News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chorales and Beyond 29 November, 2019

chorales and beyondrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Chorales and Beyond by Timothy Loest and Chip DeStefano, with percussion by Kevin Lepper
This incredible resource is an ideal way to expand or vary the daily routine of your ensemble while developing essential fundamental concepts of sound and intonation. Daily routines cover breathing, long tones, pitch matching, intervals, scales, arpeggios, chords, and chorales. All chorales are written in 4-part harmony with all parts appearing in each instrument book for ultimate flexibility with instrumentation. Centered around 10 common major and minor keys, each includes a daily routine and three chorales that can be used to provide constant variety and freshness. Personal warm-ups and musical terms are also included along with vibrant and engaging percussion writing from longtime master educator and percussionist Kevin Lepper!

Also available in this valuable series – Warm-Ups and Beyond and Rhythms and Beyond! Contact us for more information, and remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

leon-00287741-fMarketing Your Music Program by Sean Dennison Smith
“Marketing Your Music Program: From Traditional Branding to Digital Promotion” will easily guide you through today’s world of marketing – both traditional and modern forms of social media and websites. With quality content, a strong brand and a clear strategy, you can greatly increase the presence of your choir, orchestra and band. It will also help you discover effective and efficient ways to fundraise while building important connections with a wide-reaching community.

Topics covered include: marketing overview for your music program • branding your choir, orchestra and band • websites • “Power Four” platforms • additional marketing platforms • marketing your program inmarketing your music program sean dennison smith 30 minutes a week • the road to success • social media best practices • helpful resources and websites • equipment needs • press release templates • 50 content marketing ideas to enrich your music program.

Find more valuable texts on our website, or contact us for recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Beatles for Very Easy Piano 26 November, 2019

leon-00319606-fTeaching Little Fingers to Play THE BEATLES for Big Note Piano
Do you have a child or a piano student who just can’t wait to play Beatles songs? The Teaching Little Fingers to Play series has a new collection of eight classic Beatles hits for very easy piano solo. There is also a piano duet part for the adult player to enhance the enjoyment of playing the song. Songs include: “All My Loving,” “And I Love Her,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Nowhere Man,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “Yellow Submarine.”

Enhance a child’s piano playing experience with this fun collection of classic Beatles! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Percussion Resources for the Classroom 25 November, 2019

beat blast tom andersonrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Teach valuable rhythm and drumming skills in the general music classroom with these great new resources – and have some fun at the same time!

Beat Blast by Tom Anderson
Well, “All Right Now,” here’s all you need for jamming along on percussion instruments! Everything is provided from helpful warm-ups, grooves and specific playing suggestions. Styles from rock, pop, and alternative are explored with these authentic play-along tracks. You just add the extra spice of percussion. Full scores are provided for the teacher, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the percussion instrument parts. Grab your cowbell, shakers, tambourines and drums. It’s time to get “Happy!”

rhythm o rama mari schayRhythm-O-Rama! by Mari Schay
Raise the curtain on blockbuster theme songs from “Star Wars,” “Rocky,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Mamma Mia!,” and more, plus hits from Bruno Mars, American Authors, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. These age-appropriate, skill-building arrangements reinforce rhythmic concepts, note reading, playing techniques, and so much more! Along the way, master teacher Mari Schay highlights specific challenges and rehearsal strategies for all 12 tunes. Full teacher scores appear in the book, and access to online student parts (for printing and projecting) is included.

woods metals shakers skins artie almeidaWoods, Metals, Shakers, Skins by Artie Almeida
Have you ever wondered how to use all of the various percussion instruments you’ve picked up throughout the years to deliver rigorous music education? This book has the answer! Artie Almeida shares her best strategy for classroom percussion instruments: using plastic hoops to organize the class! Hoop Group Stations give students the chance to play instruments from a specific percussion family, and students can easily rotate stations to play a new set of instruments. Students will have the time of their lives as they experience different timbres and playing techniques, and with Artie’s 22 in-depth lessons, they will be focused on learning at the same time.

Find more drumming and rhythm resources on our website! 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!

Pop Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 22 November, 2019

diggin' the new digs paul murtharecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Diggin’ the New Digs arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
From the entertaining soundtrack of “Incredibles 2,” Michael Giacchino includes this marvelous jazz waltz that works great for full jazz ensemble. Baritone sax gets a rare turn in the spotlight, followed by the brass section with sax answers. The solo section can feature any combination of alto sax, trumpet or trombone. A fun change of pace.

Shake a Tail Feather arr. John Wasson, Grade 3
Recorded by Ray Charles in 1963, this funky classic has been covered by countless artists, but is probably best remembered from Ray’s performance of it in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers.” Arranged here for young bands with plenty of drive and energy!

smackwater jack roger holmesSmackwater Jack arr. Roger Holmes, Grade 3
Included on Carole King’s landmark album “Tapestry” from 1971, this churnin’ tune features a sultry shuffle groove at a moderate tempo. Solid scoring for the entire ensemble along with spicy riffs help make this one particularly fun.

Think arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
In the movie “The Blues Brothers,” Aretha Franklin steals the show with her classic performance of this soulful rocker. In this hot chart for jazz band, trombones are featured in the beginning and later the entire ensemble. The solo section is flexible, however written samples are provided for alto sax, trumpet and trombone.

My Girl arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
Here’s the classic Motown hit from 1964 and The Temptations in a great-sounding arrangement for young players. No solos required. Just skillful scoring for the entire ensemble.

papa was a rollin' stone rick stitzelPapa Was a Rollin’ Stone arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
This acclaimed hit from 1972 was the final #1 single from super group The Temptations. With a haunting yet appealing minor groove, this chart offers interesting parts for all sections of the band.

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Here’s the stunning hit single from the movie A Star Is Born recorded by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This arrangement for young players features a rock ballad style and solid scoring for the entire ensemble.

Contact us for more information on these or other titles for jazz band, or browse our website for more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

For Band Directors Teaching Choir 21 November, 2019

practical guide to choral conducting bradley ellingboerecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

What? Me? Teach choir? But I am a band director!

Perhaps you’re trained as a band director and you find yourself in a job where you are suddenly expected to teach a choral class, and the most training you’ve had is perhaps one or two semesters of voice. Check out these resources to competently approach teaching chorus when trained as a band director.

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting by Bradley Ellingboe
With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions.
The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions.

finding your teacher voice katie o'connor-ballantyneFinding Your Teacher Voice by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
Singing is an integral part of any music classroom, but the voice works differently than other instruments and needs its own specific strategies. Whether you’re an instrumentalist who finds yourself teaching choir, or a vocalist who is an expert at singing, this book can make your rehearsals more successful. Beginning with an exhortation to use your own voice as a singing example – even if it’s not perfect – it presents all the skills your singers need to learn: posture, diction, pitch, notation, and the list goes on. Each chapter offers a clear overview of a singing goal, then lists several strategies you can use to achieve it with your group.

harmony handbook katie o'connor-ballantyneHarmony Handbook by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
A treasure trove of choral pedagogy! This step-by-step guide will take beginners from unison to two-part singing by focusing on the underlying aural and developmental skills necessary for success. Sequential chapters on unison, echo, round, and partner singing serve as benchmarks along the way to full harmony. Each of ten carefully curated songs is prefaced with a two-page rehearsal guide that targets essential objectives and suggests exercises and activities designed to introduce, explore, and master the pieces. Learn how to anticipate and address musical challenges for this repertoire, then transfer these masterful techniques to your entire program.

For more choral guidance, please contact us – we’re happy to help! 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!

Take On Me: NEW for Contemporary A Cappella 20 November, 2019

take on me roger emersonrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Take On Me arr. Roger Emerson, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Pentatonix has given us their take on the ’80s! Norwegian pop group a-ha had a world wide hit with this “synth-pop” song and in this effects are moved to voices in this arrangement.

All Star (As an English Madrigal) arr. Nathan Howe, SATB a cappella
American rock band Smash Mouth released this hit in 1999 from the album Astro Lounge and became one of their most successful songs, making its way into movies most notably in the Shrek franchise. This arrangement is genius and turns the tune into an English madrigal! It’s also a fun way to teach the genre to young singers and a novel way for the experienced singer to have some fun! Your audience will love it!

heaven is a place on earth mark brymerHeaven Is a Place on Earth arr. Mark Brymer, SATB a cappella (optional piano)
Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of the Go-Go’s, scored a number one hit with this chorus-belting power ballad in 1987! Mark Brymer’s arrangement ups the ante with extensive use of vocables with a unique bridge section sure to get your audience singing along!

Higher Ground arr. Paul Langford, SATB a cappella
A cappella singing is hot! This Stevie Wonder funk hit from 1973 was written before his accident but Wonder said, “Something must have been telling me that something was going to happen to make me aware of a lot of things and to get myself together.” It’s a great message of second chances delivered in a vessel of vocal excitement!

make them hear you kirby shawMake Them Hear You (from Ragtime) arr. Kirby Shaw, TTBB a cappella
Here’s the heart-swelling central anthem from “Ragtime,” beautifully arranged for a cappella voices! A lush “ah” and “oo” introduction yields to the stirring strains of Stephen Flaherty’s stunning Broadway ballad, which gradually builds to a wall of sound as Lynn Ahrens’ lyrics unfold. This arrangement delivers the spirit and truth of an important message – especially relevant today.

Pick Up the Pieces arr. Roger Emerson, SATBB a cappella
The 1970’s group Average White Band was anything but average. They were full of funk and R&B soul. This hit from their second album is stylish and this new arrangement captures that style perfectly. This is a show stopper.

ain't got far to go bryan sharpeESPECIALLY FOR BEGINNING GROUPS
Ain’t Got Far to Go arr. Bryan Sharpe, SAB/3-part mixed a cappella
Arranged expressly for developing a cappella pop groups! Best known as the featured singer on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” up-and-coming UK music star Jess Glynne recorded this upbeat tune with an undeniably positive message. Presented here in a perky pop style, this arrangement features a great solo, rhythmic vocables for the group to sing, and fully notated vocal percussion.

Can’t Help Falling in Love arr. Alan Billingsley, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Featured in the 1961 Elvis film Blue Hawaii, as well as the recording of the same name, this beautiful love song remains as popular today as ever.

Explore our website for more ideas for a cappella ensembles, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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!

Mister Rogers Songbook for Ukulele 19 November, 2019

mister rogers songbook ukuleleMister Rogers Songbook for Ukulele
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you’re strumming the ukulele! This collection features 24 songs for the uke in standard G-C-E-A tuning with lyrics from the classic children’s show, “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” Songs include: “Are You Brave?,” “Everything Grows Together,” “It’s Such a Good Feeling,” “It’s You I Like,” “Sometimes People Are Good,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “You Can Never Go Down the Drain,” and more.

This is a great book to use in general music class with the younger children, and it’s easy to pick up the uke and play for the kids. If you play yourself, or if you are a teacher with a ukulele class, this is great!

For more information, contact us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: Creative Programming for Social Justice 18 November, 2019

give me your tired your poor irving berlin david chaserecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

The language of music crosses borders and unites people. Program one of these pieces to bring awareness to social justice issues, and help to make the world a more unified place.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (with God Bless America) arr. David Chase, SATB with piano & cello
Here is a thoughtful and reflective setting of two great Irving Berlin songs – “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and “God Bless America.” Hope is always front and center in Irving Berlin lyrics and there is no exception here. The lamenting sounds of the cello keep us grounded in our commitment to welcoming the stranger as we sing over and over again, “I lift my lamp.” This is a wonderful concert closer.

changes audrey snyderChanges by Audrey Snyder, SATB a cappella with hand percussion
Changing the world starts with just one person! Using a powerful vocal call and response with body percussion, this original work builds confidence and self-awareness through the affirming lyrics and vocal inflections.

Dawn by Steven James Schmidt, SATB a cappella
“Bravo” is a new musical from Steven James Schmidt, in collaboration with lyricists Cristian Guerrero and Andrew Moorhead. The song has the energy and flow of a tune for the theater. The words tell of the search for meaning, hope and light. An excellent piece for high school choirs.

even amid the darkest storm michael john trottaEven Amid the Darkest Storm by Michael John Trotta, SATB with piano (optional a cappella)
Written to commemorate the recent flooding in Louisiana, this strong and emotional work captures the spirit of hope that evolves when a community comes together in the face of a tragedy. Swirling winds and a raging storm yield to a chorus filled with hope: “I must try to believe that the sun is shining, even amid the darkest storm …to believe that the sun is always there, even when I cannot see.” Conservative ranges, vivid text painting, and singable lines are all set atop a supportive piano part to allow this piece to make a powerful and positive statement.

Can We Sing the Darkness to Light? by Kyle Pederson, SATB divisi with piano
The text of this work invites the listener to imagine a world without weapons of war – where the human experience is defined through the lens of mercy and compassion. An accessible SATB work with little divisi and a supportive piano accompaniment.

hard times stephen foster nick johnsonHard Times by Stephen Foster/arr. Nick Johnson, TTBB with guitar, fiddle & cello
A simple expression of empathy for those less fortunate, “Hard Times” offers a universal message that we can persevere through difficult times. This setting for men’s chorus with guitar and strings is a dynamic and modern interpretation. The arrangement can be used with a soloist or with a section of tenors.

Who Would You Be by Shawn Crouch, SATB a cappella with optional piano & cello
Moved by the tragedy of countless school shootings in the United States, the composer asked himself, “What would happen if I lost my son in an act of violence?” The words of this composition are an expression of loss and the music is meant to give solace in an uncertain time. We have come to know Shawn’s music as thoughtful and singable while challenging the very best choirs. This is no exception.

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

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

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!

Christmas Caroling Songbook 15 November, 2019

christmas caroling songbookThe Christmas Caroling Songbook
Everyone loves to sing Christmas carols! So make it simple with this easy-to-use collection containing 50 well-known carols arranged for any combination of voices. Ideal for holiday sing-alongs, community or family get-togethers, or house-to-house singing.

Titles include: “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella,” “Deck the Hall,” “The First Noel,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Here We Come A-Caroling,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “It Came upon the Midnight Clear,” “Joy to the World,” “O Christmas Tree,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and more.

NEW THIS YEAR are editions for both SAB and SSA ensembles, perfect for smaller or younger ensembles! All three voicings are valuable to keep in your library year after year.

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

The Music of Marianne Kim 14 November, 2019

1653recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Marianne Kim is a Chicago based full-time musician working as composer, arranger, pianist, organist, clinician and studio musician. Marianne’s versatile musical ability encompasses a diverse range of musical styles, such as classical, jazz, R&B, rock, Broadway musical, traditional & contemporary church music, and more.

Born and raised in Busan, Korea, Marianne studied classical piano and composition at Pusan Performing Arts High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree of music at Pusan National University, Korea. After working professionally over 15 years in the States, she has returned to the graduate school for her master’s degree of jazz studies and also for organ studies at Northern Illinois University where she has been given scholarships, awards, and the opportunity to teach jazz piano classes since 2013. Marianne has studied organ with James Russell Brown and Margaret McElwain Kemper, and jazz piano with Willie Pickens, Frank Caruso, Reginald “Reggie” Thomas and Alan Swain.

piano impressions for worship marianne kimPiano Impressions for Worship
Arranger Marianne Kim brings artistic creativity to each of these solo piano settings of fourteen well-known titles. Traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel music and some of today’s most popular praise titles are all included. Each setting is set in an easy-to-read moderate level of difficulty, and are useful for a variety of occasions and many parts of the worship service. Titles include: “10,000 Reasons,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Lamb of God,” “Shout to the Lord,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “How Great Is Our God,” “In Christ Alone,” “Sanctuary,” and “Spirit of the Living God.”

Piano Impressions for Worship II
This collection of solo piano settings is the second volume of well-known contemporary titles arranged by the skillful hand of Marianne Kim. Each arrangement contains a perfect balance of nuanced harmonies along with a slight touch of jazz that Marianne is so adept at composing. Ideal for worship, these settings are of moderate difficulty. Titles include: “Christ, Be Our Light,” “Hymn of Promise,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Gift of Love,” “You Are My All in All,” “All Is Well,” “You Are Mine,” “Because He Lives,” “As the Deer,” “I Love You, Lord,” “Soon and Very Soon,” and “Be Not Afraid.”

4-hand piano impressions marianne kim4-Hand Piano Impressions Volume 1
Arranger Marianne Kim brings artistic creativity to these 8 well-known titles in this collection of 4-hand piano settings. Traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel music, and some of today’s most popular praise titles are all included. Each setting is set in an easy-to-read moderate level of difficulty, and are useful for a variety of occasions and many parts of the worship service. Titles include: “10,000 Reasons,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Shout to the Lord.”

For more information about the music of Marianne Kim, please visit our website or contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

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

“Masters of the Symphony” for Concert Band 13 November, 2019

finale from brahms symphony #1 david bobrowitzrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Finale from Brahms Symphony #1 arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 1.5
Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 was finally premiered in 1876 after he had worked on and off for 14 years. This is an exciting new arrangement for young band that captures all sections of the final movement. Totally playable by young performers, the audience will be both shocked and impressed by the sophistication that your group will demonstrate in its performance. The arrangement starts with the dramatic slow beginning that leads to the famous theme (bar 10). The well-known driving rapid ending starts at bar 35. This arrangement is a wonderful way to introduce young players to fine classical music. Very playable and authentic sounding, this fine arrangement is a terrific selection for a concert finale!’

masters of the symphony mekel rogersMasters of the Symphony arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1.5
Familiar melodies from three famous symphonies are carefully transcribed for developing players in this authentic, yet highly playable arrangement. Included are Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World,’” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” and Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ.’” Teaching opportunities abound with this exquisite collection of masterpieces.

Farandole by Gabriel Pierné/arr. Kevin Norbury, Grade 2.5
The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in Provence, France. This delightful, stylized version by Pierné is taken from his collection of piano pieces for children, “Album pour mes petits amis (Album for my little friends).”

scossa elettrica giacomo puccini daniel kingScossa Elettrica by Giacomo Puccini/arr. Daniel King, Grade 4
Marked by its bright brass textures, energetic pulse, and cheerful woodwind melodies, this arrangement makes an ideal concert opener featuring multiple brass fanfares and technical passages for woodwinds.

Need more for your concert band? Contact us to brainstorm more ideas, or explore our top recommendations on our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Great Is Thy Faithfulness 12 November, 2019

great is thy faithfulness ijames larson shackleyrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Molly Ijames, Lloyd Larson & Larry Shackley, for Intermediate/Advanced Four-Hand Piano
Three prominent piano arrangers – Molly Ijames, Lloyd Larson, and Larry Shackley – joined forces to create a hymn celebration of God’s loving care and unbreakable promises. This collection of four-hand duets provides programming flexibility, offering a variety of moods and tempos to fit your church and concert needs.

Titles include: “Standing on the Promises,” “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Blessed Assurance,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Firm a Foundation,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Find more options for sacred piano on our website, or contact us for suggestions. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

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

“Primal” Strings: Orchestra Teaching Pieces 11 November, 2019

monster named stretch anthony granatarecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

The Monster Named Stretch by Anthony Granata, Grade 2.5
Written in the eerie key of F-sharp natural minor that attracts young students, this sound defines our scary monster called “Stretch.” Each section gets important melodic and countermelodic material. With two separate sections (slow and fast), a legato middle section, a jaunty pizzicato section, and a forceful coda, every section will be challenging. The work features simple rhythm patterns to make it more accessible and allow the student to focus on the three sharps.
TEACH • stretched left hand positions, tremolos, cello/bass shifting
ORCHESTRATION • everyone gets to dig into this monster!
PERFORMANCE • use it to teach extensions – and for Halloween!

rubicon doug spataRubicon by Doug Spata, Grade 3
Written to help students understand the concept of positions, this entire piece can be played by the violins, violas, and cellos in 3rd position with no shifting! Playing in positions is often a challenging hurdle for many young musicians yet an important prerequisite for advanced techniques. The rhythms are kept very simple so students can focus on playing in a new way. With a dark, mature sound and named after an ancient Roman border river, this piece allows plenty of room for expression. To “cross the Rubicon” is to pass a point of no return and enter into a new realm. This work is both a valuable teaching tool for a new musical adventure and a thrilling concert piece that students will be excited to show off in concert.
TEACH • Violin/Viola/Cello stay in 3rd Position, cut time, G minor
ORCHESTRATION • everyone has plenty to think about and do
PERFORMANCE • dark, mature sound for great concert fodder

primal strings gary faganPrimal Strings by Gary Fagan, Grade 3
The word primal is defined as “relating to an early stage in development” or “basic, fundamental, essential, elemental.” Imagine this tune challenging your players who fit that definition. Many young and developing musicians experience difficulty with mastering rhythmic accuracy with confidence. Yet, rhythm is essential to music performance. Student proficiency in reading rhythmic figures and being able to move comfortably from one meter to another should be a goal of the orchestra director. This work provides rhythmic challenges and uses multiple meter changes to create interesting, appealing, and unique rhythmic textures.
TEACH • changing meters, layering rhythms, “modern” harmony
ORCHESTRATION • lots of interesting movement in all parts
PERFORMANCE • reminiscent of a 60s action TV show theme

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About the Authors:
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!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Hey Santa! Holiday Pops for Choir 08 November, 2019

alfred-47744-frecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for new music for your Holiday pops program? Celebrate the season with our best recommendations for your TTBB, SSAA and SATB choirs!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Holiday Film Festival arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano & optional instrumentation
The ultimate holiday opener or closer! These three blockbusters are some of the most memorable movie songs of all time, so we’ve strung them together for you in this spectacular 3½-minute choral medley. Featuring iconic music from The Polar Express (“Spirit of the Season”), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (“Welcome Christmas”), and Home Alone 2 (“Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas”).

leon-533638A Holiday Road of Carols arr. Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” made famous as the theme for National Lampoon’s Vacation, serves as the chorus for this holiday medley. The fun and familiar beat carries verses of “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Hall” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” creating a one-of-a-kind medley for your next holiday program.

Sleigh Ride arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano & optional instrumentation
Leroy Anderson’s winter frolic has never sounded cooler! This sleigh ride swings in big band style, offering bright (and sometimes tight) harmony paired with jazzy rhythms for a truly refreshing version of the holiday classic. As always, Mark Hayes’ accompaniment shines with piano alone or the fully orchestrated SoundTrax and SoundPax.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Hey Santa arr. Paul Langford, SSA with piano & optional combo
Carnie and Wendy Wilson made this a holiday classic in the early ’90s and it is still just as popular! Perfect for SSA groups looking for strong 3-part writing, this fun pop-feel choral is great for show choirs as well as concert choirs looking for a lighter number for their singers.

alfred-47669-fJoy to the World! arr. Matt Podd, SSA with piano & optional bass & drumset
It’s a high-energy, gospel-infused take on one of the most treasured Christmas carols of all time. Riveting rhythmic syncopation, triadic choral harmonies that climb in inversion, and plenty of melodic blue notes all add up to…well, sheer joy! Your piano player really gets to show off on the fully notated riff-like accompaniment. Plus, you can download free bass and drumset parts for the full effect. Not to be missed!

Merry Christmas arr. Ryan O’Connell, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
From the MGM film “In the Good Old Summertime” comes this song sung by the great Judy Garland as a moving ballad. O’Connell has given this arrangement a casual swing, making it appealing to many ages and perfect for brightening any holiday program.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Believe (from The Polar Express) arr. Mark Hayes, TTBB with piano & optional orchestra
The spirit of the season comes alive in this unbelievably fantastic holiday hit from The Polar Express. Originally recorded by Josh Groban, the magical ballad has grown in popularity to become recognizable worldwide. Fully arranged by Mark Hayes for choirs of all sizes and ages, a much-anticipated TTBB voicing is now available!

alfred-47570-fPlease Come Home for Christmas arr. Jay Althouse, TTBB with piano & optional combo
In 1960, pianist and singer Charles Brown first recorded this Christmas classic. Since then, the Eagles, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, and Jon Bon Jovi are among the many artists who have covered the blues-infused tune about missing “the one you love” during the holidays. Opens with an optional solo followed by irresistible classic ’60s harmonies.

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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!

Organ & Piano Duets for the Christmas Season 07 November, 2019

70_1688Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

From Advent to Epiphany arr. Lani Smith, for Piano/Organ Duet
Arranger Lani Smith is a favorite of organists and pianists everywhere because of the boundless creativity he brings to the world of keyboard duets. This new collection of organ and piano duets contains eight instant favorites that will cover all your duet needs for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Sometimes reflective, sometimes exuberant, occasionally classical, and frequently with a harmonic touch of jazz, From Advent to Epiphany will bring joy to you and your congregation. Titles include: “O Come, Emmanuel,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Lo, How a Rose,” “O Jesu Sweet, O Jesu Mild,” “A Joyous Christmas Medley,” “Good Christians All, Rejoice,” “What Star Is This?,” and “We Three Kings.”

For information about more piano/organ duets, 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 Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

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

Pictures of the Holidays 06 November, 2019

as all the angels sing rob romeynrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

As All the Angels Sing by Rob Romeyn, Grade 2.5
Based on the traditional carol “Angels From The Realms of Glory,” “As All The Angels Sing” is the perfect opening or closing statement for your holiday concert! The sparkling introductory theme is creatively enhanced by snippets of other festive, well known carols, leading to a heartfelt setting of “Still, Still, Still” that is simply beautiful. The music then ends as it began, festive and strong. Varied instrumental colors and contrasting styles are musically rewarding, and will make this selection a favorite of bands from younger levels all the way up to adult community groups. Let the holiday season begin!

christmas carol trilogy russell robinson michael j. millerChristmas Carol Trilogy arr. Russell Robinson & Michael J. Miller, Grade 2.5
Christmas Carol Trilogy includes the three beloved favorites, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Greensleeves”, and “Joy to the World”. This band arrangement can be played alongside Robinson’s vocal arrangements of the same name — but is also wonderful as a stand-alone piece. Perfect for your seasonal concert needs, all who listen will be embraced by the warmth and joy of the holiday season.

we wish you a klezmer christmas lauren bernofskyWe Wish You a Klezmer Christmas arr. Lauren Bernofsky, Grade 2.5
Christmas and Chanukah faiths collide in this hilarious yet musically satisfying work! Four popular Christmas melodies are set in four distinct and characteristic klezmer styles (with entertaining musical commentary along the way). Of course, the Dreidel Song makes a cameo appearance at the end. Tons of fun and wildly entertaining!

Carols! Pictures of the Holidays arr. David Shaffer, Grade 3
How can you make Christmas carols exciting and fun? Add lots of percussion, of course! “Carols” is a medley of “God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “He is Born, the Holy Child,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Driving percussion, exciting harmonies and African drumming styles are combined to bring this arrangement together in a setting that will delight your audiences. Lots of fun for your students to prepare as well!

celtic holy night robert w. smithCeltic Holy Night arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
The holy night of Christmas is celebrated in many cultures throughout the world. Robert W. Smith gives us a new arrangement of the classic carol “O Holy Night” in a Celtic style. Following a beautiful introductory statement, the Irish musical roots come to the fore through percussion and flutes as they create an Irish jig. The clarinets present the melody in the beautiful chalumeau register juxtaposed against the jig. The arrangement builds throughout leading to a very exciting conclusion that is decidedly an Irish celebration. Very highly recommended!

Santa’s Workshop Samba arr. Bryce Newton, Grade 3
Based around the popular holiday melody “Toyland”, Bryce Newton’s entertaining take on the elves at work is sure to be a hit! An exceptional change of pace from traditional holiday fare, your students will have a blast putting this one together for their holiday assemblies or concerts. Keep an ear out for several familiar holiday melodies the mischievous elves have woven throughout. Lots of fun!

Find more for Christmas and winter holidays on our website, or contact us to brainstorm more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Christ Reigns: Organ Improvisations 05 November, 2019

christ reigns aaron showsrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Christ Reigns by Aaron Shows
A collection of eight brilliant organ improvisations on hymns for Christ the King, Transfiguration, and other triumphant occasions. With a variety of textures and styles, these settings make use of all of the organ’s capabilities, from lush and quiet to dazzling. Titles include: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!,” “At the Name of Jesus,” “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” “Let the Whole Creation Cry,” “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” “Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor,” and “When Jesus Came to Jordan.”

Find more organ music for worship on our website, or contact us for recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

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

In the Stillness of Winter 04 November, 2019

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

Programming for December concerts can be challenging, depending on your school community – can you program “Christmas” music (baby Jesus, manger, Bethlehem, etc.)? Can you program “holiday” music (Frosty, Rudolph, Jingle Bells)? Or are you limited to general concert literature, with maybe a “winter” theme (i.e. snowflakes, etc)? Maybe you’re avoiding the “holiday” issue altogether and scheduling your concert in January or February!

No matter what your programming situation, don’t look at it as a limitation! Lots of great choral literature is available for wintertime performances – here are a few new options for this season:

in the stillness of winter victor c. johnsonFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
In the Stillness of Winter by Victor C. Johnson, SATB with piano
“And as the snow falls from above, we fill our hearts with joy and love and tidings of peace to one and all.” A picturesque choral for winter, rich with nostalgia and glowing vocals. A beautiful selection for Christmas or holidays as well as winter-themed concerts.

Midwinter Song by Susan LaBarr, SATB with piano
With lyrics by Daniel Elder and music by Susan LaBarr, Midwinter Song is a new Christmas carol that calls us to love, faith, and hope. With a beautiful and supportive piano accompaniment and accessible vocal lines, this work will appeal to a wide variety of levels.

To Shorten Winter’s Sadness by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt, SSATB a cappella
The Hal Leonard “Choral Treasury” series has become the benchmark for clean, functional, well edited scores. This madrigal by the early English composer Thomas Weelkes is all of that and more. And the text lends itself to a winter program as well as any time during the year.

winter reflections bruce tippetteWinter Reflections by Bruce W. Tippette, SATB with piano
This gentle original captures the mystical allure of a winter snowfall, reflecting on its crystalline beauty. It seamlessly moves between major and minor, with an option for a Soloist to be briefly featured toward the end of the piece. The cascading lines of the accompaniment add to the imagery expressed in the text of this gorgeous seasonal work.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Let Us Walk in the White Snow by Victor C. Johnson, SSA with piano
“Let us walk in the white snow in a soundless space; with footsteps quiet and slow, at a tranquil pace, under veils of white lace.” Elinor Wylie’s picturesque poetic snow-scape enjoys a lovely musical setting, artfully conceived with gentle melodic development, calming harmonies, and rich choral textures. The well-crafted writing will bring out the very best from your upper voices.

silent snowfall laura farnellFOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Silent Snowfall by Laura Farnell, T(T)B with piano
Farnell captures the exquisite beauty, wonder and starkness of the falling snow through both picture painting and melodic treatment in this wonderfully poignant and accessible piece for tenor-bass choirs. The optional notes throughout provide opportunities to “fill out” chords at the discretion of the director. A holiday programming must!

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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!

Christmas with VOCTAVE 01 November, 2019

childhood christmas favorites jamey ray voctaverecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Voctave is a sensational 11-member group from Central Florida that has taken the a cappella world by storm! Group members have their roots in the Walt Disney World entertainment business, so get your ears on and check out founder Jamey Ray’s newest holiday arrangements for your SATB a cappella group:

Childhood Christmas Favorites arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
The sensational a cappella group Voctave has taken the world by storm with their dazzling and dizzying arrangements. Alfred Music proudly presents another festive and fun Voctave hit with this fast-paced mini-medley of three iconic Christmas songs. This publication is more than faithful to the group’s original recording; it’s the actual manuscript, so you can recreate their exemplary choral sound with your own singers. Plus, it’s a great way to program entertaining and recognizable holiday favorites. Includes: “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Joy to the World (with For Unto Us a Child Is Born) arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
This is an up-tempo medley of two of G.F. Handel’s most famous pieces, “Joy to the World” and “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.” Excelcia Music Publishing is proud to present this stunning Jamey Ray arrangement that is exactly as it is on the Voctave album “Snow.” With some challenging soprano notes, this is a great opener for any holiday concert.

mary did you know jamey ray voctaveMary, Did You Know? arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
This SATB divisi piece with male solo was performed by Voctave on the album “The Spirit of the Season,” with special guest Mark Lowry, the composer of this beautiful Christmas song. This is an authentic Voctave arrangement by Jamey Ray with very wide ranges but will leave your audiences speechless.

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

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

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!