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To God Be the Glory 31 January, 2024

To God Be the Glory arr. Victor Labenske
Includes seven glorious arrangements of beloved hymns at the late intermediate level that can be prepared rather quickly for worship services. The lyrics of each verse are musically portrayed by this talented arranger. Useful and deeply meaningful choices as worship preludes, offertories, postludes, or for personal enjoyment and inspiration. Titles include: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “Just As I Am,” “This Is My Father’s World,” “Doxology,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

Rejoice and Give Thanks arr. Victor Labenske
This talented composer/arranger largely uses the lyrics of each verse of these seven familiar hymns as the basis for these uniquely colorful, yet respectful arrangements. The results are deeply meaningful to both listener and performer. Excellent choices for preludes, offertories, or postludes. Titles include: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” “For All the Saints,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Jesus Is All the World to Me,” “Near to the Heart of God,” “Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” and “Ye Servants of God.”

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Music from Disney’s WISH 30 January, 2024

WISH: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
If you’ve been wishing to play the music from your favorite new Disney musical, this souvenir songbook is just what you need! It features full-color scenes and seven songs from the soundtrack arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords. Titles include: “At All Costs,” “I’m a Star,” “Knowing What I Know Now,” “This Is the Thanks I Get?!,” “This Wish,” “Welcome to Rosas,” and “A Wish Worth Making.” Also available for Easy Piano.

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Contemporary Worship Classics by Mark Hayes 29 January, 2024

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

Contemporary Worship Classics arr. Mark Hayes
Pianist/composer Mark Hayes puts his unique spin on ten contemporary classics for worship. These intermediate piano solos, infused with rich harmonic language and hints of jazz, will be welcome in both church and home.

Titles include: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Cornerstone,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “In Christ Alone,” “Living Hope,” “Lord, I Need You,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” “Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me,” and “Your Name.”

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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 Lost Birds by Christopher Tin 26 January, 2024

The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy by Christopher Tin
“The Lost Birds” is a musical memorial to bird species driven to extinction by humankind. Sweeping and elegiac, it’s a haunting tribute to those soaring flocks that once filled our skies, but whose songs have since been silenced. It’s a celebration of their feathered beauty: their symbolism as messengers of hope, peace, and renewal. But it’s also a warning about our own tenuous existence on the planet: that the fate that befell these once soaring flocks foreshadows our own extinction.

Individual movements available separately:
The Saddest Noise by Christopher Tin, SATB divisi a cappella
“The Saddest Noise” is a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Saddest Noise, the Sweetest Noise.” It begins the story of “The Lost Birds” in spring: the season of birth and renewal, and a time of year when bird songs flood the skies. But what is ordinarily a joyous sound is now riddled with sorrow, as the songs of the remaining birds remind us of the ones we’ve already lost.

Wild Swans by Christopher Tin, SATB divisi a cappella
“Wild Swans,” a setting of a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, ends the first half of “The Lost Birds.” Told from the point of view of the poet, it starts with the sound of bird cries: gradually approaching from a distance, until they pass overhead, triggering feelings of longing. After an instrumental interlude, and the narrator’s impassioned declaration of freedom, the song ends as it started – with the cries of wild swans receding into the distance, foreshadowing their demise.

All That Could Never Be Said by Christopher Tin, SATB divisi a cappella
With a simple melody inspired by children’s songs, “All That Could Never Be Said” is a setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem “In the End.” Showcasing her signature pairing of nihilism and pastoral beauty, the poem is an exploration of regret: it suggests that the consequences of our inaction are final and absolute. There are no second chances to speak up or to act, and all our missed opportunities will be lost to us until we’re reunited with them in death.

I Shall Not See the Shadows by Christopher Tin, SATB divisi with piano
“I Shall Not See the Shadows” is based on Christina Rossetti’s poem “When I Am Dead My Dearest.” It portrays death at its most indifferent – unnoticed, unheralded, unremembered. It also suggests that forgetting is a form of extinction, too – that the finality of species lies not in the death of its last remaining members, but in the failure to preserve their memory.

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers by Christopher Tin, SSATBB a cappella
Emily Dickinson’s poem on the fragility of nature, as well as our own hand in its destruction, finds a elegiac tone in this original piece from “Baba Yetu” composer Christopher Tin. Palo Alto High School, Tin’s alma mater, commissioned this deeply melodic composition in celebration of their centennial in 2018.

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The Road to Resurrection: Organ Music for Lent & Easter 25 January, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

From Ash Wednesday to Easter arr. Craig A. Penfield
This is surely one of the most useful books created for the church organist. The long period of Lent leading to Easter requires special music for special services, and this collection fills the need. Craig Penfield has written ten pieces specifically for each Sunday in Lent, plus Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and, of course, Palm and Easter Sundays. All pieces are relatively brief and are set at the intermediate level. Perfect for every church organist! Titles include: “Prelude for Ash Wednesday,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “A Lenten Psalm,” “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” “Sanctus,” “Agnus Dei,” “Hosanna!,” “The Last Supper,” “Golgotha,” and “Toccata for Easter.”

Lent and Easter Miniatures for Organ arr. Nigel Williams
New Zealand composer Nigel Williams presents these short and practical organ arrangements of familiar hymns tailored for the Lent and Easter seasons. These miniatures are easy to prepare and are perfect for seasonal voluntaries, especially when preparation time is short. Each piece, lasting no more than three minutes, maintains melodic clarity, and offers diverse moods suitable for preludes, postludes, offertories, and interludes. Titles include: “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound,” “Guide My Feet,” “Jesus, Still Lead On,” “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “The God of Abraham Praise,” “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “Now the Green Blade Riseth,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” “Voluntary on Ellacombe,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” “Toccata on Easter Hymn,” and “At the Lamb’s High Feast.”

Lamb of God arr. David Cherwien
Practical settings of hymns virtually every congregation sings. Titles include: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless,” “Lord Jesus, Think On Me,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

Hymns of the Cross arr. Janet Linker
Six meditations for Lent or Communion. Titles include: “Ah! Holy Jesus,” “Were You There?,” “Pastorale on In the Cross,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “In the Hour of Trial,” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

The Road to Resurrection arr. Roberta Rowland-Raybold
Roberta Rowland-Raybold takes us on a journey through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in this collection of organ settings for the Paschal story. Thoughtful and expressive, these settings are useful organ voluntaries for this holy time of the liturgical year. Titles include: “Lift High the Cross,” “O Lord, throughout These Forty Days,” “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “Sing, My Tongue,” “Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” “Easter Vigil Contemplation,” and “Day of Arising.”

Lent Mosaics arr. Jacob B. Weber
Continuing his “Mosaics” series, Jacob B. Weber provides six new preludes on familiar hymns for the time of Lent. These settings ponder the Passion of our Lord through intricate and serious writing and will help set the tone for worship during this penitential season. The collection features an ornamented AN WASSERFLÜSSEN BABYLON; a flowing HAMBURG; a somber HERZLIEBSTER JESU; a straightforward JESUS KREUZ, LEIDEN UND PEIN; a fugue on JESU, MEINES LEBENS LEBEN; and a pulsing O MEIN JESU, ICH MUSS STERBEN.

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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.

2024 FIVE STAR FEATURES from Randall Standridge Music 24 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

El Manto Dorado by Jorge Vargas, Grade 2
“El Manto Dorado (The Golden Cape)” is a Spanish march, or pasodoble by composer Jorge Vargas. This style of march, popular in Spain and Mexico and with mariachi groups, was commonly used in bullfights, and the most popular ones were named after famous bullfighters. Driving rhythms and memorable melodies abound in this dazzling new offering that will showcase the best in your developing musicians at your next festival or concert performance.

Operation: Super Sleuth by Christina Huss, Grade 2
Warning! This description will self-destruct in thirty seconds! The excitement of spy and detective movies is translated to young band by composer Christina Huss! Beginning with a brief slow section to set a film noir-esque mood, the work quickly moves into a faster mode in 3/4 time as the chase is on! Rhythmic and driving, this work will provide a great challenge for your developing musicians! …3…2…1…BOOM!

Mesa Dances by Gavin Lendt, Grade 3.5
The beautiful and majestic landscapes and people of the southwest serve as the inspiration for this energetic new work by Gavin Lendt. Motivic repetition, relentless percussion, and dramatic dynamic effects paint a picture of the desert mountains underneath a cerulean sky. Featuring Lendt’s keen sense of orchestration, this exciting new piece would work well as an opener, finale, or any moment of your next concert or festival performance.

Time Travelers First Mission by Randall Standridge, Grade 0.5-1
It’s TIME for adventure in this unique new suite of miniatures by Randall Standridge. Take your young performers on a musical adventure through the ages while also exploring different time signatures and styles. Using the range of the first 6 notes usually taught to beginning students, this delightful work is both highly educational and wildly entertaining. Optional narrator audio files add to the effect of this standout new piece for beginning or developing musicians.

Dark Beginnings by Randall Standridge, Grade 1
In “Dark Beginnings,” Randall Standridge takes many familiar beginning band tunes (Hot Cross Buns, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep) and mashes them together with a sinister twist! These songs are transformed into minor mode versions and set along with bombastic percussion, driving rhythms, and vocal effects for the winds. Optional easier snare drum and mallet parts will ensure this work is appropriate for first or second-year players. Use the downloadable melody sheet to assist in your musicians’ development. A perfect way to make some of the first tunes your students learned “cool” again.

Me (reAffirmation) by Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
Another chapter in the “unBroken Project,” this stirring work by Randall Standridge confronts the emotional toll that bullying takes on individuals. Borrowing themes and melodies from his work “Affirmation,” Randall has created a lullaby that evokes comfort, peace, and healing. Musical, colorful, and very timely, this work will bring out the emotional side of your musicians while providing a useful tool for discussing the challenges that many of our young musicians face.

Afterburn: Relaunch by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
Take to the skies again in this “relaunch” of Randall Standridge’s work “Afterburn.” Rescored, revoiced, and with new harmonic and countermelodic gestures, this new edition maintains the energy and fun of the original while creating more engaging moments for ALL musicians. We hope you enjoy this reimagining of a well-loved piece for band!

Fanfare Americana by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
The sweeping landscapes and sounds of American classical music serve as the inspiration for this new fanfare from composer Randall Standridge. Paying homage to Aaron Copland, this work balances careful scoring with quartal harmony and motivic development to provide a musical experience that is simultaneously exciting and accessible. The composer paid special attention to range to make sure that your ensemble will sound its best at your next concert, festival, or patriotic performance!

Fracas by Randall Standridge, Grade 3.5
Fracas (noun): a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar. This perfectly describes this new work by composer Randall Standridge that serves as a spiritual follow-up to his piece “Ruckus.” Inspired by the horn bands and jazz musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, this work includes memorable horn riffs, challenging percussion, and unbridled rhythmic energy. Pops meets symphonic to great effect in this work that is sure to bring the house down at 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!

The Passion Song 23 January, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

The Passion Song: A Suite for Holy Week by Lloyd Larson
Observe and remember the holiest of weeks with “The Passion Song.” This three-anthem suite captures the many moods of Holy Week beautifully and poetically in song and spoken word. The opening Palm Sunday prelude sets the tone for what is to unfold…the world-changing events of Holy Week. Using a blend of familiar texts, tunes, and exquisite new material from Lloyd Larson, the cantata also includes a “bonus” anthem for Easter Sunday, adding to its overall flexibility. Use each anthem separately during Holy Week or together as a complete cantata. 20 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.

Fey O! Choral Music from Around the World 22 January, 2024

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

Fèy O! arr. Ruth Morris Gray, 3-part mixed a cappella with optional piano & percussion
Lively percussion and rhythmic choral phrases reflect the urgency of a parent seeking healing herbs for a sick child. Sung entirely in Creole, this song is well-known across Haiti and beyond. The arrangement punctuates a faithful interpretation of the folk song with new material and can be performed with or without piano.

J’ai vu le loup (I Saw the Wolf) arr. Emily Crocker, 3-part mixed with piano
“J’ai vu le loup” is a French folk song that dates to the medieval era. Many versions of the song exist, but they all feature animals imitating humans by dancing, laughing, and singing. This arrangement includes a version of the song along with additional music and lyrics created by the arranger.

Dayung Sampan arr. Ruth Morris Gray, 3-part mixed with piano and optional flute
This is lovely setting of a popular Indonesian folk song that arrived on the shores of the sunny island in the early nineteenth century. “Dayung Sampan” translated means “rowing a wooden boat” and poetically describes the historical and humble journey of Chinese migrants to Singapore. The modal piano accompaniment and optional flute add authentic flavor and texture to this multicultural gem. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

Blow the Wind Southerly arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SSA with piano
Peace and tranquility is truly experienced in this beautiful arrangement of the traditional Northumbrian Folk Song. Warm choral sonorities and an accompaniment that ebbs and flows are the hallmarks of this impressive setting for treble voices. This is certain to become a favorite of singers for many seasons to come.

Oy Khodyt Son arr. Sarah Martinez, SATB a cappella (optional piano)
This traditional Ukrainian lullaby is characterized by a somber minor key and heartfelt rubato. This beautifully sparse treatment invites ensembles to personalize their performance by including the optional piano accompaniment or featuring solo voices. An optional narrator may read the English text translation during delicate interludes. Both phonetic and IPA guides appear in the publication or view the pronunciation video to hear a demonstration by a native speaker.

Jeunes Fillettes arr. Dan Miner, SA with piano
Miner’s setting of this playful and flirtatious text is perfect for the developing SA choir. With many opportunities to explore phrasing, articulation, dynamics, and drama, “Jeunes Fillettes” is an all-around great teaching piece! Don’t be afraid of the French, as there is a pronunciation recording available to aid in learning. Highly recommend!

Hine Ma Tov arr. Neil Ginsberg, SAB with piano and optional flute
This BEST SELLER is now more accessible than ever in this fresh new SAB setting with piano and optional flute. Perfect for developing voices, this concert/festival piece is exciting and tasteful. Sing it in the original Hebrew or in English.

Heave Away, Me Jollies arr. Ryan O’Connell, TB with piano
Your guys will love learning and performing this rousing sea shanty. Optional hand claps give percussive fun, and the track is filled with energy and life like a true showstopper! 2-part writing for young men doesn’t get better than this!

Howdidow, deediddleumday (Leatherwing Bat) arr. Vicki Tucker Courtney, TB with piano
A fantastic piece to teach vowels, diction, rhythms, and pitch precision, this English folk song titled “Leatherwing Bat” is fun to sing and impressive to perform. The nonsense syllables represent birds and bats chatting to one another in a rhythmic, witty fashion that your students will love to sing.

Aiken Drum arr. Ruth Morris Gray, 3-part mixed with piano and optional percussion
A lively piano accompaniment with optional percussion and body percussion adds energy to this spirited Scottish folk song. The lyrics are filled with nonsense and fun making a humorous choice for programming. It’s a terrific piece to teach rhythm, dynamic contrast, and an opportunity to delve into some Scottish folklore, too.

Carrickfergus arr. Russell Robinson, SAB with piano and optional flute
A song of great longing and beauty, this lyrical Irish folk song is arranged for two-part treble voices with almost equal ranges. With solo opportunities throughout, the gorgeous melody is further enhanced by the optional flute obbligato. A gorgeous piece for developing musicality, register changes, and purity of tone with your young treble choirs!

Babethandaza arr. Daniel Hughes, TTBB a cappella with percussion
The award-winning African-American singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock has made this piece popular, and they shared with the arranger the text that they learned from an African native. The translation of the original Swahili is: “We are marching in the light of God.” Incorporating the popular tune “Siyahamba,” this arrangement features claves, shakere, and djembe as the accompaniment.

Wahamba Nathi arr. Daniel Jackson, SATB divisi a cappella with percussion
A traditional isiZulu song expressing thankfulness to God for walking beside us. Celebratory and lots of fun, this would make a fantastic concert opener or closer.

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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.

Lead Me to Calvary: Anthems for Lent & Palm Sunday 2024 19 January, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

for LENT
Lead Me to Calvary arr. Jantz A. Black, SATB with piano
This beloved hymn, written in the first-person singular, invites all to participate directly in the passion narrative and to identify with the suffering Christ. The captivating musical setting captures all the intensity and drama of the text. Useful for Lent, and Holy Week.

O Sacred Head by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
The captivating lyrics of the 17th-century PASSION CHORALE still resonate today as we reflect on the somber final moments prior to Jesus’ death. Paired in this setting are the minor tonalities of the tune PROMISED LAND along with an original refrain, effectively conveying the depth of emotion through word and song. Enhanced by a rich piano accompaniment, the simplicity and familiarity make this an easily mastered anthem for Holy Week for choirs of any size.

Surely, This Was God’s Own Son by Lee Dengler, SATB with piano and optional flute, cello & chimes
Opening with a plaintive and lone voice statement of the compelling theme, the choir soon joins to enrich this Good Friday anthem. With a loneliness and heaviness that perfectly paints the moment, the anthem yet soars with beauty and pathos. The brief (optional) a cappella section is deeply moving, as the anthem segues to a stunning Kyrie Eleison conclusion.

Will You Watch with Me One Hour? by Larry Shackley, SATB with piano
Larry Shackley takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane in this breathtaking new work. Combining a gentle Celtic folk tune with an original text, this ballad-style anthem brings Jesus’ haunting question to our own hearts. As is typical of Shackley’s writing, the piano accompaniment is full of creative and beautiful textures, and the well-crafted vocal writing will be a pleasure to rehearse and sing.

At the Cross arr. Mary McDonald, SAB with piano
The well-know Good Friday text is creatively paired here with the tune to “Wayfaring Stranger.” This inspired, fresh take, on a well-known classic envelops us in the pathos of the crucifixion story. Lovely, and straightforward, the SAB voicing is easily learned.

for PALM SUNDAY
All Glory, Laud and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional trumpet & congregation
Written for SATB choir, unison choir and congregation, the first verse begins with an original melody by Lloyd Larson. The second verse is to the traditional tune St. Theodulph. After a key change, the third verse partners both tunes for a glorious Palm Sunday finish. The optional trumpet adds sparkle to the joyous anthem. What a wonderful opportunity to combine your adults, children and congregation!

Let the Rocks Cry Out! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Alive with rhythmic energy and the brilliant spirit of praise, this anthem is a wonderfully fresh approach for Palm Sunday. An invitation to worship and adoration, this up-tempo choral flourish will bring a joyful noise to this special service.

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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 Vocal Solos with Jazz Ensemble 18 January, 2024

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Some Day My Prince Will Come arr. Chuck Israels, Grade 3-4
Best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio – as well as luminaries such as Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Stan Getz – Chuck Israels is also a masterful composer and arranger. Here is his vocal solo arrangement of this timeless standard, beautifully scored as a jazz waltz with tasteful background figures. Also included are short solos for trumpet and piano.

Cheek to Cheek arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3-4
Originally composed for the 1935 movie “Top Hat” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, this classic has remained a jazz favorite ever since. Arranged in a very comfortable key for female vocalists, this swinging chart also has a marvelous feature section for the full ensemble.

Rio de Janeiro Blue arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 3-4
Inspired by the recording by jazz singer, Randy Crawford, Rick’s version of this marvelous tune features a smooth rock style and a sultry, singable melody. Scored for vocal soloist, this classy chart also features a brief solo for alto sax.

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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.

Children Will Listen: Stage & Screen Titles for Choir 17 January, 2024

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

Children Will Listen (from Into the Woods) arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB divisi with piano and optional strings & percussion
This powerful and passionate ballad by the Witch to her daughter from Sondheim’s masterpiece “Into the Woods” is here set for the concert stage. It is a tour de force when performed with piano but when using the optional instrumentation for 2 violins, viola, cello, celesta, and percussion this will be a most memorable addition to a concert. The SATB version includes a part for optional children’s chorus or descant.

Heart of Stone (from SIX) arr. Andy Beck, SSAA with piano
Winner of the 2022 Tony Award for Best Original Score! The musical SIX is a modern retelling of the lives of Henry VIII’s wives, presented as a high-energy pop concert. In this poignant power ballad, Jane Seymour (wife number three) sings of ultimate devotion, despite her husband’s flaws. “My love is set in stone.” An R&B groove, woven choral textures, and a layered final flourish bestow the royal treatment on this remarkable rendition.

Big Time (from Better Nate Than Ever) arr. Jacob Narverud, SAB with piano and optional rhythm
This snappy and modern Disney+ movie musical gained a significant amount of attention for its breakout stars, its old-fashioned demeanor and its timely message of self-acceptance. Jacob Narverud’s faithful arrangement is geared towards developing and emerging choirs.

Back in Time (from Back to the Future) arr. Alan Billingsley, TTB with piano and optional combo
Great Scott! “Back to the Future” is back – and this time on Broadway! Take your audience on a two-minute ride to 1985 with this high-energy rock song by Huey Lewis and the News. Bring some lightning to the stage with the optional horns and rhythm in the SoundPax, or with the electrifying SoundTrax accompaniment.

Top of the World (from Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile) arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
There’s no greater feeling than where you’re “Top of the World”! Shawn Mendes brings the message home in this musical-theater pop treat of a song that sees the clear way out from adversity and struggle. Inspiring!

When I Grow Up/Naughty (from Matilda) arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
From the musical “Matilda” come two songs that poignantly express the desire for independence and equality: “When I Grow Up” and “Naughty.” These songs capture the magic and whimsy found throughout the musical known for its fun, unconventional, and off-beat style.

Go the Distance (from Hercules) arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
This exciting song from the Walt Disney animated feature “Hercules” has been skillfully arranged by Roger Emerson for upper elementary, middle school, and beginning high school ensembles. With a timeless message of perseverance, the song is certain to be a favorite of singers and audiences alike.

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Mac Huff, TBB with piano and optional rhythm
Now available for TTB! Dreams are the fuel that motivates our young people, and “a million dreams” moved PT Barnum to create a never-before-seen art form. This is the sort of inspirational song that can move singers and listeners alike to dream, dream big, and dream of ways they can bring new and exciting creations to the world.

Born to Hand Jive (from Grease) arr. Kirby Shaw, TBB with piano
Now available for SSA and TBB choirs, this pop favorite from the musical Grease kicks into high gear and never lets up! Great fun for choirs of all ages!

Candle on the Water (from Pete’s Dragon) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This classic song featured in Disney’s 2016 remake of “Pete’s Dragon” introduced a new generation to this wonderful story and song. The setting features uplifting lyrics and legato vocal lines that build into an expansive concert work with full harmonies and dynamic range. This song offers a sweet and nostalgic message that will resonate with choirs of all ages. A perfect selection for concert, pop and show choirs!

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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.

AUGSBURG FORTRESS: New Recommendations for Organ 16 January, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Sing the Year Round: Hymn Settings for Organ arr. Alan MacMillan
This volume marks composer Allan MacMillan’s debut in the Augsburg Fortress catalogue. These settings work well as hymn introductions , but are equally as effective as short preludes or postludes. Titles include: “Dearest Jesus, at Your Word,” “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!,” “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “My Song Is Love Unknown,” “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds,” “Now to the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “O Spirit of Life,” and “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise.”

Come & Praise, Volume 3 arr. Mark Sedio
This third volume is another collection of creative hymn introductions and voluntaries all written in an accessible style. Featuring a mix of hymn settings and free-composed works, these settings will work well as hymn introductions, preludes and postludes. Titles include: “All Depends on Our Possessing,” “As Newborn Stars Were Stirred to Song,” “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” “Break Now the Bread of Life,” “Built on a Rock,” “By All Your Saints,” “Christ, the Life of All the Living,” “Come Down, O Love Divine,” “Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove,” “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace,” “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding,” “He Comes to Us as One Unknown,” “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song,” “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me,” “Love Has Come,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” “Loving Spirit,” “O Day of Rest and Gladness,” “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways,” “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts,” “Praise the Lord! O Heavens,” “Prepare the Royal Highway,” “The Head That Once Was Crowned,” “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,” “Trumpet Tune,” “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” “We Give Thee but Thine Own,” and “What Is This Place.”

Mixtures: Hymn Preludes for Organ arr. Robert J. Powell
This collection of accessible hymn preludes are a great way to welcome the congregation. Powell has once again created a set of arrangements that are sure to be enjoyed. Tunes include: “Calvary,” “Detroit,” “Ebenezer,” “Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott,” “Lasset uns mit Jesu ziehen,” “Machs mit mir, Gott,” “Morecambe,” “O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig,” “Sufferer,” and “Vater unser.”

Sweet Is the Calm: Organ Settings on Hymns of Comfort arr. Karl Osterland
From a time of isolation comes this beautiful collection by Karl Osterland of hymns that provide comfort. With a variety of tunes represented, these settings will be useful throughout the church year, as well as for healing services, funerals, and memorial services. Tunes include EVENTIDE, BALM IN GILEAD, SINE NOMINE, and VICTORY.

Organ Impressions for the Church Year arr. Jacob B. Weber
Jacob B. Weber has crafted a collection of fourteen organ settings useful throughout the church year, some with optional instrumental parts. Titles include: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound,” “Away in a Manger,” “For All the Saints,” “In Heaven Above,” “In Our Day of Thanksgiving,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” “Not unto Us,” “O Zion, Haste,” “On Christmas Night,” “Salvation unto Us Has Come,” “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels,” and “We All Believe in One True God.”

For All the Saints Vol. 2: Hymn Preludes for Funerals arr. Robert A. Hobby
Here is a long-awaited sequal to Robert Hobby’s first volume. A great help to church musicians, Hobby offers hymns appropriate for memorial and funeral services into exceptionally well-crafted and fluid arrangements that can be learned in a snap. A must-have for beginner and expert alike! Tunes include: “Den signede dag,” “Hanson Place,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Kuortane,” “Nun danket alle Gott,” “Resignation,” “St. Anne,” “Thompson,” “Toplady,” and “Vruechten.”

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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.

INSPIRATION FANFARE: Flex Concert Pieces for Developing Band 15 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

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!

Rippling Watercolors by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
While many often underestimate the extensive colors, harmonies, and emotional ranges available to younger ensembles, this stunning lyrical work by Brian Balmages sets out to explore those very qualities and more. While playable by middle school bands, “Rippling Watercolors” is a fully expressive work that is equally at home with mature ensembles. Gorgeous.

Tripwire by JaRod Hall, Grade 2
“Tripwire” is an incredibly clever work unlike anything out there and offers some extraordinary colors as a spy attempts to infiltrate enemy defenses. From the sneaky beginning melody to the loud and raucous rips that follow later on, this is an incredible change of pace for any concert! A fantastic and highly entertaining work by JaRod Hall!

Canon In Boombucket Major arr. Joseph Benjamin Earp, Grade 2
“Canon In Boombucket Major” was inspired by Pachelbel’s Canon. Utilizing boomwhackers and five-gallon buckets, the percussion section is featured in this new, inspired take on a timeless classic. It is also a great recruiting opportunity as you feature elementary students on their boomwhackers at your next concert. A great finale for any program!

Crusade by Vince Gassi, Grade 1.5
Set in the Dorian mode, “Crusade” by Vince Gassi opens with a foreboding theme and develops with vibrant and dramatic energy. It conjures images of strength, majesty, and passion. It continues to build throughout, culminating with a powerful, climactic ending. This FLEX title will add just the right amount of intrigue to your next concert!

Dr. ROCKenstein arr. Steve Hodges, Grade 1.5
Take some of the more memorable “scary” musical motives, set them to an exciting rock beat and you have the perfect end-of-rehearsal piece! Challenging and engaging, this clever FLEX arrangement of “Dr. ROCKenstein” by Steve Hodges provides plenty of opportunities for each section of the band to shine. With active percussion and solid scoring, this piece will be a real hit with the band and audience alike!

Flight of the Thunderbird by Richard L. Saucedo, Grade 2
First published in 2004, Richard Saucedo’s “Flight of the Thunderbird” has remained a popular choice for contest and festival for young players. Skillfully scored in this new edition for flexible instrumentation, this exciting work in one tempo will sound great with an ensemble of any size.

Shakespeare Meets Godzilla (The Good Bard and the Ugly) by Robert Buckley, Grade 2
Here is a flex version of Robert’s popular work for full band which colorfully depicts the madness and mayhem as musical worlds collide. An inventive mash-up of Renaissance and classic horror music, “Shakespeare Meets Godzilla” is entertaining but still with plenty of musical depth for teaching.

Themes from The Planets by Gustav Holst/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Gustav Holst has long been revered as a master composer. His work transcribes wonderfully for concert band. Douglas Wagner has chosen portions of “The Planets” to create a through-played medley for young band in FLEX format. The arrangement contains the themes from “Venus, the Bringer of Peace”; “Mars, the Bringer of War”; and “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.” The best of Holst arranged especially for your young band.

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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!

Spark of Light: Creative Programming for Tenor/Bass Choir 12 January, 2024

spark of light andrew steffen

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

Spark of Light by Andrew Steffen, TBB with piano
Steffan’s writing crackles with energy and interest! The pulsating piano accompaniment enhances the interesting and varied vocal lines set to lyrics from a compelling text, sure to be a favorite at any concert or festival performance. Highly recommend!

We Sing the Mighty Power of God arr. Brent Wells, TTBB with 4-hand piano and percussion
Brent Wells’ triumphant arrangement of the well-known hymn is a wonderful selection for TTBB choir. With alternate secular lyrics by author Toni Thomas, this work can also be a celebration of brotherhood and singing. Percussion and four-hand piano add to the grandeur.

Prairie Lullaby (Home on the Range) arr. Jacob Narverud, TBB with piano
This classic American folk song has been reimagined as a gentle, peaceful lullaby for choir with piano. Narverud incorporates American pastoral sounds with fresh, contemporary harmonies, a new verse, and an optional descant. Beautiful and accessible, this tender ballad will be a lovely addition to any program.

Bonnie Hielan Laddie arr. Tom Schreck, TTBB a cappella
“Bonnie Hielan Laddie” is a traditional sea shanty originating in Scotland. The text is a message from a veteran seafarer to a young new recruit. Singable and fun in the style of the beloved Parker and Shaw arrangements.

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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.

Go On, Tell Your Story! 11 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

GO ON, Tell Your Story! by LaToya A. Webb and Julia L. Baumanis
“GO ON, Tell Your Story! Voices of Women Band Directors” is a powerful collection of real-life stories told by trailblazing women band directors of varied experiences and identities about the world of professional music and conducting.

Poignant, funny, sad, and uplifting, these stories offer a unique perspective into the challenging and rewarding world of music education and performance, inviting readers to listen and grow with each vignette.

The stories in the book are organized by theme into four sections – Pride, Affirmation, Togetherness, and Happiness – and readers are encouraged to use the book as more of a handbook than a front-to-back read. Along with stories, the book also includes affirmational quotes, a playlist of inspirational songs, and space for readers to reflect.

With the goal of building true support, community, and understanding, “GO ON, Tell Your Story!” is a wonderful companion for all musicians and educators as they grow in their lives and careers.

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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!

Organ Music from OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 10 January, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Orb and Sceptre (Coronation March, 1953) by William Walton/arr. Robert Gower
This famous march was commissioned for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The stirring music, skillfully conveyed in this arrangement, offers everything from sweeping melodies to playful syncopations and magnificent fanfares. This piece has often been paired with Walton’s “Crown Imperial.”

Toccata by Gerre Hancock
This virtuoso showpiece, dating from 2002, is worthy to stand alongside the Toccatas of Gigout and Boëllmann, and makes a superb conclusion to a service or recital on any size of organ. Its harmonic language is strongly tonal, but enlivened along the way by spicy touches, while its near-constant semiquaver motion lends it a breathless rhythmic drive.

Carillon by Herbert Murrill
Perfect as a showpiece voluntary, Herbert Murrill’s vibrant 1949 “Carillon” for organ is a miniature toccata that sets agile passagework above purposeful chords, with flashes of brilliance from the pedal department too. Its varied metres and busy textures propel the music to a triumphant conclusion.

Sun Dance by Bob Chilcott
“Sun Dance” is a slightly modified version of the fifth movement from the composer’s “Organ Dances,” originally conceived for organ solo, strings, and percussion. The music is for the most part celebratory in character, its spiky rhythms driven along by the pervasive alternation of 3/8 and 4/4 metrical groupings, although the composer also has fun with 7/8 and 5/8 patterns.

Elegy for the Time of Change by Robert A. Harris
“Elegy for the Time of Change” was written in response to the horrifying murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May 2020. Imbued with singing melodies and richly expressive harmonies, the work makes several brief allusions to the spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead,” offering a hopeful vision of healing and unity to a nation (and world) riven by mistrust and disparity.

Scottish Legend by Amy Beach/arr. Robert Gower
Amy Beach was celebrated during her lifetime as the foremost female composer of the United States, and her writing was frequently inspired by the folk music of America and Britain. Originally for piano, her “Scottish Legend” evokes Scotland in its wistful melody, adorned by Scotch snaps and conveying a folk-like atmosphere, but spiced up with a few late-Romantic harmonies. Contrasts between major and minor are also used to telling effect in this gently attractive piece, sympathetically arranged for the organ by Robert Gower.

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

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Choral Reading Session for Spring & Easter 2024 09 January, 2024

Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 13th 2024, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 13th, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $25.00 (there is no pre-registration for this session; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our Choral Department for more details

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Spring, Lent, Easter, and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s experienced Sacred Choral Music Specialists.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Jennifer Fry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a Choral Music Specialist for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you on January 13th for a wonderful morning of singing!

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 08 January, 2024

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

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (Revised Edition) by Bridget Jankowski
This primer for all musicians provides a reliable base for a lifetime of playing and singing. The principles in these pages are the elemental foundation of music education, and will protect a musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety. Musicians teaching from these principles will see their students thrive. Students studying and restudying these pages will delight in their enhanced performance. This book also serves as the text of a six-hour course on Body Mapping for musicians developed by Barbara Conable.

What’s New in the Revised Edition? Created with the input of experienced Licensed Body Mapping Educators, and led by Body Mapping expert Bridget Jankowski, this revision includes:
• Updated and enlarged images – big enough for coloring.
• Streamlined and clarified content based on new science.
• An updated format that follows the associated Body Mapping course more closely.
• Additional room for notes at the end of each section.

Knowledge from the scientific community continues to inform the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. The book’s associated Body Mapping course of the same name has evolved over the past two decades, and an updated text for the course will be a valuable resource for novice and seasoned Body Mapping Educators alike.

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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.

NEW Titles for Choral Adjudication and Festival Performances 05 January, 2024

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

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

Im Wald (Gartenlieder, Op. 3, No. 6) by Fanny Hensel/ed. Michelle Jensen, SATB a cappella
“Im Wald” (“In the Forest”) is number six of the “Gartenlieder” by Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel. A sprightly and refreshing piece, beautifully edited by Michelle Jensen, it fits perfectly in any program about spring, nature, or singing itself. This lovely work reminds us that, although and reminds us that, although they have often been overlooked, there were many fine women composers active in the 19th century.

Baciai per aver vita by Vittoria Aleotti/ed. Jami Lercher, SATB a cappella
The Amanda Quist Choral Series features this new edition of Vittoria Aleotti’s a cappella setting of “Baciai per aver vita” skillfully edited by Jami Lercher. Clarity of line and a firm harmonic base make this Renaissance madrigal accessible for your school or festival choirs – in addition, where else can you find a piece featuring the impact of three women?

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

for TREBLE Choirs
There Will Be Rest by Frank Ticheli, SSAA a cappella
An SSAA revoicing of the original SATB Frank Tichelli work, this handsome setting of Sara Teasdale’s lyric poem looks to the stars for serenity and promise. Tasteful harmonic suspensions and rich choral textures bring the work to life with a delicate beauty that perfectly expresses the spirit of the poem. Appropriate for more advanced choirs, “There Will Be Rest” is an excellent choice for concerts of all types.

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.

Averte Faciem Tuam by Tommaso Traetta/ed. Martin Banner, SSA with piano
This 18th-century Italian piece is part of a larger work, “Miserere in F Minor.” This edition is based on a handwritten copy by Johann Simon Mayr and is scored for treble choir with piano or optional orchestral accompaniment.

Blow the Wind Southerly arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SSA with piano
Peace and tranquility is truly experienced in this beautiful arrangement of the traditional Northumbrian Folk Song. Warm choral sonorities and an accompaniment that ebbs and flows are the hallmarks of this impressive setting for treble voices. This is certain to become a favorite of singers for many seasons to come.

for TENOR/BASS Choirs
Jägerlied by Joachim Raff/arr. Jeremy Wiggins, TTBB a cappella
Energetic tempo, soaring vocal lines, and unified rhythmic texture create a rousing setting of Schulze’s text about Jager (hunters) roaming the forest. The strophic form and straightforward harmony make this an accessible part-song for low-voice choirs. Suitable for many concert occasions, this piece is a perfect fit for directors interested in teaching about Romantic textual themes and performance practice.

Exsultate Justi in Domino by Ludovico Viadana/arr. Christopher Aspaas, TTBB a cappella
Viadana’s brilliant motet is a great exercise for your tenors and basses with each line of text receiving special treatment and startling contrasts of articulation and melodic contour. This arrangement differs from others with its strong harmonic opening and closing sections.

Spark of Light by Andrew Steffen, TBB with piano
Steffan’s writing crackles with energy and interest! The pulsating piano accompaniment enhances the interesting and varied vocal lines set to lyrics from a compelling text, sure to be a favorite at any concert or festival performance.

Ubi Caritas by Greg Gilpin, TTB with piano
Gilpin’s vocal lines weave exquisitely in this simplistically beautiful song about love. Well-crafted in form, opportunities for teaching and learning musical skills abound in this song sure to touch the hearts of singers of varying ages and abilities.

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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.

Recorder Readiness 03 January, 2024

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

Recorder Readiness: Creative Tools for Building Music Literacy by Danielle Bayert
Kickoff, supplement, or reinforce your existing classroom recorder method with these engaging games, worksheets, and activities that invite customized learning. This hands-on toolkit isolates three distinct elements for building music literacy through recorder practice: rhythm, pitch, and technique. Start with each alone, then combine two at a time, and finally fully synthesize all three with ten culminating read-and-play melodies. Danielle’s creative, outside-of-the-box approach is so effective and so fun! Includes templates for several teacher-made manipulatives, puzzles, flashcards, and more. Recommended for grades 2-5.

Learn more in the video below, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

DISNEY 100 Songs: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Disney 02 January, 2024

Disney 100 Songs: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Disney
What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Disney than with 100 magical songs in a beautiful, collectible hardcover edition? Beginning with a foreword by composer and Disney legend Alan Menken, and a preface by Walt Disney Records Supervising Producer and Music Historian Randy Thornton, and featuring colorful art throughout, “Disney 100 Songs” will take you on a century-long musical journey through 60 feature films, theme park attractions, and television shows. Each song is presented with melody, lyrics, and chords so everyone will be able to sing and play these beloved favorites.

Songs include: Baby Mine • Be Our Guest • Beauty and the Beast • Bella Notte • Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) • Breaking Free • Can You Feel the Love Tonight • Chim Chim Cher-ee • Do You Want to Build a Snowman? • For the First Time in Forever • Friend like Me • Hakuna Matata • How Far I’ll Go • I’ve Got No Strings • The Incredits • Into the Unknown • Lava • Let It Go • The Place Where Lost Things Go • Reflection • Remember Me (Ernesto de la Cruz) • Seize the Day • Speechless • A Spoonful of Sugar • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious • That’s How You Know • Under the Sea • We Don’t Talk About Bruno • We’re All in This Together • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? • Wild Uncharted Waters • Winnie the Pooh • You’ll Be in My Heart (Pop Version)* • You’ve Got a Friend in Me • and more!

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