News & Views Sunday, January 21, 2018

Category: School Choral

Middle School Show Choir 19 January, 2018

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

Looking for something your middle school showchoir students will love? Check out these three upbeat numbers to add to your young singers’ concert!

Mister Zombie's Jazz Club.jpgMister Zombie’s Jazz Club by Mark Cabaniss/arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Loaded with “scary” fun, Mister Zombie’s Jazz Club is a novelty piece that offers the opportunity to introduce jazz, swing, and the concept of scat singing to developing singers. In addition to these musical opportunities, its message is one of cooperation and acceptance. While the string bass is optional, it will add even more “cool” to the performance.

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You’re My Best Friend arr. Paul Langford
The British rock band Queen made this a hit and the song has had a long life being used in movies, television shows and commercials. This arrangement taps into that popularity and makes for a lively selection for both concert and show choirs and is a great selection for graduation.

Get Back Up Again

Get Back Up Again arr. Mac Huff
From the incredible soundtrack from the animated comedy “Trolls,” this song recorded by Anna Kendrick is a relentlessly cheerful manifesto for overcoming life’s obstacles. Fun and energetic, your singers will bring a blast of fabulous to your concert!

For more information about these and other middle school choral recommendations, visit our website at http://www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

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

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

Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2018 12 January, 2018

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

The beginning of 2018 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
gia-ww1623-fHaec Est Dies by Jacob Handl/arr. Philip Brown
A nice edition of a lesser-known work of the 16th century. “Haec Est Dies” is written for two SATB choirs, but the vocal writing is simple enough to work for younger high school choirs who are ready for the challenge.

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Ryan Murphy
A dynamic and bombastic setting of this well-loved text. The piano accompaniment is exciting and supportive, and the vocal writing is straightforward, making this a great selection for honor choirs and festivals.

As the Rain Hides the Stars by Elaine Hagenberg
Scored for SATB divisi chorus with piano, this exquisite setting of the traditional Gaelic Prayer, vividly presents the initial image of longing and unrest to the ultimate resolution of assurance that “Though I may stumble in my going, You do not fall.”

alfred-513845I Can See the River Jordan by Jay Althouse
This sturdy original is composed in the style of a traditional spiritual. A symbolic text leads to crossing metaphoric River Jordan as the music recalls songs from early America. Opens with brief solos, builds to a hand clapping almost a cappella bridge, and concludes only after full choral harmonies fade and voices unite on a single pitch.

for Women’s Ensembles
Veni Sancte Spiritus by W.A. Mozart/arr. Victor C. Johnson
This time-honored choral classic from the pen of a very young Mozart is now available in a fresh, new, authentic, and complete arrangement for women’s choir. Carefully crafted vocal lines combine with a vibrant, yet highly playable piano part and much rejoicing to brighten the spirit and gladden the heart!

Jubilate Deo by Johan Helmich Roman/arr. John Leavitt
This selection by Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman, adapted in this edition for treble voices, is recommended for festival and contest programming for choirs in middle school and high school, as well as community children’s choirs. An excellent choice for developing important performance techniques in music of the era.

lorenz-sbmp1435-fCantate Domino by Charlotte Botha
Through a juxtaposition of texture, dynamics and tempo, the composer has created a dramatic song of praise which serves well as an opener or closer. The vocal parts are woven together with percussion, claps and stomps to illuminate the message of the “new song” as dictated by the Latin text.

Goin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

for Men’s Ensembles
Three Polish War Songs arr. Derek Myler
A set of Polish military songs collected by the composer while he lived in Poland for two years among families affected still by the tragedies of war. Expertly arranged for men’s chorus, these songs offer a look into a less-familiar world and bring a sentiment of hope.

cfn-cm9488-fMairi’s Wedding arr. Drew Collins
This delightful reel, traditionally sung and played at Scottish weddings, is toe-tappin’ fun! From the opening unison statement until the final chord, men’s ensembles can explore drama and healthy singing.

Rain Music by Victor C. Johnson
“On the dusty earthdrum beats the falling rain. Now a whispered murmer, now a louder strain.” This forward-moving, rhythmically-driven music enhances the dramatic, image-laden text of Kentucky-born poet and playwright Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. Effective unison, two-, three-, and four-part writing throughout and optional parts for rain stick and djembes heighten the musical effect.

Across the Western Ocean arr. Jerry Estes
This sea chanty, from the mid-1800s, is inspired by the Irish immigrants escaping the great potato famine of their home country. Driven by a half note pulse, this piece has many ballad-like qualities with an accompaniment that propels the piece forward. It makes a wonderful selection for developing male voices teaching energetic 3-part singing.

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 – and remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Women On Broadway 03 January, 2018

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

Explore exciting music from the Broadway stage with your SSA ensembles this spring – your audience will be entertained, and you can work on valuable performance and dramatic skills with your singers. Here are some fun new options!

leon-513965Morning Person (from Shrek) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Princess Fiona sings this song as she wakes to greet the dawning of a new day after spending the night as an ogre. Your SSA groups will enjoy stretching their dramatic skills with this humorous selection.

Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Described as “Sweet, sassy, passionate and delightful” and “Cooked to perfection,” this musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson was one of the successes of the 2016 Broadway season. This 5-minute SSA medley will be a fantastic showcase for women’s choirs and includes: “Everything Changes,” “Opening Up,” “She Used To Be Mine.”

Also available separately: “Opening Up” arr. Mac Huff, and “What Baking Can Do” arr. Mark Brymer.

alfred-514559Everywhere That You Are (from James and the Giant Peach) arr. Andy Beck
From the stage adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, this sensitive ballad tackles the tough topic of loss in a warm and reassuring way. A gently lilting piano accompaniment supports the tender melody, harmonized beautifully in the supporting voices.

Raise Your Voice (from Sister Act) arr. Roger Emerson
First rule of singing? Get the rafters ringing! This is the message of this uplifting ensemble number from the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie “Sister Act.” A fantastic selection for pop and concert choirs, this one will bring down the house!

Find more Broadway options on our website, or contact us for more ideas – we love brainstorming repertoire ideas with you! And remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Spirituals for Choir 29 December, 2017

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
All Night All DayAll Night, All Day arr. Greg Gilpin
Charged with gospel-style excitement, this traditional spiritual, in new SATB and SSA voicings, comes alive in energy and style. A powerful chorus, hand claps, stacked vocal section and key change builds to a big ending that is sure to please your singers and audience.

I Can See the River JordanI Can See the River Jordan
by Jay Althouse
This sturdy original is composed in the style of a traditional spiritual. A symbolic text leads to crossing metaphoric River Jordan as the music recalls songs from early America. Opens with brief solos, builds to a hand clapping almost a cappella bridge, and concludes only after full choral harmonies fade and voices unite on a single pitch.

Let Me FlyLet Me Fly arr. Kirby Shaw
In a bright, spirited a cappella swing, this traditional spiritual is so fun to learn and sing! The energy is built right in to the rhythmic text and the contemporary harmonies are delightful. Optional descant sits on top of the final choruses taking the piece to a “high flying” end!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Ezekiel Saw the WheelEzekiel Saw the Wheel arr. Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Looking for a fun, creative programming contrast to add some sparkle and zest to your next concert? This lively, spirited setting of the traditional spiritual is certain to fit the bill. Complete with handclaps and snaps, young and developing choirs are certain to enjoy this playful and engaging arrangement.

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
Goin' Home on a CloudGoin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

I Couldn't Hear Nobody PrayI Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray arr. Victor C. Johnson
Johnson’s dynamic and spirited a cappella setting of the traditional spiritual opens with an expressive choral introduction before it kicks into high gear. One or more soloists can be featured in the call and response section which leads into an exhilarating section of vocal layering and interesting textures before its strong, powerful conclusion.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
Roll Jordan RollRoll Jordan Roll arr. Ruth Morris Gray
A rhythmic piano accompaniment drives this well-crafted arrangement of the classic spiritual. Singers will love the crescendoing choral riff that connects the syncopated refrains to the call and response verses. A vibrant descant grows more and more soulful toward the end, bringing the piece to a climactic close!

Walk in JerusalemWalk in Jerusalem arr. Rollo Dilworth
Already available for SATB and SSA, now, at last, an arrangement for men. With a powerful piano accompaniment, your men will really be able to “dig in” and sing with the full power of their voices.

Wade in the WaterWade in the Water arr. Dan Davison
Wade In the Water was written specifically to bring success to male choirs of all ages. With comfortable vocal ranges for young tenors and basses, Davison’s arrangement has a strong, driving beat, and serves to highlight the male choirs’ masculine sound.

If you have any questions about these or other similar pieces, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Solo and Ensemble Time Is Near! 20 December, 2017

OMEAIt’s almost January, which means Solo & Ensemble season for the Ohio Music Education Association is soon upon us! For our local, Central Ohio customers in OMEA District 15, the event date is Saturday, January 27. Here are some reminders to make sure that this busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music (even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of copyright law).

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Visit the OMEA Solo and Ensemble page
– Under High School, select “Search HS Required list,” or Junior High, select “Search JH Suggested list”
– Click “search,” choose your area, then select your instrument
– Select the event and class, then click “search”
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title), then “View Approved Editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Piano and Guitar (keyboard@stantons.com)


NEW Contemporary A Cappella 22 November, 2017

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

alfred-514467Standing Outside the Fire arr. Bryan Sharpe
With changing choral textures supporting a soloist, the rhythmic drive of this Garth Brooks hit works perfectly for pop a cappella groups.

Try Everything arr. Paul Langford
Here is a happy a cappella setting of the upbeat song from the Disney animated film “Zootopia,” reminding us to “Don’t give up! Don’t give in!” A super concert feature, this positive message will give your singers encouragement to work hard and keep trying, no matter what.

Uptown Funk arr. Deke Sharon
Now available for a cappella groups in a fun arrangement, this #1 hit features an absolutely irresistible groove that your audiences will love!

leon-516337I Lived arr. Deke Sharon
A Cappella groups will enjoy performing this song by OneRepublic, with an uplifting and universal message and all the energy and excitement of the original!

Jolene arr. Mark Brymer
In 2016 Dolly Parton and Pentatonix released a vocals-only version of Dolly’s famous 1973 hit, generating much interest. Choirs will enjoy performing this edition with optional rhythm section support or a cappella.

Light in the Hallway arr. Jacob Narverud
This tender, original ballad from pop a cappella superstars Pentatonix, is now available for SATBB choir! Close harmonies support the melody as it deftly weaves between voice parts. Beautifully shaped phrases lend themselves well to expressive singing.

Thinking Out Loud arr. Deke Sharon
Feature your best soloists with this 2015 chart-topper by Ed Sheeran. This a cappella setting has a heartwarming message that will captivate everyone!

Don’t miss the brand new resource A Cappella Warm Ups for Pop & Jazz Choirs as well – it’s full of GREAT information about teaching your singers to sing in all styles (classical/pop/jazz/Broadway/etc), as well as perfect warm ups for building skills in the areas of rhythm, tone, syllable production, intervals, dynamics, and more!

Need more suggestions? Contact us! And, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Choral Music from HAMILTON 17 November, 2017

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

6358377242196606171841502652_55f72d3f81c0c2a86eeb2dda_hamilton-poster“Hamilton” continues it’s popularity as a driving force in the theatrical world, even over two years after the Broadway opening. With extended runs currently in Chicago and opening soon in the West End, plus a second national tour starting in 2018 – and talks of a future film adaptation!! – now is a great time to incorporate this fantastic music and historic storytelling into your choral program.

alfred-511029Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley is sure to make a big impression! There’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

My Shot
In this stand-out selection from the show, the lead characters lay out their plans for victory, despite their personal hardships. Packed with intense hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, there are plenty of opportunities to feature soloists and small groups, while the full choir joins in on the infectious and driving chorus.

[NOTE: There are two arrangements of “My Shot” available: by Roger Emerson (SATB, SAB, SSA, and TTB) and by Alan Billingsley (SATB, SAB, SSA). They are VERY similar in the choral parts, solos, and piano accompaniment, and are both very authentic to the original number as performed in the show. Both have accompaniment CDs available, but only the Emerson arrangement has instrumental combo parts.]

alfred-514355Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Contact us for more programming ideas, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


A Very PTX Christmas 10 November, 2017

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

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! Pentatonix is THE hot a cappella group, and their creative vocal style brings great variety to a holiday choral program. All of these new arrangements are very nicely adapted for high school ensembles – ranges are generally appropriate (basses may stretch a little out of their comfort zones; try adding an electric bass for support, or mic them!), and most can be performed entirely a cappella or with the well-crafted supportive accompaniments.

leon-516423A Pentatonix Christmas (Medley) arr. Mark Brymer
The Pentatonix Christmas albums are among their most popular. This 7.5-minute medley combines four of their recent holiday hits for a wonderful seasonal showcase for pop, jazz and concert choirs. Includes: “Coventry Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays arr. Roger Emerson
From the 2016 album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” the popular vocal group puts their unique stamp on the 1998 holiday song by NSYNC. Recreate the rhythmic groove of this upbeat song a cappella or with the optional rhythm track.

leon-515029New Year’s Day arr. Jacob Narverud
This warm and creative original song comes from the 2015 album release “Pentatonix.” This fantastic arrangement can be done a cappella but allows for optional accompaniment so that choirs can use simple synthesizer, percussion and bass to enhance their performance.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Jacob Narverud
Get into the holiday spirit with this stand-out arrangement which reached No. 2 on Billboard 200. Set a cappella, it includes optional piano accompaniment and percussion making a fresh new take on the timeless carol and sure to be a holiday staple year after year.

Find more holiday pops on our website, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


NEW from Eric Whitacre 06 November, 2017

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

Eric-Whitacre-2-high-res-Credit-Marc-Royce2-1-533x800Composer Eric Whitacre needs little introduction. As one of the most popular and well-known contemporary choral composers, new works from Whitacre are usually highly anticipated. Here are some his newest publications, and some of his most creative works yet!

The Star-Spangled Banner
A remarkable setting of the national anthem, filled with colorful effects and vivid dissonance. Challenging and impressive!

Equus
A virtuosic showpiece for wind symphony, Whitacre has recently composed accompanying choral parts for “Equus.” Latin for horse, this moto perpetuo perfectly captures the fury and majesty of this magnificent animal. Not for the faint of heart!

Each Morning She Walks
Frequent collaborators Charles Anthony Silvestri and Eric Whitacre mixed things up and switched roles for “Each Morning She Walks,” with Tony writing the music and Eric writing the text. The mystical poem is brought to life through haunting ostinato-like figures and a lovely melodic line capture the essence of the mysterious hunter. A great opportunity to explore harmonies, tuning, and balance within your choir.

Coming soon – Deep Field (inspired by the Hubble Deep Field, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope) and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas (another concert band piece with newly composed choral parts).

Find more from Eric Whitacre on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for more creative programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Take a “Journey to the Past!” 01 November, 2017

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

Based on the 1997 film, the Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Now available for choir, these new arrangements feel both warmly nostalgic and creatively fresh:

leon-514932Journey to the Past arr. Audrey Snyder
An uplifting and powerful arrangement, featuring skillful blending of original and new music.

Once Upon a December arr. Audrey Snyder
A beautiful and elegant arrangement of the tender music box song. A perfect “last minute” addition to your December concert!

Find more from the show, including eight new songs written especially for the new Broadway production, in the Vocal Selections folio, or contact us for more programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


“The World for Christmas” 27 October, 2017

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

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
chorgd-cge163-fDing! Dong! Merrily On High arr. Mark Burrows
The joyful, rhythmic feel of this vibrant arrangement of the 16th century French tune features the clever use of ding, dong, merrily motives which are playfully sprinkled through the piece in all parts. A slightly slower, legato middle section provides a unique and interesting contrast. Whether it’s performed as an opener, closer, or encore, your singers and audiences will enjoy this fresh setting that joyfully conveys the vitality and anticipation of the season.

Patapan Fantasia arr. Audrey Snyder
This whirlwind setting of the dance-like French carol will fill your performance venue with a spirit of joy and jubilation! Ideal for madrigal groups, pop/jazz groups and concert choirs, your singers will welcome the challenge! With piano or opt. a cappella.

leon-510491Season of Light by Jacob Narverud
Written to invoke the feeling of a simple, old-fashioned holiday carol or hymn. This brief, two-verse tune invites all people to bring to mind thoughts and remembrances of the season and to reflect on this meaningful time of year.

Zumba, Zumba arr. Mark Burrows
What a find! This traditional Spanish Christmas carol works so well with a cappella voices. Finger cymbals, tambourine, and bongos add a zesty accompaniment to the exuberant yet sensible, rhythmic yet readable voice parts. A standout selection and a refreshing change of pace for holiday performances!

Swingin’ Saint Nick! arr. Greg Gilpin
Sweet harmonies and syncopated swing rhythms make for a fantastically fun arrangement of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” that is equally appropriate for jazz, show, and concert groups. The optional SoundPax or SoundTrax CD will bring a 40s feel to your holiday performance. Perfect with choreography, Santa hats, and smiles!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-511757Winter Sky by Eric Tsavdar/arr. Roger Emerson
Imagine yourself a star in the winter sky! This gentle pop-style piece draws on imagery of the December night with the constellations above and the snow-covered ground below. A wonderful selection for younger choirs’ winter programming!

On This Winter Night arr. Becki Slagle Mayo
Opening in unison and developing with more independent choral parts and enhanced by optional percussion, this creative, forward-moving setting of the traditional Russian folk song “Minka” is perfect for middle school choirs. An effective and entertaining school-friendly Christmas selection!

Wenceslas Canon arr. Andy Beck
Words from the English carol, “Good King Wenceslas” are set to the melody of “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home.” Canonic writing ensures success, and the stately walking tempo suggests a processional. A light percussion accompaniment (including handbells or Orff instruments) adds a Renaissance feel. Ideal for developing choirs!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
gia-wrg1028-fThe World for Christmas by Anders Edenroth
This unique work for the Christmas season expresses concern for the future of our planet through the voice of a child. A beautiful SSAA version of this best-selling song from The Real Group.

Longing for Spring by Ruth Elaine Schram
Superb writing for women’s voices will bring out the best from your singers with lovely musical lines that support an introspective, allegorical text about the hope and promise the change of seasons brings to our lives. “A tiny bloom is hidden deep beneath the snow … but within its stem is the need to grow … and the freedom that its blossoming will bring.”

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
We Wish You a Merry Christmas arr. Kirby Shaw
This joyful a cappella arrangement is set in a two-beat style that will be a total blast to rehearse and perform. Easily learned, it will be a great addition to holiday concerts, caroling and community performances.

Find more holiday selections for choirs on our website, check out our Virtual Workshop, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


“We’re Goin’ on a Sleigh Ride!” 18 October, 2017

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

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Sharon Burch:

lorenz-15_3386h-fHushabye, Nanita Nana by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
Perfect for your younger choirs, this partner song does Christmas with a Spanish flair through vocal parts that are written with understanding of the developing voice and plenty of repetition for quick learning. Perform with piano and flute, or add the festive accompaniment track for mood-setting support!

We’re Goin’ on a Sleigh Ride! arr. Greg Gilpin
Grab your coat, scarf and mittens and join us on a sleigh ride! This bright and festive winter partner song features the familiar Jingle Bells as the Descant, giving your singers the experience of briefly singing in three parts, each with their own independent melody. Add some sleigh bells and let the fun begin!

chorgd-cge188-fWhite Fields by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
With lyrics based on a poem written by James Stephens in 1915, this delightful winter selection features canon form and straightforward voice leading, making it easily learned and accessible for young choirs. The Glockenspiel and Alto Metallophone add interesting textures and flavor to this charming piece, an excellent choice for your winter or seasonal concert. A Learning Resource Page is included.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


THIS SATURDAY: Free Holiday Choral Session! 10 October, 2017

ChristmasPianoAre you ready to program your December choral concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to complete your programming. Come join Stanton’s for a morning of holiday fun in October!

*FREE* Holiday Choral Reading Session
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read titles in all voicings for winter concerts selected from our school choral promotions. Even if you attended our choral reading sessions this summer, we still encourage you to join us for this session, as we will be featuring many titles that have not been read on any previous Stanton’s sessions!

Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of the Stanton’s School Choral staff, Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you! Current college music majors are welcome, as well as new and experienced teachers – come network with your fellow educators!

For more information, please contact us at 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1 or email choral@stantons.com!


Creative Programming: For Social Justice 09 October, 2017

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

“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” –Andre Maurois

As a result of today’s politically charged and divided climate, we have gotten a number of phone calls and emails asking about pieces composed on the idea of “social justice” in some form, and we’ve seen composers writing to this theme more frequently in recent months (as artists do in times of turmoil). Below, we’ve compiled some of these pieces that could provide another impactful selection to your concert repertoire.

But a Flint Holds FireBut a Flint Holds Fire by Andrea Ramsey
Jointly commissioned by a consortium of choruses to benefit the programs and services of Chorus America, this “socially conscious” work merges a Christina Rossetti text with words from choir students in Flint, Michigan. This was the personal revelation for the composer that there was something she could do to affect in a positive way the tragedy of the Flint Water Crisis. This is also a vehicle for you and your students to positively affect this tragedy as half of the profits from the sale will go directly to Flint Rising, a coalition of community organizations and allies. There is a QR code in the music for the audience to make a donation and the web site is also included.

From Andrea Ramsey’s Facebook page April 13, 2017
In September of 2016, I finished a treble choral work about the Flint Water Crisis. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Karen Salvador at UM-Flint invited me to do a residency in Flint in October of 2017 as part of a choral festival on their campus. At the time, I thought naively that Flint couldn’t possibly go another full year without the drinking water situation being fixed. Yet, there was no hesitation in Dr. Salvador’s voice when she told me things would still be the same in one year’s time. In disbelief, I told her if that proved to be the case, I would create a mixed chorus revoicing of the work for free.
Today, I just put the final touches on the mixed chorus revoicing of “But a Flint Holds Fire” that I hoped would be irrelevant in a year’s time. However, it is as relevant as ever, and the event is moving forward in October. Hard to believe nothing has changed.

Keep in mind that the 100,000 plus residents of Flint have not had clean water since APRIL, 2014.

A friend sent this paradigm- shifting quote to me today: “Today I am grateful that Russia and Syria did not bomb us for poisoning the children of Flint, Michigan…” – Matthew Parsons

Unabashed food for thought. There is no cure for lead poisoning, and no plan to help them.

Consider this excerpt penned by a choir student in Flint for the project: “My siblings and I were all tested for lead poisoning. A week passes and my mom finds out that all four of her kids have lead poisoning, including the baby. My mom and dad were angry. I didn’t want to believe it was true.”

Song for SarajevoSong for Sarajevo by Judy Collins, arr. Audrey Snyder
This song by Judy Collins from 1994 was written for the children of the Bosnian War of the 1990s, but has continuing meaning for today’s children of conflict. “I dream of Peace, I dream of flowers on the hill, I dream I see my mother smiling, When I close my eyes I dream of Peace.”

LullabyLullaby by Shawn Crouch
Poet and Iraqi war veteran Brian Turner writes moving accounts of the war that are vivid and powerful. Composer Shawn Crouch uses Turner’s visceral images of the war but emphasizes the lyrical qualities and changing colors of the poem to create long musical lines. Here, in Lullaby, a father seeks ways to comfort his child and himself as the sounds of war ring out all around them.

Hymn to FreedomHymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson, arr. Paul Read
One of Oscar Peterson’s most heartfelt compositions and now once again available in the classic arrangements by Paul Read (SATB) and Seppo Hovi (SSA), this song has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. Now available with concert band and strings accompaniment arranged by Robert Buckley

Safe With MeSafe with Me by Bryan Sharpe
“Though the sky is dark, though the stars in heaven can’t be seen, though the world is cold, you will be safe, safe with me.” Brilliant opportunities for teaching phrasing, dynamic contours, breath support, and general musicianship abound. The depth of beauty and sensitivity in this Bryan Sharpe original make it a stunning addition to any concert program.

You Will Be FoundYou Will Be Found (from “Dear Evan Hansen”) arr. Mac Huff
The powerful Act I closer from the Broadway hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen” explores the complexities of social connectivity and our need for respect and love. A perfect choral showcase for pop and concert choirs!

For more information and recommendations, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC

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

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


Masterwork Editions for Choir 04 October, 2017

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

HIGH SCHOOL – Classical Era
Gloria PatriGloria Patri by Franz Schubert/Patrick M. Liebergen
Written when he was eighteen years old, Schubert’s only setting of the Magnificat text is arranged here for mixed voices and piano. This exuberant piece begins with joyous acclamations in the opening measures, polyphonic writing and a lyrical presentation of the “amens” and followed by the return of the homophonic style in the closing declamatory statements. A wonderful selection for serious programming.

We like this because it is a textbook example of Schubert’s style, and the balance of homophony and polyphony is accessible for school choirs. The fugue style is included, but doesn’t go on too long, allowing for students to feel successful, and the ranges and tessitura fit the high school age group.

HIGH SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Ego Sum Panis VivusEgo Sum Panis Vivus by G.P. da Palestrina/arr. Ryan Kelly
Blending scholarship and practicality, this performing edition of a Palestrina masterpiece can be performed a cappella. Or, employing the optional instrumental parts for strings in C, Alto and Bass clefs, and a keyboard part, it can be performed with whatever combination your situation calls for.

We like this because it is the perfect example of Renaissance style, which provides a plethora of great teaching tools, from solfege-accessible melodies to part independence. Also, is there really ever a reason NOT to work on a Palestrina piece?

HIGH SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Haec Est DiesHaec Est Dies by Jacob Handl/arr. Philip Brown
A nice edition of a lesser-known work of the 16th century. “Haec Est Dies” is written for two SATB choirs, but the vocal writing is simple enough to work for younger high school choirs who are ready for the challenge.

Don’t let the double choir voicing scare you! We like this piece because it feels powerful and impressive without being too difficult; it’s the perfect introduction to double choir singing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Alleluia (Byrd)Alleluia (On a Theme by William Byrd) by William Byrd/arr. Russell Robinson
Inspired by the Byrd “Haec Dies,” this stylistically clean and direct arrangement, using only the word “Alleluia,” provides a nice introduction to counterpoint and singing independently for your developing choirs. Optional piano reinforces the vocal lines but can also be excluded for a fine a cappella performance.

We like this because it provides an accessible introduction to true, part-independent, 3-part singing, in ranges that are accessible to those young, middle school, changing voices.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Renaissance Era
Sing Dance and PlaySing, Dance, and Play by Pierre Certon/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
This tuneful chanson is perfectly set for developing singers with modest vocal ranges. Bouyant “fa la las” alternate with joyful new English words by the arranger. Optional flute and hand drum enhance the dance-like character. Solid 3-part mixed repertoire.

We like this because it exemplifies the standard madrigal style, especially if you choose to perform it with the optional flute and hand drum. Perfect for middle school choirs.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Classical Era
VivaViva! (from Il Re Pastore) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
A triumphant Mozart masterwork for today’s choirs! This joyful opera finale opens and closes with a boisterous choral fanfare, sandwiches a brief expressive vocal duet in the middle, features robust Italian lyrics (optional English text and IPA pronunciation guide included), and incorporates a thrilling dig-in piano accompaniment all in just two minutes. Not necessarily familiar, but undeniably fantastic!

We like this because it is the perfect example of Mozart’s style of writing, it translates well into the 3-part voicing, and offers a great way to put your solfege/number and rhythm work into practice.

WOMEN’S CHOIR – Baroque Era
Jubilate DeoJubilate Deo by Johan Helmich Roman/arr. John Leavitt
This selection by Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman, adapted in this edition for treble voices, is recommended for festival and contest programming for choirs in middle school and high school, as well as community children’s choirs. An excellent choice for developing important performance techniques in music of the era.

We like this because of the excellent part-writing (that has been well-adapted for women’s voices) and because the ranges and the Baroque style make this “feel good” to sing

WOMEN’S CHOIR – Renaissance Era
Rise Up in Merry MeasureRise Up in Merry Measure by Guillaume Costeley/Patrick M. Liebergen
Enjoy this lighthearted Renaissance era madrigal highlighting resonant treble sonorities, terraced dynamics, and accessible homophonic voice parts. Consider adding the optional piano accompaniment, optional hand drum part, or perform entirely a cappella.

We like this because every voice part is interesting and involved, embodying that classic Renaissance style, and we think this level would be an excellent fit for freshmen women.

MEN’S CHOIR – Classical Era
SanctusSanctus by Franz Schubert/arr. Lon Beery
Beery’s adaptation of this Schubert favorite, now for male ensembles, adheres to the original SATB work with additional supportive accompaniment. Maintaining the beauty and simplicity of Schubert’s writing, the added option of singing in German or English is very appealing. Hymn-like in nature, it is sure to add understated elegance to any concert program.

We like this because it offers an excellent avenue to start practicing vocal control at this age level, and because the three-part writing feels solid and supported.

If you have questions about these or other similar titles, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext. 1. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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

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


“All Aboard, Little Children!” 29 September, 2017

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

Welcome your elementary singers back to school with one of these great choral octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Sharon Burch:

alfred-514491All Aboard, Little Children! arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
Get on board with this lively partner song adaptation of the well-known traditional spiritual! Featuring easy-to-sing countermelodies for both the verse and chorus, it’s a snap to put together and an excellent first experience with singing in parts.

El Coqui arr. Mark Burrows
This traditional song from Puerto Rico is a whimsical tune about a small, nocturnal tree-frog. It features easy and interesting 2-part writing and the use of percussion instruments including a “croaking frog” will be fun for a wide range of ages. The piece may be sung entirely in Spanish, entirely in English or in a mixture of both! Fantastic opportunities for musical and multicultural learning.

leon-512099The Erie Canal arr. Cristi Cary Miller
This is a favorite song for connecting music to American history and culture! Singers in elementary and middle school will gain important performance skills and sound their best with this easily learned setting.

Shoo Fly! arr. Greg Gilpin
This frolicsome American folk song is sure to leave toes tapping and hands clapping. A spoken rhythmic introduction ushers in the familiar melody, which is ultimately accompanied by independent counterlines at the height of Greg’s playful arrangement.

leon-509436Swing Song by Mac Huff
Here is an original jazz suite that is perfectly suited to treble choirs or developing mixed groups in middle school and high school. The lyrics for all three songs are about the joy and fun of singing and include an opening tune in medium swing, a jazz waltz and an uptempo cut-time swing.

We’ll Meet Again arr. Roger Emerson
This song, one of the most famous of the World War II era, was reprised on the last broadcast of The Colbert Report by Stephen Colbert and an assembled crowd of many of his most prominent guests. A great concert closer or graduation selection!

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

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

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


SPOOOOOOOKY Choral Music for Halloween 15 September, 2017

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

Are you looking for the perfect spooky selection to round out your choir’s Halloween program? We’ve had a great time compiling some of our favorites here for choirs of all ages, and we hope that you like these as much as we do!

Mister Zombie's Jazz ClubMister Zombie’s Jazz Club arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
This novelty piece for 3-part mixed voices offers a fun opportunity to introduce jazz, swing, and the concept of scat singing to developing singers. There are some challenging chromatics to tune, and this would be a great piece to utilize to introduce partner dancing to your middle school showchoir students. Not only is this piece an excellent teaching tool, but also its message is one of cooperation and acceptance, making it even more useful for those younger students. While the string bass part is optional, it makes the performance even more “cool.”

Zombie Jamboree

Zombie Jamboree arr. Kirby Shaw
This fun novelty number, now available for men’s voices, has been recorded by the Kingston Trio and Rockapella, and offers a great way to shake up your program for both pop and show groups.

Cauldron DanceCauldron Dance by Verdi/arr. Ryan Kelly
This third act chorus from Verdi’s Macbeth (based on Shakespeare’s play by the same name) portrays witches dancing and a diabolical spell being prepared. This new edition includes suggested tempo and dynamic markings, an accessible piano reduction, a translation/pronunciation guide, and editorial notes. Additionally, for those of you looking to take your women’s group to large group contest here in Ohio, this piece is on the Class B SSA required list.

Gaur AkelarreGaur Akelarre by Josu Elberdin
Spanish composer Josu Elberdin aims to write pieces that tell a story, and this is no exception. “Gaur Akelarre” tells the story of a coven of witches and warlocks preparing for the night, using energetic rhythms and interesting melodic leaps and harmonic passages. The piece begins in 5/8 time, and the use of both the non-traditional meter and dotted rhythms create a sense of instability in the listener, who cannot predict where the piece will go. The tongue-twisting text, liberal use of chromaticism, and use of dissonance and unexpected harmonic progressions makes this piece a showstopper.

Purple People EaterPurple People Eater arr. Greg Gilpin
Don’t be scared! This purple people eater only wants to play in a rock-and-roll band. Have some fun performing this crazy 1958 chart-topper, complete with optional kazoos and hilarious solo opportunities using funny voice effects. This would also provide a great opportunity to have kids create a bit of choreography for your group. It’s a terrific feature for guys and is now available in a new 3-part mixed voicing!

Monster Mash

Monster Mash arr. Greg Gilpin
Triadic harmonies and several spoken solos are perfect for younger groups in this fun novelty song. If you are looking for something easily put together (we think this would be excellent for your 6th grade choir!), this is the piece for you. Compare dance moves with Frankenstein, Wolfman, and Dracula, and maybe add a few of your own! If you are really feeling funky, you can ask another staff member (or your principal!) to do the reading for this fun piece.

ThrillerThriller arr. Mark Brymer
One of Michael Jackson’s signature pieces, “Thriller” was released as a single in 1984, reaching #4 on the Billboard chart. Using sound effects, horror film motifs, and music video as a promotional tool, the choreography on the song has been replicated the world over, cementing Jackson’s appeal as a global pop culture icon. Your kids would love being in charge of learning and teaching this choreography, and audiences always love this fun 80’s throwback.

JabberwockyJabberwocky by Sam Pottle
This text from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” has been creatively set, capturing the true essence of this well-known poem. The innovative use of a variety of small percussion instruments enhances the fun and drama! Complete with notes from the composer and a pronunciation guide, this work offers a creative programming adventure!

Double TroubleDouble Trouble arr. Teena Chinn
From the award-winning film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” comes this delightful John Williams choral work that uses the famous Shakespeare “Double, double, toil and trouble” text from Macbeth. Utilize the accompaniment track or the optional instrumental parts to capture the sounds of the original soundtrack!

For more information about these pieces and many others, feel free to browse our website (stantons.com), email us (choral@stantons.com), or call us (1.800.42.MUSIC, ext.1). We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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

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


His Light In Us 11 September, 2017

recommended by Alissa Ruth, Jen Sper, and Judy H., School Choral Specialists

Kim Andre ArnesenNorwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has gained notoriety over recent years for his choral compositions that boast warm harmonies, well-placed dissonances, and elegant melodies. He was trained at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, and while he has always loved both Baroque and pop music, choral music stood out as his passion, and he had his first choral concert as a composer at age 18.

Below are some of Stanton’s recommendations of Arnesen’s pieces. Enjoy!

His Light in UsHis Light in Us
Commissioned by Anton Armstrong for the St. Olaf Choir for St. Olaf’s 2016 Christmas Festival, this work is “a thanksgiving about the gift of a tiny child,” and reflects that “only the nature of love is changeless.” The piece opens with a sweet soprano soli line, then the altos join to create a gentle duet, blossoming into a women’s trio which guides the piece into the men’s entrance, echoing the sweeping melody the sopranos introduced. The piece speaks of renewal, both in the sense of renewal of hope and renewal of spirit.

Cradle HymnCradle Hymn
This sweet, simple melody is set with piano and strings, with a gentle constant eighth-note pattern in the piano keeping the phrase moving forward. The melody itself is almost folk-like in nature, and the harmonies surrounding it gradually build through each verse of the piece. Both the SATB and SSAA are beautiful, but I think that this piece really shines in the women’s voicing.

 

Dormi JesuDormi Jesu
This a cappella Christmas piece offers a beautiful avenue to showcase a pair of sopranos, using a sweet, soaring melodic line and that beautiful simplicity for which Arnesen is known. The choral parts, while using well-placed dissonances, are extremely accessible in terms of solfege, so don’t fear programming this piece for your high school or college group!

 

Even When He is SilentEven When He is Silent
Using the famous text “I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining / I belive in love even when I feel it not / I believe in God even when He is silent,” Arnesen uses his trademark dissonances to create a shimmering effect, swelling to a climax on the phrase “I believe in love.” The timelessness of the text makes this a wonderful programming choice, and the musical structure here provides opportunity to work on elegant phrasing and warmth of tone.

For more information about these pieces and many more, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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

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.

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.


“Voices in Harmony” by Robyn Lana 28 August, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

alfred-45397-fVoices in Harmony by Robyn Lana
Creating successful youth and children’s ensembles requires a multitude of skills. In this new publication, nationally recognized clinician and Founding Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Robyn Lana, shares valuable insight and advice along with practical tips from well-known experts in the field. With topics including Rehearsal Techniques, Recruitment and Retention, Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance, Building Community through a Safe Environment, and many more, this compilation should have a place on every conductor’s bookshelf.

Find more valuable choral texts on our website, or contact us for more ideas! 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.


NEW for Fall Concert: Middle School Choir 23 August, 2017

 

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

Are you back to school yet? Let Stanton’s help you get your year started off on the right foot, with some great new repertoire for your ensembles – today, here are our top choices for MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS:

FOR 3-PART MIXED & SAB CHOIRS
leon-513718All Days Are Nights by Ruth Morris Gray
Shakespeare’s brilliance in crafting clever inventive poetry is demonstrated in his Sonnet 43. The beautiful love poem is a powerhouse of teaching and is set just as brilliantly for choral singing that is full of emotion, dynamic interest and interpretation of text. A stunning work for developing choirs.

I Will Sing by Andy Beck
A nature-inspired text reveals that beautiful music is all around “if you listen closely,” even inside of yourself. Andy’s craftsmanship and artistic fingerprint is evident throughout from the sparkling piano introduction and hushed opening phrase, to the memorable refrain, ascending bridge, and most surprising finish. Not to be missed!

What Do the Stars Do? by Victor C. Johnson
A delicate piano introduction leads the listener to an elegant setting of Christina Rossetti’s inquisitive poem. Well-conceived voice leading makes the fully realized choral harmony beautifully singable, and each voice part gets a turn with the celestial melody. Text painting, lyrical lines, warm suspensions, emotional range it’s all here, ready to amaze audiences and adjudicators.

FOR 2-PART CHOIRS
leon-511468Cantamos! (We Sing!) by James DesJardins
A lively piece for two-part treble voices, “Cantamos!” celebrates the power of singing while its spicy accompaniment moves every line forward in a lively dance until the very last “Sing!”

Et In Terra Pax by Victor C. Johnson
This heartfelt and poignant setting of the traditional Latin: And on earth, peace, features soaring melodies and rich harmonies, leading to a reflective, quiet ending. It is equally appropriate for school or church use throughout the year, especially for peace-themed events. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

Four by Foster (Medley) arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
This delightful choral montage of Stephen Foster songs is full of humor and fun. A wonderful addition to your programming and introduction to the history and culture of America! Songs include: Oh, Susanna; The Glendy Burk; My Old Kentucky Home; Camptown Races. With violin.

FOR 3-PART TREBLE & SSA CHOIRS
leon-516292Goin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

 

FOR BOYS CHOIRS
Keep a-Goin’ by Paul David Thomas
Men’s ensembles will enjoy learning this uplifting song which is full of lively rhythms, toe-tapping fun, and accessible ranges. With lyrics that encourage the singer to persevere no matter what challenges lay ahead, this song is about an overall positive outlook on life.

Find more Stanton’s Signature Selections on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for YOUR ensemble! And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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