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Organ Music of PDQ Bach: Honoring the Legacy of Prof. Peter Schickele 29 February, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Peter Schickele (1935-2024) was an American composer, musical educator, and parodist, best known for comedy albums featuring his music, which he presented as being composed by the fictional P.D.Q Bach, the “youngest and the oddest of the twenty-odd children” of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Little Pickle Book (Pöckelbüchlein) (S. 6) by P.D.Q. Bach/tastefully edited by Peter Schickele, for Organ, at least
1. Toccata et Fuga Obnoxia
2. Chorale Prelude: Ave Maria et Agnus Dei
3. Fantasia sopra “Fraülein Maria Mack”
4. Lullaby and Good Night

    Three Chorale-Based Piecelets (S. III) by P.D.Q. Bach/edited, in a highly organized fashion, by Peter Schickele, for Organ
    I. Chorale: “Orally”
    II. Chorale Prelude on an American Hymn for the Last Sunday Before the Fourth Day of the Seventh Month After New Year’s Eve
    III. Chorale Variations on “In der’ Nacht so hell der Petrus ist mein Freund”

    Sonata da Circo (Circus Sonata) (S. 3 Ring) by P.D.Q. Bach/whipped into shape by Peter Schickele, for Organ or Whatever
    I. Spiel Vorspiel
    II. Entrada Grande
    III. Smokski, the Russian Bear
    IV. Toccata Ecdysiastica

    Toot Suite (S. 212) by P.D.Q. Bach/scholarly edited by Peter Schickele, for Calliope or Organ, 4-hands
    I. Preloud
    II. O.K. Chorale
    III. Fuga Vulgaris

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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.

    Forward, March! NEW Flexible March Arrangements 28 February, 2024

    recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

    Forward, March! by Paul Murtha, Grade 1.5 Easy Flex Band
    Paul has carefully adapted his popular march for young players into the 4-part easy flex format. Following a traditional march form, “Forward March!” features strong melodies, easy counterlines, a trio section, and strong finishing strain.

    Black Jack March by Fred K. Huffer/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3 Build-a-Band
    One of the great American “old line” marches, “Black Jack” is a romping 6/8 military march that was dedicated to WWI hero Gen. John J. Pershing. Perfectly suited for the Build-A-Band series, “Black Jack” allows ensembles with lopsided or incomplete instrumentations the opportunity to sound full and balanced on a great march! Perfect for a concert opener or closer, and audiences love marches!

    Fandango Festival by Victor López, Grade 1 Flex
    Ready to take your beginning ensemble to the next level of performance? With a Spanish flavor, “Fandango Festival” by Victor López is a classic march alternative cast in 3/4 and in a full FLEX orchestration. Start your next festival program with this programmatic, high-intensity opener that will attract the attention of the judges and audiences alike. A great addition to your concert repertoire.

    March of the Shadows by Haley Woodrow, Grade 3 Flex Band
    Paying homage to the traditional march form, Haley Woodrow takes a step outside of the box in creating this delightfully dark and unique piece for young players. Scored for flexible instrumentation, “March of the Shadows” features clever effects and a minor mood, and is sure to become a favorite.

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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!

    Hearts All Whole 26 February, 2024

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

    Hearts All Whole: Reflections on (Life and) Twelve Choral Gems by Robert Bode
    With his hallmark wit and humor, choral conductor and poet Robert Bode brings readers on a journey through twelve great choral works, offering anecdotes, valuable insights, and interpretive advice for each. Along the way, Bode chronicles his own learning journey and shares candidly about his mistakes, his triumphs, and his love for the repertoire that has played a significant role in his life and illustrious career. This wisdom-filled volume will forever change your understanding and interpretation of these twelve choral gems – a must-read for all choral conductors and musicians.

    Titles include: “Ave Maria” by Josquin, “Ave Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina, “O Mirtillo” by Monteverdi, “Ave verum corpus” by Mozart, “O schöne Nacht!” by Brahms, “Os Justi” by Bruckner, “Bogoroditse Devo” by Rachmaninoff, “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Finzi, “Hodie Christus natus est” by Poulenc, “At the Round Earth’s Imagin’d Corners” by Spencer, “Ubi Caritas” by Duruflé, and “Sure on This Shining Night” by Lauridsen.

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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.

    Hope Arises: Five Star Features from SOUTHERN MUSIC 23 February, 2024

    hope arises james barnes

    recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

    Hope Arises by James Barnes, Grade 5
    “Hope Arises” is one of two new works requested in 2021 of composer James Barnes by Colonel Donald Schofield, to be written for the United States Air Force Band. It is a short piece intended to be used as an “opener” for AFB’s tour concerts. It opens with a dramatic brass fanfare, based on consecutive perfect fourths first introduced by horns and euphoniums, followed by a short oboe solo. An ascending line in mallets and woodwind provide a rather celestial transition, taking the listener to a lively, melodic allegro, which is based on the same opening fourths. This allegro theme is developed until a return to the opening fanfare is powerfully re-announced in brass. The work concludes quite dramatically, and includes a return of the ascending line in woodwinds, mallets, harp and piano.

    Fourth of July by Morton Gould/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
    A musical kaleidoscope of the real old-fashioned “Fourth of July.” One can almost visualize the fire-crackers, sky rockets and pin wheels filling the air with a pattern of noise and color. This, together with flags waving, stentorian speechifying and bands playing makes for our most exciting national holiday. This new edition by Mark Rogers is the first to include a full conductor’s score.

    Sortofa March by Gary Garner, Grade 2
    “Sortofa March” began as an exercise intended to acquaint woodwind players with essential alternate fingerings on their respective instruments, but it quickly and unexpectedly began to take on a march-like character. Not exactly a march, but “sort of a march.” Each of the woodwind parts has instructions for which alternate fingerings are to be used.

    China Doll by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
    The year 1951 was very productive for Leroy Anderson. For a recording project with Decca records in June of that year he composed a number of his most popular pieces, many of which were played for the first time in these sessions, including this delightful composition, “China Doll.” It’s a great choice for any time of year, but is also an ideal substitute to the perennial holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers.

    The Girl in Satin by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3
    This reimagined band edition by Mark Rogers breathes new life into an absolute gem by Leroy Anderson. This publication features the first full score offered with the parts – as well as an alternate transposition in C to avoid some of the technical difficulties bands may encounter with the composer’s original key.

    Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
    Like Anderson’s signature piece “Sleigh Ride,” “Horse and Buggy” is another example of his extraordinary ability to sketch a nostalgic scene in sound on a small canvas without a wasted motion. Here, a different horse pulls a different vehicle through a vanished landscape of long ago. This exclusive Southern band edition by Mark Rogers reintroduces Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

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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!

    New Piano Selections for LENT & EASTER 22 February, 2024

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

    Forty Days arr. Brad Nix
    Featuring ten arrangements centering on the season of Lent, these ten intermediate-level pieces are masterfully arranged by Brad Nix. His mastery of the piano as well as his deep faith are on display in the pieces, which will move your congregation to a deeper sense of worship and guide you as you prepare your heart for the death and resurrection of the Savior. Titles include: “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “Hiding In Thee,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “At the Cross,” “Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

    Up from the Grave He Arose arr. Marty Parks
    Marty Parks is a master of infusing familiar melodies with new life! He’s done that here with the vast repertoire of hymns focusing on Holy Week and Easter, providing a wonderful resource for intermediate pianists. You will revel in its stylistic variety and boundless creativity. Titles include: “Christ Arose,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “There Is a Fountain,” “At the Cross,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today with He Is Lord,” “Glory in the Cross (includes When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, and Near the Cross),” “Lonesome Valley,” “Lead Me to Calvary,” “Let Us Break Bread Together with Here, O My Lord, I See Thee,” and “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

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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.

    Washington Women 21 February, 2024

    Washington Women: A Choral Cycle by David Chase & Judith Clurman, SATB with piano and cello
    “Washington Women” is a collection of musical settings of speeches, opinions, and interviews of sixteen remarkable women from all across the political spectrum and throughout U.S. history, from Abigail Adams to Kamala Harris. The composers took their words and set them to music with the hopes that performers and their audiences will learn more about these women and discover why they spoke those words when they did.

    Women featured include: Abigail Adams, Madeleine Albright, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Ford, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Elena Kagan, Sandra Day O’Connor, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleeza Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Chase Smith.

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    With High Delight: Organ Collections for Easter 20 February, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    With High Delight arr. Kenneth Kosche
    The title of this collection says it all. These seven settings are imbued with a sense of fun and vitality. The pieces are three to five pages in length. The vibrant, active nature of them precludes sight reading them in public (who does that?) but they are not daunting to learn. Titles include: “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness,” “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Now the Green Blade Rises,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” and “With High Delight.”

    Easter Glory! arr. Michael Shea
    Energize and enrich the glorious Easter experience with this compendium of exciting and brilliant preludes and postludes, all designed for the musical majesty of our risen Christ. Classic compositions, hymn tune arrangements and original creations leap off of the page in this festive collection – “Welcome, Happy Morning,” indeed! Titles include: “Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day,” “An Easter Fanfare,” “Fling Wide the Gates,” “Christ Is Risen Alleluia,” “Introduction Variation and Finale on St. Kevin,” “Hail to the King,” “He Is Risen He Is Risen,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” “The Strife Is O’er,” “The King of Glory,” “Prelude on Llanfair,” “Awake the Dawn Appears,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Easter Dialogue,” and “Welcome Happy Morning.”

    Five Preludes for Easter arr. David Schelat
    David Schelat always has a fresh approach (stylistically, rhythmically, or harmonically) to the tunes he uses, and this collection is no exception. If you think, “Oh, not THAT tune again,” you need to take another look because he will surprise you. EASTER HYMN is set to a lilting waltz, LANCASHIRE as an imitative trio, GAUDEAMUS PARITER as a lively dance, GELOBT SEI GOTT as a fugal setting with a cantus firmus in the pedal, and CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN as a baroque slow movement with a solo for cornet registration. Interesting and rewarding to play and hear.

    7 Intonations on Hymns for the Easter Season, Volume 2 arr. David Lasky
    We answered your requests for more of these extremely useful intonations on Easter hymns. Lasky uses these familiar tunes in intermediate level settings for organ. We’ve also included the optional trumpet parts. Hymn tunes in this volume are “Duke Street,” “Hyfrydol,’” “Hymn to Joy,” “Lasst uns Erfreuen,” “’Mit Freuden Zart,” “Surgit in Haec Dies,” and “Vruechten.” Useable throughout the church year.

    Raise the Glad Refrain arr. Kyle Johnson
    Kyle Johnson has written a joyful and versatile collection of organ settings for the Easter season that includes an optional trumpet score. Of medium length and difficulty, the pieces could be paired together to create a longer prelude or postlude. Titles include: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing,” “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!,” and “The Day of Resurrection.”

    Easter with Minimum Pedal arr. Edwin T. Childs
    Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimum pedal, providing a collection of hymn tunes for the Easter season. Composed as a single stanza, these preludes are suitable as hymn introductions or service music. This collection will appeal to organists who have limited pedal abilities or seasoned organists who need something in a pinch. Titles include: “Long Before the World Is Waking,” “Christ Is Risen, Christ Is Living,” “Christ Is Arisen,” “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen,” “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” “I Am Content! My Jesus Ever Lives,” “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” “O Sons and Daughters of the King (Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing),” “Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven,” “The Day of Resurrection,” “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, Alleluia,” “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia,” “All the Earth with Joy Is Sounding,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “These Things Did Thomas Count as Real,” “Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free,” “If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death,” “This Joyful Eastertide,” “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” “He Is Arisen! Glorious Word,” and “Make Songs of Joy.”

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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.

    I’ll Stand: Spirituals & Folksongs for Choir 16 February, 2024

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

    I’ll Stand by Raymond Wise, SATB divisi a cappella
    This original work, written in the lively style of a concert spiritual, offers a challenge and rich rewards for the advanced SATB divisi chorus. The fast-paced, rhythmic call and response energizes choirs and inspires audiences. Encouraging listeners to take a stand for what is right, this piece is ideal for church and for social justice and equality events.

    Down in the River to Pray arr. Jace Wittig, SATB a cappella with body percussion
    The video of the Colorado All-State Treble Choir singing this piece from the balconies in a hotel lobby has gone viral for good reason! This a cappella arrangement of the folk hymn made popular in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” utilizes effective body percussion, compelling harmonies and an authentic vocal style to create an unforgettable choral piece.

    Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie arr. Robert Jones, TTB a cappella with string bass
    This down-to-earth setting has already blanketed every other voicing – now comes the TTB version. Professor Sharon Gratto has built a career around providing historical context to multicultural and folk music. A simple three-part choir accompanied by a stand-up bass gives an authentic American homespun quality to the work. Truly fun to sing, this arrangement sounds just right – just the way this song should always be sung.

    All Night, All Day (with My Lord, What a Morning) arr. Russell Robinson, 3-part mixed with piano
    This delightful partnering of two familiar African-American Spirituals in a rhythmic, jazzy style is both easy to teach and fun for your young singers. Both songs are introduced in unison in this arrangement that builds in intensity and ends with a strong, bright finish.

    Shady Grove arr. Cristi Cary Miller, 3-part mixed with piano and optional fiddle
    Teaching opportunities abound in this irresistible setting of a traditional American folk tune. The modal melody is in pentatonic, easy ostinato-like countermelodies make the part-singing a snap, and there is even a fun body percussion section. Perform it with live fiddle or with the digital audio for a sensational concert showcase!

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

    And We Shall Sail (with The Water Is Wide) arr. Glenda E. Franklin, 2-part with piano and optional flute
    An original melody paired with the Scottish folk song “The Water Is Wide” creates a gently flowing choral for 2-part voices with optional flute. The original words speak of sailing to places unknown, sails filled with a gentle breeze and a winding river filled with adventures yet unknown. A fresh take on a well-loved melody creating a beautiful ballad for young voices to learn and experience.

    Freedom’s Plow arr. Joseph Joubert, SATB with piano
    Poet Langston Hughes writes “A long time ago, an enslaved people heading toward freedom made up a song: Keep Your Hand on the Plow! Hold On! The plow plowed a new furrow across the field of history. Into that furrow, the freedom seed was dropped. From that seed a tree grew, is growing, will ever grow. That tree is for you, and me and everybody.” This is for an advanced choir with an accomplished accompanist.

    Hold On arr. Dan Davison, TB with piano and optional percussion
    With tremendous rhythmic variety, vitality, and even counterpoint, Davison creates a frenetic energy in this beloved spiritual that comes out of the slave culture of the American south. Ranges are perfect for emerging tenor-bass choirs in the middle and developing high school levels. Add the optional brake drum for greater effect.

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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.

    May Wind, Set Me Free: Creative Spring Programming for High School Choirs 15 February, 2024

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

    May Wind (Set Me Free) by Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano
    Narverud’s setting of this evocative Sara Teasdale poem tells a story about how experiencing nature and music can inspire deep love and happiness. Soaring vocal lines combined with rich, dissonant harmonies and a rocking piano accompaniment make this a powerful piece that will resonate with choirs of all ages. The duple-against-triple patterns represent the conflict between Love and Stubbornness, which ultimately ends with the triplet pattern (Stubbornness) surrendering to Love (duple pattern) for a beautiful, empowering ending – “Love: Set Me Free!”

    Time by Jennifer Lucy Cook, SATB a cappella
    The line between time’s reality and its invention is blurry. In this new piece, the lyrics disappear and phrases take on new meaning. We lose time when we try to keep it, we spend time as we try to save it. Time insists upon eluding us, we can only notice the fact that time has been wining at us all along. This music is a way of winking back.

    Every Given Light by Dominick DiOrio, SSA with piano
    “This is the day when every given light bears forth like a star.” A hopeful and inspirational message set to a rhythmic melody with a moving piano accompaniment. Ranging from unison to four parts, this is a charming sentiment for children’s choirs and developing treble ensembles.

    Falling Star by Glenda E. Franklin, SSA with piano and optional flute
    Sara Teasdale’s poem “The Falling Star” is blended with lines from childhood rhymes like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Star Light, Star Bright” in a creative pairing of celestial texts. A minor key brings a mysterious feel, and the lyrical lines are enhanced with a flowing, delicate piano accompaniment and optional flute obbligato.

    Little Alleluia by Grace O’Duffy, SATB a cappella
    This is a rhythmic choral miniature, composed for the Chamber Choir Ireland Choral Postcards project. It opens with a sparkling soprano motif, joined quickly by the other treble voices in rhythmic and fragmented repetition of the world “alleluia.” The music alternates between 10/8 and 7/8, maintaining a feeling of spontaneity and exuberance.

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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.

    Hosannas, Laud and Honor: Handbell Titles for Lent & Easter 2024 14 February, 2024

    recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

    Hosannas, Laud, and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
    Start your Palm Sunday off in grand fashion with this medley of ELLACOMBE and ST. THEODULPH. Powerful chordal writing and careful use of unexpected harmonies make this piece approachable for intermediate ensembles and a perfect offering to celebrate Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem.

    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Linda Scholes, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
    Beginning ensembles will love this setting of the tune HAMBURG by Linda Scholes. Despite having no bell changes and no notes shorter than quarter notes, this arrangement still has a full, lush sound and gives careful treatment of the melody.

    Alleluia! Hear the Bells Ringing! arr. Brenda Austin, 3-7 octaves with optional handchimes, Level 3
    Anne Herring’s “Easter Song” is magnificently set in combination with “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today.” This blockbuster arrangement will enhance your Easter worship for years to come!

    Ah, Holy Jesus arr. Michael Mazzatenta, 3-5 octaves with optional handchimes, Level 2
    This contemplative setting of “Herzliebster Jesu” is accessible and compelling for quiet moments in the season of Lent and beyond. The chime melody adds an air of introspective beauty.

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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.

    Organ Music from ANNA LAURA PAGE 13 February, 2024

    more hymns pipes and praise anna laura page

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    More Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Contemporary worship songs have become integrated into traditional worship, and here’s a “second serving” of the skillful and tasteful blending of more popular worship songs with hymns for the organ. Titles include: “Awesome God (with All Glory, Laud, and Honor),” “Because He Lives (with Blessed Assurance),” “Before the Throne of God Above (with Great Is Thy Faithfulness),” “Blessed Be Your Name (with In Heavenly Love Abiding),” “El Shaddai (with What a Friend We Have in Jesus),” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (with And Can It Be),” “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (with When In Our Music God Is Glorified),” “Open the Eyes of My Heart (with O Worship the King),” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (with How Great Thou Art),” and “What a Beautiful Name (with Glorious Is Thy Name).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with praise songs very nicely arranged for organ. Titles include: “Amazing Grace (with Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone),” “Holy Is the Lord (with Lord, I Lift Your Name on High),” “My Jesus, How I Love Thee (with I Love You, Lord),” “How Great Thou Art (with How Great Is Our God),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with As the Deer),” “No, Not One! (with Shout to the Lord),” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with There Is a Redeemer),” “O Worship the King (with Here I Am to Worship),” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand (with In Christ Alone),” and “Holy, Holy, Holy (with Holy Is the Lord).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Classics arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with classic works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Titles include: “Ash Grove (with Handel’s Thanks Be to God),” “Hyfrydol (with He Shall Feed His Flock),” “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (with Sheep May Safely Graze),” “Infant Holy (with Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with Bach’s My Heart is Ever Faithful),” “Sweet Hour of Prayer (with Nocturne),” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee (with Ave Verum),” “St. Agnes (with Mendelssohn’s If With All Your Hearts from Elijah),” “Hanson Place (with Prelude in C Major by Bach),” and “Lancashire (with Allitsen’s The Lord Is My Light).”

    The King of Heaven arr. Anna Laura Page
    All five hymn tunes included in have one theme: Praise to God, the Father. These settings will offer great ideas to organists in planning service music, including preludes, postludes, and ideas for hymn introductions, alternate hymn harmonizations, and codas appropriate for congregational singing. Titles include: “I’ll Praise My Maker,” “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above,” and “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

    I Will Ever Sing to Thee arr. Anna Laura Page
    Anna Laura Page has created eight accessible arrangements of familiar hymn tunes, each primarily associated with a text related to the theme of music itself or singing. These useful pieces make excellent voluntaries throughout the church year and will be especially welcome for festival services that involve a musical focus. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “When in Our Music God Is Glorified,” “Fill the Earth with Music,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “I Will Sing of My Redeemer,” “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above,” “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and “When the Morning Stars Together.”

    And Through Eternity I’ll Sing On arr. Anna Laura Page
    From the creative spirit of Anna Laura Page comes this volume of hymn tune settings that resonate with themes most deeply felt during the Lenten and Holy Week seasons: grief, suffering, repentance, prayer, and contrition. Each of these nine spirituals is a masterpiece in miniature, drawing us all closer to the cross of Christ at this most sacred time of year. Titles include: “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Surely He Died on Calvary,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word,” and “I Am a Poor, Wayfaring Stranger.”

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

    Kid’s Korner – New Titles for Children’s Choir Spring 2024 12 February, 2024

    recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

    Moses and Me by Vicki Tucker Courtney, 2-part with piano and optional oboe, tambourine & hand drum
    From the Joyfully Sing! 360 Series, this fresh setting relates the story of Moses to the everyday lives of children. With a true Old Testament Jewish sound, it includes parts for easy optional percussion and oboe instruments within the anthem.

    Jesus Christ Is Risen Today arr. Becki Slagle Mayo, Unison/2-part with piano and optional 6 handbells
    This joyful gem, arranged in a classical style, will highlight Easter celebrations. The hymn is introduced first, followed by a new melody. The two songs then partner together in creative and lovely moments of harmony. The piece concludes with an extended “alleluia” in optional four-part harmony on the last chord. A simple handbell or handchime part using only six bells is included.

    Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel arr. Keith Christopher, Unison/2-part with piano
    This arrangement of the traditional spiritual is pure fun! The energetic piece starts in unison with a statement of the chorus. It is followed by two catchy verses and choruses, all supported by a lively accompaniment. The ending builds excitedly until the word “Daniel” is suddenly whispered dramatically.

    Be Strong in the Lord by Dennis and Nan Allen, Unison/2-part with piano
    Dennis and Nan Allen have written an encouraging anthem of faith based on Scripture. A memorable, mostly step-wise melody and inclusion of the hymn “The Solid Rock” make this a wonderful gem of trust and assurance. The optional harmony provides color and the modulation into the last stanza produces confident conclusion.

    Table of Love by Ruth Elaine Schram, Unison with piano
    With a wistful innocence, Table of Love is a lovely communion anthem for children. Use anytime during Lent, World Communion Day, or whenever communion is served. Smoothly incorporates the classic hymn “Were You There?” “There is room for you at the table of Love.”

    Psalm of Blessing by Vicki Hancock Wright, Unison with piano and optional 6 handbells
    Brightly bouncing, this anthem of praise and blessing comes from the seasoned and talented Vicki Hancock Wright. Filled with solid theology and scriptural truths, it sings with joy. The unison voicing makes it easy to teach and perform. The optional handbell obbligato will bring a special sparkle!

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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.

    AMONG THE CLOUDS: Concert Band Works Now in Flexible Arrangements 09 February, 2024

    recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

    Among the Clouds by Brian Balmages, Grade 3 ColorFlex
    “Among the Clouds” is a musical journey into the minds of lucid dreamers as they drift off to sleep and wake up in a dream where they can fly at will. A slow, enchanting opening gives way to an energetic theme with an engaging rhythmic pulse as the dreamer takes to the skies! An intriguing work by Brian Balmages!

    Atop a Scottish Highland by Larry Neeck, Grade 2.5 Build-a-Band
    This unique rhapsody is comprised of three well-known Scottish folk melodies: “Annie Laurie,” “Who’ll Be King But Charlie,” and “Scotland The Brave.” The distinct character of each of these melodies provides your ensemble with the perfect vehicle to express a wide variety of moods, musical colors, and expressions. “Atop A Scottish Highland” is an excellent showcase for your band, even if your ensemble has limitations of size or instrumentation.

    The Country Club Stomp! by JaRod Hall, Grade 3 ColorFlex
    Experience a New Orleans vibe with this exciting, parade-inspired crowd-pleaser! “The Country Club Stomp!” is based on an infectious rhythmic groove and spirited melody. JaRod Hall uses elements of jazz as well as a strong reference to the West African circle dances from which this music evolved. Stellar writing that is fun, catchy, and informative!

    Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3 Flex-Band
    Composed in 1942, here is Aaron Copland’s iconic fanfare arranged for flexible instrumentation. Scored a 4th lower than the original, and authorized by the Copland estate, this edition can be performed by brass ensembles, or a variety of mixed ensembles depending on your band’s specific needs.

    Forgotten Tales of the West by Adrian B. Sims, Grade 3.5 ColorFlex
    This powerful work pays tribute to the many battles fought between the Native Americans and Europeans. “Forgotten Tales of the West” moves between Native American-influenced themes and western harmonies before adapting into an amalgamation of the two. Incredible writing by Adrian B. Sims, who was a teenager when he composed this piece!

    Glorioso by Ed Huckeby, Grade 3 Build-a-Band
    The creative combination of interesting themes and fresh contemporary harmonies interjected with subtle meter changes produces an appealing composition for mid-level bands that is both challenging and yet accessible. The composer has adapted this “best seller” for the Build-A-Band series for bands with limited or unusual instrumentation.

    A Hymn for Band by Hugh M. Stuart/arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3 Flex-Band
    Hugh Stuart’s classic composition from 1985 has remained popular through the years and continues to be a great teaching tool for lyric style playing and musical sensitivity. Here is an authentic adaptation for flexible instrumentation perfect for smaller or mixed ensembles.

    Kyiv, 2022 by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5 ColorFlex
    “Kyiv, 2022” was written as a powerful sequel to “Moscow, 1941,” one of Brian Balmages’s most well-known pieces. This work changes the narrative, where the theme from Moscow now becomes the aggressor, and the heroic people of Ukraine are represented by the Ukrainian National Anthem and the powerful “Prayer for Ukraine.” Certain to spark discussions about humanity, history, and culture.

    The Legend of Lorelei by Larry Clark, Grade 3 Flexcel
    This programmatic work, based on the ancient and legendary warrior Lorelei, is a great new work for contest & festival performance. Scored with reduced instrumentation with only 2 Bb Clarinet & Trumpet lines and limited Saxophone, Horn in F and Low Brass, this exciting new work for band will work great for smaller bands and still sound big and full with larger ones.

    Saturn: The Ringed Planet by Rob Romeyn, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
    An absolutely stunning programmatic piece depicting a futuristic voyage to the sixth planet, “Saturn: The Ringed Planet” has become a classic for concert and festival use! Powerful scoring, stark musical contrasts, driving rhythms, and varied textures all combine to portray the dramatic journey, as well as the beauty and mystique of this mysterious and alluring planet. This arrangement for the Build-A-Band series ensures success even with the most awkward of instrumentation. Creative use of percussion greatly adds to the drama and intensity.

    Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
    Originally written as part of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, “Sea Songs” has become a standard in classic band literature. Ed Huckeby has maintained all the melodies, harmonies, and nuances of the original tunes, including “Princess Royal,” “Admiral Benbow,” and “Portsmouth,” in this masterfully adapted Build-A-Band series arrangement for bands with limited instrumentation. Great music specially arranged for those bands with awkward or incomplete instrumentation!

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    Variations on an African Hymnsong by Quincy Hilliard/arr. Jimi Bergeron, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
    One of Quincy Hilliard’s most exciting compositions, “Variations on an African Hymnsong” has been skillfully arranged for the flexible instrumentation Build-A-Band series by Jimi Bergeron. Based on a Nigerian folk hymn, this very appealing selection features interesting harmonies, beautiful tone colors and driving polyrhythms, all combine to make this a stunning work for band, especially for groups with large percussion sections.

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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!

    TAYLOR SWIFT Hits for Concert Band 08 February, 2024

    recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

    Taylor Swift: Eras arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
    Pop icon Taylor Swift has continued to expand her popularity thanks to her “Eras Tour” across the country, and now a concert film. Here is a great-sounding medley for young bands featuring signature hits from her various “eras.” Titles include: “You Belong With Me,” “Enchanted,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Shake It Off,” “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Cardigan,” and “Anti-Hero.”

    You Belong with Me arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
    One of the early hits for Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” continues to be popular with its tuneful melody and upbeat style. This fun arrangement is effectively scored for second year players.

    Anti-Hero arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
    From Taylor Swift’s album “Midnights,” lead single “Anti-Hero” is already breaking records for sales and streaming on its way to the top of the charts. Featuring catchy rhythms and a memorable melody, Johnnie Vinson expertly captures the flavor of the original in this setting for young players.

    …Ready for It? arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
    Taylor Swift is rockin’ the pop charts again with this monster hit from her CD “Reputation.” Here is an effective version for band featuring the gritty opening and catchy melodies.

    Shake It Off arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
    This recent hit by pop superstar Taylor Swift features a catchy melody that adapts nicely for very young players. Here is a solid arrangement that your students and audience are sure to enjoy.

    Shake It Off arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2-3 Flex
    Taylor Swift is on top of the charts again with this catchy and energetic pop hit. Even with the limited 5-part scoring, this arrangement features a good mix of melody in each of the parts along with solid writing for the entire ensemble.

    Taylor Swift: 1989 arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
    At the top of her game as a songwriter and recording artist, Taylor Swift released her CD “1989” as a tribute to the sound and style of popular music in the 1980s. This entertaining medley for younger players features the blockbuster hits “Wildest Dreams,” “Blank Space,” and “Shake It Off.”

    A Taylor Swift Duo arr. Michael Story, Grade 2.5
    This fantastic arrangement by Michael Story is a medley of two of Taylor Swift’s biggest hits – “Bad Blood” and “You Belong with Me.” Treat your band to the excitement of performing these blockbuster hits!

    Taylor Swift in Concert arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
    Contemporary singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is rapidly making her mark on both pop and country music charts. Including the hits “Picture to Burn,” “White Horse,” and “Love Story,” this medley provides a good sampling of her fresh-sounding music.

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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!

    CHRIST AROSE: Easter Anthems for 2024 07 February, 2024

    recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

    Christ Arose arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with organ & piano (or organ only) and optional brass & percussion
    This stunning anthem for SATB choirs and organ is the perfect way to open your Easter worship service. Opening with a fanfare-like instrumental flourish, the music moves steadily through three back-to-back verses before finally arriving at the popular chorus. The choir reiterates “Christ Arose!” as the anthem reaches its triumphant conclusion. In addition to the organ accompaniment, the octavo also features the option of adding piano to the organ, creating a lush duet accompaniment.

    Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning) arr. Steven Strite, SATB with piano and optional organ, brass quintet & percussion
    This much-loved Getty/Townend modern hymn receives full festival treatment with fanfares, HYMN TO JOY “alleluias,” compelling modulations, imitative textures, and a soprano descant. It is a thrilling celebration for Easter Sunday!

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    Resurrection Canticle by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional chamber orchestra
    Majestic and powerful, this Easter anthem of praise celebrates the worthy resurrection Lamb. Seamlessly incorporating the beloved hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (with optional congregational involvement), this offering is easily prepared, yet highly effective. The optional chamber orchestration will make it shine!

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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.

    KING OF KINGS: A Celebration of Organ Music by Black Composers 06 February, 2024

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    King of Kings: Organ Music of Black Composers, Past and Present compiled and edited by James Abbington
    An important contribution to the repertoire for both the church organist and the recitalist! In this unique series you’ll find organ works by composers from the late 19th century to the present day.

    King of Kings Volume 1
    Titles include: “King of Kings” arr. Ralph Simpson; “A Little More Faith in Jesus” arr. John W. Work III, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” arr. D.L. White, “Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory Land,” “Were You There,” and “Triumphal March of Heritage” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Retrospection” by Florence B. Price; “Offertory” by H. Leslie Adams; “Talk About a Child That Do Love Jesus” arr. Calvin Taylor; “Arietta,” “Melody,” and “Elegy” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; and “Go Down, Moses” arr. W.C. Handy/adapt. Walter C. Simon.

    King of Kings Volume 2
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Chorale” by Calvin Fuller; “Prayer: An Offertory” by George Walker; “Adoration,” “A Pleasant Thought,” and “In Quiet Mood” by Florence B. Price; “Bye and Bye” and “Wade in duh Waddah!” arr. William Farley Smith; “Impromptu” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; “Give Me Jesus” arr. Marques L.A. Garrett; “Go Down, Moses,” “Yoruba Lament,” and “Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho” arr. Fela Sowande.

    King of Kings Volume 3
    Titles include: “Toccata on Good News” by Carl MaultsBy; “Prelude on I Am Thine, O Lord” by Monte Thomas; “Jubilate” by Fela Sowande; “Variations on a Theme by Ellie” by Trevor Weston; “Churchyard Chatter” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Bread of Heaven” by William B. Cooper; “Fantasy on Walk Together, Children” by André J. Thomas; “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Carl Haywood; and “Postlude on Go, Tell It on the Mountain” by Norah Duncan IV.

    King of Kings Volume 4
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Fughetta for Organ” by Julius P. Williams; “Fanfare on DARWALL’S 148TH (Rejoice, the Lord Is King)” by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton; “Fantasia (The Resurrection)” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Finale – Allegro (from Sonata No. 1 for Organ)” by Florence B. Price; “Fugue in F” by David Hurd; “Gospel Fancy (He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear)” by Phyllis Hall; “Kyrie” by Fela Sowande; “Listen to the Lambs” by Adolphus Hailstork; “Obangiji” by Fela Sowande; “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Spirit Fantasy” by Carl Haywood; “There Is a Balm in Gilead” by Adolphus Hailstork; and “Ubi Caritas” by Norah Duncan IV.

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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.

    THE SPIRIT BOX and More Five Star Features from RWS Music Company 05 February, 2024

    recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

    The Spirit Box by Bryce Newton, Grade 1
    Conjuring up the whispers of spirits, ghosts, and ghouls, “The Spirit Box” is a spooky portrayal of things that go bump in the night. Whispering effects add a level of intrigue that is fun to play and is sure to provide a memorable performance. It’s perfect for Halloween programs, or a change of pace at any concert!

    Not So Silent Night arr. Evan VanDoren, Grade 3.5
    Every child imagines what it might be like to observe Santa Claus coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. This programmatic work suggests how a movie soundtrack for that annual event might sound! Starting with a clever tango and ending with a cartoon-esque chase scene, this witty work from Evan VanDoren will engage the imagination of your students and audience alike!

    Peace Noel arr. Bryce Newton, Grade 3
    Written as a musical gift of peace and hope, this lush, beautiful setting of a popular holiday carol will certainly be a hit with your audience. The combination of various textures and styles combine to make this musical setting a wonderful, accessible teaching tool for your concert band and an excellent lyrical selection for your holiday program.

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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!

    Near to the Heart of God: Handbell Titles for General Worship 02 February, 2024

    recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

    Near to the Heart of God arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 2
    This classic hymn is masterfully arranged utilizing creative harmonization and varied placement of the melody.

    Day by Day God’s Time Is Best arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 3-
    This heartfelt setting by Karen Buckwalter, written in memory of a treasured member of the handbell community, is perfect for any service of remembrance or other reflective setting. Combining a cantata tune from Bach with the hymn “Day by Day,” it is a beautiful memorial perfect for intermediate groups.

    Joyeuse by Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 3-
    This upbeat original tune from Karen Buckwalter is perfect for any celebratory moment in worship or concert, and would even make a nice alternative piece for Easter. Repeated rhythmic motives make this piece easy to learn, even as the shifting harmonies keep ringers on their toes!

    A Blessing by Michael Helman, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 2+
    Written in honor of his grandsons, this delicate original from Michael Helman is perfect for the intermediate choir looking to focus on their musicality. Flowing accompaniment lines and a heartfelt melody combine to make this a truly gorgeous experience.

    Come, Christians, Join to Sing! arr. Sondra Tucker, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 3
    The cleverly offset harmonic changes in Sondra Tucker’s arrangement propel the piece forward and create a playful vibe which makes this piece a pleasure to ring and to hear.

    Ring with Less arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 13-16 bells (4-8 ringers)
    A reproducible collection of eight pieces for 4-8 ringers without tables, using 13-16 bells between D5 and C7. Each setting is only two pages long. Titles include: “Come, Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue,” “Havah Nagila,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Holy, Holy, Holy (Schubert),” “Holy Manna,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

    All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells with piano, Level 2
    The classic and beloved hymn is set here for 3-5 octave handbells and piano. The handbell part is accessible at Level 2, and the harmonies are expanded and filled with a rich and delightful piano accompaniment.

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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.