News & Views Thursday, September 20, 2018

Classic Disney Songs for Big-Note Piano 29 July, 2016

This collection, Classic Disney Songs, contains twelve favorite songs from six classic Disney movies: 00172080Dumbo, Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, and So Dear to My Heart. Baby-boomers grew up with these movies, then shared them with their children (and grandchildren!!). These songs are arranged for easy (big note) level piano players. Each song is a delight to play: “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Baby Mine,” “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” and more. This is a great collection of easy piano sheet music for young players.

For more information about this collection or other Disney song collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEXT WEEK: School Choral Week 2016! 25 July, 2016

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller
JoyOfSinging_30th_TINY THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration!

for Young & Developing Choir
Thursday August 4, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 5, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 6, 2016
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Also in August 2016:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 13, 2016
Clinician: Mark Hayes
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 27, 2016
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration is open now! For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Rosanne Cash: “The River & The Thread” 22 July, 2016

00160939recommended by Barb M., Keyboard & Folk Music Specialist

Fans of Rosanne Cash will be aware of “The River and the Thread” album, released in 2014 by Blue Note Records, which won three Gammy Awards in 2015. Later that year, in October, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame – Rosanne and her father, Johnny Cash, were the first father-daughter duo to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “A Feather’s Not a Bird” is probably the the best known song from this album, and “When the Master Calls the Roll” is especially poignant. Get your copy now!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at  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.

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, or visit our website at

Excellence in Choral Literature 2016 19 July, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E Main Street, Bexley OH 43209

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is 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. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Composer Profile: Jim Papoulis 18 July, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Jim PapoulisNew York City-based Jim Papoulis composes, orchestrates, and conducts music for dance, film, ensembles, and choirs. His compositions are known for exploring new modes of musical communication by honoring and connecting classical and traditional forms with non-Western sounds. Jim’s distinct and ever-evolving approach unites classical with contemporary sounds, world rhythms, R&B, and voices, while combining live instruments with current composing and recording technology.

Many of Jim’s compositions have received prestigious awards and global recognition. “Can You Hear” and “Give Us Hope,” for example, are performed around the world every year. Jim donates his royalties as the songs’ composer to The Foundation for Small Voices, which uses music, literature and art to enrich and empower the lives of children.

The music of Jim Papoulis is available through Stanton’s from Boosey & Hawkes. For more information about Jim and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Give Us Hope, How Many Christmases, Kusimama, We Can Plant a Forest

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.

“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!

Ocarina Method 14 July, 2016

00146676recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Hal Leonard’s “Ocarina  Method” introduces the different kinds of ocarinas, gives a brief history of the ocarina, and how to play them. There is a fingering chart for the transverse 12-hole ocarina, and another fingering chart for the pendant 6-hole ocarina. There are plenty of songs to play to get used to your ocarina! Included with this book is online video access with further instructions and demonstrations – perfect for beginners!

It’s amazing how ocarinas have been invented independently all over the world – ancient ocarinas have been discovered in meso-America, Europe, Central Africa, India, and China. They may be made from clay, wood, animal horn, porcelain or plastic. The “concert” ocarina was invented by an Italian, Giuseppe Donati, in 1853. The ocarina has been featured in a Japanese documentary “The Great Yellow River,” “The Lord of the Rings” movies, and in “The Legend of Zelda” video games, and that is how people have become more aware of this sweet-voiced, portable little instrument. Check it out!

For more information about this book of sheet music, or anything else you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,

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.













The Stanton’s Difference: Going the Extra Mile 13 July, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting 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! Today we’d like to spotlight a couple of ways the Stanton’s staff goes above and beyond for you.

So you want to program an old title. You call us to order it, or place your order at While taking/processing your order, our knowledgeable staff realizes the age of the title, either because we remember when it was published (yes, many of us have been here that long), or we’re tipped off by the catalog number – in fact, old Belwin/Columbia Pictures numbers contain the year of publication within them. Rather than just place the title on backorder and hope it comes in, we often check the availability of old titles right away! The Alfred and Hal Leonard dealer websites allow us to check the status of a title, and, if it is urgent, we are happy to call our representatives with other publishers on your behalf. This way you know as soon as possible whether you can expect to receive your title, or if you need to consider programming another piece. Sure, we hate to disappoint, but we’d rather you know sooner than later if a piece is unavailable so you can plan accordingly.

You need music in a hurry! Despite your best planning, sometimes music and scores get lost before an impending performance, or an administrator/civic leader requests a specific title that’s not in your library for performance at the end of the week. If you find yourself in a “sheet music emergency,” Stanton’s can help! If the music you need is in-stock, we will strive to get it out to you the same day as long as we have your order before 4:30 pm, and we’ll work with you to find the right balance of expedited shipping time and cost. If your item is not in-stock, we can arrange for drop-ship service directly from most publishers so that your music will ship within 24 hours. If your timetable is REALLY urgent, we will personally call your drop-ship order in to the publisher to ensure that it is handled properly and shipped the same day – most publishers can get expedited orders out the same day if they are placed by noon or 12:30 local (publisher) time. We strongly recommend that if you need to place an expedited or drop-ship order that you call us ASAP so that we can give your order the detailed attention it requires, and give you the service you deserve!

Does your sheet music store do this? If not, give us a call and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been the “Sheet Music Specialist” for over 50 years, and why you should shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Click here for more information on the STANTON’S DIFFERENCE!

NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 12 July, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

Your registration for the clinic 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 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (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 Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Stanton’s E-Tools – Virtual Workshop 11 July, 2016

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!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Julia M. 08 July, 2016

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!

Julia MoessnerJulia Moessner is Vice President of Stanton’s Sheet Music, and shares many company management responsibilities with our company President (her brother!) Eric Strouse. You can always count on a smile and a cheery “Hello!” from Julia when you walk in our front door!

What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Vice President of Stanton’s Sheet Music, and I also work on the sales floor in the Keyboard and Pop Department.

What do you consider your specialties here? – Customer service and print promotions.

How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – I started August of 1986, so almost 30 years!

What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Being able to help customers find exactly what they need, and working on Stanton’s email promotions.

What is your hometown? – I would have to say my hometown is Hilliard, Ohio. Our family moved there when I was in fourth grade, and I graduated from Hilliard High School in 1986. I now reside in Dublin, Ohio.

Where did you go to college? – Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University

What is your major instrument? – It used to be cello, but now I enjoy playing the piano.

What do you like to do in your spare time? – I love spending time with my family – snow skiing, boating on the lake, and attending my kids’ after-school and club events.

What days are you available at Stanton’s? – Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What is the last song/piece you listened to? – I have to keep up with the music my kids listen to, so “7 Years” by Lukas Graham

What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Ragtime Surprise (based on the 2nd movement of Haydn’s Symphony #94 in G Major, “The Surprise”), arranged by Martha Mier in one of her Classical Jazz, Rags and Blues collections.

What is your most memorable musical moment? – In 1984 President Ronald Reagan came to Columbus, Ohio and our high school got to perform for him!

What musical sound or noise do you love? – I love the cello – it has such a deep and rich sound.

What musical sound or noise do you hate? – A first year clarinet student – a friend of mine’s daughter played clarinet and she invited us over for a little Christmas recital. That was really hard on my ears.

Junior Festival Piano Music!!!! 07 July, 2016

nmfcThe new National Federation of Music Festivals Bulletin was released in May 2016. If you don’t have yours yet, the Federation at 317-882-4003 – provide your mailing information and your credit card number, and you’ll have your new bulletin in a few days.

The current bulletin is good from July 2016 to June 2020. As usual, Stanton’s has the music for all piano solos and duets available. Call or email to make sure we have everything you want, as there are several small publishers that distribute their own music. We have Alfred, Hal Leonard, FJH, Kjos, Willis, C.F. Peters, Faber, Carl Fischer, and Schirmer editions available. We are well-stocked on all Junior Festival music, especially at the Pre-Primary to Moderately Difficult levels, and look forward to helping you prepare your students for the event!

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

2016 Modern Worship Songs 06 July, 2016


recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

2016 Modern Worship Songs is a collection of sixteen worship songs from 2011 through 2016. “Your Love Awakens Me” is from 2016, as is “Remember”; several other songs are from 2015, and a few are earlier from 2011 and on. It’s a great collection of more recent praise and worship songs by Hillsong, Bethel Music, Chris Tomlin, and more.

Written for piano, vocal, and guitar chords, this can be used for summer special music for vocal solo, or a praise and worship band can use some of the songs in a worship service. This is the most up-to-date worship songbook, this year (so far). Get your copy now!

For more information about this collection of sacred sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  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.

Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 05 July, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Up, Up, and Away! 01 July, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Mari Schay’s “Busy Bodies, Busy Brains” series is a must-have resource for preschool to early elementary educators, featuring quality child-centered and playful music-making experiences. Following her first book, The Music in Me and You, we’re proud to bring you four more units in Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up and Away! by Mari Schay
“Up, Up, and Away!” helps music teachers develop musicianship in their youngest students through active engagement, imagination, and the spirit of play. Taken directly from Mari’s teaching experiences, this resource is perfect for teachers ranging from music specialists to those with little or no music experience.

For more classroom music resources for young students, please visit our website or contact us!

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.