News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Church Choral

Rise Up, My Soul! Anthems for Worship Spring 2020 20 March, 2020

rise up my soul lloyd larsonrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Rise Up, My Soul! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
This spirited and joyful anthem will set the tone for any worship service. Its message of triumph and joy will resonate with singer and listener alike. With a percussive and rhythmic accompaniment, this anthem is useful all year long. Easy to sing, yet exciting and fresh.

Gospel of Grace arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
In a relaxed gospel groove, Mary McDonald infuses her creativity and originality into traditional texts and melodies. Drawing from “Amazing Grace,” an original chorus elaborates on sentiments from the universally loved hymn. A rhythm section can be incorporated to enhance the gospel style.

o breathe on me o breath of god chaz bowersO Breathe on Me, O Breath of God by Chaz Bowers, SATB a cappella
This lovely a cappella setting will be a welcome addition to your choir’s Holy Spirit and Pentecost repertoire and is also well suited to celebrations of confirmation or Communion. The piece gradually builds in intensity as it invokes the Breath of God to transform our lives. Rich four-part writing that is very accessible. Highly recommended!

There Is a Savior arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
The text to this classic contemporary song speaks of hope for tomorrow and the promise of mercy and forgiveness from the Savior. The inclusion of the old, gospel hymn refrain “My Savior’s Love” brings the message home expressing how marvelous and wonderful the Savior’s love truly is.

first song of isaiah jack noble whiteThe First Song of Isaiah by Jack Noble White/arr. Lee Dengler, SAB with piano and optional congregation and handbells
Since it was first published in 1976, this anthem has been sung by millions of people worldwide. In addition to its simply profound message coupled with warm and inviting melody and harmonies, this anthem offers great flexibility in how it can be sung and accompanied: with or without a children’s choir, optional guitar, drums and handbells…or simply with organ and/or piano. Now available in a new SAB voicing.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Anna Laura Page, SATB with piano and optional flute
This four-verse setting of the familiar text and tune is intimate and sensitive. Unison men’s voices are featured in a couple places, but the choral parts are not difficult. Piano and flute help the music flow forward. The third verse is set in triple meter to original music, a nice change before the final verse returns to the HANSON PLACE tune. Reproducible Flute part included.

we'll join the everlasting song lloyd larsonWe’ll Join the Everlasting Song! arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
The composer uses the traditional, classic hymn texts, ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME and CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS in combination and set to the tunes of KINGSFOLD and LEONI to form a robust hymn of praise and celebration, suitable for Easter and any other service of worship and celebration.

God of the Sparrow by Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and flute or violin
A tender prayer to the God of all comfort that He who sees and cares for each sparrow will lovingly care for us, His own children. Lyrics by Jonathan Cook. The flute or violin part is included in the octavo.

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About the Authors:
Judy H. began working in Stanton’s Choral Department in 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. Judy is also recently retired – congratulations Judy!

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.

Sacred Vocal Solos for Kids 13 March, 2020

sacred vocal solos for kidsrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Feature young soloists in worship with this great collection – perfect for young singers!

Sacred Vocal Solos for Kids Book/CD
Titles include: “Alive, Alive,” “All Night, All Day,” “Amazing Grace,” “Dare to Be a Daniel,” “Down in My Heart,” “Give Me Oil in My Lamp,” “The Gospel Train,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “I Will Sing of the Mercies,” “I Would Be True,” “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing,” “I’m in the Lord’s Army,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Jesus Bids Us Shine,” “Jesus in the Morning,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “Just As I Am,” “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” “My God Is So Great, So Strong and So Mighty,” “O, How I Love Jesus,” “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children,” “Rock-A-My Soul,” “Simple Gifts,” “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus,” “This Is My Father’s World,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Trust and Obey,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “Zacchaeus.”

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About the Authors:
Judy H. began working in Stanton’s Choral Department in 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. Judy is also recently retired – congratulations Judy!

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.

Kid’s Korner Spring 2020 12 February, 2020

children of the risen king becki slagle mayorecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Recommended by our Sheet Music Specialists, these titles are selected especially for your youngest singers in worship:

Children of the Risen King by Becki Slagle Mayo & Lynn Shaw Bailey, Unison/2-part with piano and optional glockenspiel or metallophone
Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, this joyous Easter anthem features optional parts for glockenspiel or metallophone that add a triumphant sparkle to the regal melody. Budding two part choirs will find the optional voice part a breeze to learn and fun to sing.

Hosanna! by Lynn Russell, Unison with piano and optional handbells
For something different, consider this lilting, gentle 6/8 song for Palm Sunday. The step-wise writing and fully supportive accompaniment make this piece easy to learn and a sure success. The optional 6-note handbells (included) add a special dimension to the performance.

in god's hands erik whitehillIn God’s Hands arr. Erik Whitehill, 2-part with piano
Children’s and youth choirs will have a ton of fun with Erik Whitehill’s reimagination of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” This two-part anthem features updated and inclusive language along with a funky, rhythmic accompaniment. Whitehill’s two-part writing is accessible and hits all the right marks!

Shine Like Jesus by Lynn Russell, Unison with piano
This bluesy anthem, with clever lyrics, light syncopation, and finger snaps, is sure to be a favorite! In story-like fashion, the text traces the life of the Apostle Paul – Saul the Pharisee becomes Paul the missionary. The melody’s upper notes are approached carefully for successful singing, and the dramatic ending adds sparkle!

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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.

Hosanna! Anthems for Palm Sunday and Easter 2020 03 February, 2020

hosanna in the highest craig courtneyrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

for Palm Sunday
Hosanna in the Highest by Craig Courtney, SATB with organ and optional children’s choir, 3-5 octaves handbells, brass sextet and percussion
Although this majestic anthem is appropriate for Palm Sunday, its text, based on the Sanctus and Benedictus, makes it suitable for services and celebrations throughout the year. Optional children’s choir, handbells, brass and percussion lend adaptability for all types of settings.

With Waving Palms and Shouts of Praise arr. Keith Christopher, SATB with piano and optional children’s choir, congregation and handbells or handchimes
This selection, using the familiar FOREST GREEN tune, will make a joyous processional for Palm Sunday. Accessible choral writing makes this arrangement easily learned while still being highly effective. With the option to incorporate a children’s choir and the congregation, the piece builds to a triumphant, multigenerational close. An optional two-octave handbell (or handchime) part is included.

hosanna to the king who comes lloyd larsonHosanna to the King Who Comes! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional children’s choir, hand drum and bass
Lloyd Laron’s festive Palm Sunday anthem depicts Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem with a celebratory, upbeat groove and refrain. Incorporate a children’s choir for multi-generational participation, and if you’re looking to enhance the rhythmic elements, add the optional hand drum and bass parts.

for Easter Sunday
Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia! by Patricia Mock/arr. Faye Lopez, SATB with piano and optional trumpet and congregation
Celebrate the resurrection power of Christ with this dynamic Easter anthem featuring the beloved EASTER HYMN. A gently syncopated melody is enhanced by accessible harmonies and a supportive accompaniment. Also included are options to add a bright trumpet obbligato and congregational participation.

crown him with many crowns lloyd larsonCrown Him with Many Crowns arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional congregation
This regal selection provides the makings of a high moment of praise for the gathered church. Between the choral fanfares at the beginning and end, the congregation is invited to join the choir in this well-written arrangement of a favorite hymn. A soprano descant on the last stanza enhances the powerful unison melody sung by all. An optional orchestration is available separately. Majestic!

Risen Indeed! by Allen Pote, SATB with piano and optional brass quintet and timpani
This original anthem tells the Easter story in a mighty way with piano and/or organ, and dynamic brass accompaniment. The syncopation and rhythmic energy provides the festivity needed to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord proclaiming that Christ is risen indeed!

christ is risen sing alleluia lloyd larsonChrist Is Risen, Sing Alleluia! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with organ or piano and optional brass quintet, percussion, and 3 octave handbells
This exclamatory anthem is a joyous proclamation of Christ’s Resurrection. The regal opening features bold choral divisi before settling into a unison statement of a melody expertly composed by Lloyd Larson. The final section ultimately builds up to a restatement of the opening and ends with a big finish. Incorporate brass, handbells, percussion, and organ for a spectacular Easter morning!

The Great I AM! by Jay Rouse, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
From the cantata “Calvary’s Love,” this piece is a triumphant celebration of the power that overcame death and the grave. Soaring unison moments contrast with rich choral harmonies, supported by a substantial piano part or the impressive optional orchestration. Sweeping and majestic, this selection is a wonderful way to open or close your Easter service.

Find more anthems for Palm Sunday and Easter in our Listening Library, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC 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.

Lead Me to Calvary: Anthems for Lent 2020 29 January, 2020

on the mount called calvary lloyd larsonrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

On the Mount Called Calvary by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional narration & cello
Lloyd Larson and Carol M. Hodge collaborated on this stirring anthem, featuring the tune WONDROUS LOVE. It incorporates a scripture reading from Luke 23 and can be enhanced with an optional cello part. This anthem is easy to prepare yet extremely effective for Good Friday reflection.

Lead Me to Calvary arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB a cappella
This delicate a cappella setting of “Lead Me to Calvary” is a reflection upon the significance of Calvary. Careful four-part voice leading helps choirs successfully execute a cappella singing. A rich choral background supports an expressive alto solo on the second verse, before the piece returns to homophonic texture and a soft, prayerful ending.

wondrous love wes cameronWondrous Love by Wes Cameron, SAB with piano
Asking, “Why would the Son of God lay down his life for me?” this Good Friday ballad exalts the “wondrous love the Savior showed for me!” Opening with a hint of the hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This,” this Lenten anthem is easily learned and makes a powerful statement.

Who Is This? by Victor C. Johnson, SATB with piano
“Who is this, despised, rejected, mocked, insulted, beaten, bound? ‘Tis Christ, the man of sorrows, dying in agony. ‘Tis Christ, the suff’ring Savior, hanging there on Calvary’s tree.” Victor C. Johnson’s anthem is a dramatic yet simple reflection on Christ’s Crucifixion. Focusing on the immense sacrifice at Calvary, it is an excellent choice for a contemplative moment in a Holy Week or Good Friday service.

on a hill far away joseph martinOn a Hill Far Away by Joseph M. Martin, SATB with piano
This original musical setting in a contemplative, minor tonality gives a distinct character to the familiar hymn text by George Bennard. With comfortable ranges and very accessible four-part writing, it is an excellent fit for smaller choirs or those looking for a quickly learned piece for Holy Week.

Lenten Meditation by Jay Althouse, 2-part mixed with piano
Solid melodic writing combines with fluid inner choral lines to create a memorable choral anthem ideal for the Lenten season. New voicings for Two-Part Mixed, SSA and TTBB are now available.

Mercy’s Promise by Patti Drennan, SATB with piano and optional oboe or C instrument
More than just a meditation for Good Friday, Rose Aspinall’s impassioned text about the sacrifice of Christ on the cross is a call to “Look up!” and receive the gift of salvation. Set in a minor key in 12/8 meter with an optional oboe or C instrument part, this stirring anthem is powerful and expressive.

Find more anthems for Lent in our Listening Library, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC to speak with 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.”