News & Views Friday, May 25, 2018

Category: Vocal Music

The Developing Classical Singer 18 April, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

leon-520364The Developing Classical Singer was compiled from the rich choices in the Boosey & Hawkes catalogue, with songs in English by British and American composers. The selection of songs is for the teenage voice, or an early level collegiate singer, or an adult amateur taking voice lessons.

The songs were chosen with some specific issues in mind: vocal ranges that are not extreme, and musical challenges that are manageable for a singer at this level. Beyond art song, also included are folksong arrangements, such as those by Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten, which are fully composed in the spirit of an art song, designed for a classical voice.

There are different compilations for each voice type: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone. Some cornerstone songs are in all volumes, because of their beauty and appropriateness for any voice. These include Britten’s “O Waly, Waly;” Ireland’s “Spring Sorrow;” Britten’s realization of Purcell’s “I attempt from love’s sickness to fly;” Quilter’s “Weep you no more;” and Vaughan Williams’ “Bright is the ring of words.” Original keys of the songs were considered, but since nearly every composer of art song is not opposed to transposition, original keys were not a confining factor in which volume a song lands.

Each volume also provides suggested pedagogical reasons for assigning each selection, such as vocal agility, breath support for a long phrase, building an expressive legato phrase, expanding vocal range, dynamic contrasts, sensitively expressing poetry, building musicianship, and personality and storytelling.

Find more vocal music on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 15 February, 2018

leon-00250373-fA musical drama biopic chronicling P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and his founding of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Showman” features a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame.

As you’re planning for spring concerts, consider these exciting titles from “The Greatest Showman”!

The Greatest Show: Choral SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
This Is Me: Choral SATB, SAB, and 2-part, Young Concert Band, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Rewrite the Stars: Choral (coming soon!) SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Never Enough: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Come Alive: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
From Now On: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
A Million Dreams: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
The Other Side: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Tightrope: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele

Also available: the complete Vocal Folio, as well as collections for Easy Piano and Ukulele. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot… 27 December, 2017

leon-00353010-fAs you prepare for New Year’s Eve festivities, have you mislaid your copy of “Auld Lang Syne?” Did you loan it out and never get it back? Stanton’s to the rescue! We have “Auld Lang Syne” in stock at our store, and you can also find it via Digital Delivery, where you can transpose it to any key you like. Many of our digital downloads come in PDF format, so you can print it, or save it to your tablet or PC. Browse our digital download library for more options as well – you will be amazed at all you find!

For more information about this topic, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Solo and Ensemble Time Is Near! 20 December, 2017

OMEAIt’s almost January, which means Solo & Ensemble season for the Ohio Music Education Association is soon upon us! For our local, Central Ohio customers in OMEA District 15, the event date is Saturday, January 27. Here are some reminders to make sure that this busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music (even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of copyright law).

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Visit the OMEA Solo and Ensemble page
– Under High School, select “Search HS Required list,” or Junior High, select “Search JH Suggested list”
– Click “search,” choose your area, then select your instrument
– Select the event and class, then click “search”
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title), then “View Approved Editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Piano and Guitar (keyboard@stantons.com)


The Cantolopera Collection 20 November, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

The Cantolopera series from Ricordi is a unique and exciting series designed to give you the chance to learn some of the greatest arias of the opera tradition with full orchestral backing tracks. Cantolopera proposes a totally new way to approach the new opera repertoire; versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, student, or opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains a piano and vocal score, the complete lyrics of the arias, plus a short summary and background information on the orchestra and performers. An excellent rehearsal tool, or the ideal way to introduce your voice to the wonders and rigors of the opera.

The newest editions in the Cantolopera series are perfect for building a library of opera repertoire for studio study or professionals in the field:

leon-519091Soprano: MOZART: Non mi dir, bell’idol mio (Don Giovanni) • DONIZETTI: Piangete voi? – Al dolce guidami castel nation (Anna Bolena) • BELLINI: Ah! non credea mirarti (La sonnambula) • BELLINI: Casta diva (Norma) • BELLINI: Qui la voce sua soave – Vien, diletto (I Puritani) • VERDI: Tacea la notte placida – Di tale amor (Il trovatore) • VERDI: E strano! e strano – Sempre libera (La traviata) • GOUNOD: Il etait un Roi de Thule – Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle (Faust) • VERDI: Tu che le vanita (Don Carlo) • VERDI: O terra, addio (Aida) • PUCCINI: Se come voi piccina io fossi (Le Villi) • PUCCINI: Vissi d’arte (Tosca) • PUCCINI: Quando me’n vo (La boheme)

leon-519089Mezzo-Soprano: GLUCK: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) • MOZART: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Voi che sapete (Le nozze di Figaro) • ROSSINI: Di tanti palpiti (Tancredi) • ROSSINI: Cruda sorte! (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Mura felici – Elena! oh tu, che chiamo! (La donna del lago) • BELLINI: Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) • DONIZETTI: O mio Fernando! (La favorita) • MEYERBEER: Ah! mon fils, sois beni! (Le Prophete) • GOUNOD: Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust) • THOMAS: Connais-tu le pays? (Mignon) • GOUNOD: Depuis hier – Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle (Romeo et Juliette) • BIZET: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen) • SAINT-SAENS: Printemps qui commence (Samson et Dalila)

leon-519090Tenor: MOZART: Dalla sua pace (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Il mio Tesoro intanto (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Un’aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte) • ROSSINI: Ecco ridente in cielo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • DONIZETTI: Quanto e bella (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Una furtive lagrima (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Spirto gentil (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Ah! mes amis – Pour mon ame (La Fille du regiment) • DONIZETTI: Sogno soave e casto (Don Pasquale) • DONIZETTI: Povero Ernesto! – Cerchero lontana terra (Don Pasquale) • VERDI: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) • GOUNOD: Salut! Demeur caste et pure (Faust) • MEYERBEER: Pays merveilleux (L’Africaine) • BIZET: La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Carmen) • VERDI: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola (Falstaff) • PUCCINI: Che gelida manina (La boheme) • PUCCINI: Avete torto! – Firenze e come un albero fiorito (Gianni Schicchi)

leon-519092Baritone: ROSSINI: Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Resta immobile, e ver la terra (Guglielmo Tell) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Cruda, funesta smania (Lucia di Lammermoor) • BELLINI: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (I Puritani) • DONIZETTI: Vien Leonora, a’ piedi tuoi (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Gioco dir ea fortuna – O Lisbona, alfin ti miro (Don Sebastiano) • VERDI: Gran Dio! – Oh de’ verd’anni miei (Ernani) • VERDI: Pieta, rispetto, amore (Macbeth) • VERDI: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) • VERDI: Sacra la scelta e d’un consorte – Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto (Luisa Miller) • VERDI: Di Provenza il mar, il suol (La traviata) • BIZET: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre – Toreador, en garde! (Carmen) • PONCHIELLI: Pescator, affonda l’esca (La Gioconda) • LEONCAVALLO: Si puo?… – Un nido di memorie (Pagliacci) • LEONCAVALLO: Scuoti, o vento (La boheme) • LEONCAVALLO: Zaza, piccolo zingara (Zaza)

leon-519093Bass: PERGOLESI: Son imbrogliato io gia (La serva padrona) • MOZART: Aprite un po’ quegli occhi (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Madamina! il catalogo e questo (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: In diesen heil’gen Hallen (Die Zauberflote) • ROSSINI: Gia d’insolito ardore (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: La calunnia e un venticello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Io! Medaglie incomparabili (Il viaggio a Reims) • BELLINI: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni (La sonnambula) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • BELLINI: Cinta di fiori (I Puritani) • VERDI: Uldino! Uldin! – Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima (Attila) • VERDI: Studia il passo, o mio figlio! – Come dal ciel precipita (Macbeth) • VERDI: O tu Palermo, terra adorata (I vespri siciliani) • VERDI: Il lacerate spirito (Simon Boccanegra) • GOUNOD: Vous qui faites l’endormie (Faust) • VERDI: Ella giammai m’amo (Don Carlo)

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


American Art Songs for the Progressing Singer 23 October, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

leon-519833Newly available from G. Schirmer, the series “American Art Songs for the Progressing Singer” provides an excellent introduction for classical voice students to American art song, with some of the most often studied music in the genre. The vocal and musical abilities of high school and college singers have guided the song choices in this series, making it a perfect resource for the studio. Piano accompaniments are included via convenient Audio Access for streaming or download.

The Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano/Alto volumes have the same song list, but in different keys: ERNST BACON: It’s all I have to bring • SAMUEL BARBER: The Daisies • SAMUEL BARBER: Longing • SAMUEL BARBER: Mother, I cannot mind my wheel • HARRY T. BURLEIGH: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child • THEODORE CHANLER: The Children • JOHN DUKE: Loveliest of Trees • LEE HOIBY: The Shepherd • LEE HOIBY: Where the Music Comes From • HERBERT KINGSLEY: The Green Dog • JOHN JACOB NILES: The Lass from the Low Countree • GLADYS RICH: American Lullaby • WILLIAM ROY: This Little Rose • WILLIAM SCHUMAN: Orpheus with his lute

The same is true of the Tenor and Baritone/Bass volumes: SAMUEL BARBER: The Daisies • SAMUEL BARBER: Hey nonny no! • PAUL BOWLES: Cabin • HARRY T. BURLEIGH: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child • CELIUS DOUGHERTY: Across the Western Ocean • CELIUS DOUGHERTY: Colorado Trail • CELIUS DOUGHERTY: Shenandoah • JOHN DUKE: Loveliest of Trees • LEE HOIBY: The Shepherd • LEE HOIBY: Where the Music Comes From • EDWARD MACDOWELL: The Sea • JOHN JACOB NILES: Black is the color of my true love’s hair • JOHN SACCO: Brother Will, Brother John • WILLIAM SCHUMAN: Orpheus with his lute

Find more literature for your private studio on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Masterworks for Two 31 July, 2017

alfred-513335Masterworks for Two
This outstanding collection features 10 classic songs for any combination of two voices and piano. Alfred Music’s top masterwork arrangers provide supportive accompaniments, well-crafted vocal lines, historically informed editorial markings, plus IPA pronunciation guides and complete translations for every piece in a foreign language. Superb recital, concert, and contest repertoire for developing singers.

Find more repertoire resources for young singers on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical 22 June, 2017

00197874-wlFrom the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, and inspired by the beloved films, the dazzling new Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

“Anastasia” features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, and a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Six songs from the original movie have been kept (including “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December”) and sixteen new songs added to the production. This vocal selections collection includes fourteen songs for voice with piano accompaniment.

Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music Major Graduation Gifts – Vocalists 01 May, 2017

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession. Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to a high school graduate who plans to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession. The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts (in a variety of price ranges) that WE could have used when we graduated!

For HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES pursuing a degree in vocal music:

ipa made easyIPA Made Easy by Anna Wentlent, $12.99
Don’t worry mom and dad – in this case IPA doesn’t stand for a type of beer. It’s the International Phonetic Alphabet, a system of symbols depicting vowel and consonant sounds across all languages. Vocal students spend a lot of time studying IPA, and this handy pocket-sized guide includes online examples of every sound spoken by a professional vocalist.

So You Want To Be a Music Major by Robert Franzblau, $14.99
There’s a famous story about a music professor who looked at his or her entry level theory class of bright-eyed freshman on the first day and said, “Look to your left. Now look to your right. One of these people won’t be here by the end of the semester.” Success as a music major depends greatly on a number of factors, sometimes the least of which is talent or ability. Go in prepared with this book about how to make a successful transition from high school musician to collegiate music student.

standard vocal literatureStandard Vocal Literature ed. Richard Walters, $22.99
available for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass
All college students complain about the cost of textbooks, but music majors have to spend an amazing amount on the music that they learn and perform. These standard books are used by most vocal majors, contain a variety of art song and arias in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and include online audio access to recorded accompaniments and diction lessons.

For COLLEGE GRADUATES pursuing a career in vocal music:

When the Fat Lady Sings: Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught by David W. Barber, $17.95
We all need to be able to laugh a little at ourselves. Whether your graduate is an opera specialist or not, they’ll get a kick out of David Barber’s tongue-in-cheek take on this venerable art form.

Pitch Pipe: C-C or F-F, $32.40
Useful to lots of musicians in a variety of situations, pitch pipes are especially important to vocalists needing a starting pitch when there isn’t a keyboard or other instrument around. Due to their diminutive size they are easily lost, so you can never have too many!

teaching music through performance in choirTeaching Music Through Performance in Choir series, $25.95-$47.95
These books are the go-to resource for quality choral literature at all levels. The books are a wealth of information, and the accompanying CD sets have high quality recordings of each featured piece. While a worthwhile investment, they can be out of reach for those on a first-year teacher’s salary. Available titles include Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Vol. 1, 2, 3 & 4 as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir. Books and CD sets sold separately.

Also, be sure to give your graduate Stanton’s phone number: 1-800-42-MUSIC! Our staff is a great resource with music knowledge and teaching experience, and full of ideas!


The Resonant Male Singer 11 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The Resonant Male Singer by Jacob Narverud
An inspired and fresh approach on building tone and ensemble resonance with male singers! With you as their personal trainer, this book provides daily workouts for your guys to help them develop a vibrant, healthy, and mature sound through proper vocal technique. This resource includes notated warm-up examples and photos with descriptive, enthusiastic teaching ideas. Topics include:
• Body, Breath, & Energy
• Muscles & Movement
• Exploring the Voice
• Finding & Activating Resonance
• Focusing the Resonance
• Tuning the Resonance
• Repertoire/Rehearsal Ideas
An appendix of tried-and-true suggested repertoire for middle, high school, and collegiate male vocal ensembles is included. An enjoyable, yet practical guide for anyone working with male voices!

Find more valuable choral texts on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Introduction to Art Song 19 December, 2016

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

Joan Frey Boytim’s “Introduction to Art Song” series is intended for any beginning classical singer, teenager through adult. It includes successful, well-liked songs in English which are not particularly difficult, ideal for Middle School and High School singers and above. A teacher browsing through the collections will find many familiar songs, but often in alternate keys from what has been previously published. Songs from American and British composers appear which are not included in previous collections, and no sacred songs, Christmas songs, or spirituals have been included, making these collections practical for use in beginning voice classes. Vocal ranges are moderate and accompaniments are not extremely difficult.

Available for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano/Alto, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass, this series completes Boytim’s course of study for vocal students:

Find more vocal repertoire on our website, and contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


The Stephen Foster Collection 19 August, 2016

Stephen_FosterKnown as “the father of American music,” Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century,” and may be the most recognizable American composer around the world.

New this fall:

The Stephen Foster Collection arr. Mark Hayes
This exquisite book offers stunning piano/vocal arrangements of ten favorites from the Foster library. Mark Hayes adds his touch to this quintessential repertoire for recitals, concerts, and contests.

For more recommendations for solo voice, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology – CHILDREN’S EDITION 20 July, 2016

00159519-wlIf you are a music teacher, the parent of a child who loves to sing Broadway songs, or the parent of a child who likes to be in your community’s musicals, “The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology – Children’s Edition” is the book for you! This collection of Broadway sheet music includes songs from Broadway musicals that were written for children – all in the original keys! There are songs from Broadway classics like Annie (“Maybe,” “Tomorrow”); South Pacific (“Dites-Moi”); and Into the Woods (“I Know Things Now”). Songs from more recent productions are included: “Naughty” and “Quiet” from Matilda the Musical; “The Girl I Mean to Be” from The Secret Garden; and “I Know It’s Today” from Shrek the Musical – and more, thirty-seven songs in all!

This valuable collection is available as both book-only, and with AUDIO ACCESS – an access code is provided to download or stream piano accompaniments for all the titles in the collection. Perfect for teachers and students on-the-go, you can download accompaniments directly to your computer, smart phone or tablet. This is a perfect resource for those who work with kids who love singing Broadway songs!

For more information about this collection or other kids’ music books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.


“Sing Me to Heaven” 15 July, 2016

High VoiceIn 1991 Dunstan House began operation as the publisher of the music of Daniel E. Gawthrop with the release of a single octavo called “Sing Me to Heaven.” Twenty five years later that octavo is still in print, having sold nearly 500,000 copies during the quarter century of its existence, and has become one of the most performed and recorded choral works in modern history. Choirs of all types and sizes across the country have found that the text and the music of this piece speaks very directly to them and their audiences.

We are excited to welcome to the repertoire a new vocal solo edition of “Sing Me to Heaven,” adapted by the composer himself. In response to the question, “Why did you wait so long before making a vocal solo version available?,” Gawthrop responds: “I am, of course, intimately involved with, and familiar with, the original SATB version. I cannot tell you how many performances I have heard, how many recordings I have received, how many times I have answered questions about the piece. The sound that’s in my ear is hard to avoid and it’s therefore very difficult for me to imagine the essence of the piece altered from the rich, smooth textures of an unaccompanied choral sound to a single, skinny voice, accompanied by double-fistfuls of chords banged out on a jangling, percussive piano. How could that possibly work? It took a long time for me to open my mind’s ear to the other possibilities inherent in that “essence of the piece” that I mentioned above, but in the event I find that the new vocal solo version is quite effective and persuasively musical. It just took me a while to get there – about 25 years!”

For more information on “Sing Me to Heaven” or other works by Daniel Gawthrop, please contact us or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

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


Hillsong Modern Worship Hits 22 April, 2016

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

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

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Veterans Day, 2015 04 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Veterans Day is next Wednesday! Do you have music ready for church? If not, and you have a partner to play piano duets with, consider “God Bless America,” which has eight patriotic titles in it. The duets are on an early/late intermediate level, so they could be easily prepared for the service. “America the Beautiful” is included, also “God Bless America” and six more. These would also be fun for playing at a veterans’ function for dinner music, or for a program at a dinner honoring our veterans.

Official Songs of the US Armed Forces” is a collection of piano solos of the five songs of the US armed forces, plus a medley. This solo collection is on a late elementary/early intermediate level.

The last offering for Veterans Day is “The American Songbook.” This collection of patriotic sheet music includes patriotic songs, patriotic Broadway songs written by George M. Cohan, and American folk songs. A sing-along CD is included with this book. We only have a few in stock, so don’t wait to order this!

For more information about these collections of patriotic music, or other similar collections, 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!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Music Major Graduation Gifts – Vocalists 07 May, 2015

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession.  Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to a high school graduate who plan to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession.   The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts ( in a variety of price ranges,) we could have used when we graduated!

For high school graduates pursuing a degree in vocal music:

IPA Made Easy by Anna Wentlet (42789) ……………………………………………………………$9.99

ipa made easyDon’t worry mom and dad, in this case IPA doesn’t stand for a type of beer.  It’s the International Phonetic Alphabet, a system of symbols depicting vowel and consonant sounds across all languages.  Vocal students spend a lot of time studying IPA, and this handy pocket-sized guide includes online examples of every sound spoken by a professional vocalist.

So You Want To Be a Music Major by Robert Franzblau (00121797)……………………$14.99

so you want to be a music majorThere’s a famous story about a music professor who looked at his or her entry level theory class of bright-eyed freshman on the first day and said, “Look to your left.  Now look to your right.  One of these people won’t be here by the end of the semester.”  Success as a music major depends greatly on a number of factors, sometimes the least of which is talent or ability.  Go in prepared with this book about how to make a successful transition from high school musician to collegiate music student.

Standard Vocal Literature ed. Richard Walters ……………………………………………………$22.99              Available for Soprano, (00740272) Mezzo Soprano, (00740273) Tenor, (00740274) Baritone, (00740275) or Bass (00740276)

standard vocal literatureAll college students complain about the cost of textbooks, but music majors have to spend an amazing amount on the music that they learn and perform.  These standard books are used by most vocal majors, and include online audio access to recorded accompaniments and diction lessons.

For college graduates pursuing a career in vocal music:

When the Fat Lady Sings: Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught by David W. Barber (0987849274)……………………………………………………………………………………………….$17.95

when the fat lady singsWe all need to be able to laugh a little at ourselves.  Whether your graduate is opera specialist or not, they’ll get a kick out of David Barber’s tongue-in-cheek take on this venerable art form.

 

Pitch Pipe (#6459 or #6459C)………………………………………………………………..$29.40 or $31.80

pitch pipeUseful to lots of musicians in a variety of situations, pitch pipes are especially important to vocalists needing a starting pitch when there isn’t a keyboard or other instrument around.  Due to their diminutive size they are easily lost, so you can never have too many!

Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir ed. Buchanan/Mehaffey                                                 (item numbers vary) ………………………………………………………………………………..$25.95-$45.95

teaching music through performance in choirThese are the go-to resource for quality literature at all levels.  The books are a wealth of information, and the accompanying CD sets have high quality recordings of each piece.  While a worthwhile investment, they can be out of reach for those on a first-year teacher’s salary.  Available titles include Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Vol. 1, 2 & 3 as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir.  Books and CD sets sold separately.

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 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!


Sing at First Sight: More Melodies! 01 May, 2015

sing at first sight more melodiesIt’s the end of the year, and singing through those same sight-singing exercises over and over again can really start to get to you.  Why not freshen things up a bit with Sing At First Sight…More Melodies.  While this reproducible collection does correlate with the “Sing at First Sight” series, it can be used with most sight singing methods.  Use this as a review, or as an assessment tool to show progress at the end of the year.  The included data CD has files of all the pages to print or project.

Sing at First Sight…More Melodies! by Andy Beck & Brian Lewis………..$39.99


Sacred Solos of Dan Forrest 30 January, 2015

VC15H_Sacred_Solos_Page_1__82371.1412692552.500.750by Jennifer Fry, Vocal Music Specialist

Known for his well-crafted choral music in both the sacred and secular realms, composer Dan Forrest has transcribed ten of his choral anthems most frequently requested as vocal solos in a new collection, Sacred Solos of Dan Forrest, available in High (general range D-G), Medium (general range B-flat-E-flat) and Low (general range G-C) voice editions. Accompaniment CDs, performed by Dan, are also available for all three books – so you can (somewhat) literally have the composer accompanying! Titles include: “Arise, My Soul, Arise,” “Lord of the Small,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” “A Cradle Carol,” “And Can It Be?,” “Cry No More,” “How Great Thou Art,” “An Offering,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and “The Work of Christmas.”

For more vocal repertoire suggestions, please visit us online or contact us!

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.