News & Views Thursday, March 05, 2015

Category: Staff Picks

Today is Purim! 05 March, 2015

00-42662And, pray tell, what is Purim?  It is a fun holiday when the Jewish people remember how Queen Esther went boldly to her husband the king to tell him how one of the court officials, Haman, was plotting against the Jews to kill them.  The king didn’t like the idea, and stopped Haman. (For the whole story, read the book of Esther.)  If you are Jewish, you already know and love this holiday. There are games and feasting, and the story of Esther is read.  When Haman’s name is read, everyone uses noisemakers to drown out his name.  Children dress up like different characters in the story. “Top Requested Jewish Holiday Songs” includes five Purim songs, “Haman, a Wicked Man”, and “Chag Purim” among them.  There are eight songs for Chanukah, and six songs for Passover. For more information about this collection of sheet music or other types of holiday song books, 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!


Spring Session a Smashing Success! 04 March, 2015

On Saturday Februarspring-piano-music-269x300y 28th, Stanton’s Sheet Music hosted our third annual FREE Spring Choral Reading Session for area teachers and college music majors. Our attendees gathered in the James E. Strouse Workshop Hall with our clinicians Jen Sper, Joyce Stonebraker and Rachel Steele, School Choral Music specialists at Stanton’s, for a wonderful morning of spring concert and graduation music – and breakfast treats! What a great way to welcome the end of the school year!

Did you miss out on the session? Never fear! Here are just a few of our favorite pieces that were featured:
For graduation: Things That Never Die by Victor C. Johnson
For high school choirs: We Sing by Brian Tate
For college choirs: Four Choral Critters by Christine Donkin
For women’s choirs: Msilale Wanawake by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
For men’s choirs: Seize the Day arr. Kirby Shaw

For more titles featured on the clinic, check out Stanton’s Virtual Workshop! You’ll be able to preview full octavos with audio demonstrations, as well as video footage from the session. You can also find all of our Spring Choral suggestions here, or contact us for more information.


Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2015 03 March, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

Church of God arr. Bill Ingram
This strong and dynamic arrangement expertly weaves together the hymn tunes AURELIA and ST. THOMAS, making it a perfect choice for worship services throughout the church year.

Reproducible Rings II arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these eight hymn settings by Lloyd Larson are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “reproducible” collection from Agape.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
This tasteful arrangement reminds us of the peace that we receive when we learn to trust in Jesus. The melody sings over the driving accompaniment, and extended techniques, optional handchimes, and bell changes combine to add additional value to this elegant arrangement.

Two Hymns of Faith and Praise arr. Bill Ingram
Included in this set of two hymns for developing ringers are “Faith of Our Fathers” and “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Ringers will have an opportunity to be introduced to 3/2 meter in “Come, Thou Fount…” as they continue their musical development.

The Alfred Essential Handbell Library, Volume One by Anna Laura Page
Truly an essential addition to your handbell library! Compiled by veteran handbell composer/arranger Anna Laura Page, this budget-stretching 100% reproducible collection contains best-selling arrangements from today’s leading handbell arrangers.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer Fry 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.


Recruitment for Orchestra 02 March, 2015

Recommended by Dan Clark, Orchestra Specialist

School orchestra directors,  it’s time to think about programming your recruitment concerts for your elementary school students!  Here are some new and standard pieces you should consider for recruiting that are easy to work up for your high school string orchestra and will be exciting and enthralling to your elementary prospects.

STRING SECTION FEATURES

who's who41271 – Who’s Who? - by Richard Meyer
An introduction to the String Orchestra

SO235C – Wire Choir Workoutby Richard Stephan
Every section gets the spotlight

5625 – Serendipity Suiteby Richard Meyer
Shows the unique quality of each instrument

MOVIE MUSIC

happy for strings43769 – Everything is Awesome -arr. Ralph Ford

NEW from the Lego Movie

04491408 – Happyarr. Larry Moore
04491446 – Happyarr. Robert Longfield
NEW from Despicable Me 2

04491404 – Let It Goarr. Larry Moore
04491410 – Let It Goarr. Robert Longfield
04491412 – Music from Frozen - arr. Robert Longfield
from Disney’s Frozen

SOM01010 – Themes from Harry Potter - arr. Paul Cook

NOVELTIES

prelude to the afternoon on a farm20795 – One-Bow Concertoby Richard Meyer
Pass the bow among your principal players

31583 – Prelude to the Afternoon on a Farmarr. Bob Phillips
Famous classical and folk melodies with an animal twist

BAS38 – Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite - by Joseph Compello
BAS44 – Aunt Rhodie’s Dietby Joseph Compello
Nice ‘n’ easy folk tunes with narrator and “actors”

FIDDLE FROLICS

duelin' fiddlesST6365 – Perpetual Fiddle Motion - by Brian Balmages
Non-stop fiddling for an impressive display

04626198 – Duelin’ Fiddlesby Arthur Smith
Fiddling takeoff on Duelin’ Banjos

04490086 – Orange Blossom Special - by Ervin Rouse
Perennial bluegrass favorite

RECOGNIZABLE CLASSICS

spring from the four seasonsST6276 – Allegro con Brioarr. John O’Neill
Famous first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth

SO328C – London SymphonyJ. Woolstenhulme
Very playable rendition of the Haydn masterpiece

18837 – Spring from The Four Seasonsarr. Richard Meyer
Faithful, easy arrangement – youngsters love Vivaldi!

12774 – Eine Kleine Nachtmusicarr. Merle J. Isaac
Why not pick up a fresh copy of this standard?

Dan Clark 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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Mythology by Celtic Thunder 27 February, 2015

Celtic Thu00123416nder’s new print release, “Mythology“, is a blend of new arrangements of favorite standards and new songs by the members of Celtic Thunder.  The tour  “Mythology” was an homage to George Donaldson, one of the five original Celtic Thunder members who died of a heart attack in 2014.  New arrangements of old favorites include “Carrickfergus”, “Danny Boy” and  “The Rocky Road to Dublin”.  Newly composed works include “Voices” and “Hunter’s Moon”.   For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Hammond B3 26 February, 2015

00128918Brian Charette, the author of this helpful tome, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz.  He operates on the New York City jazz scene, working with  artists such as Chaka Khan, Joni Mitchell, and  Lou Donaldson.  “101 Hammond B3 Tips” is a collection of helpful information specific to the Hammond B3 organ.  There are tips about chords, scales, settings, and more. If you are fortunate enough to own a B3, this is the book for you!  Audio Access is included with this book. For more information about this book, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Free Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 25 February, 2015

spring-piano-music-269x300It’s been a long time since those reading sessions at the end of last summer…come refresh your memory with our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 28 from 10:00-11:30

James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus OH 43215

We will read selected titles for SATB, men’s, and women’s ensembles appropriate for high school spring concerts and graduation. Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of the Stanton’s School Choral staff, Jen Sper, Rachel Steele and Joyce Stonebraker, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you!

For more information, email us or call 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1.


Elvis-Aloha from Hawaii 24 February, 2015

00138272Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live on January 14, 1973. It was the first live satellite concert to be aired with a single performer.  There was no charge for admission to the concert.  Instead, donations were collected for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.  Kui Lee had written and composed the song “I’ll Remember You“, a song that Elvis was still performing. Twenty-seven songs were performed, and they’re all included. Revisit a classic album!  For more information about this collection or others, contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


TOP of the Pops for String Orchestra 23 February, 2015

TOP OF THE POPS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA 2015

TOP Choices of recent popular music for Spring Concerts

T = Teaching Elements to make a piece educational as well as fun
O = Orchestrated with active and interesting parts for everyone
P = Programmable for the most audience and player enjoyment

radioactive for stringsRadioactive arranged by Larry Moore
#04491342 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Imagine Dragons hit popularized by pop sensation violinist Lindsey Stirling.

Bittersweet Symphony arranged by Todd Parrish
#43794 – Grade 3 – $62.00
Oft-requested Rolling Stones tune with added lyrics by The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft.

starlight for stringsStarlight arranged by Sasha Ivanov & Derek Stein (of The Vitamin String Quartet)
#43791 – Grade 3.5 – $65.00
Vitamin String Quartet’s actual hard-charging version of Muse’s modern rock tune.

Everything is Awesome (Awesome Remixxx!!!) arranged by Ralph Ford
#43769 – Grade 2.5 – $53.00
Infectious tune from The LEGO Movie will teach syncopation, accidentals – and fun!

thousand years for stringsA Thousand Years arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
#04491450 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Popular tune (brides are asking for it!) from Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.

 

 

Dan Clark 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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Jumpin’ Jim’s ’60’s Uke-In 20 February, 2015

00695381Jim Beloff, longtime ukulele player and aficionado, has produced a collection of twenty-five songs from the 1960’s  arranged for ukulele chords, perfect for singing along! “60’s Uke-In” includes some Beatles songs as well as standards like “King of the Road”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, and “Moon River”.  There is a complete ukulele chord chart included in the book.  During this cold weather, why not curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with this book of ukulele sheet music and your trusty uke?  This collection is good for hours of fun!  For more information about this book or other ukulele sheet music books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Plan to Attend: Excellence in Choral Literature 2015 19 February, 2015

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 22nd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday, August 22, 2015!

This session 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. 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!


Mark Your Calendar – Sacred Choral Reading Session! 17 February, 2015

As the Lenten season continues and Easter gets closer and closer, Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

Your registration includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2014, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Fifty Easy Irish Favorites for Classical Guitar 16 February, 2015

14043322This book of sheet music for Irish songs includes a download card which will give you online access to full demonstration performances by the author, Jerry Williams. “50 Easy Irish Favorites for Classical Guitar” contains traditional songs such as “The Bard of Armagh”, “The Galway Piper”, “Morning Has Broken”, and much more.   Arrangements include tablature, but lyrics are not included.  For a late elementary to advanced player, this is a great book of Irish standards. Play it for every day, or for St. Patrick’s Day!  For more information about this collection or other similar items, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Kid’s Korner for Spring 2015 13 February, 2015

by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Specialists

Involve your youngest singers in worship this spring with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

An Easter Alleluia by Timothy Shaw
This jubilant anthem for Easter day recounts the miraculous story of Christ’s resurrection. Unison voices singing “alleluias” with the peal of optional handbells proclaim together the glorious news that Jesus lives!

Everyday Miracles by Donna Butler Douglas
Appropriate for older elementary, youth, or adult choirs, this poignant anthem reminds us to stop and recognize the simple blessings of life. In so doing, we can “capture a glimpse of God’s face.” Optional parts for violin and congregation enhance the song’s stirring melody and lush harmonies.

Lift High the Palms of Praise! by Brad Nix
Triumphant and joyful, this Palm Sunday piece urges one and all to “lift high the palms of praise” and prepare the way for David’s royal Son. A lilting 6/8 meter provides a celebratory processional feel while also enhancing the spirited piano accompaniment.

Make a Joyful Noise! by Jeff Reeves
Rhythmic chant, handclaps, and a spirited melody make this an instant favorite with young singers! Written in ABA form, the slower, reflective B section incorporates the first stanza of “Holy, Holy, Holy.” An easy, optional second voice part gives budding two-part choirs a chance to shine during the anthem’s final A section.

A Mother’s Love by Mark Patterson
This anthem, perfect for Mother’s Day, beautifully expresses how a mother’s love undoubtedly mirrors the love and grace of God. An optional solo for a teenage youth or adult male begins the anthem and introduces a stirring melody that is repeated throughout the piece by a unison children’s choir. The optional cello part, which could be played by any C treble or bass clef instrument, underscores a feeling of warmth and tenderness elegantly conveyed through text and music.

Scatter the Darkness, Break the Gloom arr. Jacob Weber
Jacob Weber’s dynamic new arrangement of this joyful hymn pairs the Easter text with the bright BESANCON tune. A strong unison line establishes the melody, while an optional descant part on the final stanza adds a celebratory touch. Changing meter in the accompaniment engages the listener, choir, and director alike. A triumphant way to celebrate the Easter season.

Table for Five…Thousand! by Allen Pote & Tom S. Long
Unforgettable melodies and poignant lyrics abound in this inspiring musical based on the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Found in all four New Testament gospels, the story reveals how one young boy with five loaves of bread and two fish, along with his apparent willingness to share, led to an event so startling that members of the crowd wanted to proclaim Jesus as King. Later, the event revealed an even greater truth as Jesus told his disciples, “I am the Bread of Life. Those who come to me will never go hungry.” The musical remains true to the Biblical accounts while underlining the theme that the most humble among us especially children can do great things with God’s help. An outstanding dramatic narrative employs numerous roles for girls and boys while also incorporating the congregation (or audience) during the climatic scene when Jesus feeds the five thousand. This worshipful musical fits perfectly into any worship setting, music camp, or VBS format.

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s? Contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 Fry 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.


Brothers, Sing On! 12 February, 2015

Brothers, Sing On!: Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir by Jonathan Palant is a welcome addition to the choral pedagogy literature addressing the training of male singers. An ideal resource for choral directors, teachers-in-training, singers and choral enthusiasts, this practical volume explores the challenges and rewards of working with evolving adolescent-through-adult male singer. In addition to his own valuable insights, Dr. Palant includes interviews with over two dozen seasoned vocal music educators. Topics include: A History of Men’s Choral Singing, Anatomy of the Male Voice, The Product: Choral Tone, Intonation, Parts and Placement, The Adolescent Male Voice: Categorization to Maturation, Programming and Repertoire Selection, Auditions, Warm-Ups, Sight-Singing, Recruiting, Fund-Raising, Travel, sample programs, repertoire lists, and much more!

We are excited to announce that author Jonathan Palant will be one of our featured clinicians at this year’s Joy of Singing clinic on July 31st! For information on this session, or for more valuable choral music resources, please contact us!


Announcing 2015 “School Choral Week!” 11 February, 2015

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 July 29, 2015
Clinician: Andy Beck
The John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday July 30, 2015
Clinicians: John Jacobson & Mac Huff
The Joy of Singing
Friday July 31, 2015
Clinicians: Mark Brymer, Mac Huff, John Jacobson & Jonathan Palant
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 1, 2015
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Also in August 2015:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 8, 2015
Clinician: Joel Raney
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 22, 2015
Clinician: James Gallagher

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


Augsburg Organ Library, Lent 10 February, 2015

0800658973hThere are over thirty pieces for Lenten services in this collection of sheet music for organ.  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”,  “Were You There”,  “Healer of Our Every Ill”, and “Go to Dark Gethsemane” are included in this book. A wide variety of composers and arrangers are represented. Jehan Alain, James Biery, Beverly Ward, Wayne Wold, and Pamela Decker are among those included.  The pedal parts are intermediate to advanced. The book is bound so that it opens on the music rack without snapping shut or making page turns difficult.  There are so many good pieces to play in this collection that you will return to it every year for something new to play.  For more information about this collection or other organ collections for Lent or Easter, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Handbell Music for Lent and Easter 2015 09 February, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

Are yoprelude on ellacombur ringers ready for a new challenge during the Lenten season? Try one of these excellent selections for Lent and Easter!

Prelude on Ellacombe arr. Michael Helman
Michael Helman expertly arranged Larry Shackley’s exuberant piano work “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” (70/1830L) to create a perfect handbell piece for concerts, festivals, and worship services. The mixed meter section incorporates numerous stopped-bell techniques which will delight and challenge your ringers.

Easter Glory arr. Cathy Moklebust
Cathy Moklebust expertly weaves together three dynamic hymns in this joyous arrangement proclaiming the Risen Christ! In addition to Easter morning, this piece is also a wonderful selection for festival and concert settings.

he never said a mumblinHe Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson gives us a captivating arrangement of this beloved spiritual. Rich harmonies are featured throughout, and all parts get a chance to play the melody at some point in the piece. Great for ensembles looking for something a little different and not too technically demanding for their Lenten services.

O Sacred Head Now Wounded arr. Arnold B. Sherman
Arnold Sherman has taken the Passion Chorale and created a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Written for 3-5 octaves of handbells, this piece is a must for the Lenten season.

from the cross to ressurectionFrom the Cross to Resurrection arr. Anna Laura Page
Master composer Anna Laura Page brings us this outstanding collection of handbell arrangements for the Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter seasons. These creative settings, featuring various skill-building techniques and optional handchimes, bring both the suffering and victory of Christ to glorious expression.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer Fry 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.


Welcome Home! 07 February, 2015

Last night, one third of our staff, (and remaining stock),  came back from Kentucky.   Tonight, the last one third of our staff , (and the last of the remaining stock), will come home from Cleveland, and Stanton’s will be one big, happy,  and reunited family again on Monday!0511-1007-1221-5826_Road_Trip_Cartoon_clipart_image


It’s Possible! 05 February, 2015

SSDHonorChoir kby Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

Involving young musicians in an elementary school choir is a great way to encourage budding musicianship and beginning ensemble skills. These octavos are perfect for students in grades 3-6, and will showcase your music program in the best possible way this spring!

Grow, Little Tree by Andrea Ramsey is perfect for end-of-the-year performances. The sweet text compares a child’s young life to a growing tree – “Grow, little tree / Stretch your arms and spread your leaves / What will you be?…” This also works beautifully as a combined number with your middle school or high school singers!

Interpreting text and poetry offers lots of teaching opportunities for young singers. Cynthia Gray’s If I Knew You features a sincere message about acceptance, friendship, and being sensitive to one another. Or, use In My Dream by Andy Beck and take a peek into your students’ imaginations, with far off lands, magic carpets and more!

Explore the music of Asia with Doraji, a popular Korean folksong. Because the melody is based on the pentatonic scale, it’s great for incorporating your classroom lessons into your performing ensemble. Mark Burrow’s original You Can Dance, You Can Sing also brings a fun world music flavor – add the percussion parts for extra rhythmic energy, and the optional descant for your singers who are ready for a part-singing challenge.

Chatter with the Angels is a cheerful spiritual option, with a bouncy and supportive piano accompaniment. The melody passes from part to part, and a back-and-forth “chatter” section (with descant) ups the difficulty level.

If your students enjoyed NBC’s live broadcast of “Peter Pan,” they’ll love singing I’ve Gotta Crow! Another great Broadway option is It’s Possible (In McElligot’s Pool) from “Seussical” – perfect ranges for young voices, and lots of fun!

For ensembles ready for the challenge of three-part singing, The Wise Old Owl by Cynthia Gray is an ideal choice. It moves easily from unison to canon, then three melodic parts. The playful interaction between the parts is delightful!

For more programming suggestions for your elementary choir, please contact us. 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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!