News & Views Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Category: School Choral

World Music for Choir 27 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Programming music from around the world has so many benefits for your ensemble – new rhythmic concepts, unfamiliar languages and dialects to explore, and a picture of the people and traditions in cultures across the globe. Here are a few of my favorite new publications, for choirs of all voicings and difficulty levels:

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-48023650-f¡Cantad al Señor! arr. Roger Bergs
This arrangement of the traditional Brazilian worship song builds slowly but intensely from a simple, sparse beginning to a fiery final verse. The choral parts are accessible but effective for choirs large and small. Improvised hand percussion can be added easily. An IPA pronunciation guide and a translation for the Spanish text are provided.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Loch Lomond arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Enjoy this accessible setting of the well-known Scottish folk song that features contrasts between a more lyrical, lilting section and a sturdy drone accompaniment. With flute.

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
My Hero, My Darling (Mo Ghile Mear) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
All the loss and longing of the traditional Irish ballad are present in this tender tribute to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the dashing darling. Including both Irish and English lyrics and a pronunciation guide, your SSA choir will shine in this sensitive setting which includes violin (or other C instrument) obbligato.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-504367Vair me o (Eriskay Love Lilt) arr. Emily Crocker
Your men’s choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translating loosely as Bring me o’er, dear one, this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far from home and missing one’s love. Mostly in English, this will be an excellent selection for contest or festival!

FOR ELEMENTARY CHOIRS
Zi Zhu Diao (Bamboo Flute) arr. Mark Weston
Add some diversity to your performance with this lovely traditional Chinese lullaby, sensitively set for young voices. Unison writing that moves into easy passages of vocal independence, an accessible Mandarin text, and a harmonically rich koto-style piano part all contribute to a thoroughly enjoyably multi-cultural experience for your choir.

You can find more World Music options on our website – or, drop us an email for suggestions personalized to your choir! 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.


Learning to Love Again 22 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-5041331Learning to Love Again arr. Jacob Narverud
Nashville artist Mat Kearney‘s song of introspection and searching offers many rewards for young singers. This acoustic setting provides a wonderful opportunity for your men’s choir to develop expression and connect with their audience.

Find more creative options for men’s choirs on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble!

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 Elementary Choir 20 March, 2017

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

This spring, feature your elementary choir with some of these fun octavos, perfect for young singers in grades 3-6!

alfred-503650Ask Me to Sing by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse
“Ask me to sing, and I’ll give you a part of my soul. Ask me to sing, and I feel happy and hopeful and whole.” Powerful as an opener, closer, or for a combined choir concert, this inspirational contemporary musical-theater-style choral opens simply and builds to an exquisite finish.

Better When I’m Dancin’ arr. Roger Emerson
“Show the world what you can do / Prove to them you’ve got the moves / I don’t know about you / I feel better when I’m dancing!” From “The Peanuts Movie,” this peppy tune by Meghan Trainor positively defies you to keep still!

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

cfn-bl890-fChicken on a Fencepost arr. Greg Gilpin
Chicken scratchin’ fun abounds in Gilpin’s arrangement of the 19th century dance reels Hello Susan Brown and Four in the Middle. Even though this is a novelty piece, it is full of teaching opportunity, rehearsal fun and is sure to be a performance gem.

Ciranda da Lua by Daisy Fragoso
Opening with a melancholy rubato introduction, this traditional Brazilian song then moves into a lively dance style that will invigorate your concert with rhythm and fun! In Portuguese, with pronunciation guide and translation, instructions for adding the dance and percussion.

Crawdad Song arr. John Leavitt
Accessible voice parts coupled with hand claps and toe taps help create this lively, energized arrangement of the American folk song favorite. Leavitt employs call and response phrases with contrary motion along with terraced dynamics to provide interesting variety in vocal textures. Enhance the fun piano accompaniment by including the xylophone and string bass parts. This piece is a terrific choice for festivals, fall or spring concerts and end-of-year performances.

leon-502315Loch Lomond arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Enjoy this accessible setting of the well-known Scottish folk song that features contrasts between a more lyrical, lilting section and a sturdy drone accompaniment. With flute.

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

leon-504254Rattle My Rattle arr. Susan Brumfield
Commissioned for the 2016 Oklahoma All-State Children’s Chorus, this Woody Guthrie children’s song unfolds into a sonic celebration of rhythm and melody! Repeated phrases, nonsense syllables, rattles, temple blocks, tambourine, rhythm bones and foot stomping will produce a fantastic concert closer!

Stars by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
The reflective poetry by Sara Teasdale forms the lyric framework for this lovely 2-Part setting. Ideal for encouraging a light head voice tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast in young choirs.

Find more options for young singers on our website, or contact us for more information. 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.


Fun POPS for Spring 17 March, 2017

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

If you’re planning a concert of popular music with your choir this spring, we’ve got some great recommendations for you! Lighter repertoire is a fun option for end-of-year concerts, but don’t forget to find some good musical challenges for your students as well – you want to showcase all the progress they’ve made throughout the school year!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-510793Sun Is Gonna Shine (from “Bright Star”) arr. Ed Lojeski
From the Americana-infused score of “Bright Star,” Broadway musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, this cheerful bluegrass number will be a light-hearted celebration of harmony and joy, filled with warm vocals and toe-tapping rhythms.

Never My Love arr. Greg Gilpin
One of the most-played songs of all-time on radio and television! Introduce singers to the whispery harmonies of 1960s California pop. Accessible choral writing that is expressive and musically satisfying!

You Make My Dreams arr. Mark Brymer
The American pop duo Hall & Oates has had tremendous success over the years and their songs remain popular through the present. This 1981 pop hit has an infectious hook that will energize your pop/show program!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-504135Let the River Run arr. Mac Huff
Now available in an accessible Discovery edition, this multi-award winning song by Carly Simon featured in the 1988 film “Working Girl” will be a fantastic and uplifting addition to any concert.

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley arr. Greg Gilpin
This medley is a wonderful way to teach American classic rock ‘n’ roll songs, add some edge and theme to your concert, and entertain your audiences – who just might sing along! Easy to learn and perform, the medley includes I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rock Around the Clock, and Old Time Rock and Roll.

The Jungle Book (Choral Highlights) arr. Roger Emerson
The 2016 live action remake of “The Jungle Book” is was described as “stunning” and “beautiful,” with a fabulous score and fun covers of the classic Sherman & Sherman songs from the original. A great 6-minute mini-medley for younger choirs, it includes The Bare Necessities, I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Trust In Me (The Python’s Song).

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
leon-510644Candle on the Water arr. Mac Huff
This classic song from Disney’s 2016 live action and CGI remake of “Pete’s Dragon” offers a sweet and nostalgic message that will resonate with choirs of all ages, especially for graduation and other tributes. A perfect selection for concert, pop and show choirs!

Out Here On My Own arr. Mac Huff
This ballad from the 1980 musical film “Fame” remains a powerful statement for young artists to follow their dreams and pursue their passion! This setting is an ideal closer for pop, show and concert choirs.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-504133Learning to Love Again arr. Jacob Narverud
Nashville artist Matt Kearney’s song of introspection and searching offers many rewards for young singers. This acoustic setting provides a wonderful opportunity for your men’s choir to develop expression and connect with their audience.

Stand By Me arr. Roger Emerson
Perfect for your guys! TB choirs will love singing this pop classic originally recorded by Ben E. King in 1961. Great lyrics, great hook, and a great message, well-crafted for changing voices!

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2017, or contact us. 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.


Plan to Attend: EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 2017 14 March, 2017

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 24th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/26/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Battle Cry of Freedom 13 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Beck, John NessChoral composer and arranger John Ness Beck was born on November 11, 1930 in Warren, Ohio. After graduating from Warren High School in 1948, he enrolled at The Ohio State University. In 1952 he graduated from Ohio State with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in English. After working for a year in Student Union activities at the State College of Washington, he spent two years in the U.S. Army. During this time, he became increasingly involved in arranging for various musical groups. After his discharge from military service, he returned to Ohio State and completed Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in music with composition as his major.

John was a faculty member of The Ohio State University School of Music for seven years, teaching harmony and theory. He left the university to become owner and manager of The University Music House, a retail sheet music store in Columbus. In this capacity, he was able to observe the business side of the music industry, gaining insight into the complexities of music publishing and merchandising. As his compositions found their way into print and popularity, he joined forces in 1972 with John Tatgenhorst in the creation of Beckenhorst Press. His reputation as a composer and his experience as a choral director soon led to an increasing demand for appearances as guest conductor and lecturer at various music clinics and festivals throughout the country. John has left a wonderful legacy of music to be enjoyed by all.

lorenz-15_3276h-f1The musical heritage of John Ness Beck is well-known here in the central Ohio area, but those of you in other areas around the country may not be as familiar with his vast catalogue of work. We’re excited to share a new edition of one of his most popular arrangements, perfect for patriotic performances this spring and summer:

Battle Cry of Freedom
arr. John Ness Beck

Now available in an updated edition, the classic “Battle Cry of Freedom” is an inspiring, uplifting work for any patriotic occasion. Complete with a signature John Ness Beck ending, this piece offers optional parts for brass and percussion and makes for a thrilling concert closer.

Find more patriotic options on our website, or contact us for more information!

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


I’ll Make a Man Out of You! 08 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

How do you get more boys into your choral program? First, FEATURE THE ONES YOU HAVE and MAKE THEM LOOK COOL – and sometimes, let them be silly!

leon-504101I’ll Make a Man Out of You (from “Mulan”) arr. Roger Emerson
Throughout this powerful song from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Mulan,” your men’s choir will explore themes of adventure and courage!

I’ve Got a Dream (from “Tangled”) arr. Roger Emerson
Even tough guys have dreams! This hilarious song from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Tangled” will give your men’s choir a chance to show off and get some laughs! Solo and choreographic options abound!

Men in Tights (from “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) arr. Jacob Narverud
This Mel Brooks tune is arranged now for TBB voices and it’s hilarious! Full of “manly” comedy, style, and masculine punch (literally!), your men’s performance will bring the house down and be remembered for a very long time.

You can find more options for your men’s choir on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble!

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.


Stanton’s SUPER SESSION 2017 28 February, 2017

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/5/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
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, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and 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.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Join us at THE JOY OF SINGING 21 February, 2017

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2017 – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

THE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/3/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $55 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part/3-part mixed). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/4/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $55 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller, Rollo Dilworth, and Mac Huff. 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.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


COMING THIS WEEKEND: Free Choral Reading Session! 20 February, 2017

14753471_10157613215545052_3204857196636172481_oJoin the Stanton’s School Choral Music team to review and sing our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30

James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read selected titles for mixed, men’s, and women’s ensembles appropriate for spring concerts and graduation. Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of Stanton’s School Choral Music Specialists Jen Sper, Alissa Ruth, and Joyce Stonebraker, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you!

For more information, email us or call 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1.


Making Sight Reading Fun! 17 February, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Making Sight-Reading Fun! by Mary Jane Phillips
“Making Sight Reading Fun” – is that even possible? This creative resource book by veteran middle school choral director Mary Jane Phillips provides many different games to motivate upper elementary and secondary students to not only work harder on perfecting their sight reading skills, but to have fun while they do it! Along with motivational games like “Eliminator,” “Sight Reading Football” and “Trashketball,” Mary Jane offers tips and tricks from 27 years spent motivating students to learn to sight read in the most painless way possible. There are short Daily Activities and longer Friday “Game Day” activities – 20 in all – to keep students on their toes and engaged while learning to sight read. Also included are many sample music examples and a list of resources to use if you need to find more sight reading material. Suggested for grades 4-12.

Find more sight-reading resources for your choir on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for recommendations. 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.


I Am Not Yours 13 February, 2017

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

I am not yours, not lost in you,               Oh plunge me deep in love – put out
Not lost, although I long to be                 My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Lost as a candle lit at noon,                     Swept by the tempest of your love,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.                A taper in a rushing wind.

You love me, and I find you still                                  -Sara Teasdale
A spirit beautiful and bright,                                           
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

 

Sara Teasdale’s poem has been set by a number of composers, but this new setting by Victor Johnson beautifully captures the warmth of the text and allows for many opportunities to teach rich, open tone and elegant phrasing. For the most part, Johnson uses three-part writing, but divides into four parts at key musical moments for added depth. The voice leading both in and out of the divisi is intelligent and accessible, and is supported by a delicate, artful piano part that adds some shimmer to the warmth of the vocal lines. If you choose, you can add the optional violin part to this piece; it doesn’t detract from the singers but adds one more layer of color to the piece. Although we know that there are so many pieces for women’s voices inspired by text like this, we really feel that this is one that should be on your radar and that your students will love to sing it.

If you have any questions about these or other octavo recommendations, feel free to contact us for this and any other 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.


SING from Pentatonix 08 February, 2017

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

pentatonix

The five-member vocal group Pentatonix has taken the pop music world by storm since they first leapt onto the scene in 2011. They have won multiple Grammy Awards, and are currently in the midst of their 2016 World Tour.

As a teacher, my kids were constantly (read: at least once a week) asking “Can we do something by Pentatonix?” So, whether you are getting those same questions or are just looking for some quality contemporary pieces to program, below are three of the PTX pieces we offer that we felt stood out from the rest. Because these were, at the start, arranged for multiple voices, they translate very well to a school choral setting; these provide a great way to incorporate pop music into your program without sacrificing musical integrity by using a piece never intended for choral use.

All three of these pieces were also featured at our Joy of Singing clinic over the summer, and if you would like to view the videos of those pieces being presented, they can be found here.

Sing arr. Mark Brymer
This piece is high energy, and works well with both the piano accompaniment and the full accompaniment recording. Your kids will love how peppy and upbeat the piece is, and that will feed well into your rehearsal energy as well. There are some great opportunities in here to reinforce rhythm work that has been done throughout the year, and we really feel that this is a piece that kids will get excited about.

Na Na Na arr. Mac Huff
This piece is just as high energy as “Sing,” and also can be performed effectively with either the written piano accompaniment or the accompaniment track. Mac Huff did a great job of using voice ranges that will work well for the target age range of a high school choir. It also provides an opportunity to use a beat boxer, so if you have a student who has that skill, this would be a great way to feature them.

Take Me Home arr. Roger Emerson
This is one of my favorite Pentatonix pieces. I think it provides a much-needed way to perform a pop piece while using the warm tone you have worked hard to achieve with your choirs. This arrangement is well-voiced, and has a rich, full sound; all of the ranges are in a warm place in the voice. I also really love that the tenors have the melody through most of the piece (as a soprano, I feel I can say that that’s a welcome change that happens too infrequently). I hope you enjoy this piece as much as we have.

If you have questions about these or any other sheet music recommendations, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you!

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.


Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2017! 07 February, 2017

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

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday August 2, 2017
Clinician: Sharon Burch
THE JOY OF SINGING

for Young & Developing Choir
Thursday August 3, 2017
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller & Rollo Dilworth

for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 4, 2017
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller, Rollo Dilworth & Mac Huff

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 5, 2017
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful guidelines:

I teach elementary classroom music! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers.

I teach elementary school choir! (grades 3-5)
You’ll find great options at both the Elementary General Music Clinic AND the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir sessions (see above and below for more details).

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
The Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir is a great option. This day will feature new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part/3-part mixed voices), in both octavos and song collections. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and two spotlight sessions on specific areas. We’ll even look at some musicals too!

If your middle school choir uses 3-part mixed/SAB or developing SATB literature, you may also want to consider the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll feature new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and two spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing is usually about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session is usually about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Consider the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir, the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir AND the Stanton’s Super Session. Any (or all three!) days will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2017:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 12, 2017
Clinician: Mary McDonald
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 26, 2017
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. 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!


FREE READING SESSION: In One Month! 25 January, 2017

14753471_10157613215545052_3204857196636172481_oJoin the Stanton’s School Choral Music team to review and sing our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30

James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read selected titles for mixed, men’s, and women’s ensembles appropriate for spring concerts and graduation. Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of Stanton’s School Choral Music Specialists Jen Sper, Alissa Ruth, and Joyce Stonebraker, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you!

For more information, email us or call 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1.


Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2017 23 January, 2017

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

The beginning of 2017 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
I Am by Jacob Narverud
Celebrated contemporary poet Charles Anthony Silvestri has written a text that reflects the personal insights and positive and negative aspects of being a teenager. Composer Narverud has set these insightful lyrics to depict the way that teenagers feel about the dichotomy of life: doubt and frustration coupled with excitement and passion – standing on the threshold of all things new.

Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Hieronymi) by Johann Michael Haydn/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Composed by Johann Michael Haydn (younger brother of composer Joseph Haydn), this classical work features brilliant melismatic lines and a well-crafted piano reduction of the original orchestral score. An opening triadic motive in the sopranos is repeated and developed through the lower voices in imitative fashion, before coming to a homophonic section, then a stately close.

¡Cantad al Señor! arr. Roger Bergs
This arrangement of the traditional Brazilian worship song builds slowly but intensely from a simple, sparse beginning to a fiery final verse. The choral parts are accessible but effective for choirs large and small. Improvised hand percussion can be added easily. An IPA pronunciation guide and a translation for the Spanish text are provided.

Cool Moon by Richard A. Williamson
With limited horizontal movement in the vocal parts and no awkward melodic skips, Richard Williamson’s “Cool Moon” offers an easy and effective introduction into contemporary a cappella singing. Soothing harmonies enhance this beautiful pairing of words and music.

for Women’s Ensembles
Shout for Joy! by Dan Davison
Upbeat and uptempo, this joyous anthem could be used in both worship and concert, and its accessible vocal writing alternates between unison and harmonic passages. A straightforward piano part further supports the choir, making this a perfect choice for church or school mixed choirs.

Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi by Baldassare Galuppi/arr. Jill Friedersdorf & Melissa Malvar-Keylock
Introduce your treble choirs to the Baroque/Classical style of the Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi with this adagio movement filled with sorrowful descending lines and ardent suspensions. An excellent work for developing clarity of line and musicianship.

La Monja Blanca arr. Christy Elsner
“La Monja Blanca” (the White Nun Orchid) is the national flower of Guatemala and symbolizes peace, beauty and art. This folk song in Spanish is set beautifully for young SSA a cappella voices. Light, lyrical and suitable for concert or contest.

Rainfall by Patti Drennan
Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem about a storm forming in the western sky is delightfully set in this concert work for SSA voices. Text painting at its best, the vocals sing with unison, two-part and full three-part writing and interpret the sound, sights and smells of a summer storm. An exquisite choice for concert and contest.

for Men’s Ensembles
Sit Down Servant arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
Four part harmony with divisi only at the spectacular ending, men’s groups small and large can enjoy this spirited arrangement.

Danny Boy arr. Mark Hayes
Newly scored for TTBB voices, this arrangement is sure to leave audiences breathless and become a staple of your library for years to come. An enthralling arrangement of the timeless Irish air.

Vair Me O arr. Emily Crocker
Your men’s choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translating loosely as “Bring me o’er, dear one,” this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far from home and missing one’s love. Mostly in English, this will be an excellent selection for contest or festival!

Invictus by Bruno Siegfried Huhn/arr. Stephen Rotz
“I am the captain of my soul”….so ends this great piece for young men. Both elegant and bold, this is a superb addition to this genre of repertoire.

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.


The Resonant Male Singer 11 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The Resonant Male Singer by Jacob Narverud
An inspired and fresh approach on building tone and ensemble resonance with male singers! With you as their personal trainer, this book provides daily workouts for your guys to help them develop a vibrant, healthy, and mature sound through proper vocal technique. This resource includes notated warm-up examples and photos with descriptive, enthusiastic teaching ideas. Topics include:
• Body, Breath, & Energy
• Muscles & Movement
• Exploring the Voice
• Finding & Activating Resonance
• Focusing the Resonance
• Tuning the Resonance
• Repertoire/Rehearsal Ideas
An appendix of tried-and-true suggested repertoire for middle, high school, and collegiate male vocal ensembles is included. An enjoyable, yet practical guide for anyone working with male voices!

Find more valuable choral texts on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Composer Profile: Andrea Ramsey 06 January, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

dsc_2397-psOne of the most special and powerful things about being a choral musician is the beautiful relationship between music and text – few composers exemplify the incredible possibilities inherent in this relationship like Andrea Ramsey. Her compositions are musically satisfying in both technical concepts and the deeply emotional aspects of the poetry she chooses.

Dr. Ramsey’s teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfME, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.

The music of Andrea Ramsey is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, Alliance, and Santa Barbara. For more information about Andrea and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Shenandoah, Letter from a Girl to the World, Grow Little Tree, Three Quotes by Mark Twain, Tell My Father, Up Above My Head

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 Vocal Jazz Ensembles 30 December, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Teaching vocal jazz, either as its own ensemble or as a supplement to a concert choir environment, provides great potential to choral programs. Through jazz repertoire, singers are given a unique opportunity to sharpen musical skills including intonation, sight-reading, and ensemble development. Here are a few new publications for ensembles at varying difficulty levels to get you started:

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square arr. Kirby Shaw
For over seven decades, this song, written during World War II has held an emotional connection with music-lovers for its nostalgic longing for happier times. This a cappella setting offers an accessible option to vocal jazz and concert choirs and opportunities for building style and technique.

Old Devil Moon arr. Mac Huff
Now available for mixed choirs, this popular standard from “Finian’s Rainbow” really swings, making it a great showcase for jazz, show and concert choirs!

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

Blue Skies arr. Mark Hayes
Irving Berlin’s much-recorded song from 1926 takes a sultry and sophisticated turn with this dynamic, jazzy arrangement that includes optional rhythm, flugelhorn and flute. The song is a symbol of cheer of being in love. “Blue days, all of them gone. Nothing but blue skies from now on.” An American Songbook treasure.

Two great resources to explore are The Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Paris Rutherford and The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz by Steve Zegree. Contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble, or visit us online at stantons.com!

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.


American Folk Songs for Choir 28 December, 2016

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

As both a choral director and choral singer, folk songs frequently end up being my favorite pieces on a concert program; singing them is like experiencing a little piece of the culture from which they come. Because so many folk songs have been passed through generations by rote, they often have simple, singable melodies and a timelessness that resonates with both the performers and the audience. The three American folk songs we selected to share with you all have those traits, and we feel that they would work well in both concert and contest settings.

bright-morning-stars-are-risingBright Morning Stars Are Rising arr. Audrey Snyder
This sweet melody is showcased here with straightforward, quality three part treble writing, and the opening and closing of the piece provide opportunities to showcase a set of soloists or a small soli group if you choose. The long notes and ties over the bar provide great opportunities to teach phrasing and vowel matching, and although the harmonic writing is quality, there are also unison moments to both latch onto and teach unison tuning. The accompaniment options are flexible (and each of the options works well), so you have the options of performing the piece a cappella, with piano accompaniment, or with guitar accompaniment. If you have a student who plays guitar, this could be a great way to showcase his or her skill.

nine-hundred-milesNine Hundred Miles arr. Roger Emerson
This is one of my favorite folk melodies. In this arrangement, I like that every voice part gets the melody at some point throughout the piece, and, like Bright Morning Stars, the accompaniment works well for both piano and guitar, allowing you flexibility in your programming. The majority of the piece dances around a minor tonality (which students often gravitate toward and enjoy singing), and the pitches are diatonic, making solfege and number work with this piece accessible. The optional cello part adds some extra character and color, and would be a nice way to showcase a student cellist.

red-river-valleyRed River Valley arr. Roger Emerson
The minor setting of this folk song reflects the sadness in the text that depicts a friendship that is destined to be apart. The three part writing is straightforward and well-written, and, from a teaching perspective, this piece provides an excellent introduction to cut time and accessible, diatonic pitches for sight-reading exercises. My favorite part of the piece, though, is the a cappella section in the center; it’s accessible but powerful, and I think students will feel powerful singing it.

If you have any questions about these or other octavo recommendations, feel free to contact us for this and any other 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 Columbus area, and 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.