily forward to the expressive final chords.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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