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The Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series 29 September, 2023

The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers is a project that Jason Max Ferdinand has thought about since 2001. He had the sound of the ensemble in his head, and had plans to make a debut the summer of 2020, but COVID19 forced a hiatus. In January of 2021, a creative opportunity was asked of Jason, and after some hesitation and contemplation, he decided to take a dive into the deep, feeling he would be a dupe not to heed the signs!

This malleable ensemble contains a wide range of professionals that range from award winning artists and singers, to lawyers and college professors. The ensemble is on a mission to promote black excellence through choral literature of contrasting styles, while advocating for inclusion, diversity, and unity within our various societies throughout the world.

New publications in the Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series from Gentry Publications include:
Soon (A Choral Fantasy on Soon I Will Be Done) arr. John Stoddart, SATB divisi with piano
Here’s a choral fantasy on the traditional African American spiritual, “Soon I Will Be Done.” The grave Wagnerian opening sets the stage for the fiery main theme of the piece–a triplet feeling motif in the lower piano that continues under each chorus statement of the melody. The choir re-enters in the role of the “orchestra” in the second chorus with a haunting legato counter melody that leads up to the first verse. Each verse should have a Gospel/Stride feel with the choir, particularly the upper voices, switching to a more Gospel sound and rhythmic feel. The A sections should be performed with aggression and angst to contrast the calm legato middle section. That middle section is our musical prayer of hope that, like the sentiment of this Spiritual, will continue to live in our hearts despite the sometimes difficult realities of life.

This Land Is Your Land arr. Blake Morgan, SATB divisi a cappella with optional rhythm
You have never heard “This Land Is Your Land” quite like this one. The arranger, Blake Morgan said: “I felt it was fitting to illuminate one of Guthrie’s original verses, placed at the heart of this new rendition for the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers. We all have unique stories of what this land means for us, but like the songwriter himself, I believe it was made – and still can be made – for you and me.” The double-choir setting is accompanied by piano, percussion, and bass. This will be an audience favorite.

The Holy City arr. John Stoddart, SATB divisi with piano and optional organ and/or chamber orchestra
Offered for SATB divisi choir and piano with optional chamber orchestra and organ accompaniment, this powerful and majestic hymn arrangement by John Stoddard is brought to you as part of the Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series. Notably performed by the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers, this fierce arrangement was masterfully designed to have a powerful effect on singer and listener alike.

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Strong Charts for Little Big Band 28 September, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin/arr. Jim Weisheit, Medium
Excellent orchestration of one of the most famous Ragtime pieces written by Scott Joplin, the King Of Ragtime. No ad-lib solos. Tpt. 1 top note G5 top of staff. Complete transposed score.

All the Things You Are arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Using duet pairings mixed in with counterlines and background figures from the entire ensemble, this medium swing chart is scored for small band but still has a rich full sound. Includes solos for alto and trumpet.

A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie/arr. Michael P. Mossman, Grade 3.5
Michael Mossman takes Dizzy Gillespie’s signature tune into new territory, with a touch of mambo in this distinctive arrangement. A perfect way to showcase a trumpet soloist, the full ensemble also plays in important role in this sophisticated and dynamic arrangement for little big band.

Spain by Chick Corea/arr. John LaBarbera, Grade 4
John La Barbera has taken his well-known version of Chick Corea’s “Spain” and done a great job of adapting it for the small band format. Certainly an exciting offering for mature players in an arrangement for six horns plus rhythm.

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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.

Autism & Piano Study 27 September, 2023

Autism & Piano Study: A Basic Teaching Vocabulary by Dr. Scott Price
An in-depth discussion of the practice of teaching, day-to-day struggles in communication and exchange of knowledge, and the quest for equity and inclusion. The book covers adaptive teaching and how to learn to change traditional approaches to meet the needs of students. This scholarly edition defines the practice of piano teaching at its fundamental levels, codifying those definitions, and creating and navigating an instructional process that meets the needs of students with autism.

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Among the Stars You’ll Shine: Five Star Features for Concert Band 26 September, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Among the Stars, You’ll Shine by Chris M. Bernotas, Grade 1
Embodying the idea of being part of something larger than yourself, but also valued as a unique individual, “Among the Stars, You’ll Shine” by Chris M. Bernotas is the perfect choice for developing an expressive style of performance with your students. While predominantly lyrical, there are plenty of contrasts and opportunities for all your students to shine.

Northern Lights by Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 3
The northern lights – also known as aurora borealis – are the subject of this stunning piece by Yukiko Nishimura, which weaves together individual musical lines to create a beautiful texture and sonority. The waves of light are similar to the waveform of sound frequencies, and these linear musical sequences depict that concept. “Northern Lights” is a spectacular work that will captivate your students.

Proxima B by Steven J. Pyter, Grade 3
Where in the galaxy, other than Earth, could human life survive? “Proxima B” may be the answer to this cosmic question. The planet orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. First discovered in 2016, NASA says, “The exoplanet is at a distance from its star that allows temperatures mild enough for liquid water to pool on its surface.” Journey over four light years to the twin star system of Alpha Centauri in “Proxima B” by Steven J. Pyter. Hear and feel the excitement and danger of traveling beyond our solar system in this sci-fi-inspired, cinematic-style concert work that is sure to capture the imagination of performers and audiences! This piece was the 2022 winner of the National Band Association Young Band Composition Contest.

Rio Bravo by Scott Watson, Grade 2
“Rio Bravo” draws on artifacts of iconic western film music to portray the rugged landscape surrounding one of the longest, most fabled rivers in North America. The challenging, arid region along the “brave river” that divides Mexico from the southwestern United States – depicted in many a song and story – is characterized by mountains, canyons, and desert plains. The river, known north of the border as the Rio Grande, has called to itself settlers, cattle drivers, gunslingers, and outlaws. “Rio Bravo” transports listeners to a time and place where legends of the old west were made!

Champions of Our Future by Jon Bubbett, Grade 2
This energetic opener explodes off the top and never lets up throughout the work. Driving rhythms, strong melodies, and clever harmonies make this a great piece for both performers and audiences. “Champions of Our Future” was written for the Thompson Middle School Symphonic Band by Jon Bubbett to honor the leadership of Alabaster, AL City Schools and all they have done to promote band programs in the community.

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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.

A New & Glorious Morn! Christmas Cantatas for 2023 25 September, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

A New & Glorious Morn! (Celebrating the Light and Life of Christmas) by Lloyd Larson
“A New and Glorious Morn!” reminds us of the reality that, in Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. Through the birth of this tiny baby, the promise of eternal life is now given to anyone who will receive God’s message of salvation through faith. Using his signature blend of familiar lyrics and melodies coupled with compelling original material, Lloyd Larson retells and celebrates this timeless story in a unique and memorable way. Orchestrated by Ed Hogan and available in both SATB and SAB editions, numerous accompaniment options – from piano only to live instruments to a recorded track – are available for this 30-minute musical. Lloyd’s choral writing is always well supported and beautifully crafted, so this is a perfect option for choirs of any size who wish to start, or restart, a Christmas cantata tradition.

O Holy Light by Mary McDonald
From the shimmering opening chords to the final climactic finish, “O Holy Light” carries singers and listeners through a journey of the celebration of the Light of the world. Filled with beloved carols and exciting new songs from the inimitable Mary McDonald, this cantata captures the many moods of Christmas with a fresh voice. The narration explores God’s Light contrasted with the world’s darkness, and how the Holy Light of Jesus will never be quenched. The lighting of five symbolic candles during the cantata along with an optional congregational candlelight moment is thrilling. Joyful throughout, it’s the sort of cantata that will be remembered for years to come.

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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.

Journey of Faith by Lloyd Larson 22 September, 2023

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

A Journey of Faith arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson explores the hardships, joys, and ultimate triumph of our earthly journey in this heartfelt collection. You’ll enjoy these delightful arrangements of a wide variety of hymns, and the arranger’s instinctive pianism is on display in every measure. Lloyd brings his customary skill, imagination, and emotional depth to each arrangement, and they are all sure to bring your listeners into a deeper sense of worship.

Titles include: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” “God Leads Us Along,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “O for a Closer Walk with God (with Where He Leads Me),” “Higher Ground,” “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “He Leadeth Me (with Lead Me, Lord),” and “God Will Take Care of You.”

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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.

New Titles from Eric Whitacre 21 September, 2023

All Seems Beautiful to Me by Eric Whitacre, SATB a cappella
Commissioned by the United States Air Force Band, Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor based on the 1819 poem by Walt Whitman.

Goodnight Moon by Eric Whitacre, SSA with piano
Originally composed for harp, string orchestra and solo soprano, next adapted for soprano and piano and now finally available for choir and piano. This SA setting takes a whimsical approach to the text we as parents have read hundreds of times. The harmonic structure is transparent and the choral writing is smart and a joy to sing.

Little Tree by Eric Whitacre, SATB with piano
Composed in 1996, this festive choral work for Christmas is based on a text by E.E. Cummings. The commission came from San Francisco Symphony Chorus conductor Vance George, who was looking for a new work to perform at their annual Christmas concert. George was looking for a work that not only highlighted the 80-strong choir but also their accompanist, Marc Shapiro. Whitacre had an incredibly tight deadline to meet, but of course he still took this exciting project on.

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Give Thanks to God: Anthems for Communion & Thanksgiving 20 September, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Give Thanks to God by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional handbells
This charming original composition is appropriate for Thanksgiving or general use. The choral parts are accessible, and the optional handbell part adds elegance and beauty. “Now Thank we All Our God” is briefly quoted in the middle section.

Bread of Life by Joel Raney, SATB with piano
This compelling Joel Raney Communion anthem is a worshipful prayer grounded in a text centered on the cross, God’s grace, and the fountain of His love. The SATB writing and beautiful piano accompaniment make this a memorable selection.

A Song of Thanksgiving by Allen Pote, SATB with piano and optional brass quintet, timpani & organ
For Thanksgiving and general occasions, this is a high energy, original composition full of joy and celebration, praising and giving thanks to God. The optional brass parts add a regal touch while the contrasting middle section embodies our earnest gratefulness for all God has done.

In Communion We Sing by John Purifoy, SATB with piano
This lovely anthem from John Parker and John Purifoy is a beautiful invitation to the sacrament of Communion. Opening with a reverent Alleluia section, the opening verse places us in the Upper Room with the Savior, and the composer’s use of unexpected harmonies perfectly highlights the mystery and wonder of the lyric. Your congregation will be moved to adoration every time this meaningful anthem is presented.

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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.

Candles! The Musical 19 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

Candles! The Musical (A Multi-Holiday Celebration of Light) by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
Celebrate several end-of-year holidays with this inclusive 30-minute musical for unison or 2-part singers. What do all of these holidays have in common? Candlelight! Nine de-“light”-ful original songs (sung by the full cast) are connected by an entertaining and informative rhyming script (for 1-48 speakers). Dress performers as individual tapers in various colors to represent Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Advent, and Diwali. Feel free to add songs and rhymes about other cultural traditions in your community to this flexible-by-design presentation. Staging suggestions and production notes are included. Recommended for grades three and up.

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Get Your Developing Jazz Band Started for 2023! 18 September, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

All Blues by Miles Davis/arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2
Here’s the classic Miles Davis tune from the landmark album “Kind Of Blue” carefully arranged for young groups. Written in 3/4 for ease of reading, Mike has kept the feel and sound of the original in this excellent setting. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm.

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin/arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
One of Irving Berlin’s most performed melodies, “Blue Skies” is arranged here in a medium swing style to sound great with inexperienced players. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm.

Recorda Me (Remember Me) by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2.5
One of the best jazz standards arranged in a Latin groove played at 156 BPM. The melody is handled by tenor, trumpet, and guitar with written solos provided for tenor and trumpet. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Optional parts provided for vibraphone, flute, and clarinet.

The Biscuit Shuffle by Greg Yasinitsky, Easy
If you are looking for a blues tinged shuffle that features all the sections of the band, you’ve found the right chart with “The Biscuit Shuffle!” The catchy riff that starts the chart is the figure that ties this piece together beautifully. There is a cool passage for the brass and saxes with light rhythm section figures that follows the solo section.

Midnight Express by Doug Beach, Grade 1
Here is the perfect combination of an infectious melody, great scoring and many of the swing figures that are essential for young players to learn. Scored for 4 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band at the very easy level, written or ad lib solos for all are included, along with optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F.

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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.

Celebrate 100 Years of Disney for Easy Piano 15 September, 2023

For 5 FINGER Piano
Disney Latest Movie Hits
Eight easy, playable arrangements of recent Disney movie hit songs arranged in five finger piano notation. Includes: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” (from Frozen), “Evermore” and “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (from Beauty and the Beast), “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome” (from Moana), “Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz),” “Un Poco Loco,” and “The World Es Mi Familia” (from Coco).

Disney Movie Fun
Hal Leonard Five-Finger Piano songbooks are designed for students in their first year of study. They feature single-note melody lines that stay in one position, indicated by a small keyboard diagram at the beginning of each song. Each song also includes lyrics, and beautifully written piano accompaniments that can be played by teachers, parents, or more experienced students. This updated edition features ten Disney favorites that piano students will be eager to play!

Disney Delights
9 Disney favorites: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Circle of Life,” “Colors of the Wind,” “God Help the Outcasts,” “Hakuna Matata,” “If I Never Knew You,” “Mine, Mine, Mine,” “Someday,” and “A Whole New World.”

Disney Today
This songbook features eight Disney favorites arranged for beginning pianists to play as they learn. Songs include: “Almost There,” “Happy Working Song,” “I See the Light,” “I’ve Got a Dream,” “Lava,” “Let It Go,” “True Love’s Kiss,” and “We Belong Together.”

First Disney Favorites
10 simple Disney songs to sing and play! Progresses from early to late elementary. Titles: “The Bare Necessities” (Jungle Book), “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas), “He’s a Pirate” (Pirates of the Caribbean), “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” (The Lion King), “I See the Light” (Tangled), “Let It Go” (Frozen), “Remember Me” (Coco), “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (Mary Poppins), “Under the Sea” (Little Mermaid), and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Toy Story).

For BIG NOTE Piano
Disney Heroes and Sheroes
20 epic songs from classic and contemporary Disney movie favorites arranged for big-note piano with lyrics. Titles include: “Evermore,” “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “I See the Light,” “Into the Open Air,” “It’s All Right,” “Lead the Way,” “Loyal Brave True,” “Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz),” “Speechless,” “Wakanda,” “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme),” and more.

Disney Heroines
The Jennifer Linn Series features carefully-leveled collections of either popular music arrangements or original compositions. The pieces or songs in each book are placed in a progressive order so students can learn new skills as they advance through the book. Written for piano students of all ages, the Elementary+ books include melody with harmony for both hands and includes more rhythm choices and a larger range of keys. This level is for the progressing student who has two to three years of experience. This volume includes ten Disney favorites.

Contemporary Disney Solos
This second edition features an updated song list of 10 recent Disney hits.

For EASY Piano
40 Most-Streamed Disney Songs
Beginning pianists will love learning to play the Disney songs they stream most frequently! This impressive 264-page collection features 40 songs in accessible easy piano arrangements with lyrics, including: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hakuna Matata,” “How Far I’ll Go,” “I See the Light,” “Let It Go,” “Love Is an Open Door,” “Reflection,” “Under the Sea,” “A Whole New World,” “You’ll Be in My Heart,” and more.

40 Disney Songs: Really Easy Piano
This great collection lets even beginning piano students play their favorite Disney songs. It features 40 songs from the entire Disney catalog – from “Cinderella” to “Encanto” – and includes background notes and performance tips for each song.

The Disney Collection
This updated 3rd edition for easy piano features 60 Disney favorites, including new selections from “Tangled,” “Frozen” and much more. Songs include: “The Bare Necessities,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Cruella De Vil,” “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “He’s a Tramp,” “I See the Light,” “I’ve Got No Strings,” “Let It Go,” “Mickey Mouse March,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Under the Sea,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and more.

Disney Favorites
The Instant Piano Songs series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily – whether you use one hand or two! Start with the melody in your right hand, then add basic left-hand chords when you’re ready. Letter names inside each note speed up the learning process, and optional rhythm patterns take your playing to the next level. Online backing tracks are also included. Stream or download the tracks using the unique codes inside each book, then play along to build confidence and sound great! This edition includes 30 Disney classics such as: “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Circle of Life,” “Friend like Me,” “How Far I’ll Go,” “It’s a Small World,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Let It Go,” “Part of Your World,” “Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz),” “That’s How You Know,” “A Whole New World,” and more.

Disney Latest Hits
Young pianists can play the music from their favorite recent Disney films with this collection of songs arranged for easy piano with lyrics. Includes: “Beauty and the Beast,” “How Far I’ll Go” (from Moana), “I See the Light” (from Tangled), “Lava,” “Let It Go” (from Frozen), “Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz)” (from Coco), and more.

Sequential Disney Piano Songs
Players of all levels can enjoy their favorite hits with “Sequential Disney Piano Songs!” Starting with the easiest arrangements (hands alone, very simple rhythms), and continuing in order of difficulty (including hands together, syncopated rhythms and moving around the keyboard), players can find songs that fit their particular skill level and play right away. Beginners can use these books to improve their music reading and piano skills from the very first page while playing the pop songs they love. This collection features 24 songs, including: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Cruella de Vil,” “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “Evermore,” “I See the Light,” “Kiss the Girl,” “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme),” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and more.

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New ORCHESTRA Titles for Young Musicians 14 September, 2023

Mind Games by Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
This eerie composition employs colors rarely found at this level. Based on harmonic illusions where notes seem to drift out of context, the music introduces carefully placed low-1 fingerings. Perfect for contest yet also appropriate as a lighter work.

Lift Thine Eyes by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 2
The music of “Lift Thine Eyes” comes from Part II of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” In the oratorio, it is sung by a trio of angels, sent down to instill hope. Ms. LaBrie arranged this work in honor of Sigrid Johnson, director of the Manitou Singers at St. Olaf College from 1983-2015.

Heavy Lifting by Chris Bernotas, Grade 2
Your cello and string bass sections take center stage in this rockin’ piece by Chris Bernotas. “Heavy Lifting” is a driving, hard-rock selection that gives everyone in the orchestra the opportunity to shine while highlighting the low strings. With FLEX parts available as a free download, this cello and string bass feature can highlight any instrument or group of instruments in the string orchestra. Perfect for your second-year players!

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

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Never Gonna Give You Up and More Pops for High School Choir 13 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Never Gonna Give You Up arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
He won’t give you up. He won’t let you down. He won’t run around and desert you. He won’t make you cry. He won’t say goodbye. And he won’t tell a lie and hurt you. And now, Rick Astley’s #1 hit of the summer of 1987 can “rickroll” itself right into your pops concert… just make sure you call it something else on the program! 
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New Piano Collections from JOEL RANEY 12 September, 2023

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

60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano arr. Joel Raney
Here are 60 familiar hymns, carols and spirituals all keenly crafted into moderately easy settings which you will find to be fresh and full of interest. Most pianist will have no problem mastering them, and many can be sight-read by the more accomplished. The wide selection of titles affords ample options for preludes, offertories and special occasions throughout the year. A useful subject index offers easy referencing. The average length of each solo is 2:30.

Gospel Greats 2 arr. Joel Raney
Here are 24 settings of familiar hymns, arranged in a wide variety of gospel styles. These classic hymns and traditional spirituals are useful through the church year. You will find useful selections for Christmas, Lent, Thanksgiving, weddings, funerals and everything in between. Most are of intermediate difficulty, while a few are easier and a few are more challenging. Titles include: “All Hail the Power,” “At the Cross,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “Coventry Carol,” “He Leadeth Me,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” “I Must Tell Jesus,” “I Surrender All,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Near to the Heart of God,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Open My Eyes,” “Rock of Ages,” “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Standing on the Promises,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “There Is a Fountain,” “The Solid Rock,” “’Tis So Sweet,” and “Whispering Hope.”

Shepherd Songs: 12 Meditations on Psalm 23 by Joel Raney
The vast majority of sacred piano music is hymn settings, but pianists often need music that sets a certain tone without calling to mind familiar lyrics. Here are 12 original, reflective, piano compositions with optional parts for C instruments and cello. Some are somber and melancholy, ideal for communion and memorial services. Some are warm and hopeful, perfect for general worship and weddings. Most are simple in form and under three minutes with optional repeats. If you’re looking for something playable and pretty, this is the collection for you.

Hymns for a Raney Sunday arr. Joel Raney, Moderately Advanced
A play on the arranger’s name, the title of this piano collection also reveals its contents: hymn arrangements by Joel Raney, featuring a water theme. The music covers a wide range of moods, so even if your Sunday isn’t rainy or reflective, it can still fit your service needs. Titles include: “Like a River Glorious,” “The Unclouded Day,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Deep and Wide with There Is a Fountain,” “Wade in the Water,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “Deep River.”

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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.

THE BAT and More for Fall & Halloween Programming 11 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

The Bat by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
Fans of Andy’s “Firefly” and “The Moon” will love this clever piece written especially for 2-part choirs. Captivating vocal lines, designed for singer success, take flight over a chilling piano part and evoke the presence of the nocturnal mammal. Quick-changing dynamics, textures, and articulations are both the challenge and the reward of this vivid and vigorous, moody and modal gem. A true thriller that will add variety to programs year-round.

Autumn Gives Her Hand to Winter by Keith Loftis, SATB with piano
First released for two-part voices, this well-liked piece is set for SAB, SSAA, and now SATB. The poem beautifully describes the splendor of nature as it transforms from autumn into winter. The melody and harmony serve the words well, as the many different voicings attest.

Day of Fire and Sun by Kate Crellin, SATB a cappella
Kate Crellin’s energetic and rhythmic setting of the Sara Teasdale text is a true standout! With contemporary musical characteristics and artistic choral integrity, this is a piece that directors will love teaching and singers will love performing.

The Spider by Greg Gilpin, 2-part with piano
Look no further for the perfect spooky concert offering for Halloween or any time of year! This creative original, set to a text by Jane Taylor, features vivid imagery, sparked by dynamic contrasts and rhythmic interplay between parts. The agitated, eerie atmosphere of the piano accompaniment, punctuated by vocal “gasps,” will definitely provide your audience with moments of fun…and fright!

Some One by Cristi Cary Miller, 2-part with piano and optional bassoon
This original work highlights the mysterious and haunting text from one of England’s best known poets, Sir Walter de la Mare. The minor key along with the music’s short, staccato themes add to the sense of thrill and question found in the song’s unique text.

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Make a Little Music! New for Beginning Choir 08 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Make a Little Music by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
“Clap your hands like a rolling river. Stomp your feet like the mighty sea.” Here’s a rockin’ barn burner that pulls out all of the stops! Gospel-style harmonies, a body percussion breakdown, more than one upward modulation, a layered vocal stack, and a “happy day” descant are sure to bring your audience to their feet. Don’t miss the free ChoreoTrax video for easy-to-teach staging.

Crossing the U.S.A. arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano
All aboard! Don’t miss this action-packed 2.5-minute American folk medley of four familiar favorites. Kid-friendly voice parts, a bouncy supportive accompaniment, and an irresistible train ride theme create the ultimate journey from east to west! Don’t leave the station without a whistle and some costume conductor hats. Fun! Titles include: “Going to Boston,” “Red River Valley,” “Rocky Mountain,” and “Sweet Betsy from Pike.”

Make a Difference by Audrey Snyder, 2-part with piano
This happy, up tempo concert song brims with confidence and aspiration. “I’m gonna make a difference in this world” is the positive message found in this easy-to-learn piece especially suited to middle school and upper elementary choirs.

Thousands and Millions of Stars by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano and optional flute
Rich with wonder and replete with expressive, sensitive writing, this setting of a distinctive text by Robert Louis Stevenson is a superb choice for younger and developing choirs. Featuring word painting, rich harmonies, and musical star motifs, this is an ideal choice for concert or festival use.

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Bucket Classics 07 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

Bucket Classics! by Tom Anderson
Experience classical music in a new way – playing along with bucket drums! Add optional classroom instruments for even more fun. This curated collection of earworms includes highlights from classical composers like Pachelbel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. These themes have stood the test of time and are still heard in movies, TV shows, and commercials today. Teaching suggestions, playing tips, complete score, and student parts are provided. Digital access allows you to download complete and accompaniment-only tracks as well as PDFs for printing or projecting. Grab your sticks, buckets, and instruments to take a musical journey from In the Hall of the Mountain King to the William Tell Overture! Recommended for grade five and up.

Bucket Blast Rock Hits by Tom Anderson
Get rockin’ as you jam along on Buckets and Percussion to songs that you love! Everything is provided from helpful warm-ups to authentic rhythms, grooves and playing suggestions. Iconic Rock songs like Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” The Beatles “Drive My Car” and “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple are the musical foundation for play-along fun. Full scores are provided for the Teacher, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of Bucket Drum and Optional Percussion instrument parts. Authentic play-along tracks are included for rhythm-making fun. Suggested for grades 4-8. Grab your sticks, buckets and friends and Walk This Way to have a blast!

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Lisa Springer 06 September, 2023

Lisa D. Springer received her education at Heidelberg University and The Cleveland Institute of Music. As a mezzo-soprano, she has enjoyed solo performances with The Pittsburgh Opera Theater, sharing the stage with Placido Domingo; The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall; The Cleveland Opera Company, Robert Page Singers, The Cleveland Fine Arts Program and The Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Blossom Music Center Chorus, Cleveland Opera Chorus, Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Cantari Singers of Columbus, and The Lancaster Chorale. She is a past member of St. Joseph Cathedral Choir and Temple Israel Choir.

In addition to her position as Artistic Director of The Columbus Women’s Chorus, her choral conducting experiences included Director of Vocal Music at The Wellington School, Assistant Director of The Columbus International Children’s Choir, and Director of Vocal Music at Lancaster High School. Additionally, she served as co-director of the Lancaster-Fairfield Youth Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed internationally in Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, and South Africa, in addition to New York City, Chicago, LA, Detroit, Cincinnati and Washington, DC.

She is a member of The American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Chorus America. She is the proud mother of two children and two grandchildren.

Our Stanton’s team is known throughout the music industry as “The Sheet Music Specialists,” and for good reason – our staff is made up of educated, experienced, and dedicated musicians in all areas of the music realm. In this series, we invite you to learn about our staff members on an individual level. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Learn more about our Sheet Music Specialists here, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEW from Thomas Keesecker 05 September, 2023

Hallelujah by Thomas Keesecker
A collection of eight original piano solos that can be used in worship services or in recitals. Titles include: “Hallelujah,” “Aubade,” “Kyrie,” “Waltz,” “Epicede,” “River,” “Grace,” and “Joy.”

Hymn to Joy arr. Thomas Keesecker
This collection contains fresh arrangements of well known hymns. Appropriate for many different times in the church year as well as for special services such as funerals and weddings. Titles include: “Hymn to Joy,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “Land of Rest Set,” “Leaving Lismore and Hyfrydol,” “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus and Jesus Loves Me,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Nocturne on St. Clement,” “Two Early American Tunes,” “They Are Gone and In Babilone,” and “Two Old Tunes.”

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Teaching Beyond the Music 01 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Teaching Beyond the Music: Tools for Addressing Societal Changes Through the Arts by Jason Max Ferdinand
Continuing the themes from the first volume Teaching With Heart, this second volume in the series exists to help teachers create a healthy culture in their classroom. With tools that will help teachers get to know their students better and get students to think more broadly about music and society, this book is less about notes and rhythms and more about connecting to each other and to the idea of conveying emotion and feeling through art.

Developed with the help of ten outstanding contributors, it encompasses a variety of arts disciplines, including band, orchestra, chorus, theater, musical theater, dance, and visual art. Each module addresses National Core Arts Standards and social-emotional learning standards. They contain activities that can be modified to suit any grade level, thought-provoking suggestions for community engagement, and suggested choral and instrumental repertoire that inspires empathy, unity, and connection. The book also includes more than 100 digital links for learning and reference as well as Quick Direct Icons to Read, Watch, Listen, Respond, Discuss, Record, Perform, and Present.

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.