News & Views Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Category: Staff Picks

New Contemporary A Cappella 02 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year! With high-profile features like “The Sing-Off” and “Pitch Perfect,” and the explosive success of groups like Pentatonix, many high schools and colleges are getting in on the action as well! Here are a few of our new favorites for contemporary a cappella ensembles:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Fame arr. Ben Bram
This favorite Golden Globe and Academy Award winner really kicks in Ben Bram’s new pop a cappella arrangement. A perfect choice to open or close any concert.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Kirby Shaw
You’ve heard many arrangements of this beautiful American folk hymn, but none quite like this. Kirby Shaw’s unique style brings out the inherent joy of the traditional text. Throughout the piece, sections of the choirs are used as accompaniment, and a bright chord structure yields a current sound. Fresh!

Kids in America arr. Deke Sharon
This perennial New Wave hit was the exciting opening number featured in the 2014 edition of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” This a cappella setting by “Sing-Off” music arranger and coach Deke Sharon will be an awesome selection for your group as well!

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
Gravedigger arr. Timothy Takach
From the hushed opening this choral lament grows in sound and intensity to a powerful outpouring of sorrow. The song, originally from the Dave Matthews Band, was arranged for the Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble Cantus. A showpiece!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Bellas Finale (from “Pitch Perfect 2”) arr. Deke Sharon
As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include “Run The World (Girls),” “Where Them Girls At,” “We Belong,” “We Got The World,” and “Flashlight.”

Wake Me Up! arr. Deke Sharon
From Swedish DJ and artist Avicii, this 2013 chart hit in a fun and accessible a cappella setting!

For more a cappella suggestions, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 1.

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.


Make Them Hear You 29 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Send your graduating seniors off with music with one of these new choral titles, perfect for spring concerts or graduation ceremonies!

leon-499512Alway Something Sings by Dan Forrest
This new music from composer Dan Forrest is a beautiful setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s text, commissioned and premiered by the Red Rose Children’s Choir, Chicago, IL. It is set for SATB or SSA voices and piano, with optional string quartet or string orchestra.

A Flower Remembered by John Rutter
With a simple, appealing melody, rich harmonies, and a flowing accompaniment, “A Flower Remembered” is sure to become a favorite. Mr. Rutter’s offering is both reflective and heartfelt.

alfred-493417Make Them Hear You arr. Mark Hayes
In a riveting moment of musical theater from the musical “Ragtime,” Coalhouse Walker Jr. encourages his friends and family to change society by telling their story. His profound message soars in this well-crafted and powerful setting.

Thankful arr. Mark Hayes
Recorded by Josh Groban, this inspirational song reminds us of the importance of giving in life and for all we have to be thankful. The moving arrangement is beautifully orchestrated, adding to the rich vocal harmonies that set the exquisite melody and text. Perfect for every choir.

You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Carole King’s classic hit from 1971 and covered by James Taylor offers a universal message of hope and reassurance. Recently included in the Broadway musical Beautiful, this is a wonderful feel-good song for choirs of all types and many concert occasions!

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.


Happy Birthday, Sergei Prokofiev! April 27, 1891- March 5, 1953 27 April, 2016

peterSergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russia, in 1891. His mother, Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova, was his first musical  influence. She taught young Sergei piano, and was a fine pianist herself. She notated his first composition, “Indian Galop,” when he was just five years old!

In 1904, at the age of 13, Prokofiev entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory to study piano and composition, studying with Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov. He was already experimenting with unconventional composition styles, which sometimes ruffled the feathers of his teachers. In 1918, after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian Cultural Commissar allowed Prokofiev to tour the world.

He returned to Soviet Russia permanently in 1936. He wrote everything from his difficult concertos to music for young people. “Music for Children” Opus 65 is a lovely collection of intermediate short 00296755pieces with emphasis on themes of interest to children and youths. Other piano works include his 9 Sonatas, and Visions Fugitives, Opus 22. “Peter and the Wolf,” a long time children’s favorite, is an orchestral piece, but it has been transcribed for piano in several editions, the easiest of which is probably the Schaum edition, which is about a Level 3.

For more information about Prokofiev’s music, or other Russian composers, call us at 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!


23rd Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 26 April, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
REGISTRATION: $20

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

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


Hillsong Modern Worship Hits 22 April, 2016

00154952Many contemporary  Christian favorites come from Hillsong, an Australia based mega-church. Their music ministry is well recognized, with songs like Darlene Zechech’s “Shout to the Lord” and many others being sung around the world. Many of their albums have achieved gold status in Australia.

This collection, “Hillsong Modern Worship Hits,” includes twenty favorites – “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “This I Believe (The Creed),” “Cornerstone,” “Christ is Enough,” and more. Lyrics, piano part, and guitar chords are included in this collection. If Hillsong music includes some of your favorites, you will enjoy this book!

For more information about this collection, 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.


The Stanton’s Difference – 10% Educator Discount 20 April, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. That’s why we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Did you know that Stanton’s offers a 10% discount on most printed sheet music products to teachers, church musicians and college music majors? You can use your discount when shopping online, over the phone, or in the store. Your discount is automatically applied when you use your church or school account, or just mention that you are a teacher when you call to place an order!

10% doesn’t sound like very much? Think of it this way: For choral directors, it’s the same as buying 9 copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with 3 ensembles. If you buy 3 pieces for each group over the course of the year, that “fun” pop number for the spring concert is like a freebie! And who doesn’t love FREE?

For more information about the educational discount, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Join Us with MARK HAYES This Summer! 19 April, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Top Country Hits of 2015-2016 15 April, 2016

00156297This collection of fourteen top country hits includes songs performed by current artists such as Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. Some of the songs in this collection are: “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “(Smooth As) Tennessee Whiskey,” and “Burning House.” If you’ve been trying to figure out the words or some of the chord progressions to any of these songs, this book will answer all your questions. Check it out!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hamilton 14 April, 2016

HISTORIC. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush. A MARVEL. – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

BRILLIANT. HAMILTON is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a theater. Bold, rousing, sexy, tear-jerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that asks you to think afresh about your country and your life. – David Brooks, The New York Times

HAMILTON is the most exciting and significant musical of the decade. Sensationally potent and theatrically vital, it is plugged straight into the wall socket of contemporary music. This show makes me feel hopeful for the future of musical theater. – The Wall Street Journal

These are a few of the reviews for the new musical Hamilton, which first debuted Off-Broadway at 00155921The Public Theater in February, 2015. In August, 2015, it moved to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. People started asking at Stanton’s for the vocal selections  for “Hamilton” by Christmas of 2015. Finally, we can tell our customers that they can reserve a copy! Hal Leonard has the vocal selections (vocal line with piano accompaniment) coming soon. Seventeen songs are included, such as “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “Satisfied,” and “You’ll Be Back.”

Reserve your copy now! Contact 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!

 


Little Gems for Your Warm-Up Library 13 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Having a productive rehearsal begins with effective warm-up exercises, so keeping a library of quality resources for this purpose is invaluable! Here are just a few of our favorite choral warm-up resources:

Wander the World with Warm-Ups by Lynn M. Brinckmeyer
The next time you use warm-ups, wander the world with your choir! This collection of forty simple folk songs from twenty different countries is the perfect resource for you. They can be easily memorized for immediate focus and the recommended strategies allow the warm-ups to work for both beginning and advanced singers. Help refine students’ ability to listen to each other, unify vowels and tune chords all while experiencing beautiful and dynamic songs of other cultures.

Warming Up with Rounds by Catherine DeLanoy
Choral rounds have been used for recreational singing for hundreds of years and are effective tools for your students to understand harmony, expand their vocal ranges, and experience a choral sound that is easily accessible to them. By using rounds as warm-ups, you can teach vocal technique, music theory, application, appreciation, and history, as well as increase your singers’ understanding of scales, intervals, modes, dynamics, and terminology. “Warming Up with Rounds” includes both familiar and rare rounds that are easy and challenging, as well as serious and fun. Music teachers and their students will enjoy discovering the secrets that choral rounds offer and ultimately feel a great sense of accomplishment when they make beautiful, harmonious music together.

115 Tang Tungling Tongue Twisters by Greg Gilpin
This collection of enjoyable and challenging tongue twisters using every letter of the alphabet is set to fun music for all ages. Say them! Sing them! Use them to focus your choir’s attention! These tongue twisters are effective tools to improve diction and enunciation, while offering some amusing “icebreaker” moments. Whether used as a warm-up, warm-down or focus moment, they will taunt even the most talented in town with a tang-tungling time! Greg Gilpin has written the piano accompaniment with chord symbols so your choir can move up and down the scale with ease.

For more warm-up recommendations for your choir, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742!

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


SUPER SESSION This Summer! 12 April, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


Found Soundology 06 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Found Soundology by Mark Shelton
Take your students on an unforgettable musical journey with this collection of twelve original compositions using everyday objects in place of traditional instruments – tin cans! tables! plastic buckets! paper and pencils! While each piece includes suggestions for found sounds, Mark Shelton encourages you and your classes to find your own sound sources. Teaching and performance tips, recordings, and reproducible parts round out this convenient, creative outlet. Perfect for middle school general music!

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.


THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration! 05 April, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

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

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

Registration is now open! Contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


STANTON’S SPOTLIGHT – Men’s Choir 04 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Though Much Is Taken, Much Abides by Victor C. Johnson
Images of courage, honor and bravery abound in this moving and valiant setting of selected lines from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses. A powerful accompaniment supports Victor’s solid, artful choral writing. This poignant work is a welcome addition to men’s choral repertoire and is especially ideal for festival choirs.

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.


APRIL FOOLS! :) 01 April, 2016

hilariously provided by Dan C., Stanton’s resident jokester

How are music jokes like a bride’s wardrobe? Some are old, some are new, some are borrowed, some are blue! (*groan*) Here are “24 Totally Cringe-worthy Classical Music Jokes,” courtesy of classicfm.com:

Schoenberg-Arnold-03Arnold Schoenberg walks into a bar. “I’ll have a gin please, but no tonic”

Why was the former conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic always first off the plane? Because he only had Karajan luggage.

Why couldn’t the string quartet find their composer? He was Haydn.

There are so many jokes about this composer. I could make you a Liszt.

Why didn’t Handel go shopping? Because he was Baroque.

Why did J. S. Bach have so many children? Because he didn’t have any organ stops.

au laWhy didn’t the bouncer let the quarter notes into the bar? Because they were slurring.

How do you fix a broken brass instrument? With a tuba glue.

What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft? A flat minor.

How can you tell if a singer’s at your door? They can’t find the key and don’t know when to come in.

What’s the difference between a viola and an onion? No one cries when you cut up a viola.

AR-140629629What’s the difference between a conductor and God? God doesn’t think he’s a conductor.

Middle C, E flat and G walk into a bar. “Sorry,” the barman said. “We don’t serve minors.

How do you get a trombonist off your doorstep? Pay them for the pizza.

What’s the difference between a bassoon and a trampoline? You take your shoes off the jump on a trampoline.

How does a soprano sing a scale? Do, Re, Mi, Me, Me, Me, Me ME!

What’s the difference between a musician and a large pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four.

What’s the definition of perfect pitch? When you throw a banjo in the trash bin and it lands on an accordion.

Why did the audiophile buy a Pavarotti album? Because he loved the high Cs.

Knock knock. Who’s there? Philip Glass. Knock knock. Who’s there? Philip Glass. Knock knock. Who’s there? Philip Glass

What do a viola and a lawsuit have in common? Everyone’s relieved when the case is closed.

What’s the difference between a chainsaw and a saxophone? You can tune a chainsaw.

How many sopranos does it take to change a light bulb. One. She just holds on and the world revolves around her.

A percussionist, tired from being ridiculed by other musicians, decides to change instruments. He walks into a music shop and says, “I’ll take that red trumpet over there, and that accordion.” After a second, the shop assistant says, “OK, you can have the fire extinguisher but the radiator stays.”

Two back desk orchestral players go fishing and one falls out of the boat. He screams: “Help, I don’t know how to swim!” His partner replies: “Just fake it!”

About the Author:
Dan has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


The Songs of Cole and Johnson Brothers 25 March, 2016

Many of us are familiar with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a poem written by James Weldon Johnson, and set to music composed by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson. It’s the official song of the NAACP, and sometimes it is known as the “Black National Anthem.” Did you know that they, and a friend Bob Cole, wrote some of the most popular songs used in Broadway shows, vaudeville, and by popular solo singers in the early 1900s? They also wrote their own songs for their act on the vaudeville circuit, and wrote and starred in their own operettas. Between 1900 and 1905, these three African-American men were the most popular songwriters in America.

This collection of sheet music00148619 by this important historic trio contains thirty-six of their songs. As you peruse the table of contents, or read through the lyrics, remember that these songs were written and performed by black men in a different time and place. The songs reflect their own time and place. Some few of the songs have been performed consistently through the years: “Under the Bamboo Tree” and “Congo Love Song” are among these. It is well worth knowing about these men, and learning some of their songs.

For more information about this collection, or anything else you may be interested in, please 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!


NEW for Elementary School Choir 23 March, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Specialist

This spring, feature your elementary choir with some of these fun octavos, perfect for young singers in grades 3-6!

alfred-492328Bound for Glory arr. Alex Gartner
Step one: sing a familiar spiritual; step two: combine with a catchy partner melody; step three: introduce “When the Saints Go Marching In;” and then . . . put ’em all together for an ingenious triple partner song! All aboard!

Clever Chameleon by Andy Beck
How fun to sing about one of nature’s most curious creatures! A whimsical text, bluesy overtones, quirky chromatics, and optional hand percussion paint a clear picture of the skillful lizard and his changing colors. As to be expected from Andy, the two-part writing is spot on.

Colonel Bogey’s Grand Old Flag! arr. Greg Gilpin
Patriotic and fun! Greg Gilpin’s creative partner song combines singers and kazoos on two well-known, flag-waving favorites. A rousing crowd-pleaser!

lorenz-15_3231h-fDide ta Deo arr. Mark Weston
Add excitement to your concert program with this Mark Weston adaptation of a traditional Nigerian folk song that tells the story of a safe return home. The percussion parts illuminate the driving beat and spirit-filled emotion, and a pronunciation guide and translation are included.

Hummingbird and Butterfly by Amy F. Bernon
The title characters meet at a flowerpot one summer night and a great friendship is born. Shy Hummingbird and social Butterfly come together in a fluttering duet that will delight young singers. Lyrical and full of movement, this delightful original is just right for spring concerts and end-of-year performances.

Night and Day by Peter Robb
Two contrasting moods are explored in this short setting that gives young singers a chance to develop a full, free and flexible sound. Includes two movements: Moon, Are You Out There? and Fine Day.

lorenz-15_3253h-fOctavia by Mark Burrows
From the creative wellspring of Mark Burrows comes this adorable song about Octavia the Octopus, who wants nothing more than to sing! Complete with solo opportunities, a catchy tune, and comfortable vocal ranges, this crowd pleaser is the perfect match for any developing choir.

Sing Alleluia! by Victor C. Johnson
This bright and festive work opens with an upbeat and rhythmic A section, full of fun syncopations and interesting meter changes, transitioning into a lyrical and flowing B section and finally returning to a variation of the opening material. Ideal for concert, festival or contest use!

chorgd-cge5-fWho Has Seen the Wind? by Edwin T. Childs
We see and feel the effects of the wind – cold, warm, a slight breeze or a fierce blow – but can we really see it? Christina Rossetti’s intriguing poem about the mysteriousness of the wind provides the text for this engaging, gentle concert offering for young and developing choirs. The flute provides interesting color and a distinctive third part when both vocal parts unite in an effective partner song format. A Learning Resource Page is included.

You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Carole King’s classic hit from 1971 and covered by James Taylor offers a universal message of hope and reassurance. Recently included in the Broadway musical Beautiful, this is a wonderful feel-good song for choirs of all types and many concert occasions!

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.


THE FORCE AWAKENS for Strings 21 March, 2016

recommended by Dan Clark, Orchestra Specialist

String Orchestra Directors – has your Force Awakened?

Here are your best NEW options for “Star Wars” music for your Spring Orchestra Concert! All are expected to be off the press by the end of March.

STRING ORCHESTRA:
March of the Resistance arr. Paul Lavender (available NOW!)
This distinctive march theme gives string orchestras a terrific concert work that features skilled contrapuntal and fugal style writing. A challenging yet fun experience that mixes early Baroque and Classical style with the power and drama of Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Highlights arr. James Kazik
James Kazik’s impressive montage spotlights the newest John Williams themes from the film soundtrack, plus the monumental Star Wars main theme. Includes: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars Heroes arr. Jerry Brubaker (available NOW!)
This stunning medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker includes popular selections from many of the films. It features the ever recognizable and exciting “Star Wars (Main Title),” the lush and beautiful “Luke and Leia,” the action packed “Battle of the Heroes,” the emotional and lyrical “Han Solo and the Princess,” and to provide a fitting conclusion, the majestic “The Throne Room.”

Themes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Robert Longfield (available NOW!)
For developing string groups, this accessible medley includes all of the major Star Wars themes heard throughout the newest chapter, including: Star Wars Main Theme; March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Rey’s Theme arr. Robert Longfield
Younger groups will love playing this new adventure theme from The Force Awakens. Truly a highlight of John Williams’ new score, “Rey’s Theme” gives a great sense of spirit, adventure, and fantasy that has become of key part of the continuing saga of Star Wars.

FULL ORCHESTRA:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Suite for Orchestra by John Williams
Includes 5 concert movements with performance options: I. March of the Resistance; II. Rey’s Theme; III. Scherzo for X-Wings; IV. The Jedi Steps (Concert Version); V. The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Soundtrack Suite arr. Sean O’Loughlin
This edition for educational groups brings the drama and beauty of John Williams’ newest film score to the stage for school orchestras. The Star Wars main theme is included, along with brilliant, engaging new music from the soundtrack: March of the Resistance; Rey’s Theme; Kylo Ren’s Theme; The Jedi Steps and Finale.

Selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens arr. Johnnie Vinson (available NOW!)
From the blockbuster film, John Williams used familiar older themes along with dynamic new material in creating a truly memorable soundtrack. Here is a great sounding medley scored with flexible instrumentation and playable with just about any size ensemble. Featuring the following titles: The Jedi Steps and Finale, Main Title and The Attack on Jakku Village, March of the Resistance, and Rey’s Theme.

Looking for other Pop Music for String Orchestra? These are all off the press and ready for immediate delivery!
Hello arr. Larry Moore
Hey Jude arr. Larry Moore
Learn to Fly arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Larry Moore
Shut Up and Dance arr. Mike Story
Ticket to Ride arr. Larry Moore

About the Author:
Dan has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


The Color Purple 18 March, 2016

00156632The Color Purple” has a revival going on Broadway, and Stanton’s has the vocal selections for it! This collection has eight of the songs from the musical, which opened on Broadway in 2015. The new version is more streamlined than the original, and has received some sparkling reviews. “Push Da Button” is sung by Jennifer Hudson as “Shug,” and it is a showstopper! “Any Little Thing” is a sweet duet between husband and wife. Check out the new collection for the revival! The songs are arranged for voice with piano accompaniment.

For more information about this collection, 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!