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DON’T MISS IT: Church Music Reading Sessions with LLOYD LARSON 30 April, 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.

Dance for Love: Creative Programming for High School SAB Choirs 29 April, 2024

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

Dance for Love by Z. Randall Stroope, SAB with piano
Now available for SAB choirs! Here we are implored to “dance for beauty, dance for laughter, dance for love” in Stroope’s delightful, heartfelt composition. The evocative piano accompaniment adds to, and supports, the voices. Many teaching moments, and a wonderful opportunity to explore lyrical singing, phrasing, and simple mixed-meter in this accessible and memorable work.

Laudate Dominum by Dan Davison, SAB with optional Tenor (or 2-part any combination) with piano
Written for the needs of middle school choirs, this two-part neoclassic piece incorporates useful teaching techniques. Sopranos and tenors double in octaves as do the altos and basses, making this piece possible for groups with limited basses and tenors.

Carrickfergus arr. Russell Robinson, SAB with piano and optional flute
A song of great longing and pathos, this hauntingly beautiful Irish folk song is now available for SAB voices. With solo opportunities throughout, the gorgeous melody is further enhanced by the optional flute, an instrument found in much Irish music. Don’t miss this one – it’s gorgeous.

Praise Ye the Lord by Dan Davison, SATB with piano
An exciting work for originally written for tenor-bass choir and now offered here for mixed voices. A great concert opener. In 7/8 time, this work will give a nice but achievable challenge to your group. A good selection for honor choirs and festivals.

Ave Maria attributed to Jacob Arcadelt/arr. Ed Hughes, SAB a cappella
First published in 1842, this admired composition has been carefully arranged for SAB a cappella voices. Based on a 16th century French chanson, it contains the depth of many ages. Still appropriate for the worship service, it is also a valued concert piece, useful for small choirs both young and seasoned.

This Quiet Night (In Stiller Nacht) by Johannes Brahms/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SAB with piano and optional horn
The exquisite music of Johannes Brahms has been adapted by Douglas E. Wagner to include an English text, piano accompaniment, and optional F Horn. The original German text is also included in the music as a performance option. A wonderful opportunity to introduce your choir to the music of Brahms, either with the more accessible English lyric, or the more challenging original German.

Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau/arr. Russell Robinson, SAB a cappella (optional piano)
This Renaissance “fun” piece by Pierre Passereau has always been a choral and audience highlight. Russell Robinson has now made it accessible for SAB voices. The French text is easy, and singers and audiences will “get” the fun meaning of this piece. It has an optional piano accompaniment in the style of a lute to keep with the style and assist and complement the voices.

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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.

SOUND THE TRUMPET: New Masterwork Editions for Choir 26 April, 2024

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

Sound the Trumpet by Henry Purcell/arr. Alfred Moffa & Rollo Dilworth, SAB with piano
A fresh voicing of a classic favorite, this piece will help introduce mixed ensembles to the Baroque style.

À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn/arr. Adam Burnette, SSA with piano
“À Chloris” is one of Reynaldo’s most successful songs, composed in 1916. Arranged here for SSA choir and piano, Hahn’s timeless melody is well-suited to choral groups.

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

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

Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm as the Night) by Carl Bohm/arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century German composer, Carl Bohm wrote sturdy and dependable music for the voice. John Leavitt brings his scholarship to this beautiful piece full of word painting and packed with emotion.

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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.

Masterpieces for the Modern Pianist 24 April, 2024

Masterpieces for the Modern Pianist: A Unique Classical Collection of Favorites and Undiscovered Gems
An extensive 272-page classical piano collection of original piano solos from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and early 20th Century masters that juxtaposes familiar pieces with lesser known gems. Popular favorites such as Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” Rachmaninoff’s “C-sharp minor prelude,” the first movement of Bach’s “Italian Concerto,” and the fast and furious 3rd movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” intermingle with seldom heard but equally delightful pieces by Melanie Bonis, Cecile Chaminade, Thomas Wiggins, Rentaro Taki, and Ignacio Cervantes. The brief composer biographies also include a concise description of each piece.

This thoughtfully selected publication is organized traditionally by era, and would be beneficial as a reference copy for a piano teacher, as recital or sight-reading music for an advancing piano student, and especially for an amateur or recreational pianist in search of new repertoire for perhaps the superior kind of piano playing: solitary enjoyment! The book features a comb-bound spine so pages will always stay open.

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Piano Songs for the Very Beginner 22 April, 2024

Piano Songs for the Very Beginner (30 Popular Songs in Pre-Staff Notation)
Designed with the beginner in mind, “Piano Songs for the Very Beginner” features popular, easy-to-play melodies in pre-staff notation, perfect for those in their first months of learning. Arrangements consist of simple rhythms, letter names inside each note, minimal hand movement, and no page turns. This book is a perfect supplement for students needing extra playing material, with each song including playing tips and fingering diagrams. The songs are presented in order of difficulty. The written piano accompaniments can be played by a teacher or friend, or you can play along with the recorded accompaniments.

Songs include: Anti-Hero • Baby Shark • Dance Monkey • Flowers • Für Elise • Hallelujah • Happy Birthday to You • Heart and Soul • Hey Jude • Let It Be • Mary Had a Little Lamb • A Million Dreams • Old Town Road (I Got the Horses in the Back) • Señorita • What Was I Made For? • You Are My Sunshine • and more.

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Both Sides Now: Choral Music from JONI MITCHELL 19 April, 2024

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

Both Sides Now arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Taken in the context of modern cultural offerings of singular musical artistic expression, Joni Mitchell’s 1969 masterpiece stands out as a touchstone of style, lyricism and theme. Roger Emerson, himself carving out a space in the late-’60s southern California rock scene when “Both Sides Now” was written, sets up the Canadian’s inimitable refrains and rhymes in a choral setting in a way that is absolutely astounding.

Big Yellow Taxi arr. Adam & Matt Podd, SATB with piano
This is Joni Mitchell’s call to action to prevent the damage we are doing to the environment. This brilliant arrangement by Matt and Adam Podd unpacks the form and repeats the line “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”. Appropriate for the concert stage and any concert about sustainability, the environment or any time.

River arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional cello
This classic song by singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is one of the most recorded ever, by artists of many musical styles. Appropriate for standard concerts or Christmas/Winter concerts, this “concert pop” arrangement is powerful and tender at the same time. The optional cello intensifies the longing and loneliness.

The Circle Game arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Songstress Joni Mitchell is a titan among the music industry, transcending the generations with her melodies and lyrics, infinitely singable the world over. 1966’s “The Circle Game” chronicles the inevitable story of a child becoming an adult – and this Audrey Snyder arrangement is complete with fully transcribed and tuned Guitar and Bass parts.

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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.

BEST OF Kjos Music Concert Band 2023-2024 17 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Earthrise by Steven J. Pyter, Grade 2.5
“Earthrise” is the name of an iconic NASA photograph, taken on December 24, 1968 from the Apollo 8 spacecraft while orbiting the Moon. Composer Steven Pyter depicts this historical event with an evocative tone poem for developing bands. A flute solo (cued in other instruments if needed) floats above rich sonorities. The flute’s melody is passed around the band and eventually is accompanied by sparkling aleatoric woodwinds.

Through the Valley by Ryan Nowlin, Grade 3
“Through the Valley” is a musical representation of the often-underestimated challenges faced by adolescents. Push your intermediate band’s musicality to the limit with dramatic phrases leading to peaceful motives.

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

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

The Art of Hymn Playing to Inspire Your Congregation 16 April, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Art of Hymn Playing by Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan is not only known as a respected composer and recitalist, but is also known as a creative church musician. His years of leading worship from the console are reflected in this expansive collection of useful pieces. Contains over 250 introductions, preludes, alternate harmonizations, and free accompaniments. This collection will stay on the organ console of organists for many years to come.

The Art of Hymn Playing, Volume 2 by Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan’s years of leading worship from the console are reflected in this second expansive collection of useful pieces for the church organist. A follow-up to his highly successful first volume, this edition once again offers over 250 new introductions, preludes, alternate harmonizations, and accompaniments. A CD is also included of the composer playing several of these settings.

The Creative Use of Organ in Worship by Hal H. Hopson
An extensive resource of 250+ hymn reharmonizations, plus 21 ways to improvise hymntunes for use as service music, along with a complete listing of modulations and 5 harmonizations for The Doxology.

Creative Hymn Playing: Improvisation, Exercises and Repertoire by Michael Burkhardt
Discover new ways to think about playing hymns with this performance guidebook for organists! A great tool to help improve hymn playing and invigorate congregational singing. Features include: 1. An overall view of hymn playing in the context of worship; 2. Dual use-tips for improving as well as literature for service playing; 3. An introduction to core improvisation techniques and skills; 4. Sequentially structured core improvisation preparation exercises; 5. 30 written improvisation on hymn tunes further illustrating core improvisation techniques and forms, useful as hymn introductions and voluntaries in worship.

Practically Perfect Hymn Playing: An Organist’s Guide by Albert Zabel
Hymn playing is an essential part of meaningful worship and, when done accurately and enthusiastically, it can inspire great singing in your choir and congregation. Unfortunately, we don’t become skilled hymn players simply by slipping on our organ shoes. And while it will still take practice, this concise manual, written in the personable, accessible style of veteran composer, author, and organist, Albert Zabel, certainly makes things easier. Within its pages is a step-by-step presentation of the techniques you need to be a good hymn player, with exercises to reinforce each skill. Also included are twenty-five of our best-known and beloved hymns — notated as they should be played, not as they appear in hymnals – each of which corresponds to a hymn tune included in Mr. Zabel’s previous guide, Practically Perfect Pedaling.

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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 Celebrate Myself: Poetic Texts for Choir 15 April, 2024

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

I Celebrate Myself by Michael John Trotta, SSAA a cappella
This unaccompanied piece contrasts a simple unison motif with quick ostinato in the lower voices. The homophonic refrain clearly declaims, “All forces have been steadily employed to complete and delight me.” After building to a high point with a soaring descant for soprano, the work recedes in intensity with a harmonic restatement of the opening motif. May be performed as part of a collection of four Whitman settings by the composer.

By Night by Elaine Hagenberg, SATB with piano and optional violin, cello & percussion
Harriet Prescott Spofford’s poem describes a young woman who discovers a bold new world of thrilling beauty when she ventures beyond her familiar walls. Accompanied by piano and optional violin, cello, and percussion, this dramatic work depicts the text in epic fashion, alternating between sections of galloping frenetic energy and sedate periods of calm chordal harmony.

To Sit and Dream by Rosephanye Powell, SSAA divisi with piano
“To sit and dream, to sit and read, To sit and learn about the world.” These words from a poem by Langston Hughes invite us to reach toward dreams of a better world and a more just society. The bluesy choral setting will be an excellent selection for treble choirs in high school and up. Originally written for mixed choir, this is now available for treble choir.

The Road Not Taken by Z. Randall Stroope, SATB with piano and cello
Z. Randall Stroope connects: through his teaching, his thoughtful compositions, and the poetry he chooses for his compositions. In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost connects to the core of the human spirit in just a few stanzas using the analogy of a fork in a road. Stroope employs both lush harmonies with simplistic melodic lines, all of which work beautifully to convey Frosts’ intent that there is an inner desire to feel empowered and to create one’s own destiny, to forge a “road not taken,” and ultimately in doing so, to make a difference.

Fire and Ice by Emily Crocker, 3-part treble with piano
This poem by Robert Frost reflects on the end of the world, musings whether it might be consumed in fire or ice, and comparing the two elements with the emotions of desire and hate. The composer’s music captures the contrast of these elements and offers the singers a chance to experience these important musical concepts.

Life Has Loveliness by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano
Acknowledge and appreciate life’s many gifts with this splendid setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem that reminds us to “spend all you have for loveliness.” A lilting rhythmic flow and some refreshing mixed meter create a lovely, uplifting effect. Greg’s tuneful lines and sensible part writing are satisfying to sing and pave the way to success. Absolutely delightful!

Down the Silver Road by Sarah Quartel, SSAA with piano
“Down the Silver Road” is a comforting and uplifting setting of the poem To F.W. by Edith Franklin Wyatt, which describes the joy of growing old with a companion. It was premiered by the choir of Nazareth College, NY at a concert specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their families and caregivers. Alongside the flowing lyrical melodies, Quartel incorporates a simple vocal part that can be taught to audience members who may be encouraged to join in when it occurs.

Shadow River by Elaine Hagenberg, SSA with piano
This energetic piece for treble voices sweeps listeners into the rapids of Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem entitled “Shadow River.” Bold vocal entrances cascade into bright harmonies as the piano creates an undercurrent of lively folk rhythms. As the river slows, the music floats into an elegant, reflective section, portraying the “shadows and the dreaming.” “Shadow River” will display your treble choir’s vocal and emotional range while taking audiences on a beautiful journey!

And the Night Shall Be Filled with Music by Greg Gilpin, TBB with piano
Gilpin’s inspired music brings Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s text to life. Featuring a cascading a cappella introduction, this reflective work is a marvelous creative programming choice for developing choirs.

Canto que Amabas (The Song You Loved) by Z. Randall Stroope, SSATBB a cappella
This moving selection features a smoothly flowing harmonic texture that courses throughout the piece. Warm and enveloping, “The Song You Loved” will be the song you love singing, whether it be for your mixed choir (unaccompanied) or your treble choir with piano.

I thank You God for most this amazing day by Christopher Aspaas, SATB with piano
Singers and audience alike will thoroughly enjoy Christopher Aspaas’ exquisite setting of e.e. cummings’ poem “i thank You God for most this amazing day,” brought to you by the new Andre J.Thomas Choral Series. The lovely text inspires the composer to reflect on the importance of gratitude and create a celebration of the natural world’s beauty and wonder. Beginning with a prayer of thanks to God for the “most amazing day,” filled with the sights, sounds, and sensations of nature, the speaker describes the “sun on the hill,” the “wind in the trees,” the “warm, white sand,” and the “cool, green sea.” These natural elements are depicted in vivid, sensual detail, inviting the listeners to experience them alongside the performers. Masterfully done. A great selection for graduations, weddings, festivals, and school concerts year-round.

I Wish I Were a Cloud by David Waggoner, 2-part with piano
Take your 2-part choir to new heights with this light and lyrical tune, artfully constructed for treble voices. David Waggoner’s dreamy melody and creative lyrics invite singers to imagine themselves soaring among the clouds. “Let me touch the heavens…roam the mountain…roar like thunder.”

Wind on the Hill by Douglas E. Wagner, 2-part with piano
Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne considers the wind through a child’s eyes. We feel its presence and experience its effects, but cannot see it or change its direction. This curious sense of wonder is captured in a delightful musical interpretation for 2-part voices of any age. Elegant in its simplicity.

At the Spring Dawn by Andrea Ramsey, SSAA with marimba (optional piano)
Poet Angelina Weld Grimke was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Here she describes the dawning of a new day, a text captured by the composer in colorful and descriptive writing. Scored for marimba (optional piano) and treble voices, this is a beautiful example of word painting as the choir sings, “it is good to love, it is good to be alive.”

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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.

Gerakina and More: World Music for Young Choir 12 April, 2024

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

Gerakina arr. Greg Gilpin, 2-part with piano and optional percussion
“Gerakina” (yeh-rah-kee-nah) is one of the most popular folk songs in Greece and the inspiration for an annual festival of the same name. Developing singers will enjoy the dance-like lilt and the fun “drun-a-drun” lyric, representing the sound of the title character’s jingling bracelets. Greg Gilpin’s percussion suggestions both anchor and enhance the bright 7/8 meter, and an included pronunciation guide aids with the Greek text.

The Ash Grove, My Home arr. Becki Slagle Mayo, 2-part treble with piano and optional flute or C instrument
One of the most enduring melodies in the folk song genre, the beautiful lines of this Welsh folksong are coupled with a lyrical piano and optional flute accompaniment in this setting for two-part treble ensembles. An excellent work for developing tone and legato singing.

Momiji (Autumn Leaves) by Teiichi Okano/arr. Michael Ryan, 2-part with piano and optional hand drum & glockenspiel or handbells
This lovely traditional Japanese song has been given a sensitive treatment by Michael Ryan. This setting provides a marvelous multicultural and creative programming gem for developing choirs. A pronunciation guide and translation are provided for the Japanese lyrics and the second verse may be sung in English. The addition of Hand Drum and Glockenspiel will provide a unique color and texture and will enhance any performance.

Sutoku In by Ruth Morris Gray, 2-part with piano
The text of this multicultural feature is a waka (an ancient Japanese poetic form) written by 12th-century ruler Emperor Sutoku. Ruth Morris Gray has created original music that highlights the poem’s depth and explores its theme of separation. Crafted with two minor-key melodies (one sung in Japanese, the other in English) that beautifully intertwine at the pinnacle moment. A pronunciation guide is included in the publication.

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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.

Jazz Is Elementary 10 April, 2024

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

Jazz Is Elementary: Creativity Development through Music Activities, Movement Games, and Dances by Darla S. Hanley & Allison P. Kipp
Use jazz to develop children’s creativity! This book is a collection of 60 jazz-based teaching strategies designed to foster music making, creative movement, and improvisation in the K-5 music classroom. The innovative strategies are grounded in the best practices in elementary music education and partner with a curated playlist of jazz music that is available via streaming audio platforms. These strategies represent the music of nearly 80 iconic jazz artists of yesterday and today (e.g. Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan). All teaching strategy concepts were extensively field-tested with children in the elementary music classroom and with teachers around the world.

Designed with music teachers, parents/caregivers, traditional school, home-school, and arts-based community organizations in mind, the strategies in this book can be used to engage children and prompt their creative and original expressions. Strategies include singing, instrument play, body percussion, games, chants, and dances that support both individual and group assessment.

Companion materials are offered online to support the strategies including instructional videos for dances; printable resources such as visual aids, notation cards, movement directives, and color sheets; and artist profiles that provide brief biographies and put each musician in historical and musical context.

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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.

31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature 09 April, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

Great New Programming for COMMUNITY BAND 08 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Grover’s Corners (from Our Town) by Aaron Copland/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3
Composed in 1940 for the screen version of Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town,” Copland used a clean, yet distinctive harmonic palette and calming style for the soundtrack, in order to portray pre-World War II homespun values and sense of security. This carefully adapted version of “Grover’s Corners” uses short soloistic passages mixed with lyric moments for the full ensemble in creating a tender and rewarding setting.

Happy Go Lucky by Josef Strauss/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
This delightful “polka schnell” from Josef Strauss will put smiles on the faces of audiences and performers! Lighthearted and full of humor, this sparkling piece will get toes tapping throughout the audience. An excellent closer or encore selection for any concert performance. Great fun!

Juba Dance by R. Nathaniel Dett/arr. Loras Schissel, Grade 4
Nathaniel Dett was one of John Philip Sousa’s favorite composers, even in a time when racial relations in the United States were less than optimal. Dett’s music is filled with melodic charm and harmonic interest. “Juba Dance” plays and sounds much like a march.

Midnight Ride by Rossano Galante, Grade 4
Three main themes comprise “Midnight Ride” by Rossano Galante. Paul Revere’s motif is a romantic, heroic melody that captures his bravery and tenacity. The Brown Beauty theme (Paul Revere’s horse) incorporates a slower, lush musical offering that captures the strength and beauty of this animal. The ending thematic material represents the ride with a soaring melody accompanied by fast, rhythmic ostinati.

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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 Sing to Remember: New Music for Graduation 05 April, 2024

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

I Sing to Remember by Sherry Blevins, SATB with piano
Commissioned for a retiring choir director, this piece is perfect for saying goodbye to someone or for a commencement ceremony. Focusing on the importance of music as a connecting thread that helps us through difficult times and important transitions in our lives, this rhythmic, lyrical work is accessible, yet profound and poignant. A supportive piano accompaniment adds character and harmonic richness.

Journey On by Derrick Fox, 3-part mixed with piano
This sweet and simple original song, with a lilting melody and folklike harmonies, illustrates the impact of the relationships that we build throughout our lives. Optimistic about the future, the text speaks of friendships, journeying together, and then journeying apart. A terrific choice for graduation!

Today’s Hope by Jacob Narverud, SAB with piano
With uplifting student-written lyrics, this pop-style original encourages young people to embrace their ability to affect change. “The power of hope today will fuel the dreams of tomorrow.” A strong contemporary groove and an irresistible hook will engage, inspire, and ignite enthusiasm. A few solo opportunities provide a platform for individual voices to shine.

Light of Grace by Andy Beck, SATB 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.”

Love Will Rise Again by Mark A. Miller, SATB with piano
This moving work by Mark Miller states, “We will never give up, we will overcome, we will remember all the good we thought was gone.” The message of togetherness and resilience is strengthened by the composer’s melodic writing. An accessible work for varied levels and occasions.

A New Way by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano and djembe
“We’ll find a new way, together. We’ll build a new world, together. We’ll lay down pride and side by side we’ll build a new world, we’ll find a new way, together.” This powerful choral is bursting with infectious energy and inspiring lyrics that encourage singers as well as listeners to believe in their ability to join forces and support each other in the creation of a more harmonious world.

Deep Peace by Daniel Lynch, SSATB with piano
This lyrical setting of a favorite Irish blessing is very accessible to mixed-voice ensembles. It works well as a benediction or for graduations.

The Friend Who’s Always There by Sherry Blevins, 2-part any combination with piano
This work celebrates the value of true friends. Commissioned by the Fairfax Choral Society in collaboration with Fairfax County Schools of Virginia, “The Friend Who’s Always There” reminds us that no matter what our age, friendships are especially important to help us through difficult times. With beautiful lyrical melodies, a soaring refrain, an optional descant, and a supportive accompaniment, this work will provide a showcase for your ensemble’s skills. Perfect for supporting positive character traits including anti-bullying, the piece will inspire the singers and listeners alike to brainstorm ways in which we can make a difference by being a friend to all.

Give Yourself to a Dream by Cristi Cary Miller, SAB with piano
Scored for SA with optional Baritone, and lyrics by John Jacobson, this inspirational ballad is perfect for developing middle school and junior high choirs. A flowing and independent piano accompaniment allows your singers experience vocal independence and continue their growth as musicians.

Go Now in Peace, My Friends by James Kevin Gray, SAB with piano
Lyrical, lovely and appropriate for numerous occasions, “Go Now in Peace, My Friends” was written as a celebration of friendship and joy, reminding us of the gift of shared experiences, like singing in a choir. Also, when we part from these gathered experiences, we learn from each other and are forever blessed by them. Highly recommend!

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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.

Trumpet Tunes for Celebration and Worship 04 April, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Album of Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. Dale Tucker
This collection contains 29 pieces for organ involving the solo trumpet stop, making it useful for church, recitals, weddings, and various other festive occasions. A variety of works from master composers like Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, John Stanley, and Flor Peeters is represented along with contemporary trumpet tunes written by some of your favorite contributing writers to the Belwin and Warner Bros. catalog.

Five Trumpet Tunes by David Lasky
A small collection of five Trumpet Tunes that can be used in weddings, worship, or in recitals. Includes a stately Introduction and Trumpet Tune in D; a lively Tune in A minor; a sprightly Tune in C; a spirited Tune in G, and a joyful Tune in F.

Festive Trumpet Tune by David German
Throughout the years, the sound of the trumpet has been symbolic of great entrances and celebrations. That sound is featured in this work, and may be played by the organist or a trumpet soloist. Truly a festive work, this is a joyful and exciting piece which is advanced in difficulty. Perfect for wedding processionals!

Dance of the Trumpets arr. Diane Bish
Dedicated to Janet Jarriel, Bish’s friend and agent. An energetic piece for manuals and pedals, of intermediate to advanced difficulty. The music was inspired by Psalm 150.

Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. Robert A. Hobby
The original intent for these wonderful trumpet tunes was that most of these works be performed by organ alone with a solo reed stop. However, trumpet parts have been provided for some of these as a performance option. Parts are included. Quite exciting!

Trumpet Tunes for Organ arr. David N. Johnson
Not only the best of David N. Johnson’s trumpet tunes, but some never-before-published tunes are collected into this collection. Organists will also appreciate having access to his cycle of processionals, built on the circle of fifths, which can serve as a stand-alone concert piece, or be used one at a time for festive postludes and voluntaries. The volume includes Johnson’s popular Trumpet Tune in D, which is heard regularly on National Public Radio.

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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.

New VIDEO GAMES Arrangements for Concert Band 03 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Dragonborn (Skyrim Theme) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 1.5
The popular video game series “Elder Scrolls” features memorable music from composer Jeremy Soule. From “Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,” this signature theme will sound powerful even in this very easy arrangement for young students.

Into the Starfield (Main Title) arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
From the highly anticipated video game “Starfield” the soundtrack by Inon Zur is compelling and dramatic. Here is the main theme skillfully adapted for young players with limited technical and range demands.

Into the Starfield (Main Title) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The video game “Starfield” became one of the most highly anticipated game releases in years. The game also features a stunning soundtrack by acclaimed composer Inon Zur. Here is a powerful and dramatic arrangement of the main theme.

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

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

O Breath of Life: New Music for PENTECOST 01 April, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

O Breath of Life arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with organ
Howard Helvey has joined the lovely French tune BERGERS, usually associated with Christmas, with Elizabeth Ann Porter Head’s prayer to the Holy Spirit and provided us with a beautiful anthem suitable for the themes of Pentecost or revival.

Come, Holy Spirit, I Pray by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Lloyd Larson takes us to the heart of Pentecost in this new gospel song written for SATB choirs. Its original lyric, a prayer to be filled and guided by the Holy Spirit, is set to an uplifting tune in 9/8. The idiomatic piano accompaniment is a joy to play and the choral parts showcase Larson’s gift for four-part writing, with gently contrapuntal moments as the music heads toward a beautiful fortissimo section in its final measures.

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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.