News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Church Choral

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

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

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

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IN ONE MONTH: Lloyd Larson Church Music Reading Sessions 10 July, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. 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.

Since 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 where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. 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.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

SAVE THE DATE: Church Music Sessions with Lloyd Larson in August 05 June, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. 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.

Since 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 where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. 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.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

Table of Plenty: New Titles for Communion 13 May, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Table of Plenty by Dan Schutte/arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano and optional flute
Useful as both a gathering or communion song, this text speaks of unity and belonging through the voice of God who will provide for all who gather at the table. The piano accompaniment is beautifully rendered, and a separate optional part flute adds sparkle.

After Giving Thanks, Remember Me by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Mary McDonald gives us a reflective, compelling communion text woven with delicate, expressive piano accompaniment that is especially suited for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services. This piece could easily be sung as a vocal solo.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

DON’T MISS IT: Church Music Reading Sessions with LLOYD LARSON 30 April, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. 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.

Since 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 where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. 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.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

O Breath of Life: New Music for PENTECOST 01 April, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

O Breath of Life arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with organ
Howard Helvey has joined the lovely French tune BERGERS, usually associated with Christmas, with Elizabeth Ann Porter Head’s prayer to the Holy Spirit and provided us with a beautiful anthem suitable for the themes of Pentecost or revival.

Come, Holy Spirit, I Pray by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Lloyd Larson takes us to the heart of Pentecost in this new gospel song written for SATB choirs. Its original lyric, a prayer to be filled and guided by the Holy Spirit, is set to an uplifting tune in 9/8. The idiomatic piano accompaniment is a joy to play and the choral parts showcase Larson’s gift for four-part writing, with gently contrapuntal moments as the music heads toward a beautiful fortissimo section in its final measures.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

LLOYD LARSON is Coming This Summer! 26 March, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. 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.

Since 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 where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. 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.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

It Is Well: Anthems for Spring 2024 04 March, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

It Is Well by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Mary McDonald has penned a moving and beautiful new melody to the immortal “It Is Well with My Soul” text. The melody and harmonies flow effortlessly over the smooth accompaniment, creating an expressive and ultimately triumphant experience for singers and listeners alike. The final cadence rings with a bold, resolute “with my soul!”

Do Lord, Remember Me arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
This lively arrangement of the beloved spiritual is sure to uplift your choir and congregants alike.

Give Me Jesus arr. Trevor Manor, SATB with piano and optional congregation
Beautiful vocal lines and satisfying accompaniment are the hallmarks of anthems in the Congregational Anthem Series. Combining the beauty of choral anthems with the importance of congregational singing, these works feature familiar hymns, accessible and well-crafted choral writing, and simple yet compelling accompaniments. They allow the entire congregation to join the choir without rehearsal. These works can function either as choral anthems or congregational hymns in a service order using the included congregational melody sheet.

Glory to God (Whose Goodness Shines on Me) arr. Joel Raney, SAB with piano
This Quick Study Choral pairs Paul Vasile’s setting of the “Gloria Patri” with “To God Be the Glory” in a spirited, gospel toe-tapper. This masterful setting is rich with a treasure trove of catchy, gospel licks.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah arr. Craig Courtney, SATB with piano
New joy and life have been infused into the tune CWM RHONDA with a buoyant and syncopated piano accompaniment. The setting gradually gains intensity, culminating in a strong final chorus: “Songs of praises I will ever give to Thee.”

Hail, Holy Light arr. Howard Helvey, SATB with piano
The ST CLEMENT tune, often associated with an evening hymn, is paired with a fresh morning hymn of praise: “Hail, holy light! The world rejoices as morning breaks and shadows fly.” The choral and piano writing shine exquisitely in this anthem.

It Is Well with My Soul arr. Tom Trenney, SATB with piano and optional C or B-flat instrument & organ
This fresh setting of the beloved hymn has unique treatments of the refrain and uses rich textures and harmonies to bring the text alive in a new way for your choir and congregation.

O God Beyond All Praising arr. David Schwoebel, SATB with piano and optional organ
This stirring anthem of praise uses scripture quotes from Romans 11 to provide framing for the venerable hymn text and Holst’s tune THAXTED from Jupiter. Congregational singing can be added on the hymn tune, and an optional organ part (available separately) can be used in addition to the piano.

Where Can I Go? by Molly Ijames, SATB with piano and optional flute
This beautifully refined setting of words from Psalm 139 is both soul-searching and deeply comforting: “I am known … where can I go, except to You, Lord.”

Be Thou My Vision arr. Benjamin David Knoedler, SATB with piano
The charmingly simple motif of the accompaniment unifies this compelling setting of the beloved Irish hymn. Elegant but not difficult, this satisfying anthem will find its way into your choral programming year after year.

Because He Lives arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
“Because He Lives” has become a standard Easter hymn for congregations the world over. Lloyd Larson has done a masterful job of bringing this hymn into the choral anthem format. Not just for Easter, it is a song of victory and promise and praise.

Come, Thou Almighty King arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional trumpet & handbells
Here is a creative and stately setting of the time-honored hymn featuring optional parts for solo trumpet and 3 octave handbells.

Forever Leaning on the Arms of Jesus by Stan Pethel, SA(T)B with piano and optional rhythm
Stan Pethel delivers this inspiring song of unwavering commitment and heartfelt praise. Written in a relaxed gospel style, this anthem is sure to uplift both your choir and congregation. The music is scored for either SAB or SATB, and optional rhythm section parts are also available.

The Longer I Serve Him arr. Jay Rouse, SATB with piano and optional string orchestra
Jay Rouse has taken one of the Gaither’s most popular songs, and Jay Rouse has taken one of the Gaithers’ most popular songs and combined it with the classic hymn, “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” and the results are breathtaking. Opening with an optional solo, the vocal writing moves from unison to rich four-part writing. The piano writing is soulful, beautifully conceived, and a delight to play. In addition, an orchestration for optional string orchestra is also available. “Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows. The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.”

Love Lifted Me by Sean Paul, SATB with piano
A well-known hymn text speaks through a fresh musical treatment in this evocative choral offering. A murmuring piano motive in minor introduces a testimony to God’s saving love, while the main theme suggests the spirit of a folk song or rustic sea shanty. As the anthem develops, the piano accompaniment expands, adding a theatrical sweep to the concept.

The Shelter of Salvation by Brad Nix, SATB with piano
This modern hymn, with words and music by Brad Nix, will soon become a favorite for your ensemble. Its thoughtfully crafted choral writing offers abundant opportunities for every section to embrace this simple yet profound melody. With each passing verse and chorus, the arrangement gracefully ascends to a rousing finish featuring a soaring countermelody and a rich piano accompaniment. Highly recommended!

Standing on the Promises arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with 4-hand piano
Larry Shackley’s creativity shines brightly in this extraordinary arrangement! This classic hymn, set to a rollicking four-hand piano accompaniment, features fun and engaging vocal writing that will invigorate both vocalists and congregation. The third verse, thoughtfully set in a reflective manner, provides a perfect contrast to the anthem’s overall liveliness.

Wayfaring Stranger arr. Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and optional cello, violin, or flute
This haunting and soulful treatment of the well-known American folk melody includes instrumental echoes of the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child which adds further depth of expression. The choral writing is refined yet simple.

This Is My Song (A Song of Peace) arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional brass & percussion
Lloyd Larson has taken these beautiful lyrics, set to FINLANDIA, and offers us this stirring new arrangement. Serving as both a prayer for world peace and an offering of thanksgiving for our own country, this anthem will find a place in many services. The noble character of the music is reinforced by the addition of optional brass and percussion.

Keep Your Children by Marianne Forman, SATB with piano and optional violin
“God our Father, good and holy, keep your children safe from harm; send your guardian angels to them, shield them by your mighty arm.” This prayer for God’s protection can be sung by SATB choir with children’s choir or with adult solo. It is applicable both to children literally and to all of us as God’s children.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

Kid’s Korner – New Titles for Children’s Choir Spring 2024 12 February, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Moses and Me by Vicki Tucker Courtney, 2-part with piano and optional oboe, tambourine & hand drum
From the Joyfully Sing! 360 Series, this fresh setting relates the story of Moses to the everyday lives of children. With a true Old Testament Jewish sound, it includes parts for easy optional percussion and oboe instruments within the anthem.

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today arr. Becki Slagle Mayo, Unison/2-part with piano and optional 6 handbells
This joyful gem, arranged in a classical style, will highlight Easter celebrations. The hymn is introduced first, followed by a new melody. The two songs then partner together in creative and lovely moments of harmony. The piece concludes with an extended “alleluia” in optional four-part harmony on the last chord. A simple handbell or handchime part using only six bells is included.

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel arr. Keith Christopher, Unison/2-part with piano
This arrangement of the traditional spiritual is pure fun! The energetic piece starts in unison with a statement of the chorus. It is followed by two catchy verses and choruses, all supported by a lively accompaniment. The ending builds excitedly until the word “Daniel” is suddenly whispered dramatically.

Be Strong in the Lord by Dennis and Nan Allen, Unison/2-part with piano
Dennis and Nan Allen have written an encouraging anthem of faith based on Scripture. A memorable, mostly step-wise melody and inclusion of the hymn “The Solid Rock” make this a wonderful gem of trust and assurance. The optional harmony provides color and the modulation into the last stanza produces confident conclusion.

Table of Love by Ruth Elaine Schram, Unison with piano
With a wistful innocence, Table of Love is a lovely communion anthem for children. Use anytime during Lent, World Communion Day, or whenever communion is served. Smoothly incorporates the classic hymn “Were You There?” “There is room for you at the table of Love.”

Psalm of Blessing by Vicki Hancock Wright, Unison with piano and optional 6 handbells
Brightly bouncing, this anthem of praise and blessing comes from the seasoned and talented Vicki Hancock Wright. Filled with solid theology and scriptural truths, it sings with joy. The unison voicing makes it easy to teach and perform. The optional handbell obbligato will bring a special sparkle!

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

CHRIST AROSE: Easter Anthems for 2024 07 February, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Christ Arose arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with organ & piano (or organ only) and optional brass & percussion
This stunning anthem for SATB choirs and organ is the perfect way to open your Easter worship service. Opening with a fanfare-like instrumental flourish, the music moves steadily through three back-to-back verses before finally arriving at the popular chorus. The choir reiterates “Christ Arose!” as the anthem reaches its triumphant conclusion. In addition to the organ accompaniment, the octavo also features the option of adding piano to the organ, creating a lush duet accompaniment.

Resurrection Hymn (See What a Morning) arr. Steven Strite, SATB with piano and optional organ, brass quintet & percussion
This much-loved Getty/Townend modern hymn receives full festival treatment with fanfares, HYMN TO JOY “alleluias,” compelling modulations, imitative textures, and a soprano descant. It is a thrilling celebration for Easter Sunday!

resurrection canticle lloyd larson

Resurrection Canticle by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional chamber orchestra
Majestic and powerful, this Easter anthem of praise celebrates the worthy resurrection Lamb. Seamlessly incorporating the beloved hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (with optional congregational involvement), this offering is easily prepared, yet highly effective. The optional chamber orchestration will make it shine!

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

The Passion Song 23 January, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

The Passion Song: A Suite for Holy Week by Lloyd Larson
Observe and remember the holiest of weeks with “The Passion Song.” This three-anthem suite captures the many moods of Holy Week beautifully and poetically in song and spoken word. The opening Palm Sunday prelude sets the tone for what is to unfold…the world-changing events of Holy Week. Using a blend of familiar texts, tunes, and exquisite new material from Lloyd Larson, the cantata also includes a “bonus” anthem for Easter Sunday, adding to its overall flexibility. Use each anthem separately during Holy Week or together as a complete cantata. 20 minutes.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

Lead Me to Calvary: Anthems for Lent & Palm Sunday 2024 19 January, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

for LENT
Lead Me to Calvary arr. Jantz A. Black, SATB with piano
This beloved hymn, written in the first-person singular, invites all to participate directly in the passion narrative and to identify with the suffering Christ. The captivating musical setting captures all the intensity and drama of the text. Useful for Lent, and Holy Week.

O Sacred Head by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
The captivating lyrics of the 17th-century PASSION CHORALE still resonate today as we reflect on the somber final moments prior to Jesus’ death. Paired in this setting are the minor tonalities of the tune PROMISED LAND along with an original refrain, effectively conveying the depth of emotion through word and song. Enhanced by a rich piano accompaniment, the simplicity and familiarity make this an easily mastered anthem for Holy Week for choirs of any size.

Surely, This Was God’s Own Son by Lee Dengler, SATB with piano and optional flute, cello & chimes
Opening with a plaintive and lone voice statement of the compelling theme, the choir soon joins to enrich this Good Friday anthem. With a loneliness and heaviness that perfectly paints the moment, the anthem yet soars with beauty and pathos. The brief (optional) a cappella section is deeply moving, as the anthem segues to a stunning Kyrie Eleison conclusion.

Will You Watch with Me One Hour? by Larry Shackley, SATB with piano
Larry Shackley takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane in this breathtaking new work. Combining a gentle Celtic folk tune with an original text, this ballad-style anthem brings Jesus’ haunting question to our own hearts. As is typical of Shackley’s writing, the piano accompaniment is full of creative and beautiful textures, and the well-crafted vocal writing will be a pleasure to rehearse and sing.

At the Cross arr. Mary McDonald, SAB with piano
The well-know Good Friday text is creatively paired here with the tune to “Wayfaring Stranger.” This inspired, fresh take, on a well-known classic envelops us in the pathos of the crucifixion story. Lovely, and straightforward, the SAB voicing is easily learned.

for PALM SUNDAY
All Glory, Laud and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano and optional trumpet & congregation
Written for SATB choir, unison choir and congregation, the first verse begins with an original melody by Lloyd Larson. The second verse is to the traditional tune St. Theodulph. After a key change, the third verse partners both tunes for a glorious Palm Sunday finish. The optional trumpet adds sparkle to the joyous anthem. What a wonderful opportunity to combine your adults, children and congregation!

Let the Rocks Cry Out! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
Alive with rhythmic energy and the brilliant spirit of praise, this anthem is a wonderfully fresh approach for Palm Sunday. An invitation to worship and adoration, this up-tempo choral flourish will bring a joyful noise to this special service.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Choral Reading Session for Spring & Easter 2024 09 January, 2024

Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 13th 2024, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 13th, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $25.00 (there is no pre-registration for this session; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our Choral Department for more details

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Spring, Lent, Easter, and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s experienced Sacred Choral Music Specialists.

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 Jennifer Fry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a Choral Music Specialist for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you on January 13th for a wonderful morning of singing!

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 08 January, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (Revised Edition) by Bridget Jankowski
This primer for all musicians provides a reliable base for a lifetime of playing and singing. The principles in these pages are the elemental foundation of music education, and will protect a musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety. Musicians teaching from these principles will see their students thrive. Students studying and restudying these pages will delight in their enhanced performance. This book also serves as the text of a six-hour course on Body Mapping for musicians developed by Barbara Conable.

What’s New in the Revised Edition? Created with the input of experienced Licensed Body Mapping Educators, and led by Body Mapping expert Bridget Jankowski, this revision includes:
• Updated and enlarged images – big enough for coloring.
• Streamlined and clarified content based on new science.
• An updated format that follows the associated Body Mapping course more closely.
• Additional room for notes at the end of each section.

Knowledge from the scientific community continues to inform the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. The book’s associated Body Mapping course of the same name has evolved over the past two decades, and an updated text for the course will be a valuable resource for novice and seasoned Body Mapping Educators alike.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

COMING IN JANUARY: Sacred Choral Reading Session for Spring & Easter 2024 13 December, 2023

Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 13th 2024, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 13th, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $25.00 (there is no pre-registration for this session; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30)
email our Choral Department for more details

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Spring, Lent, Easter, and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s experienced Sacred Choral Music Specialists.

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 Jennifer Fry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a Choral Music Specialist for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you on January 13th for a wonderful morning of singing!

O Be Joyful! Holiday Titles for Advanced Choir 27 October, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

O Be Joyful by Toby Young, SATB with piano
The jaunty 6/8 tempo and effervescent piano part propel the music along and underpin highly singable melodic writing for your choir. From Carols for Choirs 6.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Kyle Pederson, SATB with piano
This piece pairs Holst’s iconic melody with a lesser-known melody by Becker, and augments Rossetti’s text with original lyrics that look toward the light of Christmas. An active and independent piano accompaniment, optional opening solo, flowing vocal lines, and an unaccompanied middle section make this a sensitive selection for your Christmas program.

Wexford Carol arr. Stephen Dombek, SATB a cappella
A lovely and straightforward setting of the Irish carol, Stephen Dombek’s arrangement is written with beautiful technique and integrity. Especially well-suited to community choirs and collegiate groups.

Cold December Flies Away arr. Daniel Schreiner, SSAA with piano
A driving and inspiring piano accompaniment fills this dynamic arrangement of the perhaps lesser-known carol. Expertly arranged vocal lines are supported by the modern and fresh accompaniment throughout.

First Cradle by Kyle Pederson, SSA(A) with piano and optional cello
The lovely poem “First Cradle” by Brian Newhouse speaks of a mother holding her child and evokes thoughts of the holy child of Christmas. True to his style, Kyle Pederson works magic with the poem, with a captivating melody and compelling sonorities throughout.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. Joshua Sparkman, TTBB with piano
This joyful new mixed-meter arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is the perfect winter concert opener or closer. Scored for Tenor-Bass ensembles with piano accompaniment, all parts are accessible, rhythmic, and exciting. Sparkman’s stunning, slower middle section brings contrast and warmth to Mendelssohn’s melody, and the exuberant ending will leave your audience in awe.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Praise the Lord of Everything! Kid’s Korner for Fall 2023 20 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Praise the Lord of Everything by Tracey Craig McKibben & Stephanie S. Taylor, Unison/2-part with piano
Joyous and upbeat, this anthem invites all creation to “praise the Lord of everything.” Gentle syncopation in both melody and accompaniment bring life to a spirited text rich with familiar Bible passages referencing praise and singing.

I Got a Robe arr. Greg Gilpin, Unison/2-part with piano
Equally suited for both church and school settings, this popular spiritual was originally sung as a protest song denouncing slavery and hypocrisy. The song’s energetic melody underscores an uncompromising drive for equality, justice, and freedom. Repeated phrases in the melody and text make the piece an ideal choice for any unison or two-part choir.

Little David, Sing Hallelu! arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano
A spirited original melody paired with the traditional spiritual “Little David, Play on Your Harp” is the foundation of this bright and bouncy offering by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid. With its accessible partner song format, this lively piece features simple harmonies supported by a fun, rhythmic piano accompaniment and is terrific for teaching part-singing to young and developing choirs.

Room in My Heart by Mark Burrows, Unison/2-part with piano
Composer Mark Burrows has crafted a joyful seasonal anthem for young choristers that will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step! This uplifting song perfectly captures the message of Advent – making room in our heart for joy, peace, and love. A perfect selection for Christmas pageants, Advent worship, and Christmas Eve services. Developing part-singers can add the optional two-part ostinato for a fun challenge!

He Is Born! arr. Joseph M. Martin, Unison/2-part with piano and optional 4 handbells
This arrangement of the beloved French carol offers flexible presentation options to meet the skill level of any unison or two-part choir. A delightful countermelody may be sung by unison voices or combined with the traditional melody to create a lovely partner song. Optional handbells enhance the celebratory energy of the piece.

What Star Did Shine by Andrew Parr & Jeff Reeves, Unison/2-part with piano and optional flute
Set in 6/8 meter, this charming anthem recalls the story of Jesus’ birth and how shining stars played a special role for both shepherds and magi who came to worship the newborn King. An easy flute part reflects the feeling of grace and wonder throughout the piece.

The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd by Michael & Jill Gallina
Meet Aaron, a poor and earnest shepherd who loves his job…but he has one problem: He can’t stay awake while counting his sheep! Enter I.B. Eweing, President/CEO of Wee R Sheep who tells Aaron if he doesn’t stop dozing off and the sheep running away, he’s going to be fired. However, when a miracle happens in Bethlehem one night, Aaron is inspired to follow his dreams and a happy ending is in store for all. It’s easily prepared and presented with as few as 8 children. From the veteran musical writing team of Michael and Jill Gallina, this musical is both hilarious and heartwarming. 30 minutes.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

And He Shall Come: 2023 Advent & Christmas Anthems 11 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

And He Shall Come (Service Music for Advent) arr. Don Hart, SATB with piano
These four choral miniatures are designed for use during Advent. Each piece centers on each of the four Advent candle themes. There are multiple in-service usage options throughout Advent: as introits; with candle lighting, choral responses, and/or benedictions. They’re easily prepared during the busy Advent/Christmas singing season.

Angels Preparing the Song by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
Mark Burrows looks at the Christmas story, and the second coming, from a very unique perspective in this beautiful new anthem. As the world awaited the birth of Christ, Mark examines how the angels were preparing to sound forth the Good News. A beautiful melody is combined with evocative harmony and shimmering choral textures to make this an anthem you won’t soon forget.

Away in a Manger arr. Peter Latona, SATB a cappella
The tenderness of the carol is heightened by this arrangement, and choirs that take time to explore its expressiveness will benefit. While not difficult, an effective performance requires control and attention to phrasing. The melody is taken up by the tenors in the middle verse.

Candlelight Benediction arr. Benjamin Harlan, SATB a cappella
Benjamin Harlan’s a cappella creative setting of this classic and loved text and tune is transparent and simple. Beginning quietly with women’s voices then adding rich SATB scoring with some subtle harmonic surprises, the setting is perfect for closing any Christmas worship service or concert.

Carol of the Child arr. Brad Nix, SATB with piano
Diane Hannibal has written a beautiful Christmas lyric and paired it with the well-known folk tune, “Star of the County Down.” In Brad Nix’s arrangement, the beauty of the Christmas story comes to life in a new and fresh way. Opening with a haunting choral introduction, the verses tell of the holy couple’s journey to the stable in Bethlehem, and the star that led the shepherds to the Child. Following a majestic section in F minor, the piece reprises the opening introductory material, giving the final measures a sense of mystery and awe.

Come, Come, Emmanuel arr. Joel Raney, SATB with piano and optional instrumental ensemble
Driven with rhythmic energy and set in 5/4 meter, this is a dynamic Advent setting based on the familiar VENI EMMANUEL. Choirs will enjoy the exuberance and drive that is created in this inventive setting from Joel Raney. This piece comes from Joel’s top-selling Christmas musical, “Let the Whole World Sing.”

Comfort, Comfort Now My People arr. Brenda Austin, SATB with piano and optional 10 handbells
This peppy arrangement is accessible and upbeat. Combined with “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” it makes the perfect Advent anthem. The parts are accessible and will come together quickly.

For Unto Us by John Randall Dennis, SATB with optional flute
There’s a real delicacy about this lovely text and tune…yet the anthem contains the depth and breadth of the magnificent Christmas story. The addition of an optional children’s choir will underscore the childlike and lilting nature of the song. The optional flute obbligato will add the perfect final touch. Truly original and refreshing!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. Jay Rouse, SATB with piano and optional brass & percussion
Jay Rouse has breathed fresh life into this classic carol! Beginning in a lightly rhythmic, almost contemporary style, this anthem gradually transitions into a powerfully majestic shout of praise. Jay’s signature arranging touches are all present, including beautiful re-harmonizations and a well-written piano accompaniment. A brass/percussion orchestration, by Stan Pethel, is also available.

How Dark the Night by Greg Habegger/arr. Molly Ijames, SATB with piano and optional string orchestra & percussion
Molly Ijames’ arrangement of this newly written Christmas hymn frames the nativity story in a haunting narrative about the darkness of waiting and the coming of Christ’s light. Each stanza explores different aspects and metaphors of the darkness/light themes, vividly brought to life by the musical text-painting of the setting. For SATB chorus and piano, with optional string orchestra and percussion.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with piano and optional flute
The timeless Christina Rossetti text shines in this beautifully crafted anthem. A combination of original material and the traditional Gustav Holst tune make this a lovely offering for your Christmas season. The optional flute part adds a delightful, Celtic counter melody.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear arr. Joel Raney, TTBB with piano
This lovely, artistic setting is sure to be a highlight of many Christmas concerts, school programs, and Christmas worship services. The piano part plays a significant role in creating an ethereal, peaceful, and solemn Christmas night building to the moment when “all the weary world rejoice!” – simply stunning!

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming arr. Joel Raney, SATB with piano (opt. 4-hand) and optional handbells, synthesizer, percussion & bass
The traditional German carol, ES IST EIN ROS’, is given an impressive treatment by Joel Raney with flowing triplet accompaniment and exquisite vocal writing. It may be realized with a single piano accompaniment, or with the 4-hand piano part. Additional options include handbells, synth strings, percussion and bass. This setting comes from Joel’s Christmas musical, “The Promise of Light.”

Noël Sing We Here! arr. Larry Shackley, SATB with 4-hand piano
Larry Shackley has brilliantly arranged two famous carols, “Sing We Now of Christmas” and “Masters In This Hall,” for SATB choir and piano four-hands. This piece will be the showstopper moment of any Christmas concert or festival. Larry’s penchant for writing exciting piano accompaniments is on full display, and each section of your choral ensemble is featured in always shifting vocal combinations. A two-hand accompaniment is also available. This one is not to be missed!

Rejoice! Your Light Has Come by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
“Children arise! Lift up your eyes! Darkness will turn to light!” With energy and great anticipation, this anthem soars with joy and hope. Perfect for Advent or anytime during the Christmas season, this is vintage Mary McDonald…creative, fresh, singable, inspired, and inspiring!

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day arr. Robert Lehman, SATB with organ
In this sprightly but approachable setting for SATB and organ, the organ supports and plays counterpoint above and around the melody, in one place even quoting the Sussex Carol. A contrasting middle verse is set for a cappella choir and the brighter tempo returns for the final verse, which is scored for unison choir with soprano descant.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

Organ & Piano Duets from JOEL RANEY 05 October, 2023

recommended by Caryn G. and Christopher B., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Worship Openers for Organ & Piano
A Mighty Fortress
arr. Joel Raney
This prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of worship openers for piano & organ, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. The inspiration for this powerhouse setting came from combining one of the most dynamic pieces from the organ literature, with one of the most majestic hymn tunes blending Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No. 5 with Martin Luther’s immortal EIN FESTE BURG. Both keyboard parts are included. An optional 3-5 octave handbell part with optional 3 octave handchimes, a full conductor’s score and parts for brass quartet are each available separately.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing! arr. Joel Raney
Here is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ worship openers with SATB choir entering at the conclusion, for an optional choral introit. There are optional parts for brass and 3-5 octave handbells and 3-5 octave handchimes.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come arr. Joel Raney
Written especially for the Thanksgiving season, or any service of thanks, this arrangement combines piano and organ duet with optional parts for both choir and handbells. This festive setting combines the hymns “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” with “We Gather Together” and “Now Thank We All our God.” The choir enters at the conclusion of this prelude for an optional choral introit, which is included and reproducible. A separate handbell score, arranged by Arnold Sherman, is available for 3-6 octave handbells. Indications for the handbell entrances are included in the keyboard score.

great is thy faithfulness joel raney

Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Joel Raney
This festive worship opener is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ duets, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion of the prelude for an optional choral introit. William M. Runyan’s majestic tune is partnered with “How Firm a Foundation” in this uplifting setting. An optional 3-5 octave Handbell Part, and a Full Conductor’s Score are available separately. A reproducible congregational part is included in the conductor’s score.

Featuring optional Handbells & Choir
All Hail the Power
arr. Joel Raney
This festive prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney’s exciting series of piano/organ duets, with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. Raney incorporates the tunes CORONATION, LASST UNS ERFREUEN, CRUSADER’ S HYMN, and MADRID woven together in a festive presentation. Both keyboard parts and a reproducible page of the text for the choir are included. An optional 3-6 octave handbell part and a full conductor’s score are available separately.

Lift High the Cross arr. Joel Raney
This festive piano/organ duet setting combines the hymns “Lift High the Cross” with “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Thine Is the Glory.” Ideal for the Easter season, this arrangement includes optional parts for both choir and handbells. The choir enters at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. Two keyboard parts are included in the score along with reproducible parts for SATB choir. The separate handbell part, arranged by Arnold B. Sherman, is available for 3-5 octave handbells.

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About the Authors:
Caryn G. is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran College (Washington state). She has over 24 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments, specializing in sacred piano music. She is a church pianist/accompanist and has enjoyed being a piano teacher and singing in many choirs over the years. When not working at Stanton’s or at church, she loves spending time with family members and friends, traveling and exploring, watching movies, reading, bike riding and most recently trying to better her culinary knowledge and be a little more artsy by painting rocks and water coloring.

Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

A New & Glorious Morn! Christmas Cantatas for 2023 25 September, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

A New & Glorious Morn! (Celebrating the Light and Life of Christmas) by Lloyd Larson
“A New and Glorious Morn!” reminds us of the reality that, in Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. Through the birth of this tiny baby, the promise of eternal life is now given to anyone who will receive God’s message of salvation through faith. Using his signature blend of familiar lyrics and melodies coupled with compelling original material, Lloyd Larson retells and celebrates this timeless story in a unique and memorable way. Orchestrated by Ed Hogan and available in both SATB and SAB editions, numerous accompaniment options – from piano only to live instruments to a recorded track – are available for this 30-minute musical. Lloyd’s choral writing is always well supported and beautifully crafted, so this is a perfect option for choirs of any size who wish to start, or restart, a Christmas cantata tradition.

O Holy Light by Mary McDonald
From the shimmering opening chords to the final climactic finish, “O Holy Light” carries singers and listeners through a journey of the celebration of the Light of the world. Filled with beloved carols and exciting new songs from the inimitable Mary McDonald, this cantata captures the many moods of Christmas with a fresh voice. The narration explores God’s Light contrasted with the world’s darkness, and how the Holy Light of Jesus will never be quenched. The lighting of five symbolic candles during the cantata along with an optional congregational candlelight moment is thrilling. Joyful throughout, it’s the sort of cantata that will be remembered for years to come.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.