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MIDNIGHTS: Taylor Swift 31 March, 2023

Midnights by Taylor Swift, Piano/Vocal/Guitar
Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album “Midnights” was released at midnight on 10/21/22 and immediately started breaking records. It was the most-streamed album ever in one day and its first-day sales alone made it the biggest-selling album of 2022 so far! Our matching songbook features all 13 songs arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Titles include: “Anti-Hero,” “Bejeweled,” “Karma,” “Labyrinth,” “Lavender Haze,” “Maroon,” “Mastermind,” “Midnight Rain,” “Question?,” “Snow on the Beach,” “Sweet Nothing,” “You’re on Your Own Kid,” and “Vigilante Sh**.”

Midnights 3 AM Edition by Taylor Swift, Piano/Vocal/Guitar
Everyone was looking forward to Taylor’s midnight release of Midnights, but had no idea that just three hours later she’d release a second version of the album with seven more tracks! This collection provides the full 20-song playlist arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Titles include: “Anti-Hero,” “Bejeweled,” “Bigger Than The Whole Sky,” “Dear Reader,” “Glitch,” “The Great War,” “High Infidelity,” “Karma,” “Labyrinth,” “Lavender Haze,” “Maroon,” “Mastermind,” “Midnight Rain,” “Paris,” “Question…?,” “Snow On The Beach,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Vigilante Sh**,” “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve,” and “You’re On Your Own, Kid.”

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The Complete Warm-Up for Band 29 March, 2023

The Complete Warm-Up for Band by Carol Brittin Chambers & Tyler Arcari
“The Complete Warm-Up For Band” is the quintessential method for preparing your ensemble for rehearsal & performance. Created by well-known composers and music educators Carol Brittin Chambers & Tyler Arcari, “The Complete Warm-Up for Band” creates an easy to use system that can be implemented with any amount of time, while still accomplishing a well-balanced and complete warm-up. Whether you have 2 minutes or 20 minutes “The Complete Warm-Up for Band” has everything you need for a well-balanced and complete start to any rehearsal or performance!

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MOMENTOUS and More Titles for Multi Level Orchestra 27 March, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Momentous by Brian Balmages, Grade 0.5-2
So many performance options and combinations! Equally suited as an opener or closer, this “Baroque-meets-contemporary” festival-style work has exceptional performance flexibility as a multi-level OR single-level work! Play it entirely as a grade 2 or play it as a grade 1. Additionally, both may be combined, and directors can add the grade ½ parts, which are based on open strings and limited first finger. Innovative and exciting!

Jingle Bells arr. Caryn Wiegand Niedhold, Grade 2.5
Here’s a bubbly multilevel arrangement of this seasonal favorite with a dollop of holiday tradition and a dash of contemporary rock. Middle-level students work on their spiccato skills and pass the melody from section to section, and beginners get to play a piece they know well with the big kids. This piece stands alone for Level 2.5 orchestra, has the opportunity to include Level 1.5 students, and works wonderfully to feature beginning students. The optional drum set part kicks up the energy for a grand finale. Perfect for including your first-year students and a great way to brighten the holiday season.

Arco Polo by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1.5-3
This engaging piece for string orchestra is appropriate for any time of the year but would be especially fun for a summer orchestra concert. “Arco Polo” is the musical depiction of the well-known swimming-pool game “Marco Polo.” The piece begins with tutti pizzicato. Then the instruments “call out” to each other using their bows. Students and audience members can listen for the following: The calling and answering (sections take turns), playful splashing (grace notes), the annoyance of the violin sections when their calls are not answered, and the underwater response of the cellos and basses. This multi-level piece is a practical choice for an orchestra with students at varying skill levels. At its core, it is a level 1.5 piece and can stand alone as such, but with the addition of the advanced violin, viola, and cello parts, it becomes even more challenging and fun. There is an optional improvisational section where students are randomly (perhaps secretly) selected to be the “caller,” and the rest of the orchestra answers. An audience member could be cued to call out to the orchestra as an extra surprise.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

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.

Disney Dreams to Share and More Medleys for Spring 2023 24 March, 2023

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

Disney Dreams to Share (Medley) arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano and optional combo
Alan Billingsley’s choral Disney medleys are the stuff of legend. With a special emphasis placed on the dreamers that are featured so often in animated movies, this new collection of songs reaches for the stars! Titles include: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “A Whole New World,” “I’ve Got a Dream,” “Into the Unknown,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Disney on Broadway arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional combo
Disney has an excellent track record of repurposing classic animated movies for the Broadway stage. This 11-song aural cavalcade of the performing stages’ best Disney compositions is an absolute feast for the senses! Titles include: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life,” “Endless Night,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Friend Like Me,” “High Adventure,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Let It Go,” “Love Is an Open Door,” “One Jump Ahead,” and “A Whole New World.”

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes arr. Mark Brymer, TTBB with piano and optional rhythm
Crosby Stills & Nash wowed the pop music world when they released their 1969 album under their names. In this medley, mashing up several of their iconic songs, the harmonies are faithfully captured and the results are pure joy.

Better Together (Medley) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
“Better Together” showcases three songs centered around the theme of togetherness. Presented as a medley, the songs hail from different time periods, each with their own style and approach. The medley includes: “We’re All In This Together” (from “High School Musical”), “Happy Together,” and “We Go Together” (from “Grease”).

Encanto (Choral Highlights) arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
This delightful medley features three favorite songs from Disney’s animated movie, “Encanto:” “The Family Madrigal,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” and “Surface Pressure.” Each song highlights the magic and charm found in this tale about an extraordinary Colombian family.

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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!

Go the Distance: Middle School Choir for End of Year Concerts 22 March, 2023

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

Go the Distance (from Hercules) arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
This exciting song from the Walt Disney animated feature, “Hercules,” has been skillfully arranged by Roger Emerson for upper elementary, middle school, and beginning high school ensembles. With a timeless message of perseverance, the song is certain to be a favorite of singers and audiences alike.

I’m Homeward Bound by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano and optional flute
There’s a place for this lyrical folk-inspired original on every program. It’s a gentle ballad with traditional treble harmony, readable rhythms, and a tuneful melody sung in the most comfortable range. The optional flute part (available as a download) is as legato and flowing as the tender voices and arpeggiated piano. “Winding road, western wind, golden moon, silver stars . . . take me home.”

The Little Creek by Matt Carlson, SAB with piano
“Every door you enter, you find a piece of something inside you never knew.” Character-building texts of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-worth are set beautifully to music that is accessible to choirs of any level. It features unison melodies that are excellent opportunities to build your choir’s legato tone along with part-writing that is quick to learn and satisfying to sing.

You Are a Yes! by Mark Burrows, 3-part mixed/SAB with piano
This uplifting choral is bursting with positive energy and inspiring lyrics that encourage the singer, as well as the listener, to believe in themselves and find the courage to live their life to the fullest! “You are a yes! You are an inspiration, a story to be told. You are a yes! You are a celebration, a wonder to behold.”

Pictures in the Sky by Bruce W. Tippette, 2-part with piano
An imaginative text, penned by Althea Randolph, sets the tone for this whimsical piece for developing choirs. The piano accompaniment supplements that child-like feel and the accessible melodies paint the ethereal text in a way that certainly suits the feeling of watching the “picture-clouds” float by. Your choir will soar when they sing this exquisite piece!

I Feel Like I’m Flying by Sherry Blevins, 2-part with piano
This piece is scored for treble chorus and was developed collaboratively between the composer and students from the West Vancouver Intermediate Treble Honor Choir (British Columbia). With a memorable rhythmic motive and driving tempo, the piece would be a perfect concert closer or encore.

Sing arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano
This blazing, energetic hit from the vocal group Pentatonix is carefully crafted to be easily accessible for younger singers. Perform it at the tempo you wish, or take it up to full speed with the exciting audio accompaniment!

Kusimama (10th Anniversary Edition) by Jim Papoulis, 2-part treble with piano & percussion
“Kusimama” is written in the world music style that is accessible for all choirs. The text which is in both Swahili and English, is about standing tall on the earth, not with anger or aggression, but with hope, strength, acceptance, and a positive spirit. The voices along with hand claps, stomps, Djembe, shaker, and piano all combine for an exciting world music presentation.

Popcorn by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
Don’t miss this irresistible novelty number that celebrates the delicious buttery snack! It’s a light and fluffy feature salted with a sense of humor and drizzled in a slick samba groove. Your singers will beg for more of this tasty treat that explodes with kernels of creativity – especially in the illustrative vocal stack, which sounds like popping corn and turns up the heat on a sizzling Latin-feel that really, well . . . pops. A bowlful of fun, cheesy in the best way! Check out our free ChoreoTrax video for choral movement ideas.

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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!

CARL FISCHER Five Star Features for Band 20 March, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Adventures of Daring Dog by Kelly Nicole Dugger, Grade 2.5
Join superhero Daring Dog’s adventures to conquer an evil villain. Using both standard and contemporary styles, this programmatic work is a fun piece for all ages. With march-like, legato and mysterious sections, develop your ensemble’s counting and balance abilities while also performing an exciting composition. Playable by many levels of bands, use this as a recruitment tool or as a lighter moment in any concert.

Clash of the Warriors by Mark Lortz, Grade 3.5
Written using a variety of tempi and shifting moods, “Clash of the Warriors” is loosely based upon the Bulgarian folk song “Kaval Sviri,” which depicts two warriors preparing for and ultimately battling one another.

Promise on the Horizon by Travis J. Weller, Grade 2.5
Composed about the possibilities for greatness that lie within each day, this concert fanfare starts inquisitively before moving to a musical reminder of the challenges we all face daily. Reinforcing several basic 6/8 rhythmic patterns that performers need to learn, this piece also offers development opportunities for articulation accuracy while playing in a light, precise style. Listening for melodic elements and balance will also be improved. Use this to start your next concert in an uplifting way and as a meaningful opportunity to discuss the power of making positive choices.

Remembering Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) by R. Alan Carter & Christina Huss, Grade 4
Written to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, this stirring tribute honors those who fought on December 7, 1941. Beginning with chimes signifying the hour of the attack, the composition takes the listeners and performers on a moving journey from the precarious moments before the attack, through the air strike and resulting aftermath. Including statements of “Anchors Aweigh,” “Taps,” “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” and fragments of many other tunes, this composition demonstrates the resilience of all mankind.

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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.

NEW Featured Titles for Flex Band 17 March, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Antecedium Ed Huckeby, Grade 3
“Antecedium” was Ed Huckeby’s first published work, and this magnificent, high-energy overture has been a staple of concert and festival performances ever since. The modal melodies and harmonies provide a uniquely contemporary style when combined with the fresh changing meter elements. The composer has creatively adapted this work for the “Build-A-Band” series, to allow for performance by ensembles with limited or unusual instrumentation.

Benediction by John Stevens, Grade 3
The beautiful lyric composition “Benediction” has established itself in the repertoire for full concert band. Composer John Stevens has skillfully adapted his work for flexible instrumentation retaining the rich chorale flavor and flowing melodies of the original. Various options are available for the featured solo spots at the beginning and end.

Danza Sonora by Claude T. Smith/arr. Joseph Benjamin Earp, Grade 3
“Danza Sonora” can be defined as a pleasant-sounding dance. South American rhythms and melodies represent the inspiration behind this exciting work originally written for concert band. This flexible arrangement allows ensembles to perform the work with as few as thirteen musicians, providing accessibility and flexibility for numerous instrumentation needs, while still allowing a full ensemble sound.

Encanto by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
Robert W. Smith’s “Encanto” has been a staple of the festival repertoire for young bands for over 30 years! With its dramatic fanfare and rhythmic energy throughout, this version for flexible instrumentation is adapted directly from the original.

Freedom arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
From the acclaimed album “We Are” by Jon Batiste (Grammy Award for album of the year), the New Orleans flavored hit song “Freedom” exudes a sense of joy and optimism rare in today’s music. Paul Murtha’s outstanding arrangement for band features plenty of rhythmic energy and powerful scoring.

Fugue in C Minor by J.S. Bach/arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3
This classic Bach fugue is ideal for bands of all sizes and skills, but especially adapted for those with limited instrumentation desiring to challenge their developing musicians. It is also appropriate for very small ensembles, having been carefully crafted by the arranger to work well with as few as five performers. The required independence of parts provides opportunities for developing technical and musical skills while also presenting the option for performance of a masterwork from the Baroque era.

Ghillie Dhu by Joseph Benjamin Earp, Grade 3.5
“Ghillie Dhu” (Gill-e Dew) Elf of the Forest is inspired by a friendly but often wild creature from Scottish Folklore. This mythical being is given life through the captivating writing of Joseph Benjamin Earp. Scored for flexible instrumentation, “Ghillie Dhu” is a wonderful teaching tool for instrumental ensembles focused on polyrhythms and compound time signatures.

Infernal Galop by Jacques Offenbach/arr. Evan VanDoren, Grade 3
Jacques Offenbach’s “Infernal Galop,” or “Can-Can” as it is more often called, has been reimagined throughout history. From classical composers like Saint-Saens, to more modern uses in movies, television, and even video games, the timeless appeal of Offenbach’s melody is without question. Evan VanDoren’s new flexible instrumentation arrangement for concert band is a perfect addition to any concert. Particularly effective as a closing selection or encore, this recognizable flourish will have your audience on their feet.

Tales of Sea and Sail by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
This sparkling medley of sea chanteys offers many familiar melodies and provides plenty of interest and opportunities for each section to really shine. Familiar tunes include “A Roving,” “Blow the Man Down,” “Rio Grande,” “Shenandoah,” “Drunken Sailor,” and “Santy Anna.”

Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace by Claude T. Smith/arr. Joseph Benjamin Earp, Grade 3.5
“Amazing Grace” is one of the most well-known spiritual songs known to date. Claude T. Smith cleverly created this band setting forming variations throughout. With Smith’s passing in December of 1987, this was one of the final works he produced. This flexible arrangement allows ensembles to perform the work with as few as fourteen musicians providing accessibility and flexibility for numerous instrumentation needs, while still allowing a full ensemble sound.

Them Basses by G.F. Huffine/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3
Who says bass instruments never get the melody? This classic march – and please forgive the ungrammatical title – gives the melody to the basses all the way through! Perhaps no other march is better suited to the “Build-A-Band” flex/limited instrumentation format. “Them Basses” is a guaranteed hit for musicians and audiences alike.

Waltz #2 by Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
This popular waltz melody from Shostakovich’s “Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra” is well-known throughout the world and often used in TV and films. Here is a well paced version scored for flexible instrumentation.

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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.

New Titles to SIGHT READ with Your Orchestra 15 March, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

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!

Antelope Freeway by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 1
Composer Steven L. Rosenhaus has crafted a charming new work for young string players! The title is both captivating and a little puzzling, but just like the music itself – will keep them coming back for more!

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.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

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.

The ABCs of Women in Music 13 March, 2023

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

The ABCs of Women in Music by Anneli Loepp Thiessen
Meet Clara the composer, Ella the jazz singer, Selena the pop star, and Xian the conductor! Women in music are brilliant, creative, brave, and resilient. They are composers, conductors, singers, musicologists, electronic music producers, and so much more.

In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, meet 26 remarkable women musicians who collectively span over 1,000 years of music history and represent a diversity of cultures, races, professions, and abilities. Their incredible stories and beautiful work are sure to inspire a new generation of musicians!

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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!

Rock Rounds for Choir 10 March, 2023

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

Rock Rounds for Choir by Roger Emerson
Singing rounds have always been an effective way to teach beginning harmony to singers of all ages. As a follow-up to his successful “Pop Rounds for Choir,” Roger Emerson has created an exciting collection of “Rock Rounds for Choir” with songs from Sly and the Family Stone, Panic! at the Disco, Avicii, The Beatles, Ray Charles and more! Each song offers a variety of round options incorporating familiar verses and choruses.

Titles include: “Best Day of My Life,” “Dance to the Music,” “Get the Party Started,” “High Hopes,” “Say Something,” “Wake Me Up,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

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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!

Piano Music by THOMAS KEESECKER for Lent & Holy Week 09 March, 2023

easter hope thomas keesecker

recommended by Caryn G. and Christopher B., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Easter Hope by Thomas Keesecker
A mixture of 11 hymn tunes that are used between Easter and Pentecost. These settings have a variety of styles and moods from a buoyant “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain” to the reflective setting of ADORO TE DEVOTE. The pieces will fit in many different places in the worship service. Titles include: “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing,” “Come Down, O Love Divine,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “The Holy Ghost Jigs,” “Hope,” “In Memory,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” “O Day Full of Grace,” “Prelude on Duke Street,” “Thine Is the Glory,” and “Two Meditations on Llanfair.”

quiet journey thomas keesecker

The Quiet Journey by Thomas Keesecker
The third in our popular series of books of reflective piano music, “The Quiet Journey” is a collection of 11 pieces for Lent and Holy Week based on familiar hymns. The writing is very expressive without being busy or intrusive – fitting for the introspective season of Lent. Titles include: “On My Heart Imprint Your Image/Bless Now, O God, the Journey,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “A Celtic Set for Lent,” “Attende Domine,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “In the Cross,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “Were You There,” “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” and “The Quiet Journey.”

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About the Authors:
Caryn G. is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran College (Washington state). She has over 24 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments, specializing in sacred piano music. She is a church pianist/accompanist and has enjoyed being a piano teacher and singing in many choirs over the years. When not working at Stanton’s or at church, she loves spending time with family members and friends, traveling and exploring, watching movies, reading, bike riding and most recently trying to better her culinary knowledge and be a little more artsy by painting rocks and water coloring.

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.

I Cannot Be Silent: New Choral Titles for Social Consciousness 08 March, 2023

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

I Cannot Be Silent by Jim Papoulis, SSA with piano
Written with the Young Voices Toronto, these students wanted to express the need to find a collective voice, to bring light to their concern for so much division in society, and to give a voice to those that are not heard. They felt it was their duty, as responsible global citizens, to not be silent. A QR code is included with the music which takes you to a video showing sign language for this song – increasing the reach of this powerful message.

The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan/arr. Adam Podd, SATB with piano
This re-imagined interpretation of the classic Bob Dylan song is perfect for any concert with a social justice theme. The re-harmonization and contrasting musical style will bring a new attention and poignancy to these well-known words. There is a new musical home for this in concert halls where it has not been found before.

Does the World Say by Kyle Pederson, SA, SSA, or SSAA with piano and optional violin
“Does the World Say?” names a few of the pressures and expectations that the world throws onto young people these days. This dynamic and lyrical work will empower young singers.

We Remember Them by Susan LaBarr, SSAA with piano
The moving words, “As long as we live, we remember them” frame this highly melodic and touching song. “We Remember Them” is a highly-achievable work for SSAA chorus and piano and will be a beautiful addition to any program. Also appropriate for memorial services and funerals.

Lift Your Eyes to Light by Kyle Pederson, TBB with piano
Given everything our communities, choir, and world have experienced recently, we could all use a bit of light. This music encourages us to tend to our hearts and to others, remembering that each of us has the power to bring light into our own lives-and into the lives of others.

Čhaŋté Wašté Hokšíla (My Kind-Hearted Boy) arr. Linthicum-Blackhorse, SATB with piano
Here is a traditional Lakota lullaby that was often sung by mothers towards their young boys. The Lakota language has become nearly extinct but composer/arranger Linthicum-Blackhorse has made it his life’s work to bring the language back to life. In this arrangement, the IPA pronunciation guide is included in the body of the music in order to make it accessible to all singers and choirs.

Eneza Upendo (Spread Love) by Jim Papoulis, SA with piano and percussion
In Swahili and English, this piece celebrates that common and hopeful sentiment that we hear over and over from young people: “I hope we can spread love.”

Who I Want to Be by Coty Raven Morris/arr. Saleel Menon, SSA with piano
Coty Raven Morris’ inspiring “Who I Want to Be,” arranged by Saleel Menon, is ideal for treble choirs of all abilities. Certain to be empowered by the rich messages found within and with solo or small group opportunities, your treble choir will love learning and performing this coming-of-age piece!

Never Give Up by Rollo Dilworth, 2-part with piano
The text for this work was designed to inspire us and remind us that by maintaining a positive attitude and believing in ones’ self (and in one another), we can triumph over any obstacles or challenges that arise. The rhythmic and supportive piano part should help singers develop a sense of energy while they uncover the joy of syncopations and suspensions. A QR code is included which takes teachers and students to reaching resources for the Voices in Harmony Choral Series, and SEL Learning Experiences and videos relating to this octavo.

On the Faces of the World (Song of Peace) by Mark Burrows, SSA a cappella with percussion
Mark Burrows wonderfully captures the essence of peace in this piece, well-suited to treble ensembles of all sizes and abilities. In the words of the composer: “Peace is much more than a feeling. It’s all of us coming together, reaching out, searching, striving. Peace is active!” The music expresses that need for action and coming together with beautiful forward momentum, making for an inspiring and uplifting piece.

Love the Earth by Ruth Elaine Schram, 3-part mixed with piano
Here’s a beautiful selection for Earth Day, themed events, or any time of year! Lyrical and expressive, crafted with unison melody on the verses and intuitive harmonies on the choruses, this is easy to learn and very effective and memorable in performance. A valuable Learning Resource Page is included.

I’ll Never Study by Paul David Thomas, SSAA with piano
Composed in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Liberation and empowerment are the important messages in this Blues infused music.

We Shall Overcome arr. G. Phillip Shoultz III, SATB divisi a cappella
An a cappella setting of the iconic American protest song associated so strongly with the civil rights movement. The arrangement is both reflective and optimistic in feel with effective use of dynamic contrast.

We Will Take a Stand by Sherry Blevins, SATB with piano and optional cello
Scored for mixed voices (SATB) with piano, optional soprano descant, and optional cello, the piece was commissioned by the newly named John R. Lewis High School in Springfield, VA.

We Shall Overcome arr. Rollo Dilworth, 2-part with piano
“We Shall Overcome” became a prominent theme song in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. This song was often referenced in the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King. The day after the funeral of Martin Luther King, blacks and whites held hands in the streets of Atlanta and sang this anthem of unity and social justice.

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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!

Cherish the Cross 07 March, 2023

recommended by Caryn G. and Christopher B., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Cherish the Cross arr. Chuck Sinclair, for Intermediate Piano
More than a dozen beloved Holy Week hymns receive an inspired, contemporary treatment in “Cherish the Cross” by Chuck Sinclair. Mostly meditative, and enhanced by lush harmonies, these creative arrangements will fill many musical needs in the weeks leading up to Good Friday. Titles include: “There Is a Fountain (with I Know a Fount),” “At the Cross,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “Cherish the Cross Medley,” “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place (with My Faith Looks Up to Thee),” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus (with When I Survey the Wondrous Cross),” “What Wondrous Love Is This?,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.”

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About the Authors:
Caryn G. is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran College (Washington state). She has over 24 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments, specializing in sacred piano music. She is a church pianist/accompanist and has enjoyed being a piano teacher and singing in many choirs over the years. When not working at Stanton’s or at church, she loves spending time with family members and friends, traveling and exploring, watching movies, reading, bike riding and most recently trying to better her culinary knowledge and be a little more artsy by painting rocks and water coloring.

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.

2023 Concert Band Five Star Features from Belwin Music 06 March, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Cantina Band (from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 1.5
One of the most iconic movie melodies all of time is now available for your beginning band! Carefully crafted to ensure success with included teaching techniques, Michael Kamuf’s arrangement is the perfect vehicle to teach your students swing style. This arrangement of John Williams’ memorable tune will instantly become a favorite of your students and audiences!

Dance of the Garden Gnomes by Patrick Roszell, Grade 2
Taking a page from the humorous and energetic movie “Gnomeo & Juliet,” this fun piece depicts the famous garden gnomes of England dancing and entertaining in their flower and vegetable gardens.

La Furia (The Fury) by Victor López, Grade 2
“La Furia (The Fury)” is an original composition by veteran arranger and composer Victor López. Well scored and energetic, this composition is certainly solid and effective for young ensembles. The fury is unleashed in forceful and enthusiastic musical statements from beginning to end. Constant rhythmic interaction with melodic lines intensifies throughout and engages everyone in a powerful way. Relevant motifs create the necessary intensity throughout and makes it easier to learn and teach.

The Pines of the Appian Way by Ottorino Respighi/arr. Michael Story, Grade 2.5
Completed in 1924 Respighi’s masterwork consists of four contrasting movements. The final movement, “The Pines of the Appian Way,” depicts the advancement of the Roman Legion as it gradually marches towards the listener. It is one of the most glorious and stunning orchestral crescendos in all of classical music. Perfectly arranged for young band by Michael Story!

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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.

Funiculi Funicula and More for Middle School Tenor/Bass Choirs 03 March, 2023

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

Funiculi Funicula arr. Vicki Tucker Courtney, TB with piano
You know this tune is pure FUN from the start first, it’s in the name, and, second, everyone will recognize this classic Italian melody that’s been covered by countless performers, including the Grateful Dead and Alvin and the Chipmunks. This clever arrangement is perfect for tenor-bass ensembles of all sizes and is sure to be the hit of any concert!

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.

Cantate Canon by Donald Moore, TBB with piano and optional flute or C instrument
Here’s a delightful little canon that’s fun to learn and fun to sing! The contrasting center section sets off the canonic ends, while the optional flute adds to the light-hearted feel. Your students will be swept up in the forward motion as the lines and text unfold. Highly recommended!

Cedar Swamp arr. Emily Crocker, TB with piano and optional fiddle
Younger Tenor-Bass choirs will rock out to this bright folk-flavored knee-slapper that celebrates favorite country pastimes of camping, fishing, and delicious food! They will love the body percussion feature and the optional fiddle obbligato adds to the “way down low in Cedar Swamp” atmosphere.

Clear the Track arr. Andy Brooke, C(C)B with piano
Brooke’s arrangement of this traditional sea shanty is invigorating and atmospheric. Changing voices will enjoy the theme of trains and ships in the text, as well as the boisterous call-and-response texture, which is well-supported by the piano.

Ubi Caritas by Jonathan Reid, TTB a cappella (optional piano)
“Where charity and love are… God is there…” Reid’s vocal lines weave exquisitely in this beautiful TTB Latin setting. Well-crafted in form, opportunities for learning musical skills abound in this song with options to perform a cappella or with piano.

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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!

Wondrous, Redeeming Love 02 March, 2023

recommended by Caryn G. and Christopher B., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Wondrous, Redeeming Love: Piano Solos for Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson’s new folio of hymn arrangements reminds us that Christ died for our redemption and was raised from the dead by the power of the living God. In this volume, we have ten selections perfectly suited for Palm/Passion Sunday, Lent/Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. You’ll find that Lloyd’s boundless creativity, as well as his love for the Lord, shines through on every page!

Titles include: “Ride On, King Jesus,” “Lift Up Your Heads,” “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Lead Me to Calvary,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Christ Arose!,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today!,” and “Breathe On Me, Breath of God with Holy Spirit, Light Divine.”

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About the Authors:
Caryn G. is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran College (Washington state). She has over 24 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments, specializing in sacred piano music. She is a church pianist/accompanist and has enjoyed being a piano teacher and singing in many choirs over the years. When not working at Stanton’s or at church, she loves spending time with family members and friends, traveling and exploring, watching movies, reading, bike riding and most recently trying to better her culinary knowledge and be a little more artsy by painting rocks and water coloring.

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.

Go Into the World! Anthems for Spring 2023 01 March, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Go Into the World! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
The Great Commission is front and center in this exciting new anthem from master composer Lloyd Larson. Written in a contemporary style, with delightful syncopations and fresh harmonies, your ensemble will enjoy rehearsing and presenting this special anthem. Perfect for general use or commissioning services!

I Feel Like Traveling On arr. Stan Pethel, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Stan Pethel has infused the old chestnut, I Feel Like Traveling On, with new life! This selection features easily learned vocal parts and a fun piano accompaniment. A part for optional rhythm is also available.

More Love to Thee arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with organ
The traditional text and tune are elevated by the exquisite treatment for which Howard Helvey is known. Refined, elegant lines weave into a lovely prayer of aspiration for SATB choir and organ.

Jesus, I am Resting, Resting by Brad Nix, SATB with piano
Brad Nix has taken this classic hymn text and successfully infused it with new life. Set in a gentle 2/2, the anthem pairs Jean S. Pigott’s meaningful words with Brad’s soaring and warm original melody. Your congregation will be blessed as the choir invites them to rest more fully in the love and sacrifice of the Savior.

What a Fellowship (Leaning on the Everlasting Arms) arr. David M. Cherwien, SAB with piano
By whatever title you choose – “What a Fellowship” or “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” – this 19th-century gospel classic is sure to please singer and listener alike. The choral parts are rooted in the old Tabernacle Hymns style with echoing lines in the refrain and tightly knit vocals. Your pianist will have great fun playing the stylized piano with walking bass line. A great choice for worship or concert.

Jesus Leads Me All the Way by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Mary McDonald’s gift for melody, as well as for creative piano writing, is never more evident that it is in the meaningful new anthem. The composer pairs this famous Fanny Crosby text with a compelling new melody, and then sets the tune in rich, satisfying choral textures. Your choir will enjoy preparing and presenting this offering from one of the most gifted writers working today.

When the Saints Go Marching In arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Your choir and congregation will be roused to praise and celebration by this dynamic arrangement from Lloyd Larson! A cadenza-like, bluesy piano introduction gives way to a joyous presentation of the famous spiritual, followed by a more reflective presentation of the theme. Finally, the upbeat nature of the opening returns and we are led to an energetic conclusion. Perfect for both worship services and concerts, this arrangement is also available in a TTBB voicing.

Abide with Me arr. Jantz A. Black, 2-part with piano
Jantz Black sets the familiar hymn “Abide with Me” in this easily learned and flexible two-part anthem, perfect for evening worship or funeral and memorial services. The tune is lightly embellished, and the harmony adds interest and color to create a setting that is simple yet elegant. The beautiful piano accompaniment supports and enhances the singers. With a well-placed key change and subtle shift in character, you will feel “the heavens open” in the final stanza.

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
This contemporary hymn from Keith Getty calls us to put our love in Christ, for he is our rock on earth and our promise for eternal life in death. The dynamic rhythm accompaniment beautifully supports the sweeping drama of the text.

A New Song by Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and flute or violin
Craig Courtney sets words from Psalm 33 for SATB choir and piano with optional flute or violin. Text including “the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” is then painted by floating instrumental quotes of LASST UNS ERFREUEN, before the anthem closes with an a cappella prayer for God’s blessing.

I Am Thine, O Lord arr. Patti Drennan, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Patti Drennan has arranged this time-honored hymn with flair! Set in 6/8, your choir will enjoy this fresh take on a classic hymn, and your pianist will relish playing Patti’s authentically-styled gospel accompaniment. Every section gets a chance to shine in this one, and the rousing final verse is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Beneath the Cross of Jesus arr. Cindy Berry, SATB with piano
Master composer Cindy Berry has now arranged this time-honored hymn for choral ensembles everywhere. This anthem perfectly displays the hallmarks of Cindy’s distinctive arranging style, including beautiful re-harmonizations, an impeccably written piano accompaniment, subtle dynamic gradations, and well-crafted part writing. Meaningful!

Crown Him Jesus! Crown Him King! by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This majestic original anthem from Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall celebrates the risen Christ. The powerfully stated lyrics and climactic ending make this a wonderful ending to a special Easter service or musical showcase throughout the 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.