News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Broadway

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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Stage & Screen Titles for Community Band 03 July, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration arr. Calvin Custer, Grade 4
The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to dominate the entertainment scene and is now available in this spectacular medley for band, choir, and strings. What better way to close a concert with the combined ensembles! Titles include: “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Music of the Night,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Superstar,” “King Herod’s Song,” “Memory,” and “Go Go Go Joseph.”

At the Movies – The Classics arr. Justin Williams, Grade 3
From the bold and dramatic to the toe-tapping and emotional, the piece is a trip down a star-studded memory lane. Titles include: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Best of the West! (Medley) arr. Michael Story, Grade 3
A rollicking medley of four popular, contrasting western movie themes including: “I’m On My Way” (from Paint Your Wagon), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “The Magnificent Seven.” It just can’t get any better. So grab your popcorn . . . Gitty up! Ride ’em cowboy!

The Complete Harry Potter arr. Jerry Brubaker, Grade 4
The wizard lives on! Some of the most beautiful and exciting themes from all of the Harry Potter movies are beautifully arranged into one manageable work. Over a ten-year period, four different composers contributed poignant and truly magical scores to eight award-winning films. Titles include: “Hedwig’s Theme,” “Nimbus 2000,” “Hogwarts,” “Quidditch,” “Harry’s Wondrous World,” “Fawkes the Phoenix,” “Harry in Winter,” “Dumbledore’s Farewell,” “Voldemort,” and the intense “Elder Wand” theme! Other themes include “Lily’s Theme,” “The Friends,” “The Weasly Stomp,” and “Obliviate.” A fitting finale, John Williams’ compelling “Family Portrait” theme is used as a send-off in the closing scene of the final film as the future wizards board the Hogwarts Express.

Beauty and the Beast (Medley) arr. Calvin Custer, Grade 3
Featuring the beloved music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast and also the stunning 2017 live-action movie, here is a beautifully arranged medley for concert band. Titles include: “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Pirates of the Caribbean (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Ted Ricketts, Grade 3
Ted Ricketts has adapted the exciting film score from Disney’s first Pirates of the Caribbean film (“The Curse of the Black Pearl”) for concert band with this well-paced medley that captures the most dramatic moments from the original soundtrack. Titles include: “The Medallion Calls,” “The Black Pearl,” “To the Pirates Cave,” “One Last Shot,” and “He’s a Pirate.”

Pixar Movie Magic arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
Since 1995 when Toy Story was released, the creative team at Pixar Studios has given us heartwarming stories and unforgettable characters that appeal to audiences of all ages – and the music created for these films is an integral part of their popularity and charm. Michael Brown has created a terrific medley of these familiar melodies including: “The Glory Days” (The Incredibles), “The Spirit of Adventure” (Up), “Ratatouille Main Theme,” “The Big Race” (Cars), and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Toy Story).

Selections from Encanto arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
From Disney’s blockbuster animated feature, here is a terrific medley for the concert stage featuring plenty of Latin excitement. Titles include: “The Family Madrigal,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” “Dos Oruguitas,” “Surface Pressure,” and “Waiting on a Miracle.”

Selections from Moana arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
Disney’s blockbuster animated film features catchy songs from the composer of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda. Here’s an entertaining medley for the concert stage that includes: “How Far I’ll Go,” “We Know the Way,” “Where You Are,” and “You’re Welcome.”

Phantom of the Opera (Medley) arr. Warren Barker, Grade 4.5
Warren Barker’s magical setting is as fresh-sounding today as when it was first published in 1988. Titles include: “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Point of No Return,” “All I Ask of You,” “Angel of Music,” “Think of Me,” and “The Music of the Night.”

Suite from The Star Wars Epic – Part II arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 3.5
Playable alone or with Part 1 (#24772), the “Suite from the Star Wars Epic – Part II” completes the journey. John Williams’ stellar film scores have received global acclaim for decades. Robert W. Smith has selected four cherished themes in three movements. Included are “Princess Leia’s Theme” (from Episode IV: A New Hope), “Imperial March/The Forest Battle” (from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), and Star Wars Main Title from all six episodes.

West Side Story (Medley) arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
The timeless music of Leonard Bernstein is woven together in this exceptional medley of songs from his best-known musical. Titles include: “Maria,” “Tonight,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,” and “Somewhere.”

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About the Author:
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.

NEW in the Young @ Part Series 17 April, 2023

TRW’s adapted musicals for kids are available in two distinct product lines tailor-made for young actors: Young@Part® musicals run 60 minutes and are designed for performers aged 8 to 14 years old. Younger@Part® editions are designed for performers 6-11 years old and run 30 minutes. Ideally suited to the school and youth theatre producing environment and perfect for fully-staged productions, assemblies, or classroom shares, these author-approved versions are developed and thoroughly workshopped by distinguished theatre educators. Cast sizes are expandable, song keys are adjusted for developing voices, and scenes are edited for time and content – all while keeping the spirit of the original Broadway show intact.

New productions in this valuable series include:

We Will Rock You (Young @ Part)
Featuring chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust;” “Bohemian Rhapsody;” “We Will Rock You;” “Somebody to Love;” “We Are the Champions” and many more, this 70-minute adaptation of the West End show follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world. Designed especially for elementary and middle schools as well as children’s theater, the song keys have been adapted to be accessible, and songs and scenes have been edited for length and content while keeping the spirit of the original show intact. There are many great roles, and the production can include any size chorus that appears throughout the show. This memorable show will be tons of fun to perform – and the audience will absolutely love it!

The Wind in the Willows (Young @ Part)
This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Full of humor, wit, a gorgeous, soaring score, and heartwarming lessons of friendship, it’s a rich 60-minute ensemble show perfect for schools and youth theaters.

All Shook Up (Younger @ Part)
It’s 1955, and into a square little town rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as Teddy Bear; Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock. With great roles for all genders, this 35-40 minute adaptation of the Broadway show is an unforgettable thrill for elementary school performers and their audiences.

Miss Nelson Is Missing (Younger @ Part)
Humor is underscored by lessons of appreciation and respect in this 35-minute adaptation of the book “Miss Nelson is Missing” by Harry Allard and James Marshall for elementary school-age performers. Miss Nelson’s class is the worst-behaved in the whole school, with spitballs and paper airplanes flying everywhere. But class 207 is in for a surprise when gentle Miss Nelson is replaced by Viola Swamp, a no-nonsense substitute who assigns piles of homework! The students must find their beloved Miss Nelson… will they ever get her back?

How I Became a Pirate (Younger @ Part)
Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion as a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his/her mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob as they look for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy learns that adventuring can be lots of fun, but love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map. Your elementary-school-age cast will love flaunting their pirate swagger in this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure that is flexible for any size cast!

The Addams Family (Younger @ Part)
Celebrate the wackiness in every family with this best-selling Broadway musical adapted for middle-school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

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Disney Dreams to Share and More Medleys for Spring 2023 24 March, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Disney Dreams to Share (Medley) arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano and optional combo
Alan Billingsley’s choral Disney medleys are the stuff of legend. With a special emphasis placed on the dreamers that are featured so often in animated movies, this new collection of songs reaches for the stars! Titles include: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “A Whole New World,” “I’ve Got a Dream,” “Into the Unknown,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Disney on Broadway arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional combo
Disney has an excellent track record of repurposing classic animated movies for the Broadway stage. This 11-song aural cavalcade of the performing stages’ best Disney compositions is an absolute feast for the senses! Titles include: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life,” “Endless Night,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Friend Like Me,” “High Adventure,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Let It Go,” “Love Is an Open Door,” “One Jump Ahead,” and “A Whole New World.”

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes arr. Mark Brymer, TTBB with piano and optional rhythm
Crosby Stills & Nash wowed the pop music world when they released their 1969 album under their names. In this medley, mashing up several of their iconic songs, the harmonies are faithfully captured and the results are pure joy.

Better Together (Medley) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
“Better Together” showcases three songs centered around the theme of togetherness. Presented as a medley, the songs hail from different time periods, each with their own style and approach. The medley includes: “We’re All In This Together” (from “High School Musical”), “Happy Together,” and “We Go Together” (from “Grease”).

Encanto (Choral Highlights) arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
This delightful medley features three favorite songs from Disney’s animated movie, “Encanto:” “The Family Madrigal,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” and “Surface Pressure.” Each song highlights the magic and charm found in this tale about an extraordinary Colombian family.

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Keep the Beat: Stage & Screen for Choir 20 January, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Keep the Beat (from Vivo) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
Here’s an optimistic Lin-Manuel Miranda original jam-packed with his energetic signature style. Syncopated rhythms and rap-like riffs come to life with a singable melody, bright choral harmonies, and a lively counterline descant. Don’t miss the flexible body percussion interludes that bring the beat-keeping theme to life. Featured in the animated movie musical “Vivo,” this is an uplifting pep talk about the power of perseverance, perfect for our time. What should we do when things don’t go as planned? “Play on and keep the beat!”

The Call (from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) arr. Dianne Gryba, SATB with piano
This hit from the Narnia movie by Regina Spektor, young people resonate with this music and the message. This arrangement emerges from the subconscious, builds to a climax, and then recedes back into a quiet place of assurance.

Colombia, Mi Encanto (from Encanto) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
A love letter to all things Colombian: celebrations, dancing, beauty in nature and, of course, food! Featured in the trailer for Disney’s “Encanto,” this vibrantly joyous number also plays during a magical party in the film when a new miracle is bestowed upon the Madrigal family. Enchanting!

Louder Than Words (from tick, tick…BOOM!) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
The powerful and inspirational Broadway musical “tick, tick…BOOM!” was given new life and became a sensation for the second time as it was presented on Netflix. The movie was reviewed as “a treasure” and this arrangement captures the magic of the story about the creative process.

I Put a Spell on You (from Hocus Pocus) arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano and optional combo
This bewitching bit of ’90s nostalgia will charm your audience in October or on any pops program. Originally written by “Screamin'” Jay Hawkins in 1956, this song is included on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. And who can forget Bette Midler’s show-stopping rendition in the cult classic film “Hocus Pocus”? Conjure up some costumes and choreography to brew a spellbinding performance.

Part of Your World (from The Little Mermaid) arr. Mark Brymer, SSA with piano and optional rhythm
The adaptations of 1989’s Disney Renaissance classic “The Little Mermaid” continue, with Halle Bailey set to wear the latest flippers in a 2023 live-action remake of the beloved original. Alan Menken’s brilliant song for Ariel is fluidly arranged for a return trip to choral programs!

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional rhythm (or a cappella)
“The Greatest Showman” has no shortage of hit songs with staying power. This brand-new a cappella setting of “A Million Dreams” captures the youthful longing and starry-eyed optimism of the text through well-balanced harmonies and turns-of-phrase.

Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
Considered the late Stephen Sondheim’s signature song, we present this new rendition of “Send in the Clowns” – a fitting tribute in the form of a thoughtful, heartfelt a cappella arrangement by Kirby Shaw.

People (from Funny Girl) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano
“Funny Girl” is back on Broadway in 2022! It is exciting to know that this iconic music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill will be heard by a new generation. Perhaps the most well known song from the show is “People” and this new arrangement is a thrill, capturing the emotion of this great song as well as the style.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen/arr. Roger Emerson, SSA with piano
Now available for SSA! “I’ve heard there was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord…” This well-crafted arrangement emphasizes the plaintive, haunting melody written by Leonard Cohen almost 30 years ago, used for the soundtrack of the hit movie “Shrek.”

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Sondheim for Piano Solo 01 December, 2022

Sondheim for Piano Solo arr. Phillip Keveren
Sondheim songs are works of art that have charmed, challenged, and inspired theatre audiences and musicians. This carefully curated collection celebrates the “music” part of Sondheim’s brilliance and Phillip’s inventiveness help make Sondheim’s gorgeous music accessible to more musicians.

Titles include: “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Being Alive,” “Broadway Baby,” “Children Will Listen,” “Comedy Tonight,” “Good Thing Going,” “I Remember,” “Johanna,” “Losing My Mind,” “No One Is Alone,” “Not a Day Goes By,” “Not While I’m Around,” “Old Friends,” “Pretty Women,” “Send In the Clowns,” and “Sunday.”

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The Lin-Manuel Miranda Collection 28 November, 2022

The Lin-Manuel Miranda Collection for Piano/Vocal/Guitar
This collection features 26 defining works from Lin-Manuel’s career from “In the Heights” in 2008 to “Encanto” in 2021 and everything in between, including, of course, selections from “Hamilton!” Lin-Manuel provides the preface to the collection.

Titles include: “Alexander Hamilton,” “Breathe,” “Cousin,” “Do Your Own Thing,” “Helpless,” “How Far I’ll Go,” “In the Heights,” “Inside Your Heart,” “Keep the Beat,” “My Own Drum,” “My Shot,” “Surface Pressure,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” “You’ll Be Back,” “You’re Welcome,” and more.

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From Stage & Screen for Choir 21 January, 2022

Sing fan favorite songs from the stage & screen

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recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Stand Up (from Harriet) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB a cappella with body percussion
From the 2019 film “Harriet,” based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, this Roger Emerson a cappella choral arrangement captures what made the original track so memorable: a raw and slow-burning sense of overcoming obstacles.

Found/Tonight arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano and optional string quartet
“Dear Evan Hansen.” “Hamilton.” Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ben Platt. Pasek and Paul. What more can be said? This incredible mash-up combines hits from two smash Broadway musicals, written by contemporary powerhouse composers of stage and screen. You’ve sung “You Will Be Found,” and you know “The Story of Tonight;” now perform them together in an emotional arrangement that shares a message of hope and encouragement.

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Get Ready (from Ain’t Too Proud) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional combo
Significant for being the last Motown song written by Smokey Robinson for The Temptations, “Get Ready” is featured in the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” which chronicles the life of the award-winning group. Featuring the unmistakable Motown sound, this is a surefire crowd-pleaser!

Helpless (from Hamilton) arr. Lisa DeSpain, SATB with piano
Attention all Hamilfans! This act one favorite recounts the correspondence, courtship, and romance between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. The blended pop/R&B style shines brightly in this choral setting that allows entire sections to perform those half-rapped, half-sung phrases that made the musical so famous. A couple of brief solos are easy to assign, with more character than range required. Fun fact: repetitive “I do’s” foreshadow the wedding to come.

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FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
It’s All Right
arr. Robert T. Gibson, 2-part/SSA with piano
Jon Batiste’s cover for Pixar’s “Soul” brings this feel-good Curtis Mayfield song to a whole new generation. Built on a soulful groove, jazzy twists, and an upbeat vibe, it’s everywhere! First made famous by The Impressions, a 60s group of which Mayfield was a member, this happy hit has stood the test of time, recorded by many diverse artists over the years. The arranger adds his own authentic touch with some gospel inflections and interjections. “It’s all right, have a good time, ’cause it’s all right!”

Born to Be Brave arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano and optional rhythm
Although the name of the television show is a mouthful (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), this song from the show contains a message that is simple and succinct. Empowering text provides a blueprint for your singers to lead listeners away from ignorance and fear.

We’re All In This Together arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This hit song from “High School Musical” appears five times in the spin-off series, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” It speaks poignantly to creating a culture of unity and common ground. A joyful dance beat and driving rhythms highlight the call for solidarity and celebration.

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FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Back to Before (from Ragtime)
arr. Lisa DeSpain, SSA with piano
An epic ballad from Broadway’s “Ragtime,” a true masterwork of 20th-century musical theater. Exploring themes of identity, personal and societal change, and inner resilience, Lisa DeSpain’s arrangement makes adept use of women’s voices from start to finish, creating an unforgettable emotional and musical journey for both singer and listener.

When You Believe (from The Prince of Egypt) arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano and optional strings & percussion
Stephen Schwartz’s “When You Believe” won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1999, and John Leavitt gives his signature, dignified touch to his arrangement, adding strings and percussion to moving effect. The Hebrew prayer in the middle section of the piece is a great opportunity for cultural exploration.

Stand Up (from Harriet) arr. Téa Douglas, SSAA a cappella with body percussion
The Douglas family, inspiring us all to do good and love someone (DGLS), have recorded this extremely powerful arrangement of the 2020 Oscar-winning Best Original Song from “Harriet.” Premiered at the 2021 ACDA Virtual National Conference, this rendition cuts straight through to the heart.

Hamilton Women arr. Lisa DeSpain, SSA with piano
This fast-paced mini-medley (only 4.5 minutes in length) pays homage to the strong female characters in Lin-Maunuel Miranda’s Hamilton! The powerful arrangement includes a few opportunities to showcase outstanding soloists and more than enough SSA writing for all of your singers to shine! Titles include: “Satisfied,” “Burn,” “Helpless,” and “The Schuyler Sisters.”

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Proud of Your Boy (from Aladdin)
arr. Jonathan Palant, TBB with piano
From the Broadway production of “Aladdin” here is a song about self worth and the desire to do the right thing. Wonderful lyrics for young men to sing. With a beautiful and singable melody by Alan Menken this is an arrangement that will move your young men’s choir forward and to the next level of proficiency with excellent teaching strategies included in the page 2 notes.

Hamilton Men arr. Lisa DeSpain, TTB with piano
By turns stirring, sentimental, and hilarious, this dynamic 4-minute medley lets your changed-voice singers explore the many emotional and musical sides of Hamilton: launching a revolutionary movement, navigating political hazards, discovering fatherhood, and figuring out how to say goodbye. A robust feature for guys. Titles include: “The Story of Tonight,” “What’d I Miss,” “Dear Theodosia,” and “One Last Time.”

Johanna (from Sweeney Todd) arr. Mac Huff, TTBB with piano
From the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd,” this beautiful tenor “aria” is sung by Anthony in act 1 as he dreams of this beautiful and enchanting character Johanna. In act two Anthony searches through the streets for Johanna trying to rescue her from Sweeney. Todd joins in the song as he dreams of her beauty and the asylum he has her stashed. This is a show stopper for men’s choirs.

Lost in the Woods (from Frozen 2) arr. Mark Brymer, TBB with piano and optional rhythm
In a wonderfully realized gender-reversal thread in the plot of Disney’s “Frozen 2” comes this passionate ’80s rock ballad from mountain man Kristoff, accompanied by none other than singing apparitions of his reindeer and lifelong best friend, Sven. Staged on the screen to mimic the landmark music video for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” this will elicit much more than a wry chuckle from your audience!

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack… 02 December, 2021

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4 Famous Faces from Musical Movies

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Cinderella (An Amazon Original Movie)
Our souvenir songbook from the 2021 modern re-boot of the classic fairy tale features piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of 13 songs plus seven pages of full-color photos from the movie! Starring Camila Cabello, the soundtrack features a fun mix of pop songs plus original ones written for the movie. Titles include: “Dream Girl,” “Let’s Get Loud,” “Material Girl,” “Million to One,” “Perfect,” “Rhythm Nation,” “Seven Nation Army,” “Somebody to Love,” “You Gotta Be,” and more.

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Dear Evan Hansen (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
11 songs from the hit movie soundtrack, including “The Anonymous Ones” and “A Little Closer,” written exclusively for the film. All songs are arranged for piano, voice, and guitar with chord symbols, guitar chord frames, and full lyrics. The melody is included in the piano part. Titles include: “The Anonymous Ones,” “For Forever,” “If I Could Tell Her,” “A Little Closer,” “Only Us,” “Requiem,” “Sincerely, Me,” “So Big/So Small,” “Waving Through a Window,” “Words Fail,” and “You Will Be Found.’

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In the Heights (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
From the creator of “Hamilton,” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” we invite you to a cinematic event where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big – “In The Heights.” Our piano/vocal selections songbook features 13 songs from the 2021 film based on the four-time Tony Award-winning show. Original, full-color photography and movie artwork are included within this beautifully packaged portfolio. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. Titles include: “In The Heights,” “Breathe,” “¡No Me Diga!,” “It Won’t Be Long Now,” “96,000,” “Piragua,” “When You’re Home,” “Blackout,” “¡Paciencia Y Fe!,” “Alabanza,” “When the Sun Goes Down,” “Champagne,” and “Home All Summer.”

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Respect (Selections from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
A dozen timeless hits sung by Aretha Franklin as presented in the 2021 hit movie “Respect” starring Jennifer Hudson, in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Titles include: “Ain’t No Way,” “Chain of Fools,” “Do Right Woman Do Right Man,” “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business),” “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” “Respect,” “Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet Baby),” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Think.”

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STANTON’S SHEET MUSIC: 61 Years of Great Service! 01 August, 2021

Happy Birthday to us! Stanton’s is celebrating 61 years of great service for musicians, directors, and educators. Watch our history!

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Choral Medleys for Spring 08 February, 2021

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Songs from Toy Story arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano and optional combo
Like finally seeing a beloved, long-lost toy from your childhood again, the geniuses at Disney-Pixar have captured the sense of joy and wonder of what it means to have an imagination for an incredible fourth time in the long-running “Toy Story” franchise, and composer Randy Newman has been there every single step of the way. This essential and affectionate medley includes a taste of every installment: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” “When She Loved Me” and “We Belong Together.”

Hamilton Women arr. Lisa DeSpain, SSA with piano
This fast-paced mini-medley (only 4.5 minutes in length) pays homage to the strong female characters in Lin-Maunuel Miranda’s “Hamilton!” The powerful arrangement includes a few opportunities to showcase outstanding soloists and more than enough SSA writing for all of your singers to shine! Titles include: “Satisfied,” “Burn,” “Helpless,” and “The Schuyler Sisters.”

Hamilton Men arr. Lisa DeSpain, TTB with piano
By turns stirring, sentimental, and hilarious, this dynamic 4-minute medley lets your changed-voice singers explore the many emotional and musical sides of “Hamilton”: launching a revolutionary movement, navigating political hazards, discovering fatherhood, and figuring out how to say goodbye. A robust feature for guys. Titles include: “The Story of Tonight,” “What’d I Miss,” “Dear Theodosia,” and “One Last Time.”

Favorites from The Rat Pack arr. Ryan O’Connell, TTB with piano and optional combo
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were one of many in the Las Vegas casino scene and made the “rat pack” name famous and beloved. Here is a medley of some of their hits they did individually and as a group in concerts stage television and film. Titles include: “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You,” “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” and “Come Fly with Me.”

The Temptations (from Ain’t Too Proud) arr. Mark Brymer, TTBB with piano and optional combo
The 2019 Tony Award-winning jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” made waves on Broadway by infectiously telling the origin story of the chart-topping, R&B hitmakers from Detroit’s famed Motown Records label. Told from the perspective of founder and frontman Otis Williams, this dazzling medley features the hits you love, including: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Get Ready,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Stage & Screen for Choir 21 December, 2020

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

for Mixed Choir
Found/Tonight
arr. Jacob Narverud, SATB with piano and optional strings
Dear Evan Hansen. Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ben Platt. Pasek and Paul. What more can be said? This incredible mash-up combines hits from two smash Broadway musicals, written by contemporary powerhouse composers of stage and screen. You’ve sung “You Will Be Found,” and you know “The Story of Tonight”; now perform them together in an emotional arrangement that shares a message of hope and encouragement.

Get Ready (from Ain’t Too Proud) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional combo
Significant for being the last Motown song written by Smokey Robinson for The Temptations, “Get Ready” is featured in the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” which chronicles the life of the award-winning group. Featuring the unmistakable Motown sound, this is a surefire crowd-pleaser!

All Is Found (from Frozen 2) arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Before Elsa’s powers were finally explained in Disney’s “Frozen 2,” Elsa and her little sister Anna used to listen to their mother sing this tender and beautiful folk lullaby as they were falling asleep. The tale told of a magical river in a far-off land, which would provide all of life’s answers should the water eventually be found. An appealing flute part joins this effortless choral arrangement, with harmony accentuating the text by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Into the Unknown (from Frozen 2) arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional combo
The award-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez crafted this introspective showpiece for Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) in Disney’s smash hit animated sequel, “Frozen 2.” Elsa wanders the halls of her castle in Arendelle, thoughtfully considering following a mysterious voice (AURORA) that has been calling out to her. Powerful, cerebral vocal lines ascend and weave in this strong and skillful arrangement, with an ending climax for the ages!

Too Darn Hot (from Kiss Me, Kate) arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano and optional combo
Originally written for “Kiss Me, Kate,” this Cole Porter tune has become a treasured part of the Great American Songbook. A sultry bass line and finger snaps command attention right from the first sizzling measure. Clean jazz writing makes the harmonies jump right off the page.

for Treble Choir
Back to Before (from Ragtime)
arr. Lisa DeSpain, SSA with piano
An epic ballad from Broadway’s “Ragtime,” a true masterwork of 20th-century musical theater. Exploring themes of identity, personal and societal change, and inner resilience, Lisa DeSpain’s arrangement makes adept use of women’s voices from start to finish, creating an unforgettable emotional and musical journey for both singer and listener.

Once Upon a Time (from All American) arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano
A fantastic feature for treble choirs, this dreamy ballad will be remembered long after your performance. Fluid legato lines stretch over a sweeping and dramatic piano accompaniment, while nuances of tempo and dynamics drive the emotional core of the song home. A hidden gem from the Broadway repertoire.

You Can’t Stop the Girl arr. Alan Billingsley, SSA with piano and optional rhythm
Appearing on Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” soundtrack, this Bebe Rexha track of inspiration is urgent plea for speaking up amongst injustice. Women are wise and courageous, and are assured of taking the world by storm!

Born to Be Brave arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano and optional rhythm
Although the name of the television show is a mouthful (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), this song from the show contains a message that is simple and succinct. Empowering text provides a blueprint for your singers to lead listeners away from ignorance and fear.

for Tenor/Bass Choir
I Got Rhythm
arr. Mark Hayes, TTBB with piano and optional rhythm
No one but Mark Hayes could take this Gershwin masterpiece and make it into an absolutely rip-roaring, no-holds-barred choral work. You want rhythm? You’ll get it, in more ways than you can count in this outstanding arrangement of one of America’s great songs. A classic, by any standard.

Johanna (from Sweeney Todd) arr. Mac Huff, TTBB with piano
From the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd,” this beautiful tenor “aria” is sung by Anthony in Act I as he dreams of this beautiful and enchanting character Johanna. In Act II Anthony searches through the streets for Johanna trying to rescue her from Sweeney. Todd joins in the song as he dreams of her beauty and the asylum he has her stashed. This is a show stopper for men’s choirs.

Lost in the Woods (from Frozen 2) arr. Mark Brymer, TBB with piano and optional rhythm
In a wonderfully realized gender-reversal thread in the plot of Disney’s “Frozen 2,” comes this passionate ’80s rock ballad from mountain man Kristoff, accompanied by none other than singing apparitions of his reindeer and lifelong best friend, Sven. Staged on the screen to mimic the landmark music video for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” this will elicit much more than a wry chuckle from your audience!

Proud of Your Boy (from Aladdin) arr. Jonathan Palant, TBB with piano
From the Broadway production of “Aladdin” here is a song about self worth and the desire to do the right thing. Wonderful lyrics for young men to sing. With a beautiful and singable melody by Alan Menken this is an arrangement that will move your young men’s choir forward and to the next level of proficiency with excellent teaching strategies included in the page 2 notes.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Music from THE PROM 09 December, 2020

Don’t miss THE PROM, the star-studded film adaptation of the Broadway show by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, premiering on Netflix on Friday December 11!

In “The Prom,” Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flat lined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), Mrs. Greene (Kerry Washington) the head of the PTA has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

Available from “The Prom”:
Unruly Heart arr. Greg Gilpin, SATB, SAB, and SSA with piano
“Nobody out there ever gets to define the life I’m meant to lead with this unruly heart of mine.” This powerful message of equality resonates strongly. No matter how your choir members interpret the liberating words, they’ll continue to sing them long after rehearsal ends. A warm ballad that grows to full choral impact.

Zazz arr. Andy Beck, SATB, SAB, SSA, and 2-part with piano and optional combo
From the writers of the popular Broadway musical “Elf,” this showbiz showstopper will bring the house down! Flashy lyrics offer several laugh lines such as “if your hands are shaking, just turn ’em into jazz hands,” plus a humorous shout-out to world-famous choreographer Bob Fosse, suggesting he would “make the people have a step-ball-change of heart.” Fun to sing, stage, and perform – with razzle dazzle to spare!

The Prom Vocal Selections
15 songs from this Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical which was named as a New York Times Critics Pick presented in vocal lines with piano accompaniment. Titles include: “Changing Lives,” “Just Breathe,” “It’s Not About Me,” “Dance with You,” “The Acceptance Song,” “You Happened,” “We Look to You,” “Tonight Belongs to You,” “Zazz,” “The Lady’s Improving,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “Alyssa Greene,” “Barry Is Going to Prom,” “Unruly Heart,” and “It’s Time to Dance.”

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Broadway Hits in Flex-Band Arrangements 23 November, 2020

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Cool (from West Side Story) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
By far the jazziest tune from Bernstein’s “West Side Story” is the iconic “Cool.” Combining a medium swing style with angular riffs and a cocky attitude, here is a great sounding version for flexible instrumentation.

West Side Story (Selections) arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2-3
The landmark musical “West Side Story” introduced a masterful musical score by Leonard Bernstein. This dynamic medley for young players is scored for flexible instrumentation and includes the timeless songs: “Maria,” “Tonight,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “America,” and “Somewhere.”

Highlights from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2-3
One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early musicals, “Joseph” features an appealing variety of songs and styles, and remains as popular as ever before. This medley for flexible instrumentation includes: “Jacob and Sons,” “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and “Go Go Go Joseph.”

Highlights from The Phantom of the Opera arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2-3
Scored for flexible instrumentation, here is a marvelous setting of these dramatic and poignant songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic. Includes: “The Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me,” and “The Music of the Night.”

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

Conducting Music Today 03 July, 2020

conducting music today bruce hangenConducting Music Today by Bruce Hangen
Learn the essential practices of contemporary conducting. This book will teach you to use the motions, cues, patterns and practices used to lead ensembles, whether for orchestra, band, musical theater, opera, film orchestra, or other type of ensemble. You will learn techniques for keeping time, signaling musicians, and crafting your unique interpretation of the score, as well as how to command the stage presence necessary to lead a large ensemble – whether for concert performances or synching live performers to other media, such as film, recordings, musical theater and dance.

Video demonstrations and annotated scores of orchestral excerpts from Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and others illustrate and let you practice various conducting challenges, such as cadenzas, rubato and quickly changing time signatures. Also included are interviews with some of the most accomplished conductors of your time, such as John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, JoAnn Falletta, John Morris Russell and others, providing perspective from the concert hall podium to the Broadway pit to the Hollywood sound stage.

Find more conducting resources on our website, or contact one of our Sheet Music Specialists for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

You’ll Be Back for Two Pianos, Eight Hands 05 June, 2020

you'll be back melody boberrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Piano Music Specialists

You’ll Be Back (from Hamilton) arr. Melody Bober, for 2 Pianos/8 Hands
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “You’ll Be Back” is from Act 1 of the hit musical Hamilton. Melody Bober’s arrangement for two pianos, eight hands is written for late-intermediate pianists and is laid out as two duets (Piano 1 and Piano 2) with primo and secondo parts on facing pages. The melody of the song is traded back and forth among the four performers. “You’ll Be Back” is excellent for recitals, piano ensemble classes, and “monster” concerts – for the truly brave (and tech savvy!), this would be a great challenge for a virtual ensemble project!

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About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Choral Medleys for Spring 2020 09 March, 2020

hamilton highlights lisa despainrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for new music for your spring pops program? Perhaps a medley from the Broadway stage, the silver screen, or the concert hall would work for your SATB, TTBB, or SSA choirs? Check out the potpourri of Five Star Features below!

Hamilton Highlights arr. Lisa DeSpain, SATB with piano
Don’t mistake this one for Hamilton: A Choral Medley – this new “highlights” medley is designed for developing groups and those who desire a more concise concert selection. Only five minutes in length but includes seven popular songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking show, which has been called “the most important musical of our time.” Rhythmic notation has been augmented for ease of teaching/reading, keys have been adapted to the best vocal ranges, choral parts reconfigured for intuitive harmonization, and still this fast-paced showpiece delivers all the impact of the original score! Songs include: “My Shot,” “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “You’ll Be Back,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “Wait for It,” and “The Room Where It Happens.”

I Got Gershwin! arr. Adam Podd & Matt Podd, SATB with piano & optional combo
This seamless 4½-minute tour through seven timeless standards pays tribute to the American songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin. Smart voice leading and classic choral arranging techniques remain faithful to the cherished melodies and jazz-influenced harmonies. Listen closely for additional Gershwin themes tucked into brief interludes between the enchanting songs. Live clarinet, bass, and drums add an elegant touch in concert. Songs include: “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Embraceable You,” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

rocketman mac huffRocketman (Songs from the Motion Picture) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
Elton John ruled the pop charts in the 1970s–and moviegoing audiences in 2019 finally got a chance to see why. The rave-reviewed biopic Rocketman chronicled John’s fruitful songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, with the movie letting their seemingly never-ending catalog of classics speak (or sing) for themselves. Songs include: “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Gonna Be a Long Long Time),” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Songs of a Disney Villain arr. Alan Billingsley, SAB with piano & optional combo
Every good story needs a good villain and Disney has created some of the best. Here are five great songs that are sung by the characters we love to hate – Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmations,” Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast,” the Python from “The Jungle Book,” Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” and Scar from “The Lion King.” Songs include: “Cruella de Vil,” “Be Prepared,” “Trust in Me (The Python’s Song),” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Gaston.”

coco choral highlights mac huffCoco (Choral Highlights) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This charming medley features bilingual texts, great energy, and moments of tenderness that will captivate audiences of all ages. Songs include: “The World Es Mi Familia,” “Un Poco Loco,” “Remember Me,” and “Proud Corazon.”

Crazy Little Thing Called ROCK arr. Tom Anderson, SAB with piano & optional rhythm
Written by Freddie Mercury, the infectious “rock-shuffle” style of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is mashed up with the Billy Joel classic “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” and combined we have a great time. There is room to feature a talented soloist and the choral writing is strong.

my fair ladies andy beckMy Fair Ladies arr. Andy Beck, SSA with piano
Two of the most delightful songs from Lerner and Loewe’s much-revered musical “My Fair Lady” are combined into this 2½-minute medley designed for women’s ensembles of any age. A grandiose introduction gives way to the breathless energy of Eliza and Henry’s first dance in “I Could Have Danced All Night,” followed by a playful setting of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” The melodies and harmonies are distributed beautifully across all three voices, encouraging all of your ladies to channel their inner Julie Andrews.

Singin’ the 70s! arr. Paul Langford, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
Capturing the sound of the 1970s, this medley will be a sure-fire hit for your next concert or show. Covering styles from disco to light gospel, your singers will groove to these beats and love experiencing these iconic tunes. Available for mixed, women’s and men’s voices with a super hot track! Songs include: “Best of My Love,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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The Owner’s Manual to the Voice 13 January, 2020

oupusa-0199964680-fThe Owner’s Manual to the Voice by Rachael Gates with co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. & Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.S./S.L.P.
Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to “own,” just like other musicians, their instrument.

“The Owner’s Manual to the Voice” provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachael Gates, and co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user – whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, or lawyer – will find helpful if not essential. Also available in hard cover.

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From the Broadway Stage 03 January, 2020

dear theodosia hamilton andy beckrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Treat your audience to a true NYC theater experience by programming choral selections from the Broadway stage in your next concert. Our School Choral Specialists have recommended the very best the theater district has to offer! Choose memorable songs from “Hamilton,” “Waitress,” “Newsies,” “The Prom,” “Matilda,” and more for SATB, TTBB, SSA and 2-part voicings.

Dear Theodosia (from Hamilton) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional strings
This touching folk ballad, sung by Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton to their newborn babies, provides a tender moment in the middle of the smash hit hip-hop musical “Hamilton.” Rhythmic yet lyrical, the melody winds beautifully through the center of the vocal range, the harmonies provide tangible warmth, and the words speak clearly about the dreams parents hold for their children.

raise you up just be kinky boots mac huffRaise You Up/Just Be (from Kinky Boots) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
“Kinky Boots” was the winner for Best Musical and Best Original Score at the 2013 Tony Awards. Written by 1980’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this show is wrapping up an impressive six-year run on Broadway in April 2019. This show-closing and show-stopping number features the entire company with chances for multiple solos, weaving from funk to pop in breathtaking fashion. Don’t miss your chance to program this dynamite closer!

Zazz (from The Prom) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional combo
From the writers of the popular Broadway musical “Elf,” this showbiz showstopper will bring the house down! Flashy lyrics offer several laugh lines such as “if your hands are shaking, just turn ’em into jazz hands,” plus a humorous shout-out to world-famous choreographer Bob Fosse, suggesting he would “make the people have a step-ball-change of heart.” Fun to sing, stage, and perform – with razzle dazzle to spare!

she used to be mine waitress mac huffShe Used to Be Mine (from Waitress) arr. Mac Huff, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
Here is a beautiful ballad from the Broadway musical “Waitress.” Emotions are high in the show as Jenna struggles with her sense of worth and her changing circumstances. This arrangement captures these emotions and asks your singers to dig deep inside to bring them to the stage.

Welcome to the 60s (from Hairspray) arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
“Hairspray”’s humble beginnings in John Waters’ 1988 satirical film would go on to see massive success on Broadway in 2002, and later, a movie musical. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penned original songs for the production that proudly feature their composers’ signature: you just can’t get those melodies out of your head!

gaston beauty and the beast roger emersonGaston (from Beauty and the Beast) arr. Roger Emerson, TTBB with piano & optional combo
The thought of the virile Gaston will entice full sounds from your young men’s choir. Virility and humor mix to bring out the best in the singers.

Stars (from Les Misérables) arr. Roger Emerson, TTBB with piano
“Les Misérables” is one of the most popular musicals of all times. One of the most beautiful ballads in the show is “Stars” sung by Javert. He sings of his unwavering quest to pursue justice. This arrangement taps into the powerful and emotional moments from this song and brings them to life.

Revolting Children (from Matilda) arr. Mac Huff, SAB with piano & optional combo
“Revolting Children” is anything but, as far as the title suggests. Tim Minchin’s mixed-meter rock spectacle is a joy for the ears with a staunch and resilient nature. Building harmonies, perfectly suited for choirs, will reward melodrama as the calls to rebel and revolt reverberate throughout your concert hall!

seize the day newsies mac huffSeize the Day (from Newsies) arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
Now in a brand-new Discovery arrangement for younger choirs! This showstopper from the award-winning composer Alan Menken was featured in the Disney film and Broadway musical “Newsies.” Featuring a powerful “brotherhood” text, it begins with a compelling chorale-like opening and then explodes into rhythm that encourages us all to “seize the day!”

When I Grow Up (from Matilda) arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano & optional combo
A little bit cheeky, a little bit naughty, but completely refreshing, multi-faceted composer Tim Minchin gives the 2011 West End adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 book “Matilda” a quick-witted and wry look into the hopes and desires of the friendly school children surrounding the title character. Bouncy and idiosyncratic, Emerson’s arrangement captures the wonder!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!