News & Views Thursday, April 24, 2014

Category: Videos

“Testimony” by Stephen Schwartz 18 March, 2014

Testimony is a breathtaking and emotional new work composed by Stephen Schwartz for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, conducted by Timothy Seelig. Inspired by the heartfelt words of the It Gets Better Project, “Testimony” speaks to anyone who has ever felt out of place. A powerful work of affirmation and inclusion!

For more moving selections for your choir, please contact Stanton’s Sheet Music.

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Men’s & Women’s Choirs 29 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for women’s and men’s choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an inspirational ballad or a fun novelty number, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Now available for choral groups, here is MTV’s Song of the Year for 2012! Call Me Maybe by singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen is infectious, upbeat and fun.

The gospel-style showstopper Here’s Where I Stand from the movie musical “Camp” builds from a soulful opening to a powerful final chorus. Featuring a strong soloist and a self-affirming message, this arrangement would be stirring as a concert or graduation finale.

The Rodgers and Hart classic My Romance is arranged by Greg Jasperse with a rolling rhythmic feel, creating a contemporary sound for this timeless song. Easy jazz harmonies infuse the vocal lines and the ballad performs well with either piano alone or the full rhythm accompaniment.

First introduced in the Broadway musical “Lady Be Good,” the Gershwin hit Fascinating Rhythm has been covered by Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, The Four Tops, and many more. Mark Hayes’ exciting arrangement effectively includes everything from Latin rhythm to swing!

It Only Takes a Moment is a beautiful song from “Hello Dolly!,” and this lush a cappella ballad setting truly does it justice.  With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs.

From Michael Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad” and featured on almost all of his concert tours, the funk-inspired hit The Way You Make Me Feel will make a great feature for guys’ groups with its steady shuffle and R&B style vocals.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Middle School Choirs 21 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for middle school choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an exciting choreography feature or a classic jazz standard, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Released as the lead single from Katy Perry’s “Prism,” Roar quickly became Katy’s eighth number one Billboard hit.  It’s a super-charged anthem of empowerment, perfect for any group!

Love Will Keep Us Together was one of the top hits of the 1970s for The Captain & Tennille.  The triadic harmonies and pop groove make this tune absolutely adorable and perfect for younger choirs!

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe is one of the great, swingin’ “train songs” of the 1940s.  Jay Althouse’s arrangement features a tight, rhythmic “chug-a, chug-a, oo-woo” section straight from the lyricist Johnny Mercer’s own hit recording with The Pied Pipers.

Was it red? No no no. Was it brown? No no no. The famous Ella Fitzgerald rendition of the classic nursery song A-Tisket A-Tasket is a sassy, jazzy twist on the familiar lyrics. A great Discovery Series choice for developing jazz style in your younger choirs!

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Pop Music for Spring 2014 for High School Choirs 06 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for high school mixed choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, a Broadway showstopper or an inspirational ballad, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

The lovely duet Something to Believe In is one of the new songs in the Broadway musical “Newsies,” transformed here into a beautiful choral piece that speaks movingly about finding the courage to seek your dreams. It’s wonderful for graduation or any other concert program!

Who can forget the infectious Doobie Brothers classic Long Train Runnin’, which hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1973? From the familiar opening guitar lick to the final chord, this arrangement really cooks!

With a strong showing on the Hot 100, Rock and AC charts, as well as a high profile cover of the song by the “Glee” cast, It’s Time by Imagine Dragons crosses generations and genres with its unique mandolin sound that builds into an irresistible chorus.

A cappella choral textures perfectly communicate the touching lyric and classic melody of the beloved ballad Somewhere Out There in a setting that is accessible, yet musically satisfying! Opening with a lyric solo line accompanied by the ensemble, the melody then passes between the soprano and tenor before modulating, and moving steadily forward to the expressive final chords.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Happy 2014! 01 January, 2014

Stanton’s is closed today – but we’ll be back tomorrow to help you get a jump on a new year of music!

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“Reaching for the Stars!” 31 December, 2013

Do you need help creating exciting choreography for your choir? If so, you’ll want to join the thousands of choral directors across the country that have discovered Alfred Publishing’s popular movement DVDs! Featuring the creative talents of Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck, these DVDs are a quick and easy way to add simple yet effective choreography to your concerts. Perfect for elementary, middle school or high school choirs, each DVD features movement suggestions for about 12 Alfred choral titles.

The newest DVD in the series is Reaching for the Stars!, which features such choral arrangements as “Blizzard on the Way,” “Listen to My Song,” “Rhythms of One World,” “Splish Splash” and ”Yesu Ni Wangu.” Here’s a preview:

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Previously released DVDs from Alfred include: Lift Me Up!, Showbiz!, Danza!, Follow Me to the Top!, Hooray for Hollywood!, In the Spotlight!, On with the Show!, On the Stage!, Put on a Show!, Razzamatazz!, Showtime!, Step by Step and That’s Entertainment! Check out them all for great choreography ideas, or contact Stanton’s Sheet Music for more information.

Happy Holidays! 25 December, 2013

Stanton’s bingSheet Music wishes you and your family a warm and happy holiday! We’re closed today for Christmas, but we’ll be back tomorrow to serve your sheet music needs.

 

 

 

Columbus Day 14 October, 2013

Happy Columbus Day! There are lots of special activities planned around Columbus Day here in his namesake city, and Stanton’s is closed today to allow our staff to get out and enjoy the fall!

You can still shop and order on our website, or even purchase and print from Stanton’s Digital Delivery. We’ll be open again tomorrow from 9-5 (EST) to serve all your sheet music needs.

What Sweeter Music 08 October, 2013

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Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert?  Stanton’s suggests that you try one of these outstanding choices with your choir:

Christmas Memories by Rosephanye Powell
Rosephanye Powell’s stunning work recorded with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will make a wonderful feature for concert choirs from high school through community and collegiate levels. Whether you perform with piano only or collaborate with an orchestra, this romantic ballad will be a choir and audience favorite!

Here We Come A-Caroling arr. Molly Ijames
All dressed up with a fresh, updated text, this energetic setting of the popular carol is delightfully infectious! Creative interplay between the flute, violin, and piano add sparkle to this selection that will be easily prepared in a minimum of rehearsal time.

Jingle Bells arr. Mark Hayes
From Barbra Streisand’s quintuple platinum “A Christmas Album,” this holiday favorite really sparkles in a new choral adaptation by Mark Hayes.

Please Come Home for Christmas arr. Mark Brymer
Cee Lo Green’s Christmas album featured this R&B classic that captures all of Cee Lo’s coolness for your holiday program and offers the assurance that better Christmases are ahead!

What Sweeter Music by John Leavitt
The 17th century poem by Robert Herrick forms the basis for this lovely setting. The solo opening is taken up by the choir in a gently imitative way, followed by a contrasting middle section that reflects the imagery portrayed in the text. Finally, the music modulates and the rich choral textures bring the work to a fulfilling conclusion.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas arr. Jill Gallina
This novelty pop tune is perfect for providing that humorous moment in your concert. Bouncing with musical fun, the entertaining lyrics will delight your audiences.

In Winter by Victor C. Johnson
Softly stealing into the quiet moments of winter, this reflective piece evokes images of falling snow amid the graying sky of the season. Luscious harmonies, memorable melodies, and an artistic accompaniment grace this gorgeous original selection that incorporates familiar strains of “Still, Still, Still” to create a tender and introspective mood.

The Wexford Carol arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
The gorgeous Irish carol has been paired with the familiar “Venite adoremus Dominum” chorus from “The Snow Lay on the Ground” to create a lovely Christmas offering for treble voices. Optional flute and cello parts add a crowning touch to this exquisite selection that is suitable for school and church settings.

A Doo-Wop Christmas (With You) by Kirby Shaw
This clever a cappella original is reminiscent of doo-wop groups from the ’50s and ’60s. The choir sings a “bop-bop-bop” refrain alternately with classic back-ups, as a soloist or small group croons the flirtatious text, weaving in popular song titles from back in the day.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Holiday 2013, or contact us!

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New for Men’s & Women’s Choirs for Fall 2013 03 September, 2013

As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your women’s or men’s choir:

Have You Seen the Beauty This Day? by Russell Robinson
The canonic nature of this piece makes it rather easy to pull together. So, if you are looking for a last minute opening for a fall concert – this is it! The piece is scored for SSA voices with piano, and is also available SAB.

Simply SSA by Laura Farnell
Here is a collection you will return to again and again! The four short songs for beginning and developing SSA choirs provide many options for developing tone quality and performance skills along with good part-writing and appealing subject matter. Songs may be sung a cappella or accompanied, making this especially good for contest programming. Songs include: “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin’,” “The Secret,” “I Know Where I’m Goin’,” “French Dancing Song (Sur le pont d’Avignon).”

A Pebble in the Water by Victor C. Johnson
Soaring melodic lines, a rippling accompaniment, and a poignant text by American poet James W. Foley combine to create a superb work to showcase treble voices. “Drop a word of cheer…And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.”

The Gallant Knight by Mark Patterson
Based on the solo of the same name found in the BriLee vocal collection “Tales of Land and Sea,” this highly energetic piece will be a favorite with developing tenor-bass choirs everywhere. Written with contained ranges and the adolescent changing voice in mind, boys will sing with confidence in rehearsal and performance.

The Pirate King arr. Emily Crocker
Your singers will have a rollicking good time living the pirate life with this setting of the famous song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” and the over-the-top satire! Get your audience into the act by inviting them to shout “Aarrrr!” on cue!

We Shall Not Sleep by Laura Farnell
Based on the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written by Lt Col John McCrae, this piece will be a moving concert moment for T(T)B or C(C)B choirs. Optional oboe, violin or C-instrument.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Fall 2013, or contact us!

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New for Middle School Choirs for Fall 2013 29 August, 2013

As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your middle school choir:

Get On Board in the Mornin’ arr. Audrey Snyder
A lively accompaniment, good part-writing and lots of expressive elements make this pairing of two traditional spirituals an excellent showcase for young singers.

Colorado Trail arr. Linda Spevacek
Linda Spevacek has crafted a gorgeous arrangement of this lovely folk song, complete with rich choral sonorities and a sensitive piano accompaniment. A brief a cappella section adds color, interest, and texture to this beautiful piece that is perfect for school and community choirs.

O Rushing Wind by Mark Patterson
This delightful song about hope and excitement is highly suitable for young singers. Written by Mark Patterson, the free-flowing, range-appropriate vocal line also affords opportunities for rhythmic and metric skill building.

Strike It Up, Tabor arr. John Leavitt
This spirited 3-voice madrigal by Thomas Weelkes with hand drum dances with humor and rhythmic energy! Excellent as a processional or opening number, your singers will enjoy the clever wordplay and vocal effects!

Farewell, My Own True Love arr. Tim Winebrenner
Winebrenner’s arrangement of this melancholy and haunting American folk song for 3-part mixed choir is accompanied with optional flute. The accessible lyric lines are well-constructed, providing a framework for lovely phrasing. Appropriate for concert and festival use.

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ruth Morris Gray
Pensive and poignant, the poem describes nature’s response to war. Haunting and harmonic, the music captures the ear. A perfect marriage of words and music, appropriate for developing mixed choirs as well as advanced ensembles.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete Middle School Choral promotion for Fall 2013, or contact us!

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New for High School Choirs for Fall 2013 19 August, 2013

As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your high school choir:

Awaken the Music! by Greg Gilpin
Inspirational with drive and spirit, this original work is suitable for concert, festival and graduation. Powerful lyrics propel musicians to awaken the music within and achieve their dreams. “Awaken the music. Go tell the world who you are!”

Lake Isle of Innisfree arr. Robert Sieving
Based on one of the most beloved violin pieces, the 2nd movement of Concerto No. 2 by Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski, the text chosen for the piece is famous poem by William Butler Yeats. Arranger Sieving has cleverly crafted an outstanding choral composition, the beautiful melodies of the piece a joy to sing, the drama of the original intact.

Sing with the Lark by Laura Farnell
Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar provides the text for this uplifting work with a memorable melody and excellent ranges for developing choirs. Add the optional flute part for a lush concert experience.

Savor So by Darmon Meader
The verb “savor” is defined “to enjoy with zest, to relish.” And so this lush, soulful a cappella choral should be “savored” by all, as it identifies those many earthly joys we treasure in life.

The Roof by Andrea Ramsey
With a poetic text written by a young poet, this work perfectly captures the vulnerability of growing up, with beautiful imagery of a roof as steady, sheltering, inclusive and warm – things all people need, but especially the young. With rich harmonies, arching phrases and violin obbligato, this is a stunning work for concert and festival programming.

Under Winter Moon by Andy Beck
Accompanied by a delicate piano (symbolizing falling snow) and an optional cello (the lustrous moon), expressively rich choral parts capture the beauty of a winter night. It quiets the mind and touches the soul.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Fall 2013, or contact us!

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THIS SATURDAY! – Church Clinic with Mary McDonald 06 August, 2013

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Mary McDonald’s music and talents have blessed choirs and congregations across the country for nearly thirty years.

McDonald_Mary_RGB Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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 Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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!

IN 3 WEEKS – Sacred Choral Reading Session! 26 July, 2013

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Mary McDonald’s music and talents have blessed choirs and congregations across the country for nearly thirty years.

McDonald_Mary_RGBMary is a well-known composer of more than 700 choral anthems, many seasonal cantatas, and keyboard collections. She previously served as a sacred music editor for a major publishing company and continues to serve in editorial consultant role for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. She is published with every major publisher of church music and has had numerous top-selling anthems. Her unique blend of heart, hands, and humor, combined with a wide range of writing and performing styles, keep her in constant demand as a keyboard artist and keyboard and choral clinician.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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 Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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!

JUST 1 MONTH – Excellence in Choral Literature! 22 July, 2013

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 20th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 24, 2013! 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, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Register online NOW!

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IN 2 WEEKS – Elementary General Music Clinic! 16 July, 2013

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/31/2013, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome back Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 31st 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!

LESS THAN 4 WEEKS – Stanton’s Super Session! 10 July, 2013

ss logoDo 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.

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

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.

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LESS THAN 1 MONTH – Hal Leonard Reading Sessions! 05 July, 2013

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2013 “John Jacobson Workshop” on August 1st and “Joy of Singing” on August 2nd – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 8/1/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 8/2/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Register now online, or contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information.

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Mary McDonald is coming in August! 26 June, 2013

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Mary McDonald’s music and talents have blessed choirs and congregations across the country for nearly thirty years.

McDonald_Mary_RGBMary is a well-known composer of more than 700 choral anthems, many seasonal cantatas, and keyboard collections. She previously served as a sacred music editor for a major publishing company and continues to serve in editorial consultant role for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. She is published with every major publisher of church music and has had numerous top-selling anthems. Her unique blend of heart, hands, and humor, combined with a wide range of writing and performing styles, keep her in constant demand as a keyboard artist and keyboard and choral clinician.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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 Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/10/2013, 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!

Commit to “Excellence” for your choral ensembles! 20 June, 2013

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 20th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 24, 2013! 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, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Register online NOW!

Click here to watch video