News & Views Sunday, July 24, 2016

Category: School Choral

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!


The Stanton’s Difference: Going the Extra Mile 13 July, 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! Today we’d like to spotlight a couple of ways the Stanton’s staff goes above and beyond for you.

So you want to program an old title. You call us to order it, or place your order at stantons.com. While taking/processing your order, our knowledgeable staff realizes the age of the title, either because we remember when it was published (yes, many of us have been here that long), or we’re tipped off by the catalog number – in fact, old Belwin/Columbia Pictures numbers contain the year of publication within them. Rather than just place the title on backorder and hope it comes in, we often check the availability of old titles right away! The Alfred and Hal Leonard dealer websites allow us to check the status of a title, and, if it is urgent, we are happy to call our representatives with other publishers on your behalf. This way you know as soon as possible whether you can expect to receive your title, or if you need to consider programming another piece. Sure, we hate to disappoint, but we’d rather you know sooner than later if a piece is unavailable so you can plan accordingly.

You need music in a hurry! Despite your best planning, sometimes music and scores get lost before an impending performance, or an administrator/civic leader requests a specific title that’s not in your library for performance at the end of the week. If you find yourself in a “sheet music emergency,” Stanton’s can help! If the music you need is in-stock, we will strive to get it out to you the same day as long as we have your order before 4:30 pm, and we’ll work with you to find the right balance of expedited shipping time and cost. If your item is not in-stock, we can arrange for drop-ship service directly from most publishers so that your music will ship within 24 hours. If your timetable is REALLY urgent, we will personally call your drop-ship order in to the publisher to ensure that it is handled properly and shipped the same day – most publishers can get expedited orders out the same day if they are placed by noon or 12:30 local (publisher) time. We strongly recommend that if you need to place an expedited or drop-ship order that you call us ASAP so that we can give your order the detailed attention it requires, and give you the service you deserve!

Does your sheet music store do this? If not, give us a call and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been the “Sheet Music Specialist” for over 50 years, and why you should shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 05 July, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** 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 and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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!


COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 28 June, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, and Roger Emerson. 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 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!


Hear It, Read It, Write It! 20 June, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Teaching dictation in the ensemble classroom can feel like a drag – do I have time for this?!? I’m already teaching sight-reading – isn’t that good enough?!? You DO have time (or you can MAKE the time), and it IS important! Here’s a great resource to help:

Hear It, Read It, Write It! by Dave & Jean Perry
Learning to read music is much like learning a language. There are three basic elements: listening, reading, and writing. This well organized book provides step-by-step sequential lessons for developing these skills. Rhythm, note, and interval concepts are taught in the following way: first, hear and echo a short musical example; second, read and perform a notated exercise; and third, notate musical phrases as demonstrated on the CD. Worksheet-style student pages are included as reproducible PDFs. Ten-minute activities for teaching or assessment, recommended for fourth through ninth grade ensembles or music classes.

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 E-Tools: Wishlists 13 June, 2016

wishlistThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier,  faster and more enjoyable. In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

Overheard often at Stanton’s:

  • “I did this piece in high school. I loved it!!! It made my whole year in band/choir/orchestra. I’d love to do it with my kids, but they’re just not ready yet. Sigh. Maybe in a few years.”
  • “There’s so many great new pieces out this year. I can’t do them all this fall, but maybe this spring.”
  • “This would be perfect for a theme concert about ___________. I’ll have to keep it in mind for the future.”
  • “I listened to all those pieces on all those CDs from the publishers, but now I can’t remember what I liked!”

All of the above are great reasons to use the Wish List feature on the Stanton’s website. As musicians, we are always on the lookout for new pieces that will inspire us as well as invigorate and educate our students. The Wish List feature allows you to keep track of pieces you like, and organize them any way you want (by concert program, theme/style, performance year, etc). You can also email your list(s) to friends or colleagues, export it to a Microsoft Excel file for your own records, submit it to your treasurer as a requisition for a purchase order, or send it directly to us at Stanton’s to place your order!

If you have questions about how to use the Stanton’s Wishlist, or if you need further information on any of our e-tools, feel free to call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us at greatservice@stantons.com.

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


Prayer of the Children 10 June, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Kurt Bestor’s emotional “Prayer of the Children” has become a standard in the choral literature, but started as a wordless melody in response to the civil war in Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Eventually discovered and performed by Weston Noble and the Luther College Nordic Choir, it has been used for such special occasions as the annual 9/11 commemoration and a concert in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing. Bestor says, “I’m thankful everyday for the still, small place where this song came from. I go there often and am always soothed.”

We are happy to present this new arrangement by master composer Mark Hayes, which maintains the emotional impact of the original and incorporates a tasteful accompaniment for piano or orchestra – perfect for honor choirs or festivals!

Prayer of the Children arr. Mark Hayes
This moving anthem of hope has been embraced by choirs around the world for years. Lush choral writing and an inspired instrumentation treat the important piece with reverence and respect. At the very end, two measures sung in Croatian remind us that the prayer is intended for the whole world.

For more quality recommendations for your choir, please visit us online or contact us!

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.


COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 07 June, 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!


The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 03 June, 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!

Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

What You Can Take On Trial (by department):

Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo VocalYou may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and InstrumentalYou may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/KeyboardUp to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Stanton’s E-Tools: Jukebox 25 May, 2016

website Jukebox image for promoThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier,  faster and more enjoyable. In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

As an extension of our Listening Library, we are proud to offer Stanton’s JukeboxStanton’s Jukebox is a specialized “wish list” where you can add sound samples from our Listening Library, then use it to:

  • Research your music purchases by building a playlist for all the titles you are considering, and then easily compare “apples to apples” as you listen.
  • Arrange your concert program by listening to full-length pieces in order, then rearranging as needed to allow for a variety in tempi and styles.
  • Build specific playlists for each of your different ensembles to assist you with your rehearsal planning and score study.
  • Generate a personalized URL for each playlist that can be emailed to your ensemble to enhance at-home practice – you can even add custom practice/rehearsal notes to appear with each playlist.
  • Forward your playlist to your school administrator or Booster/PTA president when you need to solicit funding for specific music.
  • Design separate playlists for different genres or eras of music for your Music History or Music Appreciation students to use during class or with homework.
  • Create a list of your favorite works for your personal listening pleasure in your home or office, and let it inspire you to continue strengthening your ensembles!

If you have questions about how to use the Stanton’s Jukebox feature, we also have a quick video tutorial that you can watch, as well as a list of “Frequently Asked Questions.” As always, if you need further information, feel free to call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us at greatservice@stantons.com.

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


SUPER SESSION is Coming Soon! 24 May, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** 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 and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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!


Masterworks for Young Choirs 20 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Introducing your ensemble singers to music by master composers from the Baroque and Classical periods is an important part of their musical education – not to mention an important factor in the National Core Arts Standards. But, it can be challenging to find authentic examples for young singers to perform. These selections have been carefully crafted to not only be representative of the original masterwork content, but also thoughtfully edited to meet the musical needs of upper elementary and middle school choirs.

Hallelujah, Amen! by G.F. Handel/arr. Matthew Michaels
From Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus,” this chorus has been adapted for two part treble voices in an accessible introduction to the music of the Baroque.

Fair Phyllis by John Farmer/arr. Russell Robinson
Another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men’s part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. “Fair Phyllis” is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program.

Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! by Henry Purcell/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included.

Lascia Ch’io Pianga by G.F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson
Singers have long cherished this staple of the solo repertoire, and now it is beautifully set for choral groups of any size. Teach all of the same lessons you learned from your favorite vocal instructor as you share this baroque aria with a new generation. Not difficult, but rewarding.

For more quality suggestions for your elementary and middle school choirs, please contact us!

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: Dan Davison 18 May, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

7773126As a long-time junior high school choir director, Dan Davison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his compositions. Navigating the complexities of the adolescent voice is no easy matter, and Dan’s music can always be trusted to be pedagogically sound (for the teacher!) and musically intriguing (for the young singers!).

In addition to conducting four ensembles at Ballou Junior High in Puyallup, Washington, Dan manages numerous teaching and mentoring responsibilities, and, most notably, sings professionally with Male Ensemble Northwest. Dan is also experienced as a church choir director, and has directed choirs at Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University.

Mr. Davison has been received numerous awards for his role in music education, including the 1996 State Of Washington Christa McAuliffe Educator Of The Year, The Educator Citizen Of The Year for 2010 for Communities In Schools In Puyallup, Washington, and also the “Outstanding Choral Director Award” for 2010 from the Washington chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association.

The music of Dan Davison is available through Stanton’s from a number of publishers, most notably Walton Music. For more information about Dan and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Regina Coeli, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Elijah, El Grillo, Wonderful Peace, Yellow Bird

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.


30th Anniversary JOY OF SINGING 17 May, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, and Roger Emerson. 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 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!


Stanton’s E-Tools – Listening Library 06 May, 2016

listening libraryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable.  In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

What is the Listening Library?

When you are searching for new music that fits your group, sometimes looking at or even playing through a score is not enough. Music is meant to be heard, not just seen. That is why we have recordings of almost 70,000 titles available in the Stanton’s Listening Library. The Library files are in an easy-to-use MP3 format and are created from “promotional recordings” produced by the publishers. Whenever possible, Stanton’s uses the full-length recording, but due to the fact that some tracks were only made available as “publisher promotional copies” some of the tracks may be excerpted. We are constantly adding to our library, so check back often for updates!

How do I know if Stanton’s has a recording of the piece I’m looking for?

When browsing or searching our website, you will see the “globe with headphones” icon (pictured above) next to any item that has a recording available. Clicking on that icon will take you to a recording of that piece. Having trouble hearing? Check to make sure that your speakers are turned up and not set to mute, or that your headphones are plugged in.

Can I access the Listening Library from my smart phone or tablet?

Absolutely! The Stanton’s mobile website is compatible with all tablets and smart phones. Just touch that “globe with headphones” icon to get started. If you download the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App, you can even use the tablet or phone’s camera to scan the bar code on a piece of music, and you will be immediately directed to that item’s recording. It makes shopping for music (or browsing your own music library) a breeze!

For questions about how to use our Listening Library, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


New Contemporary A Cappella 02 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year! With high-profile features like “The Sing-Off” and “Pitch Perfect,” and the explosive success of groups like Pentatonix, many high schools and colleges are getting in on the action as well! Here are a few of our new favorites for contemporary a cappella ensembles:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Fame arr. Ben Bram
This favorite Golden Globe and Academy Award winner really kicks in Ben Bram’s new pop a cappella arrangement. A perfect choice to open or close any concert.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Kirby Shaw
You’ve heard many arrangements of this beautiful American folk hymn, but none quite like this. Kirby Shaw’s unique style brings out the inherent joy of the traditional text. Throughout the piece, sections of the choirs are used as accompaniment, and a bright chord structure yields a current sound. Fresh!

Kids in America arr. Deke Sharon
This perennial New Wave hit was the exciting opening number featured in the 2014 edition of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” This a cappella setting by “Sing-Off” music arranger and coach Deke Sharon will be an awesome selection for your group as well!

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
Gravedigger arr. Timothy Takach
From the hushed opening this choral lament grows in sound and intensity to a powerful outpouring of sorrow. The song, originally from the Dave Matthews Band, was arranged for the Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble Cantus. A showpiece!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Bellas Finale (from “Pitch Perfect 2”) arr. Deke Sharon
As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include “Run The World (Girls),” “Where Them Girls At,” “We Belong,” “We Got The World,” and “Flashlight.”

Wake Me Up! arr. Deke Sharon
From Swedish DJ and artist Avicii, this 2013 chart hit in a fun and accessible a cappella setting!

For more a cappella suggestions, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 1.

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.


Make Them Hear You 29 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

leon-499512Alway Something Sings by Dan Forrest
This new music from composer Dan Forrest is a beautiful setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s text, commissioned and premiered by the Red Rose Children’s Choir, Chicago, IL. It is set for SATB or SSA voices and piano, with optional string quartet or string orchestra.

A Flower Remembered by John Rutter
With a simple, appealing melody, rich harmonies, and a flowing accompaniment, “A Flower Remembered” is sure to become a favorite. Mr. Rutter’s offering is both reflective and heartfelt.

alfred-493417Make Them Hear You arr. Mark Hayes
In a riveting moment of musical theater from the musical “Ragtime,” Coalhouse Walker Jr. encourages his friends and family to change society by telling their story. His profound message soars in this well-crafted and powerful setting.

Thankful arr. Mark Hayes
Recorded by Josh Groban, this inspirational song reminds us of the importance of giving in life and for all we have to be thankful. The moving arrangement is beautifully orchestrated, adding to the rich vocal harmonies that set the exquisite melody and text. Perfect for every choir.

You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Carole King’s classic hit from 1971 and covered by James Taylor offers a universal message of hope and reassurance. Recently included in the Broadway musical Beautiful, this is a wonderful feel-good song for choirs of all types and many concert occasions!

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.