News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Big Book of Folksongs 30 August, 2019

big book of folksongsrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The Big Book of Folksongs
Folk songs come from the folk – the common people. Sometimes, we actually know who wrote a folk song – “Dixie” was written by Dan Emmett, and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” was written by Ada Habershon and Charles Gabriel. Mostly, folk songs are favorites that almost everyone learns and remembers. Since the songs are favorites, but sometimes people forget the words, they make up their own – that’s why I learned two or three versions of some folk songs! It depends on which group I am playing with which version I need to remember.

The Big Book of Folksongs includes 125 folk songs from around the world. Sing with friends, play by yourself, or if you are a music teacher, use this collection to pass some folk songs on to the next generation!

For more information, 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.

The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Managed to a Moment 26 August, 2019

lorenz-538192recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Managed to a Moment by Mari Schay
Here’s a lifeline for anyone who’s had a frustrating day, week, or month in the elementary music classroom – and that, of course, includes all of us. Teaching music is hard. This insightful and affirming book makes it easier, outlining strategies for all the details that make your classroom a successful learning environment. You’ll learn ways to manage yourself and your workload; your relationships with colleagues, students, and families; and how to plan and deliver curriculum.

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!

O Say Can You See 23 August, 2019

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

One of the best ways to raise awareness and support for your choral program is to get your ensemble out in front of your community at every opportunity! Singing the National Anthem at ball games and other events is a great way to accomplish this goal. Sign up soloists to perform, or use one of these quality choral arrangements – whether you’re looking for a very traditional arrangement or something more “out there,” we’ve got an option for you!

alfred-sv9722-fTRADITIONAL A CAPPELLA
arr. Russell Robinson for SATB a cappella
This full-sounding, no-frills a cappella setting of our national anthem will come in handy on many occasions for years to come. A very practical, straightforward arrangement that will be easy to prepare and inspiring to perform! This is a must in every choral library!

arr. Reuben Burrows for SATB a cappella (limited divisi)
Employing contemporary harmonies while maintaining the majesty and strong traditional sounds of our National Anthem, Reuben Burrows’ stirring a cappella arrangement promises to inspire singers, crowds and audience alike, including a dramatic conclusion sure to bring down the house! The limited divisi ensures accessibility to all types of mixed choirs.

WITH PIANO
arr. Roger Emerson for 3-part mixed with piano
In honor of the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner, this arrangement for younger singers is a straightforward and useful setting, but with some fresh harmonies to add interest for today’s choirs and audiences.

alfred-38078-fWITH BAND/ORCHESTRA
arr. Mark Hayes for SATB with full orchestra (or piano)
An exhilarating tour-de-force setting of our National Anthem. The sizable full orchestration, impressive piano accompaniment, and resounding choral parts emanate unwavering patriotism. Mark’s arrangement works equally well in the concert hall, sanctuary, gym, or stadium.

arr. Luigi Zaninelli for SATB with organ and/or concert band and/or orchestra
Luigi Zaninelli’s unique arrangement of the The Star-Spangled Banner may be performed by choir and organ or with concert band or orchestra for an especially powerful rendition of this patriotic favorite.

leon-08754740-fFOR TREBLE AND TENOR/BASS ENSEMBLES
arr. Henry Leck & Martin Ellis for SSAA a cappella with solo
The Grammy -winning singer Kelly Clarkson scored big with an elegant, pitch-perfect and rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLVI with choral back-up provided by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, conducted by Henry Leck. Here is the arrangement in two keys, the original in G, as sung by Kelly and a B-flat edition, for use with soprano or tenor soloist, or a group of singers.

arr. Evan Ramos for T(T)B a cappella
Look no further for a fabulous arrangement of the Star Spangle Banner for your developing tenor-bass ensemble. With appropriate, conservative ranges and an optional T2 part, choirs of all sizes can succeed in performing this standard piece in the American repertory.

CREATIVE HARMONIZATIONS
arr. Eric Whitacre for SATB divisi a cappella
Eric Whitacre has created a remarkable setting of the Star-Spangled Banner, filled with colorful effects and vivid dissonance. Challenging and impressive!

lorenz-sbmp1539-farr. Jacob Narverud for SATB divisi a cappella
Elegant and creative, but not overdone, this setting of the Star Spangled Banner is concert worthy for choirs capable of singing divisi.

arr. Jamey Ray for SATB divisi a cappella
Make a powerful impression with this contemporary a cappella setting of America’s national anthem. A standout arrangement with glorious divisi that becomes even more expansive toward the end. It will be remembered about long after the concert or game is over.

Find more anthem arrangements and other patriotic options on our website, or contact us for more ideas! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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 Best Wedding Songs Ever, 2nd Edition 22 August, 2019

00290985The Best Wedding Songs Ever, 2nd Edition
This collection of wedding music includes 70 songs and piano solos for wedding ceremonies. “Air” from Water Music Suite by Handel, “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner, and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” are among the classics arranged for piano. You will find standard songs like “You Light Up My Life,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Through the Years,” plus more recent love songs such as  “Perfect,” “Yours,” and “Over and Over Again.” The binding of this book will lay flat, so it’s easier to manage page turns and keep the book open on the music rack. This is a full library of wedding music between two covers!

For more information about this collection or other wedding 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!

The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

tall StantonsWe’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 20 August, 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 available at the door. 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!

Sing Out Your Joy! Fall Concert for Middle School Choir 19 August, 2019

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

Summer is over and school is back in session! Get ready to plan your fall concert, and start with Stanton’s! Here are just a few of our Five Star Features for Middle School Choirs this season:

FOR SIXTH GRADE (Unison/2-part)
Bandyrowe arr. Susan Brumfield, for 2-part with piano
Written for the 2014 Kentucky ACDA Junior High Girls Honor Choir, and now available for 2-Part choir, this Appalachian nonsense song is a whirling, twirling kaleidoscope of sound. An excellent showcase for beginning choirs.

alfred-47194-fThe Moon Has a Face by Glenda E. Franklin, for 2-part with piano
Excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Moon” combine with original text to create a mysterious and enchanting selection for young voices. Accessible two-part writing is ideal for choirs new to singing harmony. The haunting minor-mode and hushed dynamics are equally important to teach and captivating to hear.

Topsy-Turvy World by Christopher Fox, for 2-part with piano
This fanciful children’s poem by William Brighty Rands is simply charming. Well-constructed for 2-part voices, this accomplished setting includes crisp rhythms and complementary counterlines that offer opportunities to work important elements of choral artistry. The whimsical words include blunders like “If the pony rode his master, if the buttercup ate the cow…the world would be upside down!”

leon-533772FOR SEVENTH GRADE (3-part mixed/SSA)
The Cloud by Victor C. Johnson, for 3-part mixed with piano and optional oboe
A gentle piano accompaniment with oboe accompanies this concert work for 2-part and 3-part mixed voices. Sara Teasdale’s text of a cloud “in the heaven’s height, the stars are lit for my delight” is a delightful metaphor for children to sing and explore both textually and musically. Johnson’s setting uses a lovely melody with simple harmonies and slight divisi for young singers.

Baraka Na Wewe by Victor C. Johnson, for 3-part mixed a cappella with djembe
This joyous and rhythmic celebration of hope, joy and peace features a middle section with independent vocal lines, which allows for easily accessible harmonic layering. The only accompanying instrument is the lively Djembe part that lends an authentic African flavor. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

Song for a Windy Day by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, for 3-part mixed with piano and optional flute
Incorporating poems by Bronte and Rossetti, Donnelly and Strid have created a wonderful setting that moves along like a bouncing breeze in 3/4 time. The addition of flute adds sparkle to the 2-part and 3-part mixed voicings accompanied by a simple, but spirited piano accompaniment.

FOR EIGHTH GRADE (SAB/SATB)
Sing Out Your Joy by Victor C. Johnson, for SAB with piano
Beginning with a stately expression of “Cantate Domino,” the driving piano accompaniment sets up the joyous English text of celebration. Mixed meter helps create energy dappled with legato moments throughout the piece. A superb opening work for all levels of choirs!

chorgd-cge356-fExsultate Deo by Greg Gilpin, for SAB with piano
This exhilarating concert/festival original works equally well as an opening or closing number. Featuring a celebratory Latin text, it begins with a declamatory vocal introduction which then moves into high gear showcasing driving rhythms and multi-meters in both voices and piano. The more legato middle section provides an interesting contrast before returning to the main theme, transitioning to an uplifting key change, restating the declamatory section and pulling out all the stops for a dynamic conclusion. Teaching moments abound in this exciting work for developing choirs.

leon-00292991-fThe Light That Will Lead You Home by Stuart Chapman Hill, for SAB with piano
Not all composers have a gift for writing both text and music. Stuart Chapman Hill is an exception. This new piece on his own text is scored for SAB voices, soloist, and piano. The gospel style found in the keyboard keeps the piece lively and accentuates the message that “every now and then when the darkness falls I can be the light that will lead you home.”

Find more Five Star Features on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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!

Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy 16 August, 2019

lorenz-532983Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy by Andre J. Thomas
A true testament to his strength and skill as a composer, Andre Thomas’s “Mass” combines the power of love and joy with the beauty and sophistication of top-tier choral music. Written in five movements, the Mass can be performed in its entirety or as separate selections – each movement is available as a separate octavo (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). This gospel-style work may be performed with piano, piano with bass and drums, full orchestra, or the piano accompaniment CD. The Mass is dedicated to the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Find more exciting large works from living composers on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

How to Sit on a Rock-Native American Flute 15 August, 2019

22195Mrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

First Lessons: Native American Flute – How to Sit on a Rock by Andrew Bishko
New owners of the Native American Flute are often told to go “sit on a rock” and teach themselves how to play. Through eight lessons introducing the technique and theory of both the outer and inner “game” of Native American Flute improvisation, players of all levels learn to express the music growing inside themselves. The exercises in this volume are presented in fingering diagrams and Nakai TAB-an easy-to-learn derivative of standard music notation most commonly used for Native American Flute. Includes access to online audio.

Personally, I find my Native flutes to be my improvisational and meditative instruments. As a player of several other woodwind instruments, it was not difficult to learn to play another woodwind. One afternoon when I was playing background music for a garden show, I took my Native flute out, closed my eyes, and began to improvise. I became aware after a few minutes that it was very still around me. I opened my eyes as I continued to play, and several people were quietly standing and listening to me. Native flute is a very relaxing instrument to play, and “How to Sit on a Rock” is a wonderful book to help you learn to play one.

For more information about this Native flute book, or others like it, 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.

The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 14 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching. Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching! We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

clipart-money-money-clip-art-pictures-jpg-FvwF6D-clipartMoney Matters: Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing. Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music. Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You: Come on down and visit us in person! Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching. We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs. We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

questionSo Much Music, So Little Time: The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools: Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music. There’s our YouTube channel, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App – available for free in The App Store and Google Play.

For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Attack of the Walking Basses 12 August, 2019

alfred-47456-frecommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

Prepare for Halloween with one of these spooky choices for string orchestra!

Attack of the Walking Basses by Bob Phillips, Grade 1.5
Perfect for young orchestras, this Halloween bass-tacular features the entire bass section playing walking bass lines. The piece is in 1st position for violins, violas, and cellos, and everyone gets to play exciting tremolos.
TEACH • walking bass line, tremolo, F and C natural, dynamics
ORCHESTRATION • feature the often unheralded bass section
PERFORMANCE • Halloween novelty is sure to be a kitschy hit

alfred-47470-fLegend of the Ghost Stallion by Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
This ode to the Wild West begins with a mysterious introduction using the folk song “All the Pretty Little Horses” in an eerie setting that will send shivers up the spines of performers and audience members alike. Brief solos for violin, viola, and cello are heard. The pace then picks up as we hear the driving and energetic theme of the Ghost Stallion riding through the moonlit countryside. The repeated galloping rhythm (eighth/two sixteenths) appears in stretches and is designed to improve your students’ abilities to perform this all-important bowing pattern. This picturesque and educationally sound selection by Richard Meyer is sure to capture the imagination and improve the technique of everyone in both intermediate and more advanced orchestras.
TEACH • D minor/E minor, 8th/2-16th rhythm, glissandi, tremolo
ORCHESTRATION • short solos for principal violin, viloa, cello
PERFORMANCE • “All the Pretty Little Horses” plus the wild west

cfn-yas194-fApparitions by Doug Spata, Grade 2.5
“Apparitions” is a diabolical selection that starts off with some fun fingering challenges and string crossings and then ups the ante by getting faster…and faster…and faster! Not only is it a great piece to help young musicians master technical challenges, such as chromatic fingerings, it also helps them listen to each other and practice watching their conductor! Students and audiences will enjoy the spooky-fun style and orchestra teachers will appreciate the technical and ensemble playing skills that the piece requires.
TEACH • chromatic fingering, string crossing, watch the conductor
ORCHESTRATION • everyone gets the twisty-turny melody
PERFORMANCE • the direction of the melody is full of surprises

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, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Paul Manz – 1919-2019 09 August, 2019

2019 marks 100 years since the birth of the great composer Paul Manz (May 10, 1919–October 28, 2009). Celebrate his legacy this fall with some of his most remarkable works.

mornin-msm50-0001-fE’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come for SATB a cappella
Considered one of the finest 20th century American sacred choral anthems. Frequently performed and recorded around the world. Appropriate beyond Advent. A MUST in every choir library.

God of Grace for Moderately Easy to Moderately Difficult Organ
Paul Manz’s hymn improvisations have long been essential repertoire for church organists. This collection of previously published works combines favorite improvisations on hymns that have wide ecumenical appeal. The collection contains complete indexes of all Manz publications and recordings. This will be used week after week by organists in all denominations. It is also appropriate for students.

mornin-msm90-39-fThe Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz by Scott Hyslop
This biographical work examines the unique factors that have shaped and formed the life and music of one of the most influential organists of the latter half of the twentieth-century. Constructed in four parts, this book includes a full biography; an analysis of his chorale-based organ and choral works; a collection of essays by composers, theologians, musicians, and family; and web access that includes sound clips, radio interviews, manuscripts, video, articles, and programs. This book will be of great interest to anyone who knows and enjoys the music of Paul Manz.

Sing to the Lord: The Paul Manz Hymnary by Scott Hyslop
A collection of the hymn tunes and liturgical settings written by Paul Manz over the course of his life and career as a church musician. Dr. Hyslop writes, “the hymn tunes and liturgical songs of Paul Manz give witness to a life filled to the brim with doxology, and in turn, we see and hear a life dedicated to leading others in full-throated doxological praise.”

The Best Folk/Pop Songs Ever 08 August, 2019

00138299The Best Folk/Pop Songs Ever
So, what do we mean by “folk/pop” songs, anyway? It’s kind of a hybrid – either folk songs with a well-known pop arrangement, or a pop song that is played intimately, with an acoustic, folk-type arrangement. “The Best Folk/Pop Songs Ever” is a collection of 66 folk/pop songs including “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Morning Has Broken,” “Both Sides Now,” and more. This is a great collection for pianists, vocalists, or guitarists to play for fun, with friends, or for background at a party.

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!

The Stanton’s Difference: Creative Help 07 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Student-Flute-review.jpgSometimes customer needs and requests require some lateral thought and creativity. A local choral director was in the store one fall, and ventured over to The Dark Side (read: Band Department) because our band department handles our music theory books and software. “I have a Theory 2 student. She’s a flute player, and we’re looking to study the classical period and composition. Do you have anything?” Each of her Theory 2 students is doing an individual study on specific areas of interest to them.

Our first thought was, “We don’t have anything that is specific to the classical period. No specific theory books, no analysis, and only a page or two of history in the Kjos Music Theory & History Workbooks.” The next thought was, “What DO we have? Is there anything that could work?”

“I’ve got it – Flute player + Classical Period = the Mozart Flute Concerti! Both are on the Ohio Class A flute list, so she could use one of them for her theory class, AND private study/OMEA adjudication. She would have the added benefit of having studied and analyzed the work while she learns and performs it!”

Wait a minute – composition and analysis…Dover has a score of all of the Mozart Concerti for Wind Instruments, and their scores are very reasonably priced. Now we’re talking – both flute concerti should be in there along with the concerti for bassoon, clarinet, and horn.

“What about using the Dover score for study and analysis? She could see the original orchestration, how the flute part works in context with the orchestra, and study how the original orchestration was translated into the piano reduction for the solo edition. This is perfect!”

Needless to say, this could not have worked out better for our customer, and her student. Can your sheet music supplier provide this depth of thought and expertise? More importantly, will they take the time? If not, give Stanton’s a try. We’re more than a store or website; we’re an experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful staff that has made Stanton’s the “Sheet Music Specialists” for over 50 years!

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Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 06 August, 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.

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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

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THIS FRIDAY: Piano Workshop with Kevin Olson 05 August, 2019

download.jpgPiano Teacher Workshop with Kevin Olson
Friday 8/9/2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: FREE

The Perfect Start and Beyond: Music That Motivates at All Ages and Stages
Finding the right repertoire and teaching approaches that will engage each student is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. In this exciting and interactive workshop, Dr. Kevin Olson will present some of the newest music he has written for the FJH Music Company, the backgrounds and teaching strategies on each piece, and ways your students use repertoire to explore their own creativity and artistry.

Hands-On Jazz Basics
This interactive session will cover basic exercises in jazz piano that you can share with students who want to explore improvisation and creativity. Whether you’re a jazz novice or interested in new challenges in improv, there will be something for you at this workshop.

Please call (1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 3) or email (keyboard@stantons.com) to register for this workshop by Thursday, August 8th, 2019.

Singers Arise! Fall Concert for High School Choir 02 August, 2019

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

Start with Stanton’s as you plan your first concert of the year! Here are just a few of our Five Star Features for High School Choirs this season:

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Singers, Arise! by Victor C. Johnson, for SATB with piano and optional trumpet
A triumphant unison fanfare sounds a clarion call in praise of music at the start of this concert/contest opener, followed by a contemplative, chant-like middle section on a brief Latin text. An accelerating return to the jubilant main theme leads to a majestic and satisfying conclusion. Be sure to add the optional trumpet part for full effect.

Alleluia by Bryan Sharpe, for SATB a cappella
The ancient joy-filled word ‘Alleluia’ is paired with contemporary harmony and gently syncopated rhythms. Independent parts weave in and out to create a brilliant musical tapestry, and subtle variations of dynamics and tempi add to the overall fabric. For Christmas or general use, concert or contest, this work will admirably showcase the abilities of mature ensembles.

O Clap Your Hands by Victor C. Johnson, for SATB a cappella
Johnson’s dynamic setting of this text adapted from the Psalms is the perfect opening number for concert, festival or call to worship. The opening, fanfare-like section is complemented by a contrasting, legato middle section before returning to the joyous opening statement driving us to the exhilarating conclusion, complete with handclaps.

alfred-47548-fYour Beauty Is the Song by Molly Ijames, for SATB divisi with piano
A hushed, exposed choral introduction blossoms into a sublime concert work for choirs who seek artistic literature. The men introduce the main melody in stunning four-part harmony, before the women join at the first chorus. With artful divisi writing and many moments of unbridled emotion, this work is sure to become a choral classic.

Song from the Road by Craig Hella Johnson, for SATB with piano
Written for a commissioning consortium through Chorus America, here is a beautiful and thoughtful piece intended as a quiet call to return home to discover oneself and to rediscover our “home” with each other. Long flowing lines with a beautiful and soloistic piano part create a feeling of peace and hope.

lorenz-533254FOR TREBLE CHOIRS
I Will Be the Gladdest Thing by Neil Ginsberg, for SA with piano
An Edna St. Vincent Millay favorite is given a fresh and free treatment, complete with spritely, leaping rhythms. A gentle rock feel and invigorating contemporary harmonies support and propel the energizing text forward. An opportunity for solo or small group singing is included at the end. A delight to prepare and perform!

Exultate Justi by Dan Davison, for SSA with piano
Inspired by the classical style of music writing, Dan Davison has done a masterful job with this SSA work, Exultate Justi. Treble choirs will find this piece to be very accessible, exciting and joyful to sing. This piece will enhance the programming of any concert or festival.

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Let the Music Fill Your Soul by Jacob Narverud, for TTBB with piano and optional horn
This anthem, originally scored for mixed choir, is energetic with a text that is relevant to our music classrooms. The horn part soars above the piano and the singers and the driving rhythms of the piano create excitement.

Give Me Your Stars to Hold by Ruth Morris Gray, for TTB with piano
Sara Teasdale’s text is superbly set in a steady and flowing concert work for mixed voices as well as men’s ensembles. Diverse part-writing fills the choral, creating harmonic contrast and richness with beautiful examples of text-painting from the composer.

Find more Five Star Features on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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!

Pink: Hurts 2B Human 01 August, 2019

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“Hurts 2B Human” debuted in the #1 spot of the Top 200 Charts for 2019, featuring the top single “Walk Me Home.” It is the third of her albums to debut at #1. This is P!nk’s 8th studio album, and features guest artists Wrabel, Khalid, Cash Cash and Chris Stapelton. Top favorites from this album include “Walk Me Home,” “Hustle,” and “Can We Pretend.” All 13 songs from the album are in this collection.

For more information about this collection, or other popular music collections, 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!