News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Broadway

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.

Explore our website for more valuable resources, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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!

Contact us for more Broadway brainstorming ideas, or browse our website for inspiration. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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!

The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

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– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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The iTheatrics Method 29 July, 2019

gia-g9403-fThe iTheatrics Method: The Quintessential Guide to Creating Quality Musical Theatre Programs by Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley & Marty Johnson
“The iTheatrics Method” is the world’s first musical theatre education textbook specifically devoted to building high-quality, sustainable musical theatre programs in schools and community settings.

Created by iTheatrics, the leading authority on music theatre education, this book is the culmination of more than twenty years of hands-on teacher training conducted by master educators Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley, and Marty Johnson. These methods have been vetted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ prestigious Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) initiative, and have been eagerly embraced by New York City’s Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Written in an entertaining, conversational style, and featuring hundreds of images from successful musical theatre programs all over the world, this book also includes the advice of more than 100 instructors currently working in the field. Whether you’re a teacher just starting out or a seasoned professional, “The iTheatrics Method” is indeed your quintessential guide to creating quality musical theatre programs for students.

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

OrchestraOn June 21st over 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries will be celebrating Make Music Day from sunup to sundown. This all day festival welcomes everybody to make music anywhere! Play outside or on social media, just MAKE MUSIC!

France started Fête De La Musique in 1982 to celebrate free and live music everywhere with everyone. Translated, Fête De La Musique means both “festival of music” and “make music!” Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, was chosen for the new holiday. Make Music Day has grown in such popularity that it shuts down the streets in France so musicians may take over!

Make Music Day can be organized as a small back yard concert or as a national event. The NAMM Foundation took up the US sponsorship of Make Music Day. They have resources for those who want to host an event. You can even join their Make Music Alliance to get assistance in promotion, sponsorship, and tech support – visit makemusicday.org if you want to know more.

This is Stanton’s Sheet Music’s third year participating in Make Music Day. Each year, we leave our recital hall open to those who would like to make music. This year, we are featuring some of our very own Sheet Music Specialists as our featured musicians. Catch any of our performances on our Facebook page!

If you participate from home, consider sharing your performance on social media and giving us a shout out! Feel free to tag us and use these hashtags to reach more people!

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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Hamilton: Choral Update 23 January, 2019

The blockbuster musical “Hamilton” makes its debut in Puerto Rico this month with a three-week engagement starring creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. With two US tours currently underway, as well as extended runs in Chicago, London, and San Francisco (opening in February), “how lucky we are to be alive right now!”

Newly available for choirs:

The Schuyler Sisters arr. Alan Billingsley
Lin-Manuel Miranda calls this song “a love letter to New York that lets us know who the Schuyler sisters are outside the context of Hamilton.” Through an innovative combination of rap, patter singing, character-driven musical themes, and a supporting chorus, we are introduced to three outstanding women from the Revolutionary War era. Alan Billingsley’s supercharged arrangement sounds just like the original Broadway score, with stylized solos (both spoken and sung) and plenty of satisfying choral sonorities and riffs. “Work!”

You’ll Be Back arr. Lisa DeSpain
King George laments England’s “breakup” with a young America in one of the most charismatic and surprising numbers from smash Broadway hit Hamilton. Fans note that this song is a departure from the mostly hip-hop and R&B style of the score, taking its inspiration more from breezy Britpop tunes. Lisa DeSpain’s choral arrangement preserves the playful, coy spirit of the original, with its infectious “Da da da dat da” chorus. Not to be missed!

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley from the Tony Award winning musical is sure to make a big impression! Featuring seven of the show’s most memorable numbers, there’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

Intimidated by the intricacies of performing the full medley? Check out arranger Lisa DeSpain’s post Hamilton Hacks: Simplifying the Choral Medley for Your Singers – you’ll find lots of great ideas for tailoring the medley to fit your ensemble!

Find more from “Hamilton” on our website, including the original Piano/Vocal folio and the incredibly creative Hamilton Mixtape folio, or contact us for more details. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

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We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

Andrew Lloyd Webber for Classical Guitar 13 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00238997-wlAndrew Lloyd Webber for Classical Guitar contains 22 hit songs from nine Broadway shows. The arrangements are nicely done for classical guitar, and are on an intermediate difficulty level.

Tablature is included, written on the line below the standard notation. Any of the pieces would be suitable for a recital or for background music at a dinner event. From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1969) to The Phantom of the Opera (1986), there are familiar songs from familiar musicals, sure to please the guitarist who plays either for personal enjoyment or for an audience of any size!

For more information about this collection, or other classical guitar music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 15 February, 2018

leon-00250373-fA musical drama biopic chronicling P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and his founding of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Showman” features a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame.

As you’re planning for spring concerts, consider these exciting titles from “The Greatest Showman”!

The Greatest Show: Choral SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
This Is Me: Choral SATB, SAB, and 2-part, Young Concert Band, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Rewrite the Stars: Choral (coming soon!) SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Never Enough: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Come Alive: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
From Now On: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
A Million Dreams: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
The Other Side: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Tightrope: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele

Also available: the complete Vocal Folio, as well as collections for Easy Piano and Ukulele. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Women On Broadway 03 January, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Explore exciting music from the Broadway stage with your SSA ensembles this spring – your audience will be entertained, and you can work on valuable performance and dramatic skills with your singers. Here are some fun new options!

leon-513965Morning Person (from Shrek) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Princess Fiona sings this song as she wakes to greet the dawning of a new day after spending the night as an ogre. Your SSA groups will enjoy stretching their dramatic skills with this humorous selection.

Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Described as “Sweet, sassy, passionate and delightful” and “Cooked to perfection,” this musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson was one of the successes of the 2016 Broadway season. This 5-minute SSA medley will be a fantastic showcase for women’s choirs and includes: “Everything Changes,” “Opening Up,” “She Used To Be Mine.”

Also available separately: “Opening Up” arr. Mac Huff, and “What Baking Can Do” arr. Mark Brymer.

alfred-514559Everywhere That You Are (from James and the Giant Peach) arr. Andy Beck
From the stage adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, this sensitive ballad tackles the tough topic of loss in a warm and reassuring way. A gently lilting piano accompaniment supports the tender melody, harmonized beautifully in the supporting voices.

Raise Your Voice (from Sister Act) arr. Roger Emerson
First rule of singing? Get the rafters ringing! This is the message of this uplifting ensemble number from the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie “Sister Act.” A fantastic selection for pop and concert choirs, this one will bring down the house!

Find more Broadway options on our website, or contact us for more ideas – we love brainstorming repertoire ideas with you! And remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Choral Music from HAMILTON 17 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

6358377242196606171841502652_55f72d3f81c0c2a86eeb2dda_hamilton-poster“Hamilton” continues it’s popularity as a driving force in the theatrical world, even over two years after the Broadway opening. With extended runs currently in Chicago and opening soon in the West End, plus a second national tour starting in 2018 – and talks of a future film adaptation!! – now is a great time to incorporate this fantastic music and historic storytelling into your choral program.

alfred-511029Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley is sure to make a big impression! There’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

My Shot
In this stand-out selection from the show, the lead characters lay out their plans for victory, despite their personal hardships. Packed with intense hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, there are plenty of opportunities to feature soloists and small groups, while the full choir joins in on the infectious and driving chorus.

[NOTE: There are two arrangements of “My Shot” available: by Roger Emerson (SATB, SAB, SSA, and TTB) and by Alan Billingsley (SATB, SAB, SSA). They are VERY similar in the choral parts, solos, and piano accompaniment, and are both very authentic to the original number as performed in the show. Both have accompaniment CDs available, but only the Emerson arrangement has instrumental combo parts.]

alfred-514355Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Contact us for more programming ideas, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Take a “Journey to the Past!” 01 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Based on the 1997 film, the Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Now available for choir, these new arrangements feel both warmly nostalgic and creatively fresh:

leon-514932Journey to the Past arr. Audrey Snyder
An uplifting and powerful arrangement, featuring skillful blending of original and new music.

Once Upon a December arr. Audrey Snyder
A beautiful and elegant arrangement of the tender music box song. A perfect “last minute” addition to your December concert!

Find more from the show, including eight new songs written especially for the new Broadway production, in the Vocal Selections folio, or contact us for more programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Amelie: A New Musical 02 October, 2017

00241528-wlThe story of “Amelie: A New Musical” tells about a young French girl and her mission to do good to make others happy. In the course of doing good, she also finds her own happiness. Based on the 2001 romantic comedy film with music by Daniel Messe, with new music in this adaptation for the stage. In September 2015, “Amelie” premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The show went to Broadway in 2017, and closed May 21, 2017.

Songs included in this new vocal folio are “Times Are Hard for Dreamers,” “Tour de France,” “Goodbye, Amelie,” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” This exciting production won The Drama League Award in 2017, and Phillipa Soo, playing Amelie, won Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical.

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Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical 22 June, 2017

00197874-wlFrom the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, and inspired by the beloved films, the dazzling new Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

“Anastasia” features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, and a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Six songs from the original movie have been kept (including “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December”) and sixteen new songs added to the production. This vocal selections collection includes fourteen songs for voice with piano accompaniment.

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A New Generation of Broadway 16 June, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Broadway Musical Magic arr. Mac Huff
We love this newest Broadway medley from Mac Huff because of its quick, no-nonsense transitions, quality part-writing, and full piano accompaniment (which works well on its own if you don’t have a combo for your performance). The medley is divided into three installments as seen below, which allows you flexibility in terms of your programming options.

Section 1: A Musical, Into the Woods, Seize the Day, Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
Section 2: The Song of Purple Summer, Electricity, Seasons of Love
Section 3: Let’s Hang On, Mamma Mia, So Much Better, Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll

Additionally, this medley is the third of its kind by Mac Huff (following “100 Years of Broadway” and “Opening Night”), and the three can be performed consecutively to create a, 84-piece, 90-minute “Broadway in Concert” performance option.

Something Rotten:
Welcome to the Renaissance arr. Mac Huff and A Musical arr. Andy Beck
Something Rotten has a sweet spot in my heart because it was the very first musical I saw in New York City! Because both of these pieces from the show are full chorus numbers, they translate very well from the Broadway stage to the school choral setting.

Welcome to the Renaissance” goes back and forth between swing and fast rock styles and boasts a wide range of funny historical references, which your audience will love (not to mention that they provide cross-curricular information). Because there are so many cheeky moments, there are a number of opportunities to talk about communication through consonants, facial expression, etc, and the harmonies here are rich and satisfying.

A Musical” has that classic Broadway feel (yep, there’s an opportunity for a kick-line), which makes the lyrics, which cleverly poke fun at musical theatre, even more humorous. The entire piece is filled with text painting, offering a variety of avenues to talk about the relationship between music and text.

Hamilton:
My Shot arr. Roger Emerson and Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Over two years after its January 2015 premier, Hamilton is still one of the most sought-after tickets on Broadway. It combines hip hop, rap, and theatre elements to tell the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and because of the variety of styles used, it has an appeal to a wide range of audiences. While I was skeptical of the music from this show (which I love) being turned into a choral arrangement, I think both Emerson and DeSpain did a great job of keeping the integrity of the original pieces when creating these arrangements. If your kids are excited about Hamilton, these are both great options for you!

My Shot” offers a great way to feature students that have the skill to rap, and while the solos are definitely the feature of this piece, the choral parts are solfege-accessible and there are valuable opportunities for rhythm reading here.

Hamilton (Choral Medley)” utilizes the following six pieces from the show: Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, The Room Where It Happens, Helpless, and The Battle of Yorktown. The transitions between each are quick and clean, and because each piece is so different, there are lots of opportunities to talk about the contrast of styles and why Lin-Manuel Miranda chose the styles that he did for each piece.

Waitress:
Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Waitress, with music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, is based on Adrienne Shelly’s film of the same title. It boasts a creative team comprised entirely of women, and has been nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Waitress (Choral Highlights)” uses strong three-part treble writing, accessible ranges, tasteful use of solos, and quality transitions, making it an excellent Broadway option for your women’s chorus. The closing number in particular captures the uplifting tone of the show, and Bareilles’ style is captured beautifully.

Looking ahead?

Dear Evan Hansen:
You Will Be Found arr. Mac Huff
Dear Evan Hansen has been nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and tells the story of high school student Evan Hansen, who struggles with social anxiety and wants nothing more than to fit in. “You Will Be Found” would be a great choice as a senior tribute or spring concert feature:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

For more information about these or other recommendations, visit us at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology – CHILDREN’S EDITION 20 July, 2016

00159519-wlIf you are a music teacher, the parent of a child who loves to sing Broadway songs, or the parent of a child who likes to be in your community’s musicals, “The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology – Children’s Edition” is the book for you! This collection of Broadway sheet music includes songs from Broadway musicals that were written for children – all in the original keys! There are songs from Broadway classics like Annie (“Maybe,” “Tomorrow”); South Pacific (“Dites-Moi”); and Into the Woods (“I Know Things Now”). Songs from more recent productions are included: “Naughty” and “Quiet” from Matilda the Musical; “The Girl I Mean to Be” from The Secret Garden; and “I Know It’s Today” from Shrek the Musical – and more, thirty-seven songs in all!

This valuable collection is available as both book-only, and with AUDIO ACCESS – an access code is provided to download or stream piano accompaniments for all the titles in the collection. Perfect for teachers and students on-the-go, you can download accompaniments directly to your computer, smart phone or tablet. This is a perfect resource for those who work with kids who love singing Broadway songs!

For more information about this collection or other kids’ music books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.


Songs from “Waitress” 17 June, 2016

00155843We’re happy to now have in-stock “What’s Inside: Songs from “Waitress”!  “Waitress” has been nominated for every Best Musical Award of the season, including the Tony Award. It took off on Broadway when it transferred there in March of 2016, and made Broadway history with four of the top creative spots being filled by women. Songs in this collection from the show include “What’s Inside,” “I Didn’t Plan It,” “Lulu’s Pie Song,” and more. So pull up your “Waitress” playlist, pick up your copy of this collection, and sing along!

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!