News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Category: Church Choral

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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When Darkness Comes: Cantatas for Lent and Easter 2020 14 January, 2020

when darkness comes denglerrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

When Darkness Comes by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler
The many moods of Holy Week are artfully and masterfully depicted through this moving work. Using a fresh approach to tell the ancient story with reverence and awe, this cantata brings the message of Christ’s sacrifice anew while challenging singer and listener alike to reflection and renewal. Performance suggestions are included, offering the option to utilize the work as a Tenebrae service if desired. Optional PowerPoint images are available to enhance the visual impact of the presentation. 20 minutes.

love divine joel raneyLove Divine: A Choral Worship Experience by Joel Raney
Familiar hymns and original music, combined with two narrators reading from scripture, tell the story of Jesus’ final days in this new cantata for the Lent & Easter season. Intentionally, written to be accessible to most choirs, and suitable anytime during the Lent & Easter season. Accompaniment can be provided by piano, or piano plus flute, clarinet, French horn, and cello. Performance time is 30 minutes, so this will fit nicely into a worship service.

worthy is the lamb lloyd larsonWorthy Is the Lamb! by Lloyd Larson
“Worthy Is the Lamb!” is the compelling story of God’s plan to deliver all people from the clutches of sin and death. Lloyd Larson presents this powerful reminder that Isaiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled in Jesus: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

Flexibly conceived for Lent, Holy Week, or Eastertide programming, each of the three sections may be presented during the weeks or days leading up to Easter, or the entire musical may be presented a single worship experience. Small and large choirs alike will find the choral writing appealing and versatile. Accompaniment options ranging from piano only to full orchestra with CD accompaniment or live instruments ensures maximum flexibility for your unique programming needs.

Browse our website for more Lent and Easter cantatas, or contact us to speak with one of our Sheet Music Specialists. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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!

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Choral Reading Session 07 January, 2020

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 11th 2020, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 11th, 2020
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff.

NEW THIS YEAR: This January’s clinic will be held at Stanton’s Sheet Music in the newly renovated James E. Strouse Workshop Hall.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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COMING SOON: January Sacred Choral Reading Session 10 December, 2019

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 11th 2020, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 11th, 2020
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff.

NEW THIS YEAR: This January’s clinic will be held at Stanton’s Sheet Music in the newly renovated James E. Strouse Workshop Hall.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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John Rutter Carols for SA & Men 15 October, 2019

john rutter carolsJohn Rutter Carols for SA & Men
This collection includes nine of John Rutter’s most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. These festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world. Titles include: “All Bells in Paradise,” “Angels’ Carol,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Donkey Carol,” “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Mary’s Lullaby,” “Star Carol,” “The Very Best Time of Year,” and “What Sweeter Music.”

Original voicings of these carols can be found individually, or in Rutter’s other collections “John Rutter Carols,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Find more holiday carol collections on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2019 11 October, 2019

christmas day in the morning mary donnelly george stridrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Christmas Day in the Morning arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano & optional flute
Flute and piano accompany this joyful arrangement incorporating “I Saw Three Ships” and “The Snow Lay on the Ground” in excellent fashion. One would never guess these two songs were ever sung without each other! Lovely for all holiday and Christmas programs.

ev'rybody praise him jeff reevesEv’rybody Praise Him! by Jeff Reeves, Unison/2-part with piano
Familiar passages from Psalms 66 and 150 come to life in this jubilant anthem inviting “everything that has breath” to praise the Lord! Ideal for the start of a new choir year, the ABA form makes the piece easy to learn with the repetition of its gently syncopated melody and memorable text. An opening narration, along with opportunities for rhythmic speech and closing handclaps, infuse the piece with a unique charm that’s especially appealing for older elementary choirs or youth choirs.

glory glory keith christopherGlory, Glory arr. Keith Christopher, Unison/2-part with piano
Styled in a gospel shuffle, this very fun arrangement of a traditional spiritual is full of energy and excitement. Staccato notes, vocal scoops, and an optional second part are just some of the features that will delight singers and listeners alike.

I Want to Be Like Jesus by Cindy Berry, Unison/2-part treble with piano & optional flute
The simple, childlike text of this thoughtful anthem expresses a genuine desire to live like Jesus – to be kind, faithful, and forgiving. A splendid choice for use during Lent, Holy Week, or any general time of year, the piece incorporates the short hymn refrain, “Oh, How I Love Jesus” into the song’s beautifully crafted melody, written especially with elementary choirs in mind.

in the bleak midwinter audrey snyderIn the Bleak Midwinter arr. Audrey Snyder, Unison/2-part treble with piano & optional C treble instrument
This arrangement of the beloved 19th century Christmas carol reflects the beauty and sensitivity of its timeless text and simple, pastoral melody. The piece is easily sung by unison or two part choirs and also includes an optional C treble instrument that brings support and harmonic interest to the expressive vocal parts. Ideal for holiday concert settings or Christmas worship services.

It Is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord by Lynn Shaw Bailey, Unison/2-part with piano & optional shaker and claves
This joyful thanksgiving anthem sets the familiar Psalm text, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord,” to a driving, syncopated refrain that recurs throughout the piece. A lively piano accompaniment and optional parts for shaker and claves adds to the euphoric expression of gratitude and praise to God.

mighty power of god glenn eernisseThe Mighty Power of God arr. Glenn Eernisse, Unison/2-part with piano & optional handbells or handchimes
Isaac Watts wrote this text in the first known hymnal for children. The text and the traditional English melody FOREST GREEN are interwoven with the theme of Mozart’s Alleluia in this general unison (optional two-part) anthem. Optional handbells or hand chimes (included) enter on the final stanza along with an optional second vocal part.

O Come, Little Children arr. Ken Berg, 2-part with piano & optional maraca
A syncopated setting with a sweet, sprightly piano accompaniment, this piece is a fine teaching tool for unison singing, vowel formation, and handling skips and leaps. There are a very few places where two parts are written, but they are easy. Useful and charming for any treble group at Christmas time.

royal david's city joseph martinRoyal David’s City by Joseph M. Martin, Unison/2-part with piano
Cecil Alexander’s text, “Once In Royal David’s City,” serves as the foundation for this festive, upbeat Christmas anthem that choirs of all ages will love to sing. Additional new text, a delightful new tune, and changing meters give this cherished carol text a bright, invigorating make over perfect for any Christmas worship service or celebration.

Waiting for the Light (with O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) by Ruth Elaine Schram, Unison with piano
This anthem for unison treble voices exquisitely portrays the longing and darkness felt by those awaiting the promised Messiah. A stanza of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is seamlessly woven into the anthem. A perfect selection for early Advent.

Find more for young choirs on our website, or contact us for personalized suggestions. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Soft, On That Night: Advent & Christmas Anthems 24 September, 2019

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Prepare for Christmas with your church choir with one of these outstanding anthems, carefully selected by our experienced Sacred Choral Music staff.

angel gabriel john leavittThe Angel Gabriel arr. John Leavitt, SATB with piano & optional chamber orchestra
This lesser-known carol receives special treatment in an artful rendition. Offered with the option of a charming chamber orchestration, the seasonal offering is ideal for community choir concerts or lessons and carols programs. The text presents the angelic visitation to Mary and fills an important liturgical slot for church choir directors.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano & optional 2-octave handbells
This Christmas Quick Study Choral is easily learned and has a simple accompaniment, and a part for optional 2 octave handbells, which is included.

light in the heart of winter lloyd larsonLight in the Heart of Winter arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
This memorable Advent anthem perfectly pairs the gorgeous Irish melody, SALLEY GARDENS, with a picturesque lyric by Nancy Middlemas: “The golden glow of autumn has left us long ago. The gathering clouds of winter have touched the pines with snow. The wind sings a song of longing, as the sky turns cold and gray. But a Light in the heart of winter will warm the chill away.

Soft, On That Night arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with piano
This beautifully crafted, sweet-sounding anthem is in a slow and gentle 6/8. The recurring “sing Noel” motif is passed to each voice part and appears in the piano accompaniment. The meaningful text is sensitively set in this elegant offering.

Behold a Savior! by Jay Rouse, SATB with piano
Encourage your congregation to behold the Savior with this energy filled selection from Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall. With a robust, fanfare introduction, powerful music from Jay that includes a brief passage from “O Holy Night,” and inspired text that only Rouse can provide, this unique anthem is sure to intensify your Christmas worship!

what did you say was the baby's name mary mcdonaldWhat Did You Say Was the Baby’s Name? arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
Get ready for a gospel celebration! Easily learned, with a laid-back groove, this arrangement of the Bill and Gloria Gaither tune pulls out all the stops with well-placed key changes, a cappella breaks, some stylized vocals, and a big ending. The optional rhythm parts enhance this gospel roof-raiser. Very well done!

There Is No Rose of Such Virtue by Beth Kenreich, SATB a cappella
A sensitive, lyrical setting of the well-known 15th century English carol. This music is accessible to most choirs and provides lots of opportunity to practice legato singing, phrasing, word stress, and tuning.

patapan howard helveyPatapan arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with 4-hand piano
This rousing rendition of the traditional French/Burgundian Carol begs to be sung by an ambitious SATB choir accompanied by two capable pianists. This anthem will make an exciting festival or concert presentation, church or school, and is also suited for any service of celebration during the Christmas season.

The Journey arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
A thought-provoking retelling of the story of the Magi quotes KINGS OF THE ORIENT by John H. Hopkins, with text based on Matthew 2:1-12. It is well within the reach of the typical church choir.

Find more options for your church choir on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Silent Night: The Birth of a Carol 20 September, 2019

silent night birth of a carol hal hopsonrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Silent Night: The Birth of a Carol by Hal H. Hopson
Travel back to Christmas Eve, 1818 and a small Austrian church nestled in the Alps where the beloved carol “Silent Night” was born. Mice have made a shambles of the organ creating quite a problem for Pastor Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber, the church organist. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending! Songs include: Church Bells; Antiphonal Gloria; Song of the Gleeful Mice; Tyrolean Street Carol; The Christmas Band; Herr Gruber’s Carol; Silent Night, Holy Night; Silent Night, Holy Night (Reprise) and Church Bell. 16 minutes.

Find more sacred musicals on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Everlasting Light: Cantatas for Christmas 13 September, 2019

everlasting light lloyd larsonrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Everlasting Light by Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Jay Rouse & Larry Shackley
From the collaborative efforts of Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Jay Rouse, and Larry Shackley, “Everlasting Light” showcases the profound significance of the light of Christ come to earth. An insightful narration by Rose Aspinall incorporates scripture and personal reflection to tie together the compelling combination of powerful original music and beloved carols. Mary McDonald’s celebratory opener, “Everlasting Light,” acts as the cornerstone of the work. Larry Shackley’s “Longing for the Light” beautifully portrays a yearning for restoration; Jay Rouse offers a stirring original song with words inspired by Mary’s Songs of Praise found in Luke 1:44-56; and Lloyd Larson’s “Shepherds and Angels” adds rhythmic and joyful energy. The work concludes with a robust medley of carols that points back to the opening song: “He is the Light, Everlasting Light; born a Savior, born this night. He is the One, the Everlasting Son; Child of heaven, He is the Light!”

love made a way mary mcdonaldLove Made a Way by Mary McDonald & Jay Rouse
Mary McDonald and Jay Rouse combine their compositional gifts to bring us this moving musical for Advent and Christmas. Beautiful music from Mary and Jay, deeply thoughtful narrations from Rose Aspinall, and a fabulous orchestration by Ed Hogan and Jay highlight the message at the heart of Christmas God’s love through Jesus Christ. You’ll find a bit of everything here, including original songs, familiar carols, fresh settings of timeless Christmas favorites, and ministry songs that will reach the heart of every listener. Songs like Mary’s “Sing Out Our Savior’s Birth” and “Look on Him with Love” and Jay’s “A Midwinter Noel” and “Love Made a Way” all serve to bring into focus God’s undeserved and unfathomable love through Jesus Christ. Celebrate how love made a way for each of us with this impactful musical! “His coming means freedom for the captive, sight for the blind, good news for the poor. Jesus is Love incarnate, and He alone makes a way home for fallen man.”

seekers of the light lloyd larsonSeekers of the Light by Lloyd Larson & Mark Hayes
The world was lost in darkness. Roman oppression weighed heavily and God’s people were awaiting a Messiah. There were astrologers…literally following the light of the heavens and prophecies of the coming Messiah. But there were other “seekers of the Light”: Mary and Joseph, simple shepherds in a field, and the prophets. Then, it happened. The Light of the World was born. Follow the respective journeys of these “seekers of the light” to learn what we can from their sojourns. May we likewise seek and find The Light for our journey…and transform our lives with a fresh touch of God’s miraculous grace and gift of Love.

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

New Church Anthems for Fall 2019 03 September, 2019

church of god is one mary mcdonaldrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

The Church of God Is One by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano & congregation, optional orchestra or brass ensemble
This celebration of Christian unity combines the words of 19th century hymnwriter Daniel W. Whittle with a bold, uplifting tune by Mary McDonald. Ideal for special church celebrations, the anthem offers a full orchestration, a smaller version for brass and percussion, and an opportunity for congregational singing. The P/A CD includes brass and percussion as well as full orchestra accompaniment.

Nearer, My God, to Thee arr. Mark Patterson, SATB divisi a cappella
¬Set in G-flat major with lush, close harmonies, this divisi, a cappella setting brings a new perspective to this timeless hymn.

psalm 23 craig courtneyPsalm 23 by Craig Courtney, SATB with piano, optional string quartet or orchestra
The promises of the Twenty-Third Palm text come to life in this deep but tender setting as it moves through the strong statement of faith for this life through the development of the beautiful musical picture of life eternal.

Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart by Jay Rouse, SATB with piano
This driving arrangement by Jay Rouse is the perfect energetic service opener for celebrations of gratitude throughout the year. It combines the traditional Thanksgiving hymn lyrics with original verses by Rose Aspinall and a solid piano accompaniment.

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with piano, optional brass, handbells, organ, timpani & congregation
A majestic setting of the classic hymn tune LAUDA ANIMA, this anthem is suitable for any Sunday but ideal for special, festive occasions. The optional instrumental ensemble of brass, handbells, and timpani adds extra power, and the congregation can join in on the final stanza for an all-church worship experience.

harvest hymn mary mcdonaldHarvest Hymn arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Perfect for Thanksgiving, this reflective pairing of the hymn text, ‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’ with the tune, DIX, provides a rich, meaningful worship moment. This powerful ballad features lyrical vocal lines that build from beginning to end. Also useful for mission Sundays as well as the theme of Christ’s final return.

May the Road Rise Up by Jay Rouse, SATB with piano
Simple, elegant and useful for all age levels, this setting of the traditional Irish Blessing is a perfect closing selection for worship, concert, or festival use.

make his praise glorious lloyd larsonMake His Praise Glorious arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Filled with joyous energy, this memorable anthem proclaims the praise of God with beauty and majesty. Incorporating the Doxology, the piece uses fun syncopations and a bit of mixed meter to create rhythmic vitality. Very catchy!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 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!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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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!

tall StantonsWe’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
– 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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Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy 16 August, 2019

lorenz-532983Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy by Andre J. Thomas
A true testament to his strength and skill as a composer, Andre Thomas’s “Mass” combines the power of love and joy with the beauty and sophistication of top-tier choral music. Written in five movements, the Mass can be performed in its entirety or as separate selections – each movement is available as a separate octavo (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). This gospel-style work may be performed with piano, piano with bass and drums, full orchestra, or the piano accompaniment CD. The Mass is dedicated to the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Find more exciting large works from living composers on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Paul Manz – 1919-2019 09 August, 2019

2019 marks 100 years since the birth of the great composer Paul Manz (May 10, 1919–October 28, 2009). Celebrate his legacy this fall with some of his most remarkable works.

mornin-msm50-0001-fE’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come for SATB a cappella
Considered one of the finest 20th century American sacred choral anthems. Frequently performed and recorded around the world. Appropriate beyond Advent. A MUST in every choir library.

God of Grace for Moderately Easy to Moderately Difficult Organ
Paul Manz’s hymn improvisations have long been essential repertoire for church organists. This collection of previously published works combines favorite improvisations on hymns that have wide ecumenical appeal. The collection contains complete indexes of all Manz publications and recordings. This will be used week after week by organists in all denominations. It is also appropriate for students.

mornin-msm90-39-fThe Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz by Scott Hyslop
This biographical work examines the unique factors that have shaped and formed the life and music of one of the most influential organists of the latter half of the twentieth-century. Constructed in four parts, this book includes a full biography; an analysis of his chorale-based organ and choral works; a collection of essays by composers, theologians, musicians, and family; and web access that includes sound clips, radio interviews, manuscripts, video, articles, and programs. This book will be of great interest to anyone who knows and enjoys the music of Paul Manz.

Sing to the Lord: The Paul Manz Hymnary by Scott Hyslop
A collection of the hymn tunes and liturgical settings written by Paul Manz over the course of his life and career as a church musician. Dr. Hyslop writes, “the hymn tunes and liturgical songs of Paul Manz give witness to a life filled to the brim with doxology, and in turn, we see and hear a life dedicated to leading others in full-throated doxological praise.”

Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 06 August, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

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Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

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The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 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!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Carols & Lullabies by Conrad Susa 23 July, 2019

ecs-4839-fCarols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest by Conrad Susa is an outstanding collection bringing together ten of the most beautiful carols of the Spanish-speaking world, artfully arranged and performable either individually or as a suite. The harp, marimba, and guitar accompaniment lends itself to the Hispanic flavor of the piece. Titles included are: “Oh, mi Belen” (Biscayan); “El Desembre Congelat” (Catalonian); “Alegria” (Puerto Rican); “A la Nanita Nana” (Spanish); “Las Posadas” (Spanish); “Campana sobre Campana” (Andalucian); “En Belen Tocan a Fuego” (Castilian); “El Noi de la Mare” (Catalonian); “Chiquirriquitin” (Andalucian) and “El Rorro” (Mexican).

Newly available as a separate octavo is the “A la Nanita Nana” movement, perfect for programming individually on any holiday performance.

“Heavenly Home” by Shawn Kirchner 12 July, 2019

leon-531992Composer Shawn Kirchner burst onto the scene with three early American songs from his collection “Heavenly Home.” Each of the three songs was first published separately, now available all together as they were originally intended in a real value package. Program as a set or individually.

Also available individually:
Unclouded Day (#1 from “Heavenly Home”)
This enduring gospel favorite is set with a straight-forward first verse and chorus. The next two verses combine traditional bluegrass vocal style with counterpoint and fugue, resulting in a crescendo of excitement. Also available TTBB.

Angel Band (#2 from “Heavenly Home”)
Simple, soaring descants, countermelodies, and rich harmonic textures provide a symphonic breadth to this arrangement that encompasses the full, four-octave range of the choral instrument.

Hallelujah (#3 from “Heavenly Home”)
This amazing work, premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, director, is a contrast of homophonic refrains against polyphonic verses. Beginning with the austere Sacred Harp tune HEAVENLY HOME, California composer Kirchner sets hallelujahs leaping and plunging and circling through the choir to thrilling results.

NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 09 July, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!