News & Views Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Category: School Choral

Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2017 21 August, 2017

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

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

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

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


Considering Matthew Shepard 16 August, 2017

recommended and compiled by Alissa Ruth, Choral Music Specialist

Conspirare.jpgIn the world of professional choral music, one of the groups that stands out from the rest is Conspirare, the Grammy Award-winning Texas-based group under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. They are known for their expressive singing, Johnson’s unique “collage-style” programming, and their education outreach. As someone who spends much of her free time watching choral videos on YouTube (anyone else? anyone?), I love watching and listening to this group.

All of UsAll of Us (from Considering Matthew Shepardby Craig Hella Johnson
One of their most recent projects is Considering Matthew Shepard, Johnson’s first concert-length work composed to reflect on the life of Matthew Shepard as the 20th anniversary of his murder draws near. Shepard was a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming who, in 1998, was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a fence and left to die. In composing this work, Johnson uses text from poets such as Rumi and Hildegard von Bingen, as well as excerpts from Shepard’s own journal and interviews from his parents.

Now available from Considering Matthew Shepard is Johnson’s final movement, entitled “All of Us.” Utilizing elements of hymnody and American folk and gospel styles, this piece that has been described as “heartfelt” and “brilliant” would be an excellent, uplifting concert opener or closer.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Unclouded DayUnclouded Day arr. Shawn Kirchner
Kirchner’s writing is very much based on songwriting and folk melodies, and his original writing often utilizes elements of jazz, bluegrass, and gospel. This gospel piece, which is movement one from his Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, is tried and true (and is one of my personal favorites). It begins with a straightforward verse and chorus, then develops into a more bluegrass style with elements of counterpoint and fugue, gradually incorporating more and more divisi. The peak of the piece comes in a hair-raising eight part chord on the phrase “in the city that is made of gold.” This is one of those pieces that is just as satisfying to listen to as it is to sing, and I can see it being standard repertoire for years to come.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Light of a Clear Blue Morning.gifLight of a Clear Blue Morning arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Now newly arranged for women’s voices, this stunning arrangement of Dolly Parton’s piece is the perfect addition to any concert. I love that this is a “pop” piece that really feels like it was made to be sung by a choral ensemble. Featuring a soprano soloist, the arrangement uses rich a cappella harmonies, solo soprano recorder, and a hint of the original country style to focus on the hopefulness of the text. After a joyful middle section that uses “stacked” voices to play with color and texture, the piece ends reflectively. If you have a soprano that you would like to feature, this piece provides the perfect opportunity.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Let the River Run.gifLet the River Run arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Johnson is known for his “collage-style” programming, and this Carly Simon piece (you might know it from the 1989 film Working Girl) is no exception. He uses driving percussion rhythms, dancing piano accompaniment, and triumphant homophonic choral writing to create this uptempo piece, perfect for a concert opener or closer. I actually did this piece with my high school students, who absolutely loved it (and were able to be successful with it). The melody is almost folk-like, making it memorable and “singable.”
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

If you liked the above pieces and would like to learn more about purchasing them, or would like some similar recommendations, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com or give us a call at 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext. 1. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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


Curious About Copyright? 15 August, 2017

Find practical answers and information geared toward music educators and directors with the new COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Copyright is a challenging but important subject in music education.  Most of us have a very limited understanding of it, and have had no formal training or education provided, yet it applies to every facet of being a music educator.  Literally meaning the right to copy or reproduce, copyright law is designed to protect creators from having their works essentially stolen rather than purchased.  Education has a very special caveat regarding copyright law, fair use, however, this does not mean unlimited use or reproduction.  While this special relationship complicates our understanding, it makes it all the more important to know what is permissible and do what is right.  Likewise, ever-changing digital technology and the internet make copyright that much more complicated and important.

Thankfully Alfred’s new Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides us with a guide geared especially for the classroom and rehearsal hall.  Written by music education industry professionals, it provides a very practical approach to copyright law as it applies to performing musicians and teachers based on experience.  It is well laid out and easy-to-use, reasonably priced, and most importantly, directly applicable!  When you know better, you do better, so grab a copy and familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do – you might discover things that you can do that you never realized!  You might even find yourself helping your school or district to better operate within the law, and more importantly, set a good example for your students.

Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors
Pam Phillips & Andrew Surmani
Alfred Publishing                                                                 $19.99
The Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides a concise overview of the key aspects of copyright law that affect music educators and directors in the United States. Designed to provide answers to the most common questions raised by educators and directors, this resource makes it easy to find specific answers and is arranged in a user-friendly question-and-answer format. For ease of use, a thorough Glossary of Terms and an extensive Index are included. Not meant to replace legal counsel, the Copyright Handbook is a starting point for music educators and directors with questions concerning copyright. Topics: How to determine if a work is protected by copyright * The use of print music and lyrics * The use of audio * The use of video * Digital products and the Internet * Performance rights * Composing and arranging.

Also Available:
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law
Music Copyright Law

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


International Carol Suites 14 August, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists, and Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

lorenz-513044International Carol Suites arr. Mark Hayes
International Carol Suites weaves together familiar and lesser-known carols in a thrilling and multicultural celebration of the holiday season! Select one movement for a ten-minute burst of Christmas joy, or perform several for an extended presentation of carols from around the world. English text is included throughout the work, with foreign language text also included where appropriate – great care was taken to find the best English translation of each song, but in many cases the translations are not literal, so we encourage you to use the original texts whenever possible. The dazzling orchestration is ideal for combined performances, whether used as a sophisticated cantata option for a church setting or community chorus, or for accomplished choirs at the high school level.

International Carol Suites contains 30 carols, representing 20 countries: Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bohemia, Russia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United States.

Carols of Europe
I. Carols of Western Europe (Good Christian Men, Rejoice; He Is Born, the Holy Child; The Son of Mary; Still, Still, Still; Gesu Bambino; Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light; Angels We Have Heard On High)
II. Carols of Eastern Europe (Ukrainian Bell Carol; O, Come Rejoicing; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Rocking Carol; Come, Hear the Marvelous News; Carol of the Russian Children)
III. Carols of the British Isles (What Child Is This?; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Deck the Hall; The Wexford Carol; Baloo, Lammy; The Snow Lay on the Ground; Joy to the World)
Carols of the Americas
I. Carols of Central and South America (The Journey; Going to Bethlehem; The Babe; At the Hour of Midnight; Song of the Wise Men)
II. Carols of North America (The Huron Carol; Brightest and Best; Behold That Star; Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow; Go, Tell It on the Mountain)

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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 Santa Fe Desert Chorale, as well as various choirs in the Columbus area, and she spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


NEW for Fall Concert: High School Choir 04 August, 2017

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

School starts soon – are you ready?!? Let Stanton’s help you out, with some great new repertoire for your ensembles – today, here are our top choices for HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS:

FOR HIGH SCHOOL MIXED CHOIRS
lorenz-15_3392h-fAnd We Are the Dreamers of Dreams by Neil Ginsberg
Familiar words from Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s “Ode,” freely set with highly creative craftsmanship and expression, virtually dance off the page of this artful and unique musical interpretation. Equally effective in a single ensemble performance or a massed choir setting.

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

leon-513736I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly by Heather Sorenson
Inspired by Sarah Williams’ poem, “The Old Astronomer,” this new concert work tells of the irony of life’s moments; of a life long lived through joy, sadness, longing, endurance, love and so many other lessons rolled into a vessel of musical inspiration. “The shadows give perspective on things already known; and the light, although familiar, was only mine on loan. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” Optional cello included, this work is outstanding in text and music.

Old Joe Clark arr. Dan Davison
Davison’s arrangement of the famous American folk song was written to help mixed choirs of all abilities succeed. Throughout this arrangement, the tenor and bass parts are supported in other sections to help bolster their performance. With an exciting, rhythmic accompaniment, these very accessible vocal parts still provide a flashy ending making it a perfect program closer for any ensemble.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL TREBLE CHOIRS
alfred-514545Count the Stars by Andy Beck
A poignant original text combined with Latin phrases from the Requiem Mass lays the foundation for this tender song of remembrance. Contemporary cluster chords, beautifully sculpted phrases, and expressive dynamics leave the listener with a sense of awe and wonder.

O Clap Your Hands by Victor C. Johnson
Johnson’s dynamic setting of this text adapted from the Psalms is the perfect opening number for concert, festival or call to worship. The opening fanfare-like section is complemented by a contrasting, legato middle section before returning to the joyous opening statement which leads to an exhilarating conclusion, complete with handclaps.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-513744Love Do You Hear Me Sing? by Glenda E. Franklin
Based on the work of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Over the Land Is April,” the romantic and musical text is set here for young men’s voices. This a cappella and mostly homophonic arrangement sings in keys that fit both changed and unchanged voices with a lilting 3/4 time signature that creates vibrancy in the warm and lush writing.

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

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

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

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


Gear Up for the New School Year 03 August, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The school year is almost upon us so I thought we might feature some of the most useful resources for improving and developing your band program.  From overall program development and administration, music teaching, and conducting, to the National Standards, classroom management, and working productively with your booster organization, these titles touch on almost every aspect of being a band director.  Pick up 1 or 2 of these to recharge before the school year starts, or use them as guides to implement small changes over the year.  Either way they are sure to provide new insights, ideas, and resources to make your school year smoother and your program better.

Habits of a Successful Band Director
In Habits of a Successful Band Director, Scott Rush provides a how-to book for young teachers, a supplement for college methods classes, a common-sense approach to everyday problems band directors face, sequential models for instruction that are narrow in scope, and more.  Some of the topics covered in the ten chapters include: classroom organization and management, working with parents and colleagues, the importance of the warm-up, rehearsal strategies, selecting high-quality literature, and student leadership.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director
Building on the successful Habits series, Scott Rush and his team have created a practical guide to all aspects of the middle school band program, including, recruiting for beginners, mouthpiece testing and instrumentation, running an effective middle school rehearsal, teaching strategies for middle school, repertoire suggestions, warm-ups for beginner, intermediate, and advanced middle school players  Additional sections address musicianship, classroom management, working with parents and colleagues, assessment, technology, the middle school mind, minor instrument repair, private lessons…even traveling with middle school students.

Developing the Complete Band Program
This book is a unique resource for both novice and experienced band directors, gathering effective teaching tools from the best in the field. Includes more than 40 chapters on: curriculum, then and now of North American wind bands, the anatomy of music making, motivation, program organization and administrative leadership, and much more. A wonderful resource for all music educators! Dr. Jagow’s book is comprehensive and impressive in scope.

National Core Arts Standards in Secondary Music Ensembles
This practical, 96-page resource provides detailed information to ease understanding and implementation of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in secondary music ensembles. Each artistic process in the standards – creating, performing, responding, and connecting – is explored through examples of day-to-day rehearsal activities and a sample cornerstone assessment that is ready for class use.

 

** NEW **
Boosters to the Rescue!

Veteran band director David Vandewalker has been successfully empowering school parent organizations across the country for years. In Boosters to the Rescue! he offers practical tools to modernize your program into a 21st-century booster organization that can function as a successful small business and significantly support the school music and arts programs. In clear, concise language Vandewalker lays out an action plan that includes how to learn to be articulate in sharing your vision; enlist an army of volunteers; develop project plans; define a composite list of duties, tasks, and responsibilities; communicate; create a business plan model; and more.

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Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club

Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club is the companion resource to Boosters to the Rescue!, which provides ready-to-use Word, Excel, and PDF files to help booster clubs set and achieve a long-term vision for their organization. Strategic Plans includes project-planning guides for three diverse sizes of booster clubs: Developing, Growing, and Maximizing. Strategic Plans offers a wealth of ideas, forms, organizational charts, and branding tools in four concise sections: “Ready, Set, and Go!” introduces the strategic planning process and explains how to get down to business. “Rally the Troops” provides practical advice on how to organize, manage, and empower people. “Roll It Out” delves into the details of creating a business plan blueprint and a project-planning guide. And “Rock It Out” includes ways to build effective teams, with dozens of branding and advertising designs ready for you to download, edit, customize, and print.

** NEW **
The Conductor’s Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative Ideas, Quotes, and Facts
100 outstanding middle and high school, collegiate and professional band and orchestra conductors passionately and candidly share their most powerful rehearsal techniques and cutting-edge program ideas in this concise and inspirational volume. Also included are fascinating historical facts about famous composers and conductors as well as inspirational quotes ideal for advocating music programs. It’s an excellent university supplemental text and a “go-to” source for directors at all levels.

Classroom Management in the Music Room
Classroom Management in the Music Room: Pin-Drop Quiet Classes and Rehearsals is a resource vital to any productive music classroom. Designed with simplicity in mind – simple to teach, simple to learn, and simple to administer – this book promotes student-centered self-discipline and turns classroom management into creating music.

Don’t Forget These!
Handy Manual Fingering Charts
Complete Instrumental Reference Guide

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Creative Programming Choices: College Choir 02 August, 2017

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

One of my favorite parts of going to music conventions (think ACDA, OMEA, and the like) is seeing the choral performances; not only are so many of the performing choirs fabulous, but their directors often have found creative repertoire choices that showcase the choirs’ skill sets in a memorable way. Additionally (though I’m sure you know this already) repertoire selection is one of the most important tasks that we choral directors take on, and I know we’re always looking for that next concert closer, or the perfect fit to the performance theme, or the next piece that will have the audience talking about it long after the performance is over.

Whether you are looking for a creative piece to incorporate in your choir’s repertoire for a conference performance, or just looking for something in a style that is a little more off the beaten path, we have found four pieces that stood out to us amidst the new compositions that we think could bring the house down for your concert.

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

Kaisa-Isa Niyan.jpgKaisa-isa Niyan by Nilo Alcala
Based on a popular children’s chant from the Southern Philippines, this fast, rhythmic piece from Los Angeles-based Filipino composer Nilo Alcala is sure to impress your audience. Challenging because of both rhythm and modality, the piece treats the voice in an almost “instrumental” fashion to start, establishing the tone of the piece with a driving ostinato pattern, contrasted by the soaring soprano line that follows. The piece concludes with rhythmic stomping, clapping, and shouting, making the piece even more unique.

Selene's Boat.gifSelene’s Boat by Don Macdonald
Using text by poet Allison Girvan, Don Macdonald’s new composition explores the power of the sea-wayfarer goddess “Selene” and her power to harness the moon’s influence over the tide. The atmospheric nature of the piece is established right away by the pitched percussion accompaniment, originally written for hapi or hang (though marimba, vibraphone, or harp would be excellent substitutes while maintaining the fantasy feel of the composition). The blurring of the rhythmic lines and breathy dissonances also create an ethereal, silvery tone, punctuated by the melody in the alto line.

Stone.jpgStone by Jacob Narverud & Ryan Main
I’m excited every time I see a Jacob Narverud piece cross my desk; he has done a great job of composing and arranging in a wide variety of styles and voicings and has done all of them well. Here, he and fellow American composer Ryan Main have set Robert Bode’s haiku in an “aggressive fusion of choral, electronica, and percussion forces which uses the latest digital sampling and non-traditional percussion effects (water gong, a combine disc blade, bowed crotales, stones, and scraped tam-tam).” The text painting is unmistakable here, as the fire and volcanoes are represented through the driving percussion accompaniment, accented rhythmic figures, and well-placed dissonances, and this would make an incredible opener or closer to your choir’s program.

We would love to hear your thoughts on these pieces, especially if you choose to perform them with your choir! For more information about these pieces and other recommendations, visit our website at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext. 1.

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

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


Choral #FlashbackFriday 28 July, 2017

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

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY
Looking for some quality throwback pieces for your choir? We’re here to help!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
It Had to Be YouIt Had to Be You arr. Greg Gilpin
This classic, first published in 1924 and recorded by a wide variety of artists, is the perfect beginning-of-the-year jazz number for your SATB choir. It features accessible four part writing, a supportive piano accompaniment, and attainable (but still warm and colorful) jazz harmonies.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
A Banana Split for My BabyA Banana Split For My Baby arr. Rosana Eckert
This arrangement of the sweet Louis Prima tune presents the perfect opportunity to introduce and develop the vocal jazz style. The voice-leading has been approached with care, the ranges lie in a comfortable place, both melody and harmony are accessible for young singers, and there is a good blend of unison and part-writing. If you have a young show choir, this would be a fun piece to start off the year!

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
It's Still Rock and Roll to MeIt’s Still Rock and Roll to Me arr. Paul Langford
This Billy Joel piece, considered a rock and roll classic, transfers quite effectively into the choral medium. The feel of the piece is authentic to the original, and it keeps the high energy that the piece is known for. Often in men’s voicings, we’ve found that the melodies can be lost or obscured in the part writing, but that hasn’t happened here, and because of that, in addition to the nice blend of part writing and unison, this piece is one with which your men’s choir can find success.

FOR ELEMENTARY CHOIRS
We'll Meet AgainWe’ll Meet Again arr. Roger Emerson
This charming WWII era piece (recently featured on the last broadcast of the Colbert Report) would make an effective concert closer for your young choir. It utilizes appropriately light, bright ranges, primarily homophonic writing, and the sentiment is lovely (not to mention it provides the perfect opportunity for a little soft shoe).

For more information about these pieces, as well as other recommendations, visit our website or contact the Stanton’s Choral Department at 1-800-42-MUSIC, Ext. 1, or choral@stantons.com. We are excited to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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

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


Composer Profile: Dan Forrest 26 July, 2017

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works Requiem for the Living and Jubilate Deo. Dan’s music has received dozens of awards and distinctions, with premieres in major venues around the world. Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, and pianist.

Dan’s career and compositions are framed by his belief that “All good things, including any beauty that we encounter, are from God, through God, and ultimately to God. All beauty is God’s beauty, wherever it is found.”

The music of Dan Forrest is available through Stanton’s from several publishers, including: Beckenhorst Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Hinshaw. For more information about Dan Forrest and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Good Night Dear Heart, O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, The Work of Christmas, Psalm 8

About the Author:
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.


NEXT WEEK: School Choral Week 2017! 24 July, 2017

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

Mark your calendar for these dates:

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

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

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

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


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 2017 18 July, 2017

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

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

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

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


All Together, SING! 14 July, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

cfn-blb012-fAll Together, SING! by Lon Beery
A new skill building resource developed by Lon Beery, “All Together, Sing!” is invaluable to choral teachers working with changing voices. It provides multiple opportunities to both match pitch and develop the singing independence required for maintaining multiple parts. Grouped by age from younger to older, partner songs in various keys accommodate fluctuating vocal ranges. Voice testing models and other helpful teaching strategies are also included.

Find more choral resources on our website, or contact us for more information – 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.


Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 05 July, 2017

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/5/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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

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


COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 27 June, 2017

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

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

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

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller, Rollo Dilworth, and Mac Huff. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

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

Registration 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!


Composer Profile: Jacob Narverud 19 June, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

JacobNaverudeA relatively new name in the choral world, I’m always excited when I see a new piece from Jacob Narverud come across my desk. I find Jake’s work to be not only creative and interesting for both the ensemble and the audience, but also inherently teachable. The variety of work he produces is also unique in the market – he writes original compositions (like “Sisi Ni Moja”), masterwork editions (like Telemann’s “Ich will den Herrn loben allezeit”), and pop arrangements (like “Dust in the Wind”) with equal facility.

A native of Meriden, Kansas, Narverud studied voice performance at Emporia State University and is currently a doctoral student at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he holds a master’s degree in conducting. With a background in musical theater, instrumental, and choral music, Jake is a sought-after composer and an active guest conductor. As a vocalist, Narverud has performed with the Kansas City Chorale and the Kansas City Symphony as a back-up singer for Ben Folds. He has also been a choir director at both secondary and collegiate levels.

The music of Jake Narverud is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Santa Barbara, G. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Jake and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Sisi Ni Moja, Jambo, I Am, Dixit Dominus, The Weaver, Dust in the Wind, Learning to Love Again

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.


A New Generation of Broadway 16 June, 2017

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

Broadway Musical Magic arr. Mac Huff
We love this newest Broadway medley from Mac Huff because of its quick, no-nonsense transitions, quality part-writing, and full piano accompaniment (which works well on its own if you don’t have a combo for your performance). The medley is divided into three installments as seen below, which allows you flexibility in terms of your programming options.

Section 1: A Musical, Into the Woods, Seize the Day, Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
Section 2: The Song of Purple Summer, Electricity, Seasons of Love
Section 3: Let’s Hang On, Mamma Mia, So Much Better, Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll

Additionally, this medley is the third of its kind by Mac Huff (following “100 Years of Broadway” and “Opening Night”), and the three can be performed consecutively to create a, 84-piece, 90-minute “Broadway in Concert” performance option.

Something Rotten:
Welcome to the Renaissance arr. Mac Huff and A Musical arr. Andy Beck
Something Rotten has a sweet spot in my heart because it was the very first musical I saw in New York City! Because both of these pieces from the show are full chorus numbers, they translate very well from the Broadway stage to the school choral setting.

Welcome to the Renaissance” goes back and forth between swing and fast rock styles and boasts a wide range of funny historical references, which your audience will love (not to mention that they provide cross-curricular information). Because there are so many cheeky moments, there are a number of opportunities to talk about communication through consonants, facial expression, etc, and the harmonies here are rich and satisfying.

A Musical” has that classic Broadway feel (yep, there’s an opportunity for a kick-line), which makes the lyrics, which cleverly poke fun at musical theatre, even more humorous. The entire piece is filled with text painting, offering a variety of avenues to talk about the relationship between music and text.

Hamilton:
My Shot arr. Roger Emerson and Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Over two years after its January 2015 premier, Hamilton is still one of the most sought-after tickets on Broadway. It combines hip hop, rap, and theatre elements to tell the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and because of the variety of styles used, it has an appeal to a wide range of audiences. While I was skeptical of the music from this show (which I love) being turned into a choral arrangement, I think both Emerson and DeSpain did a great job of keeping the integrity of the original pieces when creating these arrangements. If your kids are excited about Hamilton, these are both great options for you!

My Shot” offers a great way to feature students that have the skill to rap, and while the solos are definitely the feature of this piece, the choral parts are solfege-accessible and there are valuable opportunities for rhythm reading here.

Hamilton (Choral Medley)” utilizes the following six pieces from the show: Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, The Room Where It Happens, Helpless, and The Battle of Yorktown. The transitions between each are quick and clean, and because each piece is so different, there are lots of opportunities to talk about the contrast of styles and why Lin-Manuel Miranda chose the styles that he did for each piece.

Waitress:
Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Waitress, with music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, is based on Adrienne Shelly’s film of the same title. It boasts a creative team comprised entirely of women, and has been nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Waitress (Choral Highlights)” uses strong three-part treble writing, accessible ranges, tasteful use of solos, and quality transitions, making it an excellent Broadway option for your women’s chorus. The closing number in particular captures the uplifting tone of the show, and Bareilles’ style is captured beautifully.

Looking ahead?

Dear Evan Hansen:
You Will Be Found arr. Mac Huff
Dear Evan Hansen has been nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and tells the story of high school student Evan Hansen, who struggles with social anxiety and wants nothing more than to fit in. “You Will Be Found” would be a great choice as a senior tribute or spring concert feature:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

For more information about these or other recommendations, visit us at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 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.


COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2017 06 June, 2017

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

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

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

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


Pärt Uusberg and the Music of Estonia 29 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

sczs5l1p.prpEstonian composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg graduated from the class of Heli Jürgenson at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in 2009. In 2014 he received a degree in composition with Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always an active choral singer, he started in the Riinimanda children and youth choirs conducted by his mother Urve Uusberg. Over the years he has also sung in the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, Voces Musicales, and World Youth Choir. (Side note: he may perhaps be better known as an actor in his home country, having appeared in the film The Class).

New from Uusberg this year are these lovely settings of Estonian texts. Warm harmonies and pure vowels lend themselves nicely to choral singing, and IPA guides are included for all three.

leon-00156068-fMuusika (Music) – an incredible poem about the mystery and wonder of music. A dynamic build of sound and tone helps to express the importance of the text. Gorgeous harmonies and solid construction.

Õhtul (Evening) – the poem speaks of evening and of the images we associate with dusk. Tonalities are both familiar and otherworldly.

Valgusele (For Light) – a lovely work that speaks of someone dreaming of the world and of searching for love. Vocal writing is evocative and yet accessible. A chance to focus on the quiet and peacefulness of dreams.

Find more creative programming options 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.


Classic Pops for Guys 26 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

I can always count on Roger Emerson to do a high-quality arranging job, especially on pops titles – and this collection for guys is no exception! Roger keeps the authentic, fun style of each title while also providing excellent teaching opportunities:

leon-503979Classic Pops for Guys arr. Roger Emerson
Develop enthusiasm and skill with this value packed collection for men’s chorus that will add to your repertoire and be fun to rehearse! Includes: “ABC” (The Jackson 5), “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Tokens), “Man in the Mirror” (Michael Jackson), “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (Curtis Lee), “Silhouettes” (The Rays).

Find more fun pops for guys’ ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information – 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.


SUPER SESSION is Coming Soon! 23 May, 2017

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/5/2017, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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

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