News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Be Joyful: Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Charles Callahan 29 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Be Joyful (12 Postludes on Familiar Hymns) arr. Charles Callahan
Callahan imbues each of these 12 tunes with a sense of fun, thus the title of this collection. These are big, buoyant pieces, a perfect way to end worship or punctuate a recital. Varied in difficulty levels, but none are daunting to learn. Titles include: “Coronation,” “Dix,” “Duke Street,” “Engelbert,” “Hyfrydol,” “Hymn to Joy,” “Jefferson,” “Judas Maccabeus,” “Nun danket alle Gott,” “Regent Square,” “Simple Gifts,” and “The Ash Grove.”

Eight Quiet Preludes on American Hymntunes arr. Charles Callahan
Eight beautiful and calming settings of favorite American hymn-tunes. These settings could easily become standards in any organist’s repertoire. Titles include: “Assurance,” “Beecher,” “Dunlap’s Creek,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Lacquiparle/Lac Qui Parle,” “Let Us Break Bread,” “Materna,” and “Samanthra.”

Alleluia: A Postlude Collection by Charles Callahan
Compiled and edited by Charles Callahan, this useful collection includes pieces by himself and the composers Campra, Fiocco, Hesse, Salome, Foote, and Spence.

O God Beyond All Praising arr. Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan’s imaginative arranging skills are applied; the result is a volume of noble and useful music. Titles include: “Agincourt Hymn,” “Jerusalem,” “King’s Lynn,” “Repton,” “Terra Beata,” “Thaxted,” and “Thornbury.”

The Rejoicing by Charles Callahan
Includes past favorites that have been revised as well as new material. Titles include: “Postlude on St. Denio,” “Celebration,” “The Rejoicing from Suite in G,” “Trumpet Tune from Suite in D,” “Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen,” “Postludium on Ein feste Burg,” and “Postlude on Darwall’s 148th.”

English Hymn Tune Suite arr. Charles Callahan
Full of color and variety, these settings will delight you and your congregation. Detailed suggestions on registrations will help you achieve the full effect of Charles Callahan’s vision of these five beloved English hymn tunes: DEO GRATIAS; LAUDATE DOMINUM; KINGSFOLD; NICAEA; and THAXTED. Accessible but satisfying.

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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.

BEST OF Ludwig Masters Concert Band 2023-2024 27 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Baile de Fuego by Randol Alan Bass, Grade 4
A rhythmic and stirring addition to the band repertoire, “Baile de Fuego” demands excellence and attention from all players. Percussion adds much spice while utilizing a wide array of instruments.

Brown Bear by Kelly Bennette, Grade 3
The golden age of marches (early 20th century) gave us a wealth of wonderful literature. That tradition is still alive and well, as can be seen with this tuneful addition to the repertoire of Kelly Bennette. It doesn’t have to be old to be good!

The Defending Circle by Karl L. King/arr. Gene Milford, Grade 3
This work received its title “from some ritualistic work of a certain fraternity.” Composed in 1913, the march is dedicated to Clive Dayton of Brighton, Iowa, a trombonist and the assistant conductor of the Barnum & Bailey’s Band under Ned Brill.

The Governor’s Own by Alton Adams/arr. Loras Schissel, Grade 4
Alton Adams was the first black bandmaster in the United States Navy, and perhaps the most popular. His bands were celebrated across the United States during his service years. He eventually rose to political prominence in the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Sword of Saint Michael by Kelly Bennette, Grade 3
This piece has a delightful melody and the flavor of a transcription, but it is an action- packed original for concert band. It has a big, beautiful sound and parts to challenge every section.

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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!

LLOYD LARSON is Coming This Summer! 26 March, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

Rachel Portman: Beyond the Screen 25 March, 2024

Beyond the Screen: Film Works on Piano by Rachel Portman
With “Beyond the Screen,” Rachel Portman has curated some of her most cherished film music for solo piano. She refers to the piano as her best friend, adding “I spend all day with it, most days. I think probably I’m pianistic in my soul.” Hence, piano miniatures are a natural second life for her highly melodic scores. The album comprises various new solo piano arrangements by the composer based on her well-known soundtracks such as “Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules,” or “The Duchess,” as well as a piano suite from her Oscar-winning original score “Emma.”

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Waltzing Matilda and More Storybooks for the Music Classroom 22 March, 2024

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

Waltzing Matilda by John Feierabend/illustrated by Adriana Wimler
“You’ll come a-waltzing” with this lively Australian folk song, part of a series of captivating picture books based on beloved songtales collected by John M. Feierabend. Chock-full of whimsical Australian vocabulary, “Waltzing Matilda” depicts the rugged adventures of a traveling worker (“swagman”) as he journeys across the Australian countryside, encountering both good fortune and trouble along the way. Adriana Wimler’s colorful illustrations capture the natural beauty of the Australian landscape and feature several indigenous Australian animals. See if you can spot them all!

Old Joe Clark by John Feierabend/illustrated by Garant Cosey
Even the big bad fox can’t resist joining the fun in this topsy-turvy folk song, part of a series of captivating picture books based on beloved songtales from the great American folk music tradition. The song’s catchy Mixolydian melody and comical depiction of Old Joe Clark have made this song an American favorite since the early 1900s. Garant Cosey’s vibrant illustrations capture the imaginative spirit of the song, featuring characters who are singing, dancing, and playing the banjo (and spoons). More than 90 silly verses have been published for this song over the years. Add to the fun by creating your own!

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The ABCs of Women in Music by Anneli Loepp Thiessen/illustrated by Haeon Grace Kang
Meet Clara the composer, Ella the jazz singer, Selena the pop star, and Xian the conductor! Women in music are brilliant, creative, brave, and resilient. They are composers, conductors, singers, musicologists, electronic music producers, and so much more. In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, meet 26 remarkable women musicians who collectively span over 1,000 years of music history and represent a diversity of cultures, races, professions, and abilities. Their incredible stories and beautiful work are sure to inspire a new generation of musicians!

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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.

BARBIE Arrangements for Concert Band 20 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Barbie Girl arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Originally a hit for the pop group Aqua in 1997, this peppy and instantly recognized tune found its way into the hit movie “Barbie” as the background track for the song “Barbie World.” Here’s a fun version for younger bands.

Barbie’s World arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie” comes the equally sensational soundtrack album featuring an all-star lineup of performers and songwriters. This upbeat and entertaining medley for band includes: “Barbie Dreams,” “Barbie Girl,” “What Was I Made For,” and “Dance the Night.”

What Was I Made For? arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie,” this moving ballad by Billie Eilish features a tuneful melody and tender emotions. Here’s a beautifully scored setting for young bands.

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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!

Music, Lead the Way! And More for Middle School Tenor/Bass 18 March, 2024

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

Music, Lead the Way! by Laura Farnell, T(T)B with piano and optional tambourine
Farnell draws her inspiration for this gospel-style composition from the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others like him, who worked to break down the barriers of racial and social discrimination. A gripping Van Dyke text delivers the powerful message: when we choose love and sing together in community, surely “peace and love will conquer hate and strife.”

Dover Beach (Tales from the North) by Meredith Tompkins & Ashley Dame, TB with piano
Originally conceived for unchanged tenor voices, this TB voicing of “Dover Beach” contains rolling and weaving melodies within the framework of an undulating piano accompaniment. Energetic and musically charged, the driving melodic passages will challenge performers to be their very best!

Black Riders Came from the Sea by Paul David Thomas, TB with piano and tenor drum
Beginning with an ominous ostinato from the choir, this piece sets Stephen Crane’s short but vivid poem describing the invasion of a fast-approaching enemy army. Perfect for the developing Tenor-Bass choir or small ensemble.

Put a Little Love in Your Heart (with Love Train) arr. Greg Gilpin, TTB with piano
From the moment you hear the vocal and rhythmic opening, you know you have a winning arrangement from Greg Gilpin for your concert or show choir. Now available for SSA and TTB voices, the driving energy and pop sound create an easy to learn and performed arrangement for everyone. Add some choreography for a showstopping opening or closing number.

Home on the Range arr. Jerry Estes, T(T)B with piano (opt. a cappella)
This endearing arrangement of a favorite American Cowboy song is a welcome addition to repertoire for tenor/bass choirs. With limited ranges, accessible choral writing, and the option to perform a cappella or accompanied, the flexibility of this selection makes it very easy to teach and very rewarding to perform.

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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.

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

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

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

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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.

Weather: Stand the Storm 13 March, 2024

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

Weather: Stand the Storm by Rollo Dilworth, SATB divisi, Speaker(s) and Wind Ensemble or piano
Historically, the arts have always fulfilled the dual roles of responding to change while at the same time creating change. “Weather” is a poem that gives voice to the voiceless, especially those who have been and continue to be marginalized because of difference. It responds to and reflects realities that are both culturally specific and humanly universal. Professor Claudia Rankine challenges all of us (no matter our background or lived experience) to know better, to do better, to take action, and to become agents of social justice and social change.

This work for choir, narrator, and piano with optional Wind Symphony or Chamber Ensemble, is to be a learning and growing experience for the singers, the audience, and the conductor/teacher in all ways emotional and intellectual . There is a companion resource for “Weather” intended for students, educators, conductors, and audiences to learn more about the social, political, and historical context of this work. This guide offers an opportunity for everyone to deeply engage with “Weather” and understand its critically important social and historical context. The guide, created by Dr. Colleen Sears, Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, encourages us to honor the intent of Claudia Rankine’s poetry and Rollo Dilworth’s music; to become better citizens in our communities and to bridge divides through our shared humanity.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

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

Organ Music by Women Composers 12 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers
“The Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers” presents a comprehensive survey of historical organ pieces by women composers alongside six newly commissioned pieces. The music is stylistically varied and encompasses both secular and sacred repertoire from a range of periods. In addition to original organ repertoire, the collection also contains several organ transcriptions in new arrangements for the instrument.

Female Composers
A treasure house with organ pieces by female composers complete with composer bios. Contents: Elisabeth Stirling (1819-95), Movement • Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929), Andante and Larghetto • Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Marche funèbre • Ethel Smith (1858-1944), Prelude and Fugue on ‘O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid’ • Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), Prélude, Petit Canon and Improvisation • Elsa Barraine (1910-1999), Prélude et Fugue • Ruth Zechlin (geb. 1926), Laudate • Emma Lou Diener (geb. 1927), Fiesta • Sieglinde Ahrens (geb. 1936), Invocation • E. Stirling: Movement Ab-major • E. Andrée: Andante • Largo • C. Chaminade: Marche funèbre op. 171 • E. Smyth: Prelude and Fugue on “O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid” • J. Senfter: Fantasie und Fuge G major “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgensterin” op. 30 • N. Boulanger: Prélude • Petit canon • Improvisation • E. Barraine: Prélude et Fugue • J. Demessieux: O filii (Variations) • E. Szöny: Dance tune • R. Zechlin: Laudate • E.L. Diemer: Fiesta • L. Robert-Diessel: Song-B. • Heller: Persian Song • Notte di Maggi/A night in May • S. Ahrens: Invocation • I. Loudová: Monument • V. Dinescu: Rows of Symbols • E.M. Houben: Chorale Prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” • D. Koptein: Chorale Fantasia “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig” op. 4.

Women Composers’ Album
A wonderful collection of largely unexplored yet charming works. Fifteen composers are represented, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel among them. Titles include: “Rigaudon” and “Rondeau” by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre; “March in D,” “Aria,” and “Gigue” by Elizabeth Turner; “Allegro in D” by Anna Bon; “Andante Espressivo” by Hélène Riese Liebmann; “Chorale, Op. 3, No.” and “Andante, Op. 3, No. 5” by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; “Prelude in g minor, Op. 16, No. 1” by Clara Schumann; “Duo” by Elizabeth von Herzogenberg; “Postlude in f minor” by Luise Adolpha Le Beau; “Postlude: Introduction and Fugue” by Adela Douglas-Pennant; “Andante espressivo (Sonatine)” by Hedwige Chrétien; “Even Song” and “Andante Grazioso (Introductory Voluntary)” by Kate Boundy; “Chorale” by Alice Sauvrezis; “Invention dans le style ancient” by Henriette Renié; “Adoration” by Florence B. Price; and “Berceuse” by Germaine Tailleferre.

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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.

POP & PATRIOTIC: New Arrangements for Flex Band 11 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Any Way You Want It arr. Michael Story, Grade 1 Flex Beginning Band
“Any Way You Want It,” the classic hit from the rock band Journey, has been scored by Michael Story to be played using any mix of wind or string instruments. This thoughtfully crafted FLEX arrangement is a perfect piece for your beginning band.

I Vow to Thee, My Country arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2 Flex-Band
Using the familiar chorale melody from Holst’s “Jupiter,” this stately hymn is particularly popular throughout the United Kingdom and a favorite of the British royal family. Here’s a setting for flexible instrumentation which also includes an optional part for unison voices.

Music from Avatar: The Way of Water arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3 Flex-Band
The blockbuster sequel to the movie “Avatar” brings us stunning visuals and an equally impressive soundtrack. The sweeping themes and dramatic pacing are carefully reflected in this arrangement for flexible instrumentation.

Paint It, Black arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2 Flex-Band
Taking inspiration from the cello version made popular in the television series “Wednesday,” here is a clever arrangement of the Rolling Stones hit scored for flexible instrumentation.

23 Skidoo! by Kenneth Whitcomb/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
Ken Whitcomb’s delightful “23 Skidoo!” has been a concert band favorite since its first publication decades ago, and this Build-A-Band edition makes it available to smaller ensembles with uneven instrumentation. A true audience-pleaser, performers will also enjoy the bright Vaudeville “show-biz” style of this happy selection. A great closer or encore selection, “23 Skidoo!” is musical enjoyment from top to bottom!

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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!

Almost Like Being in Love: New Jazz & Gospel for Choir 08 March, 2024

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

Almost Like Being in Love arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
Filled with jazz stylings from swing to scat, this arrangement of “Almost Like Being in Love” is perfect for developing choirs. Choirs will love the bright, upbeat setting with its smooth conversational style and colorful piano accompaniment!

It’s Only a Paper Moon arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
This jazz and pop standard is masterfully arranged with both unison and easy part-singing opportunities. The accessible voice parts make the piece an ideal choice for middle school choirs or any choir with developing singers.

If Ever I Would Leave You arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
The cherished love song from “Camelot” receives a classic choral treatment in this lush, a cappella setting. Equally suitable for large ensembles or small vocal jazz groups, Kirby Shaw’s impressive arrangement rises to meet Lerner and Loewe at their finest!

Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano
“Fly Me to the Moon,” written in 1954, has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Not surprisingly, Buzz Aldrin played the song when he stepped onto the moon’s surface in 1969. Many singers have recorded the tune, but Frank Sinatra’s version has become the standard for this immortal song of love and admiration.

Higher Ground arr. Matt & Adam Podd, SSATBB with piano
The Podd Brothers are accomplishing something unique: pop arrangements that completely capture the spirit and emotions of the original song, yet make rhythmic and harmonic choices that reach an entirely new echelon of musical idiosyncrasy! Have you heard Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” with a gospel-style choral intro smoothly dissolving into a back-beat modern-groove choral exercise complete with 2nd and 9th harmonic intervals throughout? You have now!

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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.

Let Justice Rise: Five Star Features from Wingert-Jones 07 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Let Justice Rise by Steve Parsons, Grade 3
This new reduced instrumentation fanfare is a perfect opener to your next concert. Copland-like rhythmic figures and the cinematic depth of modern film-scores make this one an instant concert hit.

Merry Wayfaring Stranger arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 1.5
Tyler Arcari has a knack for smashing un-related tunes together, especially for Christmas! This clever new addition to Tyler’s chaotic caroling is no exception. Musicians will love the drama in this work, as they mix “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” with the likes of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Patapan.” This will be the star of your next holiday program!

And There Were Angels… arr. Clifton Jones, Grade 3.5
“And There Were Angels…” is a joyous, colorful blend of three well-known Christmas carols. Familiar “angelic” melodies receive a new and unique treatment for your next holiday program.

Southern Winds Fanfare by John Dupuis, Grade 4.5
In the style of cinematic warhorses, the “Southern Winds Fanfare” is a fiery new opener for the concert band by newcomer to Wingert-Jones, composer John Dupuis. Angular melodic figures and embellishments in the woodwinds add to the excitement of this great new concert fanfare.

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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!

I Just Keep Groovin’! Medleys & Novelty Songs for Spring 2024 06 March, 2024

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

I Just Keep Groovin’ by Jim Papoulis, 2-part treble with piano
Here is a bluesy and hip setting of the sort of positive and inspirational lyric that we expect from the positive and inspirational composer, Jim Papoulis.

ABBA Gold (Medley) arr. Jack Zaino, SATB with piano
The legendary Swedish pop group created one of the best-selling albums of all time with “ABBA Gold.” Featuring three of its most memorable songs, this fast-paced mini-medley is a blast from the first iconic “Mamma Mia” hook to the final “Dancing Queen” flourish. A variety of voicings bring this fabulous feature to choirs of any age.

Woodchuck by Mark Burrows, 2-part (opt. 3-part) with piano
Mark Burrows’ limitless wit strikes again in this humorous piece posing the age-old question, How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Beyond the comedic appeal, this chipper tune presents learning opportunities for clean diction and rhythmic challenges that provide the opportunity to practice counting rhythms and part independence.

The Noble Duke of York by Mark Burrows, T(T)B with piano
Fun is the key to this arrangement which reimagines the whole scene of the Duke of York tediously marching his ten thousand men up and down the hill. What if those men had other plans? What if they had dreams of their own? What if they didn’t want to march up and down that hill anymore?! Find out the answers to these questions when you learn this great song, ideal for T(T)B ensembles both large and small.

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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.

It Is Well: Anthems for Spring 2024 04 March, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

It Is Well by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Mary McDonald has penned a moving and beautiful new melody to the immortal “It Is Well with My Soul” text. The melody and harmonies flow effortlessly over the smooth accompaniment, creating an expressive and ultimately triumphant experience for singers and listeners alike. The final cadence rings with a bold, resolute “with my soul!”

Do Lord, Remember Me arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
This lively arrangement of the beloved spiritual is sure to uplift your choir and congregants alike.

Give Me Jesus arr. Trevor Manor, SATB with piano and optional congregation
Beautiful vocal lines and satisfying accompaniment are the hallmarks of anthems in the Congregational Anthem Series. Combining the beauty of choral anthems with the importance of congregational singing, these works feature familiar hymns, accessible and well-crafted choral writing, and simple yet compelling accompaniments. They allow the entire congregation to join the choir without rehearsal. These works can function either as choral anthems or congregational hymns in a service order using the included congregational melody sheet.

Glory to God (Whose Goodness Shines on Me) arr. Joel Raney, SAB with piano
This Quick Study Choral pairs Paul Vasile’s setting of the “Gloria Patri” with “To God Be the Glory” in a spirited, gospel toe-tapper. This masterful setting is rich with a treasure trove of catchy, gospel licks.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah arr. Craig Courtney, SATB with piano
New joy and life have been infused into the tune CWM RHONDA with a buoyant and syncopated piano accompaniment. The setting gradually gains intensity, culminating in a strong final chorus: “Songs of praises I will ever give to Thee.”

Hail, Holy Light arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with piano
The ST CLEMENT tune, often associated with an evening hymn, is paired with a fresh morning hymn of praise: “Hail, holy light! The world rejoices as morning breaks and shadows fly.” The choral and piano writing shine exquisitely in this anthem.

It Is Well with My Soul arr. Tom Trenney, SATB with piano and optional C or B-flat instrument & organ
This fresh setting of the beloved hymn has unique treatments of the refrain and uses rich textures and harmonies to bring the text alive in a new way for your choir and congregation.

O God Beyond All Praising arr. David Schwoebel, SATB with piano and optional organ
This stirring anthem of praise uses scripture quotes from Romans 11 to provide framing for the venerable hymn text and Holst’s tune THAXTED from Jupiter. Congregational singing can be added on the hymn tune, and an optional organ part (available separately) can be used in addition to the piano.

Where Can I Go? by Molly Ijames, SATB with piano and optional flute
This beautifully refined setting of words from Psalm 139 is both soul-searching and deeply comforting: “I am known … where can I go, except to You, Lord.”

Be Thou My Vision arr. Benjamin David Knoedler, SATB with piano
The charmingly simple motif of the accompaniment unifies this compelling setting of the beloved Irish hymn. Elegant but not difficult, this satisfying anthem will find its way into your choral programming year after year.

Because He Lives arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
“Because He Lives” has become a standard Easter hymn for congregations the world over. Lloyd Larson has done a masterful job of bringing this hymn into the choral anthem format. Not just for Easter, it is a song of victory and promise and praise.

Come, Thou Almighty King arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional trumpet & handbells
Here is a creative and stately setting of the time-honored hymn featuring optional parts for solo trumpet and 3 octave handbells.

Forever Leaning on the Arms of Jesus by Stan Pethel, SA(T)B with piano and optional rhythm
Stan Pethel delivers this inspiring song of unwavering commitment and heartfelt praise. Written in a relaxed gospel style, this anthem is sure to uplift both your choir and congregation. The music is scored for either SAB or SATB, and optional rhythm section parts are also available.

The Longer I Serve Him arr. Jay Rouse, SATB with piano and optional string orchestra
Jay Rouse has taken one of the Gaither’s most popular songs, and Jay Rouse has taken one of the Gaithers’ most popular songs and combined it with the classic hymn, “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” and the results are breathtaking. Opening with an optional solo, the vocal writing moves from unison to rich four-part writing. The piano writing is soulful, beautifully conceived, and a delight to play. In addition, an orchestration for optional string orchestra is also available. “Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows. The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.”

Love Lifted Me by Sean Paul, SATB with piano
A well-known hymn text speaks through a fresh musical treatment in this evocative choral offering. A murmuring piano motive in minor introduces a testimony to God’s saving love, while the main theme suggests the spirit of a folk song or rustic sea shanty. As the anthem develops, the piano accompaniment expands, adding a theatrical sweep to the concept.

The Shelter of Salvation by Brad Nix, SATB with piano
This modern hymn, with words and music by Brad Nix, will soon become a favorite for your ensemble. Its thoughtfully crafted choral writing offers abundant opportunities for every section to embrace this simple yet profound melody. With each passing verse and chorus, the arrangement gracefully ascends to a rousing finish featuring a soaring countermelody and a rich piano accompaniment. Highly recommended!

Standing on the Promises arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with 4-hand piano
Larry Shackley’s creativity shines brightly in this extraordinary arrangement! This classic hymn, set to a rollicking four-hand piano accompaniment, features fun and engaging vocal writing that will invigorate both vocalists and congregation. The third verse, thoughtfully set in a reflective manner, provides a perfect contrast to the anthem’s overall liveliness.

Wayfaring Stranger arr. Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and optional cello, violin, or flute
This haunting and soulful treatment of the well-known American folk melody includes instrumental echoes of the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child which adds further depth of expression. The choral writing is refined yet simple.

This Is My Song (A Song of Peace) arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional brass & percussion
Lloyd Larson has taken these beautiful lyrics, set to FINLANDIA, and offers us this stirring new arrangement. Serving as both a prayer for world peace and an offering of thanksgiving for our own country, this anthem will find a place in many services. The noble character of the music is reinforced by the addition of optional brass and percussion.

Keep Your Children by Marianne Forman, SATB with piano and optional violin
“God our Father, good and holy, keep your children safe from harm; send your guardian angels to them, shield them by your mighty arm.” This prayer for God’s protection can be sung by SATB choir with children’s choir or with adult solo. It is applicable both to children literally and to all of us as God’s children.

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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.

You Hold the Key! End of Year Titles for Middle School Choir 01 March, 2024

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

You Hold the Key by Sherry Blevins, 3-part mixed with piano
“You hold the key, the key to your dreams, and with faith, hope, and love, you can do anything!” Inspirational lyrics and a singable melody combine into this memorable original concert work that will be a great choice for graduation or general concert use.

Bring Your Dreams Along by Shayla Blake, 2-part with piano
This inspiring new choral by Shayla Blake and Patricia Mock encourages young singers to follow their hearts, chase their dreams and embrace their future with open arms. With easily learned vocal parts, a supportive, yet artistic accompaniment, and an empowering text, this is an ideal choice for introducing developing choirs to singing with artistry and musicality.

Canon of Hope by Mark Burrows, 2-part with piano
“Find hope, shine hope, sing hope.” This simple melody stacks beautifully into a 3-part canon by the end of the song, building the skills of developing part-singers. A quote from Emily Dickinson’s treasured poem, “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,” provides contrast in the middle of this tender and tuneful song. An excellent choice for any time of year.

Come Sail Away by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 3-part mixed with piano and optional flute
3-part voices will love singing this original tune that gives a nod to the great sea shanties we love to sing. The setting is full of gusto as we “Heave ho! Away!” So, whether you’re a wannabe sailor or just a lover of the sea, this is the perfect up-tempo choice for your general concert or themed event. Optional flute included for added sea-worthy flair.

Dawn by Jacob Narverud, 3-part mixed with piano
In this addition to the BriLee catalog, Narverud shares his gift of melody in this heartfelt original setting appropriate for the burgeoning mixed ensemble of all sizes and abilities. Songs of love sing on!

I’m Still Standing arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
Elton John writes great songs, and this one is no exception. Featured in movies like “Top Gun” and “Sing,” this well known song is packed with energy and drive. A classic rock song from a classic performer!

Light of Grace by Andy Beck, SAB with piano
Here’s a heartfelt adaptation of traditional Irish and English blessing texts. A gentle yet rhythmic piano figure supports graceful vocal lines and occasional harmonic crunches in this warm closer or send-off song by Andy Beck. Concludes with a musical quote from “Amazing Grace” to bring a final smile, chill, or tear. “May you always be the light of grace.”

Sing My Song by David Scott Gantz/arr. Masa Fukuda, 2-part with piano
This original pop ballad with words and music by David Gantz and arranged by Masa Fukuda is a ballad about the uniting power of music. Expressive solos present opportunities to feature multiple soloists.

Take Me Home, Country Roads arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
John Denver’s enduring and classic ode to West Virginia has a new audience as the lead in to the video game Fallout 76. This signature song and official state anthem continues to be one of Denver’s best-selling recordings nearly 50 years on. Deftly set by Roger Emerson to develop and emphasize harmonization and melodic independence skills.

Dream Big arr. Tim Hayden, 2-part with piano and optional cello
This inspirational song provides a powerful anchor for a concert or year-long theme. A light rhythmic groove and a contemporary tune support lyrics that encourage us to laugh often and look for the beauty in everyday life. Search YouTube for the father/daughter duet cover that inspired this heartwarming arrangement. Great for graduations or end-of-year occasions.

Let There Be Peace on Earth arr. Rollo Dilworth, 2-part with piano
New to the Voices In Harmony / SEL series, this classic song of peace on earth will lead to spirited discussion by your young singers. Social-Emotional assets including videos from the arranger and lesson plans lifting up SEL themes are available on the Hal Leonard website.

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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.