News & Views Saturday, March 23, 2019

Category: Church Choral

SAVE THE DATE: Sacred Choral Reading Session August 2019 13 March, 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

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Kid’s Korner for Spring 2019 08 February, 2019

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

Involve your youngest singers in worship this spring with one of these great new anthems for children’s choirs!

Beyond All Time by Vicki Tucker Courtney
This light contemporary ballad encourages the listener that God’s love is everywhere. The memorable melody, coupled with the gentle syncopation, makes this an ideal selection for general or missions emphasis. The soprano notes are a beautiful melody, while the optional harmony notes provide a lush texture.

A Joyful Hosanna by Becki Slagle Mayo
A jubilant partner song for Palm Sunday! Wonderful text painting by composer Becki Slagle Mayo features joyful hosannas and a majestic parade. The singable melody is supported by the accompaniment, with optional tambourine and tic toc block. Add the trumpet for an especially grand feel.

Love Was Made a Lily Bright by Mark Patterson
This poignant Easter anthem for unison or two-part voices proclaims the resurrection in stunning fashion. Composer Mark Patterson crafts a winning combination of soaring vocals, uplifting lyrics, and a delicate yet supportive piano accompaniment. Sure to be a highlight of your Easter season.

Rejoice! Rejoice and Be Glad! by Joshua Metzger
This festive Easter anthem celebrates Christ’s victory over the grave and calls one and all to “rejoice and be glad!” The spirited A section abounds with rhythmic energy and repeated syncopated patterns while the contrasting B section features a short segment of the stately hymn, “We Welcome Glad Easter.”

This Is My Father’s World arr. Brad Nix
The timeless words of this cherished hymn are set to a new melody in this delightful anthem for older elementary choirs or choirs of any age. Optional flute, finger cymbals, and tambourine join together with a charming piano accompaniment to glorify the wonders of God’s creation and dominion.

If you’re looking for a musical for your kids this spring, don’t miss Fired Up! (The Story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), and for more recommendations, please contact us!

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 Spring 2019 04 February, 2019

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

It’s time to start planning your choral anthems for this spring! Here are some of our recommendations for Sundays through Lent and Easter, as well as general worship:

lorenz-532171FOR LENT
When Hope Fell Silent arr. Mary McDonald
From “Jesus! The Resurrection of the Messiah,” this solemn selection by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall captures the pain, anguish, and hopelessness surrounding the moment of Christ’s death. Rose’s powerful lyrics challenge the listener to contemplate the feelings of uncertainty and loss that were experienced as Jesus breathed his final breath. Perfect for Good Friday and Holy Week worship.

Upon-a That Cross arr. Mark Hayes
With a plaintive, mournful tone this new original Lenten/Holy Week/Good Friday spiritual text is set to the familiar tune “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Mark Hayes provides a rich gospel arrangement that underscores the urgency of the moment.

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Lift High the Palms! by Joseph M. Martin
This anthem opens with a driving energy, capturing the celebratory occasion of Palm Sunday. The (optional) hushed a cappella section provides a wonderful contrast leading back to a reprise of the opening theme. The anthem then drives to a satisfying flourish. Exciting!

FOR EASTER
Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Mary McDonald
Celebrating Christ’s victory over death, this is perhaps the most majestic Easter hymn, and certainly worthy of the claim in this powerful presentation. It is rich with the joy of Easter and symbolism of faith, representing Christ’s kingship, royalty, and triumph over the grave. The addition of organ, brass, and timpani elevates the impact of this triumphant Easter celebration.

bpi-bp2166-fFOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Footsteps by Craig Courtney
The image of the footsteps of the Savior leading us onward provides a foundation for our testimony of trust. An intimate and compelling text and artistic choral writing, enhanced by a lovely piano accompaniment, combine beautifully in this gentle and accessible setting. Gorgeous!

My Faith Looks Up to Thee arr. Jay Rouse
Jay Rouse placed his distinctive signature sound on this beloved hymn of faith that s sure to be embraced by choirs and congregations. Gorgeous accompaniment, rich sonorities, and fresh choral interpretations abound in this hymn setting where old meets new.

lorenz-531251Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone) by Marty Parks
This driving, energetic anthem by Marty Parks seamlessly combines original material with excerpts from the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Suitable for worship throughout the church year, the engaging and readily learned syncopations will quickly ensure that this piece becomes a standard in your library.

Did the snowy weather keep you from attending our January Sacred Choral Reading Session? If you’re interested in purchasing a packet from this season’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us! Visit our YouTube channel for live footage of the clinic, and remember – 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.

“It Is Finished”: Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2019 16 January, 2019

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It Is Finished: A Tenebrae Service by Mary McDonald
For Holy Week or Good Friday, “It Is Finished” is a unique, powerful, and compelling Tenebrae service from the always uncommonly creative Mary McDonald. At 30 minutes in length, it is easily prepared and will serve perfectly as a centerpiece for any Holy Week service. Or, perform the anthems separately during Lent and Holy Week. The optional chamber orchestration is elegant, yet practical. Optional PowerPoint files with inspiring images for projection during the service will add a moving visual element. Titles include “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross;” “I Am Light, I Am Life, I Am Love;” “As You Will, It Will Be;” “It Is Finished,” and more.

lorenz-531046Calvary’s Love by Lloyd Larson & Jay Rouse
In “Calvary’s Love,” Lloyd Larson and Jay Rouse offer an inspiring reminder of the gifts of love and life that are ours because of the price Jesus paid at Calvary. Flexibly conceived for Lent, Holy Week, or Eastertide programming, it may be performed as a whole, or each individual anthem may be presented during the weeks leading up to Easter, depending on your programming needs. Small and large choirs alike will find the choral writing appealing and versatile, and accompaniment options range from piano only to Ed Hogan’s powerful orchestration. Choirs and congregations will be encouraged by this musical telling of the timeless message of God’s sacrifice and love through Jesus. “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down His life for His friends.”

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 14 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.

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Choral Reading Session 08 January, 2019

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session this Saturday, January 12th 2019, and you’ll be fully prepared for the remainder of your church choir season. We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 12th, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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 12th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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Composer Profile: Shawn Kirchner 17 December, 2018

ShawnKirchnerby Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Shawn Kirchner has recently become a composer name that I am especially excited to see come across my desk. His choral writing is strongly influenced by folk traditions around the world, as evident in both his arrangements and original compositions, which are equally compelling.

A composer/arranger, singer/songwriter, and pianist active in the music circles of Los Angeles, Kirchner’s choral works are performed throughout the world. His appointment in 2012 as the LA Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence was the culmination of an ongoing creative relationship with music director Grant Gershon, resulting in numerous commissions and premieres at LA’s Disney Hall. Kirchner has also collaborated with and/or written for many leading choral ensembles across the country, including Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Lorelei Ensemble, San Diego Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, and the Atlanta Master Chorale.

The music of Shawn Kirchner is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. For more information about Shawn and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Unclouded Day, Weevily Wheat, Sweet Rivers, I Will Arise and Go, Cornerstone, Wana Baraka

About the Author:
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.

COMING SOON: January Sacred Choral Clinic 11 December, 2018

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346With Christmas around the corner it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 12th 2019, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 12th, 2019
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. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

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 12th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2018 10 October, 2018

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

Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

leon-526796FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Dem Bones arr. Audrey Snyder
Amusing and fun, this arrangement of the popular African American spiritual incorporates spoken refrains and entertaining percussion instruments that bring to life the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. The final refrain includes an optional 2nd voice part that moves the piece to a spirited, joyous conclusion.

Jonah arr. Daniel Mattix
Hear the biblical story of Jonah like never before with this jazzy, energetic rendition from Daniel Mattix! This lively anthem for unison choirs provides the perfect opportunity to explore unison singing in minor keys, and the ending offers a dynamic optional three-part divisi conclusion.

chorgd-cga1546-fJoshua! arr. Joe Milton & Wally Minko
A soulful, fresh take on the story of Joshua from OpenHeart Musicals composer Kimberly Ingram. “You’ve heard about the battle of Jericho, but just what do we really know?” This fun anthem takes a close look at the main character, Joshua, highlighting his unwavering trust in God. The theatrical B section incorporates rhythmic speech, while an optional three-part split on the final refrain allows more advanced choirs to showcase their versatility.

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Cindy Berry
This graceful setting of Psalm 23 by Cindy Berry is filled with variety and fresh perspective. Gentle syncopation, complementary piano accompaniment, and optional harmony notes at the close, plus careful writing for children’s voices, make this a must-have for your repertoire.

Now Thank We All Our God arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
This hymn arrangement for unison or two-part voices by Ruth Elaine Schram pairs the familiar tune, Nun Danket, with a new counter-melody, providing a great opportunity to introduce part-singing to young choirs. Highlights include a fully-supportive accompaniment and vocals well-crafted for young singers.

celgra-622011301-fWith a Joyful Noise by Ruth Elaine Schram
Based upon Psalm 100, this cheerful anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram sings of God’s praise and service. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of year, it includes an easily-learned, buoyant melody for unison voices. The incorporation of an optional second part adds harmonic contrast and variety.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Carols Sing, Praises Bring by Terry D. Taylor
Terry Taylor has composed a joyful, appealing Christmas anthem for unison or two-part treble voices with supportive accompaniment. The bell-like melody of the primary theme is contrasted beautifully in a legato B section. Joyful!

Christmas Songs of Peace arr. Joseph M. Martin
The wonder and awe of the first Christmas night permeates this medley of three treasured carols perfect for Christmas Eve or any Christmas worship occasion. Fitting for children, youth, and adult choirs, the medley includes “Away In a Manger,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

chorgd-cga1552-fLight of Hope (A Trilogy for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany) by Mark Patterson
The “Light of Hope” trilogy from Mark Patterson is a wonderful way to begin the church year with your children’s choir or small adult choir. This trilogy includes short anthems for the first three seasons of the church year: an Advent piece anticipating the light of Christ, a Christmas piece celebrating the birth of the promised Savior, and an Epiphany round compelling all to share Christ’s light with the world. Each anthem includes parts for 4 or 5 handbells or handchimes. A must-have for your choral library!

Shepherds, Awake! by Mark Patterson
This delightful Christmas anthem weaves together new words with the familiar carol text, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” Easy syncopation in the voices and piano combines with optional flute and percussion to create a light calypso feel that makes this piece a unique, fun selection for Christmas worship or concert presentations.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us. 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

“Silent Night” 200th Anniversary 03 October, 2018

maxresdefault (1)“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xavier Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.

In 2018, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this lovely carol, and festivals and events are planned in commemoration around the world. If you plan to program “Silent Night” for your ensemble this holiday season, use Stanton’s powerful search filter to find the perfect arrangement for you! From the stantons.com homepage, use the search box in the upper right corner to search “silent night.” You’ll get over 600 results! The search filter options on the left will help you narrow your search – filter by instrument/voicing, arranger, publisher, and more. Use the Five Star Feature filter to find the best arrangements as selected by our experienced Sheet Music Specialists!

Here are just a few of our favorite arrangements for various ensembles:
arr. Eric Nelson for church choir
arr. Becki Slagle Mayo for children’s choir
arr. Betty Garee for handbells
arr. Greg Gilpin for high school choir
arr. Jonny Priano for contemporary a cappella ensemble
arr. Jeffrey E. Turner for string orchestra
arr. Chip Davis/adapt. Calvin Custer for full orchestra
arr. Mark Taylor for jazz ensemble
arr. Jim Swearingen for concert band

“Sing We Now of Christmas” 24 September, 2018

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.

leon-526875There Shall a Star (from Christus) by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. John Leavitt
From Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Christus, this masterwork adaptation tastefully presents a classical work for church and academic choirs. This chorus is from one of Mendelssohn’s final works which was never completed. The rolling triplet accompaniment pushes the composition forward with wave-like arches, supporting the choir in all of its sonorous glory. A smooth contrapuntal style contrasts with dramatic accents and powerful crescendos, displaying the confident scripture-based text with appropriate excitement! John Leavitt has provided a new piano accompaniment as well as a new sparkling orchestration that supports the work while staying faithful to the Mendelssohn original.

Sing We Now of Christmas arr. Lloyd Larson
This dynamic setting features the French carol NOEL NOUVLET and the familiar words “Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel,” which lead beautifully into a refrain of “What Child Is This.” Culled from Lloyd’s top-selling cantata, Were You There on That Christmas Night code no. 8611.

alfred-47215-fO Child of the Nations arr. Howard Helvey
A Sacred Harp gem has been newly adapted and arranged by Howard Helvey with his own new Advent text. The result is an a cappella anthem of rare beauty and sensitivity. The hymnic nature of the anthem makes it easy to learn, but no less effective in its presentation.

Sans Day Carol arr. Joseph M. Martin
A gently beautiful text and tune well-known by many has been given a moving and beautiful new setting. From its delicate beginning, this anthem soon soars. The text covers the story of Christ poetically from cradle to the cross, making it a perfect choice as a Christmas communion anthem.

lorenz-525776Let Every Heart Rejoice and Sing by Patti Drennan
Patti Drennan brings us this festive anthem to celebrate the birth of Christ. An energetic and driving 4-hand accompaniment makes it a stunning selection for the Christmas season.

Child of Peace by Mary McDonald
This original, heartfelt song seamlessly weaves Dona Nobis Pacem, contemplating the peace that Christ brings at Christmas and always. The cherished carol Silent Night is included in the climax of the piece, which also offers optional congregational involvement. Beautiful!

A Christmas Lullaby arr. Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes seamlessly blends two timeless cradle songs to create the quintessential Christmas lullaby suitable for concert or worship venues. It is a tender and moving reminder of the beautiful Christmas story.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, visit our newly redesigned website or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Get “Fired Up!” 21 September, 2018

hope-527691recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Fired Up! by Allen Pote & Tom S. Long
A lighthearted re-telling of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, this new musical for young voices includes all the elements we’ve come to expect from Tom and Allen: well-crafted accessible songs, clever humor, and a solid biblical message, in this case: we follow a loving God worthy of trust – regardless of the circumstances.

More musicals for kids are available on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

The Glory of Christmas 14 September, 2018

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

Presenting a cantata with your church choir is a wonderful way to prepare your congregation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff highly recommends these cantatas for the Christmas season:

lorenz-525579The Glory of Christmas by Lloyd Larson
The glory of Christmas comes to life in this inspiring musical by Lloyd Larson. Through a blend of familiar carols and original songs, choirs and congregations alike will experience the beauty of the incarnation story as if they re experiencing it for the first time. This versatile work may be presented in multiple segments over the Sundays of Advent or as a single presentation, and will be equally effective with piano accompaniment or the full orchestra option (live instruments or accompaniment track). The script for two narrators is scripturally based and seamlessly weaves in and out of the music to provide an inspiring worship experience. Opportunities for the congregation to sing familiar carols as well as the availability of both SATB and SAB editions ensure that this resource is suitable for choirs large or small.

A Midnight Clear by John Leavitt
“A Midnight Clear” is a joyful collection of carols that beautifully and elegantly portray the Christmas story. Stylistic variety abounds, and the optional Chamber Orchestration will provide additional layers of texture and color to the work. Selections can be presented individually or as part of a full-length cantata, making this book an excellent choice for “Lessons and Carols” services or for concert presentations.

mornin-msm70-110-fA Carol Suite by Hal H. Hopson
A four movement suite of traditional carols arranged by Hal Hopson, this includes Once in Royal David’s City; Sing We Now of Christmas; Still, Still, Still and Angels We Have Heard on High. It will be a sure-fire success whether you use just piano or the chamber orchestra version. Beautifully crafted for choirs in all venues for Christmas.

Find more quality cantatas for your church choir on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

New Church Anthems for Fall 2018 04 September, 2018

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

As church choirs start up for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:

C6157 Hes Always Been Faithful SATBHe’s Always Been Faithful arr. Lloyd Larson
Both accessible and straightforward, here are two settings of Sara Groves’ contemporary reworking of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” available in both SATB and SAB opt. Two-Part Mixed with piano accompaniment, this is an easily learned piece for traditional and contemporary worship.

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee by Joan J. Pinkston
A tender new setting of the old favorite with freshened lyrics and just enough references to the original tune to bind the work together. Scored for SATB choir with an optional B-flat clarinet part included. Suitable for a time of contemplation and reflection in any service of worship. Highly recommended!

bpi-bp2142-fO Love That Will Not Let Me Go arr. Ryan Murphy
An arrangement of the Albert L. Peace music by Ryan Murphy. An alternate organ accompaniment and an optional orchestral accompaniment are available.

To God Be the Glory arr. Mary McDonald
This classic hymn text is given a lavish, masterful treatment which opens with a snare drum and a regal horn call before the men begin softly singing. The listener will be transported to new heights with such a commanding arrangement, proclaiming the greatness of God through soaring vocal lines and Ed Hogan’s grandiose orchestration.

lorenz-525807Sinner Saved By Grace arr. Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald s choral setting of a beloved Gaither song retains the powerful truth behind the lyrics that the grace of God is stronger than our failings. While the orchestral accompaniment is impressive and moving, the full piano part provides enough support if you choose to perform with piano only.

All Good Gifts by Joseph M. Martin
This Thanksgiving anthem is a flowing, tender ballad that reminds the listener of all of the treasures of life that “are gifts sent from heaven.” The inclusion of “For the Beauty of the Earth” is another familiar reminder of our gratitude and grateful praise. Easily learned and a great opportunity to sing thanks to the Lord for family, friends, and blessings from above.

O Sing to the Lord a New Song! arr. Lloyd Larson
An exciting anthem of praise based on Psalm 98 and incorporating HYFRYDOL and a Robert Lowry text, scored for SATB choir and keyboard with optional flute and handbells (2 octave). Suitable for any occasion of worship.

leon-526677Come, Come to the Table by Joshua Metzger
Quality communion anthems are a staple in any well-balanced sacred choral library. This charming selection has a refined lilt that dances off the page with assurance and promise. Restrained part-writing and moderation in the accompaniment make this anthem an approachable yet effective choice for Lord’s Supper celebrations.

For more quality suggestions for your church choir, view all of our Five Star Features for Fall 2018 on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Sacred Choral Reading Session THIS SATURDAY! 06 August, 2018

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson 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 11, 2018.

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 11th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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 Lloyd Larson
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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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NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 11 July, 2018

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson 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 11, 2018.

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 11th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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 Lloyd Larson
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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!

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

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.

LLOYD LARSON: Coming to Stanton’s This Summer! 30 May, 2018

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson 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 11, 2018.

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 11th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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 Lloyd Larson
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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!

Join Us with LLOYD LARSON This Summer! 17 April, 2018

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson 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 11, 2018.

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 11th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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 Lloyd Larson
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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!

Spirituals from Alice Parker 09 March, 2018

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

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American conductor, composer, and arranger Alice Parker is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the world of choral music. Many of her arrangements, including those she created in cooperation with Robert Shaw (with whom she studied at Julliard) are now regarded as standard literature.

Balm in GileadBalm in Gilead
This traditional spiritual is set with divisi choral parts and requires a mezzo-soprano soloist who can soar over the choir, carry the music and bring style and passion to the rendering. Beautiful legato and dynamically subtle singing by the choir is a must with the results being a most satisfying performance for singer and listener.

By an ByBy an’ By
Light, fast, strong and accented describe this arrangement of the traditional spiritual. This is a wonderful contrast to the heavy style so often associated with traditional spirituals. Each of the voice parts gets to carry the melody throughout the course of the arrangement creating extra interest for the singers.

Keep Your HandKeep Your Hand On That Plow
This traditional spiritual comes out of the work song tradition. It is firm and strong and features a baritone soloist who instructs the singers to “keep their hands on the plow.” The call and response between soloist and choir is classic and offers a wonderful opportunity to teach this style so important in our history.

Tell Em I'm GoneTell ‘Em I’m Gone
A heavy blues beat defines this arrangement of this traditional spiritual. The arranger calls for “wailing” and the passion required from the chorus and the mezzo-soprano soloist are critical in bringing this arrangement to life. This is a classic example of the concert spiritual.

You Can Tell the WorldYou Can Tell the World
This arrangement of a traditional spiritual is set in an easy swing style and is a song full of hope and joy. All of the voice parts contain divisi and are exposed, allowing the opportunity to feature each section. The end of this arrangement diminuendos to a soft and simple statement signifying the inner joy that each of us can experience when we allow it to happen.

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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.

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 across the country, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

SAVE THE DATE: Sacred Choral Reading Session August 2018 06 March, 2018

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson 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 11, 2018.

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 11th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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 Lloyd Larson
Saturday 8/11/2018, 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!