News & Views Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Category: Staff Picks

Are You Planning a Piano Recital? 31 March, 2015

00-16710s4145Piano teachers, are you planning your spring recitals?  Stanton’s Sheet Music has lots to choose from, from teaching pieces by composers writing for several different publishing companies, to standard piano solos from the classical repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Mendellsohn and more.  Browse on our website, http://www.stantons.com under “piano and electronic keyboard“.  More literature can be found listed under “OMEA”,  “Junior Festival” and “supplementary teaching materials”.   Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Joy Be With You All 30 March, 2015

Graduation-partyby Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

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

Joy Be With You All arr. Douglas E. Wagner
This thoughtful closing sentiment is appropriate for any time of year. Imagine your singers joining hands as they blend and tune their voices. Just when you think you’ve heard the finest of a cappella harmonies, the final cadence delivers even more.

Over the Rainbow arr. Mac Huff
This stunning setting of the timeless ballad from The Wizard of Oz is one you will return to again and again. Simplicity, elegance and perfect moments of breathtaking sonority will showcase concert and community choirs at their very best!

There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis
In a world of conflict and violence, the true essence of this work should be one of gentle inner understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, “Look in the eyes of the children, feel the touch of their hands, there is peace,” the verse enters, with a full, yet still gentle sound. The refrain is more celebratory, followed by a quiet bridge and ending which is calm and introspective, much like the opening.

Things That Never Die by Victor C. Johnson
Prolific composer Victor Johnson has written a heart-felt setting of Charles Dickens’ well-known poem for three-part mixed voices and piano. Lyric, interesting melodies contrast with lush harmonic refrains, all in accessible ranges. Appropriate for ensembles of all sizes and abilities and for concert or festival needs.

For more suggestions for your graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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


Guitar Lesson Packs 26 March, 2015

00131553 00131554If an adult or teen wants to learn to play guitar on their own and at their own pace, we have two Guitar Lesson Packs from Hal Leonard that are a great buy and very helpful.  One is for Acoustic Guitar, and the other one is for Electric Guitar.  Each pack includes a beginning method book, a chord chart with chord theory explanation, a guitar scale chart, a guitar theory chart, and a DVD of lead lines and phrases, riffs, and more.  These Lesson Packs are currently retailing at $24.99 for a $47.95 value.  Check it out! For more information about guitar methods or songbooks, 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!


Stanton’s August 2015 Church Clinic 25 March, 2015

After Holy Week is done and you’ve had time to take a breath, make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 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

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Top Christian Hits, 2014-2015 24 March, 2015

00139167This newly released collection of Christian sheet music contains twenty of the best recent Christian hits. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”, was still #2 as of the week of January 18.  Also still high on the charts are “Greater” by MercyMe,  “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battiselli, and “Jesus Loves Me” by Chris Tomlin.  If you like to play and sing these top hits, or if you are in a praise band at church, this is a fun and valuable collection to have!  For more information about this collection or other similar collections, 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!

 


Compatible Quartets for Strings 23 March, 2015

Compatible Quartets for Strings

Recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

compatible quartets for stringsArranged/composed by Doris Gazda and Larry Clark, here are 21 quartets that can be played by any combination of four string instruments.  Do you have 3 viola students and a bass player who are buddies and want to play something together?  How about two violins and two cellos?  Or the standard quartet of two violins, viola and cello?  These flexible books will take care of any of those combinations and many more.

They are also progressive in nature, so the beginning of the book is about a grade 1.5 level and it ends up at about grade 2.5.  All four quartet parts are in each book, so each player picks a line and sticks with it to the end of the piece.  Each piece can be repeated and parts interchanged to lengthen the the selection and provide a different musical color too.

The Compatible Duets and Compatible Trios have become some of Stanton’s best selling ensemble books for young string players, so be sure to check out these wonderful quartets!

Compatible Quartet for Strings
Violin – BF106 – $14.99
Viola – BF107 – $14.99
Cello – BF108 – $14.99
Bass – BF109 – $14.99

And don’t forget –

compatible trios for stringsCompatible Trios for Strings
Violin – BF83 – $14.99
Viola – BF84 – $14.99
Cello – BF85 – $14.99
Bass – BF86 – $14.99

 

compatible duets for stringsCompatible Duets for Strings
Violin – BF77 – $14.99
Viola – BF78 – $14.99
Cello – BF79 – $14.99
Bass – BF80 – $14.99

 

Dan Clark has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions.  A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


2015 Elementary General Music Clinic! 20 March, 2015

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/29/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Andy Beck as our clinician for the 32nd edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!


Composer Profile: Ola Gjeilo 18 March, 2015

by Jen Sper, Choral Music Specialist

Ola-Gjeilo-Picture-1“Sweeping,” “floating,” “cinematic” and “lush” are words we often use when listening to new choral works by composer Ola Gjeilo. His musical voice is as fresh and unique as it is comforting and familiar. Often considered in the same compositional vein as Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen, I find Gjeilo’s work to be more conservative in his harmonic language, and his a cappella settings are especially captivating. His use of largely homophonic textures helps make the text easily comprehensible.

Most notable in our choral sphere is his setting of the classic Latin text Ubi Caritas, effective in it’s simplicity; the mixed, women’s and men’s settings have all appeared on adjudicated event lists and choral festivals since their release.

Born in Norway in 1978, Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured on Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album, which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. All three albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. A full-time concert music composer, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Laura.

For more information about Ola Gjeilo and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Ubi Caritas, Ubi Caritas II: Through Infinite Ages, Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III), The Ground, Tundra

About the Author:
Jen has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, and an active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys eating good food, running (to counteract the good food!) and the Muppets.


Stanton’s Super Session 2015! 17 March, 2015

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/1/2015, 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.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


MORE Top of the Pops for String Orchestra 16 March, 2015

MORE TOP OF THE POPS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA 2015

More TOP Choices of recent popular music for Spring Concerts

Recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

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

shake it off stringsShake It Off arranged by Larry Moore
#04491541 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Taylor Swift’s monster hit with insanely catchy pop hooks galore.

Uptown Funk arranged by Larry Mooreuptown funk strings
#04491535 – Grade 3 – $55.00
Super funky R&B throwback from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

counting stars stringsCounting Stars arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
#04491498 – Grade 3 – $50.00
One Republic’s uplifting radio smash about knowing what’s important in life.

game of thrones stringsGame of Thrones arranged by Larry Moore
#04491474 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Spirited three-quarter-time theme from the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

hanging tree stringsThe Hanging Tree arranged by Robert Longfield
#04491533 – Grade 2.5 – $45.00
Theme from the super popular film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

 

Dan Clark has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions.  A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Rock & Pop Hits for Guitar, 2015 13 March, 2015

This book of pop sheet music for guitar contains nineteen recent and current hits for guitar. All00-44138 the songs include words and guitar chords, some also have tablature.  “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is in this collection, as are “Cool Kids” by Echosmith,  “Up All Night” by John Pardi, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood.  For a more recent selection of pop songs, this is a great book!  For more about this collection, or others, 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!


2015 Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic 11 March, 2015

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excellence logopleased to announce our 22nd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 22, 2015! This session was designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends! For more information, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742.


Alfred Hitchcock, Music from the Films 10 March, 2015

14043301Alfred Hitchcock was so famous that he was the only film director whose name appeared on the cinema marquee above the film title.  He was hard on the actors, and he hated location shooting.  But in his Hollywood heyday, he made some creative collaborations with people he really valued: the composers.  He knew that music was important to the mood of a movie.  He wanted to put his audiences through the emotional wringer, and he knew that music was the key to achieving that goal.  Here, arranged for piano solo, are fifteen pieces from eleven movies.  Don’t scare yourself too much while you play them!  For more information about this collection, 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!


The Great Irish Songbook 06 March, 2015

great irish songbookSaint Patrick’s Day is coming!  Dan Fox has arranged a book of Irish sheet music for easy piano with guitar chords and words to the songs.  Some jigs, reels and hornpipes have been included as well.  There are some traditional Irish songs, and quite a few Irish-American songs.  There are over eighty selections for Saint Patrick’s Day, so you won’t run out of music!  For more information about this book of Irish songs or others, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Today is Purim! 05 March, 2015

00-42662And, pray tell, what is Purim?  It is a fun holiday when the Jewish people remember how Queen Esther went boldly to her husband the king to tell him how one of the court officials, Haman, was plotting against the Jews to kill them.  The king didn’t like the idea, and stopped Haman. (For the whole story, read the book of Esther.)  If you are Jewish, you already know and love this holiday. There are games and feasting, and the story of Esther is read.  When Haman’s name is read, everyone uses noisemakers to drown out his name.  Children dress up like different characters in the story. “Top Requested Jewish Holiday Songs” includes five Purim songs, “Haman, a Wicked Man”, and “Chag Purim” among them.  There are eight songs for Chanukah, and six songs for Passover. For more information about this collection of sheet music or other types of holiday song books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Spring Session a Smashing Success! 04 March, 2015

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

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

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


Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2015 03 March, 2015

by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Recruitment for Orchestra 02 March, 2015

Recommended by Dan Clark, Orchestra Specialist

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

STRING SECTION FEATURES

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

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

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

MOVIE MUSIC

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

NEW from the Lego Movie

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

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

SOM01010 – Themes from Harry Potter - arr. Paul Cook

NOVELTIES

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

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

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

FIDDLE FROLICS

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

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

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

RECOGNIZABLE CLASSICS

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

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

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

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

Dan Clark has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions.  A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Mythology by Celtic Thunder 27 February, 2015

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


The Hammond B3 26 February, 2015

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