News & Views Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Category: School Choral

World Music for Choir 25 April, 2018

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
AhrirangAhrirang arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
An absolutely stunning setting of the beloved Korean folk song which refers to the mountain pass of Ahrirang Hill, often believed to be a symbol of peace, contentment, and personal triumph. Schram’s arrangement is meant to be uplifting and comforting, and the simplicity, repetition, and use of canon allow the beauty of the gorgeous melody to predominate.
Ash Grove
Ash Grove
 arr. Mark Patterson
Patterson offers this endearing setting of the beloved Welsh folk tune featuring a lilting piano accompaniment and the unique aspect of an oboe or clarinet obbligato (both parts are included) to complement this gentle text with the appropriate musical color and warmth. Beautifully conceived and infused with Mark’s typically rich choral textures, this will come to be a consistent concert feature and essential contest repertoire in all voicings.

Capelinha de MelaoCapelinha de Melao arr. Will Lopes
Invigorating vocal percussion and layered harmonies bring life and energy to this Brazilian children’s song that will be an excellent world music addition to concerts in middle school and up. In Portuguese with background information, translation and pronunciation.

Nda WanaNda Wana
 arr. Michael J. Barrett
This piece can be seen as a game. It starts off with a single voice part and as the “game” or song progresses, it becomes more complex. It is accompanied by traditional hand clapping and African drums. The piece has a natural build in dynamic and texture as the music is layered with each new entry. It promises to be an exciting addition to a program.

Shalom AlocheimShalom Aleichem arr. Audrey Snyder
Opening with a sustained and heartfelt solo and violin obbligato, this popular greeting is then presented in Hebrew in a vibrant manner with joyful handclaps and a dance-like rhythm.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Tue Tue.jpgTue Tue arr. Ruth Morris Gray
Sung ostinatos join one by one in the opening of this rhythmic arrangement of the authentic Ghanaian folk song. Unison lines, block triads, and a reset of the dynamics in the choral bridge are a blast. Repeated sections make for quick learning and easy memorization.

YundahYundah by Audrey Snyder
Young singers can discover the sights and sounds of the Scottish Hebrides and an ancient chant sung by the people of that remote location. This setting includes original music that frames the chant and creates an atmosphere of imagination and adventure.

FOR TREBLE VOICES
Alle Meine KleiderAlle Meine Kleider arr. Christi Jones
This German folk song is both novel and accessible for the developing treble choir. German or English, any way they sing it, treble ensembles are sure to sound superb! (Don’t forget to take advantage of the recording of the spoken German).

Shut De Do - WomenShut De Do arr. Greg Gilpin
Randy Stonehill’s familiar and well-known song sounds and feels as if it has always been a part of the folk song or spiritual genre. This a cappella setting uses optional percussion and is designed for easy learning to create an atmosphere of musical accomplishment, especially for smaller and younger choruses. Repetition is a key component but the addition of solo opportunities, key changes and a creative B section lifts this to a level that will appeal to choirs of all sizes and experience. A wonderful programming choice that will become a favorite year after year.

Weevily WheatWeevily Wheat arr. Shawn Kirchner
This is an exciting two-part arrangement of a traditional American country dancing song. It is meant to be sung a cappella with optional hand and body percussion parts. This is a hoot to sing and a hoot for the listeners.

FOR MEN’S VOICES
BabethandazaBabathandaza arr. Victor C. Johnson
Exuding sizzling, rhythmic energy, this traditional South African folk song arrangement is a multicultural programming winner! The only accompanying instruments are Shakers, Djembe, and Hand Drum which add authentic texture and flavor. It is easily learned in any voicing due to the independence of parts and repetitive style.

Mairi's WeddingMairi’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.

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 across the country, and she spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

25th Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 23 April, 2018

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/25/2018, 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.

In honor of this session’s 25th anniversary, we will also be presenting selected quality titles from previous years highlighting the great depth of valuable literature found on the Excellence Clinic lists.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is NOW OPEN! 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!

SUPER SESSION This Summer! 10 April, 2018

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/4/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (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.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

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

Registration is NOW OPEN! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Like Dust I Rise 06 April, 2018

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

Maya Angelou is perhaps one of the most well-known and loved American poets and civil rights activists, and her words have now been set to song. Mark Hayes has created Still I Rise (A Choral Song Cycle), and each piece (arranged for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB) can be performed individually or as a 12-minute song cycle.

On the Pulse of MorningOn the Pulse of Morning
“In 1993, Maya Angelou recited “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, making her the first African American and the first female poet to deliver an inaugural recitation. Subsequently, Angelou’s audio recording of this poem won a Grammy Award for “Best Spoken Word” in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding “See Me Rise” choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance.

Caged BirdCaged Bird
“Caged Bird” is a folk-like setting of perhaps Maya Angelou’s most recognized poem, which compares a bird’s longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom.

EqualityEquality
“Equality” is written in the contemporary, gospel-style serving as a choral anthem for equal rights which includes a confident solo voice to deliver the determined message. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues into the closing movement of “Like Dust I Rise.” When the piece is performed separately, Hayes has written an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

Still I RiseStill I Rise
“Still I Rise” is one of Angelou’s most popular poems about triumph over adversity. This vivid setting by Mark Hayes features a bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs to perfectly embody Angelou’s strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!”

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 United States and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Together We Are! 04 April, 2018

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

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

lorenz-15_3431h-fDeep Peace I Send to You by Douglas E. Wagner
“Deep peace of a soft white dove to you; Deep peace of a quiet rain; Deep peace of the ebbing wave to you. Deep peace I send to you.” This incredibly beautiful and heartrending setting of a precious text by William Sharp makes an especially effective concert closer or encore.

You 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!

Stand By Me (with Lean On Me) arr. Kirby Shaw
Two top inspirational songs of the 60s and 70s are seamlessly paired in this setting that will lift your singers to new heights. Fantastic closer or graduation selection!

allian-amp1034-fTogether We Are! by Brian Tate
Featuring a fun gospel feel, straightforward harmonic writing, and text about togetherness and community, this accessible, up-tempo piece is the perfect concert closer.

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!

Find more graduation options on our website, or contact us 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.

THE JOY OF SINGING 2018 02 April, 2018

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2018, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/3/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (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, Roger Emerson, and Cristi Cary Miller. 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 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 is NOW OPEN – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Quick Start Choral Warm Ups 23 March, 2018

Recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Specialists

Quick Start Choral Warm Ups.jpgQuick Start Choral Warm-Ups provides an easy and efficient way to begin each rehearsal. Twenty sequences, each consisting of four components (Warming Down, Warming Up, Diction, and Chordal), prepare the voice and the mind for producing a beautiful choral sound.

The Director Edition contains all of the vocal parts and piano accompaniments, in addition to a detailed introduction and User’s Guide. The Singer Edition, which includes the vocal parts, is octavo size, designed to fit comfortably in choral folders all year long. An Accompaniment CD is also available.

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 all over the country and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Creative Programming: For Elementary Choir 19 March, 2018

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

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

leon-49045277-fMusic for Children Choral Suite I by Carl Orff/arr. Susan Brumfield
Three short selections from the Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children combine to create a delightful choral suite for children’s chorus. Perform with piano or the original Orff accompaniments, it includes: “Girls and Boys Come Out To Play,” “Cradle Song,” and “Dance Lassie Do.” Perfect for bridging between classroom singing and ensemble singing!

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Paul Busselberg
“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is a lovely set of songs with texts by Robert Louis Stevenson, set by Paul Busselberg with 4-hand piano. Vocally accessible for young singers, but sophisticated enough for older choirs, as well.

gia-wlg159-fIn The Swing, rising and falling melodic lines and airy accompaniment express the exhilaration found in swinging. Where Go the Boats? uses somber harmonies and a pensive melody to capture the sentiment of time passing. Exuberant and joyful, Singing makes for a rousing finish to a set or concert.

Always Sing Your Song by Victor C. Johnson
The life-giving power of music is beautifully expressed in this original piece for young voices. Commissioned by the Texas Music Educators Association, it is easy to teach and fun to learn. A perfect end-of-year sentiment!

Ezekiel 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.

leon-512098Antiphonal Gloria by Cristi Cary Miller
Joyful Latin phrases echo back and forth in this spirited original work for young singers. Well-written melodies combine in logical style building to a buoyant final descant making this an excellent selection for festival concerts.

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

Advertisements

Choral POPS for Spring 2018 16 March, 2018

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

Need something fresh for your spring choral concerts? Here are some of your best new options!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-523113This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Mac Huff
For everyone who wants to stand out, who wants to celebrate who they are and who wants to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, this song is for you. Celebrating the spirit that was P.T. Barnum and recognizing the birth of show business, this driving rock tune by Broadway sensations Pasek and Paul is an inspiration and a perfect opener for your show. Also available from “The Greatest Showman” – The Greatest Show arr. Mark Brymer, and Rewrite the Stars arr. Roger Emerson.

Faith (from Sing) arr. Mark Brymer
This is a fantastic choral arrangement of the hit song from the animated movie “Sing,” where Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande combined vocal forces on a joyful celebration of soul. With the bluesy bassline and irresistible drum track, your choir will be thrilled to join in the uplifting refrain “I got faith in you baby!”

Once Upon a Time arr. Steve Zegree
The timeless love ballad by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in an expressive jazz setting by Steve Zegree will enchant every audience!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
alfred-514310Dance the Night Away arr. Kirby Shaw
Upbeat, rhythmic, and joy-filled all describe this classic Gloria Estefan hit. Perfect for choreography this arrangement creates that boiling point when the audience and performers all overflow with excitement.

Top Secret Personal Beeswax (from Junie B. Jones) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Junie B. Jones – The Musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, is based on the popular children’s book series, and this top song will be a fun and theatrical selection for SSA and 2-Part choirs to experience and build expressive skills!

Brand New arr. Roger Emerson
This song from American singer-songwriter Ben Rector has a happy exuberance about it with irresistibly upbeat lyrics that will energize programs for all types and levels of choirs. Easily learned and fun to sing!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
leon-00202487-fStand In the Light arr. Roger Emerson
The lead single of the debut album by the Season 9 winner of The Voice, Jordan Smith, offers an important life-affirming message and gives singers a chance to emulate Smith’s stellar vocal production. Both joyful and gentle, this selection will surely inspire!

I See the Light (from Tangled) arr. Mac Huff
Now available in an SSA voicing! Nominated for an Academy Award, this ballad from the Disney animated film Tangled is simply gorgeous! Choirs of all levels will want to perform this lovely song, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and wonderfully performed in the film by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

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.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-518240Jai Ho arr. Ethan Sperry
From the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” here is a wonderful fusion of Indian rhythms and scales with American pop styles and instrumentation. Excellent program notes offer guidance for the style, there is an easy to understand pronunciation guide to help with the Hindi language and a separate percussion score.

Pop Songs for Young Men’s Chorus II arr. Jerry Estes
Now available, the second in a series, this collection for men’s chorus spans the decades and is designed to give you lots of value with songs your choir will love to perform! Includes: “Count on Me” (Bruno Mars), “Happy Together” (The Turtles), “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The Temptations), “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong).

Unforgettable arr. Mac Huff
One of the top standards of all time! This rich setting will showcase concert, community and pop choirs with dreamy rubato phrasing, warm harmonies and the full range of emotional expressivity.

Find more options for pops concerts on our website, or contact us for more brainstorming 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.

Plan to Attend: EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 2018 12 March, 2018

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/25/2018, 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.

In honor of this session’s 25th anniversary, we will also be presenting selected quality titles from previous years highlighting the great depth of valuable literature found on the Excellence Clinic lists.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration will open on April 1st. 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!

Spirituals from Alice Parker 09 March, 2018

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

Alice Parker.jpg
American conductor, composer, and arranger Alice Parker is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the world of choral music. Many of her arrangements, including those she created in cooperation with Robert Shaw (with whom she studied at Julliard) are now regarded as standard literature.

Balm in GileadBalm in Gilead
This traditional spiritual is set with divisi choral parts and requires a mezzo-soprano soloist who can soar over the choir, carry the music and bring style and passion to the rendering. Beautiful legato and dynamically subtle singing by the choir is a must with the results being a most satisfying performance for singer and listener.

By an ByBy an’ By
Light, fast, strong and accented describe this arrangement of the traditional spiritual. This is a wonderful contrast to the heavy style so often associated with traditional spirituals. Each of the voice parts gets to carry the melody throughout the course of the arrangement creating extra interest for the singers.

Keep Your HandKeep Your Hand On That Plow
This traditional spiritual comes out of the work song tradition. It is firm and strong and features a baritone soloist who instructs the singers to “keep their hands on the plow.” The call and response between soloist and choir is classic and offers a wonderful opportunity to teach this style so important in our history.

Tell Em I'm GoneTell ‘Em I’m Gone
A heavy blues beat defines this arrangement of this traditional spiritual. The arranger calls for “wailing” and the passion required from the chorus and the mezzo-soprano soloist are critical in bringing this arrangement to life. This is a classic example of the concert spiritual.

You Can Tell the WorldYou Can Tell the World
This arrangement of a traditional spiritual is set in an easy swing style and is a song full of hope and joy. All of the voice parts contain divisi and are exposed, allowing the opportunity to feature each section. The end of this arrangement diminuendos to a soft and simple statement signifying the inner joy that each of us can experience when we allow it to happen.

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 across the country, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Stanton’s SUPER SESSION 2018 27 February, 2018

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/4/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (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.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

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!

Creative Programming: For Men’s Choir 26 February, 2018

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

Mairi's WeddingMairi’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 musicRain 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.

Three Polish War Songs.jpgThree 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.
Glory (from Selma)
Glory (from Selma
arr. Eugene Rogers
Winner of a 2015 Oscar Award, this inspirational song speaks of hope and looks to the future for healing in the midst of great division. Eugene’s “gospel-like” setting offers comfort to the community and motivates individuals to keep working for a better tomorrow. Through the voice of a powerful soloist, male chorus and spoken word artists, the message of unity and hope is left ringing in our ears.

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.

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2018 20 February, 2018

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2018, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/3/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (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, Roger Emerson, and Cristi Cary Miller. 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 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!

Regards to Broadway! 16 February, 2018

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

Feature the performance skills of your upper elementary and middle school singers with a great Broadway revue! Vocal ranges are great for developing voices, and the choral writing works well on risers or on the theater stage.

alfred-515606Regards to Broadway! (A Musical Salute) arr. Sally K. Albrecht, Jay Althouse & Andy Beck
Suggested for Grades 4 and up
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Celebrate Broadway musicals past and present with this entertaining and educational revue. An optional narration (for up to 50 speakers) tells the incredible history and evolution of American musical theater and ties this 35-minute choir-focused presentation together with purpose and panache. Features a dozen hit show tunes from a century of blockbusters like Gypsy; Kiss Me Kate; My Fair Lady; Ragtime; and The Wiz; arranged exclusively for 2-part or 3-part mixed singers by Alfred Music’s top writers. Includes choreography notes throughout the 100% reproducible score as well as extracted singer pages on the live-orchestra Enhanced CD.

Contact us for more recommendations, 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 GREATEST SHOWMAN 15 February, 2018

leon-00250373-fA musical drama biopic chronicling P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and his founding of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Showman” features a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame.

As you’re planning for spring concerts, consider these exciting titles from “The Greatest Showman”!

The Greatest Show: Choral SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
This Is Me: Choral SATB, SAB, and 2-part, Young Concert Band, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Rewrite the Stars: Choral (coming soon!) SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Never Enough: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Come Alive: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
From Now On: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
A Million Dreams: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
The Other Side: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Tightrope: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele

Also available: the complete Vocal Folio, as well as collections for Easy Piano and Ukulele. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2018! 06 February, 2018

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.

NEW THIS YEAR: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard!

And, we’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
(featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday August 2, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Roger Emerson
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 3, 2018 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson & Cristi Cary Miller
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 4, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
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 and/or elementary school choir! (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. You’ll also preview new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part voices) in both octavos and song collections.

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
Consider both 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)
Either (or both!) The Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir OR the Stanton’s Super Session will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2018:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 11, 2018
Clinician: Lloyd Larson
(no pre-registration for this session)
25th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 25, 2018
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!

Creative Programming: For Festival Choirs 01 February, 2018

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu by Jacob Narverud
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu“Kuimba Nafsi Yangu” is a celebratory song derived from the following common Swahili phrases of joy, “Sing my soul, sing my heart. Sing for peace, sing for joy. There is so much love here, yes!” Intended as a concert opener or closer, this spirited piece is pure energy from start to finish as the piano and djembes drive the momentum forward while the choir sings in call and response.


Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
 by Ryan Murphy
Let All the World in Every Corner SingA 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. Orchestral accompaniment and a version for brass, organ, and percussion also available.

Nine Hundred Miles arr. René Clausen
Nine Hundred MilesThis lovely folk melody is beautifully set by René Clausen. Utilizing the haunting quality of the clarinet to embellish the melancholy text, this simple folk song becomes the centerpiece of any choral concert. The clarinet part is included in the back of the octavo.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Never Give Up! by Rollo Dilworth
Never Give UpNever Give Up!” is a positive anthem written for SATB and Piano. “This piece is a perfect example of the impact and power of music in the lives of our youth today. Their words in tandem with Dr. Dilworth’s music make this a perfect piece (a positive anthem of sorts) for today’s middle and high school students.”

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Just One Heart by Jim Papoulis
Just One HeartDrawing from a simple idea, that reaching even just one heart can be a very powerful gesture, here is the positive message in music that we have come to expect in the music of Jim Papoulis. World rhythms, optional percussion and positive lyrics make this a great selection for young people.

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.

VOCALIZE: Canon Collection 29 January, 2018

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

Vocalize Canon CollectionThe Vocalize! Canon Collection is ideal for warming up, sight-singing, technique-building, and more! From traditional and familiar to original and unexpected, each of the tuneful melodies easily stacks into two, three, or more layers. Enhanced CD includes accompaniment tracks and printable PDFs.

We like this collection not only because of the variety of canons it provides, but also because with each canon comes suggested exercises from the Vocalize! book that pair well, provided a well-rounded warm-up experience.

Have questions about this and other warm-up resources? Check out our website at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 1. We’re happy to help!

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 professional choral singer, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

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.

You're My Best Friend.gif

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.