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RWS Music Five Star Features 28 February, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Adventure Awaits by Evan VanDoren, Grade 2
“Adventure Awaits” captures the excitement felt at the start of something new. Appropriately challenging for a developing band, this brief concert opener provides opportunities to explore lyrical melodies, colorful harmonies, independent entrances, and more! Start your next concert with this energizing selection.

High Vibration by Christopher Kyle Green, Grade 4.5
A highly energetic concert opener, “High Vibration” is a bright and fast fanfare that will leave your audience in awe. This brilliantly scored fanfare will showcase the intensity of the brass section, the sweeping flourishes of the woodwind section, and the metallic nature of keyboard and auxiliary percussion. “High Vibration” emphasizes consistent transitioning from compound meter to simple meter exposing the ensemble to multiple time signatures and metric modulation.

Soaring Over High and Low Country by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3.5
Woodwind flourishes, soaring melodic lines and powerful brass characterize this new symphonic statement by composer Robert W. Smith. Inspired by the Carolinas, one of America’s most beautiful and historic regions, the composer takes us on a musically panoramic journey across the skies. From the mountains in the west (high country) to the Atlantic coast in the east (low country), the mid-Atlantic region epitomizes geographic and cultural beauty that is uniquely American and decidedly Carolinian.

Over the Hills by Alexandre Carlin, Grade 0.5
“Over The Hills” is the perfect introductory march for beginners. Utilizing limited ranges and rhythmic content, this piece depicts a pleasant walk of a group of children in the countryside. The march character reflects the spirit and hopeful nature of childhood exploration, much like the young players on stage joyfully playing this piece at their first concert.

The Dance by Robert W. Smith, Grade 4.5
Inspired by the paintings of impressionist Henri Matisse and featuring the alto saxophone, “The Dance” is the first movement of “Three Conversations With Matisse.” Along with the well known Matisse painting of the same name, this unique musical statement can be described as forbidding, menacing, tribal and ritualistic. Written for the accomplished saxophone soloist, the band accompaniment is well within the technical range of most high school, university and community ensembles.

The Blue Window by Robert W. Smith, Grade 4.5
Inspired by “The Blue Window” by Henri Matisse, this lyrical statement for alto saxophone and band is a subdued departure from the more colorful and powerful movements of “Three Conversations With Matisse.” Reflective and poignant, your soloist, ensemble and audience will be quietly enthralled in a musical setting that harkens to days gone by.

The Music Lesson by Robert W. Smith, Grade 4.5
Inspired by the command and structure of two Henri Matisse paintings under the name “The Music Lesson,” this powerful work for alto saxophone and band will become a staple of the repertoire. From the strict structure of the opening piano statement to the classically influenced melodic interplay with the saxophone, the piece moves through a flowing musical environment highlighted by a virtuosic cadenza. The recapitulation of the initial melodic line completes our music lesson and provides a strong conclusion to “Three Conversations With Matisse,” a suite for alto saxophone and band.

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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.

Simple Gifts Abound: Handbell Titles for General Worship 27 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Simple Gifts Abound arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes, Level 3-
The hymntunes SIMPLE GIFTS and HOLY MANNA are featured in this arrangement by Karen Lakey Buckwalter. With a variety of techniques and optional handchimes, the textures of this arrangement are sure to delight.

The Shepherd’s Promise arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional C instrument and piano, Level 3
This arrangement by Karen Lakey Buckwalter featuring the hymntunes BROTHER JAMES’ AIR and NEW BRITAIN sets a simple yet powerful scene. The optional piano and C instrument parts balance well against the handbell choir.

Come Into God’s Court with Praise by Michael Helman, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional B-flat 2, Level 3
Making the most of a variety of techniques, this rondo by Michael Helman will work beautifully in a worship service or concert. The contrasting sections provide lots of interest for performers and audience members alike!

Amazing Grace! arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells with piano, Level 2
The classic and beloved hymn is set here for 3-5 octave handbells and piano. The handbell part is accessible at Level 2, and the harmonies are expanded and filled with a rich and delightful piano accompaniment.

God’s Peace arr. Brenda Austin, 3-6 octaves handbells and 3 octave handchimes, Level 2
This gentle ballad, with a text by Marva Dawn, centers on the theme of entering into worship where we may find stillness in God’s peace. The meditative hymn text draws from the 23rd Psalm, with references to the table of the Lord, where all are fed and thirsts are quenched, making it ideal for communion as well as a call and preparation for worship.

Lord of the Dance arr. Jason Krug, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 2
Join the celebration with this fresh arrangement of Sydney Carter’s enchanting hymn based on “Simple Gifts.” Written for 3-5 octaves of handbells, this accessible setting is rich with fun rhythms and stopped techniques; a sure winner for the Easter season.

The Gift of Love arr. Brenda Austin, Solo handbells with piano and optional C instrument, Level 2-
Hal Hopson’s classic, with its haunting tune, is arranged here in an accessible setting for solo handbells and optional C instrument, using only 9 bells. Useful year-round and especially ideal for services where “love” is the theme. The Performance/Accompaniment CD includes a performance demo, an accompaniment track and a “slower” accompaniment track for rehearsal.

Classic Rings II arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 3 octaves handbells, Level 1-2
This collection of familiar, classics includes mostly works from the baroque period, but some contemporary tunes as well. You’ll find compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Bizet, and more. As you work your way through the 37 titles the arrangements get progressively more advanced moving from Level 1 to 2. Tips for teaching rhythms are included throughout. This resource is reproducible, making it a great value.

Smaller-ER but Mighty Volume 2 arr. Linda Lamb, 8 bells
The eight titles contained in this collection are versatile, musical, and fun. Playable with two, three, or four ringers, these are ideal for “socially distant” ringing without tables. Perfect for the small ensemble looking for a diverting challenge, or for the larger choir on those Sundays when you’re missing members. All the arrangements have been written for the treble clef, F5-F6. Titles include: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Praise the Lord!,” “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “O, How I Love Jesus,” “Everyone, Join to Sing,” “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship,” and “Blessings All Around.”

Sweet Hour of Prayer arr. Linda Lamb, 2-3 octaves handbells, Level 1
Beginning groups will enjoy playing this simple yet lovely arrangement of the Bradbury tune. LV and echo techniques are used effectively, and a verse of “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” appears in the middle for contrast. Be sure to bring out the melody that sometimes is surrounded by harmony notes. Use for prelude, offertory, or communion.

I Come with Joy arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 3
Two tunes, DOVE OF PEACE and LAND OF REST are combined in this lovely setting for communion or general use. Mallets begin and add a percussive touch to the 6/8 rhythm throughout. Optional handchimes (three octaves) take the melody in the middle with bells providing harmony. The two tunes change places at times, ending with “I Come With Joy,” a fitting response to communion.

Morning Has Broken arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 2
Singing bells with treble chords in quartal harmony evoke the feeling of dawn. The tune BUNESSAN is then presented with arpeggiated accompaniment, and some surprising harmonic twists lend new color to the traditional sound. Verses build into a final maestoso before the singing bells take over, then the piece ends as it began. This arrangement is a lovely offering for worship any time of year.

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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.

NEW Orchestra Titles by Composers of Color 24 February, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Symphony No. 1, 1st Movement by Joseph Bologne/arr. Todd Parrish, Grade 3
One of only two symphonies he composed during his time in France, Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 reflects the influence of his teachers and fellow composers in the burgeoning Classical period. This joyful Allegro features a spirited theme that is developed mainly in the violin section, supported by the lower strings. Originally scored for two oboes, two horns, and strings, this approachable arrangement for String Orchestra retains the original key while seamlessly blending the wind and string parts.

Symphony No. 2, 2nd Movement by William Grant Still/arr. Todd Parrish, Advanced
William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2 was premiered in 1937 by the Philadelphia Orchestra. The work, subtitled “Song of a New Race,” infuses elements of blues and jazz into the classical form, creating a uniquely blended sound to reflect Still’s vision of an increasingly diverse American culture. Originally composed for full orchestra, this slightly abridged version for string orchestra includes the original harp part, honoring the legacy of one of America’s greatest composers.

A Sertaneja (To Her, from the Hinterlands) by Francisca “Chinquinha” Gonzaga/arr. Dión Morales, Grade 2
A Sertaneja: “To Her, from the Hinterlands,” originally composed for voice and piano, musically paints a picture of Chiquinha’s love of the hinterland – the land behind the body of water – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Through flowing slurs, dotted rhythms, 3/4 time in D minor, and the passing of melody between the strings, Dión Morales’s level 2 arrangement celebrates the lapping waters around Rio de Janeiro and a graceful dance from Brazilian culture by one of its beloved composers, Chiquinha Gonzaga. Students will love playing “A Sertaneja.”

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.

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East Coast Vibe by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 5
This calypso-style original reflects on the mixing pot of diversity of the composers hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. With its groovy bass line, syncopated rhythms, and lively melody, this piece leaves no room for a dull moment. The piece starts in G major and segues into a contrasting B section in E minor, resuming back to the original melody with style and grace.

Call of Heroes by Christian A. Williams, Grade 1.5
Reminiscent of the exciting call-to-battle themes of our favorite action and superheroes, “Call of Heroes”, with its driving rhythmic pulse, aims to stir the blood and call every hero to action.

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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.

WINGERT JONES Five Star Features for Band 23 February, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Beyond the Nebula by Travis J. Weller, Grade 2.5
Take a ride into space with this fun new work for the developing band. Composer Travis Weller invites us to go where no band has gone before!

For Country and Courage by Travis J. Weller, Grade 2
A perfect piece for that upcoming patriotic concert! Travis J. Weller has given us a wonderfully accessible piece for developing bands.

With Fearless Wings by Steve Parsons, Grade 2.5
This heartfelt work is uplifting and inspiring. Students will sound great with this full scoring and audiences will enjoy the film-score like qualities of composer Steve Parsons.

A Song of Stone and Steel by Tyler Arcari, Grade 1
“A Song of Stone and Steel” is an exciting new work for beginning band by composer Tyler Arcari. Intense and with a minor sound, this new work is guaranteed to excite and motivate your young musicians!

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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.

Choral Diversity 22 February, 2023

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

Choral Diversity by Dennis Shrock
Written by noted scholar and conductor Dennis Shrock, “Choral Diversity” is a presentation of composers throughout history who represent the broad and diverse canon of choral music. Included are twenty women composers and ten composers of color, many of whom have been previously underrepresented in studies and in performances.

Each chapter presents overviews of the composer’s life and choral output; information and analysis of selected compositions, including complete texts and literal translations not found elsewhere; and guidelines that address related and important aspects of performance.

Importantly, Shrock approaches choral diversity from multiple perspectives. Most notably, the book highlights the music of women composers – such as Hildegard von Bingen, Amy Beach, and Undine Smith Moore – as well as composers of color, including José Maurício Nunes Garcia, William Grant Still, and Margaret Allison Bonds, among others. Rounding out his approach, Shrock also explores the lesser-known works of familiar composers such as Palestrina and Brahms.

The book’s repertoire, too, represents a diversity of musical periods, styles, and genres – including chants, madrigals, chansons, motets, partsongs, oratorios, cantatas, and vocal chamber pieces – all of which are intended to be accessible to regular school, church, and community choruses.

With its broad scope and scholarly authority, “Choral Diversity” is the ideal resource for conductors at all levels looking to diversify their concert programming in a practical and historically informed way.

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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!

Five Star Features from GRAND MESA 21 February, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Midnight Waltz by Matt Neufeld, Grade 1.5
This lively minor key waltz brings to mind an eerie scene as creatures of the night dance the night away. After a brief introduction where the dancers seem to curtsey to each other, the elegant but slightly demented waltz melody is ushered in by saxophones. Melodic elements are added as the piece progresses and gains energy, and all instruments have important roles in the melodic fabric. The third movement of composer Neufeld’s “Haunted Mansion“ Suite, it should be performed with a lightness of articulation that will provide your concert with a uniquely lilting yet haunting feel.

Their Souls Were Lifted from the Dust by Tommy Yu, Grade 5
The inspiration of this powerful wind ensemble piece came from the tragic events of the atomic bombing on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This piece is a memorial work for one of the eventual victims, a young girl named Sadako Sasaki. At the age of ten, Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, and she was given but a few months to live. Determined to survive, Sadako clung to Japanese traditional belief that if she folded one thousand origami cranes (senba-zuru), the Gods would grant her wish to live, but her wish was unfortunately not realized. This very original work is a musical eulogy for Sadako, and uses many poignant solos and simple ensemble singing in Japanese and English to convey a message of hope and peace for our fragile planet and its inhabitants. Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Grand Mesa Music Composition Contest.

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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.

Good News! New Folksongs & Spirituals for Choir 17 February, 2023

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

Good News arr. Rollo Dilworth, 3-part treble with piano
Good news indeed. A powerful new setting of this traditional spiritual for treble voices. Plenty of room for nuance, dynamic contrasts, independent voice parts and the full vocal range required from the singers.

Bound for the Rio Grande arr. Andrew Parr, 3-part mixed with piano
Arranged for developing choirs with careful attention to ranges, this historic sea shanty is repetitive with enjoyable harmonies making the piece easy to learn and fun to sing.

Deep River arr. R. Nathaniel Dett, SATB a cappella
This a cappella arrangement was originally published in “The Dett Collection of Negro Spirituals” (1936). Share this impressive work with today’s choirs in a carefully crafted new edition by Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett. The motet-like setting features an unaltered soprano melody that appears with each iteration of the refrain. Accompanying voices are imitative, with an ascending melody to represent the singer’s journey to heaven (“home over Jordan”). Publication includes brief background information to provide introductory context about R. Nathaniel Dett, a Black nationalistic composer, educator, conductor, and writer who transformed impressions of Black music during the early twentieth century.

Wade in the Water arr. Dan Davison, SAB with piano
Written specifically to bring success to developing choirs of all ages, this bold, exciting African-American spiritual arrangement features comfortable vocal ranges and easy-to-learn choral parts. This rhythmic setting abounds with solo opportunities for a variety of voice types and presents outstanding teaching opportunities for style and historical context. Equally appropriate for the concert stage or worship service.

Down by the Riverside arr. Robert T. Gibson, SATB with piano
This gospel-style kicker features the bass section on the familiar spiritual melody. It’s an arrangement crafted with tried-and-true techniques of the genre like rhythmic choral interjections, close triads, and ascending chord inversions. An exuberant add-on section shifts momentarily to bluesy minor, and a huge ritard at the end invites singers to bring the power. Raise the roof by performing with the lively SoundTrax or invite an improvising bass and drummer to play along. Premiered at the 2022 Missouri MEA conference under the direction of arranger Robert T. Gibson.

Hold On arr. Dan Davison, SSA with piano and optional percussion
With tremendous rhythmic variety, vitality, and even counterpoint, Davison creates a frenetic energy in this beloved African American spiritual. Ranges are perfect for emerging treble choirs in the middle and developing high school levels. Add the optional brake drum for greater effect.

Jack the Sailor arr. Larry Shackley, TBB with piano
This British folk song comes to life in this buoyant and bustling arrangement by Larry Shackley. Sensible voice leading and vocal harmonies coupled with a hearty piano accompaniment make this piece easy to prepare and exciting to perform. It’s a perfect work for tenor-bass ensembles!

Hold Me, Rock Me by Brian Tate, TTBB a cappella
This original makes clever use of texts from a variety of popular spirituals. Anyone who has ever yearned for belonging will relate to its message, and will enjoy the feeling of being rocked by its satisfying music!

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel arr. Rollo Dilworth, SSATB with piano
In this oft-performed spiritual, the Bible tells that a vision of two wheels intersecting was shown to Ezekiel, signifying the “spirit of living creatures.” Rollo Dilworth’s arrangement of this song doubles down on the wheel imagery, with cyclical melodic passages throughout and a piano part to match.

Good News, the Chariot’s Comin’ arr. Stacey V. Gibbs, TTBB a cappella
Stacey Gibbs does it again! This spirited setting of the favorite spiritual for a cappella lower voices is easily learned and rhythmically accessible. An excellent concert or contest feature!

The Oak and the Ash arr. Philip Lawson, SAB with piano
Now available for SAB. Here is the traditional English North Country folksong in a delightful setting that will enhance the programs of choirs from children to adult.

Bound for the Promised Land arr. Rollo Dilworth, SATB with piano
Here is a stylish, bluesy concert realization of this traditional spiritual. An awesome piano accompaniment will feature a pianist who knows how to capture the spiritual style. An a cappella section creates a wonderful opportunity for nuance and the final verse features call and response.

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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!

Harambee! 15 February, 2023

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

Harambee! Songs and Games from Tanzania by Kedmon Mapana & Karen Howard
Harambee (Swahili): a festive gathering for singing and dancing.

This beautiful collection of songs and games for elementary and middle school students showcases the vibrant and varied musical traditions of Tanzania, and in particular those of the Wagogo people of central Tanzania.

As with all books in the World Music Initiative series, this collection guides students and teachers to an understanding of world music traditions by providing cultural and historical context for each selection, including information on geography, ethnic groups, languages, music genres, and traditional instruments – complete with pictures and video links.

Audio recordings – both a spoken pronunciation track and a singing track – are available online for all songs and chants, as well as PowerPoint slides for many of the materials. Each selection also includes notation, translations, phonetic pronunciations, and optional ideas for pedagogical extensions.

Created with the generous support and input of many Tanzanian children, teachers, and friends, this collection presents the music of Tanzania in an accessible way that honors the music’s original context while adapting it for a new context and to teach new musical concepts.

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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!

At the Cross: Handbells for Lent & Easter 2023 13 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

At the Cross arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This arrangement is a medley of three familiar Lenten titles: “At the Cross,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The three tunes are cleverly intertwined, allowing your congregation to reflect on these familiar hymns, and contemplate the cross.

Resurrection Day arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This arrangement by Lloyd Larson of the hymntunes LLANFAIR and LANCASHIRE creates the perfect atmosphere for your Eastertide service. While accessible as a level 2+, the setting is sure to be engaging for both performers and audience members alike.

That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This Easter arrangement by Anna Laura Page features the hymntunes PUER NOBIS and PUER NOBIS NASCITUR. Utilizing a variety of techniques, the joy of the risen Lord will shine through!

Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Karen Lakey Buckwalter combines the tunes DIADEMATA and DUKE STREET in this soaring arrangement of two beloved hymns. The optional trumpet and organ parts provide richness and depth.

Fantasy on Hosanna Loud Hosanna arr. Jantz A. Black, 3 octaves, Level 2
This energetic setting of the hymn tune ELLACOMB is perfect for Palm Sunday and useful for general worship as a setting of “I Sing the Almighty Power of God.” The Full Score, Reproducible Parts for Piano, and 3 octave Handbell Part are all included. It can be played with 6-7 ringers.

Small But Mighty: Settings for 12 Bells for Lent & Easter, Vol. 6 arr. Jason Krug
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes eight versatile, musical, and fun arrangements for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Each setting has been written for the treble clef, F5-C7. They can be used for 3 to 6 ringers. Titles include: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Thine Be the Glory,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,” “And Can It Be that I Should Gain,” “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “The Day of Resurrection,” and “Were You There.”

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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.

Permission to Dance and More: A Cappella for Middle School 10 February, 2023

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

Permission to Dance arr. Bryan Sharpe, 3-part mixed a cappella
Trying to get that contemporary a cappella sound with a developing ensemble? Here’s an accessible arrangement with just three voice parts, a soloist (or small group), and some poppy vocal percussion. Smaller and younger groups will LOVE this smart setting of the good-time dance hit by BTS. Conservative vocal ranges, detailed articulation and phrasing, plus clearly notated beatboxing, do most of the work for you, so you can get straight to the fun – no permission required!

I Want It That Way arr. Nathan Howe, SAB a cappella with 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.

Vox by Greg Gilpin, SSA a cappella (optional piano)
Enjoy the bright energy of felt in one. This rhythmic Greg Gilpin original may be accompanied by shaker alone or the optional keyboard part. Modern day vocables have no literal meaning, but virtually bubble with joy – there’s a smile built in. A complete form with contrasting sections, varied choral articulations, ostinatos, pedal tones, drones, the works. It’s an action-packed musical journey, a colorful collage for the ears.

God Bless America arr. Mark Hayes, SSAB a cappella
Mark Hayes is one of our finest arrangers and now he has used his expertise in vocal arranging on this Irving Berlin treasure from the American Song Book. A cappella voices richly present the well-known lyric, capturing its emotional patriotism. Beautiful and dynamic musical interpretation weaves throughout the piece, building to a glorious final “home sweet home.” A fantastic selection for concert, encore performances, and even performances on “game day” and choir tours.

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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!

Sing Hosanna! Kid’s Korner for Spring 2023 08 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Sing Hosanna! by Jacob Tilton, Unison/2-part with piano and optional claves, shakers & bass guitar
This dynamic Palm Sunday anthem resonates with energy as it calls everybody to sing hosanna to the Lord. Optional claves and shakers along with a spirited piano accompaniment enhance the lively rhythmic flavor of the piece especially appealing for older elementary choirs.

O How Majestic (with Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow) by Ruth Elaine Schram, Unison/2-part with piano
Based on Psalms 8:1 and 47:7, this original song is paired with “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.” The Doxology phrases serve as responses to the “O how majestic” phrases. Both tunes combine at the end to create joyous harmonies.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing arr. Mark Patterson, Unison/2-part with piano
Rhythmic energy fills this festive arrangement from start to finish! Melodic syncopation plus an optional vocal harmony for budding 2-part choirs brings new life to this cherished hymn of praise. Great for older elementary, youth, or adult choirs.

Children of the Risen King by Becki Slagle Mayo and Lynn Shaw Bailey, Unison/2-part with piano and optional glockenspiel or metallophone
Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, this joyous Easter anthem features optional parts for glockenspiel or metallophone that add a triumphant sparkle to the regal melody. Budding two part choirs will find the optional voice part a breeze to learn and fun to sing.

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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.

NEW Solo Features with Orchestra 06 February, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Concertino by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3.5
An intermediate solo in classical style, this concertino by R. Scott Whittington is the perfect vehicle to feature an up-and-coming student. Pleasantly melodic with appealing sequences, it utilizes positions 1 – 6 (highest note B) with a brief section in tenor clef. A flashy but playable cadenza can be taken at liberty to accommodate different ability levels or omitted entirely.

Metal Rhythmico by Kirt Mosier, Grade 5
Mosier has done it again! Powerful and vigorous from measure one to the end, the rhythms are patterned after heavy metal rock. Chord structures are rich and complex. The solo violin part is designed to showcase an advanced/professional musician. Audiences will remember this incredible work long after the performance has concluded.

Fantasia on an Original Theme by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 3
This lyrical original work is based on a theme the composer first wrote at age 12. The melody is first stated in an expressive viola solo, then developed by the rest of the orchestra with dramatic variation in dynamics, tonality, and effusive modal shifts. A nostalgic musical reflection that offers students the opportunity to develop tone, expression, and style in their playing.

Down Easy Street by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3
“Down Easy Street” is the perfect opportunity to introduce Jazz elements to your classroom in a welcoming and inclusive way! In a relaxed jazzy style, all parts have minimal position work so your ensemble can focus on rhythm, blend, and intonation. Optional drum set adds energy and vitality. A sparkling piece that’s great fun for all!

Shadow Defenders by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 3
From the first note of this thrilling piece, a sense of suspense feeds an intense desire to protect and avenge, leaving listeners to wonder what is looming around the corner. Let students imagine a world of possibilities in this cinematic work, while developing their skills with independent rhythms, shifting, and interlaced syncopations that propel this journey through the shadows.

Bass Patrol by Timothy J. Isham, Grade 1
Put your bassists in the spotlight in this piece for beginning strings. Build confidence and skills in your bass section as they lead the orchestra while navigating the shift between first and third position. Melodic material in G lydian is shared among all sections, and rhythms are simple and easy to count.

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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.

Turtlewood Stomp and More Titles with SOUND EFFECTS for Orchestra 03 February, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Turtlewood Stomp by Matthew Gelfer, Grade 4.5
This rock-inspired work for the string orchestra is challenging but so very rewarding. Students will practice this one with intent!

Dance of the Bowless Basses by Bob Phillips, Grade 1
A cute, pedagogically-based (get it?), first-year bass section feature, this piece will be fun and is sure to make your beginners sound fabulous. This piece is in first position for all players except basses. Basses shift up to C and D on the G string and only play pizzicato. Continuing Bob Phillips’ tradition of bass section features, “Dance of the Bowless Basses” is sure to become an integral part of your standard repertoire!

Mistletoe Mix-Up by Erica Donahoe, Grade 3
Featuring snippets of “Jingle Bells,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Joy to the World,” and more, this musical mash-up includes all the holiday hits! Students will have fun learning this upbeat number with arrangements that are accessible and interesting. “Mistletoe Mix-Up” will make the perfect finale to your holiday concert.

Shake, Shake, Shake by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1
“Shake, Shake, Shake” is a delightful level 1 string orchestra piece by Ingrid Koller that will keep everyone on their toes! Every section gets a turn to play the simple D major melody, and everyone gets a chance to be part of the rhythm section when it is their turn to play the shaker. This piece reinforces listening skills and ensemble playing, but more importantly, it is just plain fun!

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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.

Resurrection Joy! Easter Anthems for 2023 01 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Resurrection Joy arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This festive and jubilant celebration of the resurrection is perfect as a musical opener or end to your Easter morning service. Incorporating multiple Easter hymns and full of energy, this exciting anthem is a stellar reflection on the miraculous resurrection of our Messiah.

Sing an Easter Alleluia by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional trumpet
Celebrate Easter with this glorious celebration of the resurrection! Set for SATB voices in accessible vocal ranges with a glittering, optional, solo trumpet part, this is a bright addition to the Easter repertoire.

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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.