News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Music on a Budget

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.

WE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE: New Collections for Developing Choirs 06 May, 2024

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

We Can Build a Bridge by Greg Gilpin
This budget-stretching collection is a must-have for two-part choirs! Featuring 6 best-selling pieces with positive messages of togetherness in a variety of styles, veteran choral composer and arranger Greg Gilpin has written warm-ups and rehearsal notes specifically for this collection which is available as a free download along with instrumental parts for four of the six titles. Downloadable accompaniment tracks are available for each piece (sold separately) and for the full collection. Titles include: “Cantamos Juntos (We Sing Together),” “Dance, Love, Sing, Live!,” “Haru Ga Kita (Spring Has Come),” “I Lift My Lamp (The New Colossus),” “Peace Song (with We Shall Overcome),” and “We Can Build a Bridge.”

Concert Chorals for Unison Voices by Greg Gilpin
Unison singing is one of the first things learned in the choral art. This unique song collection contains 16 chorals that can be used all year long with a variety of themes: Multicultural/Language, Christmas/Holiday, Folk/Spiritual, Inspirational, Patriotic, and Words of Distinction. Online access to full performance and accompaniment only audio recordings is available, along with PDFs for singers and instrumental parts. Titles include: “Akatonbo,” “America, the Beautiful,” “Benedicamus Domino,” “Come, Ye Sons of Art,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” “In Flanders Fields,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “Skye Boat Song,” “Snow Is Falling,” “Something Told the Wild Geese,” “Think on Me,” “The Wayfaring Stranger,” “Why We Sing,” and “A Wreath of Carols.”

Folk Songs Around the World arr. Greg Gilpin, Russell Robinson, Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Sarah Martinez, Jerry Lim, Victor C. Johnson, and Ruth Morris Gray
Music is an inviting gateway to discover and celebrate diverse cultures. These ten authentic folk songs from around the globe are arranged for both two-part treble singers and unison voices (downloadable song sheets for both are included). Lightly orchestrated accompaniment tracks capture the unique rhythm, tone, and timbre of the West Indies, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Spain, China, Ukraine, Scotland, Ghana, and Haiti. This informed publication includes the background, pronunciation, and translation for every song, designed to launch your exploration of world music. Titles include: “El Vito,” “Gerakina,” “Hosanna, We Build a House,” “Loch Lomond,” “Oy Khodyt Son,” “Rainbow Sister,” “Siyahamba,” “Tanabata,” “Tue, Tue,” and “Wangolo.”

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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.

Counterpoint: Partner Songs & Canons 19 July, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Counterpoint: Partner Songs and Canons for Singers of Any Age compiled and edited by Anna Wentlent
Encourage independent harmony singing with this carefully chosen collection of partner songs and canons. With accessible mid-range vocal parts, universal themes, and a number of folk songs and classical melodies, this practical resource will be useful year after year. The music and lyrics will appeal to any age: fourth-graders just beginning their choral journey, developing middle schoolers, high school students in need of review and reinforcement, and even inexperienced adults. Includes reproducible song sheets with isolated vocal parts, making it easy to find, follow, and mark parts. The piano accompaniment tracks may be used in rehearsal, for performance, or as an at-home tool for individual practice. Great for beginners or as a rebuilding resource!

Titles include: “Alleluia! I Will Sing,” “Circle of Our Song,” “How I Love My America,” “Peaceful River,” “Snow Is Falling Still,” “Figgy Pudding!,” “Hine Ma Tov,” “Kyrie Canon,” “A Mozart Canon,” and “The Water Is Wide.”

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About the Author:
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.

A Celtic Collection 12 May, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

A Celtic Collection arr. Emily Crocker & John Leavitt, TTB/TBB a cappella
Emily Crocker and John Leavitt have a long and successful track record of writing for developing young men’s choirs. Here is another in this line and it includes arrangements of traditional Celtic songs and a couple of originals. Titles include: “I’ll Tell Me Ma,” “Kelvingrove,” “Loch Lomond,” “Star of the County Down,” “Wild Mountain Thyme,” and “Ye Banks and Braes.

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Counterpoint: Partner Songs and Canons 02 September, 2022

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Counterpoint: Partner Songs and Canons for Singers of Any Age compiled and edited by Anna Wentlent
Encourage independent harmony singing with this carefully chosen collection of partner songs and canons. With accessible mid-range vocal parts, universal themes, and a number of folk songs and classical melodies, this practical resource will be useful year after year. The music and lyrics will appeal to any age: fourth-graders just beginning their choral journey, developing middle schoolers, high school students in need of review and reinforcement, and even inexperienced adults. Includes reproducible song sheets with isolated vocal parts, making it easy to find, follow, and mark parts. The piano accompaniment tracks may be used in rehearsal, for performance, or as an at-home tool for individual practice. Great for beginners or as a rebuilding resource!

Titles include: “Alleluia! I Will Sing,” “Circle of Our Song,” “How I Love My America,” “Peaceful River,” “Snow Is Falling Still,” “Figgy Pudding!,” “Hine Ma Tov,” “Kyrie Canon,” “A Mozart Canon,” and “The Water Is Wide.”

Find all of our Five Star Features for Fall 2022 on our website, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Sarah Quartel Songbook 16 May, 2022

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

The Sarah Quartel Songbook by Sarah Quartel
“The Sarah Quartel Songbook” brings together a selection of the composer’s best-loved pieces for mixed voices, including favorites such as “Sing, my Child,” “Voice on the Wind,” and “Swept Away.” This is an invaluable resource both for choirs looking to explore the work of this fine choral composer for the first time and for admirers of Quartel’s style hoping to find staple repertoire conveniently gathered together in one volume.

The SATB volume includes: “All the Way Home,” “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “I Know a Bank Where the Wild Thyme Grows,” “One of These Days,” “The Parting Glass,” “Sing My Child,” “Swept Away,” “Voice on the Wind,” and “Wide Open Spaces.”

The SSAA volume includes: “All Shall Be Well,” “All the Way Home,” “As You Sing,” “The Birds’ Lullaby,” “I Remember,” “In Time of Silver Rain,” “Refuge,” “Sing My Child,” “Songbird,” and “Voice on the Wind.”

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

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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Spend Your Budget and Build Your Library! 06 May, 2021

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Don’t lose your budget dollars at the end of the school year! Build your music library with these Five Star Features for Concert Band, currently IN STOCK for immediate shipment!

American Red Cross March by Louis Panella/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
One of the most melodic and musical of all American “old line” marches, “The American Red Cross” is an audience-pleasing toe tapper from start to finish! Bright and tuneful, this sparkling march will be a welcome addition to any concert program, and of course also makes for an excellent contest selection. Great stylistic and dynamic contrasts provide for a truly musical march performance. Our highest recommendation!

Cedar Canyon Sketches by Carol Brittin Chambers, Grade 3.5
The Texas Hill Country comes to life in this picturesque montage of vistas from the Old West – tranquil sounds of nighttime in a peaceful canyon, a robust ride across the plains, rattlesnakes, thunder, the grandeur of a sunset painting the distant horizon – timeless images of the American frontier.

Celebration and Tribute by James Swearingen, Grade 3.5
After performing this work, you’ll want to add it to the extended list of dramatic and memorable works that composer James Swearingen has successfully created. His writing style touches upon a variety of musical emotions that are always powerful with regards to their effect on the musicians and audience alike. In addition, his ability to orchestrate will add to the ensemble’s desire to sound their absolute best.

Fantasy Sketches by Johnnie Vinson, Grade 4
Drawing inspiration from books and films of fantasy adventure, Johnnie’s three-movement suite explores a variety of descriptive moods and styles. The first movement (“Wizards”) has a noble and grand flavor, while the second (“Elves”) is more playful and mischievous in design. The concluding movement (“Talking Animals”) uses rhythmic energy and mixed meters in creating a bit of a rambunctious setting. Themes from the earlier movements are then brought back for the grand finale.

The Huntress March by Karl L. King/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
This vivacious gem was written during Karl King’s days as a “trouper” with the circus, and it really shows! A brass fanfare is followed by two magical strains which are unmistakable “King-tunes,” and the trio shows sprinkles of ragtime, the great musical craze of the time, complete with a delightful piccolo solo (but not too difficult!). A timeless work that celebrates the charm of a bygone era while maintaining an eternal freshness. Includes extensive historical information, rehearsal suggestions, and performance suggestions.

Sir Galahad by Karl L. King/arr. Gene Milford, Grade 3.5
Sir Galahad follows in the fine Karl King tradition and has been skillfully adapted for the modern concert band by Gene Milford. Your band will sound magnificent when performing indoors or out with this scintillating setting.

When the Tears Fell by Ed Huckeby, Grade 4
“When the Tears Fell” is a musical depiction of the tragic relocation in 1838-1839 of the Cherokee people from eastern states to the west during which over 4,000 men, women, and children died. The piece is in four distinct sections – “The Gathering” is the period of spring and summer 1838 when the Cherokee were gathered by the military into stockades and encampments. This section introduces a theme in the horns that returns throughout the piece representing the enduring spirit of the Cherokee. “The Journey” is a lively, driving section utilizing a characteristic pentatonic scale and percussion effects. “The Harsh Winter” during which most of the deaths occurred is evoked using plaintive, somber melodic lines and dissonant harmonies. “Spring: A New Nation” celebrates the rebirth of the Cherokee including the reestablishment of the tribal government with an elected legislature and a bilingual school system. This is a fine option for contest and perfect for correlating lessons in U.S. history.

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

Easy Hymns for Organ 31 March, 2021

recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Easy Hymns for Organ compiled by Carson Cooman, for Easy Organ 2-staff
This collection of practical, easy hymn settings represents the work of a variety of composers and arrangers and draws largely on material originally commissioned for Lorenz’s long-running magazine, “The Organist.” The pieces are contrasting in character and can serve as prelude, offertories, postludes, and other sorts of service music. While all these tunes appear in many standard hymnals, a good number of them are hymns for which there is significantly less published organ literature available. Titles include: “Blessed Assurance,” “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” “Come, Holy Traveler,” “For Me to Live Is Jesus,” “He Leadeth Me,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “Jesus, Bread of Life, I Pray Thee,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Meditation on Strength and Stay,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “O Bless the Lord, My Soul!,” “O Day of Radiant Gladness,” “Offertory on Kedron,” “One Lord, One Faith, One Birth,” “Postlude on O Zion Haste,” “Postlude on St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” “Postlude on Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Prelude on Promised Land,” “Reflection on Bradbury,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “There Is No Name So Sweet,” “Trumpet Voluntary on Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” “Variations on St. Magnus,” “Voluntary on Brother James’ Air,” and “We Walk by Faith.”

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

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Collections for Worship 24 March, 2021

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Music Specialist

Collections for Choir
Essential Two-Part Anthems, Volume 4

Here is a collection of 11 top-selling anthems arranged for Two-Part Mixed voices, suitable for occasions throughout the church year. The contents is a virtual “greatest hits” from Hope’s choral catalog, with anthems for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Communion, Weddings, and general occasions. Titles include: “Hymn of Promise” by Sleeth, “Down to the River to Prayer (with Lord, Listen to Your Children)” arr. McDonald, “At the Table of the Lord” by Althouse, “Walk by Faith!” by Raney, “An Advent Reflection” by Martin, “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” by Sleeth, “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You” by Althouse, “The Gift of Love” arr. Hopson, “Halle, Halle, Halle” arr. Hopson, “When You Prayed Beneath the Trees” by Larson, and “A Celtic Silent Night” arr. Tierney.

Small but Mighty Dan Forrest
Eight best-selling Dan Forrest anthems masterfully adapted for SAB choir. Each maintains the musical quality and impact of the originals, but is simplified to ensure success for smaller choirs. Vocal parts include unison, two-part, and SAB writing, reduced ranges, simpler voice leading, extra breaths and rests, and more. Piano accompaniments include thinner textures, fewer risky leaps, easier rhythms, and more choral doubling (original piano accompaniments and any additional optional instrumentation from the original SATB octavos are still fully compatible with these SAB versions). Titles include: “And Can It Be?,” “Arise, My Soul, Arise,” “Lord of the Small,” “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “To the Lamb on the Throne,” “Come to Me,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Women in Song, Volume 10
Here is the 10th volume in Hope Publishing’s successful series of settings for women’s choirs. Included are eight top-selling contemporary titles arranged for SSA voices. There are selections for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Pentecost, and general occasions throughout the year. Titles include: “Agnus Dei (with How Great Thou Art)” arr. Raney, “We Are Called” arr. Hayes, “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” arr. Hayes, “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” arr. Larson, “Here I Am, Lord” arr. Schrader, “Christmastime (with Angels We Have Heard on High)” arr. Larson, “Total Praise” arr. Raney, and “In the Name of the Lord” arr. McDonald.

Collections for Vocal Solo & Duet
Essential Vocal Duets, Volume 6
arr. Joel Raney, Mary McDonald & Mark Hayes
Here are ten vocal duets of top-sellers from the Hope catalog, each arranged for two medium voices. Available alone or in a book/CD combo with accompaniment tracks useful for rehearsal and performance. The wide range of seasonal and general settings makes this a wonderful collection for the church year. Titles include: “In Christ Alone (with Cornerstone)” arr. Raney, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” arr. McDonald, “Come to Jesus (Untitled Hymn)” arr. Hayes, “Blest Are They” arr. Hayes, “Total Praise” arr. Raney, “Ancient Words” arr. McDonald, “Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord” arr. Raney, “One Small Child” arr. Hayes, “Angus Dei (with How Great Thou Art)” arr. Raney, and “In the Name of the Lord” arr. McDonald.”

Hymn Settings of John Ness Beck
Craig Courtney has taken ten hymn tune anthems written by John Ness Beck and arranged them for the solo voice. All arrangements are written for the medium voice. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “Assurance,” “Devotion,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns,” “Thanksgiving,” “There’s a Song in the Air,” and “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night.”

Sacred Songs of John Ness Beck
Craig Courtney has taken some of the most beloved choral treasures written by John Ness Beck and has transcribed them for the solo voice. The collections come in High, Medium and Low settings. Titles include: “Consecration,” “Every Valley,” “He Shall Feed His Flock,” “Lord, Here Am I,” “Lullaby,” “O Love, That Will Not Let Me Go,” “Offertory,” “The Quiet Heart,” “Still, Still with Thee,” and “Where Is the Child?”

Songs for the Journey by Craig Courtney & Dan Forrest
Dan Forrest and Craig Courtney have transcribed ten of their choral anthems for Medium voice – also available in High and Low voice editions. Titles include: “Amazing Grace” by Courtney, “Come to Me” by Forrest, “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee” arr. Courtney, “Song of the Wanderer” by Forrest, “Our Father” by Courtney, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” arr. Forrest, “Come Home” by Courtney, “God of the Deep” by Forrest, “Prayer of Mother Teresa” by Courtney, and “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” by Forrest. Also includes optional cello obbligato parts for “Come to Me” and “Our Father.”

This Is the Time to Sing by Mary McDonald
This collection captures the musical essence of ten of Mary McDonald’s anthem and distills them into beautiful settings for solo voice and piano. Titles include: “Child of Peace,” “Children Bound for Heaven,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Folk Hymn Suite,” “He’s Got the Whole World,” “Rise Up, Children, Arise,” “Sacred Harp Suite,” “Sing and Shout Together, Children,” “There Is a Happy Land (with Sweet By and By),” and “This Is the Time to Sing.”

Vocal Solos of Mary McDonald, Volume 1
Here are ten medium vocal solo settings of top-selling choral pieces from Mary McDonald. Available alone or in a book/CD combo with accompaniment tracks useful for rehearsal and performance. Includes a Christmas piece, a Lenten offering, majestic settings of beloved hymns, titles with gospel energy, and others more suited for personal reflection and inspiration. Titles include: “What a Friend,” “Coming Home,” “This Holy Night,” “Then Sings My Soul,” “Let Your Light Shine,” “Just As I Am, I Come,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Marvelous! How Wonderful!,” “Down to the River to Pray (with Lord, Listen to Your Children.”

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.

New Handbell Collections for 2021 11 March, 2021

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recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

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.

Choral Collections on a Budget 13 May, 2020

concert chorals for the developing choir greg gilpinrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Don’t lose your valuable budget dollars! Invest in choral collections to build your library!

Concert Chorals for the Developing Choir by Greg Gilpin, SAB reproducible collection with Audio Access
The developing choir is a unique ensemble and ranges in size from many to just a few, in age from younger to older and from the experienced to brand new singers. Both male and female are a part of these groups with ever-changing vocal challenges. Educators who teach this wide group of musicians know there is a need for many “tools of repertoire” that build bridges to the art of choral singing. Concert Chorals for the Developing Choir is designed to help teach harmonic singing through sophisticated melodies and distinguished texts with a more limited voice range for Part III or Baritone voice. Each choral is designed to have a separate part for Part III or Baritone, without the use of cue-sized notes, which can create visual complications if used too often for young male singers. This reproducible collection also contains helpful rehearsal suggestions and warm-ups for each choral work. Online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings is available, along with Singer PDF Parts for both 3-Part Mixed and SAB vocal scores. The full Piano/Vocal scores have both Part III and Baritone notes for easy use by the director. These terrific concert works can be used all year long with spirituals, folk songs, famous texts, Latin, Christmas, Hebrew and Spanish as well as phenomenal concert openers and closers! Titles include: “A la Nanita Nana,” “All Night, All Day,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “Ha Shalom,” “Joshua Fit the Battle,” “Kyrie,” “Let Music Live,” “Sing a Mighty Song,” “So Take This Song of Joy,” and “Think On Me.”

a cappella volume 4 choristers guildA Cappella! Volume IV 3-part mixed reproducible collection
Volume IV in the popular A Cappella! series features nine concert and festival selections for young and developing Three-part Mixed choirs from creative writers Jerry Estes, Victor C. Johnson and Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The Complete Edition is reproducible and also includes a Rehearsal Resource Page for each piece, a unique teaching/rehearsal tool which features Solfege; Vocabulary; and Preparation and Extension activities carefully crafted for each selection by Victor C. Johnson. Comprised of one spiritual arrangement, two folk song arrangements and six original selections in a variety of styles, this collection is an exceptional value and a great resource for your music library. Titles include: “Cantate!,” “Rainsong,” “Little Liza Jane,” “An Irish Blessing,” “Elijah Rock,” “Home on the Range,” “A Joyful Alleluia,” “Afternoon on a Hill,” and “Song Down in My Soul.”

let the women sing a cappella greg gilpinLet the Women Sing! A Cappella by Greg Gilpin, SSA reproducible collection with Audio Access
“Let the Women Sing! A Cappella” is a new collection of reproducible choral works for SSA a cappella choirs. Spirituals, distinctive texts, multicultural, folk songs, Christmas and general concert works fill this ten-song collection. In addition, there is digital access to four audio rehearsal mixes for each piece with part-dominant and full SSA performance, along with singer PDFs for projection and reproducible options. Whether you have 10 or 100 singers, this must-have a cappella collection will keep you on budget while supplying your program with excellent choral literature for your female singers for many years to come. Titles include: “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “In Flanders Fields,” “Jingle, Jingle Bells,” “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,” “Mary Sat A-Rockin’,” “Ning Wendete,” “Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet,” “Sing a Mighty Song!,” “Star of Wonder,” and “The Water Is Wide.”

city and the sea eric whitacreThe City and the Sea by Eric Whitacre, SATB with piano
Assembling five songs previously published separately and all with texts by e.e. cummings, this set is a real bargain. Originating as a Chorus America commissioning project, the sum is greater than its parts. Titles include: “as is the sea marvelous,” “i walked the boulevard,” “little man in a hurry,” “maggie and milly and molly and may,” and “the moon is hiding in her hair.”

Find more collections to build a varied choral library on our website, and 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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Sacred Collections for Worship 08 May, 2020

simple settings for sab choirsrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Simple Settings for SAB Choirs Volume 1
Here is a collection of accessible SAB voicings of top-sellers in our catalog. All of these are proven winners that are sure to delight your choir and congregation! Titles include: “I Will Be with You,” “All Good Gifts,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Sing Hosanna, Sing!,” “Pacem,” “He Is Born,” “At the Riverside,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

Women in Song 9
Here is the 9th volume in our successful series of settings for women’s choirs. Included are nine top-selling arrangements of popular contemporary songs, arranged for SSA voices. A CD of accompaniment tracks is available separately for rehearsal and performance. Titles include: “Christmas Sanctus,” “I Thank You, Lord,” “Just As I Am, I Come,” “Lenten Meditation,” “Let Your Light Shine,” “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You,” “O Come to Us, Emmanuel,” “One World, One Communion,” and “We Are Singing, for the Lord Is Our Light.”

essential two-part anthemsEssential Two-Part Anthems Volume 3
Here is a collection of nine top-selling arrangements of popular contemporary songs arranged for Two-Part Mixed voices suitable for Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, Communion and general occasions throughout the church year. Titles include: “How Great Thou Art/Majesty,” “We Are Called,” “Calypso Lullaby (Mary’s Little Boy Child),” “One Small Child,” “In the Name of the Lord,” “Because He Lives,” “In Remembrance,” “Lamb of God,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

One Rehearsal Wonders Volume 5
We are pleased to present another volume in this popular series! Volume 5 provides more great anthems with that “one-rehearsal, quick-learning” recipe! Rich with stylistic diversity and subject variety, these super songs are perfect for slim Sundays. This current collection offers jubilant songs of worship and inspiring anthems of devotion, all highly accessible to choirs of all sizes. In two-part, SAB, and easy SATB voicings, these pieces can be sung at any time with a minimum of preparation. Guaranteed winners! Titles include: “This Is the Day!,” “God Is!,” “All Good Gifts,” “Sing Out, Children of God,” “At the Table of the Lord,” “Wonderful Light!,” “O for a Heart,” “Come to Me, You Weary,” “Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord,” and “Grace and Peace to You.”

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About the Authors:
Judy H. began working in Stanton’s Choral Department in 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren. Judy is also recently retired – congratulations Judy!

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

online catalog directory program with the prosView all of Stanton’s Five Star Features and favorites with our new online catalogs! Featuring our favorite new titles for school and sacred ensembles in fun, programmable categories, use our online catalogs to go straight to a title’s preview material. Visit our directory to find the catalog for your ensemble.

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The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 14 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching. Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching! We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

clipart-money-money-clip-art-pictures-jpg-FvwF6D-clipartMoney Matters: Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing. Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music. Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You: Come on down and visit us in person! Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching. We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs. We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

questionSo Much Music, So Little Time: The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools: Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music. There’s our YouTube channel, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App – available for free in The App Store and Google Play.

For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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The Stanton’s Difference: 10% Educator Discount 17 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

10-off-ebay-coupon-codeDid you know that Stanton’s offers a 10% discount on most printed sheet music products to teachers, church musicians and college music majors? You can use your discount when shopping online, over the phone, or in the store. Your discount is automatically applied when you use your church or school account, or just mention that you are a teacher when you call to place an order!

10% doesn’t sound like very much? Think of it this way: For choral directors, it’s the same as buying nine copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with three ensembles. If you buy three pieces for each group over the course of the year, that “fun” pop number for the spring concert is like a freebie! And who doesn’t love FREE?

For more information about the educational discount, visit us online at http://www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Choral Collections to Stretch Your Budget 13 May, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Don’t lose the money left in your budget at the end of the year! Make the most of it with one of these valuable reproducible collections:

chorgd-cge292-fA Cappella Volume 3 for SSA choirs
Volume III in the popular “A Cappella!” series features nine concert and festival selections for young and developing SSA choirs from creative writers Amy F. Bernon, Victor C. Johnson and Ruth Elaine Schram. The Complete Edition is reproducible and also includes a Rehearsal Resource Page for each piece, a unique and valuable teaching/rehearsal tool which features Solfege; Vocabulary; and Preparation and Extension activities, carefully crafted for each selection by Victor C. Johnson. The Choral Edition, ideal for use as a judge’s copy or for your singers, is not reproducible and the Rehearsal Resource Pages are not included. Songs include: A Couple of Old Men, Elijah Rock, The Full Heart, Kol Dodi, Lift Your Voice in Joyful Song, Miserere Nobis, Over the Sea to Skye, Said the Rain, and Sanctus. This collection is an exceptional value and a great resource for your music library. Also available: Volume 1 for 2-part choirs and Volume 2 for TB choirs.

leon-524392Let the Men Sing A Cappella for TB choirs
“Let the Men Sing! A Cappella” is the newest collection of REPRODUCIBLE unaccompanied choral works for TB voices. This budget-stretching collection features classic works, Latin settings, spirituals, multicultural, folk, holiday and Christmas selections. In addition, there is digital access to 3 audio rehearsal mixes for each piece including part-dominant and full TB performance, along with singer PDFs for projection and reproducible options. Male singers of all ages will enjoy learning and performing this excellent choral literature and the educator will find it an outstanding tool in developing male choirs and interest in choral singing. Songs include: Come Ye Sons of Art, In Flanders Fields, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Bethlehem Lullaby, Inimici Autem, Star of Wonder, Wayfaring Stranger, Ding-a Ding-a Ding, Ning Wendete, So Take This Song of Joy. Suggested for ages 13 and up.

leon-524393Partner Songs for the Developing Choir for 2-part choirs
The developing choir is a unique ensemble and ranges in size from many to just a few, in age from younger to older and from the experienced to brand new singers. Both males and females are a part of these groups with ever-changing vocal challenges. Educators who teach this wide group of musicians know there is a need for many tools of repertoire that build bridges to the art of choral singing. “Partner Songs for the Developing Choir” is designed to help teach harmonic singing through sophisticated melodies and distinguished texts, appealing to singers from upper elementary through middle school and early high school, and can even continue for the less-experienced or smaller adult choir. Some of the choral works are very basic in form and melodic writing, while others might include a bridge or “B” section or more intricate melodies, expanding the harmonic learning. This REPRODUCIBLE collection with helpful rehearsal suggestions and online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings and Singer PDF parts can be used all year long with spirituals, Latin settings, multicultural, patriotic, Christmas and holiday selections. Songs include: Akatonbo, Bethlehem Lullaby, Et in Terra Pax, Jingle All the Way, Joshua Fit the Battle, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Musica Dei, Skatin’ and Sleighin’, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, You’re a Grand Old Flag. Suggested for Grades 3-9.

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.

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

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

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.