News & Views Thursday, December 14, 2017

Category: Staff Picks

Ken’s 10: New Pieces for HS Concert Band 14 December, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The first Ken’s 10 post featured my 10 favorite new titles from our 2017 Signature Selections for Young Band.  It only makes sense to follow it up with my 10 favorites from our Signature Selections for High School Band.  Like the first post, these are unranked.  While most of them are programmatic, there is also a previously unpublished Claude T. Smith march and 3 of them draw from varied influences and sources.  They are pieces that will be fun to play, enjoyable for your audience, and provide some nice choices for select adjudication numbers.  I hope you like them, too.

Across the Great Plains
William Owens – Grade 3.5-4
The awe-inspiring legacy of the Pony Express gallops to life in this thrilling musical tale of one of America’s greatest institutions! Conceived from a single rhythmic motif, this adrenaline-fueled, rhythmically packed work yields heroic melodic statements, brilliant runs and a beautifully contrasting 3/4 section.

The Blue Ridge
arr. Robert Sheldon – Grade 4
The Blue Ridge Mountains have a rich history of folk music handed down by the families of the settlers in this region. Who better than Robert Sheldon to weave a tapestry of four of these wonderful songs into a setting for concert band?  Includes the spirited (and syncopated) Jack-a-Roe; the haunting Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies in a subtle call-and-response; the very popular Tom Dooley (watch those meters!); and a lush setting of the beautiful Barbara Allen.

Der Lehrmeister
Robert Sheldon – Grade 3.5
Don’t shy away from this title.  Translated from German as “The Master Teacher” and written in a style reminiscent of Richard Strauss, Der Lehrmeister was commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association in memory of Jack Crew, one of the all-time great teachers and musicians in the world band music.  Robert Sheldon has crafted a wonderfully authentic, sophisticated homage to German symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Dos Danzas Latinas
Andre Waignein – Grade 3.5
Want something different?  This dramatic, Latin dance style work is a guaranteed sonic palette cleanser!  Based on a habanera rhythm, the opening features oboe (cued in clarinet) and flute in a reminiscent dialogue. As the music builds, it accelerates into a wild and exciting rumba that drives to a fiery finish.

Fable
Erik Morales – Grade 3
Fable was inspired by ancient collections of children’s stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  Broad, memorable themes jump off the page along with an energetic rhythmic pulse that propels the narrative forward. The music maintains a veil of darkness and intrigue that will capture the imagination of the listener from start to finish, and your students will love its awesome, epic soundtrack quality!

Honor Guard March
Claude T. Smith – Grade 3.5
Traditional in all the best ways!  Previously unpublished, Honor Guard March was composed by Claude T. Smith in 1959 while he was teaching in Cozad, NE. Premiered in 1961and written in traditional form, this march contains a contemporary flair and sound that is unique to Smith’s distinctive style, and features an unusual meter shift from 6/8 to cut-time at the trio.  A wonderful addition to your school band library!

The Lost Temple
Jared Barnes – Grade 3
The Lost Temple captures the intrigue of ancient legends, lost treasures, and adventures into the unknown. A quiet, mysterious theme opens the piece (with just a hint of Indiana Jones!), eventually giving way to a rhythmic adventure theme. A sense of calm and wonder emerges as dangers reveal themselves amid flowing musical lines. A triumphant flourish ends the musical journey.  This title is on the 2018 Ohio High School Class A list.

Rise of the Silver City
Rossano Galante – Grade 4.5
There’s a reason why Rossano Galante is among my favorite band composers, and Rise of the Silver City is a great example.  Brass flourishes, lyrical woodwinds, and stately themes lead to a heroic climax in this work full of the orchestral soundtrack qualities that are his hallmarks – if you close your eyes you can see the closing credits.  Sure to be a piece your students are most excited about!

Soaring
Naoya Wada – Grade 3.5
Open your concert program by lifting off with this lofty work that lives up to its title!  Memorable, soaring melodies, upper woodwind obbligati (fingers are flyin’), and traditional A-B-A form set the stage for this exhilarating opener. The flowing middle section unfolds in an uplifting way through two key changes, before ascending back to full flight and soaring through the exuberant ending.

Vanguard
Chris M. Bernotas – Grade 3.5
Vanguard is an exciting and energetic piece that shifts between dynamic brass fanfare gestures, flourishes, and sweeping melodic lines.  All sections have a chance to shine on this attention-getting concert opener that starts big and bold and somehow manages to build to an ecstatic finish.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  He is excited to add Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ It’s a Holiday Soul Party to his Christmas rotation this year (on vinyl, of course!).  8 Days (of Hanukkah) and Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects fills your stocking with funky goodness, Silent Night is simply gorgeous, and White Christmas is flat out smokin’!


Sacred Choral Clinic in ONE MONTH 13 December, 2017

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346With Christmas around the corner it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 13th 2018, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 13th, 2018
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 13th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Prep for Summer Jazz Festivals 08 December, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

It may be cold outside, but this is the time of year to think about all of the upcoming spring and summer jazz festivals. Here is our list of classic showstoppers guaranteed to make a lasting impression!

sierra-smp240-fBig Swing Face by Bill Potts, Grade 5
This is the real thing, as written for and recorded by the Buddy Rich Band on the Big Swing Face CD. It is a medium-up swing chart that provides plenty of solo space for alto sax (al la Ernie Watts), piano (a la Ray Starling) and trumpet (a la Bobby Shew). Features a terrific saxophone section soli. Buddy’s band played this one a lot! Big Band Swing at its best!

Computer by Bob Mintzer, Grade 4.5
As recorded by the Bob Mintzer Big Band on Incredible Journey, a recurring melodic motif, driving funk groove, and fully-voiced harmonic landscape give this chart real substance and audience appeal. Solos are assigned to alto and tenor sax, and paying very careful attention to articulations throughout will yield best results. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

alfred-jlcm01005-fSuch Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, Grade 5
Warner Bros. Publications is proud to present this important series, Jazz at Lincoln Center Library. Each selection was selected by the Center’s musical director, Wynton Marsalis. Each transcription is direct from the recordings of the immortal Duke Ellington, and they are not only authentic, they are perfect for your jazz ensemble. Features information about the original recording, rehearsal notes from Jon Faddis and Brent Wallarab, and performance suggestions from Wynton Marsalis. These classic tunes represent jazz at its finest!

Blue Rondo a la Turk by Dave Brubeck/arr. Kris Berg, Grade 5
A show-stopping tour de force! Dave Brubeck’s fabulous tune from his classic quartet album Time Out. Arranger Kris Berg worked hard on this chart to capture the essence of Brubeck. The meter changes from 9/8 to 12/8 Afro-Cuban groove with the Brubeck rhythm patterns. Solo space for alto 1, trumpet 2 and drums. Lead trumpet goes up to high C. This is an exceptional chart for concert or festival!

barn-036-0279-00a-fOpen Wide by Don Ellis/arr. Bob Lowden, Grade 5.5
This incredible Don Ellis chart was the highlight of his best-selling ‘Live At Montreux’ Album. Intense jazz samba that features the trumpet…naturally!

Satin Doll arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 5.5
This is the authentic Nestico arrangement as recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra! Opening with a piano introduction, this medium swing chart progresses through statements by the saxes, expertly woven brass figures, and shouting ensemble sections. Includes solo space for trumpet, tenor and piano. This definitive version is a masterpiece of arranging craftsmanship!

kendor-4500-fBig Dipper by Thad Jones, Grade 4.5
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on Central Park North (Solid State #18058), this classic swinger is a winning mix of solo-with-rhythm-section and full-band passages. Designated soloists include piano, trumpet and tenor, with the drummer taking a solo just before the final four bars. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Modern Worship Christmas for Guitar 06 December, 2017

44744recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The collection “Modern Worship Christmas for Guitar” includes 20 songs that are new to the Christmas repertoire since the year 2000, including “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas)” by Hillsong; “Hallelujah” by Darlene Zschech; “How Many Kings” by Downhere, and “Joseph’s Lullaby” by MercyMe. The guitar parts are written out both in tablature and note, the words and vocal parts are all written out, and there are also some cues for keyboard – perfect for a praise band to use! It’s not so easy to find this many new songs in one collection, so check it out!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. For this holiday season, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


World Music for the Elementary Classroom 04 December, 2017

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

Folksong Partners Around the WorldFolksong Partners Around the World arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
Here are more flexible folksongs to introduce young singers to beginning part-singing and experience a variety of world cultures. The reproducible singer songsheets feature each folksong and its partner on separate pages for a variety of teaching options. Teach these world folksongs in the lower grades. When singers are ready, teach the partner songs, and add twelve more songs to their singing repertoire. For further challenge, “partner them up” for twelve more performance options! A helpful teaching sequence and extension activities are also included. Accompany your singers live with simple piano parts in the printed collection, or use quality performance/accompaniment MP3 recordings available via audio access in the Performance Kit.

Fresh new originals partnered with these world folksongs: Ging Gang Goolie, Tum Balalaika, Andale Juana, Sansa Kroma, Haru Ga Kita, Old Dan Tucker, Sarasponda, Ma Bella Bimba, and more! Suggested for grades 1-6.

Kalani's World RhythmsKalani’s World Rhythms by Kalani Das
Energize your classroom with traditional World Music! From the simplest of rhythm patterns to beautiful melodies and rich harmonies, there’s a part to play for every student as they explore authentic songs and rhythms. Easy-to-play drumming arrangements place success and fun within reach of every student. Kalani is your guest instructor! Authentic techniques and rhythms for a range of drums and percussion instruments are demonstrated via downloadable video and audio recordings, bringing Kalani’s expertise right into your classroom. PDF scores of each song provide piano and Orff instrument parts and every song is suitable for ukuleles and other common chording instruments. Students will love the upbeat rhythms.

No drums? No problem. Alternative instrumentation is provided and the included accompaniment recordings make it easy to perform without any instruments. Each song tells a story that can be used to prompt creative movement, foster teamwork and build character. Kalani gives you ways to bring out the best in your students – including special learners. Video segments include: instruction for every drum and percussion instrument, layering in of all rhythm parts for each song, and how to teach rhythms using PUPS (Pulse Under Pattern Sequence). Audio includes: full performance recordings, accompaniment recordings, and layering in of rhythm parts for each song.

Songs include: Baiana, Kakilambe, Moribayasa, Paranaue, Tambor, and Zun Zun. Suggested for grades 4-8.

More Children of the WorldMore Children of the World by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
These authentic folk songs from around the globe are arranged especially for 2-part voices, creating an amazing international field trip through nine countries on four continents! Information on the Fun Fact pages provides a fascinating look at world cultures and doubles as flexible narration for a 30-minutes multicultural music program. The Enhanced CD includes reproducible student song sheets, background pages, and cover art. Combine with the original “Children of the World” for an additional nine countries. Recommended for grades three and up.

For more information about these and other products, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext 1. We are happy to help you with all of 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 professional choral singer and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Recorder Resources for the Classroom 27 November, 2017

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

lorenz-5135471Recorder Monster by Mari Schay
Step inside a world of silly lyrics, happy monsters, and rigorous music instruction with this fun and easy-to-use recorder curriculum. Each unit begins with a monster-narrated lesson and a “monster mantra” that reinforces the unit s central skill. Warm-up exercises provide engaging activities to strengthen new notes and rhythms, and recorder repertoire based on traditional songs with silly monster lyrics increases student buy-in. You and your students can visit recordermonster.com to access Recorder Monster resources in or out of the classroom, including demonstration and accompaniment tracks and notated music for all of the songs. Get students excited about their successes with collectible Recorder Monster trading cards that they earn by playing. The teacher book contains printable versions of every poster, monster card, student page, and visual aid you will need. Pre-printed poster packs, trading cards, student books, and an interactive software package are available separately.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellows
A young musician’s first introduction to jazz can be a powerful experience. This book makes jazz accessible to beginning recorder players by giving straightforward instruction on jazz concepts before each piece. A piano accompaniment includes more extensive jazz music to make the recorder player a part of an authentic jazz experience. The CD also includes backing tracks with piano and other instruments appropriate for each song. Most songs use only the natural notes on the recorder, with a few instances of F-sharp and B-flat.

Find more resources for teaching recorder on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Violin Christmas Solos 24 November, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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Two special collections come to mind when I think of Christmas music for violin. The first is a volume of lovely violin solos from Mel Bay Publications, Christmas Melodies for Violin Solo by Craig Duncan. There are 14 Christmas pieces for violin solo with piano accompaniment included, written mostly in first and third positions and suitable for intermediate to advanced players. “Carol of the Bells” sparkles as it goes through first, third and fifth positions; the lyrical “Gesu Bambino” may just tempt you to get up and waltz; and the rest of the pieces are no less appealing!

For earl99639bcdier level players, Mel Bay offers My Very Best Christmas arranged and edited by Karen Khanagov. It’s a collection of 17 pieces with the choice of violin solo or duet for each piece, as well as a piano accompaniment or CD to play along with. The CD is great to use in performance, or at home to experiment with improvisation.

Whether you play for others or for your own enjoyment, either collection is a delight to play from! For more information about these selections or similar offerings, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


NEW Contemporary A Cappella 22 November, 2017

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

alfred-514467Standing Outside the Fire arr. Bryan Sharpe
With changing choral textures supporting a soloist, the rhythmic drive of this Garth Brooks hit works perfectly for pop a cappella groups.

Try Everything arr. Paul Langford
Here is a happy a cappella setting of the upbeat song from the Disney animated film “Zootopia,” reminding us to “Don’t give up! Don’t give in!” A super concert feature, this positive message will give your singers encouragement to work hard and keep trying, no matter what.

Uptown Funk arr. Deke Sharon
Now available for a cappella groups in a fun arrangement, this #1 hit features an absolutely irresistible groove that your audiences will love!

leon-516337I Lived arr. Deke Sharon
A Cappella groups will enjoy performing this song by OneRepublic, with an uplifting and universal message and all the energy and excitement of the original!

Jolene arr. Mark Brymer
In 2016 Dolly Parton and Pentatonix released a vocals-only version of Dolly’s famous 1973 hit, generating much interest. Choirs will enjoy performing this edition with optional rhythm section support or a cappella.

Light in the Hallway arr. Jacob Narverud
This tender, original ballad from pop a cappella superstars Pentatonix, is now available for SATBB choir! Close harmonies support the melody as it deftly weaves between voice parts. Beautifully shaped phrases lend themselves well to expressive singing.

Thinking Out Loud arr. Deke Sharon
Feature your best soloists with this 2015 chart-topper by Ed Sheeran. This a cappella setting has a heartwarming message that will captivate everyone!

Don’t miss the brand new resource A Cappella Warm Ups for Pop & Jazz Choirs as well – it’s full of GREAT information about teaching your singers to sing in all styles (classical/pop/jazz/Broadway/etc), as well as perfect warm ups for building skills in the areas of rhythm, tone, syllable production, intervals, dynamics, and more!

Need more suggestions? Contact us! And, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


The Cantolopera Collection 20 November, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

The Cantolopera series from Ricordi is a unique and exciting series designed to give you the chance to learn some of the greatest arias of the opera tradition with full orchestral backing tracks. Cantolopera proposes a totally new way to approach the new opera repertoire; versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, student, or opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains a piano and vocal score, the complete lyrics of the arias, plus a short summary and background information on the orchestra and performers. An excellent rehearsal tool, or the ideal way to introduce your voice to the wonders and rigors of the opera.

The newest editions in the Cantolopera series are perfect for building a library of opera repertoire for studio study or professionals in the field:

leon-519091Soprano: MOZART: Non mi dir, bell’idol mio (Don Giovanni) • DONIZETTI: Piangete voi? – Al dolce guidami castel nation (Anna Bolena) • BELLINI: Ah! non credea mirarti (La sonnambula) • BELLINI: Casta diva (Norma) • BELLINI: Qui la voce sua soave – Vien, diletto (I Puritani) • VERDI: Tacea la notte placida – Di tale amor (Il trovatore) • VERDI: E strano! e strano – Sempre libera (La traviata) • GOUNOD: Il etait un Roi de Thule – Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle (Faust) • VERDI: Tu che le vanita (Don Carlo) • VERDI: O terra, addio (Aida) • PUCCINI: Se come voi piccina io fossi (Le Villi) • PUCCINI: Vissi d’arte (Tosca) • PUCCINI: Quando me’n vo (La boheme)

leon-519089Mezzo-Soprano: GLUCK: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) • MOZART: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Voi che sapete (Le nozze di Figaro) • ROSSINI: Di tanti palpiti (Tancredi) • ROSSINI: Cruda sorte! (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Mura felici – Elena! oh tu, che chiamo! (La donna del lago) • BELLINI: Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) • DONIZETTI: O mio Fernando! (La favorita) • MEYERBEER: Ah! mon fils, sois beni! (Le Prophete) • GOUNOD: Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust) • THOMAS: Connais-tu le pays? (Mignon) • GOUNOD: Depuis hier – Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle (Romeo et Juliette) • BIZET: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen) • SAINT-SAENS: Printemps qui commence (Samson et Dalila)

leon-519090Tenor: MOZART: Dalla sua pace (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Il mio Tesoro intanto (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Un’aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte) • ROSSINI: Ecco ridente in cielo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • DONIZETTI: Quanto e bella (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Una furtive lagrima (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Spirto gentil (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Ah! mes amis – Pour mon ame (La Fille du regiment) • DONIZETTI: Sogno soave e casto (Don Pasquale) • DONIZETTI: Povero Ernesto! – Cerchero lontana terra (Don Pasquale) • VERDI: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) • GOUNOD: Salut! Demeur caste et pure (Faust) • MEYERBEER: Pays merveilleux (L’Africaine) • BIZET: La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Carmen) • VERDI: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola (Falstaff) • PUCCINI: Che gelida manina (La boheme) • PUCCINI: Avete torto! – Firenze e come un albero fiorito (Gianni Schicchi)

leon-519092Baritone: ROSSINI: Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Resta immobile, e ver la terra (Guglielmo Tell) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Cruda, funesta smania (Lucia di Lammermoor) • BELLINI: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (I Puritani) • DONIZETTI: Vien Leonora, a’ piedi tuoi (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Gioco dir ea fortuna – O Lisbona, alfin ti miro (Don Sebastiano) • VERDI: Gran Dio! – Oh de’ verd’anni miei (Ernani) • VERDI: Pieta, rispetto, amore (Macbeth) • VERDI: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) • VERDI: Sacra la scelta e d’un consorte – Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto (Luisa Miller) • VERDI: Di Provenza il mar, il suol (La traviata) • BIZET: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre – Toreador, en garde! (Carmen) • PONCHIELLI: Pescator, affonda l’esca (La Gioconda) • LEONCAVALLO: Si puo?… – Un nido di memorie (Pagliacci) • LEONCAVALLO: Scuoti, o vento (La boheme) • LEONCAVALLO: Zaza, piccolo zingara (Zaza)

leon-519093Bass: PERGOLESI: Son imbrogliato io gia (La serva padrona) • MOZART: Aprite un po’ quegli occhi (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Madamina! il catalogo e questo (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: In diesen heil’gen Hallen (Die Zauberflote) • ROSSINI: Gia d’insolito ardore (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: La calunnia e un venticello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Io! Medaglie incomparabili (Il viaggio a Reims) • BELLINI: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni (La sonnambula) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • BELLINI: Cinta di fiori (I Puritani) • VERDI: Uldino! Uldin! – Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima (Attila) • VERDI: Studia il passo, o mio figlio! – Come dal ciel precipita (Macbeth) • VERDI: O tu Palermo, terra adorata (I vespri siciliani) • VERDI: Il lacerate spirito (Simon Boccanegra) • GOUNOD: Vous qui faites l’endormie (Faust) • VERDI: Ella giammai m’amo (Don Carlo)

About the Author:
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.


Choral Music from HAMILTON 17 November, 2017

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

6358377242196606171841502652_55f72d3f81c0c2a86eeb2dda_hamilton-poster“Hamilton” continues it’s popularity as a driving force in the theatrical world, even over two years after the Broadway opening. With extended runs currently in Chicago and opening soon in the West End, plus a second national tour starting in 2018 – and talks of a future film adaptation!! – now is a great time to incorporate this fantastic music and historic storytelling into your choral program.

alfred-511029Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley is sure to make a big impression! There’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

My Shot
In this stand-out selection from the show, the lead characters lay out their plans for victory, despite their personal hardships. Packed with intense hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, there are plenty of opportunities to feature soloists and small groups, while the full choir joins in on the infectious and driving chorus.

[NOTE: There are two arrangements of “My Shot” available: by Roger Emerson (SATB, SAB, SSA, and TTB) and by Alan Billingsley (SATB, SAB, SSA). They are VERY similar in the choral parts, solos, and piano accompaniment, and are both very authentic to the original number as performed in the show. Both have accompaniment CDs available, but only the Emerson arrangement has instrumental combo parts.]

alfred-514355Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Contact us for more programming ideas, 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.


NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 15 November, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Some much jazz and so little time!!! That’s why The Jazz Guy at Stanton’s has slogged through the quagmire of new jazz music and selected the very best for teaching as well as performing. Whether it’s a ballad featuring your hot tenor player or the latest samba, we’ve done the legwork for you. Still unsure? We can send up to 6 choice selections to you on a 21-Day trial to read with your band. Instrumentation not the greatest but you have advanced players? The Jazz Guy knows that you still need to present them with challenging music. Check out the Little Big Band Series. Real music for real players!

leon-07012982-fMr. Funkyman! by Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Every band needs a good funk chart to add to its festival or concert repertoire and Mr. Funkyman! from Mark Taylor is sure to fit the bill. Using a moderate tempo, the rhythm section churns throughout as the brass and saxes provide powerful riffs and punches. This is also a rare chance for your guitarist to turn loose on a solo!

One for Daddy-O by Nat Adderley/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
This minor blues was written by Nat Adderley for Chicago DJ, Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie and was first heard on Cannonball Adderley’s seminal album, “Somethin’ Else.” This well-crafted arrangement swings just like the original, and includes a flexible solo section for any soloist. Written-out bass lines and piano voicings are included as well as chord/scale sheets in all keys. Highly recommended!

leon-07012918-fThe Sweetest Sounds arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Although originally composed for the 1962 musical No Strings, this Richard Rodgers song has become a familiar standard often recorded by jazz artists. Beautifully arranged here as a solo vehicle for alto sax, Mark Taylor’s setting in a moderate samba groove features the soaring lyricism of the original melody along with plenty of spots for the full ensemble to shine as well.

New Rhumba by Ahmad Jamal/arr. Erik Morales, Grade 3
Played around 160 BPM, this jazz standard was originally recorded by Miles Davis and has now been arranged by Erik Morales. This superb chart is a funky-swing version to provide a contemporary flavor. Solos are provided for tenor and trumpet 2. Brass ranges are accessible with some great sax section solis. Wonderful chart.

alfred-46163-fThis Can’t Be Love arr. Scott Ragsdale, Grade 3
This hot samba is played around 190–200 BPM. The trombones grab the melody and are featured throughout with written suggested solos for ‘bones 1 and 2. Lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff and the usual optional parts to include vibes.

Acronym Blues by Doug Beach, Medium
Commissioned by friends and colleagues of noted music educator Cliff Kaminsky, this medium level piece is dedicated to his memory. This hard driving shuffle has plenty of ensemble work for everyone and is a perfect choice as an opener or closer. A written or ad lib open solo section for blowing is included, with solo sheets provided for all.

kendor-61165-fEdge of the Earth by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 4
This chart conjures up mental images of driving on a curvy mountain road overlooking a picturesque desert valley. This exciting chart for advancing groups has a driving 12/8 funk feel that is sure to engage your band and audiences with its relentless intensity – but without excessive brass range demands (trumpet: D6 and trombone: G4). The harmonies are sturdy and the melodies are memorable. All instrumental sections have interesting, well-articulated parts and solo space is provided for guitar and piano. A guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Art of the Matter by David Springfield, Grade 4
Inspired by the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, this medium swing original for advancing groups features a combo style melody and a hard-driving rhythmic feel. The written or ad lib solo section can be played by any player, and there is plenty of space for drum fills throughout. Notated piano voicings and bass lines are provided, and a guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Find more repertoire for high school jazz ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Ken’s 10: New Pieces for Young Band 14 November, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Ah, the Top 10 list; tired and overdone yet convenient and ubiquitous, packaging anything you can imagine into digestible groups of information providing variety and selection, but not too much.  To share some of my favorite titles, composers, etc. for concert band (and present them in manageable amounts!), I’ve decided to do an occasional series of personal, unranked Top 10 posts (in spite of them being tired and overdone).  Besides, it rhymes with my name!

My first 10 are from our Signature Selections for Young Band for this year (2017-18).  Yes, there are many more titles that I like and ranked highly.  In fact, I support and like all of our choices, but these are my favorite 10 from the bunch.  They include programmatic pieces, a lyrical work, 2 unique marches, and a wonderful reverent work based on Taps, so there is plenty of variety – almost enough for an entire program.  I know your students will enjoy playing them, and I hope you find some new favorites, too.  Enjoy these awesome titles, and look out for the next post featuring Ken’s 10!

Blaze!
Rob Romeyn – Grade 2
Bold, exciting, and aggressive Blaze! begins with an explosion of sound (and horns!), leading to a memorable syncopated theme. Layered part writing make it sound interesting and mature.  A perfect concert opener!

The Boom-Boom Galop
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 2.5
A humorous circus-style galop with a Germanic sound, this invigorating march takes adrenaline to a whole new level! Contrasting sections punctuated by the humorous “boom-boom” exclamations of the bass drum make for a fun-to-play, seat-of-your-pants experience that is a blast!  Careful with that tempo!

Congolese
William Owens – Grade 2.5
Embark on a beautiful and mysterious musical journey through the African Congo in this refreshing new work! The lively allegro sections and the haunting andante section explore a wide spectrum of sounds and rhythms.  There is plenty of adventure to be had (and playing style and independence to be learned) in this brilliant work by one of my favorite contemporary composers.

Gently, I Wander
Robert Sheldon – Grade 1
For a moment of quiet musical escape during your next performance you can’t do better than Robert Sheldon’s writing. Simple, elegant lines combine with rich harmonies and counterpoint to provide an uplifting moment of repose.  Gorgeous, lyrical, and beautiful!

Marzo Zingaro
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 1.5
Another work of unique style, Marzo Zingaro seeks to portray the image of a lone wanderer, happily marching across the Italian countryside.  It succeeds. The first strain portrays a more daring mood, while the trio and finale portray a happier style while dynamic contrasts and articulation set the style.  Translated as March of the Gypsy, what more needs to be said?

Moai (Song of Ancient Giants)
Michael Sweeney – Grade 1.5
The giant stone statues of Easter Island (known as “Moai”) have long been a source of mystery and wonder. Using hints of Polynesian drumming, haunting ancient-sounding melodies, and pyramid entrances this accessible work for 2nd year players creates a feeling of exotic majesty.

Resplendence
William Owens – Grade 1.5-2
A wonderful band overture that opens with brilliant woodwind passages, colorful percussion and a strong trumpet statement, Resplendence draws inspiration from the music of the early Greek Orthodox Church.  Largely characterized by its brisk, free-flowing quality, the pleasant melody passes through several sections of the ensemble against resplendent variations in tonal color. The music becomes gradually slower and stronger as the ending approaches, yielding a powerful final chord.  A perfect program opener!

Shadow Warriors
Chris M. Bernotas – Grade 1
The mystery of the ninja comes to life in this dramatic piece for young band. Students can create their own adventurous storyline to enhance the strong rhythms and pentatonic sound.  A fellow band director, Chris knows how to create pieces that musically and conceptually are a perfect fit for beginning band!

Tribute for Band
arr. Michael J. Miller – Grade 1
Tribute for Band is a thoughtful patriotic piece based on the famous civil war bugle call “Taps.”  Hints of several well known patriotic melodies are heard in this respectful, moving work designed to pay homage to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  It is also fitting as a tribute to fallen first responders.

Voyage of the Dragon Armada
Timothy Loest – Grade 0.5
Another middle school band director, Tim Loest creates pieces that are great for beginners and always a hit, too! This gripping work depicts the epic voyages of China’s great naval Admiral Zheng He who commanded 250 ships and 28,000 men a century before Columbus set sail for the New World. The captivating pentatonic melody is immersed in vivid orchestration and colorful percussion writing.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, and The Tragically Hip have been in heavy rotation lately.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the 5x Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Ready, Set, Go – ORFF! 13 November, 2017

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

Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, Suzuki, Gordon – there are so many different approaches to teaching music to elementary school students! If you’re specifically looking for resources to support Orff methodology in your classroom, here are some the best new options:

leon-513814It’s a Great Day for Music by Jane Lamb
Suggested for Grades K-5
This inspiring Orff collection is jam-packed with musical creativity for your K-5 Orff classroom. Songs for rhythm speech and exact pitch singing are included and written to teach steady beat, movement and use of barred and non-pitched percussion ostinato. Other teaching highlights include rhythmic and melodic writing for students, improvisation, musical styles and solfege. Think of each piece as a starting point for your students to unleash their creativity!

Full scores, helpful teaching suggestions, lesson objectives and extensions are provided, along with digital access to PDFs of singer songsheets and separate Orff and classroom percussion parts. 23 songs including: Animal Sounds, Beat Bear, Caterpillar Caterpillar, The Color Song, Five Frogs on a Log, Howdy Do, I Like to Go to School, Katy Kangaroo, Pizza, Play Your Name, School Is Cool and more!

leon-510990Ready Set Go Orff! by Cristi Cary Miller & Kathlyn Reynolds
Suggested for Grades 1-3
Are you “ready” for a way to “set” your students up for music success? Well, let’s “go orff!” Using Carl Orff’s approach of sing, say, dance, play, this collection will give you multiple ways to introduce your children to the world of music making. Within the pages of this resource, you will find songs that involve singing games, Orff and unpitched instrumental accompaniments, simple choreography and extension activities. In addition, there are colorful interactive slides to assist in learning and playing games.

The collection features reproducible singer songsheets and step-by-step teaching suggestions for the songs, games and Orff parts. For extra value, projectable, full color song charts are included via digital access and viewed in your browser, so there is no need for special software. Just download the files onto your computer and you’re ready to go! These charts include song lyrics and interactive activities for enhanced learning. Songs include: Name Game, ‘Round the Circle, Pay Allegiance to America, Little Turkey in the Woods, Decorate the Tree, Make New Friends, Do Your Best, We Are Marching, and more!

You can find more Orff methodology resources on our website, or contact us for more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


A Very PTX Christmas 10 November, 2017

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

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! Pentatonix is THE hot a cappella group, and their creative vocal style brings great variety to a holiday choral program. All of these new arrangements are very nicely adapted for high school ensembles – ranges are generally appropriate (basses may stretch a little out of their comfort zones; try adding an electric bass for support, or mic them!), and most can be performed entirely a cappella or with the well-crafted supportive accompaniments.

leon-516423A Pentatonix Christmas (Medley) arr. Mark Brymer
The Pentatonix Christmas albums are among their most popular. This 7.5-minute medley combines four of their recent holiday hits for a wonderful seasonal showcase for pop, jazz and concert choirs. Includes: “Coventry Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays arr. Roger Emerson
From the 2016 album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” the popular vocal group puts their unique stamp on the 1998 holiday song by NSYNC. Recreate the rhythmic groove of this upbeat song a cappella or with the optional rhythm track.

leon-515029New Year’s Day arr. Jacob Narverud
This warm and creative original song comes from the 2015 album release “Pentatonix.” This fantastic arrangement can be done a cappella but allows for optional accompaniment so that choirs can use simple synthesizer, percussion and bass to enhance their performance.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Jacob Narverud
Get into the holiday spirit with this stand-out arrangement which reached No. 2 on Billboard 200. Set a cappella, it includes optional piano accompaniment and percussion making a fresh new take on the timeless carol and sure to be a holiday staple year after year.

Find more holiday pops on our website, 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.


World Music for Orchestra 03 November, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Thinking multicultural for your next string orchestra concert? Consider these top-notch selections! A variety of countries and a span of grade levels are represented in these wonderful world music selections for string orchestra. There are bound to be some that will fit your programming needs and your students’ abilities. These are all pieces that fit the string medium extremely well, and will give your students a taste of music that may not be heard often in this country. That, along with the inclusion of all kinds of musical techniques make them win-win as teaching pieces, plus they make unique concert and festival literature.

grandm-gmmor175-fBrave Spirit by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
Inspired by Adeline Yen Mah’s autobiography “Chinese Cinderella,” this spirited and unique string work incorporates a pentatonic scale to help paint a picture of a young Chinese woman who struggles finding acceptance in a primarily patriarchal society. With your concert master as the protagonist and principal cello as her grandfather, a conversation ensues that evolves into a joyful dance, then the reflection of inner peace that the author strived for. With its powerful story, your students and audience will surely be enthralled.

Hakenbogen Schottisch by Bud Woodruff, Grade 2
Hakenbogen means “hooked bow” and a Schottische is a country dance for partners that probably originated in Bohemia, so there is all kinds of teaching potential with this one. There are two key changes to maneuver and the need to keep the accompaniment pizzicato dynamically under the string bass melody when they actually get it. (Woo-woo basses!) This winner will get toes a-tapping!

master-50250117-fGreen Cello Jig by Lynne Latham & Clarence Barber, Grade 2
Written by well known string pedagogue Lynne Latham with some help from her friend, Clarence Barber, “Green Cello Jig” is in memory of Anne Sellitti, a cellist who played her green carbon-fiber cello all around North Carolina, much to the delight of youngsters and oldsters. In a happy 6/8, it is a first-rate lesson in the rhythms within that time signature as well as hooked bowing. The quirky, chromatic melody is generously shared, but is often in the cellos. It will certainly tickle the ears of your audience with its Celtic twist.

El Condor Pasa arr. Janelle Zook Cunalata, Grade 2.5
Diversify your concert program with this captivating arrangement based on the 1913 Peruvian melody and inspired by traditional Andean mountain music. This arrangement will interest your students as it contains great expressiveness, gorgeous harmonies, a smooth and rustic contrast in the accompaniment, the quotation of the famous “Dies Irae” Gregorian chant, optional solo parts for violin and cello, and a dramatic ending.

wj-3035691-fFinnish Folk Song Suite arr. Francis Caravella, Grade 2
The three songs of the “Finnish Folk Song Suite” were chosen for their common connection to nature. Everyone gets a chance at the melody in this collection of minor key folk songs that are reminiscent of Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” but much easier to play!

Need more creative choices for your string orchestra? Contact us, or visit our website! And as always, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


Thanksgiving Music for Organ 02 November, 2017

recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

As you prepare for upcoming worship services, we recommend two fine collections to celebrate the Autumn festivals:

975360The first is “Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals” by Wilbur Held. There are seven hymn arrangements that cover the Autumn festivals from All Saints’ Day through Thanksgiving. This collection is for an advanced player – the pedal part is busy, and there is plenty of action between the right and left hands, making for interesting and pleasing listening.

10-778The second collection is “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” arranged by Matthew Corl. This contains four Thanksgiving preludes for organ (DIX, KREMSER, NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT, and ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR). Each piece is only two or three pages long, so if you need to play something fairly short, this is perfect!

For more information about these selections or others, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Take a “Journey to the Past!” 01 November, 2017

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

Based on the 1997 film, the Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Now available for choir, these new arrangements feel both warmly nostalgic and creatively fresh:

leon-514932Journey to the Past arr. Audrey Snyder
An uplifting and powerful arrangement, featuring skillful blending of original and new music.

Once Upon a December arr. Audrey Snyder
A beautiful and elegant arrangement of the tender music box song. A perfect “last minute” addition to your December concert!

Find more from the show, including eight new songs written especially for the new Broadway production, in the Vocal Selections folio, or contact us for more programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 1-2 30 October, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Looking for young string orchestra repertoire to buoy your students and your audience? Here is a wide variety of outstanding original music that will not only provide a lift at your concerts, but will also offer innumerable teaching opportunities as well as interesting parts for every section of your young string orchestra.

cfn-bas75-fRays of Light by George Sweet, Grade 1
If you have one of those young middle school groups that seems to latch on to new concepts easily, you should consider this subtle selection that will make them sound mature beyond their years. There are occasional dissonances that pop out much like the Rays of Light after a dark storm that they are representing. Several of the phrases end in ritardandos, with the next phrase starting at a different tempo from the previous one, which also makes the music sound very “grown up.” While technically easy (nothing faster than eighth notes) the weaving of all the parts, which are equally necessary, gives it some musical muscle, to which your students and audience will positively respond.

Air of Nobility by James Swearingen, Grade 1
A very easy yet majestic concert opener with a big fanfare that brings it in and takes it out, Air of Nobility passes the melody from first violin to cello to second violin (wow!) with plenty of support from the rest of the group. There are lots of teaching opportunities, with a style change between the fanfare and the ceremonial processional march, double upbows, the difference between marcato and legato and the meaning of Maestoso.

barn-arc-7051-00-fSoar with the Dragons by Rob Romeyn, Grade 0.5
Your beginners will really latch on to this dragon fantasy, which is right in their reading/video game wheelhouse. They will get to dig into the string, learn double upbows and begin to conquer “hairpin” dynamics up and down. Add the optional triangle and gong, if you can, to really capture the soaring quality and aggressive sound will surely be impressive to their audience on an early concert.

Northern Lights by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 1.5
You can always count on Alan Lee Silva to provide a picturesque portrait of whatever he chooses to write about, in this case the mysterious Aurora Borealis. Using a call and response device, he keeps everyone involved in the flow of the piece, and when the dynamics are closely followed it is quite effective. There is give and take with tempos and styles which will add maturity to the sound of your young group as well.

master-50250113-fCat, Dancing by Bud Woodruff, Grade 1.5
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 30% of homes have cats, so a lot of people will be able to relate to the notion of a cat dancing. With pouncing pizzicato in the accompaniment and interesting turns in the melody, all parts are important as your students maneuver 2/2 time (start in 4, then move to cut time) left hand pizzicato (not always on open strings!) and half position in the violas. Cat, Dancing is clever and contagious, intriguing and beguiling.

A New Dawn by Lorri Baum, Grade 2
There is so much negativity in the world, that this upbeat paean of positivity could be a breath of fresh air at your next concert. Celebrating new life, new growth and new beginnings, it is also a musical lesson in keeping the arpeggiated accompaniments quieter than the melody (which is shared liberally) incorporating syncopation (usually in unison rhythms) and introducing A#. Plus it should leave a smile on everyone’s face!

fjh-st6434-fIntrada by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
Brian Balmages has really made a name for himself as a writer of unique, intriguing, outstanding pieces at any grade level. Without being too technically difficult, Intrada sounds a whole lot harder than it is. Feeling the pulse through regular meter changes and accents, your students will get a big sound with the terraced dynamics and various textures as sections are added and subtracted. It’s bright and contemporary with great momentum.

To Catch a Pickpocket by Chandra Lind, Grade 1
This engaging, minor key piece by new composer Lind spins an intriguing musical story of a cat-and-mouse game between a very clever pickpocket and the new inspector in town. In a fugue-like middle section, the two characters engage in a lively chase. This well-written, very approachable musical tale is sure to enthrall your students!

alfred-45860-fMidnight Adventure by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
This contemporary work paints a musical picture of a late-night outdoor escapade using flowing melodies soaring over rich harmonies and driving rhythmic figures. Perfect as an opening or closing selection, it also correlates to Sound Innovations Book 2, Level 2.

Pieces of Eight by Richard Meyer, Grade 2
Look no further for the perfect piece to introduce your students to 6/8 meter! This cool-sounding, minor-key jig uses only three basic 6/8 rhythms to give your students the confidence they need to navigate a too-often neglected time signature. Pieces of Eight gives every section a turn at the fun and catchy melody while the repeated patterns in the accompaniments will reinforce students’ reading of the new rhythms.

Check them out at stantons.com, and pick your favorites for upcoming concerts, festivals and adjudications!

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.


“The World for Christmas” 27 October, 2017

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

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
chorgd-cge163-fDing! Dong! Merrily On High arr. Mark Burrows
The joyful, rhythmic feel of this vibrant arrangement of the 16th century French tune features the clever use of ding, dong, merrily motives which are playfully sprinkled through the piece in all parts. A slightly slower, legato middle section provides a unique and interesting contrast. Whether it’s performed as an opener, closer, or encore, your singers and audiences will enjoy this fresh setting that joyfully conveys the vitality and anticipation of the season.

Patapan Fantasia arr. Audrey Snyder
This whirlwind setting of the dance-like French carol will fill your performance venue with a spirit of joy and jubilation! Ideal for madrigal groups, pop/jazz groups and concert choirs, your singers will welcome the challenge! With piano or opt. a cappella.

leon-510491Season of Light by Jacob Narverud
Written to invoke the feeling of a simple, old-fashioned holiday carol or hymn. This brief, two-verse tune invites all people to bring to mind thoughts and remembrances of the season and to reflect on this meaningful time of year.

Zumba, Zumba arr. Mark Burrows
What a find! This traditional Spanish Christmas carol works so well with a cappella voices. Finger cymbals, tambourine, and bongos add a zesty accompaniment to the exuberant yet sensible, rhythmic yet readable voice parts. A standout selection and a refreshing change of pace for holiday performances!

Swingin’ Saint Nick! arr. Greg Gilpin
Sweet harmonies and syncopated swing rhythms make for a fantastically fun arrangement of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” that is equally appropriate for jazz, show, and concert groups. The optional SoundPax or SoundTrax CD will bring a 40s feel to your holiday performance. Perfect with choreography, Santa hats, and smiles!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-511757Winter Sky by Eric Tsavdar/arr. Roger Emerson
Imagine yourself a star in the winter sky! This gentle pop-style piece draws on imagery of the December night with the constellations above and the snow-covered ground below. A wonderful selection for younger choirs’ winter programming!

On This Winter Night arr. Becki Slagle Mayo
Opening in unison and developing with more independent choral parts and enhanced by optional percussion, this creative, forward-moving setting of the traditional Russian folk song “Minka” is perfect for middle school choirs. An effective and entertaining school-friendly Christmas selection!

Wenceslas Canon arr. Andy Beck
Words from the English carol, “Good King Wenceslas” are set to the melody of “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home.” Canonic writing ensures success, and the stately walking tempo suggests a processional. A light percussion accompaniment (including handbells or Orff instruments) adds a Renaissance feel. Ideal for developing choirs!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
gia-wrg1028-fThe World for Christmas by Anders Edenroth
This unique work for the Christmas season expresses concern for the future of our planet through the voice of a child. A beautiful SSAA version of this best-selling song from The Real Group.

Longing for Spring by Ruth Elaine Schram
Superb writing for women’s voices will bring out the best from your singers with lovely musical lines that support an introspective, allegorical text about the hope and promise the change of seasons brings to our lives. “A tiny bloom is hidden deep beneath the snow … but within its stem is the need to grow … and the freedom that its blossoming will bring.”

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
We Wish You a Merry Christmas arr. Kirby Shaw
This joyful a cappella arrangement is set in a two-beat style that will be a total blast to rehearse and perform. Easily learned, it will be a great addition to holiday concerts, caroling and community performances.

Find more holiday selections for choirs on our website, check out our Virtual Workshop, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Organ Music for Veterans Day 26 October, 2017

701398Veterans Day is probably on your mind already – may we suggest two collections of patriotic pieces to celebrate this national holiday?

The first is “Let Freedom Ring” arranged by Carol  M. Johnson. This collection includes ten patriotic organ solos suitable for Veterans Day or any patriotic holiday. An especially nice arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Lani Smith is in this collection.

The second collection is “An American Tribute” arranged by Robert J. Powell. This includes five suites of patriotic tunes, plus reproducible optional trumpet parts. This collection is suitable for any patriotic holiday as well. Both collections have interesting pedal parts for the organ.

For more information about these collections or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!