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Behind the Compositions: Analysis Guides for Band 31 August, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

A Conductor’s Interpretive Analysis of Masterworks for Band by Frederick Fennell
Frederick Fennell, widely acknowledged as the dean of American band conductors, has freely shared what he called long-distilled thoughts about the world’s greatest music for band. In this collection, he covers original scores by Persichetti, Hanson, Schuman and Chance, as well as classic works by Wagner and Holst. Fennell’s clear and to-the-point analysis/interpretations are based on a lifetime of careful research, rehearsals, and professional performances. In this informative work, you will find inspiration for a truly superior presentation of these masterworks for band. Includes: Divertimento for Band (Persichetti) * Symphony for Band (Persichetti) * Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral (Wagner) * Chorale and Alleluia (Hanson) * George Washington Bridge (W. Schuman) * A Moorside Suite (Holst) * Variations on a Korean Folk Song (Chance) * I Really Do Love Marches! (Fennell).

Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band by Donald Hunsberger
A truly outstanding collection of timeless essays on basic repertory for band by Frank L. Battisti, John Bourgeois, Frank Erickson, Robert Garofalo, Donald Hunsberger, Francis McBeth, Kenneth L. Neidig, Stephen L. Rhodes, Mark Scatterday, Thomas J. Trimborn and John Zdechlik. These clear and to-the-point analysis/interpretations are based on careful research, rehearsals, and years of high-level performances. In this informative work, you will find inspiration for a truly superior presentation of these masterworks for band.

A Catalog of Folk Song Settings for Wind Band by Mark Aldrich
This comprehensive collection of folk songs used in band masterworks is a wonderful source for determining interpretation and style, and will open the door to creative teaching. Folk song overviews include notated tunes, lyrics and brief historical annotations. A must-have for the imaginative teacher/conductor!

Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble by Russ Girsberger
This two-volume publication provides guidelines on percussion player and instrument requirements for over 2,000 concert band and wind ensemble works. It contains helpful information for conductors, section leaders, stage managers, equipment managers and ensemble librarians. An incredible compilation for school, college, military, community and professional bands and wind ensembles.

Canadian Band Music: A Qualitative Guide to Canadian Composers and Their Work for Band by Michael Burch-Pesses
This one-of-a-kind volume is perfect for those who have never programmed a Canadian band piece or simply want to expand their knowledge of Canada’s many gems for wind band. With up-to-date biographies of 63 Canadian composers and more than 200 of their works in grades 1 through 6, this book’s listing of each work includes program notes, description of the piece, grade level, duration, and publisher. Also included are easy-to-use, four-year performance sequences for each grade level.

Sourcebook for Wind Band & Instrumental Music by Frank L. Battisti, William Berz & Russ Girsberger
This sourcebook was created to aid directors and teachers in finding the information they need and expand their general knowledge. The resources were selected from hundreds of published and on-line sources found in journals, magazines, music company catalogs and publications, numerous websites, doctoral dissertations, graduate theses, encyclopedias, various databases, and a great many books. Information was also solicited from outstanding college/university/school wind band directors and instrumental teachers. The information is arranged in four sections: Section 1 – General Resources About Music; Section 2 – Specific Resources; Section 3 – Use of Literature; Section 4 – Library Staffing and Management.

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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.

Celebrate This Life! Especially for Middle School Choir 30 August, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Celebrate This Life! by Sherry Blevins, 3-part mixed with piano and body percussion
“Celebrate This Life!” provides accessible harmony singing through ostinati and partner songs. With two contrasting sections – one driving and one lyrical – singers will enjoy the added body percussion along with the opportunity in the lyrical section for self-expression in the form of statements about what they celebrate. Included in the score are options for staging as well as examples of how to make the piece more meaningful for both singers and audience. If you are looking for a fun and unique piece that also has heart, this is it!

Eneza Upendo (Spread Love) by Jim Papoulis, SSAB with piano and optional 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.”

Today’s Hope by Jacob Narverud, SAB with piano
With uplifting student-written lyrics, this pop-style original encourages young people to embrace their ability to affect change. “The power of hope today will fuel the dreams of tomorrow.” A strong contemporary groove and an irresistible hook will engage, inspire, and ignite enthusiasm. A few solo opportunities provide a platform for individual voices to shine.

I Am Song by Mark Burrows, 3-part mixed/SAB with piano
This Celtic-inspired original is an exceptional testament to music, a powerful tool for human expression. Compelling lyrics come from the unique perspective of song itself, “I am the spark that glows in you…the voice that grows in you…the hope that springs in you…the truth that rings in you.” A lilting 6/8 meter and sweeping choral lines garner an epic effect and create an impressive opener, closer, or concert theme.

A Joyful Sanctus by Cristi Cary Miller, 3-part mixed with piano
Here’s an energetic and exciting piece with a compelling melody perfect for the developing choir. The syncopated rhythms keep singers excited and focused while bringing energy and enthusiasm to every performance. A terrific selection for a concert or festival opener or closer!

Shenandoah arr. Roger Emerson, SAB with piano
Using rich, lush contemporary harmonies often found in pop and jazz settings and featuring voices that are often relegated to harmony this new setting of the familiar chanty is a joy to sing.

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About the Author:
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.

The Organ Music of DIANE BISH 29 August, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Very Best of Diane Bish: Six Solos for Organ
Titles include: “Finlandia,” “God of Our Fathers,” “Joy,” “Joyful, Joyful,” “A Mighty Fortress,” and “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”

The American Collection arr. Diane Bish
“The American Collection” contains five fabulous hymn arrangements by American organist extraordinaire, Diane Bish. Perhaps most exciting is the long-awaited printed version of “Jacob’s Ladder.” This concert favorite is finally available for others to play. Diane has also penned her concert arrangement of “Peace, Perfect Peace” and “The Lord’s My Shepherd” – wonderful, reflective selections. The collection rounds out with “A New Name in Glory” and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Variations on Hyfrydol arr. Diane Bish
Diane Bish’s new setting of the much-loved Welsh hymn tune Hyfrydol is a welcome addition to the organist’s library. The four flexible variations – which include a Schumannesque first variation, an incisive Baroque-like variation, a lyrical sarabande, and a toccata finale – could be played in whole or in part as a concert suite, or used for hymn introductions and interludes.

Dance of the Trumpets by Diane Bish
Dedicated to Janet Jarriel, Bish’s friend and agent. An energetic piece for manuals and pedals, of intermediate to advanced difficulty. The music was inspired by Psalm 150.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Diane Bish
Eight beautiful arrangements of classic hymns. Titles include: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” “All Through the Night,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” “Joy to the World,” “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and “Shall We Gather at the River.”

Classical Organ Favorites arr. Diane Bish
Diane Bish has carefully selected some of her most loved organ selections and made them available in one wonderful collection. Titles include: “Adagio in G minor” (Thomaso Albinoni), “Canon in D” (Pachelbel), “Overture from Royal Firework Music (G.F. Handel), “Sicilienne” (Theresia V. Paradis), and “Apres Un Reve” (Faure).

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

New Musicals from JOHN JACOBSON 28 August, 2023

Cookies! The Musical by John Jacobson
Roll out the sweetest musical this side of the oven! “Cookies! The Musical” by John Jacobson and Walter Jack is a wonderful musical for Kindergarten-Grade 3, celebrating friendship, togetherness, and learning to accept everyone for their differences. Watch as these delightful cookie characters come to life for your audience and take part in a scrumptious bake sale. It’s an unforgettable 25 minutes of sugary fun, with speaking lines, 2 parts and unison, and tastefully inclusive messaging! Get ready to get your bake on!

Bunnies! (A Hopping New Musical) by John Jacobson
Come join the hopping! “Bunnies! The Musical” is a fun, furry program for Kindergarten-Grade 3 singers. Featuring a heartwarming story of sharing and of course plenty of furry friends, this musical is sure to delight audiences. With speaking lines, solos, unison parts, a healthy message, and cutesy costumes, this 25-minute performance is a hippety hoppity good time! (Who can resist a fluffle of cute bunnies?)

Star Bucks! The Musical by John Jacobson
Santa is preparing for his annual trip around the world, led by Rudolph and the other reindeer. But wait – Rudolph is so stressed out that his nose will not shine. He needs a sabbatical! But who can take his place? Santa hosts a musical competition (a la “Dancing with the Stars”) to find out who will have the chance to be the next Star Buck and lead the sleigh. This wonderful holiday feature will be a hit with your audience. The approximate run time for this musical is 40 minutes.

American Song (A Patriotic Celebration) by John Jacobson
Introducing “American Song: A Musical Revue” – a celebration of the American spirit that’ll ignite hearts and minds nationwide! Join us on a 40-minute journey through cherished patriotic melodies and captivating original compositions by John Jacobson and Walter Jack, specially crafted for elementary students. Whether you’re planning an awe-inspiring Veterans Day tribute or a heartwarming Memorial Day showcase, “American Song” is an essential addition to your musical repertoire.

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God Almighty Is! New Anthems for Fall 2023 25 August, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

God Almighty Is! by Mary McDonald, SAB with piano and optional orchestra
This original anthem powerfully proclaims that God is “the light, he’s the courage, he’s the strength. Holy, holy, God Almighty! He is power and the glory, God Almighty is!” Celebrating the many attributes of God, the riveting melody and harmonies will lift the congregation in praise to God.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
Extracted from his best-selling choral work, “A Festival of Hymns,” this Lloyd Larson arrangement will serve as the perfect Call to Worship during the Fall season and any other time of year.

Down by the Riverside (with Standing in the Need of Prayer) arr. Mary McDonald, 2-part mixed with piano and optional rhythm
Combining two familiar spirituals, this dazzling arrangement utilizes an abundance of rhythmic energy to express the need to lay down our burdens and stand before the Lord in prayer. Written in a down-home gospel style, this piece is well-crafted and just plain fun.

I Came to Believe by Karen Crane/arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
This gently contemporary anthem from Karen Crane and Mary McDonald perfectly highlights the joy believers experience after finding new life in Christ. The meaningful verses combine with a rousing chorus to create a worship song that will inspire your congregation.

I Will Give Thanks by Craig Courtney, SATB with piano
Craig Courtney’s adaptation of Psalm texts creates a quiet reflection of gratitude that gradually crescendos to an overwhelming outpouring of praise. An eloquent expression of thanksgiving for the fall season or any general worship.

Lead Me Home arr. Joel Raney, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This soulful, gospel medley starts with “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” then segues into “Softly and Tenderly,” returning with a rousing gospel restating of the original hymn. The piano accompaniment is classic gospel and the mini-orchestration enhances the presentation.

Let the Song of Praise Be Heard by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Let the song be heard with this delightful original composition. The text is adapted from Psalm 100 and encourages us to celebrate with singing and lift our hands with joy to the Lord. Perfect for any celebratory occasion.

O Word of God arr. Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and optional B-flat or C instrument
A new tune for a worthy hymn text! Craig Courtney’s stately musical setting allows the various metaphors for Scripture to shine clearly in this anthem, suitable as a prayer for illumination or general worship. Optional congregation (reproducible hymn sheet included) and optional C or Bb instrument will add interest and strength to the SATB voices and piano.

Our Eternal Home by Joel Raney, SATB with piano and optional brass
This original composition uses the classic words of Isaac Watts; “Our God, our help in ages past,” and adds an original refrain. With its light, gospel feeling, this anthem will fill the hearts of choirs and audiences. The optional trumpets, horn and trombone add a New Orleans punch.

Pick Up a Crown by Heather Sorenson, SATB divisi a cappella
Heather Sorenson is a student of the traditional spiritual, and her skill shines brightly in this exciting new anthem. Starting with a slow, soulful solo accompanied by the choir, this dazzling selection quickly moves into an up-tempo groove that will keep feet tapping until the very end. Deftly featuring a wide variety of vocal textures, this contemporary spiritual will take some work, but the results will be worth it!

Psalm of Praise and Thanksgiving by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This multi-purpose anthem from the inspired pen of Mary McDonald is a winner! Set in a majestic 3/4 with a sweeping orchestration by Michael Lawrence, this anthem gradually builds toward a magnificent ending which invites the congregation to join the choir in singing the classic hymn, “Come, Thou Almighty King.”

River of Freedom by Brad Nix, SATB with piano
This soulful new anthem from Pamela Stewart and Brad Nix invites your congregation to find living water in Christ. The text is firmly rooted in scripture, and the music, set in a fun gospel 3/4, is a perfect marriage for the lyric. The part-writing is crafted for performance by a wide range of ensembles, and the ranges are manageable for most singers. Highly recommended!

Seekers of Your Heart arr. Mary McDonald, SAB with piano
This appealing arrangement is heartfelt and lyrical. The easy to sing melody will stick with your choir and congregation. The text reminds us to first know God and be seekers of God’s heart. A brief quote from “O Jesus Blest Redeemer” leads to a quiet, compelling ending.

Take It to the Lord in Prayer arr. Joel Raney, SAB with piano and optional rhythm
This rousing gospel presentation is built around the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and will have your choir singing from their hearts. A touch of the old gospel song, “Just a Little Talk with Jesus,” brings a sweet moment of nostalgia to this dynamic anthem.

Total Praise arr. Joel Raney, SAB with piano
This contemporary gospel song has become widely known for its simple message and powerful impact. Joel Raney pairs it with “Holy, Holy, Holy” and provides an accessible, Quick Study version maintaining all the gospel harmonies that make this a worship sensation.

Unto God by Joel Raney, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
This compelling, original composition dramatically proclaims God’s praises. There is a sweeping, colorful orchestration by Michael Lawrence. Building throughout to a powerful ending praising, “God of power, God of love!” This is sure to be a shining moment in any concert or worship service.

We Shall Rise by Stan Pethel, SATB with piano
This original anthem from Stan Pethel is full of joy and hope! In true southern gospel style, your basses will relish the moving lines, and each section of the choir is given fun, idiomatic part-writing. The bouncy piano accompaniment complements the package. This is one that you’ll return to many times during the church year!

What a Friend We Have in Jesus arr. Molly Ijames, SATB with piano
Here is a setting of this classic hymn unlike any you’ve heard before. Molly clothes this well-known melody in a gentle, folk-like style featuring a rhythmic piano accompaniment, beautiful choral layering, and unexpected harmonic surprises. This one will require a little work, but it will be well worth the effort.

Without Him arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Mylon LeFevre’s classic gospel song is given a fresh treatment in Mary McDonald’s new setting. Written for SATB choir, piano, and optional rhythm, your singers will enjoy preparing and presenting this inspired arrangement. The music opens with an a cappella presentation of the famous chorus, and then settles into a slow gospel groove that is one of Mary’s signatures. A modulation leads the anthem to its compelling conclusion.

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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.

Band Narratives for Reading Enjoyment 24 August, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

American Band by Kristen Laine
Every fall, marching bands take to the field in a uniquely American ritual. From the stands, it looks easy. You don’t see them sweat.

For millions of kids, band is more than a show. It’s a rite of passage – a first foray into leadership and adult responsibility, and a chance to learn what it means to be part of a community. Nowhere is band more serious than at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, where the entire town is involved with the success of its defending state champion band, the Marching Minutemen.

In the place where this tradition may have originated, in the city that became the band instrument capital of the world, band is a religion. But it’s not the only religion, as director Max Jones discovers. After four decades. Jones’s single-minded devotion to musical excellence has fallen out of step with a younger generation increasingly focused on personal salvation. In what his students do not know is his final season of directing, he has assembled his most ambitious show ever, for the strongest senior class he has ever directed. Amid conflicting notions of greatness, the band marches through a season that starts in hope and promise, progresses through uncertainty and disappointment, and ends, ultimately, in redemption.

American Band is an unusually intimate chronicle of life, in all its triumph, disappointment, and drama, in the kind of community in which most of America lives. It is an especially timely portrait, capturing as it does the spirit of the heartland at a time of profound change. If you have ever been – or yearned to be – part of something bigger than yourself, you will be rooting for the kids whose voices fill this book.

On the Path to Excellence by William Carson
From its humble beginnings in 1956, to triumphant concerts in Europe and at the Midwest Clinic, the Northshore Concert Band has led an existence full of twists and turns, adversity and tenacity. How did this group of eleven American Legion musicians evolve into one of the most influential adult bands in history? Follow the story of John Paynter, Barbara Buehlman, and other important musicians as they guide the Northshore Concert Band on the path to excellence.

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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.

We Will Do Miracles! New for High School Choir 23 August, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

for Mixed Choir
We Will Do Miracles by Dominick DiOrio, SATB with piano
Originally commissioned in a treble voicing for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s 25th anniversary, this new SATB voicing has been commissioned for the 2023 ACDA National Conference “Welcome” concert, with Henry Leck conducting. This is a fun, inspirational, and boisterous tune. The text is adapted from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road,” and is perfect for any occasion of joy and celebration. From the riveting dynamics to its strong lyrical message, this piece is a wonderful choice for any festival setting.

Capture the Sun by Eric Tsavdar, SATB with piano and percussion
Words and music by Eric Tsavdar are equally expressive and dramatic. The message of this song will have your singers motivated to reach for the sun. An excellent choice for honor choirs and concert performances.

Cecílíada by Marcin Wawruk, SATB a cappella and optional percussion
The patron saint of music, St. Cecilia, receives an energetic tribute with this delightful piece. It is one of those pieces that dances and sounds more complicated than it really is. No one will deny its joy. For high school to college and community choirs.

United by Michael Engelhardt, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Written in the Gospel style, “United” joyfully expresses the idea that when we are united we make a better way together. Upbeat, rhythmic, and full of life, this piece will make an excellent concert opener or closer and will be fantastic for honor choirs and festivals.

Autumn Vesper by Audrey Snyder/arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano
Newly arranged for SATB choirs by Jacob Narverud, this piece continues to be a mainstay of the choral repertoire. Emily Brontë’s poetry is beautifully set in a lyric song style. The musical painting of an autumn evening is superbly accomplished with flowing lines and a supportive accompaniment. The musical colors offer the ensemble many opportunities for expressive singing.

Bright Morning Stars arr. Ruth Elaine Schram, SATB with piano
In this stunning setting of the traditional Appalachian folk song, Schram has seamlessly paired this haunting tune with colorful vocal scorings and a captivating accompaniment, resulting in palate of sound that feels both modern and timeless. This well-crafted arrangement is a reminder of the intrinsic beauty can be found in a new and fresh interpretation of an ageless classic.

Domine Deus by David Caldarella, SATB divisi a cappella
Premiered by the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Chamber Singers in 2022, “Domine Deus” is a fast-paced work with a unique meter. While short, it is rich with modal inflections modulations, and is well-suited for intermediate high school and college choirs.

Os Justi by Eleanor Daley, SATB a cappella
A new voicing for mixed choirs of Daley’s classic setting of Psalm 37.

We Will Be the Light by Victor C. Johnson, SSATB with piano
An inspired and profound text is joined with a heartfelt and memorable melody to create a truly transformative musical experience for mixed choirs. With sensitive vocal writing and an artistic, yet supportive accompaniment, “We Will Be the Light” is a gentle reminder of the deep well of hope that lies within us and gives us all the inspiration to carry that light of hope wherever we go.

Sing We and Chant It by Bob Chilcott, SATB with piano and optional bass & drums
“Sing We and Chant It” sets the text of a well-known sixteenth-century madrigal of the same name by Thomas Morley in a jazz waltz style. Chilcott injects energy and fun into the piece through a quick three-time metre and extended and altered chords. This is an offprint from the four-movement work “Little Jazz Madrigals.” The optional bass and drum kit parts are printed in this vocal score.

Crowded Table arr. Andrea Ramsey, SATB with piano and optional fiddle
In an easy swing feel, this country pop song from new supergroup The Highwomen delivers a powerful message for women and girls to band together and hold one another up. The optional fiddle adds a nice touch to the pretty choral harmonies in this poignant selection.

for Treble Choir
Listen by Reena Esmail, SA with piano
In this beautiful setting of words by the composer, based on a quote by Brian Palmer, singers are encouraged to listen to the sounds and people around them in order to learn and grow: “one act of love, I know, for sure, is to listen.” “Listen” is suitable for upper-voice or children’s choirs, and its memorable melodies are accompanied by a simple and supportive rippling piano accompaniment.

In My World by Jim Papoulis, SSA with piano and percussion
Here are words and music that hold up the idea that we are able to find and experience peace and joy within our own world, even in tumultuous times, and navigate the world with our inner strength and collective strength combined. As always, Jim’s music is rhythmic, and engaging and full of love.

El Humo (The Smoke) by Eduardo Cota, 2-part with piano
Everyday imagery comes to life in “El Humo” by Eduardo Cota. Pictures of smoke trailing from chimneys up to the sky weave through a charming melody and accompaniment. This is a great selection for choirs learning how to sing in two parts, but its poetry and sonority also work well for older treble groups.

for Tenor/Bass Choir
Every Time by Jim Papoulis, TTBB with shaker, djembe, and optional piano
“I can see that beauty lives deep inside of me” is a message all young people are discovering. They can make a difference in the world if they believe this important sentiment. As always, Jim’s music is full of rhythm and energy. This song of hope and possibilities will inspire your singers and your audience.

Sing Out, My Soul by Marques L.A. Garrett, TTB with piano
This exuberant piece is the inaugural work in the new Beckenhorst Press Concert Series for school, community, and college choirs, edited by Dan Forrest. Commissioned by the Eastern Division of ACDA for their 2020 Conference, Marques L.A. Garrett’s driving rhythmic setting of William Henry Davies’ text encourages singer and listener alike to “sing out!” their songs of joy. A lyrical middle section provides opportunity for more contemplative expression, then eventually gives way to the return of overflowing joy.

O Quam Gloriosum by Jacob Narverud, TBB with piano
Vibrant, bold, rhythmic and harmonically rich, Narverud’s mixed meter accompanied Latin text setting is powerful. For the burgeoning or advanced tenor-bass chorus, it is sure to make your choir gloriously shine.

We Will Sing! by Cristi Cary Miller, TTB with piano
Here’s an exciting new piece for your middle school or developing high school tenor/bass choir. The lyrics and exciting meter changes make this a perfect selection for your festival opening or closing song. Singers will love the energy they produce through this uplifting offering.

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About the Author:
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.

Expressive Music for Young String Orchestra 22 August, 2023

English Country Reels and Dances (from Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779) by Ignatius Sancho/arr. Jeremy Woolstenhulme, Grade 1.5
Four dances and reels from Sancho’s “Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779,” comprise this upbeat medley. Originally composed for harpsichord, the music is definitely reminiscent of British social dancing found during the mid to late 18th century. Country dancing back in the day referred to dance of the upper classes. When music of this style was published, they were organized into collections and dancing figures were often included in the publications. These figures referred to formations made by the dancers such as circular, round, and other geometric patterns including squares and triangles. Overall, country dances as music and as actual dances were fairly simple and not terribly formal.

Ascension by Samuel Gelfer, Grade 1.5
Take your orchestra on a soaring journey with upward rising phrases in this original work for young players. All sections explore the key of B minor with no extended finger patterns in this exciting theme. The first violin section ventures into notes on the E string and all students will get to practice easy hooked bowing. “Ascension” offers students an adventure in a new key and tonality with a dramatic performance piece.

Eclipse by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Eclipse is an easy-to-learn rock-style tune that will energize your orchestra and introduce improvisation in a fun setting! With a flexible score including optional violin 2, piano, and drum set, your students can achieve a big, impressive sound. The improv section includes a notated solo option in every part, or students can improv while the rest of the orchestra vamps in the background. A confidence-building showstopper!

Hornpipe and Bourée (from Water Music Suite No. 2) by G.F. Handel/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2.5
This joyful arrangement pairs George Frideric Handel’s “Hornpipe and Bourrée (from Water Music Suite No. 2)” in the form of a minuet and trio. In the original key of F major, Deborah Baker Monday has taken great care to ensure all parts are engaging while staying remarkably true to Handel’s original intent. Comfortably playable by developing musicians and a delightful arrangement for concert or festival.

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THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature with Jim Gallagher 21 August, 2023

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 26, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 30th annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon. Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

NEW Carols for Choirs 6 18 August, 2023

carols for choirs 6

Carols for Choirs 6: 50 Christmas Carols compiled and edited by Bob Chilcott & David Hill
To celebrate the centenary of the Oxford University Press Music Department, this volume of 50 new carols complements the five previous volumes, bringing new names and styles to the series while providing a complete resource for choirs from Advent to Epiphany.

Featuring newly commissioned carols and arrangements of classic melodies, the collection showcases some of today’s most exciting names in choral composition.

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New Teaching Pieces for STRINGS 17 August, 2023

A Grainger Suite by Percy Grainger/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
“A Grainger Suite” explores various styles, techniques, and simple chromaticism. The three movements include “Country Gardens,” “Irish Tune From County Derry,” and “Children’s March.” Robert D. McCashin has done an excellent job of making this accessible to intermediate groups while staying true to the character of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s original music. A perfect way to work on phrasing and chromatic fingerings without requiring a great deal of technique.

A Utopian Fantasia by Anthony Granata, Grade 3
“A Utopian Fantasia” by Anthony Granata depicts a beautifully majestic and serene landscape shrouded in mystery and wonder. Set in the key of E minor, the opening features a rich legato ballad with an eerily somber melody passing through each section of the orchestra. The mood abruptly shifts to a jarring and heavily accented six-note motif. Reminiscent of Classical literature, a small contrapuntal passage develops this motif, interspersed with the original opening melody. Inversions of the theme finally give way to a call-and-response dialogue within the different sections of the orchestra before finally ending quietly and slowly with a subtle hint to the opening.

Capriol Dances by Peter Warlock/arr. Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 3
Warlock’s enigmatic “Capriol Suite” has long been a favorite for orchestra concert and contest events. Two of the most famous movements, Basse-Danse and Mattachins (Sword Dance), are adapted here for intermediate orchestra, allowing younger students to experience the high-energy melodies and unique harmonies of these popular dances. These thoughtfully-arranged pieces work well at a variety of tempi, from moderate to presto, according to the ensemble’s ability. An exciting concert opener or closer!

Jet Stream by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3
Based on a a 3-note rhythmic motif, “Jet Stream” is jazzy, high energy original work with strong melodies and infectious rhythmic components. Shifting is not required. Opt. Drum Set and Piano.

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Inspiring Organ & Piano Duets 16 August, 2023

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

Glory and Honor, Praise and Adoration! arr. Lloyd Larson
From contemplative to celebratory, Lloyd Larson’s colorful settings make the most of the expressive sounds of the organ and piano in this worshipful collection. With hymn arrangements suitable for Christmas, Easter, and everything in between, you and your duet partner will welcome this inspiring addition to the repertoire. Titles include: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Crown Him Lord of All!,” and “Gloria In Excelsis Deo.”

Festive Hymn Settings for Piano & Organ arr. Joel Raney
Here are 15 duets for piano and organ for a variety of occasions throughout the church year. There are selections for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and general occasions. These settings are derived from Joel’s popular series of Worship Openers. While the Worship Openers are extended works that include optional handbells, choir, and sometimes brass, these arrangements have been condensed and modified in order to make them more accessible for busy church musicians who are looking for exciting preludes, offertories, and special music. Titles include: “All Hail the Power,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” “Joy to the World!,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Lift High the Cross,” “Lord of the Dance,” “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “O Worship the King,” “The Gift of Love,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past arr. Mark Hayes & Marvin Gaspard
After decades of requests for another duet book, Mark Hayes and Marvin Gaspard teamed up again to create this volume of festive hymn arrangements for piano and organ. Their collaborative writing style draws on their creative similarities and differences to produce some of the finest music available within this unique genre. The ten hymns in the book span the entire church year, with both general and seasonal selections, and each piece includes program notes. This “must have” collection will provide tremendous service and concert duo literature for years to come. Titles include: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship,” “Coventry Carol,” “For All the Saints,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”

The Holy Presence arr. Jan Linker & Jane McFadden
Janet Linker and Jane McFadden have arranged four piano and organ duets for wedding and general use. Titles include: “Be Thou My Vision,” “The Holy Presence,” “Pachelbel’s Canon in D,” and “Prelude on HYFRYDOL”

Bock to Bock arr. Fred Bock
From a wonderful series of five volumes, this first collection features 10 hymns specifically arranged for piano/organ duets. Titles include: “Can It Be?,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” “Healer of Broken Hearts,” “I’ll Tell the World That I’m a Christian,” “Lead On, O King Eternal,” “Love Was When,” “Moment by Moment,” “Near the Cross,” and “There’s Something About That Name.”

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Three Preludes on American Hymntunes arr. Charles Callahan
This collection of duets includes arrangements of the tunes He Leadeth Me; Resignation; and Pleading Savior. Each piece is the appropriate length to be used as a prelude or offertory.

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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.

Piano Music of Black Composers 15 August, 2023

Expanding the Repertoire: Piano Music of Black Composers compiled and edited by Leah Claiborne
The Expending the Repertoire series aims to bring previously unsung piano literature to students and teachers for memorable discoveries. These volumes feature music of Black composers in progressive order, and includes pedagogical notes by Leah Claiborne, an expert in the field

Level 1: Elementary to Upper Elementary
LEAH CLAIBORNE: Chit-Chat; Jumping the Broom; The King’s Magic Drum; Left Alone; The Unsung; JAMES & JOHN JOHNSON: Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. Leah Claiborne); ULYSSES KAY: Slumber Song from 10 Short Essays for Piano; IGNATIUS SANCHO: Lady Mary Montague’s Reel from 12 Country Dances for the Year 1779; HALE SMITH; An Asphodel for Marcel from Faces of Jazz; Blooz from Faces of Jazz; BLANCHE K. THOMAS: Selections from Plantation Songs in Easy Arrangements: Go Down, Moses; I’m Troubled in Mind; Lord, I Want to Be a Christian; Steal Away; Tryin’ to Make Heaven My Home; We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.

Level 2: Early Intermediate to Intermediate
FRANCIS JOHNSON: Fort Erie from A Collection of New Cotillions in 1818; ULYSSES KAY: Make Believe from 10 Short Essays for Piano; March Song from 10 Short Essays for Piano; ESTELLE RICKETTS: Rippling Spring Waltz; CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES: Adagio in F minor; IGNATIUS SANCHO: All of One Mind; HALE SMITH: That’s Mike from Faces of Jazz; The Broken Saxophone from Faces of Jazz; BLANCHE K. THOMAS: Selections from Plantation Songs in Easy Arrangements: Go Tell It on the Mountain; I Ain’t Goin’ to Study War No More; I’m A-Rollin’ Thro’ an Unfriendly World; I’ve Got a Robe; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord).

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NEW Organ Titles from MorningStar Music 14 August, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me arr. Edwin T. Childs
This collection of frequently used favorite hymns is appropriate for worship services as well as funerals. Titles include: “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Give Me Jesus,” “In Christ There Is No East or West,” “Steal Away,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” and “Were You There.”

30 Reharmonizations for Organ arr. André Lash
The fervor of hymn singing in congregations, where the composer spent five decades as organist and Minister of Music, inspired spontaneous creation of many of the accompaniments in this collection.

Seven Versets on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern arr. Tom Mueller
Based on the practices of the French Classical organ tradition, with an opening plein jeu, and a closing grand jeu. The various interior movements display a wide variety of compositional color.

Adagietto by Gerald Near
Near has composed a lush, original work that can be used in both worship and recitals.

Advent Organ Book (Seven Hymn Settings for Advent) arr. Michael D. Costello
This delightful collection of fresh arrangements sets seven traditional Advent melodies. Titles include: “Prepare the Royal Highway,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying,” “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You,” “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers,” and “Savior of the Nations, Come.”

Noël (French Romantic Organ Music for Christmas) arr. Michael Burkhardt
Noël, the French word for “Christmas”, has been used to identify a genre of organ works for the Christmas Season since the time of the French Baroque Period. Noëls (carols and shepherd songs) provided organists with the opportunity to improvise variations on recognizable tunes in and out of worship during the Christmas Season. This collection provides a critical and practical edition of selected works. Includes settings by Pierre-Joseph Candeille, César Franck, Eugène Gigout, Alexandre Guilmant, Louis Lefébure-Wély, Clément Loret, Henri Mulet, and Charles Tournemire.

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

Peaceful Piano by Mark Hayes 11 August, 2023

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

Peaceful Piano (25 Meditative Interludes and Underscores for Worship) by Mark Hayes
Here is a collection for your keyboard ministry that is both innovative and practical. Legendary arranger Mark Hayes has written 25 original vignettes designed to be used as service music. They can successfully underscore times of prayer, transition, or scripture reading, and can even be used as offertories. Each brief selection is intermediate in difficulty, and the table of contents highlights the key of each piece for easy reference. This is a volume that you will use again and again!

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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.

Piano Music by Women Composers 10 August, 2023

Piano Music by Women Composers compiled and edited by Immanuela Gruenberg
When editor Immanuela Gruenberg set out to compile these collections, she searched for the following: beautiful, interesting compositions that students will love playing, teachers love teaching, and audiences will appreciate while showcasing as many female composers as possible.

Book 1 features 40 upper elementary to early intermediate level pieces and Book 2 features 30 intermediate to upper intermediate level pieces from a total of 21 women composers. Books include short bios about each composer as well as a preface by the editor.

Composers represented include: Amy Beach, Mélanie Bonis, Cécile Chaminade, Fredrikke Egeberg, Louise Farrenc, Emma Hartmann, Cécile Hartog, Marie Jaëll, Natalia Janotha, Josephine Lang, Kate Loder, Marianna Martines, Emilie Mayer, Fanny Mendelssohn, Adele Aus Der Ohe, Fanny Scholfield Petrie, Delphine Von Schauroth, Clara Schumann, Anna Stubenberg, Marie Szymanowska, and Stephanie Vrabely.

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Gear Up for Fall with Beginning Jazz Methods 09 August, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method by Dean Sorenson & Bruce Pearson
This book, from the indispensable Standard of Excellence family, is the one that others compare themselves to! The Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method is a comprehensive jazz instruction book for group or individual study. Targeted at middle-school age band students, the SOE Jazz Ensemble Method provides the missing links between performance and theory to help students reach their full potential while sparking a lifelong enthusiasm for jazz music. EASY TO TEACH! Features include: 13 full-performance charts (buy one book, get a whole year of concert material); sounds great with a full band or reduced instrumentation; uses “real” jazz terminology used by “real” jazz musicians; extensive comprehensive director’s book chock full of great lesson material; three style sections focus on Rock, Swing and Latin styles; play-along CD in every book for home practice; supplemental books for Flute, Clarinet, French Horn and Tuba.

First Place for Jazz by Dean Sorenson
“First Place for Jazz” is a comprehensive jazz curriculum built from the ground up essential for implementing the jazz ensemble curriculum. The book is divided into three sections by key: Concert Bb, F, and Eb. Within each section the major, Mixolydian, Dorian, and blues scales and correlated chords of that key are introduced through Jazz Starters, Rhythm Section Spotlights, and Rhythm Sectionals. These enrichments prepare students to play each of the 12 original grade 1-2 Jazz Ensemble Charts and Lead Sheets. Suitable for group or individual instruction, this unique organization, combined with a host of innovative features including Kjos Interactive Practice Studio and availability in SmartMusic, will provide bands with the tools it will need.

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble by Mike Steinel
Here’s everything you need to start a beginning jazz ensemble! It doesn’t matter if you’re knowledgeable in the field of jazz, this method will get you and your students swinging the right way in no time. The important elements of playing styles unique to jazz are introduced and reinforced through easy exercises and ten full ensemble arrangements. Basic jazz theory and history are also introduced. The beginning steps to jazz improvisation are covered beginning with simple two-measure phrases. All the exercises and compositions can be played by a full jazz ensemble, or individually with online audio access included with each book. Listening to good jazz players is one of the best ways to learn, and playing along with the audio tracks is an excellent way for students to hear how jazz is played. With “Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble,” you’ll be laying a solid foundation in jazz that your students can grow on!

The Articulate Jazz Musician by Caleb Chapman & Jeff Coffin
Award-winning jazz educator Caleb Chapman and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin have created a highly effective approach to jazz articulation. Step by step, “The Articulate Jazz Musician” details Caleb’s proven approach for mastering the fundamentals of jazz articulation, phrasing, and interpretation. The play-along tracks are designed for C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments. Rhythm section instruments can use the play-along tracks as a “how to play it” reference. The tracks feature a world-class quartet of Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Victor Wooten (bass), Roy “Futureman” Wooten (drums), and Chris Walters (piano). This method makes approaching jazz articulation easy and fun. Follow the explanations, do lots of listening, play along, practice what you have heard, and before long, you too will be an articulate jazz musician!

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About the Author:
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.

Organ Music for Memorial Services 08 August, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Oxford Book of Funeral and Memorial Music for Organ arr. Julian Elloway
“The Oxford Book of Funeral and Memorial Music for Organ” is a collection of practical repertoire for organists playing at funerals, memorial services, and services of thanksgiving. Covering a broad range of music for players of intermediate ability, it includes a mixture of established repertoire, attractive new arrangements of well-known works, and newly commissioned pieces.

The Organ Funeral Album arr. Gunther Martin Göttsche & Uwe-Karsten Groß
This nondenominational sampler presents well-known organ pieces for use in funeral services. It is aimed primarily at semiprofessional organists who have to play on the usually modest instruments found in cemetery chapels. The volume contains organ pieces both with and without chorale cantus firmus. It has been compiled by two professional church musicians, one Catholic and the other Lutheran, thereby reflecting present day musical practice at funerals. The volume includes many pieces often requested at funerals, such as the “Pie Jesu” from Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s “Ave verum,” and Brahms’s “In Peace and Joy I Now Depart.” The pieces are presented in simplified form, without the use of the pedals. However, their compositional quality remains untouched and the stylistic breadth extends to church songs with popular music styles, thereby offering organists a very wide selection. Page turns within a given piece have been avoided wherever possible. In addition to a table of contents and thumbnail biographies, there is an explanatory preface.

The Memorial Album arr. Charles Callahan
Thirty selections for funerals or memorial services. Five original hymn tune settings, and transcriptions of pieces by Franck, Guilmant, Davies, Pachelbel, Chopin, Bach, and many others. A must-have for your library.

Grace Will Lead Me Home arr. Kevin Hildebrand
Kevin Hildebrand’s masterful craftsmanship of accessible organ settings is evident in this collection. As with his other easy organ collections, these settings were written to lie under the feet and fingers of most organists. Although written with funerals and memorial services in mind, these settings will find use as chorale preludes for any given Sunday for which the tunes are appropriate. Titles include “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Beautiful Savior,” “For All the Saints,” “Abide with Me,” and others.

Rest In the Lord arr. Janet Linker
16 organ solos for funeral and memorial services. Titles include: Amazing Grace; But the Lord Is Mindful of His Own (from Mendelssohn’s “St. Paul”), Fairest Lord Jesus (Beautiful Savior), For All the Saints, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, I Know My Redeemer Liveth (from Handel’s “The Messiah”), In the Garden, It Is Well With My Soul, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, More Love to Thee O Christ/O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, My Hope IS Built, Now Thank We All Our God, O God Our Help in Ages Past, O Rest in the Lord (from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”) and On Eagle’s Wings.

Funeral Music for Manuals arr. Charles Callahan
Tunes: DEEP RIVER EVENTIDE GELOBT SEI GOTT NEW BRITAIN (AMAZING GRACE) ST. ANNE ST. COLUMBA SINE NOMINE SLANE VICTORY/PALESTRINA

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

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Reading Sessions with Joel Raney 07 August, 2023

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Joel Raney
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Joel Raney as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His love for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama and it continues to strongly influence his music. After completing his degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Alabama, he went on to earn a Masters in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. As the guiding creative force at Hope Publishing, he has hundreds of titles in print.

Besides his composing and arranging, Joel is a sought-after music clinician, choral conductor, and piano soloist. When not on the road, Joel is Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park with his wife Susie.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Joel Raney
$5.00

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

NEW Disney Adult Piano Adventures 04 August, 2023

Disney Adult Piano Adventures Book 1 by Nancy & Randall Faber
Adult Piano Adventures Disney Book 1 offers a bounty of beloved classic and current Disney hits for beginning adult learners. Check out 29 favorites from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Coco, Frozen, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and so many more. The easy, tuneful arrangements span the skillset of the Adult Piano Adventures Course Book 1, or can function as an ideal review for those in Book 2. Optional teacher duets provide rich harmony and rhythmic support. With focus on the keys of C and G major and I, IV, and V7 chords, the adult learner can enjoy a treasury of Disney’s most famous songs.

Titles include: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “I See the Light,” “Step in Time,” “Part of Your World,” “It’s a Small World,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Gaston,” “Remember Me,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “He’s a Pirate,” “The Bare Necessities,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” “A Whole New World,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Let It Go,” “I’ve Got a Dream,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Under the Sea,” “Bella Notte,” “Reflection,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life,” “Proud Corazon,” “Fathoms Below,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Classic Titles from H.W. Gray for Organ 03 August, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

At the Organ with Virgil Fox
A performer’s edition of the most often performed organ works of the renowned Virgil Fox. This collection includes his markings, registrations and performance hints. 29 pieces are included ranging from chorale settings, Christmas music, transcriptions of choral and orchestral works to an exciting arrangement of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Titles include: “Adagio from Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor” (J.S. Bach), “Adagio Cantabile” (J.S. Bach), “Arioso” (J.S. Bach), “Cantabile Symphonique” (Camille Saint-Saens), “Come Sweetest Death, Come Blessed Rest” (J.S. Bach), “Echo Noel” (Louis Claude D’Aquin), “Fanfares from Parsifal” (Richard Wagner), “Giga” (M. Enrico Bossi), “Good King Wenceslas” (Traditional), “Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah” (George Frideric Handel), “In Dulci Jubilo” (Traditional), “In Dulci Jubilo” (J.S. Bach), “In Dulci Jubilo” (Franz Liszt), “Joy to the World” (George Frideric Handel), “Libera Me from Requiem” (Gabriel Faure), “Nocturne from Shylock” (Gabriel Faure), “Noel Sue Les Flutes” (Louis Claude D’Aquin), “Now Thank We All Our God” (J.S. Bach), “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Traditional), “Pastoral Symphony from Messiah” (George Frideric Handel), “Perpetuum Mobile” (Wilhelm Middleschulte), “Rigaudon from Idomenee” (Andre Campra), “Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele” (J.S. Bach), “Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele” (Johannes Brahms), “Sheep May Safely Graze” (J.S. Bach), “Silent Night” (Franz Gruber), “Simple Gifts” (Traditional), “The Star-Spangled Banner” (Traditional), and “Ye Sweet Retreat” (William Boyce).

Seventy-Nine Chorales, Op. 28 by Marcel Dupré
Marcel Dupré prepared these short works, not as “another version” of the famous chorales and chorale preludes of J.S. Bach, but rather as a means of making the beginning organist aware of the beautiful chorale melodies and to prepare him or her for the study of Bach’s works. Included are registration suggestions, fingering, pedaling notation, and dynamics. This is an important book for the development of the organist’s technical and artistic skills, and at the same time for the presentation of beautiful organ chorales.

Fifteen Pieces for Organ by Marcel Dupré
Written in 1920, and originally published in 1934, this 3-section collection for organ features beautiful settings based on Antiphons (1-5), Ave Maris Stella (1-4), and Magnificat (1-6), for the experienced organist.

Ten Trios on Familiar Hymns arr. David Lasky
Lasky has once again created a wonderful collection of intermediate-level hymn arrangements based on tunes found in most all denominational hymnals. This collection will be useful throughout the church year for church musicians, and these trios will be good exercises for organ students, too. Tunes included are: “Azmon,” “Detroit,” “Duke Street,” “Houston,” “King’s Weston,” “Nettleton,” “Orientis Partibus,” “Resignation,” “St. Agnes,” and “Westminster Abbey.”

Organ Music for Meditation and Praise by Robert J. Powell
Noted composer/arranger Robert J. Powell introduces a collection of original organ solos. All are useful for service pieces, and easily learned. Suitable to any size instrument. Titles include: “Fanfare,” “Meditation,” “Andante,” “God Is Gone Up,” “Tranquility,” “Pastorale,” and “Festival Praise.”

The Organist’s Anthology, Volume 2: Preludes, Postludes, and Special Music
This essential collection of service music gives organists a wide variety of musical styles featuring pieces for Easter, Christmas, weddings, and general use. Titles include: “Prelude on I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord,” “Partita on an Early American Folk Hymn (Foundation),” “Wedding March” (Mendelssohn), “Bridal Chorus” (Wagner), “Easter Morn,” Bach “Sinfonia, Chorale, and Variation,” “Simple Gifts,” Bach’s “Sinfonia from Wir Danken Dir, Gott,” “Fanfare on America the Beautiful,” “Prelude on Amazing Grace,” Rachmaninoff’s “Eighteenth Variation from Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini,” and many more.

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

Spirituals for Organ 02 August, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Spirituals for Organ (Vibrant Settings with Jazz Spirit) arr. Marianne Kim
The music and lyrics of African American spirituals form a rich tradition that has become an important part of Christian worship across the world. They were strong expressions of deep religious faith in the midst of tremendous adversity, and it is through that resonance that they speak powerfully to the hearts of Christians today. Marianne Kim’s organ music always draws on jazz, blues, and gospel elements-styles that (because of their shared African American roots) are especially effective when applied to spirituals. These pieces will be useful as preludes, offertories, and postludes. Titles include: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Ain’t-a That Good News,” “Fix Me, Jesus,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Steal Away,” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

Spirituals for Keyboard arr. Charles Callahan
Classic spirituals. Includes: He Rose ASCENSIUS There Is a Balm in Gilead BALM IN GILEAD Behold That Star BEHOLD THAT STAR Kum Ba Yah KUM BA YAH/DESMOND Go, Tell It on the Mountain GO TELL IT Lord, I Want to Be a Christian I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN Let Us Break Bread Together LET US BREAK BREAD Steal Away to Jesus STEAL AWAY Swing Low, Sweet Chariot SWING LOW Were You There WERE YOU THERE

That Promised Land arr. David Kidwell
Stemming from vast joys and monumental sorrows deeply rooted in history, African American spirituals compose much of today’s strongest American sacred repertoire. David Kidwell prepared ten passionate arrangements for organ that express the faith and hope of the spirituals in instrumental form. Contained within the volume are several well-known spirituals as well as a few less-familiar tunes. Titles include: “I Woke Up This Morning,” “Deep River,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Give Me Jesus,” “Ride On, King Jesus,” “Steal Away,” “I’ve Been in the Storm So Long,” “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “Were You There?,” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

Great Day! (Seven Spirituals for Organ) arr. Robert J. Powell
Powell has arranged seven familiar African-American Spirituals that can be used throughout the church year. Titles include: “Deep River,” “Great Day!,” “I’ve Got a Robe,” “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “Steal Away to Jesus,” and “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.”

Spirituals for Manuals Only or Keyboard arr. Edwin T. Childs
A wonderful compilation of well-known spirituals for manuals-only organ! Each setting in this diverse collection offers rich and interesting treatment of the traditional harmonies. A joy for every organist! Tunes include: “Balm in Gilead,” “Bread Bread Together,” “Burleigh,” “Calvary,” “Give Me Jesus,” “Jesus Lifted Me,” “McKee,” “Sojourner,” “Sufferer,” “This Joy,” “Wade in the Water,” “Weary Land,” and “Were You There.”

Spirituals for Organ (Artistic Expressions of Faith and Joy) arr. Mark Hayes/ed. Marvin Gaspard
Mark Hayes’ artistic expressions of faith and joy once again grace the organ rack, this time thanks to the care of Marvin Gaspard. These spiritual arrangements draw on the jazz, blues, and gospel side of Mark’s writing, and the results overflow with passion and character. The collection provides suitable selections for preludes, offertories, and postludes throughout the year. Titles include: “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “Go Down, Moses,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “Here’s One,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”

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