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NEW Classical Transcriptions for Strings 31 October, 2023

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Sonata in G Minor K. 315 by Domenico Scarlatti/arr. Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 2.5
Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonata in G minor, K.315” is a simple and elegant work from the Baroque period, featuring a characteristically short two-measure motif. Originally composed for keyboard, this arrangement for string orchestra skillfully works this theme into every section of the ensemble in a variety of ranges as it develops and expands. A wonderful introduction to Baroque style performance featuring staccatos and tenuto articulations and charming melodic counterpoint. The piece can be successfully performed at a slow or faster tempo, according to the ensemble’s ability.

Symphony #1 in D Major: Presto by F.J. Haydn/arr. Mark Barnard, Grade 4
Take a step back in time and discover the early works of Franz Joseph Haydn with “Symphony No. 1 in D Major,” arranged for string orchestra by Mark Barnard. While keeping true to the original score, this edition provides string orchestras the opportunity to perform Haydn’s very first symphony. With an exciting Mannheim crescendo at the beginning of the exposition, this piece offers many teaching and learning opportunities throughout. Carefully edited for musical style and playability, “Symphony No. 1” is a fun and challenging piece that’s often unknown to audiences and adjudicators alike. Perfect as a program and festival opener, this work is sure to impress with a performance time of approximately 4 minutes. Don’t miss the chance to bring the music of the past to life with “Symphony No. 1 in D Major!”

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.

A Can-Can Festival by Jacques Offenbach/arr. Todd Parrish, Grade 1-4
In this multi-level arrangement for string or full orchestra, both new and experienced students get to enjoy the excitement of Offenbach’s lively dance. This abbreviated rendition captures the energy of the familiar melody, allowing players at every ability level to play the tune most beginners will know from their method books. The piece can be performed with strings only, with parts for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Or, add optional advanced wind, brass, and percussion parts for a full orchestra concert- combined levels or advanced players only. The perfect grand finale to your pyramid concert that will motivate young musicians with a great sense of pride and accomplishment!

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Music for Manuals by Charles Callahan 30 October, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Preludes and Postludes: Music for Manuals
A delightful and useful collection of music from composers spanning the 17th-21st centuries. While the music is manuals only, it has such class and pedigree that you will want this book near your console at all times.

Great Victorian Hymns: Music for Manuals
Includes: The Church’s One Foundation AURELIA Crown Him with Many Crowns DIADEMATA Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name ELLERS Lead On, O King Eternal LANCASHIRE My Faith Looks Up to Thee OLIVET Faith of Our Fathers ST. CATHERINE Rock of Ages TOPLADY Holy, Holy, Holy NICAEA

Gospel: Music for Manuals
Eight gospel favorites are given lush, emotive settings that are so satisfying one barely notices that they are for manuals only. Useful for preludes, interludes, or communion, these pieces are suitable for a small organ but would also benefit from the varied tone colors of a larger instrument. Titles include: “In the Garden,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Ivory Palaces,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “My Redeemer,” “O My Father,” “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” and “Whispering Hope.”

Great American Hymns: Music for Manuals
Includes: Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing AZMON All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name CORONATION Jerusalem, My Happy Home LAND OF REST O Beautiful For Spacious Skies MATERNA Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound NEW BRITAIN (AMAZING GRACE) ‘Tis the Gift to Be Simple SIMPLE GIFTS When Jesus Wept WHEN JESUS WEPT What Wondrous Love Is This WONDROUS LOVE

Chant-Based Hymns: Music for Manuals
Includes: ADORO TE DEVOTE (ADORO DEVOTE/ADORO TE); AGNUS DEI; ASPERGES ME; AVE MARIA; AVE VERUM; REGINA CAELI; SALVE REGINA (Simple Tone); UBI CARITAS

Thanksgiving: Music for Manuals
Includes: Morning Has Broken Praise and Thanksgiving BUNESSAN (2 Settings) For the Beauty of the Earth Praise to God, Immortal Praise DIX (2 Settings) Oh, Worship the King Ye Servants of God HANOVER (2 Settings) We Gather Together KREMSER Now Thank We All Our God NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT We, Thy People, Praise Thee ST. ANTHONY CHORALE Come, Ye Thankful People, Come ST. GEORGE’S, WINDSOR Let All Things Now Living Sent Forth by God’s Blessing THE ASH GROVE (2 Settings)

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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.

O Be Joyful! Holiday Titles for Advanced Choir 27 October, 2023

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

O Be Joyful by Toby Young, SATB with piano
The jaunty 6/8 tempo and effervescent piano part propel the music along and underpin highly singable melodic writing for your choir. From Carols for Choirs 6.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Kyle Pederson, SATB with piano
This piece pairs Holst’s iconic melody with a lesser-known melody by Becker, and augments Rossetti’s text with original lyrics that look toward the light of Christmas. An active and independent piano accompaniment, optional opening solo, flowing vocal lines, and an unaccompanied middle section make this a sensitive selection for your Christmas program.

Wexford Carol arr. Stephen Dombek, SATB a cappella
A lovely and straightforward setting of the Irish carol, Stephen Dombek’s arrangement is written with beautiful technique and integrity. Especially well-suited to community choirs and collegiate groups.

Cold December Flies Away arr. Daniel Schreiner, SSAA with piano
A driving and inspiring piano accompaniment fills this dynamic arrangement of the perhaps lesser-known carol. Expertly arranged vocal lines are supported by the modern and fresh accompaniment throughout.

First Cradle by Kyle Pederson, SSA(A) with piano and optional cello
The lovely poem “First Cradle” by Brian Newhouse speaks of a mother holding her child and evokes thoughts of the holy child of Christmas. True to his style, Kyle Pederson works magic with the poem, with a captivating melody and compelling sonorities throughout.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. Joshua Sparkman, TTBB with piano
This joyful new mixed-meter arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is the perfect winter concert opener or closer. Scored for Tenor-Bass ensembles with piano accompaniment, all parts are accessible, rhythmic, and exciting. Sparkman’s stunning, slower middle section brings contrast and warmth to Mendelssohn’s melody, and the exuberant ending will leave your audience in awe.

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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.

Music for the King of Instruments 26 October, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann
The first movement (Introduction – Choral) is in C minor and is made up of harmonized choral phrases that are first played in block chords on the great and pedals, and then repeated, piano, on the Swell. The second movement (Menuet gothique) is in 3/4 time and in C major. The third movement (Prière à Notre-Dame) is in A-flat major; it rarely uses dynamics above ‘piano’. The final fourth movement (Toccata) is the best-known of the suite. This movement returns to C minor, ending with a Tierce de Picardie on full organ.

Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne
Carillon de Westminster is a piece written for organ by Louis Vierne. It constitutes the sixth piece in the third suite of Vierne’s four-suite set 24 pieces de fantaisie, first published in 1927. Carillon de Westminster is in the key of D major, and is in compound triple time.

Grand Choeur Dialogué by Eugene Gigout
Gigout published his 6 Pièces d’orgue in 1881, the Grand Choeur Dialogue served as a grandiose finale to the collection, written very much in the French Romantic style.

Poèmes Évangéliques by Jean Langlais
Poèmes évangéliques by French composer Jean Langlais features three sacred pieces for organ. Titles include: “L’Annonciation,” “La Nativité,” and “Les Rameaux.”

Pièce Héroïque by César Franck
The Piéce héroïque, one of Franck’s most popular organ pieces, is in three sections. A serene “chorale” middle segment is bookended by an almost sinister main theme, supported by pulsating chords. There follows a bustling passage of arpeggios and a powerful reprise of the opening, which leads to a peroration for full organ of the “chorale.”

Tu Es Petra by Henry Mulet
The last movement, a brilliant toccata, is titled in full, “Tu es Petra et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus te.” It’s usually known simply as “Tu es Petra.” Mulet refers not to the ancient apostle Peter, but to the Basilica Sacré-Cœur itself. Its white limestone construction, on top of the rocky outcrop of Montmartre, is both the “rock” and the “church,” the “Petra” of the title, and Mulet’s glorious toccata celebrates its permanence in the face of all kinds of sinister threats from below.

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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.

100 Years of Disney with The King’s Singers 25 October, 2023

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

The King’s Singers celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Disney with “When you wish upon a star,” a joyful album of 25 hit songs drawn from the soundtrack of the past century. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and a host of guest artists in a programme comprising virtuoso close-harmony arrangements freshly commissioned from an international line-up of composers, including John Rutter, Nico Muhly, Alexander L’Estrange, Toby Young, Jim Clements and Jamey Ray. The tracklist embraces songs from nine decades of Disney animation, spanning everything from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) to “Coco” (2017) to evoke memories of childhood for listeners of all ages.

Available for all to sing are these new arrangements:
On My Way (from Brother Bear) arr. Jim Clements, SATTBB a cappella
From the 2003 Disney movie “Brother Bear,” this song with words and music by Phil Collins speaks to the importance of friendship. When a friend is in need, there are no better words to hear than, “I’m on my way.”

When She Loved Me (from Toy Story 2) arr. Philip Lawson, SATTBB a cappella
“Every hour we spent together lives within my heart, when she loved me.” Performed by Sarah McLachlan, this tender ballad from Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” tugs on the heart strings of young and old with its nostalgic lyrics and memorable melody. Beautifully set for choirs with close a cappella harmonies that evoke the emotion from the film, it will once again be loved by choirs and audiences alike.

You’re Welcome (from Moana) arr. Toby Young, SATTBB a cappella
From the Disney movie “Moana,” and now a part of the new recording of Disney songs by the King’s Singers. This upbeat song in 12/8 is energetic, clever, and especially “virtuosic.” This song may come from a kids’ movie, but this arrangement is not for kids. Even the very best choirs will find this a cappella arrangement most worthy of their attention!

Remember Me (from Coco) arr. Jim Clements, SATTBB a cappella
From the hit animated movie “Coco,” this song is described by the writers as “the tie that binds multiple generations in the shared love of music.” Featured on the new King’s Singers recording of Disney songs, this beautiful lullaby, sung in both Spanish and English, is breathtaking.

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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.

2023 Five Star Features from BARNHOUSE 24 October, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Auld Lang Syne arr. Paul Clark, Grade 3
Perhaps the oldest song of friendship, Robert Burns wrote the words to “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788 and set them to music using the melody of a previously existing Scottish folk song. This tune was later changed to the version most often heard today. Both melodies are presented here in this masterful Paul Clark arrangement that musically evokes warm memories of the past, and a positive feeling of friendship and hope for the future. Opportunities for musicality and expressive playing make it appropriate for bands of a wide range of experience. “Auld Lang Syne” is the perfect closing selection for your Holiday, or any, concert!

Along the River’s Shore by James Swearingen, Grade 3
The beautiful and stunning Navesink River is an estuary, approximately eight miles long and located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This natural landmark inspired the composer to create a musical work that reflected the positive spirit that he found to be pervasive throughout the surrounding communities. When asked to describe the beauty of the river, people would often reply “simply breathtaking!”

Danza Magicala (Magical Dances) by David Shaffer, Grade 3
“Danza Magicala” is a set of magical and energetic dances. Opening with a mysterious woodwind motive complemented by creative percussion effects, brass joins in with a rousing answer to the quirky woodwind motives. A subdued 3/4 section introduces and features the backing of the auxiliary instruments within the percussion section. A recapitulation quickly leads into the breathtaking finale of this piece. Excellent percussion section writing will keep your entire percussionist section involved. “Danza Magicala” is sure to be a huge favorite with developing bands!

Santa’s Magical Midnight Ride by David Shaffer, Grade 2
The story tells it all: Santa Claus is on his way! His sleigh is filled with gifts! The weather is clear, perfect for the reindeer to guide him on his Christmas Eve trek. Away we go! Santa knows how to put on a show. He’s getting closer, above the roofs, and as he descends, you’ll hear the reindeer hoofs. Toward the chimney Santa goes, hoping he fits…oh no… it’s a tight squeeze! As he lands with a thump, but Santa’s all right; he never fails! After all, he’s tough as nails. Recovered from his fall he leaves presents for one and all. Then back to the sleigh, so much to do. Don’t worry, he won’t forget about you. The stars will always be his guide on “Santa’s Magical Midnight Ride!” Scored for maximum sound effects within the percussion section, this will be the hit of any holiday concert!

Viva Noel arr. David Shaffer, Grade 3
“Viva Noel” is a medley of glorious holiday favorites in a fast/slow/fast form. Opening with a musical fanfare based on the French hymn “He is Born the Holy Child” the arrangement transitions quickly into a fanciful rendition of “Deck the Halls.” The following section opens with a beautiful brass choir adaptation of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” and develops into a lush, full band setting of this charming carol. The finale begins as a quick, light version of “Here We Come a-Wassailing” ending with a declarative brass fanfare with small bits of “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella” and “Angels We Have Hear on High.” This high-energy holiday arrangement features all sections of the ensemble with exceptional emphasis on the percussion writing.

Excelsior by Karl L. King/arr. James Swearingen, Grade 2.5
Raise your baton and prepare yourself for a rewarding highlight moment as you conduct Karl King’s celebrated galop, aptly titled “Excelsior.” Your musicians will marvel at the clever writing style that is incorporated throughout the entire piece. And let us not forget the audience – much toe-tapping and the thunderous sound of applause following the last note is certain! This is the perfect galop to include at your next concert.

Stardust arr. Paul Clark, Grade 3
Written in 1927, “Stardust” has been recorded over 1,500 times and is now considered to be part of the Great American Songbook. This stellar Paul Clark arrangement includes the 16 bar introduction, followed by solo trumpet on the first verse. Full ensemble plays the 2nd verse, with a solo trumpet ending that’s as pretty as stardust. A classic arrangement of a great American standard. Perfect for adult community bands as well!

Twisted Tango by Larry Neeck, Grade 2
With the rhythms and style of an authentic tango, “Twisted Tango” is a light-hearted novelty that gradually morphs into a wacky and slightly “twisted” composition. The characteristic musical themes are punctuated by dissonant and exaggerated dynamic effects in each section of the band, resulting in a humorous and exciting work. Everyone will love this truly entertaining change-of-pace for your next concert!

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Beat Blocks for Meter and Beat 23 October, 2023

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

Beat Blocks for Meter and Beat: Lessons to Build Musical Minds Using Manipulatives by Abigail Blair
By using Beat Blocks manipulatives to represent meter, beat, melody, harmony, and dynamics, your students will lay the foundation of their musical learning with core lessons. But true mastery is only demonstrated when we create something new with our skills and knowledge. Your students will do just that as they build their musical minds and strengthen their understanding of the elements and intricacies of music.

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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.

Praise the Lord of Everything! Kid’s Korner for Fall 2023 20 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Praise the Lord of Everything by Tracey Craig McKibben & Stephanie S. Taylor, Unison/2-part with piano
Joyous and upbeat, this anthem invites all creation to “praise the Lord of everything.” Gentle syncopation in both melody and accompaniment bring life to a spirited text rich with familiar Bible passages referencing praise and singing.

I Got a Robe arr. Greg Gilpin, Unison/2-part with piano
Equally suited for both church and school settings, this popular spiritual was originally sung as a protest song denouncing slavery and hypocrisy. The song’s energetic melody underscores an uncompromising drive for equality, justice, and freedom. Repeated phrases in the melody and text make the piece an ideal choice for any unison or two-part choir.

Little David, Sing Hallelu! arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano
A spirited original melody paired with the traditional spiritual “Little David, Play on Your Harp” is the foundation of this bright and bouncy offering by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid. With its accessible partner song format, this lively piece features simple harmonies supported by a fun, rhythmic piano accompaniment and is terrific for teaching part-singing to young and developing choirs.

Room in My Heart by Mark Burrows, Unison/2-part with piano
Composer Mark Burrows has crafted a joyful seasonal anthem for young choristers that will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step! This uplifting song perfectly captures the message of Advent – making room in our heart for joy, peace, and love. A perfect selection for Christmas pageants, Advent worship, and Christmas Eve services. Developing part-singers can add the optional two-part ostinato for a fun challenge!

He Is Born! arr. Joseph M. Martin, Unison/2-part with piano and optional 4 handbells
This arrangement of the beloved French carol offers flexible presentation options to meet the skill level of any unison or two-part choir. A delightful countermelody may be sung by unison voices or combined with the traditional melody to create a lovely partner song. Optional handbells enhance the celebratory energy of the piece.

What Star Did Shine by Andrew Parr & Jeff Reeves, Unison/2-part with piano and optional flute
Set in 6/8 meter, this charming anthem recalls the story of Jesus’ birth and how shining stars played a special role for both shepherds and magi who came to worship the newborn King. An easy flute part reflects the feeling of grace and wonder throughout the piece.

The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd by Michael & Jill Gallina
Meet Aaron, a poor and earnest shepherd who loves his job…but he has one problem: He can’t stay awake while counting his sheep! Enter I.B. Eweing, President/CEO of Wee R Sheep who tells Aaron if he doesn’t stop dozing off and the sheep running away, he’s going to be fired. However, when a miracle happens in Bethlehem one night, Aaron is inspired to follow his dreams and a happy ending is in store for all. It’s easily prepared and presented with as few as 8 children. From the veteran musical writing team of Michael and Jill Gallina, this musical is both hilarious and heartwarming. 30 minutes.

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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.

A Glimpse Into the Mind of Michael Brecker 19 October, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker
The legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker kept extensive notes on things to practice over the whole span of his career. This book contains over 700 entries, beautifully re-engraved from his hand-written notebooks.

This valuable resource for all treble clef instruments (since Michael often advised “Play in all keys”) includes:
• 35 years of Michael Brecker’s musical inspirations at your fingertips!
• First-hand accounts of how Michael actually worked on these ideas from his bandmates Joey Calderazzo, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Steve Khan, Dave Liebman, etc.
• An appendix of his saxophone-specific ideas on fingerings, multiphonics, etc.

For intermediate as well as advanced musicians – you don’t have to be a genius to learn from a genius!

Spherical by Michael Brecker, for Grade 5 Jazz Ensemble
What an absolute treat! Play Michael Brecker’s quintessential fusion tune “Spherical,” expertly arranged especially for Randy Brecker’s big band. Every nuance of the original track is captured with precise detail and clear notation. This chart pays fond tribute to an American master with passion and a smart, hard edge. All sax parts include optional flute doubles.

The Michael Brecker Collection
A fabulous collection featuring 14 authentic, note-for-note transcriptions from this revered sax master. Also includes a biography and discography, a sax notation guide, suggested alternative and altissimo fingerings, and more. Titles include: “African Skies” (2 Solos), “Cabin Fever,” “Delta City Blues,” “El Niño,” “Impressions,” “Slings and Arrows,” “Syzygy,” and more.

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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.

Piano Resonance: Favorite Hymns of Praise 18 October, 2023

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

Piano Resonance: Favorite Hymns of Praise arr. Marianne Kim
Celebrated composer Marianne Kim has written an uplifting collection of hymn arrangements for piano based on favorite hymns of praise. These pieces feature contemporary and non-traditional harmonies and rhythms with a touch of jazz. Kim’s style provides a fresh take on traditional hymns.

Titles include: “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness,” “O Sing to the Lord,” “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” “Come, Thou Almighty King,” “From All That Dwell Below the Skies,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” and “Glory Be to God the Father.”

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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.

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Austin Swack 17 October, 2023

Prior to joining the Stanton’s team, Austin Swack taught middle and high school band for over a decade, most recently at Spring High School in Houston, Texas. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Clinic, been recognized with National Mark of Excellence honors, and consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards. A native Texan, he holds BM and MM degrees from Texas Tech University.

A versatile arranger, his music has been performed on the marching field and in the concert hall by community, public school, and university ensembles. He is also an experienced clinician and adjudicator. Outside of music, Austin is an avid runner and cyclist, who loves to explore Columbus’ outstanding parks and trails, and can often be found at Nationwide Arena cheering on the Blue Jackets!

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!

Watch It Snow: Holiday Titles for Middle School Choir 16 October, 2023

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

Watch It Snow by Eric Tsavdar, SAB divisi with piano
Although this is easily a “winter” piece with references to snow and cold, it is a song that can be sung at any time of the year. The metaphor of “snow” and “snowing” is there to remind us to wait for the storm to pass before we begin shoveling our driveway. The music offers time for reflection and expression.

Candle, Shine Your Light by Karen Crane, 3-part mixed with piano
This original work in minor sets an inviting mood singing of candles shining in the night. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other time of year the theme of candles is used, you will love this text of joy, peace and love set with vocals that are beautifully written and easily learned.

El Desembre Congelat arr. Cristi Cary Miller, 3-part mixed with piano and optional piccolo
Here is a delightful carol for your developing choirs from the Catalonian region of western Spain. Both Catalonian and an original English verse are included in this arrangement. An optional piccolo part makes this selection a must for your holiday concert!

Hang the Holly by Dave & Jean Perry, 3-part mixed with piano
Open your holiday concert with this festive offering set in a madrigal style by Dave and Jean Perry. The cheery melodies and lighthearted feel of this choral greeting are infectious! “Hang the holly and the ivy. Hang the greens and mistletoe. Hear the golden bells that ring so merrily; joyfully ringing high and low.”

A Medieval Fa La La by Reginal S. Wright, SAB a cappella with hand drum and handbells
Medieval style marries “Deck the Hall” in this well-crafted arrangement full of fa-la-la fun and perfect for emerging SAB choirs of all ages. Choose handbells, vibraphone or piano along with the percussion for a delightful and novel opening or processional for your next holiday concert. A must sing!

Winter Lights by Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano and optional glockenspiel or tone bells
Lush and melodic, “Winter Lights” is a poignant mood piece conveying the tranquil spirit of a winter night and the lights which illuminate. The piece is easy to learn and excellent for teaching the art of expressive singing. The use of glockenspiel adds a unique charm to the peaceful spirit of the piece.

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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.

Celebrate the Season! Especially for Beginning Choir 13 October, 2023

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

Celebrate the Season (with Patapan) arr. Audrey Snyder, 2-part with piano
Two lively and fun French carols are paired together in this sparkling new arrangement filled with joy and jubilation. Showcase your choir; the vocal parts are easy to learn, yet the performance sounds much more advanced than it really is!

Figgy Pudding! (incorporating We Wish You a Merry Christmas) by Ruth Morris Gray, 2-part with piano
We won’t go until we get some – but how exactly do you make that holiday confection, anyway? Find the answer in this playful, original (and completely secular) holiday canon loosely based on a fragment from “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Prepared with old English Dickensian flair, the round stacks in three, a perfect recipe for building harmony skills.

French Carol Duet arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano and optional glockenspiel
Seasoned directors know they can count on this writing team for quality developmental literature, like this piece – a perfect pairing for holiday concerts: “Il Est Né” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Sing in English throughout, or include some French text using the included pronunciation guide. Optional lyrics allow you to sing some French or entirely in English.

Gatatumba arr. Emily Crocker, 2-part with piano
This Spanish song is a type of Christmas song called a “villancico.” The title suggests a rhythm that is played on various rhythm instruments. This is a wonderful first song to introduce part singing to your choir.

Eight Lights for Hanukkah by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
This peaceful Hanukkah original warmly counts each menorah candle, recognizing the nights of the meaningful holiday. Conservative ranges, manageable phrase lengths, and foundational part singing techniques are designed for quick learning. As a special touch, interludes and counterlines reference the traditional Hebrew song “Oy, Khanike,” and “Shalom Chaverim” is sung in a round just before the hushed ending.

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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.

Communion Music for Organ 12 October, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Organ Music for Communion arr. Martin Weyer
This volume devised by Martin Weyer contains organ music of easy to medium technical difficulty for use at communion. The broad range of styles encompasses Johann Sebastian Bach and early Classical works through to the late Romantic period. The album contains original compositions and first publications as well as arrangements for organ and twelve pieces for communion in settings by Johann Sebastian Bach with melodies and texts appropriate to communion. Some of the pieces can also be performed with solo instruments (in C, Bb or F). Corresponding instrumental parts are included with the score.

Three Communion Meditations arr. David Maxwell
This set includes beautiful settings of well-known hymn tunes “Picardy,” “Wondrous Love,” and “Amazing Grace” that organists will find useful over and over again. While perfect for use during Communion, each piece is substantial enough to stand on its own. Maxwell has called for specific colors with his registrations, but any organist will find these arrangements playable on almost any size instrument and with little work.

Communion Canticles arr. Franklin D. Ashdown
Franklin D. Ashdown based this collection around the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Two of the pieces are freely composed and are intended to evoke the spirit of remembrance, renewal, and devotion to the Savior and His atoning sacrifice. The additional six pieces are settings of well-known Communion hymns. Most are quiet, introspective pieces that are useful as preludes, offertories, and voluntaries, while the more energetic and celebratory compositions work well as recessionals and postludes.

Communion Music for Manuals arr. Charles Callahan
Titles include: “Humbly I Adore Thee (ADORO TE DEVOTE),” “Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken (EUCHARISTIC HYMN),” “Let Us Break Bread Together (LET US BREAK BREAD),” “Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling (PANGE LINGUA),” “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY),” “Father, We Thank Thee (RENDEZ À DIEU),” “Deck Thyself, My Soul (SCHMÜCKE DICH),” “Come with Us, O Blessed Jesus (WERDE MUNTER).”

Communion Mosaics arr. Jacob B. Weber
This is the tenth edition in the popular “Mosaics” series by Jacob B. Weber. “Communion Mosaics” features organ settings that are useful as preludes or hymn introductions during distribution. The collection is bookended with a delightful trumpet tune on “O Living Bread from Heaven” and three variations on “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (Introduction, Interlude, and Coda), which are useful as a combined prelude or interspersed with hymn singing. Other hymns include “Jesus Comes Today with Healing,” “I Come, O Savior, to Your Table,” “O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing,” and “What Is This Bread.”

Let Us Break Bread Together arr. Albin Whitworth
Nine communion hymn settings for organ arranged by Albin C. Whitworth. Titles include: “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,” “Close to Thee,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart,” and “Whiter Than Snow.”

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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.

And He Shall Come: 2023 Advent & Christmas Anthems 11 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

And He Shall Come (Service Music for Advent) arr. Don Hart, SATB with piano
These four choral miniatures are designed for use during Advent. Each piece centers on each of the four Advent candle themes. There are multiple in-service usage options throughout Advent: as introits; with candle lighting, choral responses, and/or benedictions. They’re easily prepared during the busy Advent/Christmas singing season.

Angels Preparing the Song by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
Mark Burrows looks at the Christmas story, and the second coming, from a very unique perspective in this beautiful new anthem. As the world awaited the birth of Christ, Mark examines how the angels were preparing to sound forth the Good News. A beautiful melody is combined with evocative harmony and shimmering choral textures to make this an anthem you won’t soon forget.

Away in a Manger arr. Peter Latona, SATB a cappella
The tenderness of the carol is heightened by this arrangement, and choirs that take time to explore its expressiveness will benefit. While not difficult, an effective performance requires control and attention to phrasing. The melody is taken up by the tenors in the middle verse.

Candlelight Benediction arr. Benjamin Harlan, SATB a cappella
Benjamin Harlan’s a cappella creative setting of this classic and loved text and tune is transparent and simple. Beginning quietly with women’s voices then adding rich SATB scoring with some subtle harmonic surprises, the setting is perfect for closing any Christmas worship service or concert.

Carol of the Child arr. Brad Nix, SATB with piano
Diane Hannibal has written a beautiful Christmas lyric and paired it with the well-known folk tune, “Star of the County Down.” In Brad Nix’s arrangement, the beauty of the Christmas story comes to life in a new and fresh way. Opening with a haunting choral introduction, the verses tell of the holy couple’s journey to the stable in Bethlehem, and the star that led the shepherds to the Child. Following a majestic section in F minor, the piece reprises the opening introductory material, giving the final measures a sense of mystery and awe.

Come, Come, Emmanuel arr. Joel Raney, SATB with piano and optional instrumental ensemble
Driven with rhythmic energy and set in 5/4 meter, this is a dynamic Advent setting based on the familiar VENI EMMANUEL. Choirs will enjoy the exuberance and drive that is created in this inventive setting from Joel Raney. This piece comes from Joel’s top-selling Christmas musical, “Let the Whole World Sing.”

Comfort, Comfort Now My People arr. Brenda Austin, SATB with piano and optional 10 handbells
This peppy arrangement is accessible and upbeat. Combined with “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” it makes the perfect Advent anthem. The parts are accessible and will come together quickly.

For Unto Us by John Randall Dennis, SATB with optional flute
There’s a real delicacy about this lovely text and tune…yet the anthem contains the depth and breadth of the magnificent Christmas story. The addition of an optional children’s choir will underscore the childlike and lilting nature of the song. The optional flute obbligato will add the perfect final touch. Truly original and refreshing!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. Jay Rouse, SATB with piano and optional brass & percussion
Jay Rouse has breathed fresh life into this classic carol! Beginning in a lightly rhythmic, almost contemporary style, this anthem gradually transitions into a powerfully majestic shout of praise. Jay’s signature arranging touches are all present, including beautiful re-harmonizations and a well-written piano accompaniment. A brass/percussion orchestration, by Stan Pethel, is also available.

How Dark the Night by Greg Habegger/arr. Molly Ijames, SATB with piano and optional string orchestra & percussion
Molly Ijames’ arrangement of this newly written Christmas hymn frames the nativity story in a haunting narrative about the darkness of waiting and the coming of Christ’s light. Each stanza explores different aspects and metaphors of the darkness/light themes, vividly brought to life by the musical text-painting of the setting. For SATB chorus and piano, with optional string orchestra and percussion.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with piano and optional flute
The timeless Christina Rossetti text shines in this beautifully crafted anthem. A combination of original material and the traditional Gustav Holst tune make this a lovely offering for your Christmas season. The optional flute part adds a delightful, Celtic counter melody.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear arr. Joel Raney, TTBB with piano
This lovely, artistic setting is sure to be a highlight of many Christmas concerts, school programs, and Christmas worship services. The piano part plays a significant role in creating an ethereal, peaceful, and solemn Christmas night building to the moment when “all the weary world rejoice!” – simply stunning!

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming arr. Joel Raney, SATB with piano (opt. 4-hand) and optional handbells, synthesizer, percussion & bass
The traditional German carol, ES IST EIN ROS’, is given an impressive treatment by Joel Raney with flowing triplet accompaniment and exquisite vocal writing. It may be realized with a single piano accompaniment, or with the 4-hand piano part. Additional options include handbells, synth strings, percussion and bass. This setting comes from Joel’s Christmas musical, “The Promise of Light.”

Noël Sing We Here! arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with 4-hand piano
Larry Shackley has brilliantly arranged two famous carols, “Sing We Now of Christmas” and “Masters In This Hall,” for SATB choir and piano four-hands. This piece will be the showstopper moment of any Christmas concert or festival. Larry’s penchant for writing exciting piano accompaniments is on full display, and each section of your choral ensemble is featured in always shifting vocal combinations. A two-hand accompaniment is also available. This one is not to be missed!

Rejoice! Your Light Has Come by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
“Children arise! Lift up your eyes! Darkness will turn to light!” With energy and great anticipation, this anthem soars with joy and hope. Perfect for Advent or anytime during the Christmas season, this is vintage Mary McDonald…creative, fresh, singable, inspired, and inspiring!

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day arr. Robert Lehman, SATB with organ
In this sprightly but approachable setting for SATB and organ, the organ supports and plays counterpoint above and around the melody, in one place even quoting the Sussex Carol. A contrasting middle verse is set for a cappella choir and the brighter tempo returns for the final verse, which is scored for unison choir with soprano descant.

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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.

FEARLESS and More Five Star Features from Excelcia 10 October, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Fearless by Carol Britten Chambers, Grade 3.5
True to Carol Brittin Chambers’ personality, “Fearless” has all the masterful compositional techniques that we have come to love and expect. Exciting from start to finish, this work for concert band has a lot to chew on, with a wonderful message too!

Celebration Fanfare by PinkZebra, Grade 2
A grand fanfare perfect for a concert opener, graduation ceremony, or other celebratory events. Soaring melodies will thrill audiences on the first listen, and band members throughout the ensemble will shine as the themes and countermelodies trace their way through the instrument sections.

The Eighth Day by William Owens, Grade 2
This powerful work by composer William Owens is not only contemplative, but a poignant reminder of our history. A great teaching piece equally at home in the classroom as it is on the concert stage.

Fatebringer by David Samuel, Grade 2.5
At this point, no one can deny the skill with which composer David Samuel crafts music for the concert band. “Fatebringer” is foreboding, brooding, and on an endlessly steady march towards its exciting conclusion. Put your brass on display with this dynamic new work for the concert band.

Fleet Street March by Laura Estes, Grade 1.5
A very fresh new march from composer Laura Estes that is tuneful, in standard march form, and has just the right amount of twists to make it different. This will be a strong choice for festival performance to highlight your band.

Scorpius by Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 2
This thing is sharp! Written at a fast, but accessible 3/4 time signature, young musicians will feel as though they are laying down a track for a major movie label! Composer Sean O’Loughlin puts his film-scoring experience to good use in this phenomenal new work for the developing band.

Sinterklaas’s Rooftop Ride by Laura Estes, Grade 2.5
Composer Laura Estes is as comfortable writing lush, full concert works as she is being a little…well, quirky! This lovable charm is on full display in this inventive, clever, and quirky new work for the holiday concert season. Take a wacky ride with Sinterklaas in this holiday celebration!

Squirrel Chase (Galop) by Carol Britten Chambers, Grade 2
Ever wonder what a standard gallop would sound like with the chaos that ensues when a dog sees a squirrel? Well, now you don’t have to! Composer Carol Brittin Chambers brings us a wonderful new gallop for developing bands with a unique, clever, and down-right fun twist!

Golden Panther March by Robert Sheldon, Grade 3.5
If a traditional march could be called “fresh and new!” “The Golden Panther March” would check every box. Composer Robert Sheldon has given us a wonderful new march in 6/8 that has all the calling cards of a traditional style march, perfect for contest & festival performance, with all of the modern charm we have come to love from this beloved composer. As well-suited to a concert opener as it is to an enthusiastic encore, “The Golden Panther March” will be the hit of any concert.

Heart of the Hive by Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3
Sean O’Loughlin is an expert at melding motivic material throughout his works and the “buzzing bees” in this piece are no exception. Sophisticated, and dedicated to a wonderful school and music educator, “Heart of the Hive” is a definite winner.

Tales of Old and New by Jorge Machain, Grade 3.5
This cinematic gem from composer Jorge Machain will be the highlight of any concert or festival program. This fanfare will show off every aspect of your ensemble!

What Greater Calling by William Owens, Grade 3
This wonderfully emotional work by composer William Owens will fit perfectly into any concert. Lush harmonies and a beautiful melody make this memorable and add to its heartfelt message. We know you will love “What Greater Calling.”

La Terre Sacre by Carol Britten Chambers, Grade 6
Carol Brittin Chambers has emerged as a leading writer of wind-band for both young and old and this magnificent work for the upper level wind band is no exception. All compositional techniques are on clear display in this work that will showcase all aspects of your ensemble.

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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.

Reimagined Classics for Choir 06 October, 2023

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

Songbird arr. Paul Langford, SATB with piano
Singer/songwriter Eva Cassidy left us too soon. The title song of her posthumous album has become iconic at weddings and celebrations of life. Paul Langford has arranged this beautiful Christine McVie song in a way that will become equally iconic and popular.

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

In the Valley by Matt Podd, SSA with piano
Quoting the famous lyrics by Joseph Brackett, this new setting of what we know as “Simple Gifts” was for the Oklahoma All-State Children’s Choir in 2023. Utilizing a 10/8 meter this wonderful new setting will move your treble choir to new understandings of meter and allow for a deep dive into these important lyrics.

How Sweet the Sound by Christi Jones, SATB a cappella with percussion
Jones’ upbeat, rhythmically charged original setting of the beloved hymn tune “Amazing Grace” is fabulous! With optional percussion, it is well-suited for any SATB ensemble, sure to be a favorite at any concert or festival performance, and it’s just fun to sing!

Moon River arr. Paul Langford, SATB divisi a cappella
If you aren’t aware already, Briton Jacob Collier has firmly established himself as the preeminent composer, therorist, improviser, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of the modern era. Collier’s Grammy-winning arrangement of “Moon River” is a thrilling exercise in form and style. A cappella arranger extraordinaire Paul Langford has taken Jacob’s iconic arrangement and has meticulously set it to eight-to-twelve vocal parts on the page. While this would be one of the most difficult arrangements for your choir to tackle, it would also turn out to be one of the most rewarding!

Over the Rainbow arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB divisi with piano and optional violin
Here is a spectacular concert arrangement of this classic Harold Arlen Song from “The Wizard of Oz.” With a grand piano opening which captures the orchestration from the full score followed by the tender vocal introduction with optional violin accompaniment, this is perfect for an advanced concert choir.

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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.

Organ & Piano Duets from JOEL RANEY 05 October, 2023

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

Worship Openers for Organ & Piano
A Mighty Fortress
arr. Joel Raney
This prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of worship openers for piano & organ, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. The inspiration for this powerhouse setting came from combining one of the most dynamic pieces from the organ literature, with one of the most majestic hymn tunes blending Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No. 5 with Martin Luther’s immortal EIN FESTE BURG. Both keyboard parts are included. An optional 3-5 octave handbell part with optional 3 octave handchimes, a full conductor’s score and parts for brass quartet are each available separately.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing! arr. Joel Raney
Here is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ worship openers with SATB choir entering at the conclusion, for an optional choral introit. There are optional parts for brass and 3-5 octave handbells and 3-5 octave handchimes.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come arr. Joel Raney
Written especially for the Thanksgiving season, or any service of thanks, this arrangement combines piano and organ duet with optional parts for both choir and handbells. This festive setting combines the hymns “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” with “We Gather Together” and “Now Thank We All our God.” The choir enters at the conclusion of this prelude for an optional choral introit, which is included and reproducible. A separate handbell score, arranged by Arnold Sherman, is available for 3-6 octave handbells. Indications for the handbell entrances are included in the keyboard score.

great is thy faithfulness joel raney

Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Joel Raney
This festive worship opener is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ duets, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion of the prelude for an optional choral introit. William M. Runyan’s majestic tune is partnered with “How Firm a Foundation” in this uplifting setting. An optional 3-5 octave Handbell Part, and a Full Conductor’s Score are available separately. A reproducible congregational part is included in the conductor’s score.

Featuring optional Handbells & Choir
All Hail the Power
arr. Joel Raney
This festive prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ duets, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. Raney incorporates the tunes CORONATION, LASST UNS ERFREUEN, CRUSADER’ S HYMN, and MADRID woven together in a festive presentation. Both keyboard parts and a reproducible page of the text for the choir are included. An optional 3-6 octave handbell part and a full conductor’s score are available separately.

Lift High the Cross arr. Joel Raney
This festive piano/organ duet setting combines the hymns “Lift High the Cross” with “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Thine Is the Glory.” Ideal for the Easter season, this arrangement includes optional parts for both choir and handbells. The choir enters at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. Two keyboard parts are included in the score along with reproducible parts for SATB choir. The separate handbell part, arranged by Arnold B. Sherman, is available for 3-5 octave handbells.

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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 Solitude of Snow and More for High School Choir 04 October, 2023

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

The Solitude of Snow by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
This pensive Mark Burrows original paints a pristine picture of winter and its restorative qualities. Gentle, dreamlike voices invite us to come away from “endless busyness” and seek “winter’s healing hush.” A rich musical palette reflects the wonder of the season and magnifies the depth of the text. An expressive art song that brings warmth to colder months.

The Love of a Christmas Night by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano
Gilpin’s joyful original will add a lilt to your holiday concert. Individual melodies weave and layer their way throughout the work shared by a homophonic chorus. A bright opening choral or processional that is easily prepared and joyful to perform.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB opt. a cappella with hand percussion
Now available in this SATB voicing, here is a new twist on this traditional English carol. The vocal writing is light and rhythmic and will surprise your listeners. A piano part is offered as an accompaniment but this arrangement works just as well when sung a cappella. Optional hand claps and patschen parts make this a special piece within your winter concert.

Pavane for a Winter Night by Gabriel Fauré/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SATB with piano
This well-known melody by French composer Gabriel Fauré from Pavane, op. 50 has been adapted for SATB chorus with new words from Douglas E. Wagner. A perfect selection for winter concerts, this piece creates opportunities to study Fauré and to compare this setting with the original Fauré composition.

Gaudete arr. Philip Lawson, SATB with piano
This traditional carol is arranged by former King’s Singer in a style that honors the original while bringing it into the 21st century. Changing meter, alternating a cappella and accompanied and call and response sections create a work that is a constant surprise.

Veni Emmanuel arr. Zachary Steele, SATB a cappella with percussion
This twist on the traditional French melody seeks to capture the excitement, wonder, and anticipation of the coming of the Advent season. It presents an accessible means to introduce young singers to compound meter, syncopation, and dissonance while working with a familiar melody.

Campana Sobre Campana (Canción de Navidad) arr. Jimmy Baas, SATB with piano and optional flute, glockenspiel, chimes (or handbells) & tambourine
Translated as bell after bell, this Spanish Christmas Carol celebrates the season with the following optional instrumental parts: Flute, Glockenspiel, Chimes, and Tambourine included to enhance the overall festive mood of the season. The translation of the chorus is “Bethlehem, bells of Bethlehem that the angels ring, what news do you bring me?” Do not overlook for your holiday concert!

Season of Light by Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano
Original written for SATB a cappella, this new arrangement for choirs with piano make this wonderful new carol accessible to all choirs. Written to invoke the feeling of a simple, old-fashioned holiday carol or hymn. This brief, two-verse tune invites all people to bring to mind thoughts and remembrances of the season and to reflect on this meaningful time of year.

See Amid the Winter Snow arr. Ruth Elaine Schram, SATB with piano and optional oboe
The poignancy of John Gross’ memorable tune and Edward Caswell’s notable text is evident in this emotive setting by Ruth Elaine Schram. The vivid vocal tapestry features soaring melodic lines, rich harmonies, and imaginative text painting, which all point to the wonder and mystery of Christmas. The fluid, supportive piano accompaniment, when paired with the optional oboe part, creates an ethereal mood, making it superb choice for school or church settings alike.

Good King Wenceslas arr. Russell Robinson, SATB with piano
Russ Robinson masterfully weds a wonderful 19th century tale with a beautiful melody from a 13th century carol, now in a jazzy, swing-style 5/4 meter. For SATB choirs of all abilities, sure to spice up any holiday performance.

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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.

Jesus and His Love: Handbells for General Worship 2023 03 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Jesus and His Love arr. Benjamin Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Combining the beloved hymns “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Jesus Loves Me,” this sturdy arrangement is suitable any time during the church year, and is especially suited for mission Sundays. The skillful weaving of the two tunes makes this a most expressive piece.

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

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come arr. Linda Scholes, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
The stalwart and stately hymn tune, ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, is any ideal choice for any Thanksgiving service or time of celebration. This engaging arrangement begins with a majestic introduction that returns as an interlude and also as a glorious ending. The melody moves throughout all octaves. A sprinkling of handbell techniques as well as a waltz-like middle section add interest for both ringers and listeners. This will be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving library.

For All the Saints arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
This 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “For All the Saints” is a powerful and stirring tribute to the Christian faith. The piece begins with a strong and majestic theme that is gradually developed with intricate harmonies and thrilling rhythmic interplay. The dynamic contrasts and dramatic climax create a memorable and awe-inspiring musical experience.

Glad Adoration arr. Anna Laura Page, 2-3 octaves, Level 2/2+
“Glad Adoration” is a collection of 5 hymn arrangements for 8 or 12 handbells and piano. They are appropriate for Thanksgiving, Reformation, Communion and general ringing events. Written for 2 or 3 octaves handbells, they range from Level 2 to 2+. These accessible settings are easily prepared for groups that have a limited number or ringers. The creative piano accompaniments add to the fullness of each arrangement, making a delightful presentation for each given performance. Titles include: “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “For All the Saints,” “A Mighty Fortress,” and “Let All Things Now Living.”

Let the Whole Creation Cry arr. Brenda Austin, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
The familiar hymn tune SALZBURG is set brilliantly by Brenda Austin. The full, expansive setting is straightforward yet effective, with peals that begin and end the piece, and a contrasting malleted section.

Rejoice, the Lord Is King arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This bold and glorious hymn arrangement is straightforward and lovely. It is accessible at Level 2. The piano accompaniment fills out the harmonies and adds stately support.

Simply Reproducible Hymns arr. Lloyd Larson, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
This reproducible collection of 8 well-known hymn tunes will be so useful to your handbell program. Purchase one book and make as many copies as you need for your ringers. All arrangements are accessible at Level 2. A great resource for the whole year. Titles include: “The Solid Rock,” “Christians, We Have Met to Worship,” “The God of Abraham Praise,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “Give Me Jesus,” “Lift High the Cross,” and “The Church’s One Foundation.”

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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.

My Savior’s Love by Daniel Muroki 02 October, 2023

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

My Savior’s Love arr. Daniel Muroki
Eight fresh hymn arrangements from Kenyan composer Daniel Muroki, with styles ranging from classical to jazz. Medium difficulty puts these arrangements within reach for church pianists everywhere, and the combination of creative ideas with careful editing produces arrangements you’ll use repeatedly!

Titles include: “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “We Plow the Fields and Scatter,” “My Savior’s Love,” “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” “It is Well with My Soul,” “A Shelter in the Time of Storm,” “Abide with Me,” and “What the World Needs is Jesus.”

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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.