News & Views Thursday, February 22, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

Learn to Play the Folk Harp 22 February, 2018

00722251recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

So you bought a folk harp and now you want a book to help you learn to play it! Well, how big is it? How many strings does it have? What’s with the blue and red strings? Just how do you use those levers? Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods is one of the best books to help you learn all that stuff. Sylvia has written a short history of the harp, how to hold it, proper hand position, reading music, and how to replace and tie harp strings. There are plenty of songs to play as you learn new techniques. Who knows? Maybe by Christmas, you will be confident enough to play in church! Stanton’s has plenty of books to learn to play the folk harp, and plenty of books of solos for the harpist.

For more information about this book or other books of sheet music for folk harp, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at 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.

Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2018 21 February, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

lorenz-521296Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2
The plaintive melody of this arrangement sits atop a flowing accompaniment of either bells or chimes, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice for us. The melody moves from the treble bells to the bass bells with ease, and the piece gradually slows to a soft final chord, leaving the congregation in quiet meditation as the final tones fade from the space.

Jesus Shall Reign arr. Bill Ingram, Level 1
This flexible and solid level 1 arrangement is playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell or handchime groups, making it an excellent choice for festivals and for choirs ringing with some absentees. The stately hymntune, DUKE STREET, is set to several different sets of lyrics in different hymnals, and will be useful throughout most of the church year. The piece is enhanced by a variety of techniques, which can easily be adapted for handchimes.

hope-2752-fJoyful, Joyful arr. Cynthia Dobrinski, Level 3-
In this jubilant setting of HYMN TO JOY, Cynthia Dobrinski incorporates a nice variety of handbell techniques to make the tune come to life. With straight ringing along with mallets, martellato, and effective shakes, the ringers and listeners alike are given a satisfying musical experience. The words from Psalm 100 serve as the inspiration: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” At the 3- level, this is a setting that many church choirs can successfully accomplish.

Three Pieces for Lent and Easter arr. Karissa Dennis, Level 1+
This set of arrangements provides two selections for Lent and Holy Week observances and one for Easter Sunday. In keeping with level-one guidelines, there is no subdivision of the beat and the few handbell changes are prepared. Ringers will enjoy developing a variety of techniques, including echoes, tower swings, and martellatos, and working on legato passages that use LVs.

lorenz-521220Resurrection Joy arr. Hart Morris, Level 3-
“Resurrection Joy” weaves five Easter hymns into this triumphant and exciting medley from the pen of Hart Morris. With performance options for bells alone, bells with solo trumpet, or bells and the full forces of brass quintet and timpani, this stirring piece will be a memorable addition to your Easter services or spring concerts.

The Strife Is O’er arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2+
With or without the optional instruments, Jason Krug’s brilliant arrangement lives up to the grandeur of its tune name, VICTORY. “The Strife Is O’er” is a fitting selection for any praise service, but will serve particularly well at either the beginning or ending of your Easter service. After a majestic fanfare and opening chorale, the piece moves to a more rhythmic middle section with a malleted bass accompaniment, and the final verse utilizes the full choir. This item includes the handbell part alone.

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

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.

JAZZ in the Classroom 19 February, 2018

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

Introduce the world of jazz to your elementary music students! These great new resources will immerse your students in music through singing, playing, and improvising.

leon-00124232-fPlay-Along with Jazz by Tom Anderson
Your students will riff from the rafters with this collection written specifically for classroom instruments. Styles that groove like dixie, swing, bebop and hard bop are introduced in a sequence that reflects the overall history of jazz as well as levels of difficulty. Scat singing is optional but can add a boppin’ alternative to playing instruments so all students can participate. Basic drumming feels are included for even more play-along opportunities. Stand back and let the music-making begin. Swing, stomp and riff until everyone is in the groove! Full scores and helpful teacher tips with optional unpitched percussion ostinatos are provided, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the Orff instrument and recorder parts. Songs include: Saints’ Stomp, Riff Raff, Swing’s the Thing, Boppin’ Robin, A la Mode, Hard Bop Candy. Suggested for grades 4-8.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellowes
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. Suggested for grades 3-6.

leon-502676Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learn by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. DIGITAL DOWNLOADS include step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets, plus free access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses. Volume 2: Louis Armstrong is also newly available!

Find more classroom resources 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.

Regards to Broadway! 16 February, 2018

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

Feature the performance skills of your upper elementary and middle school singers with a great Broadway revue! Vocal ranges are great for developing voices, and the choral writing works well on risers or on the theater stage.

alfred-515606Regards to Broadway! (A Musical Salute) arr. Sally K. Albrecht, Jay Althouse & Andy Beck
Suggested for Grades 4 and up
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Celebrate Broadway musicals past and present with this entertaining and educational revue. An optional narration (for up to 50 speakers) tells the incredible history and evolution of American musical theater and ties this 35-minute choir-focused presentation together with purpose and panache. Features a dozen hit show tunes from a century of blockbusters like Gypsy; Kiss Me Kate; My Fair Lady; Ragtime; and The Wiz; arranged exclusively for 2-part or 3-part mixed singers by Alfred Music’s top writers. Includes choreography notes throughout the 100% reproducible score as well as extracted singer pages on the live-orchestra Enhanced CD.

Contact us for more recommendations, 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.

Practical Service Music for Organ 14 February, 2018

702095recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S. Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Easy Organ Library from Lorenz is a series of collections containing material that covers every church season. The newest addition to the series, Volume 63 includes 36 easy-to-prepare selections for Communion, Easter  and Ordinary Time. Those who are making the transition from piano to organ will appreciate the easy pedal parts, and more accomplished organists will appreciate how quickly they can prepare the pieces presented. Arrangers include Anna Laura Page, James Mansfield, Lani Smith, and other favorite arrangers from Lorenz. Registration, duration, and usages are provided for all titles.

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

Kid’s Korner for Spring 2018 09 February, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

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

chorgd-cga1529-fThe Lord Is My Light by Mark Patterson
Written in honor of Helen Kemp, this lyrical unison ballad from Mark Patterson exudes warmth and strength. A flowing, expressive piano accompaniment grounds the piece, and optional bells or chimes punctuate the message. The anthem ends with an inspiring coda depicting the house of the Lord, where Mama Helen in certainly singing with joy.

Sing Hallelujah (Jesus Lives Today) by Mark Burrows
This joyful anthem from Mark Burrows is bursting with the good news of Jesus’ resurrection! A sparkling two-part echo is the melodic foundation, making this a great choice for a combined-age choir. While perfect for the Easter season, this singable anthem is also fitting whenever we celebrate Jesus at work in the world.

Climbin’ Up the Mountain arr. Mark Patterson
This tune has soul! Treble voices shine in Mark Patterson’s new spiritual arrangement. Primarily unison singing allows ensembles to focus on healthy technique and soulful Gospel style, while the final section of the piece layers optional three-part harmony to showcase your ensemble. A great piece for Epiphany, especially on Transfiguration Sunday.

I’m Gonna Sleon-512443ing arr. Audrey Snyder
Handclaps, spoken refrains, and a dynamic piano accompaniment make this jubilant arrangement of the familiar spiritual a perfect selection for older elementary choirs or choirs of any age. The final verse includes an optional descant that heightens the sense of joy and exuberance found in this rapturous piece.

The Master Designer by Cindy Berry
The wonder of God’s creation comes alive in this charming piece for older elementary voices. A flowing piano accompaniment beautifully supports the sparkling melody and highlights a feeling of awe and reverence found in the piece. A short snippet of “This Is My Father’s World” adds a familiar hymn connection to the anthem presentation.

This Is the Day by Ken Berg
This cleverly written song gives text options for both general use and Easter. Incorporating the familiar hymn Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him, the song moves along at a joyful pace with syncopated rhythms and a fun melody. It finishes with the combining of optional second and third parts. The percussion adds another layer of creative flavor.

Hallelujahcelgra-622012205-f! Sing Hosanna! arr. Glenn Eernisse
All elements combine to create a unique song of praise! Ostinati Boomwhackers and percussion instruments enhance the fun vocal lines. Three independent melodies are introduced and then combined together for a creative layering effect. Add in the body percussion and your kids will declare this their favorite song!

See the Lilies by Brad Nix
Based on Luke 12:24-31, this anthem reminds us that just as God cares for the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, so, too, will God care for His children. Crafted in a calypso feel, the simple melody and gentle syncopations are tastefully accompanied by piano, optional flute, and optional egg shakers.

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

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

Modern Movie Favorites for Big Note and 5-Finger Piano Solo 08 February, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00241880-wlModern Movie Favorites: Songs from Hit Movies
Are your kids still singing or humming tunes from movies like “Trolls,” “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars,” or “The Lego Movie”? These two new collections are great for kids learning to play piano!

The easier book is the 5-Finger level, which means one finger at a time – very easy. It includes eight songs, and the lyrics are also included. There is also an optional duet part for a parent or teacher to play along. Songs include: Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, Spirit in the Sky, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

The Big Note collection has 18 songs from recent movies, including “Rey’s Theme” from the new Star Wars movies.  The big note level has large notes for easy reading, and is a little more advanced than the 5-Finger level. Two hands play at once, so there is harmony, making each piece more pleasing to the ear. Songs include: Alice, The Bare Necessities, Bundle of Joy, Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, In Summer, Lava, Linus and Lucy, Rey’s Theme, Something Wild, Sophie’s Theme, Spirit in the Sky, Strong, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

These collections are great to play for fun! For more information about these collections or other popular piano 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!

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.

Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2.5-3 07 February, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Every concert needs one or two pieces that fill the heart with gladness. Here are some wonderful options at the Grade 2.5 to 3 level for Middle School and young High School String Orchestras.

kendor-9153-fHero’s Quest by Timothy J. Isham, Grade 2+
Film scores have in many ways become today’s “classical” music for the masses. Educational composers have picked up on that phenomenon and are writing film music without the movie! Maybe your students can come up with stories to match the music of Hero’s Quest, a dramatic portrait of the quintessential over-the-top pop culture hero. With melodic and rhythmic activity in all parts, your students will get reinforcement on 6/8 time, D minor, building intensity and third position in the first violins – and everyone will enjoy the cinematic bombast!

Joyous Celebration by Scott Watson, Grade 2.5
Start or finish a concert with a bang using A Joyous Celebration to great effect! Optional timpani will provide some extra push, if you can recruit one, but even if you don’t, every part propels the piece forward. With syncopation, open string double stops, trills and dynamic fermatas, all the stops get pulled out for your Joyous Celebration!

Swj-3035761-fparta by Todd Parrish, Grade 2.5
Take a trip back to Ancient Greece with this fun and energetic work! Students will encounter two-note to six-note slurs, pizzicato, staccato and legato bowings, rhythms in 3/4 time, and dynamic contrast, along with an emphasis on playing octaves. The powerful melody is carefully woven throughout all parts while the accompaniment reinforces anchoring the first finger for better intonation.

Wondrous Flight by Bruce Tippette, Grade 2
Written for the composer’s son, Wondrous Flight alternates between insistent syncopated rhythms and flowing melodic passages. As the piece progresses, an increase in tempo drives the melodies through each section of the orchestra toward a grandiose, climactic moment. The piece elevates itself throughout, creating the feeling of climbing ever higher into the sky, finally ending in a fiery burst of energy as the familiar melodies reprise one final time to deliver a big finish.

Lefjh-st6433-fgionary by Chris Thomas, Grade 3
Travel back in time to the era of the Roman legionary as you experience music that portrays the rugged and exciting story of a Roman soldier. The piece features brawny marcato bowings, simple syncopations, bold ostinato rhythms and tension-building trills. Powerful moments are passed throughout the ensemble in this adventurous addition to your next concert program!

Find more creative choices for your developing string orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. 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 Church Anthems for Spring 2018 05 February, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Even in the midst of the ice and snow, it’s time to start planning your choral anthems for this spring! Here are some of our recommendations for Sundays through Lent and Easter, as well as general worship:

FOR LENT
leon-520735At Calvary’s Cross by Mary McDonald
Based on a well-known text, this powerful testament of grace is rich with meaning and musical beauty. A winsome melody wafts like a folk tune against a flowing piano part, carrying with tender care the truth of Calvary and the awesome thoughts of Christ’s atonement. The restrained ending helps transition from the “special music” moment to the sermon, or perhaps to function as a choral response to the message. Moving!

Sorrow Like His by Larry Shackley
This powerful, soulful piece, based on the scripture verse behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, asks the listener to consider the events of Christ s betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. Set in the style of a spiritual, this a cappella anthem is ideal for contemplative Holy Week services.

FOR PALM SUNDAY
hinsha-hmc2111-fRide On, Ride On in Majesty arr. Howard Helvey
Howard Helvey is quite well known to choral musicians. This Palm Sunday anthem for mixed voices with organ has an optional congregational part that is printed in the back of the octavo.

FOR EASTER
Alleluia, Christ Is Alive! by Joel Raney
From the fist notes, and the sound of the organ chime, the tone is set in the garden, as Mary is searching for Jesus. Learning that “He is risen and the tomb is empty,” the music swells forward with dynamic energy and compelling rhythm. The addition of piano, brass and percussion further heightens this triumphant Easter Day exaltation.

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
lorenz-521401Guide My Feet arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson s setting of the classic spiritual is imbued with a vibrant energy. From the opening a cappella lines to the soulful middle verses and driving ending, this inspiring anthem is a powerful statement of trust in the God who leads and guides our journey of faith.

Meditations of My Heart by Elaine Hagenberg
Based on Psalm 19, this lyric anthem is a prayerful expression of our need for God’s transforming power. The beautiful melodies and stirring refrains are the hallmarks of Elaine Hagenberg’s compositions and this song of devotion is no exception. A perfect selection for a prayer response or for Holy Communion.

bpi-cu1048-fAncient Words arr. Craig Courtney
In his setting of Lynn DeShazo’s song, Craig Courtney has captured the simplicity and accessibility of a beloved hymn and woven into it expressive nuances, including the lyrical, a cappella introduction with its compelling harmonies, which seamlessly lead into Courtney’s signature expressive piano voicing. His arrangement features all the various colors of the sections of the choir with a climatic build to the third refrain, intended to be sung in gospel style. The piece is constructed with a lovely arc, ending much as it began, in quiet repose, proclaiming the assurance of the text.

Did you miss out on attending our January Sacred Choral Reading Session? If you’re interested in purchasing a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us! Visit our Virtual Workshop to view live footage of the clinic, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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

Organ Music for Lent 02 February, 2018

702080srecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Simply Lent is a volume of preludes, offertories, and postludes arranged for organ by J. William Greene, who graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer’s Certificate in organ. He has written and published more than 150 keyboard and choral works. This new collection offers a selection of eight pieces suitable for the Lenten season, this year from Sunday February 18th through Good Friday. Each piece can be easily and quickly learned, and will enhance the worship of your congregation. With some challenging yet musically satisfying selections, this book masters the introspective nature of the hymn tunes with finesse.

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

Creative Programming: For Festival Choirs 01 February, 2018

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu by Jacob Narverud
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu“Kuimba Nafsi Yangu” is a celebratory song derived from the following common Swahili phrases of joy, “Sing my soul, sing my heart. Sing for peace, sing for joy. There is so much love here, yes!” Intended as a concert opener or closer, this spirited piece is pure energy from start to finish as the piano and djembes drive the momentum forward while the choir sings in call and response.


Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
 by Ryan Murphy
Let All the World in Every Corner SingA dynamic and bombastic setting of this well-loved text. The piano accompaniment is exciting and supportive, and the vocal writing is straightforward, making this a great selection for honor choirs and festivals. Orchestral accompaniment and a version for brass, organ, and percussion also available.

Nine Hundred Miles arr. René Clausen
Nine Hundred MilesThis lovely folk melody is beautifully set by René Clausen. Utilizing the haunting quality of the clarinet to embellish the melancholy text, this simple folk song becomes the centerpiece of any choral concert. The clarinet part is included in the back of the octavo.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Never Give Up! by Rollo Dilworth
Never Give UpNever Give Up!” is a positive anthem written for SATB and Piano. “This piece is a perfect example of the impact and power of music in the lives of our youth today. Their words in tandem with Dr. Dilworth’s music make this a perfect piece (a positive anthem of sorts) for today’s middle and high school students.”

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Just One Heart by Jim Papoulis
Just One HeartDrawing from a simple idea, that reaching even just one heart can be a very powerful gesture, here is the positive message in music that we have come to expect in the music of Jim Papoulis. World rhythms, optional percussion and positive lyrics make this a great selection for young people.

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.

VOCALIZE: Canon Collection 29 January, 2018

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

Vocalize Canon CollectionThe Vocalize! Canon Collection is ideal for warming up, sight-singing, technique-building, and more! From traditional and familiar to original and unexpected, each of the tuneful melodies easily stacks into two, three, or more layers. Enhanced CD includes accompaniment tracks and printable PDFs.

We like this collection not only because of the variety of canons it provides, but also because with each canon comes suggested exercises from the Vocalize! book that pair well, provided a well-rounded warm-up experience.

Have questions about this and other warm-up resources? Check out our website at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 1. We’re happy to help!

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.

Organ and Piano Duets for Lent & Easter 26 January, 2018

702081recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Wondrous Cross is a collection of organ/piano duets masterfully arranged by Terry Osman, an accomplished keyboardist and arranger. There are eight duets in all, which include a contemplative setting of “In the Hour of Trial” and a celebratory setting of “Welcome, Happy Morning!” These duets are ideal for use in services leading up to Easter, including Passion Sunday. If your church is fortunate enough to have a piano and an organ which can be played together and if your church has two able players, you are indeed blessed. This collection will be a welcome addition to your music library!

For more information about organ/piano duets for church, 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!

Teach Yourself Blues & Boogie Piano 24 January, 2018

00248990-wlFrom author, composer and teacher Michael Tarro comes the new resource Teach Yourself To Play Blues & Boogie Piano. If you are a pianist who has already developed some ability on your instrument and have an interest in learning about blues and boogie woogie, this book is tailor-made for you! Jazz and swing are also discussed. You’ll focus on many aspects of these styles, proceeding slowly at first, then progressing more quickly after the fundamentals have been introduced. Most of the songs and arrangements are at the intermediate level. The online audio features demo tracks, as well as stylistic backing tracks – with bass and drums only – so you can play along as the soloist! Topics covered include: 12-bar blues; left-hand bass patterns; right-hand licks; turnarounds & endings; swing & dotted rhythms; improvisation; and much more!

For more information about this, or other how-to-play books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

POP & MOVIES for Orchestra 22 January, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

String Teachers! Plan ahead for your Spring Pops Concerts with your Middle School and High School String Orchestras. Here are this year’s winning arrangements.

Grade 2/3 Pop and Rock
leon-520483Bohemian Rhapsody arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
The rock anthem from Queen, now for first and second year players.

Cake by the Ocean arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
Beach party song from the current band DNCE.

80s Soundtrax arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2.5
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Words Get in the Way, If I Could Turn Back Time.

Go Big or Go Home arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
alfred-513595Top 20 hit from American Authors featured in 2016 NBA Playoff Finals promos.

Hey Jude arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Instantly engaging Beatles anthem in an easy version.

Surfin’ U.S.A. arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
Beach Boys surf music from the 1960s. Essential Elements Book 2 correlation.

Twist and Shout arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Vintage Isley Brothers/Beatles Rock-n-Roll that appeals to all audiences.

alfred-45843-fWork from Home arr. Michael Story, Grade 2
Infectious pop tune from the all-girl band Fifth Harmony hit big in 2016.

Grade 3/4 Pop and Rock
Brandenburg arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
From the pop violin/viola hip-hop duo, Black Violin.

Handclap arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Highest charting song from American indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums.

leon-520479Last Train to Clarksville arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Enduring favorite from the Monkees with a country fiddle twist.

Seven Nation Army arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
White Stripes riff rock considered by many to be one of the greatest song of the 2000s.

Shape of You arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Dance hall-inspired #1 pop song from Ed Sheeran is the most-streamed song on Spotify.

Victorious arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Uplifting anthem with a driving pulse from pop group, Panic! At the Disco.

Grade 3/4 Broadway and Movie
Citleon-518059y of Stars arr. Jim Kazik, Grade 3/4
Multiple award-winning song from the movie musical, La La Land.

Evermore arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
From the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Josh Grobin.

Selections from Fantastic Beasts arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 3
Two selections from the latest J.K Rowling movie adventure.

How Does a Moment Last Forever arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3/4
From the live-action film of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Celine Dion.

Kingdom Dance arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
From the Disney animated film, Tangled, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel.

leon-518058Music from La La Land arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, Another Day of Sun, Audition (The Fools Who Dream), City of Stars.

Highlights from Moana arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
How Far I’ll Go, We Know the Way, Where You Are, and You’re Welcome.

My Shot (from Hamilton) arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Standout song from the hip-hop Broadway smash, Hamilton, with optional vocal.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3
arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 4
He’s Here for Us, Jyn Erso & Hope Suite, Rogue One, Imperial Suite, Your Father Would Be Proud.

leon-520484Music from Sing arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, Ariana Grande & Stevie’s Faith.

Find more orchestra pops on our website, or contact us for more details! 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.

Middle School Show Choir 19 January, 2018

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

Looking for something your middle school showchoir students will love? Check out these three upbeat numbers to add to your young singers’ concert!

Mister Zombie's Jazz Club.jpgMister Zombie’s Jazz Club by Mark Cabaniss/arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Loaded with “scary” fun, Mister Zombie’s Jazz Club is a novelty piece that offers the opportunity to introduce jazz, swing, and the concept of scat singing to developing singers. In addition to these musical opportunities, its message is one of cooperation and acceptance. While the string bass is optional, it will add even more “cool” to the performance.

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You’re My Best Friend arr. Paul Langford
The British rock band Queen made this a hit and the song has had a long life being used in movies, television shows and commercials. This arrangement taps into that popularity and makes for a lively selection for both concert and show choirs and is a great selection for graduation.

Get Back Up Again

Get Back Up Again arr. Mac Huff
From the incredible soundtrack from the animated comedy “Trolls,” this song recorded by Anna Kendrick is a relentlessly cheerful manifesto for overcoming life’s obstacles. Fun and energetic, your singers will bring a blast of fabulous to your concert!

For more information about these and other middle school choral recommendations, visit our website at http://www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

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

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

Ken’s 10: New Marches for Band 17 January, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

With adjudication season just around the corner, January is the perfect time to preview and select marches.  With that in mind I’m excited to share my favorites for this school year, but first a confession – I don’t have 10 new marches for this list.  My choices for the very best new arrangements consist of the new titles that I scored a 9 or 10 out of 10.  The problem – I only have 7 new marches that scored a 9 or 10 combined.  I thought about filling the last 3 spots by dipping in to my 8’s (after all, you can’t have a list of 10 comprised of only 7 – how ‘bout those math skills!), but I have 14 of those.  With no good way to narrow that group to 3, I decided to round out the list with 3 of my very favorite marches from last year.    There are a lot of composers, styles, and difficulties, including some originals, so there is something for everyone and they’re all good!  I hope you find something you and your kids enjoy, and hopefully the adjudicators will too!

American Legion
Charles Parker/arr. Andrew Glover – Grade 2
Here’s a classic American march that is perfect for any type of performance! Limited ranges and technical demands make it ideal for middle school and smaller, less experienced high school bands, while cut-time and standard march style and rhythms make it perfect for the classroom. The first half features solid interplay between melody and countermelody instruments, the trio features a solid melody in the middle voices ornamented by upper woodwinds, and a powerful, “shout” finish gives the whole band a chance to shine.  A surefire audience pleaser!

The American Red Cross March
Louis Panella/arr. David Butler – Grade 3
A stellar example of the American march tradition, this work by Louis Panella was composed to honor the fine humanitarian work of the Red Cross during World War I.  It has that classic fight song type sound, and the 8th note and dotted rhythms in cut-time make it perfect for advancing bands.

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!

Generosity
Matthew N. Putnam – Grade 2
Very accessible.  In 2/4 with easy note values, basic 8th note rhythms, and keys of Bb & Eb, Generosity is an original march in standard form written with developing players in mind. It is reminiscent of the marches of Bennett and King with tuneful melodies, interesting harmonies, and a classic sound.  A few chromatic twists are thrown in to make it more exciting, and mixed articulations add maturity. Mathew Putnam has written a perfect vehicle to teach march style and form to developing players.

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!

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?

Power
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
One of Harold Bennett’s lesser-known marches, Power is in 6/8 and standard march form.  Great for teaching basic 6/8 rhythms, this classic from the original Bennett Band Book is one of his few marches that contains a “break strain.”  Bennett marches are always a sure bet, and Power allows you to add a solid 6/8 march to your library.

Rounding Out the 10 – 3 Favorites from 2016-17
Frederick’s Black Devils
Paul Murtha – Grade 4
During World War II, Winston Churchill initiated the formation of Special Force Commando Units that would prove so effective as to change the course of the war. The First Special Service Force, led by their intrepid Colonel, Robert T. Frederick, was perhaps the most famous of these units. Due to their ferocious nature and blackened faces for night raids, the Germans gave them the nickname The Black Devils. In 2015 they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow. Frederick’s Black Devils is a stirring concert march with hints of British flair that pays tribute to this legendary unit.

Mad Dash (Galop)
Timothy Loest – Grade 2
Mad Dash is an exciting, original galop or circus march for young bands.  Traditionally circus marches incorporated as many musical acrobatics as the acts themselves, and true to form this is a great vehicle for developing technique, articulation, and style while following standard form.  Accidentals and dynamic contrasts abound, it includes a key change on the trio (Bb to Eb) and a full-blown shout to the end.  The tempo marking throws down the (cautionary) challenge:  “As fast as possible, but not any faster!” (144+ bpm)

Normal
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
Every developing band should have at least a couple of Bennett marches in their library.  Perfectly written and designed for developing bands, they feature all the hallmarks of standard march form and style.  Normal is unique in that it is one of only a few Bennett marches to include a break strain – great for preparing students for Sousa and other march masters.  It also addresses cut-time, basic 16th note patterns, features lovely melodies and countermelodies, some chromatic accidentals, and the break strain provides bold contrast to the soft, lyrical trio section.

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.

Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2018 15 January, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

lorenz-521164Hallelujah! What a Savior! (The Crucified and Risen Christ) by Lloyd Larson, Faye Lopez, R. Kevin Boesiger, Larry Shackley, Molly Ijames, Mark Hayes & Pepper Choplin
Bring the Passion Story and its impact to life through moving music and Pamela Stewart’s compelling narrative: from the euphoria surrounding Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the desolation of the lonely Garden as He fully embraced God’s plan and ensuing death; from the genuine love conveyed to His faithful followers in the Upper Room to the loneliness experienced in His final hours as those same followers rejected and abandoned Him; from the anger that filled the hearts of those who now called for His crucifixion to the tender resignation of a Roman soldier that this indeed was the Son of God; from utter despair as He died on a cross to triumphant joy as Christ’s followers began to realize that His prophetic words had become reality. All of this and so much more happened within a single week! Combining the compositional talents of Lloyd Larson, Faye López, R. Kevin Boesiger, Larry Shackley, Molly Ijames, Mark Hayes, and Pepper Choplin, this inspiring cantata provides an unforgettable worship experience. It can be used in segments for use throughout Lent or Holy Week or performed in its entirety. With options for choir and piano alone or the addition of either a live orchestra or the accompaniment tracks (available separately), “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” is a powerful resource for choirs large or small.

For more recommendations for your church choir during the upcoming Lenten and Easter season, please call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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

Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2018 12 January, 2018

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

The beginning of 2018 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
gia-ww1623-fHaec Est Dies by Jacob Handl/arr. Philip Brown
A nice edition of a lesser-known work of the 16th century. “Haec Est Dies” is written for two SATB choirs, but the vocal writing is simple enough to work for younger high school choirs who are ready for the challenge.

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Ryan Murphy
A dynamic and bombastic setting of this well-loved text. The piano accompaniment is exciting and supportive, and the vocal writing is straightforward, making this a great selection for honor choirs and festivals.

As the Rain Hides the Stars by Elaine Hagenberg
Scored for SATB divisi chorus with piano, this exquisite setting of the traditional Gaelic Prayer, vividly presents the initial image of longing and unrest to the ultimate resolution of assurance that “Though I may stumble in my going, You do not fall.”

alfred-513845I Can See the River Jordan by Jay Althouse
This sturdy original is composed in the style of a traditional spiritual. A symbolic text leads to crossing metaphoric River Jordan as the music recalls songs from early America. Opens with brief solos, builds to a hand clapping almost a cappella bridge, and concludes only after full choral harmonies fade and voices unite on a single pitch.

for Women’s Ensembles
Veni Sancte Spiritus by W.A. Mozart/arr. Victor C. Johnson
This time-honored choral classic from the pen of a very young Mozart is now available in a fresh, new, authentic, and complete arrangement for women’s choir. Carefully crafted vocal lines combine with a vibrant, yet highly playable piano part and much rejoicing to brighten the spirit and gladden the heart!

Jubilate Deo by Johan Helmich Roman/arr. John Leavitt
This selection by Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman, adapted in this edition for treble voices, is recommended for festival and contest programming for choirs in middle school and high school, as well as community children’s choirs. An excellent choice for developing important performance techniques in music of the era.

lorenz-sbmp1435-fCantate Domino by Charlotte Botha
Through a juxtaposition of texture, dynamics and tempo, the composer has created a dramatic song of praise which serves well as an opener or closer. The vocal parts are woven together with percussion, claps and stomps to illuminate the message of the “new song” as dictated by the Latin text.

Goin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

for Men’s Ensembles
Three Polish War Songs arr. Derek Myler
A set of Polish military songs collected by the composer while he lived in Poland for two years among families affected still by the tragedies of war. Expertly arranged for men’s chorus, these songs offer a look into a less-familiar world and bring a sentiment of hope.

cfn-cm9488-fMairi’s Wedding arr. Drew Collins
This delightful reel, traditionally sung and played at Scottish weddings, is toe-tappin’ fun! From the opening unison statement until the final chord, men’s ensembles can explore drama and healthy singing.

Rain Music by Victor C. Johnson
“On the dusty earthdrum beats the falling rain. Now a whispered murmer, now a louder strain.” This forward-moving, rhythmically-driven music enhances the dramatic, image-laden text of Kentucky-born poet and playwright Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. Effective unison, two-, three-, and four-part writing throughout and optional parts for rain stick and djembes heighten the musical effect.

Across the Western Ocean arr. Jerry Estes
This sea chanty, from the mid-1800s, is inspired by the Irish immigrants escaping the great potato famine of their home country. Driven by a half note pulse, this piece has many ballad-like qualities with an accompaniment that propels the piece forward. It makes a wonderful selection for developing male voices teaching energetic 3-part singing.

Click here for all of our suggestions for select pieces for adjudicated events – while we have specifically geared these selections to be appropriate for Ohio Music Education Association events, this quality repertoire is sure to be successful on any spring concert or other event as well! For even more recommendations, please contact us – 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 “Classical” Music for Piano 10 January, 2018

49045645Modern Piano is a collection of 90 easy to intermediate 20th and 21st century pieces written in a great variety of styles. This is a fun collection for those who enjoy playing recently composed music, or for those who wish to do so. There are pieces in jazz style, blues, new age, pop, and more.

Classic repertoire such as Debussy’s “Le Petite Negre” and three pieces by Erik Satie are included, and there are also many pieces written by composers who penned them in 2017! Composers from around the world are represented: American Gregory Yasinitzhy wrote “Latin Blue;” German composer Barbara Heller wrote “Musical Resolution;” Russian Alexander Gretchaninoff wrote “Out for a Walk;” and English composer Cyril Scott wrote “The Elephant.” The player can go on a European/American tour just with the music in this collection! Many pieces are only one or two pages long, so it doesn’t take too long to accomplish each one. Treat yourself to a new musical experience!

For more information about this volume, 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!