News & Views Saturday, July 21, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

New Rock & Pop Arrangements for Band 16 July, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

FOR ELEMENTARY BAND
alfred-46616-fFeel It Still arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 1.5
From their album Woodstock, indie band Portugal. The Man has crossed over into the pop charts with this infectious and energetic tune that sat at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts for 13 weeks. Your students will love playing this driving and fun arrangement. This selection makes a perfect concert closer!

Short Cuts for Beginning Band Vol. 5 arr. Michael Story, Grade 1
A sure fit for your beginners using just the basics, this suite features Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III, Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” and closes with “And All That Jazz” from Chicago. Each theme is focused toward a specific instructional objective and is extremely performable. The tunes can be programmed all at once or throughout your school year.

FOR JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND
leon-04005416-fSee You Again arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Featured in the hit movie “Furious 7” and recorded by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, this rock ballad has a memorable melody and nice rhythmic feel. Here is a very effective setting for young band by Johnnie Vinson.

Enter Sandman arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
From heavy metal masters Metallica, this 1991 hit has become a rock standard. Paul’s powerful arrangement for band effectively captures the hard-driving feel of the original.

Ready for It arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
Taylor Swift is rockin’ the pop charts again with this monster hit from her CD reputation. Here is an effective version for band featuring the gritty opening and catchy melodies.

alfred-46628-fThat’s What I Like arr. Michael Story, Grade 2
Bruno Mars never disappoints with his upbeat, happy tunes, each with a charismatic ear-wig that keeps them coming back for more. This straightforward arrangement meets that standard and is a bold addition to any middle or junior high program. It would be a welcome addition to a high school concert as well. Everyone will enjoy this chart topper on your next performance.

Thinking Out Loud arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
Recorded by pop sensation Ed Sheeran, this great-sounding arrangement for young players features a moderate rock tempo and the melody skillfully passed around to various sections of the band.

Thunder arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
As suggested by the title, this powerful rock hit from Imagine Dragons has a thundering pulse and strong melodic lines throughout. Nicely adapted here for band by Paul Murtha.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL BAND
alfred-46637-fBruno Mars On Tour arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 3.5
Three of Bruno Mars’s biggest hits are combined in this catchy arrangement including the funky “24K Magic,” the hip-hop style of “That’s What I Like,” and the disco style “Treasure.” With these diverse styles, an opportunity for an introductory solo, and a varied representation of this charismatic mega-artist’s work, it will certainly be a huge hit with your students and audience alike.

Despacito arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Becoming the first YouTube video to hit 4 billion views, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” also reached the top of the pop charts in over 40 countries. Featuring a blend of Latin pop and urban rhythms, this infectious hit works great in this adaptation for concert band.

Sweet Child O’ Mine arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
This classic rocker from 1987 was featured on the Guns N’ Roses debut album, and became their first #1 chart hit. Still popular 30 years later, this is sure to be a blast from the past for audience members and a fun piece for the band as well.

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. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Easy to Play Worship Songs 13 July, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00267812-wlThe Big Note Worship Book contains 20 songs for beginning pianists including “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone),” “10,000 Reasons,” “Lord I Need You,” “Good Good Father” and more. These are great pieces to play on a recital, sing along with, play in Sunday School, or just play for your own enjoyment. The songs are drawn from the contemporary Christian songs being sung currently in worship. Have your young students try this out!

For more about this collection or others for beginning sacred piano music, call us at 1-800-42-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.

Warm Ups for Changing Voices 12 July, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-00215525-fWarm-Ups for Changing Voices by Dan Andersen
As any middle school choir director knows, change is the name of the game! A changing voice is just one of countless physiological and emotional changes that middle school students experience. Knowing the general limits of male and female changing voices, as well as the specific capabilities of your students, are two keys to building healthy-and happy!-middle school singers. This book is an accessible, must-read resource for any middle-school choir director looking to foster stronger, more capable musicians, and offers 25 warm-up exercises along with customized grade-specific tips for using them along with free access to accompanying audio recordings.

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

Keep Calm and Play On 09 July, 2018

14041916When you’re feeling the pressure, why not take time out to play some of the finest contemporary music? Keep Calm and Play On is a lovely piano collection that brings together 22 calming pieces, including themes from films such as “The Artist,” “Amelie,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” as well as compositions from Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Yiruma, and Zbigniew Preisner. So why not sit down and play some of your favorites? They’ll calm you down and give you fresh energy to face whatever the day brings!

For more information about this collection or other music you are interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

FastTrack Music Instruction 05 July, 2018

leon-00264731-fIf you and your friends want to start a garage band, the FastTrack series is for you! FastTrack method books give you a fast way to learn how to play that new instrument (or the one that’s been sitting in the closet for a few years). They’re designed for the player who wants to learn on their own terms with the help of some user-friendly instruction, professional audio and video examples, and cool music to play along the way.

The Starter Pack for each instrument (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, and Drums) includes the method book as well as audio and video access online. Each person can work by themselves, then meet up to put the songs together. After the Starter Pack, you can explore the songbooks for even more great songs. It’s time to reignite those rock star dreams!

For more about this series, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our newly redesigned website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Pre-Game and Stands Tunes 25 June, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-525716The 2018 marching band season is almost upon us! As you plan, don’t miss the newest marching band charts, including “Believer,” “Feel It Still,” “The Greatest Show,” and “Thunder.”

Looking to freshen up your show with a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Find great options here!

Warm-ups and percussion cadences? We’ve got ‘em! We can also help you build your library with Stanton’s Five Star Features for pep band books and cheers, fight songs and time outs.

Contact us for personalized recommendations from our Sheet Music Specialists, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

From Belwin Jazz 22 June, 2018

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

alfred-46145-fFree Download by Victor Lopez, Grade 1
“Free Download” by Victor López is an easy-to-play Latin bossa with everything written out for the rhythm section and no individual solos. The tempo is around 148 BPM with very accessible brass ranges and plenty of optional parts to include two flutes, two clarinets, and vibraphone. The students will enjoy the title too!

Five Spot After Dark by Benny Golson/arr. Mike Story, Grade 1
A jazz standard played by all the greats, this swing chart is ideal for every young band. Played around 132 BPM, all the ingredients are here: easy tempo, easy ranges, written solos for tenor and trumpet, shout chorus, clear rhythm parts, and plenty of optional parts to include vibes. This one hits the spot!

alfred-46158-fSo Danco Samba arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2
This great samba that alternates with a brief swing feel. This great samba alternates with a brief swing feel. The tempo is around 158 BPM and it’s tasty with some clever quotes you’ll recognize. Features include written solos for tenor sax, a few piano montuna interludes, and accessible brass ranges. This is a fine Latin samba chart!

Cheep Shot by Kris Berg, Grade 3
We’re back with another chicken-titled funk chart! Written solos are provided for trumpet and tenor but you could add guitar if desired. Lead trumpet range is too written B-flat above the staff with optional high C. The chart is played around 160 BPM and has a great bass part and a sweet drum backbeat too.

alfred-30645-fMakin’ Whoopee by Walter Donaldson/arr. Dave Wolpe, Grade 6
Bass ‘bone players can count on one hand the good charts available for their instrument. Well, here is one of the best, arranged by Dave Wolpe. A medium-swing feel, this showcase will bring the best out in your bass trombone player with no improvisation, just written melody. There is some (written-out) jazz for 2nd trumpet in harmony mute, and the lead trumpet has a unison line to written high E. A nice sax soli is the icing on this cake. An outstanding feature chart.

The Nutcracker Suite arr. Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington, Grade 6
This edition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” arranged in 1960 by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, was assembled from the original manuscripts held in the Strayhorn Repository and the Ellington Collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. For purposes of accuracy, the manuscripts were cross-checked carefully with the original Duke Ellington Orchestra recording (Columbia CS 8341).

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 has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Creative Programming: For Treble Choirs 20 June, 2018

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

Light of a Clear Blue Morning - WomenLight of a Clear Blue Morning – Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Now adapted for SSAA by Richard Gabrillo, Craig Hella Johnson’s setting of Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning is infused with light and hopefulness as it opens with a solo soprano and gradually builds to a joyful overflowing of sound and vocal texture, then gently relaxing into a reflective conclusion. With soprano recorder.

O Antiqui SanctiO Antiqui Sancti – Hildegard Von Bingen, arr. Michael Engelhardt
This thrilling work for women’s chorus from Michael Engelhardt will offer something totally unique for your program. A mix of sustained vocal lines and articulated passages along with both counterpuntal and homophonic writing make this a truly remarkable composition. This will be a favorite of your singers.

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman – arr. Kathleen McGuire
In a new SSAA voicing, this is an outstanding arrangement of the song originally penned by Walter Robinson and a timely honor as the anti-slavery activist’s image will be on the new twenty dollar bill. A cappella vocals build with a “come on up” followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody. Optional cabaca part helps to imitate a train along with vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and a train whistle. Powerful and moving

Ave GenerosaAve Generosa – Ola Gjeilo
This setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ave Generosa text uses a hauntingly joyful tonality, paying homage to the mysteious story of Mary. A beautiful middle section is surrounded by contrasting, modal beginning and ending sections. The juxtaposition of sustained and moving moments holds true to the composer’s style, while the harmonic structure and vocal construction offer something very fresh.

For more information about these and other recommendations, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC.

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 across the country, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

Middle School General Music: Composition 08 June, 2018

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

The middle school general music classroom can be an exciting (and/or terrifying) place! Throughout this school year, we’ve been sharing with you some valuable resources to help you develop enthusiasm and skills in your middle school musicians! Today, here are some great new options for teaching composition in the classroom:

Composing Under Construction by D. Brian Weese
Teaching composition is easy and engaging with this step-by-step workbook that guides your students through writing notes, analyzing music, and composing their own. It begins with simple notation practice, and by the last page, students will be composing six-measure melodies using a variety of notes and pitches. This book is especially effective in classrooms using the recorder, but flexible enough that students’ compositions can be played on any pitched instrument you choose.

Mission: Composition by Matthew C. Cremisio
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: develop music literacy that won’t self-destruct! Beginning with steady-beat development and progressing through improvisation to reading and writing standard notation, this comprehensive music literacy program culminates in student composition. To assist your mission, manipulatives, play-along tracks, reproducible worksheets, and assessment rubrics appear on the included CD.

Find more classroom music resources on our website, and 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.

AMERICANA for Orchestra 04 June, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

String Teachers – here are some excellent String Orchestra pieces evoking the feel of Americana for young string students. They’re perfect for summer camps and workshops!

Deep Wood by Frank J. Halferty, Grade 3
Reminiscent of Jazz-Bluegrass that Bela Fleck and the Flecktones might offer, Deep Wood puts the cellos and basses in the spotlight, but keeps everyone on their toes with rhythmic layering, bluesy-greasy glissandi and wild color chords. Sounding way harder than it is, it features short duets for principal first & second violin and principal cello & bass plus one short violin solo. For everyone else, just count and groove!

The Girl I Left Behind Me arr. Sandra Dackow, Grade 0.5
All in first position with straightforward rhythms and thematic parts for everyone, this poignant song arranged by Sandra Dackow will be a wonderful addition to any concert. The Girl I Left Behind Me first appears in 18th century Ireland, often known as “Brighton Camp.” It emigrated to the United States along with many other Anglo/Scots/Irish folk tunes and became a popular marching song for soldiers. During the American Civil War, soldiers in both the Confederate and Union armies sang it. A number of cultures have embraced this song, adding their own local lyrics.

Lonesome Valley arr. Jason Krug, Grade 2
From a plaintive and prayerful opening in solo violin, this arrangement of a well-known spiritual builds in power and emotion with each successive verse. The melody passes between voices, and frequent and varied countermelodies are employed throughout, providing ensembles the chance to work on balance of parts. One key change, from G to D, should pose little difficulty. A rich and nuanced selection to challenge your ensemble’s musicality!

When Johnny Comes Marching Home arr. Sandra Dackow, Grade 2.5
An exciting arrangement by Sandra Dackow that students will love to play that remains in first position with strong eighth-note passages and great parts for all. This piece appears in the 1800s and is embraced as traditional folk music by both Ireland and the United States, where it is popularly known as When Johnny Comes Marching Home. The original words “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” are sung by the song’s narrator, a young Irish woman who watched her loved one run away to soldier in a war far away. When he finally does return home to her and his child, he is broken, but she still takes him in and loves him. In more recent times the song has become, in some ways, an anti-war anthem. The American words of the song were popular with both the Confederate and Union Armies during the US Civil War.

Contact us for more information, and don’t forget – 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.

New Arrangements from the Silver Screen 01 June, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-04005443-fThis Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the songwriting team who brought us “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” the movie musical “The Greatest Showman” is based on the true story of P.T. Barnum with Hugh Jackman in the title role. This arrangement of the powerful anthem from the film is a dynamic showcase for the concert stage.

Back to the Future arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 1.5
Specifically arranged for second year players, here is a great-sounding version of this classic movie theme featuring limited ranges and easy rhythms.

leon-04005400-fThe Best of James Bond arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Featuring some of the best-known spy themes from the silver screen, here is a very playable medley of James Bond soundtrack favorites through the years. Includes: James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and Skyfall.

Danny Elfman: Music in the Dark arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
The film music of Danny Elfman is often dark and sinister, but always unique and interesting. This entertaining medley for young players includes themes from “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Spider-Man,” and “This is Halloween” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

alfred-46630-fSelections from The Lego Ninjago Movie arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2
From the blockbuster film score, this electric medley features “Heroes,” “Found My Place,” and “Operation New Me.” Every member has a shot at the melody. Bring the excitement of the film to your stage!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the 2017 installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

leon-04005441-fRemember Me (from Coco) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Pixar Studios strikes gold again with their imaginative and original animated film “Coco.” With a story of Mexican folklore and with characteristic music, here is a wonderful setting of the Academy Award winning main song. The opening is in a ballad style, and then shifts to a faster tempo with a mariachi flavor.

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. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 3 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Field Guide to the Mountain Dulcimer 28 May, 2018

30608mSpiced with humor, Anne Dodson’s Field Guide to the Mountain Dulcimer Book 1 is a beautifully structured and organized guide, taking the beginning student step-by-step through a well-planned sequence of lessons. Friendly and encouraging, Book 1 covers tips on buying and maintaining the instrument, left and right hand techniques, chords, and accompaniment. Exercises, lots of fun tunes to play, and downloadable audio files to support the written instruction all make this a lasting resource. This book is easy to understand, so you can even teach yourself to play. Even better news, there is a Book 2!

For more information about dulcimer music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Patriotic Salute for Community Band 21 May, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

wj-3017941-fAbsolutely Sousa arr. Gary D. Ziek, Grade 4
The rousing march music of John Philip Sousa has been an audience favorite for generations and continues to hold an important place in concert band repertoire. This spirited medley combines themes from four of Sousa’s most famous marches: The Washington Post; Semper Fidelis; The Thunderer and The Stars and Stripes Forever for an entertaining and stylish setting that will highlight any concert program. Great for any concert setting, it’s also the perfect addition to a patriotic event.

Battle Hymn of the Republic arr. Peter J. Wilhousky/ed. Justin P. Tokke
Made popular by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Grammy winning performance in 1959, Peter Wilhousky’s famous arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic has remained a staple to this day. In this Critical Edition for Band edited by Justin P. Tokke, a new arrangement has been crafted based on Wilhousky’s original orchestral scoring. To enhance playability, generous cross-cuing and doubling of the choral parts have been applied in cases where the band version is played without voices. This new arrangement ensures complete compatibility with both the choral and orchestral versions, with matching measure numbers and rehearsal marks, and comes complete with a full score and parts produced with modern engraving standards. This exciting edition is ready to continue Wilhousky’s legacy and hopes to inspire future collaboration and new performance opportunities.

leon-04005114-fHymn to Freedom arr. Robert Buckley, Grade 3
With its heartfelt message and appealing gospel flavor, Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. This band arrangement matches the classic version arranged by Paul Read and can be performed as a stand-alone band piece or combined with the choir for an impressive music department finale.

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
Brendan Graham’s tender song tells the emotional story of Ireland’s Annie Moore, the first person to step ashore when Ellis Island opened as an immigration center in 1892. With emotions ranging from hope to fear, joy to despair, this deeply moving ballad has been recorded notably by Sean & Dolores Keane, The Irish Tenors, Celtic Thunder, and Celtic Woman. Here is a beautiful setting adapted for the concert stage.

leon-517832National Airs (from Early America) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3.5
Music performed by bands of the Civil War era often included familiar airs and patriotic tunes. Included in this rousing medley is an early treatment of The Star-Spangled Banner (which wasn’t recognized as the official national anthem until 1931). Also included are Yankee Doodle; Washington’s March; and Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.

Find more patriotic options on our website, or contact us for more recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 3 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

The Ceilidh Dance Book 18 May, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

30606A “ceilidh” is a traditional Scottish gathering where people share songs, stories, music, and dancing that is very much alive today. In Scotland, there are hundreds of ceilidh bands, each of which has their own trademark tune sets, making it possible for a man in a kilt to make a living as a performing musician!

The Ceilidh Dance Book is full of dance sets for this type of social occasion. Written for violin or mandolin, it also includes chords for guitar. Given the nature of the folk musician, the melody and chords are all that is necessary for skilled players of nearly any instrument to improvise accompaniment for the melody. There are 24 dance sets to choose from, so the dancers can be happily occupied. Instructions for each dance set are included, and for experienced dancers, at least some dances will already be familiar. Dancers and folk musicians need to check out this collection!

For more information about this collection or others like it, 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.

Budget-Stretching Choral Collections 14 May, 2018

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

Do you have end-of-year budget money available? Use it before you lose it! Reproducible choral collections provide great “bang for your buck,” and are an ideal way to build your choral library.

leon-00221998-fThe SAB Choir Goes Renaissance by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt
Here is a fantastic resource for introducing the music of the Renaissance to developing ensembles or groups with limited male singers. Purchase individual books separately, or the Performance Kit and receive a code to access audio tracks online through My Library.

A Cappella Volume 2
Volume II in Sing!’s popular A Cappella! series features nine concert and festival selections for young and developing TB choirs from creative writers Greg Gilpin, Victor C. Johnson and Mark Patterson. The Complete Edition is reproducible and also includes a Rehearsal Resource Page for each piece, a unique and valuable teaching/rehearsal tool which features Solfege; Vocabulary; and Preparation and Extention activities, carefully crafted for each selection by Greg Gilpin and Victor C. Johnson. The Choral Edition, ideal for use as a judge’s copy or for your singers, is not reproducible and the Rehearsal Resource Pages are not included.

leon-513822Wings to Fly by Janet Gardner
The creative works of celebrated and award-winning educator and composer, Janet Gardner, have been a staple of learning for music educators and joyful performance by thousands of young singers. Her selection of text, expertise in composition for young voices and creativeness in both musicals and choral works have set the bar high in the music educational world. “Wings to Fly” is a collection of nine choral pieces that are some of Ms. Gardner’s finest works. Each has a distinctive text whether it be original or from the poetic masters such as Rossetti, Longfellow, Dickinson and Stevenson. Each choral piece is also distinct in musical style and will fit programming needs throughout the year. This collection features piano/vocal arrangements, as well as digital access to performance/accompaniment audio recordings and singer PDFs for projection and reproducible options. Absolutely a budget stretcher!

Pop Songs for Young Men’s Chorus II arr. Jerry Estes
Now available, the second in a series, this collection for men’s chorus spans the decades and is designed to give you lots of value with songs your choir will love to perform! Includes: “Count on Me” (Bruno Mars), “Happy Together” (The Turtles), “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The Temptations), and “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong).

lorenz-513019Bach for Young Voices by J.S. Bach/arr. Geoffrey Edwards
This collection celebrates the generational universality of Bach’s music in bringing the time-honored selections within the technical reach of younger singers. Directors will find seven sensitively crafted arrangements in this compilation, all faithful to the composer’s originals, with carefully planned vocal lines and supportive piano parts. A school-friendly text is also provided for each title. Whether or not this is your choir’s first exposure to Bach, this publication will aid in fostering a lasting appreciation for his music and the continued enrichment it brings to all of our lives.

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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.

Low Instrument Feature for Orchestra 11 May, 2018

master-50250118-frecommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Low and Lower by Clarence Barber, Grade 2
Feature your (sometimes) neglected lower strings on this fun, bouncy romp in C major. The majority of the melodic content is in the viola, cello and bass, which are often independent of one another, so it’s a great lesson in counting as well as a chance for your lower strings to shine! Second violin will sometimes play in thirds with the viola and first violin get an occasional melodic lick, so no one is neglected. There is also an opportunity to teach left hand pizzicato.

Need to feature a special section or instrument in your ensemble? We have ideas – let Stanton’s help! Contact us for recommendations, and 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.

Disney Recital Suites 09 May, 2018

00249097-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The new collection Disney Recital Suites contains exciting piano suites from four classic Disney movie soundtracks: “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Phillip Keveren has arranged these pieces to be concert showpieces for advanced players, so the music offers more of a chance for the player to show off and for the audience to appreciate the tasteful arrangements. Play one suite for a recital, or play more than one as background music for a dinner gig. Perfect material for the pianist looking to add lighter music to their programs!

For more information about this collection or others similar to it, call us at 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!

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.

Opera Choruses 07 May, 2018

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

Cauldron DanceCauldron Dance (from Macbeth) – Giuseppe Verdi/arr. Ryan Kelly
Verdi’s opera “Macbeth” is based on William Shakespeare’s theatrical tragedy of the same name. This third act chorus finds witches dancing and a diabolical spell being prepared. This new edition suggests tempo and dynamic markings. An accessible piano reduction is realized and a translation, pronunciation guide and editorial notes are provided.

Bartered Bride.gifThe Bartered Bride (Opening Chorus) Bedrich Smetana/arr. Emily Ellsworth
This opening chorus from Smetana’s most beloved folk opera is filled with the popular spirit, sounds and rhythms of Czech folk music. The effervescence of the music and the camaraderie of the villagers–your chorus–make this a delightful piece to explore the drama of opera.

Finale from the GondoliersFinale from The Gondoliers (Dance a Cachucha) – Gilbert & Sullivan/arr. John Leavitt
From Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers,” this rollicking spoof will provide an over-the-top finish to any concert. The “Dance a Cachucha,” as it’s also known, will build into a breathless fandango that will amaze and delight your listeners.

VivaViva! (from Il re pastore) – W.A. Mozart/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
A triumphant Mozart masterwork for today’s choirs! This joyful opera finale opens and closes with a boisterous choral fanfare that features a brief, expressive vocal duet in the middle. The text is in Italian with optional English translation and IPA pronunciation guide included. The choral parts are supported by an exciting piano accompaniment for an arrangement that remains true to the original while being accessible to school choirs. Not necessarily familiar, but undeniably fantastic!

For more information about these and other options for your choir, feel free to visit stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 1. We are happy to help 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 choral singer around the country and spends her free time running, doing yoga, and cooking.