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A Peaceful Noel 30 November, 2023

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

A Peaceful Noel (Reflective Carols for Piano) arr. Lloyd Larson
Masterfully crafted by the always creative and dependable Lloyd Larson, the arrangements in this collection are all peaceful in nature. They are intended to help create a spirit of calm and repose during a busy season, whether in corporate worship settings or in private times of devotion. But most importantly they remind us that the Prince of Peace, the One born of God, has come to dwell among us; to bring hope and tranquility into our world of chaos and turmoil.

Titles include: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” “How Far Is it to Bethlehem,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly),” “Sing We Now of Christmas (with The First Noel),” “Away in a Manger,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” and “We Three Kings.”

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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.

Little Jazz Madrigals by Bob Chilcott 29 November, 2023

Little Jazz Madrigals by Bob Chilcott, SATB with piano and optional bass & drum kit
This dynamic collection presents four jazzy settings of favourite madrigals by Thomas Morley, John Bennet, and Orlando Gibbons. The first, “Sing we and Chant it,” is a relaxed jazz waltz with a compelling melody, and singers will especially revel in the rich harmonies of the expressive “Weep, O mine eyes” setting that follows. “Learned Poets” has a bossa nova feel with a strong rhythmic groove and characterful syncopations, and the urgent rolling tempo of movement four captures the text’s calamity and titular call of “Fire, fire!,” also expressed by a walking bass line that continually drives towards the work’s emphatic conclusion. The stylistic piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a bass and drum kit part is available separately for trio accompaniment.

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Five Star Features from Make Music for HIGH SCHOOL BAND 28 November, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

The Wolves of Alaska by Rossano Galante, Grade 3
Opening with brass fanfares moving through mixed meters, this remarkable work by Rossano Galante takes the listener on a musical journey through the eyes of Alaskan Wolves. Heroic themes and soaring countermelodies capture the essence of these magnificent creatures, while lyrical passages honor the beautiful scenery. “The Wolves of Alaska” is an epic musical adventure that plays exceptionally well!

You Better Sleigh! by JaRod Hall, Grade 3
Let JaRod Hall bring some funk with a sassy attitude to your winter concert! This remarkably smooth and fun musical scavenger hunt includes a wealth of holiday tunes with an incredible groove! Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and dance music, “You Better Sleigh!” is guaranteed to be the hit of the season.

Thriller arr. Erik Morales, Grade 3.5
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains one of the most popular hits of all time, and this iconic band arrangement by Erik Morales captures the smash hit in all its glory. In addition to drum set, optional electric bass and synth keyboard bring the music to life.

Orbital by Adrian B. Sims, Grade 4.5
Referring to the orbit of an electron, planet, or galaxy, “Orbital” propels the listener back and forth between musical ideas representing tremendous gravitational forces. Adrian Sims does a phenomenal job in the development of this work, and the heroic central theme truly soars as the piece comes to a thrilling and powerful conclusion!

Sailing with Whales by Rossano Galante, Grade 5
“Sailing With Whales” is a majestic work featuring heroic brass fanfares, sweeping melodic lines, lyrical themes, and energetic, rhythmic ostinati. Rossano Galante immerses listeners in an oceanic experience as the music portrays magnificent whales through sailors’ eyes. A powerful and bold work!

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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!

Piano Solos by EUGENIE ROCHEROLLE 27 November, 2023

Continental Suite: 6 Original Piano Solos by Eugénie Rocherolle
Enjoy the wonders of Europe through these six original piano solos at the intermediate level. The CD features piano solo recordings by Eugénie Rocherolle. Titles include: “Belgian Lace,” “In Old Vienna,” “La Piazza,” “Les Avenues de Paris,” “Oktoberfest,” and “Rondo Capichio.”

Fantasia del Tango: 6 Original Piano Solos and 1 Duet by Eugénie Rocherolle
Features 6 original piano solos (and a bonus piano duet!) that were influenced by the famous Argentinian tango. The pieces are full of exotic flair, and the exciting rhythms will motivate and inspire! Includes online audio recordings by Ms. Rocherolle. Titles include: “Bailando Conmigo (Dancing with Me),” “Debajo las Estrellas (Under the Stars),” “Ojos de Coqueta (Teasing Eyes),” “Promesa de Amor (Promise of Love),” “Suenos de Ti (Dreams of You),” “Suspiros (Longings),” and “Tango Caprichoso (Tango Fancy).”

Recuerdos Hispanicos: Original Solos by Eugénie Rocherolle
This book in the Eugénie Rocherolle Series offers seven original solos at the mid- to late-intermediate level: “Brisas Isleñas (Island Breezes),” “Dia de Fiesta (Holiday),” “Un Amor Quebrado (A Lost Love),” “Resonancias de España (Echoes of Spain),” “Niña Bonita (Pretty Girl),” “Fantasia del Mambo (Mambo Fantasy),” and “Cuentos del Matador (Tales of the Matador).”

Romantic Stylings: 8 Original Piano Solos by Eugénie Rocherolle
Eight wistful, creative and playable originals in a romantic style for intermediate piano solo. Titles include: “Cafe de Paris,” “Celebracion,” “Last Dance,” “Longings,” “Memento,” “Rapsodie,” “Reflections,” and “Romance.”

Valses Sentimentales: 7 Original Solos by Eugénie Rocherolle
Seven original solos, including: Bal Masque (Masked Ball), Jardin de The (Tea Garden), Le Long du Boulevard (Along the Boulevard), Marche aux Fleurs (Flower Market), Nuit sans Etoiles (Night Without Stars), Palais Royale (Royal Palace), Promenade a Deux (Strolling Together).

Reflective Piano Solos: 11 Beautiful Moods and Styles by Eugénie Rocherolle
A combination of 11 original pieces plus familiar favorites by Rocherolle! Exploring modern works can be challenging; thus, this curated collection also includes familiar music that will bring hours of pleasure to both audience and performer. Pieces range in difficulty from intermediate to early advanced. Titles include: “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Water Is Wide,” “Big Tease,” “An Easy Swing,” “It Had to Be You,” “Long Ago,” “On Saying Goodbye,” “Reminiscence,” “Southwestern Skies,” “Shenandoah,” and “Prelude in Blue.”

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Creative Activities for Teaching General Music 24 November, 2023

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

Creative Activities for Teaching General Music by Victoria Boler
This helpful resource includes 15 songs with specific classroom lesson plans for 3-4 class lessons. Each lesson has its own video by the author, aimed at the teacher, not the students. You get a total of 47 videos – over six hours of video content. The audio tracks are demonstrations of the songs. It also includes 13 classroom handout PDFs, accessible online through My Library. Perfect for elementary general music classroom teachers and substitute teachers!

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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.

The Harry Potter Piano Anthology 22 November, 2023

The Harry Potter Piano Anthology
Transport yourself to the magical world of Harry Potter with this stunning collector’s edition piano anthology featuring an exclusive, bespoke cover by MinaLima, the graphic design studio behind the Wizarding World, with special gold foiling and a treasure trove of magical illustrations.

This ultimate collection of Harry Potter piano music makes the perfect gift for pianists and Potterheads alike! “The Harry Potter Piano Anthology” contains 56 of the biggest and best musical themes from the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films, arranged for intermediate level piano. From the best-loved John Williams tunes “Hedwig’s Theme” and “Harry’s Wondrous World” to “The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Dumbledore’s Theme” from the “Fantastic Beasts” films, this book has been created for pianists to enjoy and return to again and again.

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Festival Hymn Collections for Organ 21 November, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Coral Ridge Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 1 by Samuel Metzger
This collection includes 15 well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. These settings have been used in the worship services at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and have been collected for this volume. Suggestions are made in the collection for ways to incorporate a variety of instruments. Tunes include: “Adelaide,” “Darwall’s 148th (Darwall),” “Ellacombe,” “Foundation,” “Grosser Gott,” “Hymn to Joy,” “Italian Hymn,” “Laudes Domini,” “Lyons,” “Madrid (Spanish Hymn),” “Marion,” “Nicaea,” “St. Anne,” “St. Denio,” and “St. Gertrude.”

The Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 2 by Samuel Metzger
Festival verse settings of well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. For each hymn an introduction, standard verse setting, often an interlude, and a concluding stanza are provided. Perfect for celebratory occasions or just to add a little spice in your hymn recipes. Tunes include: “Antioch,” “Aurelia,” “Crusader’s Hymn,” “CWM Rhondda,” “Diademata,” “Gloria,” “Hyfrydol,” “Lancashire,” “Lasst uns erfreuen,” “Regent Square,” “Sagina,” “St. Christopher,” “Terra Beata,” “Veni Emmanuel,” and “Webb.”

The Festival Hymn Collection, Volume 3 by Samuel Metzger
Following the success of the first two volumes, Volume 3 contains festival verse settings of well-known hymns with optional descants for use with congregations and choirs. For each hymn an introduction, standard verse setting, often an interlude, and a concluding stanza are provided. Perfect for celebratory occasions. Tunes include: “Andrews,” “Azmon,” “Coronation,” “Duke Street,” “Germany,” “Hendon,” “Lauda anima,” “Message,” “Mit Freuden zart,” “Nettleton,” “New Britain (Amazing Grace),” “Revive Us Again,” “Solid Rock,” “St. Catherine,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

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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.

GOOD OMENS and More Five Star Features from Hal Leonard 20 November, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Good Omens (Theme) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The quirky British television series “Good Omens” (starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen) features a suitably distinctive and appealing main theme by scoring master David Arnold. Part sinister, and part fun, you don’t have to be a fan of the series to enjoy this clever arrangement.

Gallant Fanfare by Michael Oare, Grade 0.5-1
With nothing faster than a quarter note (except 8ths in percussion) this terrific piece for first-year players features a noble and stately style with enough variety in scoring to provide a rewarding experience. A great opener for that first concert!

Rise of the Unicorn by Rossano Galante, Grade 5
Composed as a sequel to Rossano Galante’s popular work “Cry of the Unicorn” (2011), this exciting and dramatic piece follows the continuing story of the mythical creature through adventures, danger and triumph. In a film scoring style, sweeping themes and rich scoring help make this a memorable work for the symphonic stage.

Spirit of Ostenaco by Jay Bocook, Grade 4
Ostenaco was a celebrated Cherokee chief in the 18th century, and became a leading advocate for peace with the British colonies. Paying homage to this great man, “Spirit of Ostenaco” opens with a melancholy solo flute followed by a chorale statement of rich textures and harmonies. The pace quickens with the theme stated by low voices, thundering percussion, and finally a triumphant and powerful closing section.

Across the Northern Sky by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eckroth Music (Bismarck, ND), “Across the Northern Sky” captures the majesty and beauty of the northern states served by their store locations. The antiphonal brass fanfare in the opening is followed by a dynamic main theme. A brief lyric section features rich harmonies with a short solo for flute, and the work concludes with a buoyant theme of celebration.

Music from Demon Slayer: Mugen Train arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From this immensely popular Japanese anime movie (worldwide highest-grossing film of 2020) comes a soundtrack packed with drama and adventure. Michael Brown’s carefully paced medley for the symphonic stage features a blend of tender moments contrasted with bold themes with intensity and majesty.

Raiders March arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 4
One of the most iconic movie themes ever written, here is John Williams’ classic scored for mature ensembles. This dynamic arrangement also includes a brief lyric moment from “Marion’s Theme.”

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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!

Opera Scores by Britten and Janacek 17 November, 2023

Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten
Britten’s second chamber opera was composed just a year after its predecessor, The Rape of Lucretia, in 1947. Yet the contrast in style and subject matter could not be greater: instead of a tragedy based on a tale from Roman antiquity, Albert Herring is a comic opera set in the imaginary East Suffolk town of Loxford at the turn of the 20th century. The score contains some of Britten’s wittiest musical invention and his gifts for parody and caricature, already evident in Peter Grimes, are given full reign. However, the work is far from being mere farce: Albert is a sympathetic and credible figure who, tied to his mother’s apron-strings and frustrated by small-town pieties, embarks on a debauched ‘rake’s progress’, a theme fully in keeping with the composer’s favourite subject of the loss of innocence. Moreover, such poignant touches as the third-act Threnody, in which Albert, presumed dead, is solemnly mourned by the gathered townsfolk, makes Donald Mitchell’s description of the opera as ‘a serious comedy’ seem completely apt.

From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého domu / Aus einem Totenhaus) by Leoš Janáček
Janácek did not live to see his final opera “Z mrtvého domu” (“From the House of the Dead”) performed. The work was so different from his previous operas in its often chamber-like orchestration and its lack of an apotheosis ending that his pupils took it upon themselves to ‘revise’ it for its première in Brno in 1930, reorchestrating it and, most notoriously, rewriting the ending. Ever since the shortcomings of the original published edition became apparent there have been attempts to return to what Janácek left at his death. The new critical edition by John Tyrrell supplants the Mackerras-Tyrrell ‘provisional edition’ (1990) with a thorough-going revision based on the score made by Janácek’s copyists under his direct supervision and corrected by him. In his previous operas Janácek had the opportunity of making minor corrections to the score during rehearsals. Because of his death extensive tidying up of many inconsistencies has been necessary here. All such editorial interventions are shown as such and are described in the Critical Report.

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REJOICE THE SEASON! Holiday Flex Band Titles 16 November, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Rejoice the Season arr. Rob Romeyn, Grade 3
This very clever festive work is the perfect opener or closer for your holiday concert! Familiar carols are very creatively woven together capturing the true joy of the season. A very expressive and beautiful treatment of “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” provides a wonderful contrast to the festive and energetic beginning and ending. This version, for the “Build-A-Band” series ensures success with even the most awkward of instrumentation. “Rejoice The Season” is sure to be a holiday favorite with school bands and adult community groups.

African Noel arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 1.5
Scored for second-year players and utilizing the 4-part flexible format, Johnnie’s setting uses a tuneful melody and characteristic percussion writing to provide a truly unique holiday offering.

Fanfare for the Faithful arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 1
With an opening fanfare motif based upon melodic fragments of the familiar melody, this FLEX setting of the hymn-tune “Adeste Fidelis” puts a fresh spin on this beloved classic. The concepts of phrasing, dynamics, and style are reinforced, making “Fanfare for the Faithful” a solid programming choice as an opening or closing selection for your next holiday concert.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy arr. James Swearingen, Grade 3
This glorious setting of two classic carols, “What Child Is This?” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is destined to be a popular choice when planning that special holiday performance. Expertly crafted, this delicate arrangement incorporates lush harmonies, soaring musical lines and limited technical demands. It is the perfect selection for establishing an expressive moment that will musically serve to inspire one and all.

Up on the Housetop arr. Haley Woodrow, Grade 1.5
Here is a familiar holiday tune but with some cleverly added twists and turns. The recurring 8th note pattern provides a great opportunity to teach a steady pulse, while the melody passed around to every part gives all players something fun to play. Scored in the 4-part flex format for second-year players.

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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!

Light, My Light: Creative Programming for Treble Choir 15 November, 2023

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

Light, My Light by Scott AuCoin, SSAA with piano
This is a piece that focuses on hope and joy through the imagery of light. Rhythmic and uptempo with an exciting piano accompaniment, “Light, my light” is a rich offering for treble choirs.

Las Gaviotas (The Seagulls) by Eduardo Cota, 2-part with piano
“Las gaviotas (The seagulls)” is a happy and rhythmic song that paints the picture seen in a child’s imagination as she looks at a sea bird. The piano acts as a harmonic soloist, participating in the plot while providing vocal support.

Orion by Susan LaBarr, SSAA with piano
A lyrical and moving work that empowers singers to find their inner worth. The text by Faith Zimmer compares the constellation Orion to the strength that we can find in times of trial.

Sea Fever (from Five Sea Songs) by Daniel Brinsmead, SSA with piano
“Sea Fever” is the first of Five Sea Songs by Daniel Brinsmead. The poem speaks of a sailor being mysteriously drawn to the sea, and the composer’s delightful treatment brings all of the imagery to life. With adjustable vocal lines, this work is appropriate for a variety of ages and levels.

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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.

CHRISTMAS Music for Organ 14 November, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

People, Look East arr. William Ringham
William Ringham has created a lovely and wonderfully varied set of Advent and Christmas settings for organ. These accessible settings work in a variety of settings and would be a welcome addition to any library. Titles include: “All My Heart Again Rejoices,” “An Advent Prelude,” “Comfort, Comfort Now My People,” “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “Love Has Come,” “O Jesus So Sweet,” “People, Look East,” “Silent Night, Holy Night!,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Advent Awakenings arr. Franklin D. Ashdown
The ten free style and hymn-based pieces that comprise Advent Awakenings speak to the exuberant anticipation of Christ’s birth. “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying,” a set of variations on WACHET AUF, was inspired by the resounding acoustics of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, where it was premiered. Even the quieter pieces evoke a spirit of contained joy. This volume should bring warmth of the season to both organist and listener. Titles include: “Gabriel’s Trumpet,” “Joy to the World,” “Lo, Cometh the Morn,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “People, Look East,” “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers,” “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came,” “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying,” and “What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright/On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry.”

Wondrous Birth arr. David Sims
This collection of four jubilant postludes for various seasons of the church year is useful year-round. They range from 2 to 5 minutes in length. Most contain toccata-like sections, the hymn tune in the pedal at times, key changes, and imitation. Titles include: “In a Lowly Manger Born,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “In the Heavens Shone a Star,” “Love Has Come,” “No Wind at the Window,” “People, Look East,” and “There’s a Star in the East.”

The King of Glory arr. David Lasky
David Lasky has created another wonderfully varied set of arrangements for organ, including a reflection on the not often heard tune St. Helena. A delight for both the musician and the congregation, this collection would be a welcome addition to any library. Titles include: “Carol of Hope,” “He Came Down,” “Jefferson,” “King of Kings,” “Lucent,” “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” “Ososo,” “Rejoice, Rejoice,” “St. Helena,” “The Kings of Glory,” and “Wie soll ich dich empfangen.”

Sounding Joy arr. Aaron Shows
This new volume by Aaron Shows marks his debut in the Augsburg Fortress catalogue. The eleven settings for Christmas are imaginative and will make a great addition to any library. Titles include: “Comfort, Comfort Now My People,” “From Heaven Above,” “God Rest You Merry,” “Good People All, This Christmas Time,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine,” “Joy to the World,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “The Cherry Tree Carol,” and “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying.”

Winter Solstice arr. Roberta Rowland-Raybold
This collection of hymn tune settings for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany includes an original composition, “Winter Solstice,” adding a new dimension to your usual seasonal music. You will find familiar carols, several less familiar but nonetheless beautiful, and carols from other countries with harmony that will transport the listener to far away places. Fresh settings for liturgical worship. Titles include: “All My Heart Again Rejoices,” “Cold December Flies Away,” “Come Now, O Prince of Peace,” “Creator of the Stars of Night,” “I Wonder As I Wander,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Meditation on Winter Solstice,” “Midnight Stars Make Bright the Skies,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!,” “People, Look East,” “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers,” and “What Child Is This.”

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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.

Adeste Fideles! Treble & Tenor/Bass Titles for Winter 2023 13 November, 2023

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

Adeste Fideles by Greg Gilpin, TTB with piano, flute, bells, high drum and low drum
Exuding a fanfare-like feel, this exuberant original is absolutely joyful, no matter where it is programmed on a concert! The call-and-response style is easily learned and lends itself to antiphonal performance. The addition of flute, bells, and percussion imparts a celebratory and robust touch to this dynamic work, equally effective in school or church settings.

Ea la Nana arr. Michael Ryan, 2-part with piano and optional flute
Introduce your young choirs to Spanish texts with this simple and accessible Spanish Lullaby arranged by Michael Ryan. Optional English text is also included in the score. Short and sweet, this arrangement is a wonderful learning opportunity for young singers. The optional flute enhances the lullaby to create a beautiful musical moment for your concert.

Dormi, Dormi, bel Bambin arr. Cristi Cary Miller, SSA with piano
Here is a perfect selection for your developing SSA choir. This traditional Italian carol sets the tone for a lovely shift in your concert programming. Your singers and audience will fall in love with this beautiful melody.

Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow arr. Greg Gilpin, SSA with piano
Gilpin’s original holiday song, based on a well-known text, is full of syncopated rhythms, interesting and accessible harmonies, and is supported by a pulsating piano accompaniment. Treble choirs will sound fantastic at holiday time and will find this song fun to learn and perform.

The Cold Winds Blow by Paul David Thomas, TB with piano
For the burgeoning Tenor-Bass choir, “The Cold Winds Blow” is sure to be a great addition to any holiday or festival program. Unique, accessible, and appropriate for small ensemble to large chorus, Thomas does not disappoint with his vocal writing and interesting piano accompaniment.

Eight Days of Lights by Judith Clurman & David Chase, TTBB with piano and optional orchestra
In a flowing 3/4, this piece combines Hebrew and English text in celebration of the festival of “eight sacred lights.” Lyrical vocal lines with touches of polyphony create lovely harmonic progressions supported by an elegant piano accompaniment or full orchestration. Really beautiful!

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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.

Thanksgiving Music for Organ 10 November, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Thanksgiving Mosaics by Jacob B. Weber
Give thanks to the Lord with these six settings of Thanksgiving-themed hymns by Jacob B. Weber. Designed for Thanksgiving observances, these settings are also useful for general praise throughout the Church Year. Weber’s Mosaics series features creative, seasonal settings for the church organist. Titles include: “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” “How Can I Thank You Lord,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee,” “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “The Lord, My God, Be Praised,” “We Gather Together,” and “We Praise You, O God.”

Autumn Festivals ed. Rebecca Groom Te Velde
With a host of accessible, quality new settings, and with pieces based on all the major hymn tunes, these volumes are a must for every church organist’s library.

Thanksgiving Simplified: Easy Settings for Organ arr. Jacob B. Weber
The Simplified series by Jacob B. Weber seeks to provide attractive new settings that are accessible to novice organists but interesting for experienced organists. The settings are easily mastered while remaining artistic. This collection features 10 easy hymn preludes and includes settings of Thanksgiving favorites. Titles include: “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” “From All That Dwell Below the Skies,” “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,” “Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “Praise and Thanksgiving,” “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” “Sing to the Lord of Harvest,” “The Lord, My God, Be Praised,” and “We Plow the Fields and Scatter.”

Joyful We Adore (Organ Settings for the Harvest Season) by Franklin D. Ashdown
This collection includes eleven hymn settings for the thanksgiving and harvest season. Titles include: “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” “The Dawning of Creation,” “Eternal Father Strong to Save,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “God of the Sparrow,” “God Whose Farm Is All Creation,” “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “A Thanksgiving Antiphon,” “This Is My Father’s World,” and “We Plow the Fields and Scatter.”

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come! arr. Michael Helman
Give thanks at Thanksgiving or any time of the year with Michael Helman’s first Lorenz organ collection, which contains arrangements of great hymns of thanks. Michael also composed two original works for the collection, a classic style trumpet tune and a lyric aria, which are a joy to play and hear. Titles include: “Trumpet Tune on Ash Grove,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!,” “Rondeau on Royal Oak,” “Aria,” “Prelude on Thaxted,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “Trumpet Tune,” and “Trio on Ash Grove.”

The Last Verse: for Thanksgiving and Patriotic Celebrations arr. Janet Linker
16 Free hymn accompaniments arranged by Janet Linker for Thanksgiving and Patriotic celebrations. Titles include: “America the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” “For All the Saints,” “God of Our Fathers,” “Let All Things Now Living,” “Morning Has Broken,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart,” “Sing to the Lord of Harvest,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “This Is My Father’s World,” “This Is My Song,” and “We Gather Together.”

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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.

ON THE HORIZON: Five Star Features from Make Music 09 November, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

On the Horizon by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 1.5
This powerful work represents vision and hope, inspired by Katie O’Hara LaBrie’s vision of a never-ending horizon. A beautiful opening suggests the sun rising on a new day before moving into a triumphant melody with uplifting woodwind interludes. The music embeds a strong sense that one can be ready for anything that lies ahead “On the Horizon.”

Emblazoned by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5
As the title “Emblazoned” suggests, this euphoric celebration will undoubtedly make its mark on your students and audience! Simple polyrhythms combine with an engaging melody, heroic countermelodies, and riveting percussion writing to create an energetic yet exceptionally playable work. Even better, Brian Balmages has orchestrated the piece so that it achieves a high level of power and excitement while leaving students with plenty left in the tank!

Inspiration Fanfare by Adrian B. Sims, Grade 2
Fueled by the inspiration of morning sunlight, Adrian Sims has written this colorful fanfare depicting joy and opportunity. The opening statement transforms throughout the piece, providing musically engaging parts for all. Extremely playable yet sophisticated in sound, Inspiration Fanfare creates a sense of anticipation and excitement. A joyful celebration of music!

Leading Light by Jack Wilds, Grade 2.5
Based on a school’s powerful growth in the arts, this piece follows a single melody from a slower, quiet beginning filled with potential into a faster section crackling with energy. The theme steadily builds momentum through each variation until it reaches a joyful outpouring of sound in the final bars.

Struck by the Ree by William Owens, Grade 2
Honoring the legacy of Yankton Sioux Chief Palaneapape (“Struck by the Ree”) and his tireless efforts to foster peace, this musical tale portrays war, resolution, and escalating tensions. Thunderous percussion and strong melodic statements contrast with gentle and serene moments as William Owens pays homage to an important figure in American history.

Time Lord by JaRod Hall, Grade 1.5-2
If a time-traveling superhero were the conductor of a concert band, this is the music they would play! Inspired by an incredible battle sequence, “Time Lord” dives into time signature changes at an introductory level while maintaining an epic tone throughout. JaRod Hall does an incredible job of making this piece exciting, pedagogical, and extremely playable!

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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!

Do a Little Good! And More Pops for Holiday Concerts 08 November, 2023

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

Do a Little Good (from Spirited) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional combo
Who knew that an innocuous TikTok duet between Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds would then become a basis for a full-throated and good-natured musical in Apple TV’s 2022 instant holiday classic “Spirited”! Pasek & Paul’s lyrics are razor sharp and the music is absolute dynamite!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
Kick off the season with this festive a cappella arrangement of a true holiday favorite! Both sopranos and basses take the jazz waltz melody for a spin while the other voices provide a scat syllable accompaniment. This two-minute versatile setting is fitting for the stage or for door-to-door caroling.

Snowy Day (from The Snowy Day) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB a cappella (optional piano)
Originally recorded by Boyz II Men, this song was featured in the holiday special, “The Snowy Day.” This lush setting can be performed a cappella, and developing choirs will appreciate the optional supportive piano accompaniment.

Song for a Winter’s Night by Gordon Lightfoot/arr. Michael Hanawalt & Justine Sasanfar, SATB with piano
Songsmith Gordon Lightfoot’s ballad expresses the longing to be with loved ones on a cold, snowy night. This artistic concert setting is a beautiful feature for your collaborative pianist with an elegant accompaniment that ebbs and flows beneath the light and airy melody. In the middle, this distinctive arrangement softens to a rubato a cappella section, garnering chills.

Warm and Fuzzy arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano and optional combo
Steamy cider, cozy fires, sleigh bells ringing, choirs singing – “it’s the warm and fuzzy time of year.” This nostalgic swing ballad features a timeless tune you’ll be humming days after the performance. Sentimental lyrics read like a warm greeting card, and lush harmonies envelop like a fuzzy winter blanket. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

You Make It Feel Like Christmas arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
This fun-to-sing holiday song from Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton is the perfect choice for that feel-good moment in your Christmas performances. The catchy, Motown-inspired vibe will stay with your audiences long after the curtain falls!

All That Holiday Stuff! by Andy Beck, SAB with piano and optional combo
An opening solo sets the stage for what unfurls into a pizzazzy listicle of holiday decorations, characters, treats, attire…stuff! Andy’s musical theater style shines from the moment the curtain parts to the final kickline. This holiday showstopper that craves choreography, so check out the free ChoreoTrax or design your own razzmatazz routine. A sparkling, twinkling gem of jolly that pulls out all the stops!

The Christmas Song arr. Russell Robinson, SAB a cappella
Perhaps your ensemble has sung “The Christmas Song” many times, many ways but this is a truly special treatment. Simple yet sophisticated, Russell Robinson’s heartwarming a cappella arrangement gives the holiday classic a hint of jazzy harmonic freshness, yet retains a cozy flavor reminiscent of Christmases gone by.

Sleigh Ride arr. Kirby Shaw, SSA with piano and optional combo
Bring the Ronettes’ 60s version of this instantly recognizable wintertime classic to life with Kirby Shaw’s accessible arrangement. Singers will love recreating the Leroy Anderson staple, complete with that iconic whinnying horse and plenty of retro “ring-a-ling-a-lings.” Easy to assemble and hard to forget!

That’s Christmas to Me arr. Audrey Snyder, SSA with piano
Pentatonix composed and placed this beautiful Christmas original amidst an album of known holiday standards, and yet it felt like an instant classic full of warmth and nostalgia. Effective accompanying harmonies intertwined with personal lyrics make this a rich, seasonal addition to any winter concert.

Holiday Road arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano
“Holiday Road” is a 1983 single written and recorded by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and featured in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” It makes a great up-tempo addition to seasonal concerts. A sensational selection for show and pop groups!

Jingle Bells arr. Kirby Shaw, TTBB a cappella
Pop and jazz groups will show their skill with this jazzy take on a winter classic! Great vocal licks, solo opportunities and a lot of fun to sing! Now available in this TTBB voicing!

Up on the Housetop arr. Allen Pote, 2-part with piano and optional woodblock or tambourine
Originally written in the late 1800’s, “Up on the Housetop” remains a holiday favorite today! Sung with energetic tone, this arrangement captures the joyful spirit of Santa Claus and heightens the Christmas spirit. Excellent for children’s choir or any 2-part treble chorus.

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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.

SLEIGHIN’ IT and More Holiday Arrangements for Jazz Band 07 November, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Sleighin’ It arr. Steve Parsons, Grade 2
The talented composer Steve Parsons has paired an original melody with a funky Motown version of “Jingle Bells” to create the piece he calls “Sleighin’ It.” This is definitely a fresh take on this carol and your band will have a terrific time with the Motown groove and all the clever ways Steve has incorporated the simple “Jingle Bells” melody.

A Christmas Mambo arr. Tim Waters, Medium Easy
This cool mambo version of the Christmas classic “We Three Kings” will add some heat and a nice change of styles to your next holiday concert! This chart opens with an infectious mambo groove that keeps building before the melody is passed from the saxes to the bones and then the trumpet section. The solo section includes written or ad-lib solos for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet or Trombone. Next there is a cool shout chorus before returning to the opening theme.

A Little Christmas Spirit arr. Doug Beach & George Shutack, Grade 1
Bring the holidays on in a Latin fashion with this medley of three Christmas classics. “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bells” are all arranged over a strong Bossa Nova groove. Great tunes, solid voicings and space for your soloists all add up to a medley that will be the hit of your holiday program. And the flexible Jazz Foundations scoring guarantees that virtually any combination of instruments will work.

I Saw Three Ships arr. Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
“I Saw Three Ships” is not only an absolute perfect chart for your December concerts, but it’s so much fun to play that you should program it anytime! This 17th century English carol takes on a whole new life reset in a New Orleans second-line style groove. There’s plenty of ensemble work for each section and solo space in the middle for your lead alto and lead trombone. Don’t miss a chance to jam out on this one! Great fun!

This Christmas arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3-4
Recorded by Donny Hathaway in 1970 and covered countless times since then, this familiar tune features a funky, upbeat pop style and memorable horn riffs. Scored for vocal soloist with band, this is the perfect change of pace for the holidays.

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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.

Gift In the Manger: Handbell Titles for Christmas 2023 06 November, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Gift in the Manger arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
“Gift in the Manger” is a sweet and gentle 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of the beloved CRADLE SONG. The piece features a delicate setting that evokes the peacefulness and serenity of the Christmas story. The harmonies are simple yet expressive, creating a soothing and comforting atmosphere that is perfect for the holiday season.

Angels We Have Heard on High arr. Sondra Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 3
The cherished Christmas carol begins with fanfares and flourishes. The full, thick chords present a strong contrast to the flowing lines in the refrain. The full texture throughout makes this a compelling addition to your Christmas repertoire.

Come to Bethlehem arr. Mitchell & Sandra Eithun, 2 octaves, Level 1+-3-
Mitchell and Sandra Eithun have written four approachable arrangements with options for 8, 10 or 12 handbells. This joyful collection of Christmas music for small handbell ensembles can be played with or without the piano accompaniment and does not require tables. Titles include: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World,” “Bring a Torch,” and “Away in a Manger.”

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This fun arrangement of the classic Christmas carol is fun and accessible. The contrasting middle section gives it intrigue and sets it apart from other arrangements.

I Saw Three Ships arr. Joel Raney, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
This fun and boisterous arrangement includes mallets and many other stopped techniques. The lilting opening section gives way to a grandiose presentation of the melody and then returns to the swash-buckling melody of the beginning. Paired with piano, this would be a wonderful concert or Christmas selection.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This gentle 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to the holiday season. The piece features delicate melodies that capture the tenderness of the Christmas story, including a sweet rendition of “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” The harmonies are simple yet expressive, creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere that is perfect for the winter months.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly arr. Cathy Moklebust, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This sweet and simple arrangement of the traditional Polish Christmas lullaby is complemented by an original melody, which serves as an introduction, interlude and closing. Either handbells or handchimes may be used throughout the entire piece, or in various sections at the director’s discretion. The melody takes its turn in both the treble and bass clefs, with LV accompaniments in the opposite clef.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten arr. Jason Krug, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This pleasing setting of the beloved, Christmas hymn tune is just right for emerging, Level 1 choirs. It is accessible yet written so that ringers stay busy and engaged while developing their skills.

Pat-a-Pan arr. Susan T. Nelson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This creative and fun arrangement of the familiar Burgundian carol captures the Renaissance feel of the original, especially with the addition of the optional C Instrument (use a recorder if you can!) and triangle and tambourine. A sure-fire winner for your Christmas worship or concert.

Prelude on Adeste Fideles arr. Mitchell Eithun, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This festive 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “Adeste Fideles” is a joyous and triumphant celebration of the holiday season. The piece features bold, soaring melodies that create a sense of excitement and anticipation, including a lively rendition of the hymntune “God Rest You Merry.” The piece builds to a thrilling climax that is sure to fill the listener with Christmas cheer.

Ring Out the Angel Chorus arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3 octaves, Level 2-3
Created for four to six ringers, these five carol arrangements will add meaningful, expressive music to your worship experience. Each piano accompaniment is creative and an equal partner in the arrangement. Fully reproducible. Titles include: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “People Look East,” “What Child Is This?,” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

Small-ER but Mighty Volume 6 arr. Joel Raney, 8 bells with piano
This collection of 6 Advent and Christmas carols are set for 8 bells and piano. The handbell parts are accessible, and the piano fills out the harmonies and adds interest. The Ringer’s Edition part is reproducible. Titles include: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Coventry Carol,” “The Manger Lullaby,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and “Silent Night.”

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

NEW Lakota and Cherokee Choral Titles 03 November, 2023

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

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

Cherokee Morning Song arr. Michael Yannette, 2-part any combination with piano and optional recorder, tuned singing bowls, and percussion
Translation: “I am one with the great spirit.” Equally suited for mixed, treble, or tenor-bass choirs, this flexible arrangement opens with a Native American flute, the sounds of flowing water, and tuned singing bowls. Next, two expressive solo voices introduce the core sections: the traditional melody with Eastern Band Cherokee Indian lyrics; and an original refrain in English that is later paired with the authentic tune.

Wakantanhan Hotan’Inpe (From above, they are making their voices heard) arr. Linthicum-Blackhorse, TTBB with Native Powwow (or Bass) drum and optional Native flute in F (or concert flute)
Like much of the First Nation music, it has never been written down, rather passed on aurally from one generation to the next. This arrangement of a Lakota Sioux spiritual is the beginning of an ethnomusicological journey to preserve and archive the music of this tribe in a meaningful and entertaining way.

Thuŋkášila Imáyaluškiŋ (Grandfather Spirit, You Make Me Happy) by Linthicum-Blackhorse, TTBB a cappella with Powwow (or hand drum)
“Thuŋkášila Imáyaluškiŋ” embodies the uplifting nature of the Sundance ceremony and the blessings provided by life. All creations in the universe have a spiritual entity associated with them in traditional Lakota Spirituality. These spirits are called “grandfathers,” or Thuŋkášila, which act as our guides, tricksters, companions, etc., as we exist here on this Earth. The arranger has done a fantastic job by creating an arrangement that is energetic and accessible while maintaining reverence for its purpose. Accompanied by the Pow Wow (or a hand drum), this setting is voiced for tenor-bass choirs and works exceptionally well for young and mature festival groups.

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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.

God Gave a Song: Gospel Greats for Organ 02 November, 2023

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

God Gave a Song: Eight Gospel Hymn Settings for Organ arr. Mary McDonald
At the heart of our music making are the praises and prayers that we raise on high to God. Mary McDonald’s sensitively written gospel interpretations reflect on the texts of the hymns, allowing the congregation to pause and reflect on the message while you play to the Lord. “God Gave a Song” so we may praise Him in return. Titles include: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” “Meditation on The Lord’s My Shepherd,” “We Have Heard the Joyful Sound,” “Prelude on Holy Manna,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Partita on Blessed Name,” “Trusting Jesus,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Blessed Assurance: Five Gospel Hymns for Organ arr. Matthew H. Corl
Five familiar gospel hymn settings that will quickly become favorites. Useful for worship services, as well as memorial services. Accessible and creative. Titles include: “Blessed Assurance,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “Just As I Am,” “Rock of Ages,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

Three Gospel Preludes for Organ arr. Gerald Near
Three beloved gospel tunes set in an eloquent style. These pieces can be used frequently in worship services and memorial services. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “In the Garden.”

Six Gospel Hymn Preludes arr. Wilbur Held
Gospel hymns sung enthusiastically by our grandparents and great-grandparents continue to have meaning for many today. Here are six treatments filled with warmth and sympathy. Titles include: “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “In the Garden,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

Complete Gospel Preludes by William Bolcom
This edition for advanced organists corrects and combines all of Bolcom’s gospel preludes. Includes new program notes.

I Will Praise Him arr. Myra Schubert
Beloved, veteran arranger Myra Schubert has created this collection of 12 gospel favorites for the church organist. Drawing from her own background as a church organist for over 20 years, Myra provides settings of these beloved hymns which are both practical and inspirational. Titles include: “Blessed Be the Name,” “Jesus Saves!,” “Be Still, My Soul,” “The Love of God,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “Such Love,” “Day by Day,” “Grace Greater than Our Sin,” “Praise Him! Praise Him!,” “I Will Praise Him,” and “Higher Ground.”

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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.

ENERGY WAVE: Five Star Features from Carl Fischer 2023 01 November, 2023

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Energy Wave by Mark Lortz, Grade 2
Starting with a quick and vibrant introduction based on a two-measure rhythmic ostinato, this piece quickly transitions to a softer exciting section where the percussion section maintains the rhythmic ostinato in the vibraphone and other percussion instruments. Develop the concepts of groove, pulse, transitions, and ostinatos in this driving, energetic concert piece.

Call of the Ancient Clans by Amy Webb, Grade 1.5
This piece takes players back to ancient times, when neighboring tribes would communicate by way of rhythm instruments. With an interesting, pulsating rhythm and catchy woodwind lines, the engaging music gives students the opportunity to create fun musical moments. Notes generally fall within the first year range, but also provide a good challenge with first clarinets going over the break a few times. Dynamic contrasts, interesting percussion parts, and many exciting moments offer an exciting concert finale.

Camelia City March by R. Alan Carter, Grade 2.5
Written to celebrate the “Camelia City” (Quitman, Georgia), this traditional style march is written in the style of Henry Fillmore. Starting with a light, happy woodwind melody with simple flourishes in the low brass, the march then moves through dynamic changes before a trio that features low clarinets and euphonium with a unique woodblock percussion accompaniment. Ending with a return to brass flourishes, this classic march is perfect for learning the traditional musical form.

The Fledgling by Patrick Glenn Harper, Grade 2.5
A bird is considered to have fledged at the time when its wing muscles and feathers are sufficiently developed for flight. Musically depicting this stage of life by taking a simple theme and developing it through increasing energy and compositional voice layering, this piece for young bands has flowing woodwind lines, exciting countermelodies, and interesting rhythmic challenges. Multiple percussion parts will keep your performers interested. A great choice for concert and contest or as a concert opener or closer.

Scarborough Fantasy by Christina Huss & R. Alan Carter, Grade 2
This hauntingly beautiful composition features both beautiful original and traditional melodies with lush harmonic construction. Performers will experience expressive playing in minor keys amidst a lyrical, legato flow. With an emotional key change and multiple musically dramatic moments for every section, this inspiring composition offers a modern take on a timeless classic. Perfect for a contrasting concert selection or contest ballad.

Cherry Tree by Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 3
This beautiful ballad was composed to capture the wondrous feeling of cherry blossoms. It also relays elation or hope for a brightening future. The lyrical piece helps players learn the importance of inner melodies, a lighter playing style, staccato figures, and balancing of long phrases. A contrasting middle section includes tempo variations and a delicate balance of harmonic patterns. A return to the calm opening theme ends the composition on a hopeful note. This lovely work will challenge, but also reward your performers.

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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!