News & Views Saturday, September 05, 2015

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Meet the Stanton’s Team – Joyce S. 04 September, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

joyce stonebreakerJoyce Stonebreaker is a retired public school music teacher with over 30 years of experience, mostly with high school choirs.  She is currently an active pianist and accompanist in the Columbus area.  Joyce spends her free time playing tennis and traveling.

  1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Choral Department
  2. What do you consider your specialties here? – Choral Music (specifically high school)
  3. How long have you worked at Stanton’s? – This will be my 8th year working part-time/seasonally.
  4. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Helping young and beginning teachers
  5. What is your hometown? – Cleveland, OH
  6. Where did you go to college? – THE Ohio State University (undergrad and grad)
  7. What is your major instrument? – Piano
  8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I work part-time at Otterbein University as a staff accompanist. I accompany 2 choirs, studio classes, recitals, musical theatre rehearsals, etc.
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? – Play tennis and go hiking
  10. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – In general, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays during the months of July-February.
  11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Marlana VanHoose before the NBA final game
  12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as I was babysitting my friend’s 3-month old yesterday.
  13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Sing under Robert Shaw, play piano duets with Frederic Chopin, and accompany Isaac Stern.
  14. What is your most memorable musical moment? –  Playing the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st. mvmt.) with the OSU Symphony Orchestra at the Ohio Theatre.  We were kicked out of Mershon Auditorium because “A Chorus Line” was on its first national tour … the best concert conflict ever!
  15. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Oboe
  16. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – Singing in a back-up choir for Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, and the Judd’s at Polaris Amphitheatre.
  17.  What musical sound or noise do you love? – a perfectly tuned string quartet
  18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – a very-out-of-tune string quartet
  19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? – performing
  20. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – My mom’s family orchestra (my mom on piano, uncle on trumpet, one aunt on violin, and the other aunt on flute)
  21. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Actuarial science
  22. What profession would you not like to do? – Coal mining … that looks like the hardest job in the world!!
  23. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – Probably about an 8.  I like to tease people, especially those who I like.
  24. Who was your first crush? – A little boy named Johnny B in my Kindergarten class.  I kissed him when we were getting in line for our bathroom break.
  25. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Children and young adults taking piano lessons.
  26. Do you love or hate roller coasters? I used to love any roller coaster at Cedar Point, but as I’ve gotten older, I get sick
  27. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – The ability to solve all conflicts so that there are no more wars … anywhere!
  28. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Probably around 15.
  29. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job?  Both!  I’d still like to work, but then be able to give money to all of my nieces & nephews so that they could pay all of their bills.
  30. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Breakfast at Bob Evans.

Back to School: Fall 2015 Band Update 31 August, 2015

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Now that school is back in session and marching band season has begun to hit a groove, I’d like to catch you up on band related news, features, and upcoming events for 2015-16. While everyone takes a bit of a break in June & July (yes, we take some vacation, too!), we are hard at work previewing all the new concert band titles, updating our website & Listening Library, picking promotions, and brainstorming ways to make your work a little easier. Here’s a rundown of new features and things to look forward to this school year:

What’s New
– If you haven’t already, you can check out all the NEW concert band titles on stantons.com. Head over to the concert band page and click on New for 2015-16!, and you can browse the new titles by difficulty or publisher.
– We have announced our Stanton’s Staff Selections for the new school year. Of the 550+ new band titles we previewed, these are the 80-90 best as chosen by our band staff. Preview them by clicking on Stanton’s Staff Selections on the concert band page, then choose 2015-2016 Young Band or 2015-2016 High School Band or visit our Current Promotions page.
– Watch your mailbox for our 2015-2016 Concert Band promotions featuring this year’s Staff Selections. The Young Band promotion was mailed this month; our High School promotion will arrive in mid-October.
– The 2016 OMEA Required Music Lists were released in late June and are available for preview on our concert band page.
– Middle School band directors in need of a quality repertoire guide should check out the recently released Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band volume.
– If you have a jazz band, be sure to read my post from last week What (Music) Should I Do with My Jazz Band?

Tyler S. Grant

Features
– If you aren’t already subscribed (why not?), click here to receive periodic emails from us featuring uniquely themed Staff Selections, Composer Spotlights (3 coming this year!), the latest music, method, and textbook releases, and more!
– Check our concert band page often – the Featured Tabs along the bottom will change to highlight the best new pieces for concert band!
– We are excited to add Tyler S. Grant to the Featured Composers and Arrangers on our Listening Library! This young composer is consistently writing some of the best new music for young bands – you really should check him out!
– If you’re curious to know what my favorite new titles are, visit the Ken’s Top 10 – 2015 tab on our concert band page.
– Want to know more about the people you speak with on the phone and that handle your orders? Our Meet the Stanton’s Team series of staff profiles let’s you know who we are, what we specialize in, and what we geek out on!

Upcoming Events
– Our 14th Wind Band Invitational & New Music Reading Clinic – November 20-21, 2015 – Capital University
– Visit our booth at The Midwest Clinic – McCormick Place, Chicago, IL – December 16-18, 2015
– Visit us at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference – Louisville, KY – January 6-9, 2016

That’s all for now! I hope you find these items helpful and fun, and that your school year is off to a smooth start.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, the Muppets, and all things Pittsburgh. He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band. You should check out their album Walk On Out the Door available on iTunes and Amazon.


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Ben H. 19 August, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Ben HuntoonBen 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.

  1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – I work in the instrumental department.  You know, the guys in the white hats.
  1. What do you consider your specialties here? – All things jazz.
  1. How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – Twenty-three years
  1. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Working with customers face to face and preaching the gospel of jazz
  1. What is your hometown? – Galesburg, Illinois… Home of poet Carl Sanburg and the location of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates.
  1. Where did you go to college? – Capital University, Bachelor of Music Education; The Ohio State University, Master of Arts
  1. What is your major instrument? – Trumpet
  1. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – Adjunct faculty at Otterbein University. Active freelance musician in Central Ohio and throughout the Midwest.
  1. What do you like to do in your spare time? – Cook, garden, read and practice trumpet.
  1. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday.
  1. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – Beehive from “Lee Morgan, Live at the Lighthouse”
  1. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – I Love You by Cole Porter
  2. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Horace Silver
  3. What is your most memorable musical moment? – Many moments, but one that comes to mind is improvising Amazing Grace on solo trumpet for a cathedral full of congregants in Dresden, Germany
  4. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Piano
  5. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – Dressed in a floor length cape, wearing a cavalier’s hat with a feather and playing trumpet fanfares with a friend for the opening of a department store in a mall.
  6.  What musical sound or noise do you love? – My daughter, a professional USAF musician, playing oboe.
  7. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – In the Mood makes me break out in hives!
  8. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? – Performing in a magical musical moment is like the ultimate drug.
  9. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Playing with the angel Gabriel, of course! Isn’t that where all of the trumpet players hang out?
  10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – National Park ranger
  11. What profession would you not like to do? – Sanitation worker. Those people have my ultimate respect.
  12. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – Funny “ha-ha” or funny strange???
  13. Who was your first crush? – My 8th grade science teacher, Miss Fox. Need I say more?
  14. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?Elephant bells and platform shoes. I was stylin’ in the 70s.
  15. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – Love
  16. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – Split solid matter using the sound waves from a triple high C.
  17. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – Too many for a guy
  18. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – Winning the lottery would buy me time.
  19. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Legumes

How We Pick Choral Promotions – the 2015 Update! 12 August, 2015

By Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist (This post has been updated to include new 2015-2016 information, but was first posted on Dec. 1st, 2014)

A femusic listening 2w months ago, my colleague in the instrumental department, Ken Tilger, wrote a post about how that department picks the items for their promotions.  Not to be outdone, I’d like to take the opportunity to let you know how I and my partner in crime, Jen Sper, pick the items for our school choral promotions.

In late winter or early spring, publishers begin to send us their new releases for fall.  We get stacks of music (with demo CDs) to review from Hal Leonard (includig Shawnee, Walton, Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Pavane, Fred Bock etc.), Alfred (including Lawson-Gould), Lorenz (including Santa Barbara and Heritage), Carl Fischer (including BriLee), Hinshaw, Alliance, Chorister’s Guild and a few other smaller publishers.  If you are thinking “Wow, that is quite a bit of music,” you’d be correct.  In fact, if you assign each piece an average listening/evaluation time of 3.5 minutes, we spend about 2,200 minutes, or 48 hours, or 6 full working  days (no lunch or potty breaks!) listening to more than 800 new releases.  For more data on our listening, scroll to the bottom.

When we listen, we’re not only keeping an ear out for our in-house promotions, but also for selections for our clinics (such as Stanton’s Super Session and Excellence in Choral Literature), OMEA Large Group Select Suggestions, and even music for Christmas, graduation and other special occasions.

music listening 3Round 1

Jen and I sit with the octavo in front of us and listen to every single selection from beginning to end.  We write our impressions, usually just a few choice words or phrases, into a massive spreadsheet that we keep for review purposes.  After this, a piece goes into either the “no” or the “maybe” pile.  Our “no” pile is quite a bit larger than our “maybe” pile.  We consider it a good release if 25-30% of a publisher’s titles end up in the “maybe” category.

Round 2

Now that we’ve combed through the riff-raff, it’s time to consider the balance of our selections for our in-house promotions.  We sort our “maybe” pile by voicing, and then by genre.    Just like good concert programing, we are looking for a variety of styles – current pop, classic pop, Broadway, folk songs, original compositions, spirituals, world/multi-cultural, holiday music and various foreign languages.

Round 3

Now it’s time to play through selections at the piano.  We grab a genre and play through, looking for things like:

1.  Is it well written/voiced in all parts?

2.  What can teachers teach or students learn from working on this piece?

3.  Is it enjoyable to sing/play/teach?

4.  Is it appropriate for school?

5.  Will it appeal to a wide variety of customers?

6.  If the song is available in multiple voicings, is one better than the other?  Why?

The answers to these questions will usually make our choices pretty clear, and then it’s time to make our lists, contact our clinicians, and design the actual promotional materials that you receive in your mailbox!

choral promotions by the numbers 2015-2016By the Numbers – This table shows the number of pieces that we promoted this year by publisher, and the percentage of their total offerings that we promoted.  You’ll see that even those publishers with the highest percentage of promoted items rarely break the 30% mark.

Other Points of Interest

  • Jen and I only look at promotions for school choral.  We have two other people who work specifically on pieces for church choirs, and they have even more selections to listen to than we do!
  • While it might sound like a cushy job to sit and listen to music for 8 hours a day, it can be mentally exhausting after a while.
  • No, we don’t always agree, but you’d be amazed at how often 2 very opinionated people say the EXACT same thing about a particular piece.
  • If there is something that one of us truly believes is worth fighting for, the other one will generally give in.
  • The best part about the process is discovering a new piece that is just amazing!  This year, our greatest discovery was the promotion from Chorister’s Guild.  Traditionally a sacred music publisher, 2015 marked their first school release, entitled “Sing!” from editor Mary Lynn Lightfoot.  As you can see from our percentages above, we LOVED IT!!!

We believe that devoting quite a bit of time and effort to this process is very important.   The 75 or so selections that make the cut are things that we recommend to you, our valued customers, for the entire school year. If you have questions about this process (or would like some recommendations), please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC, ext. 1.

Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department 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 a 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!


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Barb M. 03 August, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

barb profile pictureBarb 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.

  1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s?  – Keyboard and popular music
  2.  How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – Thirty-four years
  3. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Looking at new issue music.
  4. What is your hometown? – Columbus, OH
  5. Where did you go to college? – The Ohio State University
  6. What is your major instrument? – Five stringed fiddle.
  7. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I play and conduct handbells and sing in the choir at church.  We also have a bluegrass gospel string band at church. I sing and play fiddle, autoharp, mandolin, buttonbox, recorder, and a few other things in string band. I also play in the 3rd clarinet section in the Columbus State Community College concert band.  Sometimes, they let me play percussion.  I got to play the gong in “O Fortuna” awhile back.
  8. What do you like to do in your spare time? – I hang out with friends, play computer games, and play music.
  9. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – Monday & Wednesday-Saturday
  10. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – Something classical on WOSU.
  11. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – The hymns yesterday in church.
  12. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – I would want to play viola with Mozart’s orchestra, clarinet in Sousa’s band, and fiddle with the Charlie Daniels Band.
  13. What is your most memorable musical moment? – I played viola in “Psalmis Hungarius” by Zoltan Kodaly in the Ohio State Orchestra when I was a sophomore.  It was awesome.
  14. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Piano.  You can never run out of piano music, and there is so much to explore.  I’d like to play more than the easy stuff.
  15. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I played fiddle for “Robber Bridegroom” some time ago. I have played a lot of musicals, but this one has a quartet onstage.  The upright bass and banjo were in the rear corner on one side on a raised platform, the pianist and I were in the opposite corner.  It’s the only time I  had to pay attention to what I was doing when I played a musical.  I wasn’t hidden in the pit.
  16. What musical sound or noise do you love? – Violin or viola
  17. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – A raucous electric guitar.
  18. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why?  – I’d play, I love to be in the middle of that sound.
  19. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Rotate me around, God.  I want it all!
  20. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Something to do with biology.
  21. What profession would you not like to do? – I wouldn’t like to do any job that involved traveling away from home very much.
  22. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – It depends on my mood.  On average, about an 8.
  23. Who was your first crush? – I’m over 60.  I don’t remember anymore. ;-)
  24. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Not really.
  25. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – I liked them fine when I could ride them.
  26. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – I would like to fly and be really strong.
  27. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – Three
  28. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I’d rather win the lottery big time, and then go to jam sessions, go bird watching, go to movies and art galleries.
  29. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Variety is the spice of life.  Don’t do that to me!

Last Call for the Nancy Bachus Piano Workshop 31 July, 2015

royal_town_crier_ap_ftrmjrLast call!  Don’t forget the annual piano workshop featuring Nancy Bachus, who will be presenting some of the best educational offerings for piano teachers from Alfred Music.  Come join us at Stanton’s for a morning of fun at the piano! The workshop is this Friday, August 7th.  Attendees can register at 8:30 AM and the workshop begins at 9:00 AM.  Hope to see you there!


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Rachel S. 17 July, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

rachel and chloeRachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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!

  1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Choral Department
  2. What do you consider your specialties here? – Middle school choral, instrumentalists transitioning to teaching vocal music, and general music products.
  3. How long have you worked at Stanton’s? – Almost 2 years
  4. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Helping teachers solve programming problems when they come in.  It’s like a great big puzzle!
  5. What is your hometown? – I graduated from Jackson High School near Canton, OH, but I and my extended family are from the Pittsburgh area.
  6. Where did you go to college? – I did both my undergraduate (Bachelor’s of Music Education) and graduate (Master’s of Music Education) degrees at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
  7. What is your major instrument? – Flute
  8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I am a flutist in the Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, OH) and I play flute, sing in the choir, and ring handbells at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington, OH).  I also occasionally clinic local school groups.
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? – baking (I’m one of THOSE Christmas cookie people), sewing (my kids have the most elaborate Halloween costumes on the block), and reading (I love history and historical fiction).  I also love to shop for other people.
  10. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – Tuesday-Saturday.  I’m grateful to have a “weekend” even if it’s offset by a day.
  11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed
  12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Mozart Flute Concerto in G
  13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin
  14. What is your most memorable musical moment? – The summer between high school and college, my private voice teacher talked me into auditioning for the Blossom Festival Chorus, which is the summer chorus for the Cleveland Orchestra.  By some miracle, they accepted me and I got to perform “Carmina Burana” with the orchestra that summer.  It was an amazing weekend, but since I’m short, I always stand in row 1.  I learned that percussionists act the same from 5th grade band all the way through the Cleveland Orchestra.
  15. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – French horn
  16. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – My first year teaching, we got a call from the mayor of the small town I taught in.  There was a bridge re-opening after construction, and they wanted our marching band to start at one end of the bridge, and the marching band from the next district over to start at the other end and march toward each other, meeting in the middle.  Both bands then played a selection together in the middle of the bridge for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Everyone took the whole thing very seriously, but for me keeping a straight face was difficult.
  17.  What musical sound or noise do you love? – A great wind ensemble playing a chorale in minor key.
  18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – Young children singing in a belt-y, scoop-y, slide-y pop style.
  19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? – Perform.  There’s something about being part of an ensemble (where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts), that is really special.
  20. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Assuming that I’m going to not suck, I want to get assigned to the jazz band.  Those are going to be some fun folks to hang out with for eternity.
  21. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Archaeologist/Egyptologist
  22. What profession would you not like to do? – Construction worker
  23. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – In person, about a 5, because no one seems to know when I’m being sarcastic.  On social media, I’d like to think I’m closer to an 8!
  24. Who was your first crush? – Robin Williams as “Mork” on Mork and Mindy.
  25. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – I would love for it to be considered “manly” to sing and be musical.
  26. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – LOVE!
  27. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – I would be able to add hours to every day, and eat as many Christmas cookies as I wanted without gaining weight!
  28. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – I don’t think I’ve ever really counted, but I’d guess around 25 or so.  I am especially guilty of collecting sandals.
  29. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – Win the lottery.  I’d love for my “job” to be volunteering for a school music program and giving money away whenever I felt like it.
  30. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – My mom’s homemade iced tea, sliced tomatoes from my Great-Grandfather Patton’s garden, and corn on the cob!  (Melting Pot for dessert!)

 


Stanton’s E-Tools – Virtual Workshop 10 July, 2015

virtual workshop image for promosThe 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!

If you’ve never attended one of our workshops or reading sessions, you really are missing out.  We have tons of fun, read new music, and benefit from the advice and experience of internationally renowned clinicians as well as Stanton’s own knowledgeable staff.  But if you live too far away to attend, or just can’t make it, we are proud to present our Virtual Workshops.

Inside each Virtual Workshop you’ll preview the score of actual arrangements with audio demonstrations, and often LIVE video footage of our workshops.  The Virtual Workshops themselves are designed so you can easily preview Stanton’s top choices as featured on our clinics, workshops and promotions – it’s almost like being there!

Here is a sampling of just a few of our most recent clinics:

For questions about how to use the Virtual Workshops, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

First posted Aug. 22nd, 2014


The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 08 July, 2015

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We know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, 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!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching.  Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, common core, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching!  We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

Money Matters-Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing.  Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music.  Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!
We’re Happy To Meet You-Come on down and visit us in person.  Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching.  We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs.  We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.
So Much Music, So Little Time-The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone.  The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.
E-Tools-Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music.  There’s our Virtual Workshops, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, there’s an app for us too-we’re on The App Store and Google Play.For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!First published June 30th, 2014


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Ken T. 03 July, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!
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A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio.  His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

  1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Band & Orchestra
  2. What do you consider your specialties here? – Concert band music and instrumental music education
  3. How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – Since 2004
  4. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Pulling orders
  5. What is your hometown? – Pittsburgh
  6. Where did you go to college? – Otterbein College (now University) – I have Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Applied Music (performance)
  7. What is your major instrument? – Saxophone
  8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I play alto saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band. Our recording, Walk on out the Door, is available at gigs and via download from iTunes and Amazon.
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? – Besides playing with my son, I like reading, watching TV, & keeping up with Pittsburgh sports teams.  I love checking out music, too, but don’t get to listen as much as I used to.
  10. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday
  11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – The closing theme to Curious George as I left for work this morning
  12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Last played?  An arrangement of Blue Suede Shoes. Last sang? Probably Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) by the Dixie Chicks; it’s a bedtime favorite!
  13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Mister Rogers, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Dave Matthews Band.  I also feel compelled to share my three favorite sax players: Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, and Jeff Coffin
  14. What is your most memorable musical moment? – Back in 2011 Swing’s the Thing played a concert at the Johnstown (OH) Opera House.  Built in 1885 this theater still has the old wooden seats, a really old upright piano, the clam-shells for the stage footlights, etc.  Playing there, it looked like Abraham Lincoln could walk in at any second.  Anyway, a color guard from the local VFW Post did a presentation of the colors before our performance.  At the time, we were doing an arrangement of Runaround Sue that we’d segue with a drum fill into Peppermint Twist.  I distinctly remember one of the old veterans from the color guard dancing during these tunes with a lady from the audience.  Man, when we hit the key change shout of the final chorus in Peppermint Twist I KNOW we transported him back to his youth.  The band was up and wailing and those two were cutting a rug like you’ve never seen!  I’ll never forget that sight, and I think of him every time we play that chart.
  15. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – steel guitar, drum set, or cello
  16. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – A toss-up between posing as the Michigan State pep band in a boxing ring at some event at the Columbus Convention Center my freshman year of college, and a wedding my sax quartet played that was in a park pavilion, had beer AT the ceremony (including a cooler for us), began really late due to the bride and had us musically covering for at least a half-hour, and later involved rumors of pregnancy, drug use, etc.
  17.  What musical sound or noise do you love? – Mandolin, cello, jazz guitar, and steel guitar
  18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – aggressive songs with screaming, unintelligible vocals; songs with overly redundant or annoying samples or sounds; instrumental works that lack focus or have no point to the extent that they lose my attention
  19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? – Attending a great concert because I don’t get to very many live shows right now, and I love the feeling of inspiration I get from watching and hearing top-notch musicians create in the moment.
  20. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – I’d love to be a professional musician (if I had the chops), comic book writer, or college professor.  If money was no object, I’d own my own amusement park!
  21. What profession would you not like to do? – Most
  22. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – On a really good day, an 8; when I’m not feeling it, a 0.  I basically strive to entertain myself, and if anyone else is amused, it’s a bonus!
  23. Who was your first crush? – I don’t remember
  24. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – I’m a saxophonist so we’re all stuck in the ’70s to some degree
  25. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – Love.  I prefer classic woodies thanks to growing up with Kennywood as my home park, and non-looping steel coasters.  I am fascinated by coasters of all types as well as amusement rides, and hope to join ACE someday and participate in the Roller Coaster Race!
  26. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – Super Intelligence!  Think a combination of Batman’s thoroughness, advance planning, and detective skills combined with Cyborg’s direct internet access.  I already have the power of Super Organization!
  27. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – 4 (at least 2 of which need replaced), plus a pair of sandals and a pair of flip-flops for water rides/swimming.
  28. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I’d like to win the lottery, and then work by choice knowing that I didn’t have to.
  29. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Egg sandwiches!!  A fried egg with ham or bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a little mayo on an English muffin, with or without cheese!

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Liz T. 26 June, 2015

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level.  Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

liz troyerThe latest addition to our team, Liz has been with Stanton’s since 2014.   An active pianist and accompanist in the Columbus area, Liz also plays the clarinet with a community concert band.  Her spare time is spent jogging, knitting, and hanging out with friends.

  1. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? I get to be creative with a camera to post pictures to Instagram.
  2. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? Shipping and Billing
  3. What do you consider your specialties here? Fitting music orders into boxes!
  4. How long have you been working at Stanton’s? 1 year
  5. What is your hometown? Stow, OH
  6. Where did you go to college?  The Ohio State University
  7. What is your major instrument? Piano
  8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? I play for Church of the Resurrection in New Albany, accompany the New Albany HS choir, and accompany many soloists around the city. I also play clarinet in the New Albany Winds.
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? I am a knitter and have recently gotten into spinning (yarn, silly, not bicycles!)
  10. What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s?  Monday – Friday
  11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? The soundtrack to “Tron” by Daft Punk
  12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? The Stars and Stripes Forever
  13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be?  Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, and Beethoven (my own Three B’s!)
  14. What is your most memorable musical moment?  I was accompanying a high school clarinetist on the Brahms Clarinet Concerto N.1. The first 8 or so bars she played were so forced and connected that I was worried that we were not going to make it through the piece. Something happened and she let herself get into the music – which let me get into the music. It ended up being one of the most musical things I’ve ever played. It was beautiful!!
  15. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose?  Violin
  16.  What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? While I was a student at OSU we had a Balinese Gamelan ensemble come to visit. Getting to play with them was definitely a very odd and unusual experience.
  17.  What musical sound or noise do you love?  The trombone
  18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? The harpsichord
  19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? Watching a great concert.  I love listening to music a lot more than I love performing. I usually become very inspired after seeing a really great concert!
  20. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? The Steel Drum Band
  21. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Librarian
  22. What profession would you not like to do? Nurse or Surgeon
  23. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?  Fair to middling. I guess that’s a 5.
  24. Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)?  Jordan Knight of New Kids On the Block
  25. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? 1950’s style dresses
  26. Do you love or hate roller coasters? I neither love nor hate them.
  27. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have?  Transportation
  28. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Umm… 30, 40? I’m a girl – I have a lot!
  29. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? Win the Lottery – but that would mean playing it first!
  30. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A nice med-rare steak, my mom’s mashed potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, and homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. Mmmmm….

Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 June, 2015

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 no where 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, 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.  All you have to do is download the FREE Scorch Viewer software and you are off and running.

You 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!

Previous posts in this series:  Listening LibraryStanton’s App


The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 01 June, 2015

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, 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!

Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock.  We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works-Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card.  We send you the in-stock materials you request,  and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs.  As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged.  If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

What You Can Take On Trial (by department):

Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal-You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental-You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles.  (Only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List.)

Piano/Keyboard-Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each.  Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial.  75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Previous posts in this series:  10% Educational Discount; Knowledgeable Staff


Happy Memorial Day 25 May, 2015

American flagHappy Memorial Day!  Stanton’s Sheet Music is closed today in observance of Memorial Day.  We will be back tomorrow to answer your calls at 1-800-42-MUSIC or you can shop our website anytime.

 


Stanton’s E-Tools: The Stanton’s App 20 May, 2015

smart phonesThe 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!stanton's bar code scannerStanton’s has an app? 

That’s right, just like everyone else these days, Stanton’s Sheet Music has an app.  It’s called the Stanton’s Bar Code Scanner, and it is available for both Android and iPhone.   Even better, it’s free!

What does the app do?

Our simple-to-use app is just what it sounds like.  It helps you to use your phone or tablet’s camera to scan bar codes on music.  Once you scan, you are taken automatically to the item’s page in our Listening Library.  Within seconds, you can be listening to the sample recording of the piece that you are holding in your hand!  If there is no sample recording of the piece provided by the publisher, you will still be guided to that item’s entry on our website where you will find a description, price, catalog number and other useful information.

How can I make the app work for me?

  • When you are shopping for music in our store, bring your headphones!  As you pull music off the shelf you can scan and listen immediately.
  • Going through your own music library?  Scan the titles you already own to refresh your memory or see if the item is still available to order.
  • When you send your students or church choir members home with a folder full of new music, have them download the app as well.  They can listen, look, and have a valuable listening example at their fingertips!

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

Previous posts in this series:  Listening Library

This post originally published on Aug. 8th, 2014.


The Stanton’s Difference: Knowledgeable Staff 18 May, 2015

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, 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!

Every teacher has experienced the frustration of trying to explain something musical to a non-musician.  Rest assured, that will never happen when you call Stanton’s!  All of our sales staff are college graduates with music degrees, many of whom have years of teaching experience in the classroom and/or private studio.  Even most members of our non-sales staff are active musicians with a wide range of experiences from rock musician to church pianist!

Want to know what key a piece is in?  The range of a trumpet part?  How difficult a piano solo is?  We will be happy to pull in-stock products for you or research to find an answer.

Our staff also spends hundreds of hours each year listening to all the new releases from countless different publishers.  We select the best of each catalog to become Stanton’s “Top Choices.”  Different from publishers interested in promoting certain products or composers, we make our selections with YOU in mind.  Our staff chooses quality literature to help you make the most of your teaching time and your budget dollars.

Like you, we enjoy flexing our “musical muscles.”  If you have a tricky question, call or email us with your specific needs.  Because we see so many products each year, we are able to suggest resources for almost any teacher, no matter how unusual the request.

To talk with one of the friendly members of our staff, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Previous posts in this series:  10% Educational Discount

Originally published June 16th, 2014


Behind the Scenes – True Stories from the Stanton’s Staff 06 May, 2015

questioning girlquestioning girlLife has a way of supplying incidents that make you want to scratch your head in amused bewilderment!  Here are some true “Stanton’s Stories” that made us ask the proverbial question, “?!?!?”

A customer who directs a community band called to order single parts to dozens of band pieces.  Why?  His second trumpet player had his house broken into and the thief not only took valuable musical instruments and equipment, but also stole his 2nd trumpet folder. – ?!?!?

A professionally dressed woman came in to the store to buy a beginning violin book for her child.  This being her first experience, she asked, in all innocence, “What happens when we’re done with the book – do you buy them back?” – ?!?!?

Apparently some people are so sure that “big brother is watching” that they don’t feel the need to provide any pertinent information we could use to help them.  We got an anonymous email from a customer that simply said, “wrong cd.” -?!?!?

We got a call from a school band director who said, “I’ve been calling everyplace to find this piece that’s not published yet – do you have it?” – !!!?

Whatever happened to “Thou Shalt Not Steal?”  Someone once tried to use a stolen credit card to order some sacred church music. – ?!?!?

A school music teacher ordered some classroom books via email and wrote, “We have a new middle school building, so do not send the music to the old 123 Main Street address.”  However, she didn’t feel the need to tell us the new address. -?!?!?

When a fellow ordered some unusual manuscript paper online, we were concerned since it was a very specialized paper that had to be ordered in from Germany.  It was expensive and could take several weeks to import.  We contacted the customer to relay this information and to confirm that this was the product he was hoping to get. He said, “Oh no, just send any staff paper.  I’m a drummer and want to write down some rhythms!” – ?!?!?


Behind the Scenes: April Fools….Or Is It? 28 April, 2015

by Dan Clark, String Music Specialist

One of the interesting phenomena in the retail sheet music business is the way that requests for music can sometimes go downhill fast as more focused criteria is added.  Here are some actual Stanton’s customer requests that “went south” rather quickly.  (If you’re wondering, sometimes we come up with a solution, sometimes we don’t.  Click the picture to find out what we recommended.)

hip hip christmasI need a children’s Christmas musical. (Great!)
It’s for church so it needs to be sacred. (Fine!)
The students range from 3rd to 12th grade. (Okay…)
It needs to have rap and hip-hop elements. (Yikes!)

 

oboe and viola

I need an instrumental duet. (Great!)
It’s for adults, so it really needs to be advanced. (Fine!)
It’s for church, so it really should be sacred. (Okay…)
It needs to be written for oboe and viola. (Yikes!)

 

flight of the bumblebee fluteI need Flight of the Bumblebee. (Great!)
I need a version for flute. (Fine!)
It’s for a student. (Okay…)
It needs to be real easy. (Yikes!)

 

snare drum

I need a solo for a college audition. (Great!)
I need it for snare drum. (Fine!)
It needs to come with a CD. (Okay…)
So I’ll know how it goes. (Yikes!)

 

violaI need a viola solo. (Great!)
It’s for a good player, so it needs to be advanced. (Fine!)
We want to feature the violist with our group, (Okay…)
Which is a community concert band. (Yikes!)

 

gregorian chantI need a piece for choir.  (Great!)
I’d like some Gregorian chant. (Fine!)
It’s for a student group (Okay…)
of elementary school children. (Yikes!)

 

rainbow connectionI need a song from The Muppet Movie (Great!)
It’s called Rainbow Connection. (Fine!)
I want to play it, not sing it. (Okay…)
Does it come in banjo tablature? (Yikes!)

 

kreislerI need a piece of violin music. (Great!)
It’s written by Fritz Kreisler. (Fine!)
My teacher didn’t tell me the title. (Okay…)
She said it’s the “famous one.” (Yikes!)

 

ruthI need some incidental music for a church play. (Great!)
Something with flexible instrumentation (Fine!)
It needs to fit the time period of the play (Okay…)
Which is the Old Testament story of Ruth (Yikes!)

 

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. 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.


Stanton’s E-Tools – Listening Library 22 April, 2015

listening libraryThe 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!

What is the Listening Library?

When you are searching for new music that fits your group, sometimes looking at or even playing through a score is not enough.  Music is meant to be heard, not just seen.  That is why we have recordings of almost 70, 000 titles available in the Listening Library.  The Library files are in an easy-to-use MP3 format and are created from “promotional recordings” produced by the publishers. When possible, Stanton’s uses the full recording, but due to the fact that some tracks were only made available as “publisher promotional copies” some of the tracks may be excerpted.   We are constantly adding to our library, so check back often for updates.

How do I know if Stanton’s has a recording of the piece I’m looking for?

When browsing or searching our website, you will see the “globe with headphones”  icon (pictured above) next to any item that has a recording available.  Clicking on that icon will take you to a recording of that piece.  Having trouble hearing?  Check to make sure that your speakers are turned up and not set to mute, or that your headphones are plugged in.

Can I access the Listening Library from my smart phone or tablet?

Absolutely!  The Stanton’s mobile website is compatible with all tablets and smart phones.  Just touch that “globe with headphones” icon to get started.  If you download our mobile app (more about the app in a future post,) you can even use the tablet or phone’s camera to scan the bar code on a piece of music, and you will be immediately directed to that item’s recording.  It makes shopping for music (or browsing your own music library) a breeze!

For questions about how to use our Listening Library, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Originally posted Aug. 1st, 2014


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

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!