News & Views Saturday, March 23, 2019

Category: Composers

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 26 February, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/2/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Emily Crocker. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kapustin Etudes, Opus 67 07 February, 2019

49046054recommended by Barb M., Keyboard & Folk Music Specialist

Newly published by Schott, this collection of Three Etudes Op. 67 composed in 1992 by Nikolai Kapustin presents more new advanced piano recital material. The first etude, entitled “Glissandi,” is written in a swing jazz mood. In No. 2 “Ripetizione” the difficulty lies in the complexity of the rhythm. No.3 “Grappole” contains hand clusters in quasi “grape form.”

This 20th and 21st century composer was born in Ukraine and studied piano in Moscow. He uses jazz idioms in formal classic structures. Check out YouTube to find various leading concert performers playing Kapustin’s works. This current composer is worth checking out! His works are challenging and interesting with jazz flavor and classical Russian blend.

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

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

NEW from Eric Whitacre 28 December, 2018

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries.

New from Eric Whitacre this season:

leon-524125i carry your heart for SATB a cappella
Written for best friends of the composer and premiered by the LA Master Chorale. The heart of this piece is reflected in the text “i am never without it.” This is an intimate text set in an intimate way.

Glow for SATB with piano
Simple and welcoming, Glow was performed for the first time by the World of Color Honor Choir at Disney’s California Adventure Park. The Honor Choir, made up of over 700 singers from across America, were selected to be part of the night-time spectacular Winter Dreams show. Now available in new voicings for SAB, SSA, and TBB.

The Seal Lullaby for SATB with piano
This loving and dreamlike work captures the undulating rhythm of a mother rocking her child to sleep. The text is a classic by Rudyard Kipling: “Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us, At rest in the hollows that rustle between.” Magical! Now available in new voicings for SAB, SA, and TB.

leon-00283875-fGoodnight Moon for SATB with piano
Originally composed for harp, string orchestra and solo soprano, next adapted for soprano and piano and now finally available for SATB choir and piano. This SATB setting takes a whimsical approach to the text we as parents have read hundreds of times. The harmonic structure is transparent and the choral writing is smart and a joy to sing.

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus for SATB & children’s choir with piano
“Although his name was Jabez Dawes, his character was full of flaws!” With an hysterical text by Ogden Nash, Eric Whitacre has brought all of his theatrical skills to this three movement work and tells a wonderful story that will leave parents smiling and young children determined to be “even better” so as not to meet the same fate as young Jabez. This is a holiday treat for singers, players and audiences.

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

Composer Profile: Shawn Kirchner 17 December, 2018

ShawnKirchnerby Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

“Winter Songs” by Ola Gjeilo 14 November, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

“Winter Songs” is Ola Gjeilo’s latest album on the Decca Classics label. These winter and Christmas-inspired works include music for choir, piano, and strings with performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble, and Ola Gjeilo.

Included on this beautiful album are: “The Rose,” “Ecce Novum,” “The First Nowell,” “Days of Beauty,” “Home,” “Across The Vast, Eternal Sky,” “Ave Generosa,” “First Snow,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Away in a Manger,” “Dawn,” “Coventry Carol,” “Silent Night,” “Wintertide,” and “The Rose II.”

Listen to samples from the album below, find more by Ola Gjeilo on our website, or contact us for more information!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Sebastian Currier, Contemporary Composer 05 September, 2018

48024371Sebastian Currier was born in 1959 into a family of talented musicians. One of his brothers, Nathan, is also a composer. Sebastian primarily composes for chamber groups and orchestras, and he has won several awards for his works.

This work, “Glow” for solo piano, was written in 2012 for pianist Inon Barnatan, who wanted a new composition to play on the same concert as Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.” Since “Gaspard de la Nuit” (“Treasurer” or “Jewel Keeper of the Night”) has to do with light, the composer chose seven forms of light to write about: moonlight, a spark, a strobe light, etc. to complement the Ravel work. The pieces are for advanced pianists, and each one depicts the type of light that is its title. This suite would be great recital material, in whole or in part, for a pianist looking for something really new to perform. Especially for those who have an appreciation for contemporary classical music, this is worth the time to explore!

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

“Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre – NOW AVAILABLE 28 August, 2018

Goodnight Moon by Eric Whitacre
Originally composed for harp, string orchestra and solo soprano, next adapted for soprano and piano and now finally available for SATB choir and piano. This SATB setting takes a whimsical approach to the text we as parents have read hundreds of times. The harmonic structure is transparent and the choral writing is smart and a joy to sing.

View the entire score below with ScorePlay, and contact us for more information!

Randall Faber is Coming to Town! 21 June, 2018

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Friday 8/10/2018 9:30-12:00
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Registration: FREE

Join Steinway artist, composer and author Dr. Randall Faber for this motivating and educational complimentary workshop. Discover Technique Secrets in harmony with repertoire. Benefit from the rich tapestry of Sight, Sound, Story to inspire confidence and expressive performance at every level.

Special discounts and refreshments will be available. Register for this exciting free session online or by phone at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 3. Come join us for an inspirational morning with one of the nation’s leading performers and teachers of piano!

Dr. Randall Faber has appeared as guest artist at universities throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been Convention Artist for the Music Teachers National Association Conference and master teacher for the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the National Piano Teachers Institute. Faber has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. He has appeared on international television and on public radio in live recital broadcast. Here in the U.S. at the invitation of Steinway, Dr. Faber performed a tribute recital on Horowitz’s own legendary piano, receiving a distinguished service award as a Steinway Artist. Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a PH.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia, and at the 9th International Conference on Motivation in Lisbon, Portugal.

Like Dust I Rise 06 April, 2018

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

Maya Angelou is perhaps one of the most well-known and loved American poets and civil rights activists, and her words have now been set to song. Mark Hayes has created Still I Rise (A Choral Song Cycle), and each piece (arranged for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB) can be performed individually or as a 12-minute song cycle.

On the Pulse of MorningOn the Pulse of Morning
“In 1993, Maya Angelou recited “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, making her the first African American and the first female poet to deliver an inaugural recitation. Subsequently, Angelou’s audio recording of this poem won a Grammy Award for “Best Spoken Word” in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding “See Me Rise” choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance.

Caged BirdCaged Bird
“Caged Bird” is a folk-like setting of perhaps Maya Angelou’s most recognized poem, which compares a bird’s longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom.

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“Equality” is written in the contemporary, gospel-style serving as a choral anthem for equal rights which includes a confident solo voice to deliver the determined message. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues into the closing movement of “Like Dust I Rise.” When the piece is performed separately, Hayes has written an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

Still I RiseStill I Rise
“Still I Rise” is one of Angelou’s most popular poems about triumph over adversity. This vivid setting by Mark Hayes features a bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs to perfectly embody Angelou’s strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!”

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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

Spirituals from Alice Parker 09 March, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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

Composer Profile: Ēriks Ešenvalds 05 March, 2018

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Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (b.1977) is one of the most sought-after composers today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. Customers have been requesting his music more and more frequently, and we know that whenever we see a piece from him, it will be rich, full of challenging divisi, and set to an impactful text.

Ešenvalds studied at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary and then went on to obtain his Master’s degree in composition from the Latvian Academy of Music. He has received multiple awards for his works, including the Latvian Grand Music Award (which he has won three times).

Below are some of our favorite Ešenvalds pieces:

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(SSAATTBB and water-tuned glasses)
This stunning a cappella work for divisi chorus and six water-tuned glasses utilizes a text by Sara Teasdale. Widely performed by festival and collegiate choirs, and recorded by Voces 8, this beautiful Baltic piece is representative of the modern choral harmonic style with cluster cadences and effectively placed dissonance throughout.

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(SSAATTBB and SS soli)
This marvelous a cappella work in Latin has been performed throughout the world, a superb showcase for small choral ensembles or large choirs.

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(SSAATTBB, T solo, power chimes, and water-tuned glasses)
A gorgeous a cappella setting of a Latvian folk song for chorus with soloist, power chimes, and tuned water glasses. The choral text is in English while the soloist sings the Latvian text. With dramatic dynamic changes and alternating sections of lyrical, sustained singing followed by exciting contrasting sections, this modern choral work provides an ethereal setting for the text.

Esenvalds BookSelected Songs for Mixed Choir
Containing almost all of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ pieces for mixed choir, this book is an excellent resource to have on your literature shelf.

**Additionally, Ēriks Ešenvalds will be the Composer-in-Residence at Capital University here in Columbus, OH this month. During his residency, a full concert featuring his music will take place at Capital University, Mees Hall, on March 17, 2017 at 7:30pm (click here for more details).

If you would like more information about these and other similar pieces, visit us at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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

NEW from Eric Whitacre 06 November, 2017

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

Eric-Whitacre-2-high-res-Credit-Marc-Royce2-1-533x800Composer Eric Whitacre needs little introduction. As one of the most popular and well-known contemporary choral composers, new works from Whitacre are usually highly anticipated. Here are some his newest publications, and some of his most creative works yet!

The Star-Spangled Banner
A remarkable setting of the national anthem, filled with colorful effects and vivid dissonance. Challenging and impressive!

Equus
A virtuosic showpiece for wind symphony, Whitacre has recently composed accompanying choral parts for “Equus.” Latin for horse, this moto perpetuo perfectly captures the fury and majesty of this magnificent animal. Not for the faint of heart!

Each Morning She Walks
Frequent collaborators Charles Anthony Silvestri and Eric Whitacre mixed things up and switched roles for “Each Morning She Walks,” with Tony writing the music and Eric writing the text. The mystical poem is brought to life through haunting ostinato-like figures and a lovely melodic line capture the essence of the mysterious hunter. A great opportunity to explore harmonies, tuning, and balance within your choir.

Coming soon – Deep Field (inspired by the Hubble Deep Field, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope) and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas (another concert band piece with newly composed choral parts).

Find more from Eric Whitacre on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for more creative programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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


Composer Profile: Craig Courtney 22 September, 2017

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Whenever I see one of Craig Courtney’s pieces comes my way, I know that it will have a singable melody, warm, rich harmonies, and an expressive piano accompaniment.

Mr. Courtney is currently a Composer and the Executive Music Editor for Beckenhorst Press, and his music is performed all over the world. He began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven, and both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance are from the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Courtney studied piano with Illonka Deckers in Milan, Italy for three years, then moved to Salzburg, Austria to join the faculty of the famed Mozarteum, serving as a piano teacher and accompanist for the woodwind and brass department. During his time in Salzburg, he also served in the music ministry of the Salzburg International Baptist Church, and it was for this position that he began composing sacred choral music due to the unavailability of English language music.

His first published octavo “Thy Will Be Done” came to the attention of John Ness Beck, and the men worked closely together until Mr. Beck’s death in 1987. In making plans for the ongoing of Beckenhorst Press, Mr. Beck appointed Craig Courtney to assume his responsibilities as staff composer and editor.

At this point in time, Mr. Courtney’s published works include more than two hundred choral octavos, nine vocal collections, a piano solo collection and six extended works for choir and orchestra. Compositionally, Mr. Courtney combines his training and background as a pianist, a cellist, a vocal coach, an accompanist and a choral director to create works that bear his unique style. He has been a frequent recipient of ASCAP achievement awards and his composition, “Peace I Give to You,” was awarded 1st place in the 2003 John Ness Beck Foundation competition.

The music of Craig Courtney is available through Stanton’s from several publishers, including Beckenhorst Press and The Lorenz Corporation. For more information about Craig Courtney and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Come Home, The Yearning, We Three Kings, Father of Light, Mercy, Ukrainian Alleluia

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


Considering Matthew Shepard 16 August, 2017

recommended and compiled by Alissa Ruth, Choral Music Specialist

Conspirare.jpgIn the world of professional choral music, one of the groups that stands out from the rest is Conspirare, the Grammy Award-winning Texas-based group under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. They are known for their expressive singing, Johnson’s unique “collage-style” programming, and their education outreach. As someone who spends much of her free time watching choral videos on YouTube (anyone else? anyone?), I love watching and listening to this group.

All of UsAll of Us (from Considering Matthew Shepardby Craig Hella Johnson
One of their most recent projects is Considering Matthew Shepard, Johnson’s first concert-length work composed to reflect on the life of Matthew Shepard as the 20th anniversary of his murder draws near. Shepard was a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming who, in 1998, was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a fence and left to die. In composing this work, Johnson uses text from poets such as Rumi and Hildegard von Bingen, as well as excerpts from Shepard’s own journal and interviews from his parents.

Now available from Considering Matthew Shepard is Johnson’s final movement, entitled “All of Us.” Utilizing elements of hymnody and American folk and gospel styles, this piece that has been described as “heartfelt” and “brilliant” would be an excellent, uplifting concert opener or closer.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Unclouded DayUnclouded Day arr. Shawn Kirchner
Kirchner’s writing is very much based on songwriting and folk melodies, and his original writing often utilizes elements of jazz, bluegrass, and gospel. This gospel piece, which is movement one from his Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, is tried and true (and is one of my personal favorites). It begins with a straightforward verse and chorus, then develops into a more bluegrass style with elements of counterpoint and fugue, gradually incorporating more and more divisi. The peak of the piece comes in a hair-raising eight part chord on the phrase “in the city that is made of gold.” This is one of those pieces that is just as satisfying to listen to as it is to sing, and I can see it being standard repertoire for years to come.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Light of a Clear Blue Morning.gifLight of a Clear Blue Morning arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Now newly arranged for women’s voices, this stunning arrangement of Dolly Parton’s piece is the perfect addition to any concert. I love that this is a “pop” piece that really feels like it was made to be sung by a choral ensemble. Featuring a soprano soloist, the arrangement uses rich a cappella harmonies, solo soprano recorder, and a hint of the original country style to focus on the hopefulness of the text. After a joyful middle section that uses “stacked” voices to play with color and texture, the piece ends reflectively. If you have a soprano that you would like to feature, this piece provides the perfect opportunity.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Let the River Run.gifLet the River Run arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Johnson is known for his “collage-style” programming, and this Carly Simon piece (you might know it from the 1989 film Working Girl) is no exception. He uses driving percussion rhythms, dancing piano accompaniment, and triumphant homophonic choral writing to create this uptempo piece, perfect for a concert opener or closer. I actually did this piece with my high school students, who absolutely loved it (and were able to be successful with it). The melody is almost folk-like, making it memorable and “singable.”
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

If you liked the above pieces and would like to learn more about purchasing them, or would like some similar recommendations, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com or give us a call at 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext. 1. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

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


Composer Profile: Dan Forrest 26 July, 2017

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works Requiem for the Living and Jubilate Deo. Dan’s music has received dozens of awards and distinctions, with premieres in major venues around the world. Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, and pianist.

Dan’s career and compositions are framed by his belief that “All good things, including any beauty that we encounter, are from God, through God, and ultimately to God. All beauty is God’s beauty, wherever it is found.”

The music of Dan Forrest is available through Stanton’s from several publishers, including: Beckenhorst Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Hinshaw. For more information about Dan Forrest and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Good Night Dear Heart, O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, The Work of Christmas, Psalm 8

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


Composer Profile: Jacob Narverud 19 June, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

JacobNaverudeA relatively new name in the choral world, I’m always excited when I see a new piece from Jacob Narverud come across my desk. I find Jake’s work to be not only creative and interesting for both the ensemble and the audience, but also inherently teachable. The variety of work he produces is also unique in the market – he writes original compositions (like “Sisi Ni Moja”), masterwork editions (like Telemann’s “Ich will den Herrn loben allezeit”), and pop arrangements (like “Dust in the Wind”) with equal facility.

A native of Meriden, Kansas, Narverud studied voice performance at Emporia State University and is currently a doctoral student at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he holds a master’s degree in conducting. With a background in musical theater, instrumental, and choral music, Jake is a sought-after composer and an active guest conductor. As a vocalist, Narverud has performed with the Kansas City Chorale and the Kansas City Symphony as a back-up singer for Ben Folds. He has also been a choir director at both secondary and collegiate levels.

The music of Jake Narverud is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Santa Barbara, G. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Jake and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Sisi Ni Moja, Jambo, I Am, Dixit Dominus, The Weaver, Dust in the Wind, Learning to Love Again

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Pärt Uusberg and the Music of Estonia 29 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

sczs5l1p.prpEstonian composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg graduated from the class of Heli Jürgenson at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in 2009. In 2014 he received a degree in composition with Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always an active choral singer, he started in the Riinimanda children and youth choirs conducted by his mother Urve Uusberg. Over the years he has also sung in the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, Voces Musicales, and World Youth Choir. (Side note: he may perhaps be better known as an actor in his home country, having appeared in the film The Class).

New from Uusberg this year are these lovely settings of Estonian texts. Warm harmonies and pure vowels lend themselves nicely to choral singing, and IPA guides are included for all three.

leon-00156068-fMuusika (Music) – an incredible poem about the mystery and wonder of music. A dynamic build of sound and tone helps to express the importance of the text. Gorgeous harmonies and solid construction.

Õhtul (Evening) – the poem speaks of evening and of the images we associate with dusk. Tonalities are both familiar and otherworldly.

Valgusele (For Light) – a lovely work that speaks of someone dreaming of the world and of searching for love. Vocal writing is evocative and yet accessible. A chance to focus on the quiet and peacefulness of dreams.

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

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Composer Profile: Victor C. Johnson 28 April, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

VJHeadshot-1-246x300With a distinctive musical voice and intelligent writing, Victor C. Johnson quickly became a favorite composer for both us and our customers – when I see his name on a piece of music that crosses my desk, I know it will be high quality! Especially in his writing for developing middle school choirs, Victor manages to create music that is both age-appropriate and pedagogically sound, while being incredibly musically compelling to the singers and the audience.

Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas, and teaches at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He is also director of the Children’s Choir of Texas. Victor attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. While attending UTA, he served as student conductor of the university’s choral ensembles and opera workshop accompanist. He was also honored with the awards of “Outstanding Music Freshman” in 1997 and also “Outstanding Musician” in 2001.

As a composer, Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards for the past 12 years. His first piece was published in 1994, while he was a sophomore in high school – amazing!

The music of Victor C. Johnson is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, The Lorenz Corporation, Choristers Guild, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Victor and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Keep Your Lamps, Bonse Aba, Things That Never Die, In Winter, Festival Cantate, Sing Alleluia!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Veljo Tormis – Men’s Songs 19 April, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-00156200-fThe collection Men’s Songs (Meestelaulud) contains perhaps some of the most exciting works for men’s chorus that exist in our repertoire today. Iconic Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) celebrates the tradition of “runosongs,” music that has been passed down through generations. These dynamic works use a minimalistic compositional style reminiscent of Estonian folksongs. Simple in construction and unbelievably dynamic and often humorous in sound.

Ten songs are included in this collection – but, if you’re not quite ready to tackle all ten, three are also available as separate single octavos (Dancing Song [Tantsulaul], Serf’s Song [Teomehe-laul], and Song of the Turkish War [Türgi sõja laul]).

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

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


French Piano Music 24 March, 2017

the-french-pinao-collectionThe French Piano Collection

Comprised of 48 pieces composed exclusively by French composers, G. Schirmer’s new French Piano Collection is the perfect addition to your piano library!

As you would expect from a collection of this type, a number of the classics can be found here (think Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cake-walk, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Satie’s Three Gymnopédies). What makes this collection different, however, is that not only does it have the excerpts from these works that we love, it also contains these works in their entirety. For example, all of Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Pour le piano, and Suite bergamasque, Couperin’s Suite in C minor, and Ravel’s Sonatine are here in one place.

Because of the variety of its contents, both in difficulty and in date/style of composition, this book will be a lasting resource to its owner. For a reasonable price, the student will be able to utilize pieces from this collection that meet their constantly evolving skill sets.

For more information about this and other piano collections, explore our website at www.stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.3. Stanton’s can help with all of your sheet music needs!