News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Handbells

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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Handbell Collections for Summer and Beyond 24 May, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Classic Rings II for Church & School arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 3 octaves, Level 1-2
This collection of familiar, classics includes mostly works from the baroque period, but some contemporary tunes as well. You’ll find compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Bizet, and more. As you work your way through the 37 titles the arrangements get progressively more advanced moving from Level 1 to 2. Tips for teaching rhythms are included throughout. This resource is reproducible, making it a great value.

Learn to Ring Volume 2 arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 2-3 octaves, Level 1+-2+
This collection has 30 pieces arranged separately for 2 octave and 3 octave bell or chime choirs. There are familiar and not-so-familiar pieces which include secular, sacred, patriotic, Christmas, and “classics.” They range in level from Level 1- to 2+. The entire collection is reproducible, making it a bargain for your choirs!

Ring with Less arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, for 4-8 ringers
A collection of eight pieces for 4-8 ringers without tables, using 13-16 bells between D5 and C7. Each setting is only two pages long. Titles include: “Come, Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue,” “Havah Nagila,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Holy Manna,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

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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.

Hosannas, Laud and Honor: Handbell Titles for Lent & Easter 2024 14 February, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Hosannas, Laud, and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
Start your Palm Sunday off in grand fashion with this medley of ELLACOMBE and ST. THEODULPH. Powerful chordal writing and careful use of unexpected harmonies make this piece approachable for intermediate ensembles and a perfect offering to celebrate Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Linda Scholes, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Beginning ensembles will love this setting of the tune HAMBURG by Linda Scholes. Despite having no bell changes and no notes shorter than quarter notes, this arrangement still has a full, lush sound and gives careful treatment of the melody.

Alleluia! Hear the Bells Ringing! arr. Brenda Austin, 3-7 octaves with optional handchimes, Level 3
Anne Herring’s “Easter Song” is magnificently set in combination with “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today.” This blockbuster arrangement will enhance your Easter worship for years to come!

Ah, Holy Jesus arr. Michael Mazzatenta, 3-5 octaves with optional handchimes, Level 2
This contemplative setting of “Herzliebster Jesu” is accessible and compelling for quiet moments in the season of Lent and beyond. The chime melody adds an air of introspective beauty.

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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.

Near to the Heart of God: Handbell Titles for General Worship 02 February, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Near to the Heart of God arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 2
This classic hymn is masterfully arranged utilizing creative harmonization and varied placement of the melody.

Day by Day God’s Time Is Best arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 3-
This heartfelt setting by Karen Buckwalter, written in memory of a treasured member of the handbell community, is perfect for any service of remembrance or other reflective setting. Combining a cantata tune from Bach with the hymn “Day by Day,” it is a beautiful memorial perfect for intermediate groups.

Joyeuse by Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 3-
This upbeat original tune from Karen Buckwalter is perfect for any celebratory moment in worship or concert, and would even make a nice alternative piece for Easter. Repeated rhythmic motives make this piece easy to learn, even as the shifting harmonies keep ringers on their toes!

A Blessing by Michael Helman, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 2+
Written in honor of his grandsons, this delicate original from Michael Helman is perfect for the intermediate choir looking to focus on their musicality. Flowing accompaniment lines and a heartfelt melody combine to make this a truly gorgeous experience.

Come, Christians, Join to Sing! arr. Sondra Tucker, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 3
The cleverly offset harmonic changes in Sondra Tucker’s arrangement propel the piece forward and create a playful vibe which makes this piece a pleasure to ring and to hear.

Ring with Less arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 13-16 bells (4-8 ringers)
A reproducible collection of eight pieces for 4-8 ringers without tables, using 13-16 bells between D5 and C7. Each setting is only two pages long. Titles include: “Come, Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue,” “Havah Nagila,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Holy, Holy, Holy (Schubert),” “Holy Manna,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells with piano, Level 2
The classic and beloved hymn is set here for 3-5 octave handbells and piano. The handbell part is accessible at Level 2, and the harmonies are expanded and filled with a rich and delightful piano accompaniment.

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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.

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.

Gift In the Manger: Handbell Titles for Christmas 2023 06 November, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Gift in the Manger arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
“Gift in the Manger” is a sweet and gentle 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of the beloved CRADLE SONG. The piece features a delicate setting that evokes the peacefulness and serenity of the Christmas story. The harmonies are simple yet expressive, creating a soothing and comforting atmosphere that is perfect for the holiday season.

Angels We Have Heard on High arr. Sondra Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 3
The cherished Christmas carol begins with fanfares and flourishes. The full, thick chords present a strong contrast to the flowing lines in the refrain. The full texture throughout makes this a compelling addition to your Christmas repertoire.

Come to Bethlehem arr. Mitchell & Sandra Eithun, 2 octaves, Level 1+-3-
Mitchell and Sandra Eithun have written four approachable arrangements with options for 8, 10 or 12 handbells. This joyful collection of Christmas music for small handbell ensembles can be played with or without the piano accompaniment and does not require tables. Titles include: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World,” “Bring a Torch,” and “Away in a Manger.”

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This fun arrangement of the classic Christmas carol is fun and accessible. The contrasting middle section gives it intrigue and sets it apart from other arrangements.

I Saw Three Ships arr. Joel Raney, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
This fun and boisterous arrangement includes mallets and many other stopped techniques. The lilting opening section gives way to a grandiose presentation of the melody and then returns to the swash-buckling melody of the beginning. Paired with piano, this would be a wonderful concert or Christmas selection.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This gentle 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to the holiday season. The piece features delicate melodies that capture the tenderness of the Christmas story, including a sweet rendition of “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” The harmonies are simple yet expressive, creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere that is perfect for the winter months.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly arr. Cathy Moklebust, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This sweet and simple arrangement of the traditional Polish Christmas lullaby is complemented by an original melody, which serves as an introduction, interlude and closing. Either handbells or handchimes may be used throughout the entire piece, or in various sections at the director’s discretion. The melody takes its turn in both the treble and bass clefs, with LV accompaniments in the opposite clef.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten arr. Jason Krug, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This pleasing setting of the beloved, Christmas hymn tune is just right for emerging, Level 1 choirs. It is accessible yet written so that ringers stay busy and engaged while developing their skills.

Pat-a-Pan arr. Susan T. Nelson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This creative and fun arrangement of the familiar Burgundian carol captures the Renaissance feel of the original, especially with the addition of the optional C Instrument (use a recorder if you can!) and triangle and tambourine. A sure-fire winner for your Christmas worship or concert.

Prelude on Adeste Fideles arr. Mitchell Eithun, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This festive 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “Adeste Fideles” is a joyous and triumphant celebration of the holiday season. The piece features bold, soaring melodies that create a sense of excitement and anticipation, including a lively rendition of the hymntune “God Rest You Merry.” The piece builds to a thrilling climax that is sure to fill the listener with Christmas cheer.

Ring Out the Angel Chorus arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3 octaves, Level 2-3
Created for four to six ringers, these five carol arrangements will add meaningful, expressive music to your worship experience. Each piano accompaniment is creative and an equal partner in the arrangement. Fully reproducible. Titles include: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “People Look East,” “What Child Is This?,” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

Small-ER but Mighty Volume 6 arr. Joel Raney, 8 bells with piano
This collection of 6 Advent and Christmas carols are set for 8 bells and piano. The handbell parts are accessible, and the piano fills out the harmonies and adds interest. The Ringer’s Edition part is reproducible. Titles include: “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Coventry Carol,” “The Manger Lullaby,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and “Silent Night.”

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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.

Jesus and His Love: Handbells for General Worship 2023 03 October, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Jesus and His Love arr. Benjamin Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Combining the beloved hymns “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Jesus Loves Me,” this sturdy arrangement is suitable any time during the church year, and is especially suited for mission Sundays. The skillful weaving of the two tunes makes this a most expressive piece.

Amazing Grace! arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
The classic and beloved hymn is set here for 3-5 octave handbells and piano. The handbell part is accessible at Level 2, and the harmonies are expanded and filled with a rich and delightful piano accompaniment.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come arr. Linda Scholes, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
The stalwart and stately hymn tune, ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, is any ideal choice for any Thanksgiving service or time of celebration. This engaging arrangement begins with a majestic introduction that returns as an interlude and also as a glorious ending. The melody moves throughout all octaves. A sprinkling of handbell techniques as well as a waltz-like middle section add interest for both ringers and listeners. This will be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving library.

For All the Saints arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
This 3-5 octave handbell arrangement of “For All the Saints” is a powerful and stirring tribute to the Christian faith. The piece begins with a strong and majestic theme that is gradually developed with intricate harmonies and thrilling rhythmic interplay. The dynamic contrasts and dramatic climax create a memorable and awe-inspiring musical experience.

Glad Adoration arr. Anna Laura Page, 2-3 octaves, Level 2/2+
“Glad Adoration” is a collection of 5 hymn arrangements for 8 or 12 handbells and piano. They are appropriate for Thanksgiving, Reformation, Communion and general ringing events. Written for 2 or 3 octaves handbells, they range from Level 2 to 2+. These accessible settings are easily prepared for groups that have a limited number or ringers. The creative piano accompaniments add to the fullness of each arrangement, making a delightful presentation for each given performance. Titles include: “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “For All the Saints,” “A Mighty Fortress,” and “Let All Things Now Living.”

Let the Whole Creation Cry arr. Brenda Austin, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
The familiar hymn tune SALZBURG is set brilliantly by Brenda Austin. The full, expansive setting is straightforward yet effective, with peals that begin and end the piece, and a contrasting malleted section.

Rejoice, the Lord Is King arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This bold and glorious hymn arrangement is straightforward and lovely. It is accessible at Level 2. The piano accompaniment fills out the harmonies and adds stately support.

Simply Reproducible Hymns arr. Lloyd Larson, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
This reproducible collection of 8 well-known hymn tunes will be so useful to your handbell program. Purchase one book and make as many copies as you need for your ringers. All arrangements are accessible at Level 2. A great resource for the whole year. Titles include: “The Solid Rock,” “Christians, We Have Met to Worship,” “The God of Abraham Praise,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “Give Me Jesus,” “Lift High the Cross,” and “The Church’s One Foundation.”

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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.

Simple Gifts Abound: Handbell Titles for General Worship 27 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Simple Gifts Abound arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes, Level 3-
The hymntunes SIMPLE GIFTS and HOLY MANNA are featured in this arrangement by Karen Lakey Buckwalter. With a variety of techniques and optional handchimes, the textures of this arrangement are sure to delight.

The Shepherd’s Promise arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional C instrument and piano, Level 3
This arrangement by Karen Lakey Buckwalter featuring the hymntunes BROTHER JAMES’ AIR and NEW BRITAIN sets a simple yet powerful scene. The optional piano and C instrument parts balance well against the handbell choir.

Come Into God’s Court with Praise by Michael Helman, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional B-flat 2, Level 3
Making the most of a variety of techniques, this rondo by Michael Helman will work beautifully in a worship service or concert. The contrasting sections provide lots of interest for performers and audience members alike!

Amazing Grace! arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves handbells with piano, Level 2
The classic and beloved hymn is set here for 3-5 octave handbells and piano. The handbell part is accessible at Level 2, and the harmonies are expanded and filled with a rich and delightful piano accompaniment.

God’s Peace arr. Brenda Austin, 3-6 octaves handbells and 3 octave handchimes, Level 2
This gentle ballad, with a text by Marva Dawn, centers on the theme of entering into worship where we may find stillness in God’s peace. The meditative hymn text draws from the 23rd Psalm, with references to the table of the Lord, where all are fed and thirsts are quenched, making it ideal for communion as well as a call and preparation for worship.

Lord of the Dance arr. Jason Krug, 3-5 octaves handbells, Level 2
Join the celebration with this fresh arrangement of Sydney Carter’s enchanting hymn based on “Simple Gifts.” Written for 3-5 octaves of handbells, this accessible setting is rich with fun rhythms and stopped techniques; a sure winner for the Easter season.

The Gift of Love arr. Brenda Austin, Solo handbells with piano and optional C instrument, Level 2-
Hal Hopson’s classic, with its haunting tune, is arranged here in an accessible setting for solo handbells and optional C instrument, using only 9 bells. Useful year-round and especially ideal for services where “love” is the theme. The Performance/Accompaniment CD includes a performance demo, an accompaniment track and a “slower” accompaniment track for rehearsal.

Classic Rings II arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 3 octaves handbells, Level 1-2
This collection of familiar, classics includes mostly works from the baroque period, but some contemporary tunes as well. You’ll find compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Bizet, and more. As you work your way through the 37 titles the arrangements get progressively more advanced moving from Level 1 to 2. Tips for teaching rhythms are included throughout. This resource is reproducible, making it a great value.

Smaller-ER but Mighty Volume 2 arr. Linda Lamb, 8 bells
The eight titles contained in this collection are versatile, musical, and fun. Playable with two, three, or four ringers, these are ideal for “socially distant” ringing without tables. Perfect for the small ensemble looking for a diverting challenge, or for the larger choir on those Sundays when you’re missing members. All the arrangements have been written for the treble clef, F5-F6. Titles include: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Praise the Lord!,” “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “O, How I Love Jesus,” “Everyone, Join to Sing,” “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship,” and “Blessings All Around.”

Sweet Hour of Prayer arr. Linda Lamb, 2-3 octaves handbells, Level 1
Beginning groups will enjoy playing this simple yet lovely arrangement of the Bradbury tune. LV and echo techniques are used effectively, and a verse of “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” appears in the middle for contrast. Be sure to bring out the melody that sometimes is surrounded by harmony notes. Use for prelude, offertory, or communion.

I Come with Joy arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 3
Two tunes, DOVE OF PEACE and LAND OF REST are combined in this lovely setting for communion or general use. Mallets begin and add a percussive touch to the 6/8 rhythm throughout. Optional handchimes (three octaves) take the melody in the middle with bells providing harmony. The two tunes change places at times, ending with “I Come With Joy,” a fitting response to communion.

Morning Has Broken arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes, Level 2
Singing bells with treble chords in quartal harmony evoke the feeling of dawn. The tune BUNESSAN is then presented with arpeggiated accompaniment, and some surprising harmonic twists lend new color to the traditional sound. Verses build into a final maestoso before the singing bells take over, then the piece ends as it began. This arrangement is a lovely offering for worship any time of year.

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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.

At the Cross: Handbells for Lent & Easter 2023 13 February, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

At the Cross arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This arrangement is a medley of three familiar Lenten titles: “At the Cross,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The three tunes are cleverly intertwined, allowing your congregation to reflect on these familiar hymns, and contemplate the cross.

Resurrection Day arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This arrangement by Lloyd Larson of the hymntunes LLANFAIR and LANCASHIRE creates the perfect atmosphere for your Eastertide service. While accessible as a level 2+, the setting is sure to be engaging for both performers and audience members alike.

That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This Easter arrangement by Anna Laura Page features the hymntunes PUER NOBIS and PUER NOBIS NASCITUR. Utilizing a variety of techniques, the joy of the risen Lord will shine through!

Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Karen Lakey Buckwalter combines the tunes DIADEMATA and DUKE STREET in this soaring arrangement of two beloved hymns. The optional trumpet and organ parts provide richness and depth.

Fantasy on Hosanna Loud Hosanna arr. Jantz A. Black, 3 octaves, Level 2
This energetic setting of the hymn tune ELLACOMB is perfect for Palm Sunday and useful for general worship as a setting of “I Sing the Almighty Power of God.” The Full Score, Reproducible Parts for Piano, and 3 octave Handbell Part are all included. It can be played with 6-7 ringers.

Small But Mighty: Settings for 12 Bells for Lent & Easter, Vol. 6 arr. Jason Krug
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes eight versatile, musical, and fun arrangements for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Each setting has been written for the treble clef, F5-C7. They can be used for 3 to 6 ringers. Titles include: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Thine Be the Glory,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,” “And Can It Be that I Should Gain,” “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “The Day of Resurrection,” and “Were You There.”

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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.

News of Great Joy! Handbells for Advent & Christmas 2022 09 November, 2022

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

News of Great Joy arr. Anna Laura Page, 2 octave reproducible collection, Level 2/2+
“News of Great Joy” is a collection of five Christmas carols, set for 8 handbells or handchimes and piano. Since there are no bell changes, each ringer has only two bells to ring in each piece, making the possibilities of ringing during the Christmas season numerous. Handbell tables are not necessary, and there is the possibility of ringing these pieces without the piano when one is not available. The ringers simply may ring through the measures of rests. Celebrate the season!! Titles include: “The First Nowell,” “The Coventry Carol,” “On Christmas Night,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice.”

Angels We Have Heard on High arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 3-6 octaves, Level 2
This classic Christmas carol is scored colorfully for 3-6 octaves. Ringers will find this accessible and attractive. Sure to be an alluring addition to Christmas concerts and services.

As Lately We Watched arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 2-5 octaves, Level 2
This sweet Austrian Christmas Carol has cascading lines to enhance the lyrical melody and includes “Away In a Manger” as a countermelody.

Away in a Manger arr. Anna Laura Page, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Away in a Manger is a gentle, flowing setting of the beloved Christmas carol, arranged for both 2-3 octaves and 3-5 octaves of handbells. It combines the MUELLER and CRADLE SONG tunes, resulting in an appropriate arrangement for Christmas Eve services and other events during the Christmas season.

Christmas Night arr. Michael Helman, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
Michael Helman has given us this delicate medley of the tunes “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “Once In Royal David’s City.” Flowing accompaniments underpin the melody, and masterful handling of the optional handchimes give the piece an extra sense of majesty. A beautiful arrangement for use throughout the Advent or Christmas seasons.

How Far Is It to Bethlehem arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
Anna Laura Page brings us this flowing setting of a traditional English tune. Delicate in its simplicity, the lush scoring gives a very satisfying feeling to the piece. A worthy choice for the early intermediate ensemble looking to stretch their musicality this holiday season.

How Great Our Joy arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves with piano, Level 2
Music will burst onto the scene with this triumphant arrangement of the Traditional German Carol. Scored for 3-5 octaves of handbells and piano. The bell parts are accessible, Level 2, and the piano fills out the harmony and supports the bells throughout.

Lullaby Carol arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
Karen Buckwalter has artfully combined three lesser-known Christmas carols into one gorgeous medley worthy of a spot in any Advent or Christmas service. The changes in texture, as well as the movement from bells to chimes and back, keep the piece interesting throughout. Intermediate ensembles will find just enough challenge to grow as musicians, while advanced ringers will enjoy the ability to enhance their expressive playing.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Jason Krug, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Perfect for the developing ringer, this arrangement of the classic carol uses fun techniques yet remains Level 1. Straightforward and pleasingly engaging.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten arr. Jason Krug, 3-5 octaves, Level 1
This pleasing setting of the beloved, Christmas hymn tune is just right for emerging, Level 1 choirs. It is accessible yet written so that ringers stay busy and engaged while developing their skills.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 3
This lush combination of the tunes WINCHESTER OLD and CHRISTMAS would make a beautiful addition to any holiday service or concert. Flowing lines abound, and unexpected harmonic twists keep things interesting throughout while providing just a small challenge to ringers. The piece builds in intensity before reaching a grand and glorious conclusion.

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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.

Holy, Holy, Holy: Handbells for General Worship 2022 17 October, 2022

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Holy, Holy, Holy arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, Level 3+
Karen Buckwalter has given us an innovative take on the beloved hymntune NICAEA. The opening gives the tune a meditative feel, complete with unexpected harmonies before growing in intensity to a more traditional, chordal setting of the tune. This arrangement will be equally at home in concert settings or church services throughout the year.

Canticle on When Morning Gilds the Skies arr. Jan Linker & Jane McFadden, Level 3-
This beautiful setting of the hymntunes LAUDES DOMINI and ROYAL OAK is a great choice for worship or concert use. Approachable by intermediate ensembles, the varied styles and textures provide interest for advanced ringers. There’s also the chance to add in the optional keyboard or harp for extra aural variation.

Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, Level 3
A mysterious opening full of open fifths gives way to an introduction of the tune RESTORATION underscored by a driving eighth-note line. The tune receives numerous treatments, both stylistically and harmonically, before arriving at an explosive ending. An ideal choice for the intermediate ensemble looking for something fun and exciting!

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light arr. Brenda E. Austin, Level 2+
This 20th century hymn is useful for so many occasions during the church year including Epiphany, Transfiguration, Discipleship, and even the Advent and second coming of Christ. It is rich with scriptural references and set for SATB voices, piano, and solo trumpet in a straightforward, solid presentation.

Jesus Is Calling arr. Mitchell Eithun, Level 2
A sensitive setting of “Softly and Tenderly” paired with the incomparable “Amazing Grace” makes this arrangement perfect for all seasons of the year.

Medley for Thanksgiving arr. Sondra K. Tucker, Level 3
Lots of fun techniques make this lively setting perfect for festive worship. It’s a great festival piece, too, with lots of teachable moments. Ringers will enjoy the extended malleting sections.

May Jesus Christ Be Praised arr. Mitchell Eithun and Sandra Eithun, Level 2/2+
Your smaller ensembles will find this folio of favorite hymns of the church useful and fulfilling for year-round worship and even communion. The optional keyboard accompaniments will enhance and provide texture to these three settings. Titles include: “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” and “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing.”

Worship Openers: Handbell Introits Volume 1 arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2
This collection of seven Worship Openers can serve as both hymn introductions or “introits” for your handbell choir. Each opener leads beautifully into the hymn. There are selections for Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, Christmas, and general occasions. Titles include: “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty,” “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “O Worship the King,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.”

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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.

Noel! Handbells for Christmas 2021 08 November, 2021

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Angel Songs arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
Delight your congregation this Christmas season with this exuberant medley of two beloved carols from the pen of Lloyd Larson. Combining “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” this energetic expression of joy is sure to be a favorite of ringers and audiences alike!

Christ Is Born Today arr. Michael Helman, 3-6 octaves with 3-5 octaves handchimes, Level 3
Michael Helman’s masterful medley of five popular Christmas carols is sure to delight and intrigue ringers and listeners alike. Varying styles, textures, and techniques keep each tune interesting while providing ensembles a chance to stretch their musicality. A beautiful choice for worship or concert use this Christmas season.

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Come See the Child arr. Karen Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves with optional piano, Level 2
This gorgeous setting of GREENSLEEVES and AWAY IN A MANGER is a perfect choice for any service during Advent, and especially Christmas Eve. With options to perform with bells and piano, or with bells alone, the setting is quite versatile, and features all the lush harmonies and touching musical moments we’ve come to expect from Karen Buckwalter. A true gem of a piece!

The Hanging of the Greens arr. Linda R. Lamb, 2-3 octaves, Level 2+
Linda Lamb’s heartfelt medley of the songs “The Holly and the Ivy,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Deck the Halls” is a fun choice for intermediate ensembles looking for some music perfectly capturing the joy and anticipation of decorating for the holidays. Though simple and straightforward, its harmonies and textures make it a true delight to perform!

Noel! Five Carols for Three to Six Ringers arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2/2+
This collection of Christmas carols will add a sparkle to your holiday service or concert. Written for just twelve bells between F5 and C7, they are a perfect resource for the small ensemble looking for an extra challenge, the full choir short a few members, or the group wanting to share their musical gifts while staying socially distant. Titles include: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “The First Noel,” “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

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Smaller But Mighty: Settings for 8 Bells for Christmas, Volume 1 arr. Jason W. Krug
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes 8 arrangements that have been written for the treble clef, F5-F6. They can be used for 2 to 4 ringers or small ensemble. This collection includes many titles that are useful for your Advent and Christmas planning. Titles include: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “The First Noel,” “Love Came Down At Christmas,” “Away In A Manger,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Cold December Flies Away,” and “We Three Kings.”

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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.

Offering of Praise: Handbells for General Worship 15 October, 2021

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Festive Hymn Tunes arr. Jason W. Krug, 12 bells
This collection of five hymn arrangements will delight, comfort, and enliven your ringers and congregations! Written for just twelve bells between F5 and C7, they are a perfect resource for the small ensemble looking for an extra challenge, the full choir short a few members, or the group wanting to share their musical gifts while staying socially distant. Titles include: “The Solid Rock,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” and “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

Give Me Jesus arr. Linda R. Lamb, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional handchimes
Linda’s sensitive portrayal of the text of this beloved spiritual creates a compelling musical experience. Her writing is accessible yet moving in this arrangement which is useful throughout the church year.

Holy Manna arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 2-3 octaves
Every ensemble, no matter its size, occasionally needs a well-crafted 2-3 octave piece. Patricia Hurlbutt’s “Holy Manna” is imaginative yet easy to put together, with imitative writing and full harmonies. This popular tune, used with many texts, is suitable for occasions year-round.

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Offering of Praise arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional handchimes
Karen Buckwalter’s beautiful pairing of the OLD 100th with the traditional tune JESUS IN THE MORNING is a true joy to experience. Lush harmonies abound throughout, highlighting the delicate scoring of the melody. An outstanding choice to push your ensemble’s musicality to the next level!

Small But Mighty Volume 3 arr. Joel Raney, 12 bells
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes eight arrangements that have been written for the treble clef, F5-C7 or D5 to A6. They can be used for three to six ringers or small ensemble. This collection includes many titles that are useful for your worship planning needs. Titles include: “Come Christians, Join To Sing,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah,” “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “Breathe On Me, Breath Of God,” “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “The Solid Rock.”

Take My Life arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 octaves handbells with optional handchimes
This upbeat, delightful setting combines an original melody with the familiar hymn Hendon. At times energetic, at times tender, the optional handchimes give depth to the two tunes. Perfect for worship or festival use. NO SHARED BELLS.

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We Are God’s People arr. Michael Burkhardt, 3-5 octaves handbells, handchimes, and optional trumpet
Comprising five continuous variations based on a theme from Brahms’ First Symphony, this festive, stately arrangement will be useful for worship or concert. An optional B-flat trumpet descant adds to the regal nature of the arrangement.

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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.

Handbell Accessories to Help You Get Back to Ringing! 20 August, 2021

Get back to ringing with these valuable accessories for your handbell choir!

Notebook Music Stands
These easel back notebook music stands are designed with handbell ringers in mind. The heavy-duty ring assembly has no tabs to catch and tear music while turning pages, and a thick nylon web strap is guaranteed for five years. Known for years as a top quality handbell music folder, our Jeffers Handbell Supply split back notebooks fold vertically positioning your handbell music for easy reading. These easel back notebooks can also be used as presentation binders, instructional aids, or for anytime you need your materials lifted off the table for easy viewing. Each stand comes with a set of plain black sheet lifters. Available in two sizes: 1” ring and 1 1/2” ring.

Mini Pins Page Turners
These great mini-pins make marking your pages of music for easier turning, not only easy, but also fun! These mini-pins measure 1″ in length and are made of wood. They come in packs of 50.

Acrylic Risers
The Acrylic Riser is lightweight (3lbs. 11oz.) with strong hinges and smooth round edges. It measures 24″ long x 10-1/2″ wide x 8″ high. A riser tote bag is also available; sturdy nylon on the outside adds extra strength and durability, while soft corduroy inserts on the inside separate your risers and protect them from scuffs and scratches. Holds four of our Acrylic Risers or three of our “old-style” risers.

Handbell Gloves
100% cotton gloves with small soft plastic dots on the palm side for sure grip and easy page turning. Available in both white and black, and with a Velcro wrist closure option.

Polishing Supplies
Polishing cloths are perfect for cleaning your bells after each rehearsal. Inner red cloth has jeweler’s rouge embedded, and the outer buffing cloth wipes away the rouge and light tarnish.

Simichrome polish restores the shine to your bells. This ammonia-based polish oxidizes tarnish and returns the original luster to bells with just a soft, clean cloth and a little elbow grease. Available in a 50 gram tube, or tubs of 250 grams and 1000 grams.

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STANTON’S SHEET MUSIC: 61 Years of Great Service! 01 August, 2021

Happy Birthday to us! Stanton’s is celebrating 61 years of great service for musicians, directors, and educators. Watch our history!

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Festive Hymn Tunes arr. Jason W. Krug, 3 octave collection
This collection of five hymn arrangements will delight, comfort, and enliven your ringers and congregations! Written for just twelve bells between F5 and C7, they are a perfect resource for the small ensemble looking for an extra challenge, the full choir short a few members, or the group wanting to share their musical gifts while staying socially distant. Titles include: “The Solid Rock,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” and “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

Five Hymns from Around the World arr. Michael Helman, 3 octave collection
Here is a wonderful new collection from Michael Helman that contains five hymn tune arrangements from around the world. Written for 12 bells (F5-C7) and playable by 3-6 ringers. Titles include: “Beach Spring” (United States), “Forest Green” (England), “Italian Hymn” (Italy), Llangloffan” (Wales), and “Madrid” (Spain).

Small But Mighty Volume 1 arr. Jason W. Krug, 12 bell collection
As we all look forward to getting back to making music together in church, we are pleased to be able to release this resource now as it is an ideal collection for “distance ringing.” Our hope is that handbells choirs will lead the way back to worshiping with music in the coming months, and this latest addition to our extensive catalog of music for small bell ensembles is a great resource to get you started. Titles include: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Lord of the Dance,” “God of Grace and God of Glory,” “The Gift of Love,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

Small But Mighty Volume 3 arr. Joel Raney, 12 bell collection
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes eight arrangements that have been written for the treble clef, F5-C7 or D5 to A6. They can be used for 3 to 6 ringers or small ensemble. This collection includes many titles that are useful for your worship planning needs. Titles include: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “Breathe on Me Breath of God,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” and “The Solid Rock.”

Hymns for Three to Six Ringers arr. Sandra Eithun, 2-3 octave reproducible collection
Following on the heels of her best-selling book “Christmas Carols for Three to Six Ringers” (20/1621L), Lorenz is proud to present Sandy Eithun’s collection of general-use hymn tunes for handbells and optional keyboard. Handbell assignments for three, four, five or six ringers are included, and the optional keyboard part adds texture and support to these beautiful arrangements. Titles include: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “I Surrender All,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Be Still My Soul,” and “Balm in Gilead.”

Wade in the Water arr. Anna Laura Page, 2 octave reproducible collection
“Wade in the Water” is a collection of five familiar tunes that have “water” in their theme. The handbell part in each piece is written for 12 bells (playable for 3-6 ringers.) The accessible piano accompaniments are a lovely addition but are totally optional. These settings are intended to provide fun pieces that may be used in various venues with fewer ringers. Titles include: “Wade in the Water,” “Handel’s Hornpipe (from Water Music),” “Down to the River to Pray,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” and “Deep River.”

Songs for the Solo Ringer arr. Christine Anderson & Daniel Kramlich
This instructional collection for beginning solo ringers features ten settings useful on a variety of occasions throughout the church year. Titles include: “All Glory Laud and Honor,” “Amazing Grace,” “Ashgrove,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Christmas Bell Medley,” “Grazioso,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Hymn Medley,” “Patriotic Medley,” and “Thanksgiving Medley.”

Songs for the Solo Ringer II arr. Christine Anderson & Anna Laura Page
As a sequel to “Songs for the Solo Ringer,” this collection continues the tradition of offering the handbell soloist accessible, interesting arrangements suitable for worship services and concert venues throughout the year. Level 1-3. Titles include: “Jesus Gift of Love,” “Kingsfold,” “Winter,” “Bethlehem Night,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Holy Week Medley,” “Guide Me O Lord,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “America’s Flag,” and “Praise & Thanksgiving.”

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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.

New Handbell Collections for 2021 11 March, 2021

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Festive Hymn Tunes arr. Jason W. Krug, for 12 bells, Level 2/2+
This collection of five hymn arrangements will delight, comfort, and enliven your ringers and congregations! Written for just twelve bells between F5 and C7, they are a perfect resource for the small ensemble looking for an extra challenge, the full choir short a few members, or the group wanting to share their musical gifts while staying socially distant. Titles include: “The Solid Rock,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” and “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

Music for the Church Year arr. Karen Buckwalter, for 12 bells, Level 2/2+
Five hymns, arranged for small handbell ensemble, that can be used all year long. Titles include: “Christians We Have Met to Worship,” “Morning Has Broken,” “Now the Green Blade Rises,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” and “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High.”

Five Hymns from Around the World arr. Michael Helman, for 12 bells, Level 2/2+
Here is a wonderful new collection from Michael Helman that contains five hymn tune arrangements from around the world. Written for 12 bells (F5-C7) and playable by 3-6 ringers. Hymntunes included are: “Beach Spring” (United States), “Forest Green” (England), “Italian Hymn” (Italy), “Llangloffan” (Wales), and “Madrid” (Spain).

Let It Shine! arr. Sondra K. Tucker, for 12 bells and piano, Level 2
Perfect for a variety of current and future performance needs, this new budget-stretching reproducible collection features handbell arrangements from leading arrangers such as Sondra Tucker, Ron Mallory, Ben Tucker, Anna Laura Page, Tammy Waldrop and others. Book includes piano accompaniment; only the handbell parts are reproducible. Titles include: “This Little Light Of Mine,” “Jesus We Want To Meet,” “All Night All Day,” “Down By The Riverside,” “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “O How Jesus Loves Me,” and “Jesus In the Morning.”

No matter what your in-person or remote worship requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Handbells for Worship Spring 2021 26 February, 2021

Bring Spring with these 12 Handbell choir selections for worship!

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Blessed Assurance arr. Sandra Eithun, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Listeners will immediately be captivated by a bold opening fanfare and a strong, straight-forward tune in this setting of the familiar hymn. With only one bell change, a few shakes, and some dynamic changes, beginning ringers will be able to offer a grand setting for any time when an energetic, celebratory piece is needed. An optional repeat has been included for added length if desired. The two editions are compatible for massed ringing.

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken arr. Terry Osman, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
For ensembles and directors needing an easy-to-prepare hymn tune arrangement appropriate for services throughout the year, Terry Osman s arrangement of AUSTRIAN HYMN fits the bill. Delightful in its simplicity, with few bell changes and straightforward ringing throughout, this piece is a reliable addition to your library.

Hymns for 3 Octaves arr. Michael Ryan, 3 octaves, Level 1
“Hymns for 3 Octaves” includes eight, solid Level 1 settings of a variety of popular hymns from arranger Michael Ryan. There are no bell changes and no subdivisions of beats, making these settings easy to learn by any size, or level, handbell or handchime group. This is a real budget stretcher in that this book is completely reproducible. Titles include: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Morning Has Broken,” “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” “In Thee Is Gladness,” “My Life Flows on in Endless Song,” “How Firm a Foundation,” and “Day by Day.”

Just As I Am arr. Linda R. Lamb, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
The classic Charlotte Elliot/William B. Bradbury hymn is introduced in this arrangement with mallets on suspended bells. The devotional mood continues throughout and is aided by printed phrases of the hymn text above the musical score.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms arr. Sandra Eithun, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
This beloved hymn tune is given a fresh treatment in this accessible, up-beat arrangement. Offering wonderful opportunities to work on various stopped techniques such as mallets, thumb-damps, and martellato, it will be a perfect addition to worship services throughout the year.

Praise to the Lord arr. Anna Laura Page, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Majestic setting of Lobe Den Herren; articulations include the echo, martellato and martellato lift; opportunity of learning to listen for melody above accompaniment; appropriate for general worship and Young Ringer festivals.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Michael Helman, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Here is a good, solid piece for level one that keeps everyone involved. This arrangement of the old gospel hymn combines smooth accompaniment with melody in upper and lower registers along with the echo and LV techniques.

Sweet Hour of Prayer arr. Sandra Eithun, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This gentle rendering of the beloved hymn requires no bell changes and may be rung entirely on handchimes if desired. The piece offers a wonderful opportunity for beginning and developing choirs to work on artistic expression and musical phrasing. Published in two compatible editions, this arrangement will be a great choice for festivals, as well as worship services and concerts.

Two Hymns of the Church arr. Bill Ingram, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Includes individual settings of “The Church’s One Foundation” and “My Jesus, I Love Thee.” Playable with handbells or handchimes. Usable by beginning ringers as they begin to participate in worship.

Trust and Obey arr. Ron Mallory, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Both treble and bass clef ringers get their turn at playing the melody in this vibrant Level 1 setting. The arrangement also includes creative reharmonization of the well-known hymn tune, yet there are no bell changes throughout. Both 2-3 octave and 3-5 octave editions are available, which are compatible for massed ringing.

Amazing Grace arr. Michael Helman, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Lovely setting of beloved hymn. Incorporates “Grace Greater than Our Sin.” Offers various articulations for the beginning ringer. Appropriate for worship services and special occasions.

Come, Thou Almighty King arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of ITALIAN HYMN is an exciting, accessible arrangement of the well-loved hymn. The tune undergoes a number of variations as the melody is passed around the entire choir. Multiple techniques keep both ringer and listener excited and engaged throughout.

No matter what your in-person or remote worship requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Lent & Easter 2021: For Handbells 19 February, 2021

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All Glory, Laud and Honor arr. Barbara Kinyon, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
A fine setting of a fine hymn for the rising handbell choir. Moderate tempo and few dynamic changes all combine to make this a practical and useable number for any group for worship or concert. Perfect for Palm Sunday.

And He Never Said a Word arr. Michael Ryan, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Set in D minor with only a few bell or chime changes (F sharp/C sharp), this interwoven tapestry of two reflective seasonal hymn tunes creates an emotional backdrop for meditation and prayer.

Bell Peal on ELLACOMBE arr. Linda R. Lamb, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
This light and elegantly simple arrangement of ELLACOMBE encourages your ringers and congregation to focus on the tune, allowing you to associate it with the text and scripture of your choice, be it for Palm Sunday, Easter, or general services.

Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! arr. Terry Osman, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Beginning with an exciting fanfare, this small-choir setting of MORGENLIED is the perfect piece for any Sunday during the Easter season, especially Easter morning. Ringers will be able to learn this piece in only a few rehearsals, and your congregation will be awe-struck by the impressive and triumphant sound your choir creates.

Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed! arr. Linda Scholes, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This new Easter setting is dynamic in energy and filled with joy. This level 1 setting is easy to learn and captures the joy of Easter morning.

Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. David Angerman, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
“Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a grand and joyous setting of the favorite hymn tune set for 2-3 octaves handbell or handchime choir. It is appropriate for general worship services or any other happy occasion.

How Hast Thou Offended? arr. Ron Mallory, 2-3 octaves, Level 1+
Ron Mallory has given us this wonderful arrangement incorporating two great tunes for Easter. Use of the LV technique will offer a great challenge for your level-one ensembles.

Jesus Shall Reign arr. Linda R. Lamb, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This arrangement will keep your ringers engaged as they encounter multiple opportunities to improve their handbell proficiency. Martellato, martellato lift, echo, LV, and shake techniques all appear in this exciting setting devoid of bell changes or subdivisions of the beat.

Meditations on the Cross arr. Michael Helman, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Three traditional Lenten hymn tunes are combined in this contemplative and expressive arrangement. Compatible arrangements make this selection an exceptional choice for festivals and other occasions when all of your church handbell ensembles can participate.

Our God Reigns arr. Sandra Eithun, 2 octave collection, Level 1-2
Varying in mood and ranging in difficulty from level 1 to 2, this collection of favorite hymns set for 12 bells and optional keyboard will become a go-to resource that your small or shorthanded ensemble can turn to time and again. Requiring short amounts of rehearsal and fewer ringers, this collection features arrangements within the F5-C7 range and in a variety of keys. The optional keyboard part offers a fullness to the settings when ringers are limited. Includes: “Morning Has Broken,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright,” “Prelude On Kelvingrove,” “Breathe On Me Breath Of God,” and “Rejoice The Lord Is King.”

Ride On! arr. Michael Ryan, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Set in a direct and uncluttered style, three instantly recognizable Palm Sunday tunes are united in a brilliantly conceived composition designed to set the stage for the drama played out during Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Scored in C major most of the way through, with but a few accidentals, the work ends with a brief modulation to F major.

Ring Out for Spring 2-3 octave collection, Level 1-1+
This collection offers approachable level-one music from some of today’s finest composers and arrangers. Meeting your needs for all aspects of the Easter and spring season, this book contains an eclectic mix of hymn-based pieces and original compositions. Includes: “Triumph and Praise” arr. Jason Krug, “The Savior’s Cross” arr. Jason Krug, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” arr. Sandra Eithun, “Christ Is Alive! Alleluia!” arr. Michael Helman, “Crown Him with Many Crowns” arr. Anna Laura Page, “Holy, Holy, Holy” arr. Michael Helman, “The Greatest of These Is Love” arr. Linda Lamb, and “Siyahumba” arr. Anna Laura Page.

This Joyful Eastertide arr. Terry Osman, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
This seventeenth-century Dutch folk song has become a standard hymn tune for Easter season celebrations. Your ringers will enjoy preparing and presenting this vibrant arrangement set for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes.

Three Pieces for Lent and Easter arr. Karissa Dennis, 2-3 octaves, Level 1+
This set of arrangements provides two selections for Lent and Holy Week observances and one for Easter Sunday. In keeping with level-one guidelines, there is no subdivision of the beat and the few handbell changes are prepared. Ringers will enjoy developing a variety of techniques, including echoes, tower swings, and martellatos, and working on legato passages that use LVs. Includes: “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “Now the Green Blade Rises.”

Two Resurrection Hymns arr. Ron Mallory, 2-3 octaves, Level 2-
Spring is always a busy ringing season, and these flexible, straightforward arrangements will be perfect when your ensemble needs to learn something with limited rehearsal time during the Easter season. Includes: “Christ Is Risen, Hallelujah!” and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”

Were You There? arr. Barbara Kinyon, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Lovely and flowing setting of the familiar Lenten hymn, may be played with handbells or handchimes, allows beginning ringers to be aware of melody with relation to accompaniment, useful for beginning bell choirs during the Lenten season.

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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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Handbells: Small Ensembles for Advent & Christmas 09 November, 2020

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel arr. Michael Ryan, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Neither subdivision of the beat nor bell or chime changes are found in this expansive setting of everyone’s favorite Advent hymn tune. The work is only 45 measures in length and just about rings itself. The introspective music is well within the grasp of any ensemble.

Keep It Simple 5: Christmas Sacred & Secular arr. Lloyd Larson, 3 octave collection, Level 1
Created with the beginning choir in mind, these are readily accessible arrangements of Christmas favorites for for 2- or 3-octave choirs. Full and dynamic chords coupled with appealing arrangements characterize these settings. The eight titles are a blend of sacred and secular favorites providing ideal repertoire considerations for lesser experienced groups or ensembles needing to prepare yuletide selections with limited preparation time during the busy holiday season. Titles include: “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Deck the Halls,” “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Christmas Tree,” “The First Noel,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Ring in the Season! arr. Douglas E. Wagner, 2-3 octave reproducible collection, Level 1
Fourteen popular carol tunes are presented in seven creative medleys, designed to cheer and inspire congregations and concert audiences. None of these titles present undue technical demands, and ringers will encounter neither accidentals (bell/chime changes) nor subdivisions of the beat. Each arrangement is a fresh-sounding gem, solidly scored to foster confident ringing, and quite easy for any ensemble to prepare quickly. Titles include: “In Solemn Stillness (Silent Night, Holy Night and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear),” “O Come, One and All (O Come, All Ye Faithful and O Come, Little Children),” “When Christ Our Lord Was Born (The Snow Lay on the Ground and Susanni, Susanni),” “Christ Is Born Today! (Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella),” “Star of Wonder, Star of Light (We Three Kings of Orient Are and On This Day Earth Shall Ring),” “Great Our Joy! (Gentle Mary Laid Her Child and While By My Sheep),” and “Jingle All the Way! (Jingle Bells and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas).”

5 Carols for Beginning Ringers arr. Anna Laura Page, 2-3 octave collection, Level 1
A collection of five individual carol settings including: “O Come, All Ye Faithful;” “Away in a Manger;” “On This Day Earth Shall Ring;” “Silent Night, Holy Night;” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Each setting offers opportunities for teaching beginning ringers to achieve excellence in ringing with precision and musicianship. May be played with handbells or handchimes.

Handbell Hymns for Advent and Christmas Volume 3 arr. Douglas E. Wagner, 3 octave collection, Level 1
As angel choirs heralded the wondrous birth on that first Christmas night, we too celebrate this joyous event each year ringing the glorious music of the season. This latest addition to the Handbell Hymns series includes eight uncomplicated settings of Christmas favorites that are easily playable by eleven or more ringers and should take little time to prepare. As is the case with past volumes, ringers will encounter no subdivision of the beat and no accidentals. Titles include: “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella,” “What Child Is This?,” “O Leave Your Sheep,” “Savior of the Nations, Come,” “O Come, Little Children,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “When Christmas Morn Is Dawning,” and “The Snow Lay on the Ground.”

Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head arr. Cathy Moklebust, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Lush, warm harmonies provide a lovely accompaniment for this arrangement of the well-loved carol. The piece can be played on either handbells or handchimes.

Joy to the World arr. Dan R. Edwards, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
“Joy to the World” is a joyous setting of the beloved Christmas carol and provides the opportunity for beginning ringers to learn careful execution of articulations.

Keep It Simple: Carols for Christmas arr. Lloyd Larson, 2 octave collection, Level 1
Lloyd Larson’s successful series Keep It Simple was created with the beginning choir in mind. These are readily accessible arrangements of Christmas favorites now available in both a new 2-octave version, and a 3-octave version. Full, lush and dynamic chords characterize these carol settings. Each selection is ideal for lesser experienced groups as well as ensembles needing to prepare several yuletide selections with limited preparation time during the busy holiday season. Titles include: “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Away in a Manger/Still, Still, Still,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Silent Night! Holy Night!,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “Joy to the World!”

Silent Night arr. Michael Helman, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
A beautifully crafted setting of the beloved Christmas carol, may be played with handbells or handchimes, use of repetition makes music easy to learn for beginning ringers, promises to be a favorite during the Christmas season.

A Quiet Christmas Eve arr. Jason W. Krug, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This set of two level one arrangements is a perfect choice for a youth or beginning choir, or for a more advanced ensemble down a few ringers. Available in both 2-3 and 3-5 octave compatible editions, these settings of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Silent Night” are simple, yet harmonically rich and complex despite having no bell changes. Perfect for a Christmas Eve service, or any time during Advent.

We Three Kings arr. Barbara Kinyon, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Beautiful setting of the familiar carol; a good piece for teaching beginners the use of mallets; appropriate for programs during the Christmas season and especially useful during Epiphany.

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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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.