News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sight Reading for Piano 29 April, 2019

kjos-gp700-fSight reading is an important skill for any musician. The Sight Reading series in the Kjos Piano Repertoire Library, available for levels preparatory to four, builds from level to level to look ahead for key signatures and time signatures, how to count as accurately as possible the first time a piece is played, how to keep playing no matter the mistakes that are made, and how to follow the dynamic markings. The writers, Diane Hidy and Keith Snell, have been very careful to choose and organize the pieces for this series in a logical way to enhance the student’s ability to sight read well at increasing levels of difficulty. As they say, “You learn to sight read by doing it!”

For more information about this series, 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!

Level Up Your Jazz Ensemble 26 April, 2019

alfred-38717-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Sepia Panorama by Duke Ellington/arr. David Berger, Grade 5
A creative Ellington kaleidoscope, this medium difficulty tune is a great juxtaposition of smooth and choppy, loud and soft, and short and long.

Things to Come by Dizzy Gillespie/arr. Gil Fuller, Grade 5.5
Take a fast and wild ride with this Bebop tour de force that moves at breakneck speed and lies deep in the heart of jazz.

Moanin’ by Charles Mingus/arr. Sy Johnson, Grade 5
This up-tempo swinger has become the signature tune for the Mingus Big Band. It opens with a free-wheeling baritone sax solo and features raucous ensemble passages and group improvisations. You won’t find this chart on any easy-listening radio stations!

kendor-2460-fThe Queen Bee by Sammy Nestico, Grade 3.5
As recorded by Count Basie & His Orchestra for their “Basie Straight Ahead” album of 1968, this classic blues features a moderate tempo, piano and tenor solos, solid sax and brass solis, and a series of ensemble shouts punctuated by dramatically quieter passages to create the kind of intensity that keeps listeners riveted until the closing chord ends. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued, and the first brass soli calls for bucket mutes.

April In Paris arr. Jeff Hest, Grade 6
Exactly how Count Basie and his orchestra played it. Every detail of this jazz standard has been transcribed and reconstructed by Jeff Hest. What better way to learn about Basie style than to play the real music? An educational vehicle that is long over due.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus/arr. Sy Johnson, Grade 5
This is probably Charles Mingus’ best-known composition. Sy Johnson’s updated chart is the authentic version as performed by the Mingus Big Band on the CD “Blues and Politics.”

kendor-64006-fBig Dipper by Thad Jones, Grade 6
This new advanced level edition is taken directly from the original ink parts that were on the stands at the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) debut performance in February 1966 and continues to be played by the group Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones’ music, however Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band. This extended 16-bar blues still maintain that swinging Basie mindset in a straight-ahead blues style. Its basic foundations are a relaxed but powerful rhythm section with a driving ride cymbal beat and crisp hi-hat, underpinning saxes and brass that are tight, and always on the back of the beat.

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.

26th Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 24 April, 2019

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 26th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/24/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

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

17 Hot Singles for Ukulele 23 April, 2019

00289818-wlThis edition of Chart Hits of 2018-2019 is a collection of 17 pop songs written for ukulele. Songs included are: Eastside (Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid); Happier (Marshmello featuring Bastille); High Hopes (Panic! At the Disco); Natural (Imagine Dragons); Shallow (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper); Sunflower (from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) (Post Malone featuring Swae Lee); Thank U, Next (Ariana Grande); Without Me (Halsey); Youngblood (5 Seconds of Summer); and more. The melody is written out and the words are included; chord grids are above the melody line, so you don’t have to get the chord dictionary out to look them up! Why not while away an evening with this collection of hits?

For more information about this collection or other pop songbooks for ukulele, 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!

Creative Programming: German Art Song for Choir 22 April, 2019

lorenz-sbmp1375-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Er, der Herrlichste von Allen by Robert Schumann/arr. Thea Sikora Engelson, SSA with piano
This excellent arrangement of a song from a solo song cycle by famed composer Robert Schumann will add some class to a program. Sing it in the original German or in English.

Du bist die Ruh’ by Franz Schubert/arr. Robert Sieving, SATB with piano
A romantic song composed by Schubert for solo voice is now tastefully arranged for mixed voices. It can be sung in the original German or using the excellent English version. The elegant accompaniment is supportive of the voices throughout.

Die junge Nonne by Franz Schubert/arr. Brandon Williams, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) wrote more than 600 “lieder” leon-50600446-for “songs” – vocal songs accompanied by piano. He raised this to an art form by equalizing the importance of the music and poetry and expanding the role of the piano accompaniment. In this composition, take special notice of the text painting depicted by harmonic shifts and descriptive music.

Er ist gekommen by Clara Schumann/arr. Brandon Williams, SSA with piano
One of four songs presented to Robert Schumann by his wife Clara, this setting is a shining example of the composer’s ingenuity, and is a wonderful introduction to Romantic era style and performance practice.

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.

Partner Songs for the Developing Choir 19 April, 2019

leon-524393recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Partner Songs for the Developing Choir by Greg Gilpin
The developing choir is a unique ensemble and ranges in size from many to just a few, in age from younger to older and from the experienced to brand new singers. Both males and females are a part of these groups with ever-changing vocal challenges. Educators who teach this wide group of musicians know there is a need for many tools of repertoire that build bridges to the art of choral singing.

“Partner Songs for the Developing Choir” is designed to help teach harmonic singing through sophisticated melodies and distinguished texts, appealing to singers from upper elementary through middle school and early high school, and can even continue for the less-experienced or smaller adult choir. Some of the choral works are very basic in form and melodic writing, while others might include a bridge or “B” section or more intricate melodies, expanding the harmonic learning.

This REPRODUCIBLE collection with helpful rehearsal suggestions and online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings and Singer PDF parts can be used all year long with spirituals, Latin settings, multicultural, patriotic, Christmas and holiday selections. Songs include: Akatonbo, Bethlehem Lullaby, Et in Terra Pax, Jingle All the Way, Joshua Fit the Battle, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Musica Dei, Skatin’ and Sleighin’, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, You’re a Grand Old Flag. Suggested for Grades 3-9.

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.

Join Us with JAY ROUSE This Summer! 17 April, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Chart Hits of 2018-2019 for Easy Guitar 16 April, 2019

00289816-wlChart Hits of 2018-2019 for Easy Guitar
13 hot singles are included in this easy guitar book: “Be Alright” (Dean Lewis) • “High Hopes” (Panic! At the Disco) • “Millionaire” (Chris Stapleton) • “Natural” (Imagine Dragons) • “Shallow” (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) • “She Got the Best of Me” (Luke Combs) • “Shotgun” (George Ezra) • “Without Me” (Halsey) • “You Say” (Lauren Daigle) • and more. Chord symbols, melody line, and tablature are included. Play for friends or entertain yourself!

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

Considering Matthew Shepard 15 April, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, “Considering Matthew Shepard.”

leon-526583Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson
Perhaps one of the most important major works of our time. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Moving among styles ranging from Lutheran hymnody to blues to Broadway, this modern-day Passion will move many listeners to tears even as it reaches beyond tragedy to peace, understanding and forgiveness.” For the advanced choir looking to make an impact on students and community this is worth every bit of effort it requires.

Individual movements available separately:
The Innocence
This 17th movement from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard” is planted right in the middle of the passion. Remembering a time when life was full of promise and dreaming was an activity filled with hope, a tenor soloist opens this movement wondering where all of these promising times have gone. The full choir supports the soloist with the repeated question “Where, O where?” but an answer doesn’t come.

Gently Rest (Deer Lullaby)
This is a song of comfort for Matthew’s mother – Conspirare performed this work for the interment service of Matthew at the National Cathedral where his ashes were laid to rest. The lilting 7/8 meter creates a feeling of rocking, of cradling. The violin solo represents a halo of light and took its original inspiration from the profoundly beautiful violin solo in “Erbarme dich” from Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

leon-531141Deer Song
Four movements from the end of the “Passion” section of “Considering Matthew Shepard” we hear from a deer. It has been well established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption. Established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption.

Meet Me Here
As the first movement of the Epilogue, here is movement number 30 from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard.” This is the singers and the listeners first chance to begin the healing process. To “meet me where the old fence ends and the horizon begins.” We are reminded that “There’s a balm in the silence,” “There’s a joy in the singing,” and “We’ll sing on through the darkness.” This is music that easily stands alone from the major work and lifts all our spirits in every context.

leon-514784All of Us
Described as “brilliant” and “heartfelt,” this is the final movement “Considering Matthew Shepard.” With elements of hymnody, American folk and gospel music, this single movement will allow mixed choruses everywhere to come to understand and be lifted up by this powerful music.

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

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!

CHORAL UPDATE: The Greatest Showman 12 April, 2019

The popularity of “The Greatest Showman” continues – with a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land, “Dear Evan Hansen”), this music is a great choice for spring concerts! The newest publications for choirs:

DISCOVERY SERIES (for developing choirs)
A Million Dreams arr. Roger Emerson
“A Million Dreams” features the young P.T. Barnum as he shows his visions and hopes for the future. Throughout all his hardships, he is shown compassion and help and gains a broader perspective into the human condition. An outstanding message to reinforce in young singers, Roger Emerson’s arrangement is a gateway into instilling confidence and imagination in choral singing.

This Is Me arr. Audrey Snyder
The biggest hit from “The Greatest Showman” has been arranged for young developing voices in this accessible version. Plenty of unison, easy-to-teach harmonies, comfortable ranges, and solo opportunities make this a surefire selection for your elementary and middle school choirs.

NEW FOR SPRING
Come Alive arr. Mark Brymer
The most bombastic, electrifying and show-stopping number from the record-smashing soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” is here! Pasek and Paul’s call to action is given a full-choir treatment by Mark Brymer, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Your choirs will extend their vocal ranges, divisi capabilities and deep-breathing techniques while sending any audience that hears it to their feet!

Don’t miss previous arrangements including “From Now On,” “The Greatest Show,” “A Million Dreams,” “Never Enough,” “Rewrite the Stars,” and “This Is Me,” and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

SUPER SESSION This Summer! 10 April, 2019

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

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

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

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

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

Guitar Picking Tunes 09 April, 2019

WBM44Mrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Fun Solos to Play is a collection of 47 favorite guitar picking tunes collected by the author, William Bay. They come from many different places: Ireland, Scotland, England, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The melodies are easy to pick, and include slides, hammer-ons, and other guitar embellishments. Chord names are included, so another guitarist can play backup; the range of the melodies brings the tunes within reach of a fiddler or mandolinist, too! Online audio is also included, so you can play along!

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.

 

Pop A Cappella for Spring 2019 08 April, 2019

alfred-47134-frecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

When I Think About Angels arr. Bryan Sharpe, SATB a cappella with solo
This sweet Jamie O’Neal pop country hit makes a perfect contemporary a cappella arrangement, and Bryan Sharpe’s writing preserves all the bubbly fun of the original! A driving vocal bass line, upper voices that alternate between laying down the groove and singing the original backing vocals, and a solo feature for a standout singer.

alfred-46925-fCount On Me arr. Andy Beck, SATB a cappella with optional piano, ukulele, or guitar
Superstar Bruno Mars wrote this friendship song for his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” This attractive arrangement is accompanied by piano with optional ukulele or guitar. Plus, the SATB can even be sung a cappella. Sopranos take the melody, while the other parts provide supportive harmonic grooves and stylized backing vocals. Familiar, flexible, and fun!

Make Someone Happy arr. Mark Hayes, SATB divisi a cappella
An opulent harmonic palette of “oos” and “ahs” opens this richly expressive rendition of the tender jazz standard. Then, gently pulsing a cappella “doos” support the melody before all of the voices blossom in gorgeous chorus: “Love is the answer. Someone to love is the answer.”

leon-523947Superstition arr. Paul Langford, SATB a cappella
Stevie Wonder made it to number one with this song in 1973 and it’s ranked as No. 74 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul Langford has turned this tune on its head with a fabulous a cappella version for mixed voices imitating the original recording’s instrumental and vocal style. A programming dream for a cappella singing.

That Lonesome Road arr. Kirby Shaw, TTBB a cappella
James Taylor’s beautiful ballad gains new life in this simply stated a cappella setting by arranger Kirby Shaw. Sensible voice leading makes chords easy to tune, uncomplicated rhythms allow the text to speak. Awesome, accessible writing in every edition.

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

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!

“Now Is the Time” – Graduation for Choir 05 April, 2019

leon-526952recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Now Is the Time by Jim Papoulis, SATB with piano & optional drumset
Written in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, the students message is loud and clear – “Whatever your journey, whatever your beliefs, whatever your dreams or battle or triumph, the time is not tomorrow, or sometime in the future…now is the time.” The music is gentle with a soft rock beat with the final chorus a cappella.

lorenz-522087On Wings of Song We Send You by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Geoffrey Edwards, SATB with piano
The sweetly-flowing melody of one of Mendelssohn’s most often performed art songs carries new lyrics that will leave audience members with feelings of peace, comfort, and hope. The music is faithful to the original work with the addition of richly scored choral parts in place of solo voice. A lovely closer for any concert! “On wings of song we send you the best our hearts can give. May health and good fortune attend you as long as you shall live.”

lorenz-528349Sing On! by Lane Johnson, SATB with piano
Words of wisdom here suggest we keep the music going and “sing on.” Upbeat with melodies worthy of a hit song, this is a winner.

Two Irish Blessings by Glenda E. Franklin, SATB a cappella
These two a cappella settings of blessings from Ireland will warm your heart. The straightforward chorale-style rendering puts the focus clearly on the text, while allowing for artistic liberty with tempo and dynamics. Sung separately or as a set, what a fitting finale or encore to any performance.

alfred-46532-fMay a Rainbow Run Beside You by Mark Burrows, 2-part with piano
With words taken from a variety of traditional Irish blessings set to a warm, lyrical melody, this treble choir selection is sure to uplift and delight. Both voices get a chance to sing melody and harmony. Consider this a “signature song” to include on every performance this year.

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

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!

THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 04 April, 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 is now open – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Creative Programming: For Tenor/Bass Choirs 03 April, 2019

leon-526951recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CHOIRS
The Music Before Me by Ryan Kelly, TBB with piano and solo
Here is a powerful ballad for men’s voices about personal exploration, determination, and hope in the face of opposition. Featuring a tenor solo and a robust piano accompaniment, the work is ideal for concert themes celebrating music, humanity, and the future.

Keep Your Lamps! arr. Andre J. Thomas, TTBB a cappella with conga drums
“Keep Your Lamps” is one of the most popular mixed chorus octavos in the Hinshaw catalogue. Here, André Thomas provides a male chorus voicing with optional conga drums of this well-known slave song.

Carrickfergus arr. Mark Sirett, TBB with piano
This traditional Irish tune, sometimes known as “The Sick Young Lover,” dates back to the mid 1800s. You will captivate audiences with this beautiful setting for male voices and piano.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-526563Let the River Run arr. Craig Hella Johnson/adapt. Emily Crocker, TTBB divisi with piano, bass & percussion
The SSA/SATB arrangement of this Carly Simon song, as arranged by Craig Hella Johnson, has been sung and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands. Now, skillfully adapted and arranged by Emily Crocker, both men’s and women’s choirs can now experience this vibrant concert-pop work. The ranges and parts have been carefully scored for the most successful results.

Music in the Air arr. Ryan Murphy, TTBB with piano
Arranged for the 2018 Georgia All-State Men’s Chorus, Ryan Murphy’s arrangement of “Music in the Air” brings the song to an exciting new life. This setting includes a driving piano accompaniment and singable vocal parts, making this an achievable work for your choir with great impact.

cfn-cm9531-fAsleep in the Deep by Patti Drennan, TBB with piano
Asleep in the Deep, refers to those who have drowned while at sea. Patti Drennan’s adaptation of Arthur Lamb’s text is a love story about a sailor, his sweetheart, and the fate they meet while in a tragic storm at sea. Rhythmic and somewhat “stormy” throughout, this is an excellent and appropriate selection for developing tenor-bass choirs of all sizes.

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

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!

Leith Glass Harp 02 April, 2019

30745recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

In 1840, a man named Edward Bunting published a book of harp pieces that had been played at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792. He called the natural key of the harpers’ tuning “leith glass,” which turns out to be the key of G.

The new volume Leith Glass contains nine pieces arranged by Frances M. Thiele, a well-known harpist and teacher from Australia, for intermediate lever harp from England, Scotland and Ireland. She has used the leith glass tuning for these pieces. Together, these pieces give a sense of the many musical colors that can be produced from the leith glass tuning if we think modally, like those old Irish harpers. The British Isles favorites include “Comin’ Through the Rye,” “Rosemary Lane,” and “Lovely Willie.” These could be played for a recital, as background music for an event,  or for your own enjoyment. Harpers who especially enjoy this type of music will be pleased with this collection!

For more information about this collection or other lever harp 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!

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.

No Foolin’! Chicken Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 01 April, 2019

alfred-47027-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Just Wing It by Kris Berg, Grade 2.5
Oh yeah, it’s time for another “chicken” flavored chart! This one is definitely funky and more accessible than previous “chicken” charts. Lead trumpet range is only to written G on top of the staff, and written-out solos are provided for alto and trumpet. Also, with only two chords in the solo section, it is ideal for young players to work on improvising. Tempo is around 136 BPM.

Flew the Coop by Kris Berg, Grade 3
Kris Berg does it one more time – the chicken-theme chart lives on! A rock groove with the melody handled by trombone, tenor and guitar, with written-out solos available for each. Check out the very hip interludes with bass doubling the melody line and bass ‘bone and bass playing a unison call-and-response line with the ensemble. You will tap your toes to this chart – guaranteed.

alfred-jem03031-fFowl Play by Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
Do you want a funky Tower of Power style chart? Well then, this is it. The whole band will have their eyes glued to this chart as the horn players hunt and peck through this one. The rhythmic figures are searing with energy, the rhythm section will cook on high heat throughout and the tenor sax soloist will need oven mitts for protection. Lead trumpet to written C (optional D).

R U Chicken by Kris Berg, Grade 3
You asked for a funky chart – well, this is it! Another fabulous adventure by the chicken-master Kris Berg, and this time he plucks another prize-winner with “R U Chicken?” Written solos are included for trumpet and tenor sax, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat. A great closer for any concert or festival performance. What a title. What a chart!

alfred-33358-fRule the Roost by Kris Berg, Grade 3
The chicken saga continues! Kris Berg brings you this funky Tower of Power groove. Solos are written out for tenor and trombone, lead trumpet range is to written A, and the bass part is critical and somewhat challenging – that’s the story. It’s a clucking good time.

Cheep Shot by Kris Berg, Grade 3
We’re back with another chicken-titled funk chart! Written solos are provided for trumpet and tenor but you could add guitar if desired. Lead trumpet range is too written B-flat above the staff with optional high C. The chart is played around 160 BPM and has a great bass part and a sweet drum backbeat too.

Chicks Dig It by Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
With the chicken-flavored title, this Kris Berg chart is just plain funky. The laid-back tempo is around 100 BPM, there is a suggested written tenor solo, and some slap bass licks on the hip bass part. The lead trumpet range for “Chicks Dig It” is to written B above the staff. Optional flute and vibes too!

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.