News & Views Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2018 28 February, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

bpi-hb607-fFlee As a Bird arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Anna Laura Page’s arrangement of “Flee As a Bird” is both lyrical and yearning. Flowing eighth notes accompany the simple melody, which grows in intensity and strength through to a final climax before dying away to a gentle finish. A perfect choice for a reflective moment in concert or worship.

Abide with Me arr. Michael Helman, Level 2+
This quiet and meditative arrangement of “Abide with Me” is perfect for dedication and Communion services. The expressive piece will help your congregation to meditate on the assurance of God in their lives and the comfort that the Holy Spirit can give.

A Heavenly Hymn Ring arr. Tammy Waldrop, Level 3
Following on the heels of Tammy’s successful A Gospel Hymn Ring, she has created another sparkling gospel medley. Malleted accompaniments lend energy to this upbeat composition.

lorenz-521234Voluntary on ABERYSTWYTH arr. Terry Osman, Level 2
With a variety of associated texts, the Welsh tune ABERYSTWYTH can be used at various times of the church year, and Terry Osman’s wonderful arrangement will be your go-to edition. All ringers share in the melodic material, and the eighth-note accompaniment patterns will keep your ringers engaged.

Two Worship Songs arr. Linda Scholes, Level 2
Linda Scholes arranged two contemporary Christian songs for small choirs: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “Come, People of the Risen King.” Both arrangements give your ringers opportunity to work on various handbell techniques, including echo, malleting, thumb damps, and martellato. These two selections will become favorites of your congregation and enhance any worship or concert experience.

God of Our Fathers arr. Bill Ingram, Level 2
A stirring setting of “National Hymn” is enhanced by the optional trumpet duet, and is appropriate for special observances as well as general worship.

hope-2830-fReproducible Rings IV arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these nine hymn settings are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar carols and hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “Reproducible” collection from Agape, buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.

I Need Thee Every Hour arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2+
This easily-accessible arrangement of the well-loved hymn tune provides a great opportunity for intermediate ensembles to work on their musicality. The slower tempo allows ample time for ringers to perform the necessary bell changes, and the dynamic contrasts throughout give them the chance to work on their expressiveness. A beautiful choice for any worship service.

The Best of Agape for 2-3 Octaves, Volume 1
Here are eleven of our best-selling contemporary arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octave choirs. There are seven Level 2s and one each for Level 2-, 2+, 3- and 3. Eleven great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.

Stanton’s SUPER SESSION 2018 27 February, 2018

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/4/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (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, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and 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.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

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

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Creative Programming: For Men’s Choir 26 February, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Mairi's WeddingMairi’s Wedding arr. Drew Collins
This delightful reel, traditionally sung and played at Scottish weddings, is toe-tappin’ fun! From the opening unison statement until the final chord, men’s ensembles can explore drama and healthy singing.

rain musicRain Music by Victor C. Johnson
“On the dusty earthdrum beats the falling rain. Now a whispered murmer, now a louder strain.” This forward-moving, rhythmically-driven music enhances the dramatic, image-laden text of Kentucky-born poet and playwright Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. Effective unison, two-, three-, and four-part writing throughout and optional parts for rain stick and djembes heighten the musical effect.

Three Polish War Songs.jpgThree Polish War Songs arr. Derek Myler
A set of Polish military songs collected by the composer while he lived in Poland for two years among families affected still by the tragedies of war. Expertly arranged for men’s chorus, these songs offer a look into a less-familiar world and bring a sentiment of hope.
Glory (from Selma)
Glory (from Selma
arr. Eugene Rogers
Winner of a 2015 Oscar Award, this inspirational song speaks of hope and looks to the future for healing in the midst of great division. Eugene’s “gospel-like” setting offers comfort to the community and motivates individuals to keep working for a better tomorrow. Through the voice of a powerful soloist, male chorus and spoken word artists, the message of unity and hope is left ringing in our ears.

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

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Nicolai Kapustin Piano Compositions 23 February, 2018

49045698If you are not yet aware of composer Nicolai Kapustin, check out his music on YouTube! Born in November 1937 in the Eastern Ukraine, Kapustin began piano studies in Moscow at the age of 14, graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 1961. He played piano in big bands, focusing mostly on jazz. Since the 1980s he has concentrated on composing in a classical style with jazz idioms. His works are often performed by leading concert artists.

Newly available in print, we recommend Sonatina Op. 100, written in 2000. This piece is written to be easier than many of Kapustin’s works, and sounds like a classical sonatina with some jazz flavor. It is more approachable than much of his typical writing. From 2016, Moon Rainbow Op. 161 is a challenge, with plenty of interesting rhythms, accidentals, and workouts for the hands. Also check out Something Else, Op. 160 and Toccatina, Op. 36!

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

Learn to Play the Folk Harp 22 February, 2018

00722251recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

So you bought a folk harp and now you want a book to help you learn to play it! Well, how big is it? How many strings does it have? What’s with the blue and red strings? Just how do you use those levers? Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods is one of the best books to help you learn all that stuff. Sylvia has written a short history of the harp, how to hold it, proper hand position, reading music, and how to replace and tie harp strings. There are plenty of songs to play as you learn new techniques. Who knows? Maybe by Christmas, you will be confident enough to play in church! Stanton’s has plenty of books to learn to play the folk harp, and plenty of books of solos for the harpist.

For more information about this book or other books of sheet music for folk harp, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.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.

Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2018 21 February, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

lorenz-521296Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2
The plaintive melody of this arrangement sits atop a flowing accompaniment of either bells or chimes, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice for us. The melody moves from the treble bells to the bass bells with ease, and the piece gradually slows to a soft final chord, leaving the congregation in quiet meditation as the final tones fade from the space.

Jesus Shall Reign arr. Bill Ingram, Level 1
This flexible and solid level 1 arrangement is playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell or handchime groups, making it an excellent choice for festivals and for choirs ringing with some absentees. The stately hymntune, DUKE STREET, is set to several different sets of lyrics in different hymnals, and will be useful throughout most of the church year. The piece is enhanced by a variety of techniques, which can easily be adapted for handchimes.

hope-2752-fJoyful, Joyful arr. Cynthia Dobrinski, Level 3-
In this jubilant setting of HYMN TO JOY, Cynthia Dobrinski incorporates a nice variety of handbell techniques to make the tune come to life. With straight ringing along with mallets, martellato, and effective shakes, the ringers and listeners alike are given a satisfying musical experience. The words from Psalm 100 serve as the inspiration: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” At the 3- level, this is a setting that many church choirs can successfully accomplish.

Three Pieces for Lent and Easter arr. Karissa Dennis, Level 1+
This set of arrangements provides two selections for Lent and Holy Week observances and one for Easter Sunday. In keeping with level-one guidelines, there is no subdivision of the beat and the few handbell changes are prepared. Ringers will enjoy developing a variety of techniques, including echoes, tower swings, and martellatos, and working on legato passages that use LVs.

lorenz-521220Resurrection Joy arr. Hart Morris, Level 3-
“Resurrection Joy” weaves five Easter hymns into this triumphant and exciting medley from the pen of Hart Morris. With performance options for bells alone, bells with solo trumpet, or bells and the full forces of brass quintet and timpani, this stirring piece will be a memorable addition to your Easter services or spring concerts.

The Strife Is O’er arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2+
With or without the optional instruments, Jason Krug’s brilliant arrangement lives up to the grandeur of its tune name, VICTORY. “The Strife Is O’er” is a fitting selection for any praise service, but will serve particularly well at either the beginning or ending of your Easter service. After a majestic fanfare and opening chorale, the piece moves to a more rhythmic middle section with a malleted bass accompaniment, and the final verse utilizes the full choir. This item includes the handbell part alone.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2018 20 February, 2018

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2018, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/3/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, and Cristi Cary Miller. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

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

Registration will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

JAZZ in the Classroom 19 February, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Introduce the world of jazz to your elementary music students! These great new resources will immerse your students in music through singing, playing, and improvising.

leon-00124232-fPlay-Along with Jazz by Tom Anderson
Your students will riff from the rafters with this collection written specifically for classroom instruments. Styles that groove like dixie, swing, bebop and hard bop are introduced in a sequence that reflects the overall history of jazz as well as levels of difficulty. Scat singing is optional but can add a boppin’ alternative to playing instruments so all students can participate. Basic drumming feels are included for even more play-along opportunities. Stand back and let the music-making begin. Swing, stomp and riff until everyone is in the groove! Full scores and helpful teacher tips with optional unpitched percussion ostinatos are provided, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the Orff instrument and recorder parts. Songs include: Saints’ Stomp, Riff Raff, Swing’s the Thing, Boppin’ Robin, A la Mode, Hard Bop Candy. Suggested for grades 4-8.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellowes
A young musician’s first introduction to jazz can be a powerful experience. This book makes jazz accessible to beginning recorder players by giving straightforward instruction on jazz concepts before each piece. A piano accompaniment includes more extensive jazz music to make the recorder player a part of an authentic jazz experience. The CD also includes backing tracks with piano and other instruments appropriate for each song. Most songs use only the natural notes on the recorder, with a few instances of F-sharp and B-flat. Suggested for grades 3-6.

leon-502676Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learn by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. DIGITAL DOWNLOADS include step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets, plus free access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses. Volume 2: Louis Armstrong is also newly available!

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

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

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Regards to Broadway! 16 February, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Feature the performance skills of your upper elementary and middle school singers with a great Broadway revue! Vocal ranges are great for developing voices, and the choral writing works well on risers or on the theater stage.

alfred-515606Regards to Broadway! (A Musical Salute) arr. Sally K. Albrecht, Jay Althouse & Andy Beck
Suggested for Grades 4 and up
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Celebrate Broadway musicals past and present with this entertaining and educational revue. An optional narration (for up to 50 speakers) tells the incredible history and evolution of American musical theater and ties this 35-minute choir-focused presentation together with purpose and panache. Features a dozen hit show tunes from a century of blockbusters like Gypsy; Kiss Me Kate; My Fair Lady; Ragtime; and The Wiz; arranged exclusively for 2-part or 3-part mixed singers by Alfred Music’s top writers. Includes choreography notes throughout the 100% reproducible score as well as extracted singer pages on the live-orchestra Enhanced CD.

Contact us for more recommendations, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

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!

Practical Service Music for Organ 14 February, 2018

702095recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S. Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Easy Organ Library from Lorenz is a series of collections containing material that covers every church season. The newest addition to the series, Volume 63 includes 36 easy-to-prepare selections for Communion, Easter  and Ordinary Time. Those who are making the transition from piano to organ will appreciate the easy pedal parts, and more accomplished organists will appreciate how quickly they can prepare the pieces presented. Arrangers include Anna Laura Page, James Mansfield, Lani Smith, and other favorite arrangers from Lorenz. Registration, duration, and usages are provided for all titles.

For more information about this collections or others, 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!

Elementary General Music Clinic 2018 13 February, 2018

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday 8/2/2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 36th 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!

NEW THIS YEAR: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard with Cristi, John Jacobson, and Roger Emerson!

And, we’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Community Band Spotlight: Songs of Love 12 February, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

This post is part of a series highlighting music for community bands.

With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I thought it a great time to present these new band arrangements centered on love.  While they would provide interesting variety for any school spring concert, I found their uniqueness especially suitable for community groups.  Besides, who couldn’t use a little more love?

Can’t Buy Me Love
(Medley of Hits from The Beatles)
arr. Paul Murtha
Hal Leonard Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $70.00
The timeless quality of music by The Beatles shines through in this nicely paced medley of hits. Perform this with band alone, or combine with choir and strings for a memorable production. Includes: Here Comes the Sun, In My Life, and Can’t Buy Me Love.

Canzoni D’Amore (Songs of Love)
arr. Robert Longfield
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $84.00
Canzoni D’Amore is a lyrical medley of three beautiful, classic Italian love songs. Featured songs include Serenata, Caro Mio Ben, and Torna a Surriento. Masterfully crafted to give interesting parts to all sections, Canzoni D’Amore will expose your audiences to the best of treasured Italian melodies.

Make Our Garden Grow
arr. Joseph Kreines
Boosey & Hawkes
Grade 3                                    $65.00
From Bernstein’s 1956 operetta Candide, the beautiful closing number, Make Our Garden Grow, has gone on to become a beloved and familiar classic. Arranged here for younger bands, this setting moves from delicate scoring in the opening to a powerful climax by the full ensemble.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (Are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Kid’s Korner for Spring 2018 09 February, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Involve your youngest singers in worship this spring with one of these great new anthems for children’s choirs!

chorgd-cga1529-fThe Lord Is My Light by Mark Patterson
Written in honor of Helen Kemp, this lyrical unison ballad from Mark Patterson exudes warmth and strength. A flowing, expressive piano accompaniment grounds the piece, and optional bells or chimes punctuate the message. The anthem ends with an inspiring coda depicting the house of the Lord, where Mama Helen in certainly singing with joy.

Sing Hallelujah (Jesus Lives Today) by Mark Burrows
This joyful anthem from Mark Burrows is bursting with the good news of Jesus’ resurrection! A sparkling two-part echo is the melodic foundation, making this a great choice for a combined-age choir. While perfect for the Easter season, this singable anthem is also fitting whenever we celebrate Jesus at work in the world.

Climbin’ Up the Mountain arr. Mark Patterson
This tune has soul! Treble voices shine in Mark Patterson’s new spiritual arrangement. Primarily unison singing allows ensembles to focus on healthy technique and soulful Gospel style, while the final section of the piece layers optional three-part harmony to showcase your ensemble. A great piece for Epiphany, especially on Transfiguration Sunday.

I’m Gonna Sleon-512443ing arr. Audrey Snyder
Handclaps, spoken refrains, and a dynamic piano accompaniment make this jubilant arrangement of the familiar spiritual a perfect selection for older elementary choirs or choirs of any age. The final verse includes an optional descant that heightens the sense of joy and exuberance found in this rapturous piece.

The Master Designer by Cindy Berry
The wonder of God’s creation comes alive in this charming piece for older elementary voices. A flowing piano accompaniment beautifully supports the sparkling melody and highlights a feeling of awe and reverence found in the piece. A short snippet of “This Is My Father’s World” adds a familiar hymn connection to the anthem presentation.

This Is the Day by Ken Berg
This cleverly written song gives text options for both general use and Easter. Incorporating the familiar hymn Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him, the song moves along at a joyful pace with syncopated rhythms and a fun melody. It finishes with the combining of optional second and third parts. The percussion adds another layer of creative flavor.

Hallelujahcelgra-622012205-f! Sing Hosanna! arr. Glenn Eernisse
All elements combine to create a unique song of praise! Ostinati Boomwhackers and percussion instruments enhance the fun vocal lines. Three independent melodies are introduced and then combined together for a creative layering effect. Add in the body percussion and your kids will declare this their favorite song!

See the Lilies by Brad Nix
Based on Luke 12:24-31, this anthem reminds us that just as God cares for the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, so, too, will God care for His children. Crafted in a calypso feel, the simple melody and gentle syncopations are tastefully accompanied by piano, optional flute, and optional egg shakers.

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s? Contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

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.

Modern Movie Favorites for Big Note and 5-Finger Piano Solo 08 February, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00241880-wlModern Movie Favorites: Songs from Hit Movies
Are your kids still singing or humming tunes from movies like “Trolls,” “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars,” or “The Lego Movie”? These two new collections are great for kids learning to play piano!

The easier book is the 5-Finger level, which means one finger at a time – very easy. It includes eight songs, and the lyrics are also included. There is also an optional duet part for a parent or teacher to play along. Songs include: Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, Spirit in the Sky, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

The Big Note collection has 18 songs from recent movies, including “Rey’s Theme” from the new Star Wars movies.  The big note level has large notes for easy reading, and is a little more advanced than the 5-Finger level. Two hands play at once, so there is harmony, making each piece more pleasing to the ear. Songs include: Alice, The Bare Necessities, Bundle of Joy, Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, In Summer, Lava, Linus and Lucy, Rey’s Theme, Something Wild, Sophie’s Theme, Spirit in the Sky, Strong, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

These collections are great to play for fun! For more information about these collections or other popular piano music, 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!

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.

Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2.5-3 07 February, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Every concert needs one or two pieces that fill the heart with gladness. Here are some wonderful options at the Grade 2.5 to 3 level for Middle School and young High School String Orchestras.

kendor-9153-fHero’s Quest by Timothy J. Isham, Grade 2+
Film scores have in many ways become today’s “classical” music for the masses. Educational composers have picked up on that phenomenon and are writing film music without the movie! Maybe your students can come up with stories to match the music of Hero’s Quest, a dramatic portrait of the quintessential over-the-top pop culture hero. With melodic and rhythmic activity in all parts, your students will get reinforcement on 6/8 time, D minor, building intensity and third position in the first violins – and everyone will enjoy the cinematic bombast!

Joyous Celebration by Scott Watson, Grade 2.5
Start or finish a concert with a bang using A Joyous Celebration to great effect! Optional timpani will provide some extra push, if you can recruit one, but even if you don’t, every part propels the piece forward. With syncopation, open string double stops, trills and dynamic fermatas, all the stops get pulled out for your Joyous Celebration!

Swj-3035761-fparta by Todd Parrish, Grade 2.5
Take a trip back to Ancient Greece with this fun and energetic work! Students will encounter two-note to six-note slurs, pizzicato, staccato and legato bowings, rhythms in 3/4 time, and dynamic contrast, along with an emphasis on playing octaves. The powerful melody is carefully woven throughout all parts while the accompaniment reinforces anchoring the first finger for better intonation.

Wondrous Flight by Bruce Tippette, Grade 2
Written for the composer’s son, Wondrous Flight alternates between insistent syncopated rhythms and flowing melodic passages. As the piece progresses, an increase in tempo drives the melodies through each section of the orchestra toward a grandiose, climactic moment. The piece elevates itself throughout, creating the feeling of climbing ever higher into the sky, finally ending in a fiery burst of energy as the familiar melodies reprise one final time to deliver a big finish.

Lefjh-st6433-fgionary by Chris Thomas, Grade 3
Travel back in time to the era of the Roman legionary as you experience music that portrays the rugged and exciting story of a Roman soldier. The piece features brawny marcato bowings, simple syncopations, bold ostinato rhythms and tension-building trills. Powerful moments are passed throughout the ensemble in this adventurous addition to your next concert program!

Find more creative choices for your developing string orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2018! 06 February, 2018

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.

NEW THIS YEAR: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard!

And, we’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
(featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday August 2, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Roger Emerson
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 3, 2018 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson & Cristi Cary Miller
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 4, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful guidelines:

I teach elementary classroom music and/or elementary school choir! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers. You’ll also preview new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part voices) in both octavos and song collections.

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
Consider both the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll feature new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and two spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing is usually about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session is usually about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Either (or both!) The Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir OR the Stanton’s Super Session will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2018:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 11, 2018
Clinician: Lloyd Larson
(no pre-registration for this session)
25th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 25, 2018
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. 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!

New Church Anthems for Spring 2018 05 February, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Even in the midst of the ice and snow, it’s time to start planning your choral anthems for this spring! Here are some of our recommendations for Sundays through Lent and Easter, as well as general worship:

FOR LENT
leon-520735At Calvary’s Cross by Mary McDonald
Based on a well-known text, this powerful testament of grace is rich with meaning and musical beauty. A winsome melody wafts like a folk tune against a flowing piano part, carrying with tender care the truth of Calvary and the awesome thoughts of Christ’s atonement. The restrained ending helps transition from the “special music” moment to the sermon, or perhaps to function as a choral response to the message. Moving!

Sorrow Like His by Larry Shackley
This powerful, soulful piece, based on the scripture verse behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, asks the listener to consider the events of Christ s betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. Set in the style of a spiritual, this a cappella anthem is ideal for contemplative Holy Week services.

FOR PALM SUNDAY
hinsha-hmc2111-fRide On, Ride On in Majesty arr. Howard Helvey
Howard Helvey is quite well known to choral musicians. This Palm Sunday anthem for mixed voices with organ has an optional congregational part that is printed in the back of the octavo.

FOR EASTER
Alleluia, Christ Is Alive! by Joel Raney
From the fist notes, and the sound of the organ chime, the tone is set in the garden, as Mary is searching for Jesus. Learning that “He is risen and the tomb is empty,” the music swells forward with dynamic energy and compelling rhythm. The addition of piano, brass and percussion further heightens this triumphant Easter Day exaltation.

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
lorenz-521401Guide My Feet arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson s setting of the classic spiritual is imbued with a vibrant energy. From the opening a cappella lines to the soulful middle verses and driving ending, this inspiring anthem is a powerful statement of trust in the God who leads and guides our journey of faith.

Meditations of My Heart by Elaine Hagenberg
Based on Psalm 19, this lyric anthem is a prayerful expression of our need for God’s transforming power. The beautiful melodies and stirring refrains are the hallmarks of Elaine Hagenberg’s compositions and this song of devotion is no exception. A perfect selection for a prayer response or for Holy Communion.

bpi-cu1048-fAncient Words arr. Craig Courtney
In his setting of Lynn DeShazo’s song, Craig Courtney has captured the simplicity and accessibility of a beloved hymn and woven into it expressive nuances, including the lyrical, a cappella introduction with its compelling harmonies, which seamlessly lead into Courtney’s signature expressive piano voicing. His arrangement features all the various colors of the sections of the choir with a climatic build to the third refrain, intended to be sung in gospel style. The piece is constructed with a lovely arc, ending much as it began, in quiet repose, proclaiming the assurance of the text.

Did you miss out on attending our January Sacred Choral Reading Session? If you’re interested in purchasing a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us! Visit our Virtual Workshop to view live footage of the clinic, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

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.

Organ Music for Lent 02 February, 2018

702080srecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Simply Lent is a volume of preludes, offertories, and postludes arranged for organ by J. William Greene, who graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer’s Certificate in organ. He has written and published more than 150 keyboard and choral works. This new collection offers a selection of eight pieces suitable for the Lenten season, this year from Sunday February 18th through Good Friday. Each piece can be easily and quickly learned, and will enhance the worship of your congregation. With some challenging yet musically satisfying selections, this book masters the introspective nature of the hymn tunes with finesse.

For more about this collection or others like it, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Creative Programming: For Festival Choirs 01 February, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu by Jacob Narverud
Kuimba Nafsi Yangu“Kuimba Nafsi Yangu” is a celebratory song derived from the following common Swahili phrases of joy, “Sing my soul, sing my heart. Sing for peace, sing for joy. There is so much love here, yes!” Intended as a concert opener or closer, this spirited piece is pure energy from start to finish as the piano and djembes drive the momentum forward while the choir sings in call and response.


Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
 by Ryan Murphy
Let All the World in Every Corner SingA dynamic and bombastic setting of this well-loved text. The piano accompaniment is exciting and supportive, and the vocal writing is straightforward, making this a great selection for honor choirs and festivals. Orchestral accompaniment and a version for brass, organ, and percussion also available.

Nine Hundred Miles arr. René Clausen
Nine Hundred MilesThis lovely folk melody is beautifully set by René Clausen. Utilizing the haunting quality of the clarinet to embellish the melancholy text, this simple folk song becomes the centerpiece of any choral concert. The clarinet part is included in the back of the octavo.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Never Give Up! by Rollo Dilworth
Never Give UpNever Give Up!” is a positive anthem written for SATB and Piano. “This piece is a perfect example of the impact and power of music in the lives of our youth today. Their words in tandem with Dr. Dilworth’s music make this a perfect piece (a positive anthem of sorts) for today’s middle and high school students.”

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Just One Heart by Jim Papoulis
Just One HeartDrawing from a simple idea, that reaching even just one heart can be a very powerful gesture, here is the positive message in music that we have come to expect in the music of Jim Papoulis. World rhythms, optional percussion and positive lyrics make this a great selection for young people.

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

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.