News & Views Sunday, January 20, 2019

In Dulci Jubilo 31 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Planning a madrigal dinner or feast with your high school choir this year? Maybe you’re just looking for something in a Medieval or Renaissance style for your upcoming concert – here are some great new options!

In Dulci Jubilo arr. Russell Robinson, SATB with piano
Mixed meter, dynamic contrast, whimsical accompaniment and lively vocals create a dance-like arrangement of this traditional carol. The original English text surrounds the few Latin phrases used throughout the work and helps make for easy learning. Mixed choirs will love this as a processional or opening number.

mornin-msm50-1151-fMake We Joy Now In This Fest by Matthew Culloton, SATB a cappella
Matthew Culloton provides a sprightly original setting of this 15th century text which alternates between short English and Latin phrases. SATB a cappella with the basses occasionally dividing at the octave at cadences, and the whole choir divisi in the last two measures.

Gaudete arr. Thomas Juneau, SSAATTBB a cappella with handbells, percussion & clapping
Thomas Juneau’s vocal writing infuses rhythmic intensity with percussion, handbells and clapping in this exciting arrangement of Gaudete, one of most popular late medieval sacred Christmas carols. Appropriate throughout the year, Gaudete offers a multitude of opportunities for choirs to demonstrate both their vocal and dramatic skills.

Christmas Is Coming arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
A festive setting of the English round that will come together quickly at that busy time of year! A rousing antiphonal treatment (a fanfare) leads into the traditional tune, followed by a newly composed bridge. Later, the unison melody becomes a 2-part, and eventually a 3-part round. A wonderful opener for holiday performances!

leon-525042Nowell by Drew Collins, SATB a cappella with percussion
This fifteenth century English carol, originally titled “Nowell, Nowell, Dieu vous garde” has been recast in modern form although the ancient feel is still present. Vocal parts may be doubled by wind or string instruments and optional percussion may be played by separate players or by members of the choir.

Shepherds, Run! (Allon, Gay Bergeres) by Guillaume Costeley/arr. Geoffrey Edwards, SSA with optional piano
Dig into this 16th Century choral classic in a dazzling setting for women’s choir. Perform this truly flexible piece with English or French text accompanied or a cappella. A treasured part of traditional repertoire for your December concert!

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.

Wickedly Devilish Disney Songs 29 October, 2018

00248638-wlThe new songbook Disney Villains contains 24 songs from some of the most fun-to-dislike Disney villains. From The Jungle Book, there is the python’s song “Trust in Me” (and why would we???); from Pocahontas, there is the greedy grabby song, “Mine, Mine, Mine”; from 101 Dalmatians, there is the song about the most delightful(?) “Cruella DeVille”; and from Descendants, we have the advice from mother to daughter in “Evil Like Me.” Just for fun, or to have something different for an audition, you really should check this book out!

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

“Tidings of Comfort and Joy” 26 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

lorenz-522077FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Be Glad This Festive Day (A Winter Roundelay) by Douglas E. Wagner, SATB with piano & percussion
A perfect opener for your holiday concert or Madrigal dinner, this inspired Doug Wagner creation partners with “Deck the Hall” and possesses all of the color and pageantry of a Renaissance court celebration. Optional parts for drum, tambourine, and finger cymbals add to the festive flair that your choir and audiences are sure to enjoy.

The Huron Carol arr. Sarah Quartel, SATB with piano
This is a traditional Canadian carol with a text by St Jean de Brébeuf, a seventeenth-century French missionary who worked primarily with the Huron people. Following an ethereal beginning with dissonant, haunting harmonies, the carol builds to an expansive climax.

Have You Seen the Newborn King? by Victor C. Johnson, SATB a cappella
The crisp, accented energy of this original a cappella Christmas spiritual exudes rhythmic excitement from start to finish. A soloist is featured with the choir in a call and response style section and the layering of independent melodies in each part fuels the momentum that builds to the strong, dynamic ending.

chorgd-cge284-fWhat Child? by Ruth Morris Gray, SATB a cappella with percussion
Creative programming at its best is reflected in this unique, contemporary a cappella original employing the traditional What Child Is This? lyrics. In the opening and closing sections, vocal ostinato patterns support the melody and provide the frame for the middle section which features a lovely setting of the traditional carol tune. The addition of djembe and body percussion will add character and texture to the rhythmic feel of this joyous seasonal offering.

Winter by Anthony Giamanco/arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
Walter de la Mare’s poem is a fantastic example of the Romantic-era imagination, and even more so when paired with this gorgeously haunting music. A delicately constructed piano accompaniment glides beneath shifting contemporary harmonies and varied choral textures, ultimately leading to a beautifully subdued ending.

leon-523398FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Tidings of Comfort and Joy arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed a cappella with hand percussion
Here is a new twist on this traditional English carol. The vocal writing is light and rhythmic and will surprise your listeners. A piano part is offered as an accompaniment but this arrangement works just as well when sung a cappella. And optional hand clap and percussion parts make this a special piece within your winter concert.

Come and See the Baby by Ruth Morris Gray, SAB a cappella
Percussive and dynamic a cappella singing will appeal to choirs of all sizes singing about the new born baby in Bethlehem. Hushed and vibrant energy play between voices throughout this a cappella work, which also offers optional descant, solos and a simple rhythmic shaker percussion part.

Now Sing We All Noel! by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 3-part mixed with bells & hand drum
Written in the Renaissance “madrigal” style, this is a real change of pace for the developing choir. It is crafted to be sung a cappella but if your choir isn’t ready for that yet there is a piano part along with hand drum and bells to give support to the singers and enhance the performance.

cfn-cm9545-fWinter Dream by James DesJardins, 3-part mixed with piano & violin
Winter Dream is the ideal “winterscape” piece for three-part mixed voices. The artful piano accompaniment provides ample harmonic support throughout, while the vocal melody has a dreamy quality perfect for the winter scene depicted in the text. Add the optional violin part (included) to put the finishing, icy touch on your performance.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
A Czech Christmas Carol arr. Lynn Shaw Bailey & Chris Pillsbury, SSA with piano & tambourine
“Pujdem spolu do Betlema” is a popular traditional Czech Christmas carol whose title translates to “Let’s all go to Bethlehem.” In dance-like style, the verses describe different people playing their musical instruments, along with onomatopoetic sounds, as if playing in a celebration. With optional Czech text (phonetic pronunciations are included in the score) as well as English text, this wonderful Czech Carol is a flexible, holiday programming must.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Robert I. Hugh, 2-part with piano
This classic melody by the early 20th century British composer never grows old. Young people will love to rehearse this melody. Older elementary singers will enjoy adding a second part and young women have a beautiful descant to discover.

chorgd-cge247-fBallad of the Winter Trees by Amy F. Bernon, SSA with piano
Written with a variety of choir types in mind, this captivating work captures the chilly allure of winter and is a superb creative programming choice. As the harmonies move from minor to major, the sun emerges, “warming and courageous,” and spring arrives. Detailed imagery and a haunting melody pull the singers into a frozen world that dramatically thaws and blossoms. A Learning Resource Page is included.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Betelehemu arr. Andy Beck, TTB a cappella with percussion
A captivating chant opens this a cappella arrangement of the Nigerian Christmas carol, before breaking into a joyous, rhythmic celebration. This well-voiced adaptation allows even developing groups to sing a beloved staple of choral repertoire. Optional percussion parts add to the multicultural excitement!

Do You Know the Way to Bethlehem? by Douglas E. Wagner, TBB with piano, guitar & percussion
This is a high energy, rhythmically charged original Christmas song featuring a verse of the familiar “What Child Is This?.” Easy to teach and fun to perform with strong vocal lines and optional bass guitar and percussion parts, your guys will love digging into this one!

cfn-bl1011-fI Saw Three Ships arr. Paul David Thomas, TB with piano, flute & frame drum
Jolly and jaunty, rhythmic and fun, Thomas’ TB arrangement of “I Saw Three Ships” is highly energetic and sure to be a holiday favorite. Add the optional percussion and flute for an even more exciting performance for your tenor-bass ensemble.

Find more holiday selections for choirs on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. 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.

“God Gave a Song” 25 October, 2018

70_1923Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

God Gave a Song is a collection of gospel songs set for organ by Mary McDonald. Many of us are familiar with Mary’s piano settings for hymns, and these organ settings are equally delightful to play and hear. Tunes include “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (CONVERSE), “Jesus Saves,” and “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” (MADRID). Especially if your congregation enjoys gospel songs, this is a treasure trove!

For more information about this collection or other church organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“A Glorious Christmas” – Grade 3+ for Concert Band 24 October, 2018

wj-3018191-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

A Christmas Bell Carol arr. Randall D. Standridge, Grade 3
When arranging a familiar holiday favorite, the challenge is always to hear it in a completely new way. As more and more versions of these well-known classics flood the market every year, it becomes harder to see each tune in a new light. This setting takes the popular Ukrainian Bell Carol and uses it to create a gentle presentation in the style of a lyric lullaby that truly reflects the peaceful and most appealing sounds of the season.

A Glorious Christmas by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
Ring in the holidays with this very playable and musical work based on traditional Christmas carols! The music sparkles with bright woodwind colors, powerful brass, plenty of percussion, and real holiday spirit. Effective, yet easy to prepare, “A Glorious Christmas” is the perfect choice for your next holiday concert.

leon-00277821-fCarol of the Drum arr. Floyd Werle/ed. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
This publication marks the first edition of the Floyd Werle classic arrangement for modern band, including a full score. Edited by R. Mark Rogers.

Christmas Trees Around the World by John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
Prepare your audiences to travel around the globe with “Christmas Trees Around the World.” This arrangement of the classic “O Christmas Tree” features creative variations from cultures around the world.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
This rock and roll-inspired setting of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is incredibly creative and sure to liven your holiday concert. Featuring infectious syncopated rhythms, a clarinet section feature at the beginning sets the tone and a driving percussion section keeps the energy moving throughout.

leon-00277811-fMarch of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

A Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Judy S. 23 October, 2018

Judy sWe’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. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Pop Intervals and Ear Training for Choir 22 October, 2018

leon-524857recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Pop Intervals & Ear Training for Choir by Roger Emerson
See it! Hear it! Sing it! Using familiar popular song phrases, POP INTERVALS FOR CHOIR teaches and reinforces the 10 most common intervals a singer will need to effectively sight-read choral literature. In addition, singing by step and establishing a key center are taught with popular songs that every singer will know. The importance of audiation (inner hearing) is reinforced with each interval as well as easy-to-follow instructions for preparation and extension.

You will also receive digital access to a professionally-produced audio recording of the accompaniment for each exercise and PDFs of singer parts and theory practice pages for projection and reproducible options. Build your choir’s musicianship the easy way with this motivational resource!

Exercises are based on the following songs: “Lean on Me” (step), “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” (skip), “Isn’t She Lovely” (minor 2nd), “Hallelujah” (minor 3rd up), “Count on Me” (major 3rd up), “Brave” (perfect 4th up), “Skyfall” (perfect 5th up), “My Way” (major 6th up), “Let It Snow” (octave), “Hey Jude” (minor 3rd down), “Happy Together” (perfect 4th down), “It Don’t Mean a Thing” (perfect 5th down). Suggested for grades 6 and up.

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.

Ukuleles on Board! 19 October, 2018

leon-524855recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Ukuleles on Board! by Marty Gross & Sally Haines
Get on board! Using ukuleles in an elementary general music class can open new experiences for your students. These fun, accessible instruments encourage singing while promoting confidence and musical independence. Ukuleles also provide an additional way for you to observe student progress and assess musical understanding. UKULELES ON BOARD is a collection of sequential lessons that illustrate how teachers can use ukuleles along with other common classroom resources to create engaging, robust musical activities for students. Examples are provided for using ukuleles together with Orff instruments, recorders, a variety of percussion and even jug band instruments.

Each unit includes digital access to step-by-step projectable lesson slides so you can project all the visual cues your students will need. In addition to being easy to learn and fun, the folk songs used throughout the book provide students with cultural and historical connections.

The activities and concepts found in UKULELES ON BOARD are based on the National Standards for Music Education. The material has been field-tested in grades 2-4, but is also appropriate for fifth grade students new to the ukulele. This is a valuable guide to using ukuleles to support and enhance the music curriculum in your school.

Songs include: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques!), Michael Finnegan, Buffalo Gals, Joe Turner Blues, Shalom Chaverim, I Love the Mountains, Little ‘Liza Jane, Hambone, One Bottle of Pop, Pay Me My Money Down, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Old Joe Clark. Suggested for grades 2-5.

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.

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Kent W. 18 October, 2018

IMG_9338.jpgWe’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. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Kent got his start in the music business in 1969 with Coyle Music Centers in Columbus, Ohio working for William “Ziggy” Coyle and Russell Hill. At the time, Coyle’s was one of the larger music industry operations in both Ohio and the United States. This business proved to be great introduction and training ground for Kent into the music business. He gained much knowledge of directors (band and orchestra) and schools in the state of Ohio. While at Coyle’s, he met James (Jim) Strouse, who would later become the owner of Stanton’s Sheet Music.

The fall of 1980 saw Kent hired by Mr. Strouse into the Band and Orchestra Department at Stanton’s. The department responsibilities have changed over the years to become the Instrumental Department covering all wind instruments, orchestral strings and percussion, from solos to all sizes of ensembles and types.

While there have been many changes in the music business, Kent’s basic philosophy has not changed: “Give the Stanton’s customer the best possible service, advice, and knowledge regardless of age, performing level, or experience.”

Gathered Into One 17 October, 2018

9781451486063hrecommended by Caryn G. & Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

In the new collection Gathered Into One, Marilyn Biery has arranged settings of nine contemporary hymn tunes for organ. The arrangements are suitable for prelude or postlude, and include “On Eagles’ Wings,” “We Are Called,” and “Now We Remain.” This intermediate level collection can be used any Sunday during Ordinary Time. Use of the pedals adds interest to these pieces.

For more information about this collection or other great options for church organists, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“A Letter to Santa” – Grade 0.5-2.5 for Concert Band 16 October, 2018

fjh-b1746-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Band on the Housetop arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 0.5
You’ve heard of a fiddler on the roof? Well, how about a band on the housetop! Feature the entire band, section by section, at your next winter concert. Using just six notes, this new arrangement of an old holiday favorite is cleverly scored so that any group, including ensembles with limited instrumentation, will sound rich and full. A perfect format for bolstering group confidence while promoting section independence!

Joy! (A Holiday Fanfare) arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 1
Open or close your holiday concert with this fanfare setting of two holiday favorites that include, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” Lively and cheerful, it’s a delightful way to usher in the season.

fjh-b1734-fTwo Renaissance Noels arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1
Featuring two holiday songs from Renaissance France, this composition provides a great contrasting selection for your winter concert, but is also effective at other times of the year. Easy ranges and light technical demands allow students to develop more musical concepts such as phrasing, style and dynamics. A very authentic-sounding, yet playable setting!

A Jamaican Christmas arr. Michael Story, Grade 1
Heat up your holiday program with this charming arrangement fusing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with Caribbean flair. It’s straightforward and playable in a laid-back reggae style. Merry Christmas, mon!

A Letter to Santa arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 1
This magical work for student narrator(s) and band brings to life the centuries old tradition of writing a letter to Santa. Beginning with “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and ending with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” each gift request is followed by a delightfully arranged carol including “Ring Little Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Silent Night,” “O Christmas Tree,” “I Have a Little Dreidel,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” An adorable yuletide gem destined to be the hit of your next holiday program!

barn-024-4629-00-fA Fireside Christmas by Rob Romeyn, Grade 1.5
Beautiful and expressive, the traditional carol “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is the basis for this lovely, lyrical holiday selection for beginning band. In addition to being very playable, care was taken to ensure success even with the most limited of instrumentations. Moving lines and opportunities abound for the development of lyrical phrasing, making this an outstanding teaching selection, as each section has the opportunity to perform melodically.

Selections from Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Selected from Leroy Anderson’s 1955 arrangements of the same name for brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and string orchestra, these four cherished holiday carols demonstrate his rich musical tradition. The medley includes “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Wassail Song.” Scored as a through-played medley, the many teaching opportunities make this setting a perfect program piece for your winter concert.

alfred-46626-fHeart, Soul and Voice arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
A fantasia on “In Dulci Jubilo,” this setting includes each of the three melodic statements building in orchestration and intensity, taking both the musicians and audiences on a musical expedition. With both expressive and energetic elements, this piece is a solid musical choice for both holiday concerts and festival programs!

Santa On Parade arr. Gene Milford, Grade 2
Everyone loves a parade, including Old Saint Nick, whether it is at the North Pole or marching down Main Street. “Santa On Parade” includes three traditional Christmas songs in march style (“Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “O, Christmas Tree”) and brief quotations from four famous marches (“High School Cadets,” “The Thunderer,” “National Emblem,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”). This crowd favorite is an excellent choice for any holiday concert!

March of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

fjh-b1740-fA Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

“Let’s Sing a Sleighing Song!” 15 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller:

alfred-46535-fCandy-Covered Gingerbread House by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
So sweet it might just give you a toothache! This scrumptiously jazzy holiday novelty number is fantastically fun. Optional harmonies make it easy to tailor the piece to the ability level of your group, and it’s a tasty tune for adding some choreography. Staging is available on the Movin’ DVD. Not to be missed!

Christmas Eve Is Coming Soon by Dave & Jean Perry
This traditional German carol is from the Hunsruck/Taunus region and is traditionally sung on Nikolausabend (Nicholas Eve) on December 5th in anticipation of the Feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6th. The translation for “Lasst uns froh und munter sein” is “Let us be happy and cheerful”. In this delightful setting, the carol has been expanded with the addition of a brief “fa la la” section to bridge the central theme. Although the English text has been translated and adapted with additional singable lyrics, it follows the spirit of the original German.

leon-523372Et In Terra Pax by Greg Gilpin
The traditional Latin text of “peace and goodwill to men” has been stunningly set for young voices for developing choirs. The beautiful melody and thoughtful part writing create a work suitable for most any time of year and is appropriate for school or church.

Let’s Sing a Sleighing Song Tonight! by Greg Gilpin
Come join the winter festivities as we go dashing through the snow on a sleigh ride! A lively original melody leads to the rhythmic and spritely “jing-a jing, jingle, jingle” phrases which frame the ever-popular Jingle Bells. Add some sleigh bells and let the fun begin!

chorgd-cge245-fNino Querido arr. Mark Burrows
An absolutely charming arrangement of this delightful Spanish folk song! The gentle melody and soothing text are first sung in unison and then in two-part or three-part canon. The original middle section is sung in English and propels the natural flow to return to the traditional melody in canon form. There is an English text option provided, although the Spanish text is preferred. A Spanish pronunciation guide and translation are also included.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and 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.

Halloween Piano Fun! 12 October, 2018

leon-00148012-frecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Get ready for an evening of musical Halloween fun!

The Big & Scary Halloween Songbook for Intermediate Piano
A frightfully delightful collection of 44 spooky tunes in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Includes: Addams Family Theme, Bad Things, Corpse Bride (Main Title), Don’t Fear the Reaper, Evil Woman, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Halloween Song, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Theme from Jaws, Monster Mash, Nightmare on Elm Street, Outer Limits, The Phantom of the Opera, (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend), Somebody’s Watching Me, Thriller, Tubular Bells, Werewolves of London, Theme from the X-Files and more.

leon-00310162-fThe Halloween Songbook for Easy Piano
The second edition of this popular easy piano collection features 16 spooky tunes of the season, including: The Addams Family Theme, Little Shop of Horrors, Monster Mash, The Thing, Funeral March, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Purple People Eater and more.

Be prepared for an evening of fun at any Halloween party with one of these collections! For more information about these collections or other fun music for Halloween, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at 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.

Young @ Part Musicals 11 October, 2018

Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) proudly presents the Young@Part Collection, adaptations of classic musicals for Grades K-9 students. Through a series of workshops with industry professionals and actual kids, the Young@Part musicals are tailor-made for younger actors. Song keys are changed where needed, songs and scenes are edited for time and content, while keeping the spirit of the original Broadway show intact. There are great parts for girls, boys and can feature any size ensemble/chorus, who are featured throughout the show.

Currently available in the Young@Part series:

10821804.jpgThe Addams Family
This popular show features an original story based on the characters developed by Charles Addams – and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now Gomez Adams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

thumbnail_all-shook-up-young-part-thumbnail.jpgAll Shook Up
This American jukebox musical features the songs of Elvis Presley – by way of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This adaptation is a 70-minute revised edition of the Broadway musical for young actors and audiences. The story centers around a mysterious stranger who shows up in a small Midwestern town in the 1950s. Clad in a leather jacket and wielding a guitar, this stranger “shakes up” this small town. Mistaken identity, confusion and romance ensue through a hilarious story line with plenty of hip-swiveling! Some song keys have been adapted where needed for young voices, and songs and scenes have been edited for time and content while keeping the spirit of the original Broadway show intact. Dynamic leading roles and a principal ensemble/chorus featured throughout the show make this a great choice for casts of any size.

10821801Curtains
Based on the book by Rupert Holmes, this dynamic murder-mystery musical has been adapted for young actors and audiences. It’s the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959 and Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theater fan, and hilarity ensues! This adaptation features some song key edits, adapted for younger voices where needed, and songs and scenes that have been edited for time and content while keeping the spirit of the Broadway show intact. There are memorable leading parts, and an outstanding ensemble/chorus is featured throughout the show, making this an ideal choice for casts of any size.

10821802Monty Python’s Spamalot
A marvelous adaptation of the hilarious Broadway show, with a shortened format especially suited to young actors. The story centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. After a rather silly bit of miscommunication leads them to Finland, our king and his ever-faithful squire Patsy search for knights to accompany him on his quest. After convincing the locals he is the king by conjuring the Lady of Lake, the first of his knights, Dennis, the hideous mud farmer, is transformed into Sir Galahad. The rest of the knights are found far and wide, and The Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls send our stalwart band on their way. They meet up with an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters, and musical hilarity ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey. This adaptation features some song key edits, changed for younger voices where needed, and songs and scenes that have been edited for time and content while keeping the spirit of the Broadway show intact.

The ShowBox for each production includes everything you need: 30 cast scripts; 2 piano/vocal scores; 1 director guide; 1 guide vocals CD; 1 performance tracks CD; and 1 logo pack CD.

Contact Stanton’s to place your ShowBox order, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2018 10 October, 2018

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

Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

leon-526796FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Dem Bones arr. Audrey Snyder
Amusing and fun, this arrangement of the popular African American spiritual incorporates spoken refrains and entertaining percussion instruments that bring to life the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. The final refrain includes an optional 2nd voice part that moves the piece to a spirited, joyous conclusion.

Jonah arr. Daniel Mattix
Hear the biblical story of Jonah like never before with this jazzy, energetic rendition from Daniel Mattix! This lively anthem for unison choirs provides the perfect opportunity to explore unison singing in minor keys, and the ending offers a dynamic optional three-part divisi conclusion.

chorgd-cga1546-fJoshua! arr. Joe Milton & Wally Minko
A soulful, fresh take on the story of Joshua from OpenHeart Musicals composer Kimberly Ingram. “You’ve heard about the battle of Jericho, but just what do we really know?” This fun anthem takes a close look at the main character, Joshua, highlighting his unwavering trust in God. The theatrical B section incorporates rhythmic speech, while an optional three-part split on the final refrain allows more advanced choirs to showcase their versatility.

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Cindy Berry
This graceful setting of Psalm 23 by Cindy Berry is filled with variety and fresh perspective. Gentle syncopation, complementary piano accompaniment, and optional harmony notes at the close, plus careful writing for children’s voices, make this a must-have for your repertoire.

Now Thank We All Our God arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
This hymn arrangement for unison or two-part voices by Ruth Elaine Schram pairs the familiar tune, Nun Danket, with a new counter-melody, providing a great opportunity to introduce part-singing to young choirs. Highlights include a fully-supportive accompaniment and vocals well-crafted for young singers.

celgra-622011301-fWith a Joyful Noise by Ruth Elaine Schram
Based upon Psalm 100, this cheerful anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram sings of God’s praise and service. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of year, it includes an easily-learned, buoyant melody for unison voices. The incorporation of an optional second part adds harmonic contrast and variety.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Carols Sing, Praises Bring by Terry D. Taylor
Terry Taylor has composed a joyful, appealing Christmas anthem for unison or two-part treble voices with supportive accompaniment. The bell-like melody of the primary theme is contrasted beautifully in a legato B section. Joyful!

Christmas Songs of Peace arr. Joseph M. Martin
The wonder and awe of the first Christmas night permeates this medley of three treasured carols perfect for Christmas Eve or any Christmas worship occasion. Fitting for children, youth, and adult choirs, the medley includes “Away In a Manger,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

chorgd-cga1552-fLight of Hope (A Trilogy for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany) by Mark Patterson
The “Light of Hope” trilogy from Mark Patterson is a wonderful way to begin the church year with your children’s choir or small adult choir. This trilogy includes short anthems for the first three seasons of the church year: an Advent piece anticipating the light of Christ, a Christmas piece celebrating the birth of the promised Savior, and an Epiphany round compelling all to share Christ’s light with the world. Each anthem includes parts for 4 or 5 handbells or handchimes. A must-have for your choral library!

Shepherds, Awake! by Mark Patterson
This delightful Christmas anthem weaves together new words with the familiar carol text, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” Easy syncopation in the voices and piano combines with optional flute and percussion to create a light calypso feel that makes this piece a unique, fun selection for Christmas worship or concert presentations.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us. 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.

Creative Programming: In a Classical Style 09 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Build choral skills with these new compositions for middle and high schools choir – then, apply those skills as your students develop and are ready for authentic Classical era literature!

cfn-bl1031-fExultate Justi by Dan Davison, SA(T)B with piano
Inspired by the classical style of music writing, Dan Davison has done a masterful job with this SA(T)B original work, “Exultate Justi.” With the tenor part doubling the soprano part or matching the bass part in unison, young singers will find this piece to be very accessible. Exciting and joyful to sing, this piece will enhance the programming for any concert or festival.

Tuba Mirum by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
With a lashing, powerful piano accompaniment to impel the equally dramatic traditional text from the Requiem Mass, this commanding musical setting for men, women or mixed chorus is spellbinding indeed. It is an exceptional repertoire choice for concert or festival performances, displaying rich passages from a full-throated forte to a lovely, controlled piano, all while exuding an air of fiery, rhythmic drive and a sense of urgency. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

lorenz-522098Exsultate! Fill Your Heart with Gladness!
by Richard A. Williamson, 3-part mixed with piano

Choral textures range from unison writing to gentle independent counterpoint in this bright, forward-moving original work that’s perfect for concert or festival programming. The Latin and English text and fun to play Baroque-style accompaniment make this original musically satisfying and easy to learn!

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.

The Ultimate Harmonica Songbook 05 October, 2018

leon-00198162-frecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The Ultimate Harmonica Songbook is written for the C diatonic harmonica. It includes 114 songs, plus instructions and examples on how to play riffs, melody lines, solos, scales, and how to “bend” notes. The concepts presented can be transferred to other harmonicas, no matter what keys they are in. The styles of playing range from folk to blues to pop to rock and roll!

Songs include “Green Onions,” “Blue Moon,” “Fields of Gold,” “Saint James Infirmary,” “Wildwood Flower,” and many more. If you’re headed to that desert island with your harmonica this is the only songbook you’ll need to take along!

For more information about this new collection or other harmonica music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our newly redesigned website at 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 Fall & Christmas 2018 04 October, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

bpi-hb595-fFOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Lead On, O King Eternal arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2
Bold, exciting, and approachable all describe Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of the hymn tune LANCASHIRE. An energetic fanfare gives way to the melody, which is underscored with enticing harmonies. The fanfare returns before the melody moves to the bass. The piece concludes with a full chordal treatment of the tune before coming to its triumphant conclusion.

To Be Happy in Jesus arr. Tammy Waldrop, Level 2
Bring some Southern gospel energy to your worship services with Tammy Waldrop’s charming and fun arrangement of “Trust and Obey.” Especially pertinent to services with themes of faith and trust, this piece will delight congregations and ringers alike.

lorenz-525678Communion Reflections arr. Ron Mallory, Level 2
This flexible, easy-to-prepare suite of four familiar hymn tunes will be a useful addition to your Communion repertoire. Each tune can stand on its own, or you can create medleys using the included transitions for a seamless musical backdrop to your Communion service. Enhance the experience further with obbligato flute or violin.

Two Hymns of Praise arr. Michael Hellman, Level 1
The third installment in Lorenz’s Level One Ringer series, this pair of pieces belongs in the library of every Level 1 ensemble. With no subdivision of the beat and only one bell change, “Two Hymn of Praise” keeps within Level 1 parameters. For added flexibility, each piece has an optional ending for a shorter version; the extended versions also include stopped techniques for more of a challenge. These are perfect for beginning ringers of all ages!

chorgd-cgb1070-fWalk in the Light arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3
“Walk in the Light” is a spirited, gospel-like setting that joins the tune, “We’ll Walk in the Light” with “Light of Mine,” a traditional spiritual. Alternating between sections of swung and even eighth notes, this exuberant arrangement will be a favorite choice for church, school and festival settings throughout the year.

Essential Classics for 3-5 Octaves, Volume 2 Level 3
This 60-page collection includes nine of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octaves, Level 3. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. Single copies of these nine titles exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers!

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
hope-2845-fTo the World, Joy! arr. Joel Raney, Level 2
The tune ANTIOCH comes to life in this spirited rendition of “Joy to the World!” for piano and 3-5 octave handbells with optional 3-5 octave handchimes, Level 2. Cascading octaves, handbell techniques, and a supporting piano part creates an accessible and exciting setting for the holiday season.

Two Pieces for Advent arr. Linda Scholes, Level 1-2
This pair of pieces is a great way of involving less experienced ringers with your Advent services. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is an ethereal, Level 1 arrangement which offers an opportunity to work on dynamics. The joyful “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is a Level 2 arrangement, including various stopped techniques, shakes and echoes. Each piece is excellent for teaching and worship!

The Christmas Bells Are Ringing arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2+
Lloyd Larson has created a bright and uplifting medley of two carols about bells ringing that will be perfect for Christmas concerts and worship services. “Ding! Dong! Merrily on High” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” contrast delightfully with each other, creating a memorable listening and ringing experience. This piece is sure to appear on the holiday programs of churches and community groups for years to come!

bpi-hb624-fGlad Tidings of Joy arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 3-
Lloyd Larson’s pairing of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Pat-a-Pan” is a delight to listen to or play. Driving malleted rhythms underpin the melody until a brief echo section which gives way to the malleted rhythms once more. A key change introduces the “Pat-a-Pan” melody before a return to the original key brings the piece in to its exciting conclusion. A must-have for this Christmas season!

Keep Your Lamps arr. Benjamin Tucker, Level 3
This spiritual arrangement gets its strength from big block chords, which contrast with smoother arpeggios in the verses. The optional djembe adds an expectant air. Perfect for Advent or general use.

Rise Up! Go Tell It! arr. Cathy Moklebust, Level 3
The spirituals “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” form the basis of this arrangement for the Christmas season. “Rise Up Shepherd” is presented first, in a slower tempo, with LV patterns in the bass and treble, and the optional use of handchimes. “Go Tell It” follows, in an energetic, driving feel, using malleted bass, and mallet rolls. Then “Rise Up Shepherd” returns but in the same faster tempo, using martellatos, martellato-lifts, and mallets.

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.

“Silent Night” 200th Anniversary 03 October, 2018

maxresdefault (1)“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xavier Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.

In 2018, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this lovely carol, and festivals and events are planned in commemoration around the world. If you plan to program “Silent Night” for your ensemble this holiday season, use Stanton’s powerful search filter to find the perfect arrangement for you! From the stantons.com homepage, use the search box in the upper right corner to search “silent night.” You’ll get over 600 results! The search filter options on the left will help you narrow your search – filter by instrument/voicing, arranger, publisher, and more. Use the Five Star Feature filter to find the best arrangements as selected by our experienced Sheet Music Specialists!

Here are just a few of our favorite arrangements for various ensembles:
arr. Eric Nelson for church choir
arr. Becki Slagle Mayo for children’s choir
arr. Betty Garee for handbells
arr. Greg Gilpin for high school choir
arr. Jonny Priano for contemporary a cappella ensemble
arr. Jeffrey E. Turner for string orchestra
arr. Chip Davis/adapt. Calvin Custer for full orchestra
arr. Mark Taylor for jazz ensemble
arr. Jim Swearingen for concert band

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Lora M. 02 October, 2018

IMG_9282.jpgWe’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. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

String Orchestra for Winter – Off-The-Beaten-Track 01 October, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

When programming for your Winter/Christmas Concert, it’s always nice to have a fresh piece or two to include with your traditional fare. Here are two new titles that will add a tasty twist to the holiday season.

fjh-st6445-fArre Borriquito arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Grade 2
Stanton’s is always on the hunt for you to find unique, educational and musically satisfying Christmas/Winter Concert material. Arre Borriquito (Giddy-Up, Little Donkey) is certainly in that bailiwick. The image of a donkey-riding traveler on the way to Bethlehem is vividly portrayed in this Spanish children’s carol. A descending minor third is used to depict the braying donkey (Hee-Haw) in the cellos and basses and also is the opening interval of the chorus. Pizzicato eighth notes and optional woodblock are the clip-clop of the donkey’s hooves. The spritely tune and accompaniment incorporate short sixteenth note groups, there is shifting for the basses and the option of teaching second position in the cellos to avoid raucous open A strings while they have the melody. The biggest teaching element is the fact that the verse and the chorus are in different keys (D and G) so your student will have to pay attention to the key they are in at any given time. Many courtesy accidentals and fingering hints are provided as reminders. So, educational opportunities abound and it is also a delightful new addition to your holiday library at the Grade 2 level. Giddy-up!

alfred-46692-fSee Amid the Winter’s Snow by Dan Forrest/arr. Kirk Moss, Grade 3
If you are looking for THE piece that people will be talking about at the end of your High School Winter Concert, look no more. When played sensitively, this absolutely gorgeous arrangement will bring tears to the eyes and goosebumps to the skin of your whole audience. Starting with the delicate and sublime English Carol, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, based on the tune, Humility, Kirk Moss has taken the beautiful choral arrangement by Dan Forrest and scored it for string orchestra with optional percussion (wind chimes, suspended cymbal, bells) in a stunningly exquisite rendition that will bring a sumptuous hush over the venue. Not technically difficult, although there is a key change from G to Bb and back to G, it sits so well for strings that it could be performed in a combined concert with middle and high school players after working on coloring the sound with bowing lanes, sul tasto bowing and vibrato with your students. It will make everyone heart-happy.

Find more holiday and winter choices for orchestra on our website, or contact us for more ideas! 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.