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When I Survey: Organ Collections for LENT 2023 31 January, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

When I Survey (Hymn Settings for Lent, Easter, and After) arr. Lynn Trapp
Lynn Trapp has written a volume of hymn settings inspired by the celebrations of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. With the approach of noble simplicity and the accessibility of the organist in mind, the composer intended to weave his own spirituality of the Paschal season with the fragments and phrases of these well-known sacred tunes with the hope of conveying the tie that binds these holy seasons of lament, charity, salvation, and Spirit. Titles include: “The Glory of These Forty Days,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “Ubi Caritas,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Christ Is Arisen,” “Christ Is Alive,” and “Veni, Creator Spiritus.”

The Road to Resurrection arr. Roberta Rowland-Raybold
Roberta Rowland-Raybold takes us on a journey through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in this collection of organ settings for the Paschal story. Thoughtful and expressive, these settings are useful organ voluntaries for this holy time of the liturgical year. Titles include: “Lift High the Cross,” “O Lord, throughout These Forty Days,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “Sing, My Tongue,” “Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” “Easter Vigil Contemplation,” and “Day of Arising.”

The Oxford Book of Lent and Easter Organ Music arr. Robert Gower
“The Oxford Book of Lent and Easter Organ Music” brings together a superb array of repertoire for use from Ash Wednesday through to Pentecost, providing a comprehensive volume for this extended liturgical period. The pieces – largely based on well-known hymn tunes – vary in style and length, suiting a range of purposes, from processionals and interludes to voluntaries and recital works. A range of technical difficulty makes the book useful for players of differing abilities, and clean and uncluttered scores leave interpretative decisions to the performer. An invaluable resource for a major part of the church year.

Hymns of the Cross arr. Janet Linker
Six meditations for Lent or Communion. Titles include: “Ah! Holy Jesus,” “Were You There?,” “Pastorale on In the Cross,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “In the Hour of Trial” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

Ah, Holy Jesus (Six Lenten Hymn Improvisations) arr. Michael Burkhardt,
Within a Lenten context there is tremendous variety in this collection of six hymn tunes. Michael Burkhardt’s inventive approach makes this volume the new addition you’ll want to make to your traditional Lenten offerings. Titles include: “Ah, Holy Jesus (Prelude and Chorale),” “Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless (Chorale and Variation),” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “Pange lingua (Meditation),” “Sing, My Tongue,” and “The Only Son from Heaven and Sing, My Tongue.”

Lent with Minimal Pedal arr. Edwin T. Childs
Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimum pedal, providing a collection of thirteen hymns for the season of Lent. Composed as a single stanza, these preludes are suitable as hymn introductions or service music. This collection will appeal to organists that have limited pedal abilities or seasoned organists that need something in a pinch. Titles include: “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed,” “All Glory Laud and Honor,” “Cross of Jesus Cross of Sorrow,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Hosanna Loud Hosanna,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Not All the Blood of Beasts,” “O Christ You Walked the Road,” “O Dearest Jesus What Law Hast Thou Broke,” “O Perfect Life of Love,” “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” “Ride On Ride On in Majesty,” “Savior When in Dust to Thee,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Choral Music for Festival and Adjudication 2023 30 January, 2023

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

FOR MIXED CHOIRS
Ave Maria Gratia Plena
by Josu Elberdin, SATB divisi a cappella
A tribute to Mother Mary and her work caring for and educating her son, the Savior of the World. Long, dense melodies with colorful and positive harmonies. The compulsory work for the 2022 Tolosa Choral Contest.

Pie Jesu by Mårten Jansson, SATB divisi a cappella
From Mårten Jansson’s “Requiem Novum”, this work for unaccompanied SATB voices offers a moment of peace and reflection. This is a study of excellence in part-writing with its beautiful melody rising above.

All Through the Night arr. William Averitt, SATB divisi a cappella
This selection is a gentle lullaby based on an old Welsh folk song. With limited divisi towards the end, it has beautifully lyrical writing and will be a warm and welcome addition to any concert.

Cantate Domino by Timothy Brown, SATB divisi a cappella
A short upbeat anthem, “Cantate Domino” sets words from Psalms 9, 95, and 97 and features contrasting styles, optional clapping, and an optional verse in French.

Go Down, Moses arr. Judy Arthur, SATB with piano
With much syncopation in the vocal parts and the tremendous rhythmic drive in the articulate piano lines, this re-voicing of the ever-popular African-American spiritual “Go down, Moses” will set your mixed choir up for success. Exhilarating to learn and perform, this arrangement is dynamic and impressive, sure to be a hit with students and audiences alike.

FOR TREBLE CHOIRS
Turning
arr. Joni Jensen, SSAA with piano and optional fiddle, flute & bodhrán
Series editor and composer Joni Jensen arranges this traditional Irish Folk song for women, violin, flute and bodhrán. The music is energetic and full of drive as the women sing of a better day ahead. This is a wonderful contrast to the standard women’s choir literature.

Agnus Dei (from Requiem K. 626) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Russell Robinson, SSA with piano
This wonderful movement from Mozart’s “Requiem K.626” is now available for young and developing voices in this carefully crafted setting by Russell Robinson. Robinson has skillfully arranged the vocal parts, keeping the main vocal lines intact and simplified the piano accompaniment, making this setting extremely accessible. This is a welcome addition to educational repertoire and is highly recommended!

There Is Sweet Music Here by Matthew Armstrong & Shelly Armstrong, SSAA with piano
The first in a set of three Tennyson poems, this is set in a beautifully lyrical and reflective way.

Jubilate Deo! Alleluia! by Michael Praetorius/arr. Cristi Cary Miller, 3-part treble with piano
Using Michael Praetorius’ well-known canon “Jubilate Deo,” this new accompanied arrangement will be easy for singers to learn yet sound sophisticated and exciting. With an added B section melody, the simple Latin text will allow singers the opportunity to practice unified vowel shapes creating a mature developing sound. This piece would make a glorious opening for any concert or festival!

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIRS
There Will Be Rest
by Frank Ticheli, TTBB a cappella
Sara Teasdale’s lyric poem looks to the stars for serenity and promise, and this handsome setting is superbly crafted by noted composer Frank Ticheli. Tasteful harmonic suspensions and rich choral textures bring this work to life with a delicate beauty that perfectly expresses the spirit of the poem. A superior choice for concert appearances with more capable choirs.

Dir, Seele des Weltalls by W.A. Mozart/arr. J.D. Frizzell, TTB with piano and optional clarinet & cello
Mozart’s lyric and energetic writing prevails in this handsome selection. Originally, the male chorus was accompanied by orchestra, but this edition uses piano and clarinet. It works wonderfully. Coming from the the Freemasonry movement and the enlightenment sentiments of the time, the piece salutes the soul and the earth. An excellent concert opener for a spring concert.

Exultate Justi by Dan Davison, TBB with piano
Utilizing a classical style of composition, this new piece just might transport you back to the time of Mozart! Full of educational opportunities, the musical style and interpretation is authentic sounding, and the Latin text, generous doubling, and well-supported choral parts make this a terrific concert or festival choice for young choirs.

All That Her Heart Desires by Laura Farnell, T(T)B with piano
Farnell’s lovely piece employs the text from a Henry van Dyke poem which describes a selfless love that seeks to give all that her heart desires and speaks to a beautiful, selfless love. Sure to pull at the heart strings of both singer and audience, with lyric melodies, beautiful harmonies and a well-crafted form, opportunities for learning musical skills abound in this song with options to perform TB or TBB.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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 Last Rose of Summer: NEW Fiddle & Folk Tunes for Orchestra 27 January, 2023

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recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

The Last Rose of Summer arr. Jim Palmer, Grade 2
“The Last Rose of Summer” is a traditional Irish tune arranged by Jim Palmer. The beautiful melody, rich harmonies, and interesting accompaniment will help your young orchestra sound mature. The long phrases are highlighted with beautiful slurs and a variety of dynamics. Pizzicato, slurs and ties create the interesting accompaniments. Well-developed phrases and unexpected chords provide opportunities for artistic expression. A perfect choice to teach a broad range of musical ideas.

Sea Shanty Saga arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 3.5
Who would have thought that sea shanties would have caused a huge social media craze? These three classic yet timely shanties are scored for string orchestra. These are also perfectly suitable for festival performance in addition to the countless other applications of this fun and energetic music!

Appalachian Daybreak by Ben Snoek, Grade 3.5
Written through inspiration from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, this wonderfully folk-like work is perfect for working phrasing and expression with your string orchestra.

Kahuli Aku arr. Amanda Suckow, Grade 1
This arrangement of the Hawaiian folk song “Kahuli Aku” will evoke the imagery and vibrancy of the “singing snails” (kahuli) depicted in the song lyric. Young musicians and their audience will sense a deep connection and respect for the earth and its creatures. Performing “Kahuli Aku” using the woodblock, wind chimes, staccato, tenuto, and engaging dynamics, students will imitate the Hawaiian kahuli in their music as they hope to be brought a drink of water by the kolea (plover bird) from the ‘akolea fern.

Mustang Triumph by Sarah Siegler, Grade 3
“Mustang Triumph” portrays a herd of wild mustangs galloping through the plains. Great for showing off the full tutti sound of your orchestra!

Kentucky Mountain Hoedown arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1+
A lively folk dance written for young orchestra musicians. The main theme is based on the eastern Kentucky folk tune “Old Joe Clark,” a song about a 19th-century Kentucky mountaineer. The piece should be played with energy in a lively dance style throughout. An optional woodblock part is included to evoke the sound of clog dancing.

The Iron Road by Eric B. Davis/arr. J. Cameron Law, Grade 1
This original work has a medieval sound. It gets its name from the West Highland Railway in Scotland that goes from the city of Glasgow north to the beautiful and scenic Highlands. The main theme, played in upper and lower strings, and the descant in the first violin part are intended to evoke the experience of journeying the Iron Road to the lush and pastoral Highlands.

Through Moanin’ Pines by Harry T. Burleigh/arr. Dion Morales, Grade 2
This hauntingly beautiful lyrical transcription of a piano composition features syncopated rhythms along with pizzicato, legato, and gentle dynamics. Low first fingering patterns, basses play in half position. A great showcase for your orchestra’s tone and musicality.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

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.

FIVE STAR FEATURES for Band from Alfred Music 26 January, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Kyiv, 2022 (A Sequel to Moscow, 1941) by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5
Written as a powerful sequel to “Moscow, 1941,” this work changes the narrative, where the theme from “Moscow” now becomes the aggressor, and the heroic people of Ukraine are represented by the Ukrainian National Anthem and the powerful song “Prayer for Ukraine.” Certain to spark discussions about humanity, history, and culture, this piece can easily be performed alongside “Moscow, 1941” or in place of it.

My Victory Won by Todd Stalter, Grade 3.5
“My Victory Won” by Todd Stalter explores melodic and metaphorical aspects of the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” Taking inspiration from the little-known third verse of the hymn, the bold, percussive introduction soon gives way to a contemplative section featuring unique and interesting timbres, and a passage for solo flute. The work ends in a triumphant, unabashed burst of energy and affirmation.

Operation Invictus by Amy Webb, Grade 1
“Operation Invictus” is a rising band work that checks all the boxes: exciting parts for all players, commanding rhythms, and challenging, yet surmountable melodies that will leave your band feeling great about themselves and their performance. Each instrument gets to play snappy little licks that are so engaging they’ll want to practice. Even the low brass gets some fanfare-like material that will sound powerful. The very word invictus is Latin for “undefeated.” A tremendous piece at the easy level that can be played either at the beginning or end of your next concert or festival.

Resurgence of Sound by Ryan Meeboer, Grade 1.5
“Resurgence of Sound” was composed to celebrate the perseverance of instrumental music education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This piece provides ample opportunity to work on several musical elements, such as articulations, syncopated patterns, balance, tone, dynamic and rhythmic shifts, all while performing fun, uplifting and dramatic melodic material. Every instrument is given the opportunity to perform the melody at some point, making it exciting for all musicians to play. The piece was composed for a band at the Grade 1.5 level to perform, but includes advanced parts for the flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, horn and trombone/baritone. These parts add range, technique and control that is at the Grade 3 level. This offers the opportunity for more advanced players to play these parts with more flourishes while the majority of the band can play at a Grade 1.5 level.

Spring March by Jonathan Dagenais, Grade 2
“Spring March” by Jonathan Dagenais was written for the Saint-Edmond High School music program in Quebec, Canada. “Spring March” is a short, lively, and exciting concert march for beginner bands. With several thematic and humorous elements, this piece is a fun way to work on lightness of style, functional balance, tempo stability, and is perfect for teaching cut time and the traditional march form and structure. There are clear stylistic contrasts between all the different sections of the piece and the beautiful lyrical trio section offers a great opportunity to work on phrasing and support. With efficient and exciting percussion parts, the piece also offers interesting lines and melodies for every instrument.

Union Hymn Variants by Robert Sheldon, Grade 3.5
This stunning setting by Robert Sheldon of the hymn “God of Our Fathers” is presented as a chorale prelude beginning with a mournful and powerful opening and moving through several major and minor keys before its first full presentation in a traditional and quiet rendition. A development section follows, bringing the piece to its final iteration featuring fanfares and flourishes and reaching a stirring conclusion.

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Jesus Paid It All: Anthems for Lent & Palm Sunday 2023 25 January, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Jesus Paid It All by Marianne Forman, SA(T)B with piano
Marianne Forman’s skill at writing elegant music for smaller choirs shines brightly in this new tune for the traditional hymn text. SA(T)B voicing makes this anthem effective yet accessible for choirs of any size.

Calvary’s Tree by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This beautifully conceived and heartfelt anthem is perfect for Good Friday or anytime during Lent. The soft, sad cadence and 6/4 meter hauntingly depict Christ’s painful and long walk to the cross. The refrain of “Blessed Redeemer” soars between verses before the piece calms to a hushed and reverent conclusion.

I Am He! by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
In this soaring ballad from Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall, the words of Jesus come to life as a worshipful, reverent anthem. Full of scriptural references, the message of who Jesus is is powerfully stated. This anthem is suitable for worship services throughout the year or surrounding Easter and Holy Week services.

Crucified! Jesus Dies for You and Me by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
This selection is perfect for Holy Week and Good Friday services. Your congregation will be held in rapt attention as the scale-based melody of Lloyd Larson’s somber verse gives way to a hopeful chorus proclaiming that Jesus dies for you and me. The part-writing is not difficult, and the choir is carried along by a constantly inventive and beautiful piano accompaniment. This is sure to become a standard in your library for years to come.

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This anthem, extracted from Lloyd’s best-selling cantata “A Festival of Hymns,” is not to be missed. Opening simply, with a quiet solo, the music gradually builds until the final measures practically explode in a grand gesture of praise and commitment. Lloyd’s signature part-writing, his rich choral textures, and an artistically conceived piano accompaniment make this an anthem you will return to again and again.

The Old Rugged Cross arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
Here is a lush and beautiful setting of George Bennard’s beloved Lenten hymn. In a refreshing twist, the setting begins in a stately 4/4, eventually moving into the traditional 3/4 where it builds to a glorious finish.

Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said arr. Howard, Helvey, SA(T)B with piano
This rugged early American tune provides an assertive choral repertoire option during the Lenten season: “Take up your cross, the Savior said, if you would my disciple be; take up your cross with willing heart, and humbly follow after me.”

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna arr. Sheldon Ridge Love, SATB with organ and optional children’s choir, congregation, brass quartet & timpani
A new festival setting of the traditional hymn, sure to add energy and joy to your Palm Sunday celebration. For SATB choir and organ with optional brass quartet and percussion, as well as optional children’s choir and congregation.

Lift High the Palms! by Joseph Martin, 2-part mixed (optional SAB) with piano
Opening with a driving energy, this choral wonderfully captures the celebratory occasion of Palm Sunday. The optional hushed a cappella section provides a wonderful contrast, and after a return to the opening theme, the anthem concludes with a satisfying flourish.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

EXCELCIA MUSIC Five Star Features for Band 23 January, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

All the Pretty Little Horses arr. Jason K. Nitsch, Grade 3
One of most hauntingly beautiful folk songs is given a fresh new modern treatment by composer Jason K. Nitsch. Jason keeps the mysterious integrity of the song, while adding colorful timbres and textures in winds and percussion, along with creative harmonic choice. This is simply beautiful!

Cuyahoga River March by John M. Pasternak, Grade 3
“Cuyahoga River March” is a delightfully tuneful new march from composer John M. Pasternak. It is written in standard American march form and classic in style. Musicians and audiences will leave humming every time!

Dark Star by Christina Huss, Grade 1
This piece is strong right from the start, and features your budding low brass and woodwind players. They receive the bulk of the aggressive minor thematic material. Christina Huss is a composer to watch for young band music students will love to play!

Soaring Valor by David Samuel, Grade 1.5
You and your students will get the feeling of flying in this lush and delightful new piece from composer David Samuel. It will make your band sound its best.

Vanquish by Bruce W. Tippette, Grade 3
Vanquish is a cinematic piece that takes the listener on a musical journey. The piece begins dark and foreboding with well-placed harmonic tension that leads to an up-tempo driving section of the main material before a development and interplay between the two sections of the work.

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Keep the Beat: Stage & Screen for Choir 20 January, 2023

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

Keep the Beat (from Vivo) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
Here’s an optimistic Lin-Manuel Miranda original jam-packed with his energetic signature style. Syncopated rhythms and rap-like riffs come to life with a singable melody, bright choral harmonies, and a lively counterline descant. Don’t miss the flexible body percussion interludes that bring the beat-keeping theme to life. Featured in the animated movie musical “Vivo,” this is an uplifting pep talk about the power of perseverance, perfect for our time. What should we do when things don’t go as planned? “Play on and keep the beat!”

The Call (from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) arr. Dianne Gryba, SATB with piano
This hit from the Narnia movie by Regina Spektor, young people resonate with this music and the message. This arrangement emerges from the subconscious, builds to a climax, and then recedes back into a quiet place of assurance.

Colombia, Mi Encanto (from Encanto) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
A love letter to all things Colombian: celebrations, dancing, beauty in nature and, of course, food! Featured in the trailer for Disney’s “Encanto,” this vibrantly joyous number also plays during a magical party in the film when a new miracle is bestowed upon the Madrigal family. Enchanting!

Louder Than Words (from tick, tick…BOOM!) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
The powerful and inspirational Broadway musical “tick, tick…BOOM!” was given new life and became a sensation for the second time as it was presented on Netflix. The movie was reviewed as “a treasure” and this arrangement captures the magic of the story about the creative process.

I Put a Spell on You (from Hocus Pocus) arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano and optional combo
This bewitching bit of ’90s nostalgia will charm your audience in October or on any pops program. Originally written by “Screamin'” Jay Hawkins in 1956, this song is included on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. And who can forget Bette Midler’s show-stopping rendition in the cult classic film “Hocus Pocus”? Conjure up some costumes and choreography to brew a spellbinding performance.

Part of Your World (from The Little Mermaid) arr. Mark Brymer, SSA with piano and optional rhythm
The adaptations of 1989’s Disney Renaissance classic “The Little Mermaid” continue, with Halle Bailey set to wear the latest flippers in a 2023 live-action remake of the beloved original. Alan Menken’s brilliant song for Ariel is fluidly arranged for a return trip to choral programs!

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional rhythm (or a cappella)
“The Greatest Showman” has no shortage of hit songs with staying power. This brand-new a cappella setting of “A Million Dreams” captures the youthful longing and starry-eyed optimism of the text through well-balanced harmonies and turns-of-phrase.

Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
Considered the late Stephen Sondheim’s signature song, we present this new rendition of “Send in the Clowns” – a fitting tribute in the form of a thoughtful, heartfelt a cappella arrangement by Kirby Shaw.

People (from Funny Girl) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano
“Funny Girl” is back on Broadway in 2022! It is exciting to know that this iconic music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill will be heard by a new generation. Perhaps the most well known song from the show is “People” and this new arrangement is a thrill, capturing the emotion of this great song as well as the style.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen/arr. Roger Emerson, SSA with piano
Now available for SSA! “I’ve heard there was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord…” This well-crafted arrangement emphasizes the plaintive, haunting melody written by Leonard Cohen almost 30 years ago, used for the soundtrack of the hit movie “Shrek.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Moto Perpetuo: Fast and Fun Titles for Orchestra 18 January, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Moto Perpetuo by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2.5
This work for strings has a lot to say and even more opportunities to teach. Delicate bowing considerations will help strengthen legato bowing on the offbeats as well as reinforce staccato and pizzicato. Each section has meaningful material. A useful teaching piece that will sound great in performance too!

Firestorm by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 3
This fiery piece for string orchestra depicts the ferocity of an out-of-control blaze. Constantly alternating between 4/4 and 3/4, the melody is passed throughout the orchestra like a fire jumping across an asphalt road. An unrestrained staccato ostinato continues relentlessly under the wildly fluctuating melody, building toward an explosive finale.

Exhilaration by Cooper Ford, Grade 1
Many special experiences are joyful or thrilling, such as flying for the first time, a big sports moment, or the excitement of a first concert. Whatever it might be, Cooper Ford’s “Exhilaration” is a musical expression of the emotions that come from these memorable moments. Young musicians should find this both easily accessible and fun to play, as melodies are passed around to different sections while reinforcing foundational rhythms, notes within a D major scale, and playing with a big sound. Written with the young orchestra in mind, 2nd violin and viola parts are doubled, as well as cello and string bass.

Midnight Storm by Erica Donahoe, Grade 2.5
Written in G minor and using primarily the pentatonic scale, students will love the dark and brooding sound of this piece. Cello and Bass players are featured throughout with exciting bass lines that define the piece. The entire orchestra will have lots of opportunity to work on articulations and string crossings, in addition to the more complex finger patterns required by G minor.

Thundersnow by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 2.5
Imagine being in the midst of a blizzard. Snow swirling and blowing everywhere! Then suddenly, out of nowhere… BOOM! It’s “Thundersnow!” This new work for string orchestra is sure to excite and impress both students and audiences alike!

Cathode Rays by Matthew Gelfer, Grade 2
This original work explores the dark and rich timbre of the string orchestra. Heavily syncopated rhythms and sharp dynamic contrasts drive the intensity of this work, making it a clear choice for engaging young musicians. “Cathode Rays” is a great teaching piece for three and four-note slurs as well as fingering patterns in the key of A minor.

Beathoven by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 4
This hip-hop orchestration incorporates technology and should be played with the audio track (mp3 download) and a speaker. “Beathoven” cleverly combines hip-hop and classical styles. The result is a head bopping, rhythm rocking ensemble piece that ebbs and flows between the 18th century and the 21st century. Teachers can focus on syncopated rhythms, the pentatonic scale, playing with a staccato bow stroke, and making a contrast in dynamics.

The Lost City by Seth Gamba, Grade 2
“The Lost City” will inspire your students to create a musical story about ancient and forgotten civilizations. “The Lost City” is proud and grand, with sweeping landscapes and a strong sense of an older time. The musical tale will engage imaginations as the students perform. “The Lost City” explores E natural minor without accidentals. Two-part writing allows all instruments to play melody and harmony. Some independent movement creates depth and passing tones. The music’s character results from accents, slurs, hooked bows, and E minor tonality, which will bring “The Lost City” to life for your string orchestra.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

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.

Over the Sea to Skye: World Music for Choir 16 January, 2023

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

FOLKSONGS FROM EUROPE
Over the Sea to Skye arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano or classical guitar
This beautiful Scottish Folk Song is here beautiful set with an optional classical guitar accompaniment – the piano accompaniment is modeled after a classical guitar. A QR code is provided with the music which takes you and your students to added content that includes SEL teaching resources and video from the arranger to help you identify intersections between the music and text.

Waters Ripple and Flow arr. Ruth Elaine Schram, SSA with piano
This beloved Czech folk song has been skillfully and artistically set by master composer and arranger Ruth Elaine Schram. With carefully crafted vocal parts and an accompaniment that embodies a river’s gentle flow, this is a perfect selection to showcase your treble choir. A Learning Resource Page is included.

Scarborough Fair arr. C.E. Walz & Larry Shackley, SATB or SAB with piano
Flexibly voiced for SATB or SAB, this setting of the traditional English melody is an expressive and accessible arrangement. With rich voicing in comfortable ranges, this arrangement lends itself to focus on choral balance and blend to achieve lovely choral warmth to express the song’s minor tonality.

Skye Boat Song arr. Bryan Sharpe, SATB a cappella and optional hand drum & tambourine
This beautiful Scottish melody in an energetic a cappella setting incorporates percussion to enhance to lilting style of the tune. With a lyrical soprano solo for the opening, the arrangement drives forward with percussive textures and layers in the choral parts. With comfortable ranges and careful attention to voice leading and chord voicings, this is an a cappella setting that will set up your SATB choir for success.

Who Can Sail Without the Wind? arr. Sara Glick & Judith Herrington, TB with piano and optional C instrument or clarinet
The “Songs of the World” Series is hugely popular, and this trilogy introduces another wonderful set. This song is the first of three, and begins with a gentle quality that calls to the heart. As always, the choral parts are beautifully constructed, and the overall effect compelling.

Charlie Is My Darling arr. Cristi Cary Miller, 3-part treble with piano and optional fiddle
This Scottish folk song is skillfully arranged and perfect for treble choirs. An optional fiddle is included and brings style to this wonderful new arrangement.

Bella Ciao arr. Christi Jones, SA with piano (optional a cappella)
This arrangement of a traditional Italian folk song is a fun way to work on pure vowel formation and unity of tone. Whether sung with piano accompaniment or a cappella, this lighthearted, energetic selection is an approachable work for treble choirs.

FOLKSONGS FROM AFRICA
Shumayela arr. Charlotte Botha, SSAA a cappella
“Shumayela” is an isiZulu hymn from South Africa, arranged here for treble voices. Syncopated melody lines, rhythmic vitality, and percussive sounds of the text create a fun and exciting celebration through music. Improvisation and creativity on top of the written music is encouraged!

Famba Naye arr. Victor C. Johnson, 3-part mixed with piano and optional percussion
This exuberant arrangement of a popular Zimbabwean folk song is a multicultural programming winner! Easy-to-sing melodic and harmonic patterns, a rhythmic piano accompaniment, and accessible parts for shaker, hand drum, and djembe all combine to provide an exciting performance opportunity for developing choirs. A pronunciation guide and translation guide are included.

Baraka Na Wewe by Victor C. Johnson, TB a cappella with djembe
This joyous and rhythmic a cappella celebration of hope, joy and peace is perfect for developing mixed or treble choirs. Your students will appreciate the high performance value, and you’ll love the easy harmonic layering patterns and independent vocal lines that make learning a snap. Add the lively djembe part for an authentic East African flavor. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

FOLKSONGS FROM ASIA
Moonlight on the Castle Ruins (Kojo No Tsuki) by Rentaro Taki/arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano and optional glockenspiel & flute
Hauntingly beautiful setting of the Japanese tune “Kojo No Tsuki” provides a marvelous multicultural and creative programming gem for developing choirs. Parts (included) for flute and glockenspiel add wonderful color and texture, creating an authentic cultural experience. This setting also features an optional English text written by the arrangers as well as a pronunciation guide for the Japanese lyrics.

Arirang arr. Hyo-Won Woo, SSAA with piano and Korean percussion
Serving as an unofficial anthem, this beloved Korean folk song is creatively set by one of Korea’s top female composers. This arrangement begins with beautiful, flowing unison vocal lines and simple harmonies, then opens up into an exciting syncopated rhythmic section with Korean percussion, divisi, and descant. A truly wonderful presentation of this anthem that captures both the lyrical and the celebratory aspects of this well-known piece!

TaReKiTa by Reena Esmail, TTBB a cappella
“TaReKiTa” is a refreshing concert piece that effortlessly fuses the Hindustani (North Indian) and Western classical music styles. The composer’s scats are combined with a fast triple metre, vocal slides, and captivating melodies built on the Jog raga.

Hisakata (The Gentle Light of Spring) by Victor C. Johnson, SAB with piano and optional flute, wind chimes & triangle
This superb setting of a traditional Japanese text captures the ancient mystery of Japan through haunting melodies and simple harmonies. Parts (included) for flute, wind chimes and triangle add wonderful color and texture, creating an authentic cultural experience. A pronunciation guide is included for the four Japanese words; the middle section is in English: “Spring has come, and once again the sun shines in the sky…”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

A Festival of Hymns 13 January, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

A Festival of Hymns (A Worship Celebration for Choir and Congregation) arr. Lloyd Larson
As the world slowly moves away from the height of the pandemic, Lloyd Larson believes that now, more than ever, is an appropriate time to come together as believers and celebrate our shared heritage of hymnody. Brimming with the time-honored hymns of our faith, Lloyd’s legendary creativity is on full display as he breathes new life into these timeless melodies.

“A Festival of Hymns” can be presented as either a seasonal or non-seasonal work, and a number of performance options are available, including an SAB choral version and an optional full orchestration from Ed Hogan. In addition to the sanctuary choir loft, we’re sure this moving ten-song work will also find a place in the folders of community choirs everywhere. Don’t miss this new celebration of worship from one our most gifted and respected writers!

Titles include: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine (with To God Be the Glory)” “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart,” and “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound.”

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

Circle of Song 11 January, 2023

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

Circle of Song by Valeaira Luppens & Greg Foreman
Move the desks out of the way and invite your young musicians to circle up for some fun-filled active-learning music time! This practical book is a kinesthetic learner’s playground, including plenty of singing, moving, listening, playing, laughing, and learning! Favorite childhood songs are the foundation throughout, and each activity includes learning targets, musical concepts, required resources, and step-by-step instructions. Most activities need only floor space and minimal resources, making this great for the classroom or for those teaching on a cart!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 10 January, 2023

Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 14th 2023, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 14th, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $25.00 (there is no pre-registration for this session; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our Choral Department for more details

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Spring, Lent, Easter, and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s experienced Sacred Choral Music Specialists.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Jennifer Fry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a Choral Music Specialist for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you on January 14th for a wonderful morning of singing!

Choral Conducting Technique by Tijs Krammer 09 January, 2023

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

Choral Conducting Technique by Tijs Krammer
Explore the art of gesture and how it shapes the music you get from your singers. Is it always necessary to beat the time? What should I do with my other hand? Are there strategies for connecting with larger groups? How can I develop my own conducting style? This clearly presented text answers these questions and many more with both theory and practice. Special features include carefully designed diagrams that illustrate beat patterns in a variety of meters, plus downloadable exercises for further study. A complete method for beginners, and a refresher course for experienced directors.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

You’re Everything: Especially for Singing Valentines 06 January, 2023

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

Everything arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
Here’s a cute, quick (two-minute) rendition of the Michael Bublé hit. Heartfelt lyrics recognize that despite living in crazy times, a special person in your life makes it worthwhile. No solo or vocal percussion required – this contemporary a cappella arrangement covers the tune with the choir and incorporates aspirated “chk’s” as built-in rhythm. Additionally, “doom’s” in the lowest voice part layout a supportive bass line, and a catchy “La la” refrain stays in the ear long after the final cutoff. Equally effective with large groups or small ensembles.

Kiss Me arr. Jack Zaino, SATB with piano
Sixpence None the Richer’s most famous hit is an enduring slice of swoony guitar pop. “Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance, silver moon sparkling.” Teen singers will love the sweet romantic imagery, while their teachers appreciate the innocence of refreshing lyrics. This well-crafted arrangement lends the most-memorable instrumental motive to the voices, and shares the satisfying 90s pop harmonies with the entire choir. An airy medium-tempo ballad with plenty of heart.

For All We Know arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
Real deal a cappella jazz writing with great attention paid to phrasing, dynamics, expressive rhythms that sound unmetered, and bringing the emotional words to life. Be prepared to put in the time and feel the satisfaction of singing a lush and lovely ballad. The song has been recorded by a host of artists including Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, and Bette Midler, but Kirby’s arrangement is inspired by soul artist Donny Hathaway’s heart-wrenching performance.

i want it that way nathan howe

I Want It That Way arr. Nathan Howe, TTB a cappella with optional classroom percussion
In 2012, Jimmy Fallon started a recurring segment on “The Tonight Show” in which The Roots use classroom instruments to play pop songs with celebrity guests. These skilled musicians pull off engaging performances using instruments many people don’t take seriously beyond the elementary music room! Nathan Howe has continued his musical genius in a cappella writing with this pop tune sung a cappella with classroom percussion. It’s amazing and fun and suitable for all ages with the variety of voicings available. The choral also includes notes on different ways to teach, learn and perform the piece and all the percussion parts are included as a free download.

Almost Like Being in Love arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
Filled with jazz stylings from swing to scat, this arrangement of “Almost Like Being in Love” is perfect for developing choirs. Choirs will love the bright, upbeat setting with its smooth conversational style and colorful piano accompaniment!

Buddy Holly arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano
From Weezer’s 1994 debut album, this instantly recognizable power pop song is a cultural phenomenon, appearing in numerous TV shows and movies since it’s release. A great showcase for your low voices!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Heroes Among Us: Uplifting Titles for Orchestra 04 January, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Heroes Among Us by Gary Fagan, Grade 3
“Heroes Among Us” by Gary Fagan is an original overture-style work for string orchestra that was inspired by the many people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure many school children who could not go to school received at least two hot meals each day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. School bus drivers and cafeteria workers put in long hours to prepare meals and deliver them to students who otherwise may have gone hungry during the week. While teachers, nurses, doctors, etc. received accolades during the months when schools were out of session, many adults stepped in to take care of other necessities to ensure the well-being of the students they served.

Sea of Stars by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 2.5
The “Sea of Stars” on the island of Vaadhoo in the Maldives is famous for its unique feature of bioluminenscence. As the waves break against the shore, the water turns a sparkling blue, appearing as stars reflected in the water. The opening of this piece imitates the shimmering water as a nostalgic motif is presented by a solo cello over delicate harmonics and tremolo. The piece swells, ebbs, and flows with a beautiful theme that ends as quietly and magically as it started.

Humble Heart by Larry Clark, Grade 2
Anyone who has met Larry knows how humble he is, and while he would never admit it, this piece perfectly reflects the care and consideration he takes with the musical education of young musicians. A wonderfully beautiful work for String Orchestra.

Welcome the Light by Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 3.5
Composer Monday takes listeners on a journey from darkness into light. Facing a struggle that affects us all, the piece starts in place of loneliness and gradually lifts us out of the darkest depths and into shadows, and finally into glorious light. A beautiful and emotional piece that is sure to uplift any audience.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

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.