News & Views Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ariana Grande: Sweetener 28 February, 2019

00284921-wlIn August of 2018, Ariana Grande released her fourth studio album, “Sweetener.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This is her third release to reach the top spot in the USA. It was also successful internationally in the UK, Spain, Canada, and other countries.

This Piano/Vocal collection matches her recording, and includes the lead single “No Tears Left To Cry.” You can sing along with the piano, strum with the guitar chords, or play the songs as piano solos, since the melody is in the right hand piano part. Play for your own enjoyment, or sing along with friends!

For more information about this collection, 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!

Pop Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 27 February, 2019

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Dance to the Music arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
This infectious pop and funk hit from 1968 was originally recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. Paul Murtha’s version for young players features a fun groove and active parts for all sections. The solo section can be opened up, or sample solos are provided for alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. An entertaining blast from the past.

Despacito arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Setting records for most views on YouTube and topping the pop charts in several countries, “Despacito” was recorded by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi with rapper Daddy Yankee (and later remixed with Justin Bieber). With its infectious Latin pop style and catchy melody, here is a great sounding and effective version for jazz ensemble.

leon-527211Everybody Needs Somebody to Love arr. John Berry, Grade 1.5
This rockin’ tune from the ’60s boasts notable recordings by Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, and most famously the Blues Brothers. This easy chart is skillfully scored for all sections, and requires no solos.

Feel It Still arr. John Berry, Grade 2
Recorded by Portugal. The Man., this pop hit contains an energetic drive and appealing retro style. In this easy arrangement, the melody is passed from section to section and there are no solos required.

Havana arr. Terry White, Grade 2
This breakout hit recorded by Camila Cabello helped bring Latin music to the pop charts. This arrangement for young players is easy to learn and includes sample written solos for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone.

leon-527187Knock On Wood arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Although originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966, this familiar hit has remained popular thanks to covers by artists such as Otis Redding, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. This dynamic version for young players is based on the swing-shuffle hit recorded by Amii Stewart in 1979.

Living for the City arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 1.5
Stevie Wonder’s sultry medium rock tune first appeared on his landmark 1973 album “Innervisions.” Rick’s authentic-sounding version for young players includes all the signature riffs, easy meter changes, and solo spots for alto or tenor sax.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 26 February, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, 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 8/2/2019, 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, Mac Huff, and Emily Crocker. 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!

Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2019 25 February, 2019

bpi-hb617-frecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee arr. Douglas Anderson, Level 2+
Douglas Anderson’s arrangement of the hymn tune ST. AGNES is a perfect choice for the smaller ensemble looking for more of a musical challenge. The setting is straightforward, but careful attention is required to bring out the melody. A verse in minor with the melody on chimes provides aural contrast, and a final triumphant verse brings the piece to a satisfying conclusion.

We’ve a Story to Tell arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3
Anna Laura Page has created a solid setting of the cherished hymn. With full, robust chords and expert use of LV, martellato and other techniques, this arrangement builds to a brilliant finish. For general use, especially services with a mission focus.

lorenz-531369And Can It Be That I Should Gain arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 1
Jason Krug’s arrangement of this stately hymn is the perfect choice if you re looking for something that will sound great yet require minimal rehearsal time. This selection will work wonderfully as a teaching piece or for mixed levels of massed ringing groups.

Lamb of God arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2
With minimal bell changes and the support of the piano accompaniment, this is easily learned and a powerful presentation for the Lent and Easter season.

I Stand Amazed in the Presence arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Anna Laura Page’s bright and uplifting arrangement of the familiar gospel song will enhance any worship service. This piece highlights God’s all-encompassing and unconditional love toward us.

bpi-hb609-fLove Divine, All Loves Excelling arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2+
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of the hymntune BEECHER is a treat to hear and ring, and is quite approachable for most smaller ensembles. A straightforward setting of the tune leads into a verse played entirely with mallets, before giving way to a slower, majestic final iteration. A wonderful addition to the repertoire for two and three octave ensembles!

Three Hymns of Adoration arr. Linda Scholes, Level 1
The fourth installment in Lorenz’s “Level One Ringer” series, this trio of selections will highlight any Level 1 ensemble. Written for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes, it includes three treasured hymns: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Beautiful Savior/Fairest Lord Jesus,” and “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” Encourage your congregation to praise and adore God with this awe-inspiring piece!

alfred-47796-fThe Saints of God arr. Sondra K. Tucker, Level 3
“…All of them saints of God and I mean, God helping, to be one too!” Perfect for baptism, confirmation, All Saints, or general use, this solid arrangement of GRAND ISLE captures the innocence and sweetness of the well-loved hymn.

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

All Together Now! String Orchestra Festival 22 February, 2019

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As the Grand Finale to your Spring Concert, consider putting all your groups together from Beginners to High School for a Mass Festival presentation of Electric Sinfonia by Lauren Bernofsky. Scored with three levels of ability – Grades ½, 1½ and 2½ – your better players can easily nail down the upper part, you can put your starters on the easiest part (all pizzicato) and fill in the middle with everyone else. A constant eighth-note rock groove makes it easy for everyone to fit their part into the mix. Add some polish and your parents will be so proud!

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody for Easy Piano 21 February, 2019

00289629-wlArranged for easy piano, this collection from the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” includes many of the songs written by Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen. Several songs by other writers are included, such as “Radio Ga Ga” by Roger Taylor. This collection of songs spans the time between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, and nearly every song was on the jukebox when it was new – many have now become “classic rock!” Adults can relive their teens and 20s, and today’s kids can enjoy classic rock songs, so play and enjoy!

For more information about this collection and others like it, 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!

Gotta Have Games! 20 February, 2019

alfred-46834-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Gotta Have Games by Greg Foreman & Valeaira Luppens
Refresh your general music classes with this collection of 25 games, including relay races, memorization tasks, one-on-one competitions, board games, and more for elementary and middle school students. Taken from the classrooms of two veteran general music teachers, these clever activities are designed to be integrated into your existing curriculum to reinforce and review the musical concepts you’re already teaching. Each game includes clear student learning targets, complete instructions for game assembly and play, and reproducible templates for easy use. Recommended for Grades K-8.

Check out some of these games in action at Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic below, or contact us for more information!

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.

Elementary General Music Clinic 2019 19 February, 2019

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday 8/1/2019, 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 37th 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!

ADDED BONUS: 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 Emily Crocker!

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!

This Joyful Eastertide: Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2019 15 February, 2019

lorenz-531361recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

This Joyful Eastertide arr. Terry Osman, Level 2
This seventeenth-century Dutch folk song has become a standard hymn tune for Easter season celebrations. Your ringers will enjoy preparing and presenting this vibrant arrangement set for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes.

Risen Today! arr. Sondra K. Tucker, Level 3
This exuberant setting of Easter Hymn can be played by handbells alone or with organ or piano and trumpet. It is accessible for most ensembles, and suitable for Easter Sunday and beyond!

A Joyful Eastertide arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Master arranger Anna Laura Page weaves together three well-known Easter hymn tunes into an Easter tour de force. Your ringers will enjoy learning this piece, which includes mallets, shakes, martellatos, and chimes. Your Easter season worship, spring concert, or festival will be enriched by this exciting arrangement.

alfred-47254-fFrom Palms to Passion arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2
Two separate songs comprise this useful piece! “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” for Palm Sunday and “Were You There?” for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday will keep your handbell ensemble a part of your Holy Week observances. Accessible and well-written, this piece will become a standard in your repertoire.

Ride On! arr. Brenda E. Austin, Level 3
Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is celebrated in this exciting arrangement that includes the spirituals “Ride On, King Jesus” and “Hosanna, Loud, Hosanna.” Your ringers will have the opportunity to work on various handbell techniques, including mallets, shakes, thumb damps, martellato, and martellato lifts. This piece will energize your Palm Sunday celebration, spring concert, or festival.

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Easy Classical Piano 14 February, 2019

00288045-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Simple Classical Piano Pieces is a great collection of 50 favorite piano pieces, spanning from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Bela Bartok (1881-1945), written by those who played and taught keyboard. These originals are little gems! Each one is only one or two pages long, at a grade level 2 or 3. Because this collection has selections from various time periods, it is a great tool to introduce works of different styles.

For more information about this collection or others like it, 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!

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.

Jazz and Kids! 13 February, 2019

35031987-wl.jpgrecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Incorporate jazz into your elementary musical classroom with one of these great new resources!

Jazz and Kids (Active Songs for a Swingin’ Classrom) by Rosana Eckert & Sharon Burch
Experience jazz in the music classroom with this swingin’ collection designed for kids! Each song is written and arranged in a distinctive jazz style, or groove, while keeping it fun with movement, a singing game or activity – learning music concepts in the process. The music, piano/vocal arrangements and recordings are authentic and true to jazz. Experience 12-bar blues, scat singing, call and response, improvisation, swing, New Orleans Second Line and more! Above all, have fun and swing! Suggested for Grades 1-5.

leon-523148Jazz for Young People Volume 2 (Louis Armstrong) by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
“Jazz for Young People” brings the language of jazz to you and your students through great literature combined with learning by doing! This second volume 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. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), community jazz education courses and beginning jazz ensembles. Directors can adapt for band instruments, providing a hands-on approach to historical content that makes jazz relevant to your students. 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, you will have FREE access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Also available: Volume 1 (New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton). Suggested for Grades 2 and up.

Contact us for more recommendations, 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.

Creative Programming: For Treble Choirs 11 February, 2019

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FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Spend All You Have On Loveliness by Michael John Trotta, SSAA with piano & optional oboe or string quartet
The text for this song is taken from “Barter” by Sara Teasdale. Despite the poet’s history of poor emotional and physical health, the text captures a hopeful attitude that foreshadows the spirit of optimism that was the precursor to the Roaring Twenties. A rhythmic piano part is the foundation for a captivatingly lyric melody that gently unfolds throughout the piece. The setting begins with the simplicity of a unison vocal line that gradually expands as the piece explores the complexities of the wonder of everyday life. Subtle text painting captures the poet’s desire to seek refuge in the beauty that surrounded her.

lorenz-sbmp1454-fInvitation to Love by Marques L.A. Garrett, SSA with piano
A great showpiece for the ladies, they will love singing this. Some aleatoric adventure highlights the dramatic ending of this extraordinary composition.

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Sally Lamb McCune, SSAA with piano
A classic poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the traditional “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” intertwine in this free-flowing ballad that centers on the fragility of life and the persistence of time. An undulating eighth note accompaniment throughout supports the simple choral lines. For a creative programming option, pair with “The Wide Missouri (Shenandoah/The Water Is Wide)” arr. Ruth Elaine Schram for a river- or water-themed program.

gia-wjms1170-fFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Floating Moon on the Water by Wei-Pin Chen/arr. Eric Liu, SSAA with piano
“Floating Moon on the Water” uses a beautiful text in Taiwanese by Wei-Pin Chen. Using western tonality blended with Taiwanese elements, the melody begins with a touch of sadness and is followed by flowing sounds of pictures on the water. A gorgeous work in a unique language.

Gifts by Glenda E. Franklin, SSA with piano
Sara Teasdale’s poem about the gift of love throughout our lives is set for SSA voices and perfect for any women’s ensemble or choir. The melodic line weaves up and down throughout the piece, gathering harmonies and supported by a delicate piano accompaniment.

I’ll Tell My Ma arr. Erik Jones, SSAA with body percussion & optional piano
A guaranteed showstopper! This playful Irish children’s song has been set with rousing clapping and stomping to reflect how it might have been sung by children during their playtime. The vocals are set in a simple homophonic style, which makes the body percussion achievable. Can be performed with or without piano. Don’t miss this fantastic concert closer!

leon-522791Laudamus! by Ken Berg, 3-part treble a cappella with djembe & egg shaker
Detailed performance notes and teaching concepts included on the inside front cover make this the perfect vehicle for introducing Latin texts. The easily identifiable sections lend themselves to discovering song form and thematic importance. Rhythmic motives contrast with legato themes and the overall effect is one of praise and joy.

Sing to Bring Us Together by Jim Papoulis, SSA with piano, djembe & shaker
Acceptance and unity, even through our differences, are an essential part of our evolving world. Here is a powerful and uplifting song commissioned by Plymouth, Massachusetts and Plymouth, England as these two schools came together to celebrate and model unity in the world.

leon-525216FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Now Spring In All Her Glory by Emily Crocker, 3-part treble with piano
The beauty and freshness of spring bursts into being with this exuberant original for treble voices. A vibrant theme lends itself to call and response, imitation and variation over a buoyant piano accompaniment contrasting with a more subdued middle section. An ideal concert and festival selection for developing choirs in middle and high school.

Contact us for more creative ideas, 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.

Kid’s Korner for Spring 2019 08 February, 2019

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!

Beyond All Time by Vicki Tucker Courtney
This light contemporary ballad encourages the listener that God’s love is everywhere. The memorable melody, coupled with the gentle syncopation, makes this an ideal selection for general or missions emphasis. The soprano notes are a beautiful melody, while the optional harmony notes provide a lush texture.

A Joyful Hosanna by Becki Slagle Mayo
A jubilant partner song for Palm Sunday! Wonderful text painting by composer Becki Slagle Mayo features joyful hosannas and a majestic parade. The singable melody is supported by the accompaniment, with optional tambourine and tic toc block. Add the trumpet for an especially grand feel.

Love Was Made a Lily Bright by Mark Patterson
This poignant Easter anthem for unison or two-part voices proclaims the resurrection in stunning fashion. Composer Mark Patterson crafts a winning combination of soaring vocals, uplifting lyrics, and a delicate yet supportive piano accompaniment. Sure to be a highlight of your Easter season.

Rejoice! Rejoice and Be Glad! by Joshua Metzger
This festive Easter anthem celebrates Christ’s victory over the grave and calls one and all to “rejoice and be glad!” The spirited A section abounds with rhythmic energy and repeated syncopated patterns while the contrasting B section features a short segment of the stately hymn, “We Welcome Glad Easter.”

This Is My Father’s World arr. Brad Nix
The timeless words of this cherished hymn are set to a new melody in this delightful anthem for older elementary choirs or choirs of any age. Optional flute, finger cymbals, and tambourine join together with a charming piano accompaniment to glorify the wonders of God’s creation and dominion.

If you’re looking for a musical for your kids this spring, don’t miss Fired Up! (The Story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), and for more recommendations, please contact us!

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Kapustin Etudes, Opus 67 07 February, 2019

49046054recommended by Barb M., Keyboard & Folk Music Specialist

Newly published by Schott, this collection of Three Etudes Op. 67 composed in 1992 by Nikolai Kapustin presents more new advanced piano recital material. The first etude, entitled “Glissandi,” is written in a swing jazz mood. In No. 2 “Ripetizione” the difficulty lies in the complexity of the rhythm. No.3 “Grappole” contains hand clusters in quasi “grape form.”

This 20th and 21st century composer was born in Ukraine and studied piano in Moscow. He uses jazz idioms in formal classic structures. Check out YouTube to find various leading concert performers playing Kapustin’s works. This current composer is worth checking out! His works are challenging and interesting with jazz flavor and classical Russian blend.

For more information about this publication or other Kapustin works, 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!

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.

Add Pizzazz to Your Next String Orchestra Concert 06 February, 2019

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

Are your young students ready to climb to the Grade 2 – 2½ level? Here are four sparkling titles you should not miss. Each one has the feel of exciting movie music, plus great scoring to give everyone interesting parts and they are chock full of techniques to teach with – a win/win for everybody! Don’t miss any of them!

alfred-46685-fL’improviste Vignette by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
L’improviste means “an unexpected episode” and this refreshing Vignette certainly reflects that concept. Sounding like a French travel film score, its well-shared, soaring, twin melodies float over grippingly syncopated accompaniments using surprisingly colorful chords that come across as very mature for your young players. Sounding way more difficult than it is, it is all in first position in E minor, right in the Grade 2 pocket. It is in 4/4 time, but when the accented syncopations are correctly articulated, it can almost sound multi-metered, adding to the maturity factor. Following the dynamic extremes will really make it come to life and the big ending makes it an ideal concert opener or closer.

alfred-46705-fSparks by Chris Bernotas, Grade 2
There are some composers who have a “spark” in their writing that puts them on a higher plane than many of their contemporaries. Chris Bernotas is one of those composers. He had immediate success with his concert band material, and thank goodness he has stretched himself into writing for strings with ever increasing accomplishment. Not coincidentally, “Sparks” has that Bernotas “spark,” so you will definitely want to pay keen attention to this fiery formulation. A fabulous lesson in counting subdivisions, once your students feel the groove of the accents and syncopation, this piece will come alive! In the string-friendly key of E Minor, the melody, which is shared generously among the sections, is primarily step-wise with sharply contrasting E octave jumps that really give it momentum. With all these factors, plus the variety of textures that are woven throughout the piece, “Sparks” is destined to become one of those pieces that your students will want to play again and again. Light that fuse!

cfn-YAS184-fNorthwestern Skies by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 2
Alan Lee Silva has been a favorite of Stanton’s staff for a long time. His music is always refreshing and often sounds like the film score to a travelogue. In “Northwestern Skies,” as in many of his compositions, his harmonies are colored with major sevenths and ninths, he gives snippets of melody to every section, and entrances are often on offbeats so there is always a forward motion to his pieces. This one will not disappoint. We bet that it will make adjudication lists throughout the country and could certainly be used as a select piece anywhere.

grandm-GMMOR196-fIncognito by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 2+
Here is a great teaching piece for F and C naturals (low 1 and 2 in upper strings), offbeat rhythms, string crossing, easy slurred sixteenth-notes and hearing how effective a minor second can be for producing chills! In the keys of A minor and E minor (through the use of accidentals), it will keep the players’ interest with something for everyone to do and will make a fun concert piece for a late October Halloween concert or any time you want a lighter work that has educational value.

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 2019! 05 February, 2019

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.

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 1, 2019 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Emily Crocker
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 2, 2019 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Emily Crocker & Mac Huff
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 3, 2019 (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 (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir) 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 usually features 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 usually features 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 2019:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 10, 2019
Clinician: Jay Rouse
(no pre-registration for this session)
26th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 24, 2019
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 2019 04 February, 2019

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

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:

lorenz-532171FOR LENT
When Hope Fell Silent arr. Mary McDonald
From “Jesus! The Resurrection of the Messiah,” this solemn selection by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall captures the pain, anguish, and hopelessness surrounding the moment of Christ’s death. Rose’s powerful lyrics challenge the listener to contemplate the feelings of uncertainty and loss that were experienced as Jesus breathed his final breath. Perfect for Good Friday and Holy Week worship.

Upon-a That Cross arr. Mark Hayes
With a plaintive, mournful tone this new original Lenten/Holy Week/Good Friday spiritual text is set to the familiar tune “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Mark Hayes provides a rich gospel arrangement that underscores the urgency of the moment.

alfred-510332FOR PALM SUNDAY
Lift High the Palms! by Joseph M. Martin
This anthem opens with a driving energy, capturing the celebratory occasion of Palm Sunday. The (optional) hushed a cappella section provides a wonderful contrast leading back to a reprise of the opening theme. The anthem then drives to a satisfying flourish. Exciting!

FOR EASTER
Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Mary McDonald
Celebrating Christ’s victory over death, this is perhaps the most majestic Easter hymn, and certainly worthy of the claim in this powerful presentation. It is rich with the joy of Easter and symbolism of faith, representing Christ’s kingship, royalty, and triumph over the grave. The addition of organ, brass, and timpani elevates the impact of this triumphant Easter celebration.

bpi-bp2166-fFOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Footsteps by Craig Courtney
The image of the footsteps of the Savior leading us onward provides a foundation for our testimony of trust. An intimate and compelling text and artistic choral writing, enhanced by a lovely piano accompaniment, combine beautifully in this gentle and accessible setting. Gorgeous!

My Faith Looks Up to Thee arr. Jay Rouse
Jay Rouse placed his distinctive signature sound on this beloved hymn of faith that s sure to be embraced by choirs and congregations. Gorgeous accompaniment, rich sonorities, and fresh choral interpretations abound in this hymn setting where old meets new.

lorenz-531251Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone) by Marty Parks
This driving, energetic anthem by Marty Parks seamlessly combines original material with excerpts from the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Suitable for worship throughout the church year, the engaging and readily learned syncopations will quickly ensure that this piece becomes a standard in your library.

Did the snowy weather keep you from attending our January Sacred Choral Reading Session? If you’re interested in purchasing a packet from this season’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us! Visit our YouTube channel for 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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.