News & Views Monday, December 05, 2016

Category: School Choral

Composer Profile: Stacey V. Gibbs 02 December, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Following in the steps of William Dawson, Jester Hairston, and Moses Hogan, the arrangements of Stacey V. Gibbs bring new life to the spiritual repertoire. His rhythmic voice is particularly fascinating, providing an authentic sense of energy and motion to each arrangement.

Highly acclaimed for his expertise in bringing new vitality and excitement to these beloved pieces, Stacey’s work has reached a wide range of choirs both internationally and in the U.S., where they have been featured in numerous festivals, celebrations, and competitions as well as at ACDA regional and national conferences. Stacey resides in Detroit, Michigan, and has worked in management for over 18 years.

The music of Stacey V. Gibbs is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, Alliance, Walton Music and Hal Leonard.

Stanton’s Recommends: Way Over in Beulah Lan’, Dere’s No Hidin’ Place Down Here, Live a HumbleRide the Chariot, Witness

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.


“Glow” by Eric Whitacre 21 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Eric Whitacre’s music is undeniably popular with school choirs, and with good reason – his musical voice is so compelling! But, a lot of his compositions are out of reach to many of the ensembles captivated by his sound. That’s why I was excited to find “Glow” this year. It has the same sophistication and warm dissonance that is so indicative of Whitacre’s work, but without many of the stumbling blocks like thick divisi, extended ranges, exposed unaccompanied lines, etc – instead, “Glow” features:
• straight-forward 4-part SATB vocal writing (no divisi)
• conservative ranges (mostly within the staff for all parts)
• a supportive piano accompaniment, or optional string quartet
• an evocative wintertime text with no mention of the holidays

Glow by Eric Whitacre
Simple and welcoming, “Glow” was performed for the first time by the World of Color Honor Choir at Disney’s California Adventure® Park. The Honor Choir, made up of over 700 singers from across America, were selected to be part of the night-time spectacular Winter Dreams show.

Find more unique holiday programming ideas 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.


BEST OF: New Contemporary A Cappella 14 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

A cappella is everywhere, and there are lots of great new repertoire options this year – whether your group is just getting started, or has years of experience:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Love Shack arr. Deke Sharon
From the reality show Pitch Slapped, one of the groups competes with this hot vocals-only arrangement of the B-52’s 1989 pop hit! Funky and fun!

Stitches arr. Brandy Kay Riha
This arrangement of the Shawn Mendes song demonstrates amazing a cappella craft and energy! Winner of the Noteflight A Cappella arranging competition, judged by Deke Sharon and Roger Emerson.

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) arr. Alex Phan
A bubbly and pulsating mix of vocables, lyrics, and vocal percussion support a vigorous male lead in this arrangement of the number one radio smash. Playful, memorable, cute, and catchy!

The Lion Sleeps Tonight arr. Kirby Shaw
Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Jar of Hearts arr. J.D. Frizzell
Christina Perri’s heart-wrenching debut single is perfect for pop a cappella groups with experience – lots of fun challenges!

Shut Up and Dance arr. Tom Anderson
With lyrics based on a real-life experience, this high-energy chart topper from the band Walk the Moon quickly became a hit in ten countries. The rhythmic vibe and fun hook make it fun to sing for all voice parts.

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
All of Me arr. Deke Sharon
This a cappella arrangement of the John Legend hit All of Me is set for TTBB voices. It is part of the Deke Sharon Contemporary A Cappella series.

Sing a Song arr. Deke Sharon
Written and recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sing a Song” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. Now your men’s ensembles can share what singing can do for everyone today!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Defying Gravity arr. Deke Sharon
From the Broadway show “Wicked,” this is Deke Sharon’s a cappella arrangement of Defying Gravity, by composer Stephen Schwartz.

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) arr. Deke Sharon
This is Deke Sharon’s a cappella arrangement of the Billy Joel tune. It is the song Joel wrote for his daughter Alexa Ray and first appeared on the 1993 album “River of Dreams.”

(They Long to Be) Close to You arr. Deke Sharon
From Contemporary A Cappella Publishing, this is Deke Sharon’s arrangement of the Burt Bacharach song made famous by the Carpenters in 1970.

Need help starting or developing your a cappella group? Don’t miss “A Cappella” by Deke Sharon and “A Cappella Pop” by Brody McDonald – two invaluable resources! You can find more a cappella repertoire on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your group. 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.


Somewhere in My Memory 07 November, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Remember “Home Alone”? My younger brother and I used to watch this movie after school every day for weeks leading up to Christmas – we must have driven our poor mother crazy with it! Even as a kid, the warmth of the John Williams score resonated with me, and this year I was excited to find this new Mark Hayes arrangement for choir:

Somewhere in My Memory arr. Mark Hayes
This contemporary musical treasure is from the “Home Alone” movies we all adore and have enjoyed throughout the recent years. John Williams’ famous music is set here with a simpler orchestration, capturing the innocence and magic of childhood at Christmas with gentle vocal writing, surprising musical turns building to “home,” and ending in harmonic wonder.

You can find more holiday recommendations in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website (including another one of my favorites from “Home Alone 2” – “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas”), or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations.

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


What Will Santa Claus Say?!? 24 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready for holiday concerts? Have some fun with your programming this year, and try one of these exciting pop arrangements – perfect for concert, show, or jazz choirs!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
What Will Santa Claus Say? arr. Larry Shackley
Louis Prima’s quirky and upbeat tune will practically dance itself into the hearts of singers and audiences alike! With exciting swing rhythms and tight chromatic harmonies, it’s ideal for choirs with some jazz experience.

Winter Wonderland arr. Greg Jasperse
Dazzling jazz harmonies and an exquisite, flowing accompaniment combine in this incredibly artistic setting of the festive familiar favorite! Sure to be a memorable moment on winter concerts and holiday programs alike.

Jingle Bells arr. Philip Lawson
You’ll be laughing all the way with this fresh winter showpiece that is great fun for mixed, treble or men’s choirs! The keyboard part is dazzling, the vocal parts are definitely “rollicking” and the audience will be cheering. Don’t miss it!

Someday at Christmas arr. Mac Huff
Filled with the universal hope for peace on earth, this soulful Stevie Wonder song evokes heartwarming memories of Christmases past. Originally released in 1966, in 2015 it received renewed interest as Stevie performed it with Andra Day.

We Wish You the Merriest arr. Mac Huff
Deck your hall with this swinging Christmas song that’s positively brimming with Yuletide cheer. Popularized by Frank Sinatra in the 1960s with Bing Crosby, it has remained a holiday standard through the generations!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Holiday Road arr. Roger Emerson
Written and recorded by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and featured in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” this makes a great up-tempo addition to seasonal concerts! A sensational selection for show and pop groups!

A Jolly, Jingling Carol Medley arr. Greg Gilpin
This concise arrangement seamlessly strings together six carol favorites, featuring various twists on meter and style while maintaining accessibility. It is perfect as a festive opener or closer that audiences and singers will love.

FOR WOMEN
Candy Cane Lane arr. Greg Gilpin
This bubbly, contemporary country-pop release from Point of Grace has darling lyrics and a catchy chorus that begs for choreography.

Sugar Cookie! by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
Written in a 1940s swing style, this choral confection is chock full of accessible harmonies with lots of built-in repetition, plus a fun-filled spoken word section that’s the icing on top.

FOR MEN
Little Saint Nick arr. Audrey Snyder
Younger choirs will have holiday fun, fun, fun with this Beach Boys Christmas classic! Easily learned, it is perfect for adding beach choreography and costumes for a special showcase!

You can find more fun holiday numbers for your concert or show choir in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website, or contact us for personalized 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.


“This Little Holiday Light of Mine” 20 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

A La Ru, A La Me arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Douglas Wagner’s soothing setting of this Spanish lullaby includes mostly unison voices throughout, making it a snap to learn. The lilting countermelody added to each chorus pairs perfectly with the optional instrumental parts and colorful synth track to enhance any performance.

Ding Dong! Merrily On High arr. Cristi Cary Miller
The traditional carol receives a spirited treatment in this easily-learned arrangement for younger choirs with the bonus of optional handbells or hand chimes to add sparkle to your holiday programming!

This Little Holiday Light of Mine by Jerry Estes
Sparked and inspired by the familiar spiritual, this bright, cheery holiday original shares a marvelous message of peace and goodwill. With ample unison lines, this winner is a snap to learn and the ranges are very accessible for young choirs. Consider adding candles, flashlights or other visual enhancements to add to the festive mood and important message.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and 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.


Handel’s Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance 10 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Handel’s Messiah: Warm-Ups for Successful Performance by Jason Paulk & Ryan Kelly
This valuable resource is a must for every choral director that prepares a chorus to sing Handel’s Messiah! In three sections, Part I – Introduction to Preparing Messiah highlights Baroque performance practice and Ideals, Practical Considerations for Performing Messiah and other helpful information; Part II includes warm-ups for 20 choruses; Part III includes Appendices with a historical context of Messiah, primary sources supporting Baroque style and expression and a recommended reading list. The director score includes the full text and warm-ups with piano accompaniments, along with a code for accessing downloadable singer parts online. The singer book includes a handy folder-sized print edition of the vocal warm-ups.

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

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


Masterwork Editions for Choir 05 October, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

I love finding well-edited versions of masterwork compositions for Middle School and High School choirs – it’s a perfect way to introduce major composers from different historical periods to your ensembles! Here are a few of our favorites this season:

RENAISSANCE
Tanzen und Springen by Hans Leo Hassler/arr. Russell Robinson
Hassler’s lively and dance-like madrigal, originally written for five voices a cappella, is re-voiced here for 3-part mixed and optional accompaniment. Both English and German are included and can be sung in either language or a combination. A smart choice for young singers beginning their exploration into Renaissance music.

Matona Mia Cara by Orlando diLasso/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Orlando di Lasso’s tuneful villanelle is set here for TBB voices with details that suit the young male voice. The Italian text is accompanied by an optional English text, it is shorter in length than the original SATB score, contains an optional piano accompaniment, and is written in a style that is rustic and light with the energized syllables of “dire, dire, don, don, don.”

Cantate Domino by Claudio Monteverdi/arr. Jill Gallina
One of a number of short motets written by Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, this madrigal style for six voices has been set for SSA, carefully weaving selected vocal lines from the original to create this stylistically authentic edition using both energized and legato singing.

This Is Our Time for Singing by Orazio Vecchi/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Lilting and light, the contrasting sections of this 16th century Italian madrigal provide an ideal introduction to this important musical style. Whether you enjoy singing a cappella or with piano, consider adding the optional flute and hand drum parts. Ideal for concert or adjudication.

BAROQUE
Dixit Dominus by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Jacob Narverud
Arranged for SATB voices, harpsichord or piano, and string quartet, Vivaldi is celebrated by or perhaps even introduced to your singers in this smart edition. Optional children’s choir or ensemble is included, helping create a terrific opening masterwork for choirs of all ages.

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.

If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell/arr. Russell Robinson
Russell Robinson presents this choral masterwork by Henry Purcell in a well-constructed arrangement for middle school mixed choirs. The music for the first and second verses are identical to aid in quick learning of this especially fine contest selection that also offers an option to perform a cappella.

CLASSICAL
Alleluia, to Thee We Sing by W.A. Mozart/arr. Jacob Narverud
Mozart’s delightful melody is paired with an original text by the arranger suitable as an opening number for concert choir. The musical theme and accessible vocal writing will appeal to both high school and advanced middle school singers, too. The piano accompaniment is pure Mozart and a wonderful showcase for your pianist.

Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Hieronymi MH 254) by Johann Michael Haydn/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Composed by the 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.

ROMANTIC
Abschiedslied by Johannes Brahms/arr. Gerald Custer
Gerald Custer presents one of the most well-known Brahms love songs in this sensitive scoring that retains the harmonic richness of the original. The strophic setting takes voice leading into careful consideration and highlights men and women separately and together.

Find more options in the Stanton’s Signature Selections area of our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations at 1.800.42.MUSIC. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Sight Reading Success 30 September, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

In my work with local choir directors here in Ohio, and even across the country, one of the most common inquiries I receive is for “more 4-part sight reading exercises!!” Preparing for the sight reading portion of adjudicated choral events can be stressful for a lot of teachers, and many of the popular sight reading methods only include unison melodies.

I was excited when “Sight Reading Success” by Stan McGill came across my desk, because I knew it would be perfect for these teachers! This resource is designed to help secondary choir students improve their music literacy skills. With 180 (!!) SATB exercises divided into 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 measure sets, even beginning groups can develop advanced skills over a relatively short period of time. The exercises are included in the book and as a free download for projecting to a screen or distributing to students via print or tablet.

For more sight reading resources and recommendations, visit our website or contact us! 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’d Like to Fly!” 23 September, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Stanton’s Difference: Make It A Road Trip!! 12 September, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Places where you can browse and buy A LOT of sheet music are hard to come by. It’s amazing how many times we hear, “It’s so nice to be able to look at music before you buy it,” and “I live in                                              , and there is nowhere like this to buy music.” This last statement includes cities like New York and Los Angeles, and has been made by some of the touring Broadway Across America musicians who come through Columbus. If you live within driving distance of Columbus, and you’re wondering if a trip to Stanton’s is worth it the answer is “absolutely!”

Who doesn’t love a road trip? We’re not as far away as you might think. Columbus is only a 2 hour drive from Cleveland and Cincinnati, and 3 hours from Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Lexington and some of the farther reaches of Ohio. Besides, Stanton’s Sheet Music is in a former A&P grocery store (complete with cupola) that has hundreds of thousands of sheet music titles in stock!

While you’re here, you are welcome to look through and compare all of the music that’s on hand. You can pull up a chair at our listening station or use the Stanton’s app on your smart phone to scan titles and listen to them throughout the store. If it’s your first time at Stanton’s, let us know – we’ll give you a tour! Did we mention that you can also take advantage of our knowledgeable staff, too?

Bring your entire music department! Do you have an upcoming professional development day this fall? We’d love to see your WHOLE music department here in the store! Let us know you’re coming, and we’ll be happy to set aside a table for your group, and we can even start pulling some repertoire suggestions for you to peruse while you’re here.

Need to grab lunch, or staying in town for dinner? In addition to sheet music suggestions, our staff can recommend plenty of great, non-chain places to grab a bite. Within walking distance are Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace, Katzinger’s Delicatessen, and Indian Oven, as well as Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at the Columbus Commons (and you’ve got to try Jeni’s!). Also nearby are plenty of restaurants in German Village, on Gay Street, and in the Short North and Arena Districts.

Have we given you enough reasons to come to Columbus and visit us? We look forward to seeing you soon!

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“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana 31 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

For more recommendations for large works for your high school choir, visit our website or contact us – and remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


New York Voices: Old Friends 26 August, 2016

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

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

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

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


Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2016 22 August, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E Main Street, Bexley OH 43209
REGISTRATION: $20

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

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


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

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

Find more fun warm-up resources on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 03 August, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

We’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
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Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

*Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, Virtual Workshop, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

*Itemized purchase orders, bids, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

*Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
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Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

*We have 3 departments each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & General Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

*We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your internet orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

*We are your partner in music education. We choose our Stanton’s Staff Selections to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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

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

Mark your calendar for these dates:

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

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

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

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

Also in August 2016:

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

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


Excellence in Choral Literature 2016 19 July, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E Main Street, Bexley OH 43209
REGISTRATION: $20

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

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!


Composer Profile: Jim Papoulis 18 July, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Jim PapoulisNew York City-based Jim Papoulis composes, orchestrates, and conducts music for dance, film, ensembles, and choirs. His compositions are known for exploring new modes of musical communication by honoring and connecting classical and traditional forms with non-Western sounds. Jim’s distinct and ever-evolving approach unites classical with contemporary sounds, world rhythms, R&B, and voices, while combining live instruments with current composing and recording technology.

Many of Jim’s compositions have received prestigious awards and global recognition. “Can You Hear” and “Give Us Hope,” for example, are performed around the world every year. Jim donates his royalties as the songs’ composer to The Foundation for Small Voices, which uses music, literature and art to enrich and empower the lives of children.

The music of Jim Papoulis is available through Stanton’s from Boosey & Hawkes. For more information about Jim and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Give Us Hope, How Many Christmases, Kusimama, We Can Plant a Forest

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.


“Sing Me to Heaven” 15 July, 2016

High VoiceIn 1991 Dunstan House began operation as the publisher of the music of Daniel E. Gawthrop with the release of a single octavo called “Sing Me to Heaven.” Twenty five years later that octavo is still in print, having sold nearly 500,000 copies during the quarter century of its existence, and has become one of the most performed and recorded choral works in modern history. Choirs of all types and sizes across the country have found that the text and the music of this piece speaks very directly to them and their audiences.

We are excited to welcome to the repertoire a new vocal solo edition of “Sing Me to Heaven,” adapted by the composer himself. In response to the question, “Why did you wait so long before making a vocal solo version available?,” Gawthrop responds: “I am, of course, intimately involved with, and familiar with, the original SATB version. I cannot tell you how many performances I have heard, how many recordings I have received, how many times I have answered questions about the piece. The sound that’s in my ear is hard to avoid and it’s therefore very difficult for me to imagine the essence of the piece altered from the rich, smooth textures of an unaccompanied choral sound to a single, skinny voice, accompanied by double-fistfuls of chords banged out on a jangling, percussive piano. How could that possibly work? It took a long time for me to open my mind’s ear to the other possibilities inherent in that “essence of the piece” that I mentioned above, but in the event I find that the new vocal solo version is quite effective and persuasively musical. It just took me a while to get there – about 25 years!”

For more information on “Sing Me to Heaven” or other works by Daniel Gawthrop, please contact us or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!