News & Views Monday, February 27, 2017

Category: Staff Picks

“Two Lenten Meditations” by Eleanor Daley 27 February, 2017

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

alfred-510347Two Lenten Meditations by Eleanor Daley
These a cappella “miniatures” were written for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, respectively. The Tenebrae texts are based on two scripture passages and set the stage for the joy of Easter Sunday. Beautiful!

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.


HIT MAKERS for Orchestra 24 February, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Hot new arrangements of pop hits that span the decades!

leon-04491743-fVictorious arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Recorded by pop group Panic! At the Disco, this hit tune features a strong melody and a driving pulse…an uplifting anthem for any ensemble, team, or celebration event.

Can’t Stop the Feeling arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Justin Timberlake is back with a sizzling new track that’s heating up YouTube and the airwaves. Its catchy pop hooks and pounding dance groove make it a student player must-have.

Hello arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Adele’s heartbreaking ballad from her 2015 album is a standout hit and has been heard all over radio and television.

leon-04626439-fHey Jude arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
“Hey Jude” was The Beatles’ longest charting hit – it was at #1 on the Billboard charts for nine weeks in 1968. Surely your students deserve only the best!

Learn to Fly arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Bright riff rocker from Seattle’s Foo Fighters flew up the charts in 1999. Now your string orchestra can “Learn to Fly!”

Shut Up and Dance arr. Mike Story, Grade 2
Very playable version of fun, rhythmic power-pop from Ohio’s own Walk the Moon – it peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts.

Shut Up and Dance arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
The band, Walk the Moon, had this catchy power pop hit all over the radio in 2015. With members from Columbus and Cincinnati, they do Ohio proud!

alfred-43791-fStarlight arr. Sasha Ivanov & Derek Stein, Grade 3.5
Vitamin String Quartet’s actual hard-charging version of Muse’s modern rock tune with an added bass part. Your students can work on reading rock rhythms with their syncopation, offbeat accents, triplets, grace notes and accidentals. The cellos and basses lay down a solid foundation for everyone else to build on. It’s an authentically rockin’ rendition that will be most impressive when polished. Top notch!

Ticket to Ride arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Yet another of the many No. 1 hits of the Beatles in 1964 as they transformed popular music forever. Now arranged for strings, it features all the elements of a classic song…melodic hooks, harmonies and a pop style that appeals to everyone.

You can find more orchestra pop hits on our website, or contact us for even more repertoire ideas. 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.


Music for Piano Recital 23 February, 2017

leon-14009841-frecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The Music for Millions series is a great educational resource of piano pieces composed by pianists, especially for growing piano students. Easy Classics to Moderns Volume 17 includes 142 easy piano pieces composed from the mid-1700s to the present day. Many are only 2 lines long, so they are just the right length for a student’s very first (*gulp*) recital. There are the familiar pieces by J.S. Bach, such as Minuet in G, and Musette in D; Old French Song by Tchaikovsky; Six Miniatures by Bartok, and many more. The variety of the time periods presented offer the opportunity to become familiar with piano music across the ages. If you are preparing students for OMEA adjudications at the middle school level, anything in this collection is acceptable! If you have never used this collection before in your studio, I encourage you to check it out!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. Contact 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 2017 22 February, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Resurrection! arr. Lloyd Larson
Celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection with this outstanding medley of Easter tunes. The handbell arrangement can stand on its own or the optional brass and organ parts can be added for a more dramatic presentation. This selection is perfect for showcasing your bell ensemble on Easter Sunday and makes a dazzling inclusion in spring handbell festivals.

Easter Hymn arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Easter Hymn begins simply, with melody and fragments of it leading to the statement of the tune. An interlude generates excitement, culminating in a grand and triumphant presentation of the powerful resurrection hymn.

Shadows of the Cross arr. Dan R. Edwards
Contrasting dynamic levels, innovative harmonies, and various techniques characterize this masterful Dan Edwards arrangement. Particularly effective for Lent and Holy Week services, this dramatic work conveys the emotions of those who stood in the shadows of the cross.

The Cross of Gethsemane arr. Sharon Elery Rogers
Sharon Elery Rogers combined “Go to Dark Gethsemane” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” for this evocative setting that will enhance any Lenten worship service. To make bell changes smooth and effortless, the director may want to spread the assignments of the many accidentals throughout the choir.

The Old Rugged Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
Simultaneously traditional and modern, Lloyd Larson’s arrangement of this beloved hymn is sure to become a favorite of your congregation. A gentle accompaniment underscores the melody, while occasional and often unexpected chromatics sneak in to provide a fresh take on the tune. A simple but stunning selection for worship!

God So Loved the World arr. Anna Laura Page
Anna Laura Page has created a striking arrangement which pairs John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World” with Handel’s “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” This wonderful setting is perfect for Lent or general occasions and is accessible to most ensembles.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
This Lenten hymn reflection combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Lloyd for piano and bells following his best-selling “Now Thank We All Our God.”

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.


COMING THIS WEEKEND: Free Choral Reading Session! 20 February, 2017

14753471_10157613215545052_3204857196636172481_oJoin the Stanton’s School Choral Music team to review and sing our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30

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

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

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


Making Sight Reading Fun! 17 February, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Making Sight-Reading Fun! by Mary Jane Phillips
“Making Sight Reading Fun” – is that even possible? This creative resource book by veteran middle school choral director Mary Jane Phillips provides many different games to motivate upper elementary and secondary students to not only work harder on perfecting their sight reading skills, but to have fun while they do it! Along with motivational games like “Eliminator,” “Sight Reading Football” and “Trashketball,” Mary Jane offers tips and tricks from 27 years spent motivating students to learn to sight read in the most painless way possible. There are short Daily Activities and longer Friday “Game Day” activities – 20 in all – to keep students on their toes and engaged while learning to sight read. Also included are many sample music examples and a list of resources to use if you need to find more sight reading material. Suggested for grades 4-12.

Find more sight-reading resources for your choir on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


With Love That Has No Ending 16 February, 2017

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

With Love That Has No Ending is a wonderful new collection of sheet music for organ. Compiled by Douglas E. Wagner, this collection has selections for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Day. The full spectrum of emotion that plays out during the Lent through Easter seasons, from deepest sorrow to unbridled joy, is further amplified by the musical offerings that are brought to the worship experience. This collection presents a diverse gathering of hymn tune settings and arrangements of classic works appropriate for these holy seasons of the church year. May each of these titles draw us closer to Calvary, in communion with the Love that has no ending.

For more information about this organ music collection or other options for Easter music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website , stantons.com!


“Festival Rondo” for Multi-Level Strings 15 February, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Almost every spring, I speak with some school system somewhere wanting to program a HUGE combined concert featuring their elementary, middle and high school string orchestras. Up until now, it has been hard to recommend something that will work in that situation. Leave it to the inimitable Richard Meyer to solve the problem! “Festival Rondo” is the perfect energetic closer to an “All City” multi-level concert. Combining three levels of string orchestra (and yes, there is a harp part too) with plenty of parts for everyone, each of the three levels gets featured at some point during the piece. There are a couple of key changes and some accidentals, but nothing your groups can’t handle by the end of the school year. It’s an entertaining extravaganza!

Contact us for more recommendations for combined string ensembles, or visit our website to 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.


I Am Not Yours 13 February, 2017

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

I am not yours, not lost in you,               Oh plunge me deep in love – put out
Not lost, although I long to be                 My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Lost as a candle lit at noon,                     Swept by the tempest of your love,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.                A taper in a rushing wind.

You love me, and I find you still                                  -Sara Teasdale
A spirit beautiful and bright,                                           
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

 

Sara Teasdale’s poem has been set by a number of composers, but this new setting by Victor Johnson beautifully captures the warmth of the text and allows for many opportunities to teach rich, open tone and elegant phrasing. For the most part, Johnson uses three-part writing, but divides into four parts at key musical moments for added depth. The voice leading both in and out of the divisi is intelligent and accessible, and is supported by a delicate, artful piano part that adds some shimmer to the warmth of the vocal lines. If you choose, you can add the optional violin part to this piece; it doesn’t detract from the singers but adds one more layer of color to the piece. Although we know that there are so many pieces for women’s voices inspired by text like this, we really feel that this is one that should be on your radar and that your students will love to sing it.

If you have any questions about these or other octavo recommendations, feel free to contact us for this and any other 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.


Kid’s Korner for Spring 2017 10 February, 2017

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

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

Hosanna, Blessed Is He by Cindy Berry
Stately and triumphant, this anthem for Palm Sunday highlights the celebration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. A simple hosanna refrain recurs throughout the piece making it both easy to teach and to learn.

Lo, He Comes! by John D. Horman
A delightful, festive introit that children will love! The accompaniment sparkles especially on the refrain.

Run to the Garden by Brad Nix
Excitement surrounds this jubilant Easter anthem that recounts the feeling of elation for Christ’s resurrection. Written in ABA form, the B section incorporates the familiar NOEL NOUVELET tune providing a nice contrast between the two A sections. An optional descant in the final A section magnifies the spirit of euphoria for the anthem’s resounding conclusion.

Ain’-a That Good News? arr. Mark Patterson
This spirited, fun-to-sing setting of the well-known spiritual is infused with cool jazz harmonies to give the piece a fresh, vibrant sound.

I Love to Tell the Story arr. Anna Laura Page
Anna Laura Page’s charming partner piece will delight your congregation. The hymn tune begins the piece before a new complementary tune innocently enters, asking to hear of “the story so dear.” Consider making this an intergenerational piece with parents and children – what a wonderful, visual way to depict faith conversations. Very accessible, featuring simple rhythms and familiar intervals.

The Light of God’s Love by Mark Burrows
Celebrate God’s light shining through us than with this anthem from bestselling composer Mark Burrows. With a soulful melody, a rockin’ accompaniment, and suggestions for optional percussion, this anthem will become one of your choristers’ favorites. Mark’s lyrics move from “me” to “you” to “we” – intentionally putting the focus on community and mission. Your choir will love the throwback to This Little Light of Mine.

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.


Celtic Bluegrass for Banjo 09 February, 2017

leon-00160077recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Getting ready for Saint Patrick’s Day?  Stanton’s has a new book for banjo, Celtic Bluegrass. Many of the Scottish-Irish folksongs and tunes were retained in the Appalachian mountains, and this collection of tunes for 5-string banjo includes “Devil’s Dream,” “Soldier’s Joy,” and “Fisher’s Hornpipe,” among others. This book includes Audio Access – when you use the code that comes with the book, you will find recordings for each tune, and listen or play along!

A fun collection for lever harp players is 50 Irish Melodies For All Harps, arranged by Sylvia Woods. Each tune has an easy arrangement and an intermediate arrangement – with 52 tunes to play, you have lots and lots of choices! Contents include “Danny Boy,” “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby,” “Killarney,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “The Rakes of Mallow,” and more.

For more information, 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!

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.

 


SING from Pentatonix 08 February, 2017

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

pentatonix

The five-member vocal group Pentatonix has taken the pop music world by storm since they first leapt onto the scene in 2011. They have won multiple Grammy Awards, and are currently in the midst of their 2016 World Tour.

As a teacher, my kids were constantly (read: at least once a week) asking “Can we do something by Pentatonix?” So, whether you are getting those same questions or are just looking for some quality contemporary pieces to program, below are three of the PTX pieces we offer that we felt stood out from the rest. Because these were, at the start, arranged for multiple voices, they translate very well to a school choral setting; these provide a great way to incorporate pop music into your program without sacrificing musical integrity by using a piece never intended for choral use.

All three of these pieces were also featured at our Joy of Singing clinic over the summer, and if you would like to view the videos of those pieces being presented, they can be found here.

Sing arr. Mark Brymer
This piece is high energy, and works well with both the piano accompaniment and the full accompaniment recording. Your kids will love how peppy and upbeat the piece is, and that will feed well into your rehearsal energy as well. There are some great opportunities in here to reinforce rhythm work that has been done throughout the year, and we really feel that this is a piece that kids will get excited about.

Na Na Na arr. Mac Huff
This piece is just as high energy as “Sing,” and also can be performed effectively with either the written piano accompaniment or the accompaniment track. Mac Huff did a great job of using voice ranges that will work well for the target age range of a high school choir. It also provides an opportunity to use a beat boxer, so if you have a student who has that skill, this would be a great way to feature them.

Take Me Home arr. Roger Emerson
This is one of my favorite Pentatonix pieces. I think it provides a much-needed way to perform a pop piece while using the warm tone you have worked hard to achieve with your choirs. This arrangement is well-voiced, and has a rich, full sound; all of the ranges are in a warm place in the voice. I also really love that the tenors have the melody through most of the piece (as a soprano, I feel I can say that that’s a welcome change that happens too infrequently). I hope you enjoy this piece as much as we have.

If you have questions about these or any other sheet music recommendations, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you!

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

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


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 3-3.5 03 February, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Capture some excitement with these original, spirited, modern compositions!

Blue Mountain by Alexander Safford
Here is a sure way to add excitement to any concert. With the half note=90 in cut time and lots of syncopation and offbeat accents, it is full of vitality. One of the challenges will be keeping the drive going even at softer dynamics. It has a split cello part that adds one more inner layer of involvement and also occasionally offers an optional doubling of the viola part if you need it. The whole piece is a refreshing melodic & rhythmic jolt of upbeat, spirited energy!

Danse Carnivale by Randall Standridge
Useable as a great concert opener, finale or even an encore, Danse Carnivale is a “throwback” inspired by can-cans, galops and quick-steps. Every part has an essential, connected role, tumbling through dramatic changes in tempi, style & dynamics with the quarter note=160. Viva la Carnivale!

On the Pilgrim’s Road by Jeffrey S. Bishop
Capture the excitement of going to Jerusalem in centuries past. You can imagine the pilgrims as they struggle in those ancient times on their way to the Holy Land. The music is full of exciting rhythms contrasted with solemnity, 6/8 vs 3/4, percussive string effects, strums and solemnico style markings. All parts are enjoyably active and essential, so everyone will be kept busy. Different & interesting.

You can find more programmatic options for orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. 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 2017 01 February, 2017

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
Gather at the Mercy Tree by Lee and Susan Dengler
Perfect for Good Friday or any time during Lent, this thoughtful anthem text beckons the listener to the foot of the “mercy tree” for healing and pardon. The music and text are fresh and inviting, while the piano and choral scoring are well-crafted.

The Weeping Tree by Joseph Martin
The main theme from the best-selling cantata The Weeping Tree is now available as a standalone anthem. With a heart-affirming portrait of the crucifixion and a gentle celebration of grace, the simple folk-like melody carries the weighty message of redemption in the sensitive arms of expressive music. A chamber orchestration option offers directors a way to incorporate this piece into a concert or passion pageant. Profoundly moving!

FOR PALM SUNDAY
Let the People Shout Hosanna! by Alex Gartner
Alex Gartner’s dynamic anthem is a powerful way to begin Holy Week! The high energy piece captures the excitement of Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday with its joyous melody, changing meters, and dramatic sound.

FOR EASTER
A Resurrection Declaration by Victor Johnson
Alive with vibrant praise, this acclamation of life is a festive flourish for Easter Sunday. The rhythmic theme is punctuated by a message of confidence and unbounded joy, and the majestic brass and timpani and sparkling handbell parts will lift this invigorating anthem to the skies. Glorious!

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Because He Lives arr. Mary McDonald
This classic song by Bill and Gloria Gaither explores how the resurrection of Christ transforms the lives of believers. Mary McDonald’s superb choral writing and Michael Lawrence’s dynamic orchestration add a fresh dimension to the congregational favorite.

God of Grace and Glory by Joseph Martin
Walls of sound announce with confidence and power the glorious character of the Almighty as this festive anthem unfolds. An original tune rich with vitality and punctuated with exciting mixed meter moments forms the main theme. The anthem is crowned with a moment incorporating congregation as all join in singing the traditional hymn with a soaring descant. Awesome!

At the Name of Jesus arr. Lloyd Larson
A strong, resolute setting of the classic hymn, scored for SATB Choir and Organ or Piano, incorporating ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS NAME for optional congregation participation. The setting is well within the reach of the average church choir and will make a powerful statement in any service of worship.

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!

You can also click here to view our entire Sacred Choral promotion for Spring 2017, or visit our Virtual Workshop. 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.


Valentine’s Day! 30 January, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

alfred-44681Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you pianists and vocalists out there may be looking for the perfect piece(s) to perform for a Valentine’s Day party or other event this time of year. We have the perfect recommendation for you!

Best Romance Songs, from Alfred Publishing is a collection of 49 love songs, including Etta James’ “At Last,” Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Bobby Vinton’s “Roses are Red,” and many more. The collection is an excellent resource to have on hand for a variety of events, from parties to weddings, and for many of these pieces, the melody is present in the right hand of the piano, so it can be played as a piano or vocal solo to fit your needs.

For more information about this and other collections, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at 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.

 


Jazz for Young People 27 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist and Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learning 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! You will have 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.

This is the first of 10 volumes in the “Jazz for Young People” series – we’ll be sure to update you as new volumes become available! Find more classroom music resources and jazz resources on our website, and contact us for more information – remember to 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.

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


FREE READING SESSION: In One Month! 25 January, 2017

14753471_10157613215545052_3204857196636172481_oJoin the Stanton’s School Choral Music team to review and sing our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30

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

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

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


Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2017 23 January, 2017

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

The beginning of 2017 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
I Am by Jacob Narverud
Celebrated contemporary poet Charles Anthony Silvestri has written a text that reflects the personal insights and positive and negative aspects of being a teenager. Composer Narverud has set these insightful lyrics to depict the way that teenagers feel about the dichotomy of life: doubt and frustration coupled with excitement and passion – standing on the threshold of all things new.

Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Hieronymi) by Johann Michael Haydn/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Composed by Johann Michael Haydn (younger brother of composer Joseph Haydn), this classical work features brilliant melismatic lines and a well-crafted piano reduction of the original orchestral score. An opening triadic motive in the sopranos is repeated and developed through the lower voices in imitative fashion, before coming to a homophonic section, then a stately close.

¡Cantad al Señor! arr. Roger Bergs
This arrangement of the traditional Brazilian worship song builds slowly but intensely from a simple, sparse beginning to a fiery final verse. The choral parts are accessible but effective for choirs large and small. Improvised hand percussion can be added easily. An IPA pronunciation guide and a translation for the Spanish text are provided.

Cool Moon by Richard A. Williamson
With limited horizontal movement in the vocal parts and no awkward melodic skips, Richard Williamson’s “Cool Moon” offers an easy and effective introduction into contemporary a cappella singing. Soothing harmonies enhance this beautiful pairing of words and music.

for Women’s Ensembles
Shout for Joy! by Dan Davison
Upbeat and uptempo, this joyous anthem could be used in both worship and concert, and its accessible vocal writing alternates between unison and harmonic passages. A straightforward piano part further supports the choir, making this a perfect choice for church or school mixed choirs.

Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi by Baldassare Galuppi/arr. Jill Friedersdorf & Melissa Malvar-Keylock
Introduce your treble choirs to the Baroque/Classical style of the Italian composer Baldassare Galuppi with this adagio movement filled with sorrowful descending lines and ardent suspensions. An excellent work for developing clarity of line and musicianship.

La Monja Blanca arr. Christy Elsner
“La Monja Blanca” (the White Nun Orchid) is the national flower of Guatemala and symbolizes peace, beauty and art. This folk song in Spanish is set beautifully for young SSA a cappella voices. Light, lyrical and suitable for concert or contest.

Rainfall by Patti Drennan
Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem about a storm forming in the western sky is delightfully set in this concert work for SSA voices. Text painting at its best, the vocals sing with unison, two-part and full three-part writing and interpret the sound, sights and smells of a summer storm. An exquisite choice for concert and contest.

for Men’s Ensembles
Sit Down Servant arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
Four part harmony with divisi only at the spectacular ending, men’s groups small and large can enjoy this spirited arrangement.

Danny Boy arr. Mark Hayes
Newly scored for TTBB voices, this arrangement is sure to leave audiences breathless and become a staple of your library for years to come. An enthralling arrangement of the timeless Irish air.

Vair Me O arr. Emily Crocker
Your men’s choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translating loosely as “Bring me o’er, dear one,” this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far from home and missing one’s love. Mostly in English, this will be an excellent selection for contest or festival!

Invictus by Bruno Siegfried Huhn/arr. Stephen Rotz
“I am the captain of my soul”….so ends this great piece for young men. Both elegant and bold, this is a superb addition to this genre of repertoire.

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.


Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 3 20 January, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

The perfect, mellow contrast to more vigorous repertoire!

Smooth Sailing by Thom Sharp
Written in a comfortable “movie music” format with ever-shifting styles covering beauty, grace, wit and romanticism, Thom Sharp has created an excellent Spring Concert piece that will help teach or reinforce expressive shifting, vibrato, harmonics, and subdivision to your students. Everyone has active parts that all synchronize lushly for a relaxing treat perhaps between more vigorous pieces. Aaah!

Fleetwing by Doug Spata
Doug Spata is one of those composers whose works always sparkle. This soaring overture shimmers with accents, syncopation, and grace notes while teaching your students independence as the melodies pass fluidly between sections and the accompaniments parts are just plain fun! It is impressively challenging with satisfying results.

Daybreak by Bud Woodruff
While experiencing this beautiful work, your group’s maturity will evolve like the dawn. Everyone has active, essential parts to keep them musically busy with lots of call and response, syncopation and essential accidentals used to help denote the sunrise as it slowly builds to a fully lighted extravaganza. The piece is sprinkled with solos, so it’s an excellent lesson in keeping the soloists to the fore while playing background parts too. De-light-ful!

She Will Hang the Night with Stars by William Hofeldt
Reminiscent of his Lullaby, The Gift, and Nocturne, here is William Hofeldt at his best with a gorgeous interpretation of a poignant Oscar Wilde poem. Some of Hofeldt’s more recent compositions have been a tad long or too difficult for many school groups, but this one is right in the pocket and positively radiant. With some shifting in upper divisi parts and some accidentals, it will mine the depth of your pupils’ abilities with independent parts that are beautifully active. Nice to have a new Hofeldt piece that most people will savor.

Find more music for orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations!

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.


Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2017 18 January, 2017

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

Lead your congregation in Holy Week and Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!

Hope in the Shadows by Joel Raney & Lloyd Larson
Retracing Christ’s final days and journey to the cross, this new musical for Lent and Holy Week includes a mixture of traditional and contemporary hymns and songs set in a variety of styles. Arranged for SATB choir with narrator(s), and options to include soloists and congregation, plus a 5-piece instrumental ensemble, scored by Ed Hogan, this 38-minute program focuses on our Savior’s sacrifice and the hope in the shadows to which we cling.

What Love Is This? by Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks & Larry Shackley
God’s endless love for the world is vividly expressed in the Passion Story as Jesus willingly lays down His life so that all might experience eternal life. “What Love Is This?” is a moving musical and worship experience for choir and congregation alike as it walks through the last days of Christ’s earthly life from the jubilant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the difficult days of rejection and crucifixion to the triumphant resurrection of Easter Sunday. The fullest spectrum of music is represented in this dramatic 35-minute work from composers Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks, and Larry Shackley. A single narrator weaves the narrative between anthems ranging from celebratory to contemplative. The musical options with both SATB and SAB versions available ensure that this can be done by choirs large or small. The accompaniment options from piano to full orchestra to accompaniment track provide maximum flexibility for virtually any worship setting.

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.