News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Orchestra

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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Laying the Foundation: NEW Resources for Strings 12 July, 2024

recommended by Austin Swack, Instrumental Education Specialist

Habits of a Successful String Musician, 2nd Edition by Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful String Musician, Second Edition” is a complete method of over 400 musical exercises for teaching upper-level string students the technical skills needed to play advanced orchestral music. Perfect for an entire string orchestra or solo player, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary studies, chorales, tuning canons, and much more. It includes everything an aspiring string musician needs to build musicianship skills and then transfer those skills into the performance of great literature.

What’s NEW in the Second Edition?
Part I. Tone and Articulation: The open-string exercises and bowing variations remain invaluable tools for teaching articulation skills. The Second Edition now includes a rhythm canon for combining various articulations and new melodic exercises for developing tone, blend, vibrato, spiccato, and sautillé.
Part II. Left Hand Patterns, Positions, and Shifting: Left-hand exercises are now organized into a sequence of musical exercises and etudes that review middle level skills, extend up to the highest registers, and teach alternate clefs and thumb position. A new Intermediate Positions curriculum teaches young cellists the shifting skills required for keys with more than three sharps or flats. A new sequence of two-octave arpeggios in ten keys improves students’ range and fluency across the instrument. The Advanced Positions pages contain new etudes for teaching the chromatic scale, diminished arpeggios, harmonics, thumb position, alternate clefs, and other challenging skills seen in advanced orchestral repertoire.
Part III. Scales, Arpeggios, and Thirds: This section still has the much-loved tuning canons and chords, dominant arpeggios, and thirds, as well as one-, two-, and three-octave scales and arpeggios in all twelve major and minor keys. The Second Edition has improved cello and bass fingerings and includes bass scales with C-extensions.
Part IV. Chorales: There are now 50 percent more chorales in a greater variety of keys and from more diverse cultural backgrounds.
Parts V. Rhythm Study in a Musical Context and VI. Sight-Reading: These sections contain 185 completely new rhythm charts and sight-reading exercises with tempo markings for each exercise. This well-sequenced curriculum teaches students how to count and decipher rhythms and then transfer rhythmic literacy to melodic sight-reading in a musical context.
Part VII. Orchestral Excerpts: This brand-new section includes three pages of excerpts from frequently performed school and all-state repertoire. Sequenced from moderately difficult to expert, these excerpts are the perfect culmination of skills taught in this method and are ideal for auditions or final exams.
• Additional Sectional Pages in each student book focus on technique and alternate clef lessons unique to each instrument.

Habits of a Successful Young String Musician by Sarah Ball, Margaret Selby, Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” is a field-tested and musical collection of 220 sequenced exercises for the beginning string student. The companion website (www.habitsstrings.com) features supplemental resources including accompaniment tracks, start-up clinic videos, and full performance videos for each exercise in the book. These cutting-edge online components are on MusicFirst (PracticeFirst) and MakeMusic Cloud (SmartMusic).

What makes “Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” unique?

Tone is at the heart of this method.
• Students begin using the bow earlier than other resources.
• The familiar melodies enable students to use their ears to develop good pitch and tone.
• Online videos allow students to see and hear professional string players modeling good tone and technique for each exercise.

Tonal literacy is a key focus of this book.
• All four open strings are introduced early.
• New notes are introduced with clear fingerboard diagrams and pictures next to the staff.
• New keys are taught by highlighting notes affected by the new key signature.

Rhythmic literacy exercises will have your students counting and reading independently.
• Long notes and rests are introduced early so students learn to count and subdivide.
• Melodies in 3/4 appear early and often.
• Nine pages of sight-reading exercises develop stronger tonal and rhythmic literacy skills.

Quality content includes:
• High-quality photos of excellent hand positions to help students develop great technique.
• A diverse repertoire of classical and folk melodies from around the world.
• Warm-up pages with scales, arpeggios, tuning canons, bowing variations, and other great tools for introducing, teaching, and reinforcing skills.

Online resources (www.habitsstrings.com) include instructional videos by professional string coaches to reinforce instrument position, left-hand set-up, bow hand technique, hooked bows, slurs, developing good tone, as well as shifting and positions in the lower strings.

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About the Author:
Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

NEW String Orchestra Selections featured on the OSU String Teacher Workshop 02 July, 2024

Don’t miss these favorite selections featured on the Stanton’s Reading Session at the 2024 String Teacher Workshop at Ohio State University. The workshop runs from Sunday July 7-Saturday July 13 and is available in TWO formats: IN-PERSON or ONLINE ONLY. Find out more at music.osu.edu/outreach/osu-stw.

The Golden Gateway by Brian Balmages, Grade 3.5
Celebrate music and its ability to connect with communities around us! This joyful work by Brian Balmages is a powerful reminder of the many ways music inspires and invigorates. Beginning with a beautiful, heartfelt introduction, “The Golden Gateway” soon takes off in exuberant twists and turns before coming to a heroic conclusion.

Shiver by Randall Standridge, Grade 0.5
Whether you are shivering from cold or shivering from fright this work for very beginning orchestras is sure to set the mood of your next Winter or Fall Concert. Using only 6 notes Randall Standridge has creatively designed a piece that reaches students at their skill level while letting them experiment with the fun technique of tremolo!

The Flow of the Tide by Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 3
“The Flow of the Tide” by Yukiko Nishimura captures the feel of a flowing tide, mainly represented through the melodic line. Layers of harmony give the feeling of the tide’s ebb and flow, the splashing spray, and the sea’s changing colors. In addition to the feel of the waves, there is also a contrasting brightness and tenderness. Your orchestra will fall in love with the many moods of this stunning work.

(De)composition by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 2
The music is falling apart! Or is it? This creepy-crawly composition starts deep underground in the cello and bass sections with an ominous theme, soon joined by the creaking, scratching, and screeching of unearthly noises from the rest of the zombie orchestra. Skittering fingertips, scratchy ponticello, and eerie glissandi are just a few of the fun extended techniques players will encounter in this scary venture into the dissonance of music – decomposingg!

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Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

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

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

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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.

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.

NEW Classical Transcriptions for Strings 31 October, 2023

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Sonata in G Minor K. 315 by Domenico Scarlatti/arr. Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 2.5
Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonata in G minor, K.315” is a simple and elegant work from the Baroque period, featuring a characteristically short two-measure motif. Originally composed for keyboard, this arrangement for string orchestra skillfully works this theme into every section of the ensemble in a variety of ranges as it develops and expands. A wonderful introduction to Baroque style performance featuring staccatos and tenuto articulations and charming melodic counterpoint. The piece can be successfully performed at a slow or faster tempo, according to the ensemble’s ability.

Symphony #1 in D Major: Presto by F.J. Haydn/arr. Mark Barnard, Grade 4
Take a step back in time and discover the early works of Franz Joseph Haydn with “Symphony No. 1 in D Major,” arranged for string orchestra by Mark Barnard. While keeping true to the original score, this edition provides string orchestras the opportunity to perform Haydn’s very first symphony. With an exciting Mannheim crescendo at the beginning of the exposition, this piece offers many teaching and learning opportunities throughout. Carefully edited for musical style and playability, “Symphony No. 1” is a fun and challenging piece that’s often unknown to audiences and adjudicators alike. Perfect as a program and festival opener, this work is sure to impress with a performance time of approximately 4 minutes. Don’t miss the chance to bring the music of the past to life with “Symphony No. 1 in D Major!”

Lift Thine Eyes by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Katie O’Hara-LaBrie, Grade 2
The music of “Lift Thine Eyes” comes from Part II of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” In the oratorio, it is sung by a trio of angels, sent down to instill hope. Ms. LaBrie arranged this work in honor of Sigrid Johnson, director of the Manitou Singers at St. Olaf College from 1983-2015.

A Can-Can Festival by Jacques Offenbach/arr. Todd Parrish, Grade 1-4
In this multi-level arrangement for string or full orchestra, both new and experienced students get to enjoy the excitement of Offenbach’s lively dance. This abbreviated rendition captures the energy of the familiar melody, allowing players at every ability level to play the tune most beginners will know from their method books. The piece can be performed with strings only, with parts for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Or, add optional advanced wind, brass, and percussion parts for a full orchestra concert- combined levels or advanced players only. The perfect grand finale to your pyramid concert that will motivate young musicians with a great sense of pride and accomplishment!

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New ORCHESTRA Titles for Young Musicians 14 September, 2023

Mind Games by Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
This eerie composition employs colors rarely found at this level. Based on harmonic illusions where notes seem to drift out of context, the music introduces carefully placed low-1 fingerings. Perfect for contest yet also appropriate as a lighter work.

Lift Thine Eyes by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 2
The music of “Lift Thine Eyes” comes from Part II of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” In the oratorio, it is sung by a trio of angels, sent down to instill hope. Ms. LaBrie arranged this work in honor of Sigrid Johnson, director of the Manitou Singers at St. Olaf College from 1983-2015.

Heavy Lifting by Chris Bernotas, Grade 2
Your cello and string bass sections take center stage in this rockin’ piece by Chris Bernotas. “Heavy Lifting” is a driving, hard-rock selection that gives everyone in the orchestra the opportunity to shine while highlighting the low strings. With FLEX parts available as a free download, this cello and string bass feature can highlight any instrument or group of instruments in the string orchestra. Perfect for your second-year players!

Shake, Shake, Shake by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1
“Shake, Shake, Shake” is a delightful level 1 string orchestra piece by Ingrid Koller that will keep everyone on their toes! Every section gets a turn to play the simple D major melody, and everyone gets a chance to be part of the rhythm section when it is their turn to play the shaker. This piece reinforces listening skills and ensemble playing, but more importantly, it is just plain fun!

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Teaching Beyond the Music 01 September, 2023

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

Teaching Beyond the Music: Tools for Addressing Societal Changes Through the Arts by Jason Max Ferdinand
Continuing the themes from the first volume Teaching With Heart, this second volume in the series exists to help teachers create a healthy culture in their classroom. With tools that will help teachers get to know their students better and get students to think more broadly about music and society, this book is less about notes and rhythms and more about connecting to each other and to the idea of conveying emotion and feeling through art.

Developed with the help of ten outstanding contributors, it encompasses a variety of arts disciplines, including band, orchestra, chorus, theater, musical theater, dance, and visual art. Each module addresses National Core Arts Standards and social-emotional learning standards. They contain activities that can be modified to suit any grade level, thought-provoking suggestions for community engagement, and suggested choral and instrumental repertoire that inspires empathy, unity, and connection. The book also includes more than 100 digital links for learning and reference as well as Quick Direct Icons to Read, Watch, Listen, Respond, Discuss, Record, Perform, and Present.

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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.

Expressive Music for Young String Orchestra 22 August, 2023

English Country Reels and Dances (from Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779) by Ignatius Sancho/arr. Jeremy Woolstenhulme, Grade 1.5
Four dances and reels from Sancho’s “Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779,” comprise this upbeat medley. Originally composed for harpsichord, the music is definitely reminiscent of British social dancing found during the mid to late 18th century. Country dancing back in the day referred to dance of the upper classes. When music of this style was published, they were organized into collections and dancing figures were often included in the publications. These figures referred to formations made by the dancers such as circular, round, and other geometric patterns including squares and triangles. Overall, country dances as music and as actual dances were fairly simple and not terribly formal.

Ascension by Samuel Gelfer, Grade 1.5
Take your orchestra on a soaring journey with upward rising phrases in this original work for young players. All sections explore the key of B minor with no extended finger patterns in this exciting theme. The first violin section ventures into notes on the E string and all students will get to practice easy hooked bowing. “Ascension” offers students an adventure in a new key and tonality with a dramatic performance piece.

Eclipse by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Eclipse is an easy-to-learn rock-style tune that will energize your orchestra and introduce improvisation in a fun setting! With a flexible score including optional violin 2, piano, and drum set, your students can achieve a big, impressive sound. The improv section includes a notated solo option in every part, or students can improv while the rest of the orchestra vamps in the background. A confidence-building showstopper!

Hornpipe and Bourée (from Water Music Suite No. 2) by G.F. Handel/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2.5
This joyful arrangement pairs George Frideric Handel’s “Hornpipe and Bourrée (from Water Music Suite No. 2)” in the form of a minuet and trio. In the original key of F major, Deborah Baker Monday has taken great care to ensure all parts are engaging while staying remarkably true to Handel’s original intent. Comfortably playable by developing musicians and a delightful arrangement for concert or festival.

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New Teaching Pieces for STRINGS 17 August, 2023

A Grainger Suite by Percy Grainger/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
“A Grainger Suite” explores various styles, techniques, and simple chromaticism. The three movements include “Country Gardens,” “Irish Tune From County Derry,” and “Children’s March.” Robert D. McCashin has done an excellent job of making this accessible to intermediate groups while staying true to the character of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s original music. A perfect way to work on phrasing and chromatic fingerings without requiring a great deal of technique.

A Utopian Fantasia by Anthony Granata, Grade 3
“A Utopian Fantasia” by Anthony Granata depicts a beautifully majestic and serene landscape shrouded in mystery and wonder. Set in the key of E minor, the opening features a rich legato ballad with an eerily somber melody passing through each section of the orchestra. The mood abruptly shifts to a jarring and heavily accented six-note motif. Reminiscent of Classical literature, a small contrapuntal passage develops this motif, interspersed with the original opening melody. Inversions of the theme finally give way to a call-and-response dialogue within the different sections of the orchestra before finally ending quietly and slowly with a subtle hint to the opening.

Capriol Dances by Peter Warlock/arr. Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 3
Warlock’s enigmatic “Capriol Suite” has long been a favorite for orchestra concert and contest events. Two of the most famous movements, Basse-Danse and Mattachins (Sword Dance), are adapted here for intermediate orchestra, allowing younger students to experience the high-energy melodies and unique harmonies of these popular dances. These thoughtfully-arranged pieces work well at a variety of tempi, from moderate to presto, according to the ensemble’s ability. An exciting concert opener or closer!

Jet Stream by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3
Based on a a 3-note rhythmic motif, “Jet Stream” is jazzy, high energy original work with strong melodies and infectious rhythmic components. Shifting is not required. Opt. Drum Set and Piano.

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JURASSIC ROCK and More Alternative Titles for Orchestra 26 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Jurassic Rock by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 1.5
Everyone loves to rock out – even Dinosaurs! “Jurassic Rock” by Katie O’Hara LaBrie will have you stomping your feet and bobbing your head to the beat.

Turtlewood Stomp by Matthew Gelfer, Grade 4.5
This rock-inspired work for the string orchestra is challenging but so very rewarding. Students will practice this one with intent!

Violento by Victor López, Grade 2
Give your students the opportunity of playing a piece for beginning strings that is upbeat and full of excitement! “Violento” is an original beginning strings composition by veteran composer Victor López. This exciting work is a forceful and rhythmically driven composition that sounds more difficult than written. A mixture of the danzón – Cuba’s unique genre of song and dance – and basic rhythmic interplay give this piece a unique touch. The inclusive, simple, and repetitious rhythmic patterns will certainly make an energetic statement at your next concert.

Metallurgy by Doug Spata, Grade 1.5
Designed to give students experience reading G and C string notes, this electrifying rock-style piece uses simple rhythms, accents, staccato, and changing dynamics for an exciting effect. Every section gets a chance to play the hard-driving melodies and an optional piano part adds extra support and percussive emphasis. Powerful!

Galaxy Jam by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Jam among the stars with “Galaxy Jam,” an inventive rock take on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in E minor. The jam section encourages your students to be creative with instrument percussion improv and solos with suggested notes.

Beathoven by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 4
This hip-hop orchestration incorporates technology and should be played with the audio track (mp3 download) and a speaker. “Beathoven” cleverly combines hip-hop and classical styles. The result is a head bopping, rhythm rocking ensemble piece that ebbs and flows between the 18th century and the 21st century. Teachers can focus on syncopated rhythms, the pentatonic scale, playing with a staccato bow stroke, and making a contrast in dynamics.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Grand Pursuit! Adventurous Titles for Orchestra 08 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Grand Pursuit by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
Written to reinforce dotted quarter/eighth note patterns, “Grand Pursuit” by Michael Kamuf features contrasting melodies, bold harmonies, and a fun, groove-oriented development section that combine to create a piece both your students and audiences will enjoy.

Sea Squall by Eric B. Davis, Grade 3
“Sea Squall” is about the journey of a ship traveling across turbulent seas. As the piece progresses, variations of the primary theme change like the winds: sometimes calm and safe, sometimes stormy and powerful. Contrasting dynamics and articulations undulate like an unpredictable storm on the high seas.

Adventure by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 1.5
Grab your sword, don your armor, and raise your shields. This is the beginning of a great adventure! Liam-Ramsey White has given younger musicians something truly fun to play!

On the Open Seas by Susan H. Day, Grade 1.5
“On the Open Seas” is an exciting new sea chantey by Susan H. Day. Written because sea-faring voyagers are always looking for their next adventure on the open seas! This piece is written in E minor, 4/4 time, and features a spirited, memorable melody, detache bowing, easy rhythms, accents, pizzicato, and fun for all! Bass and cello double, and viola rhythms double 2nd violin rhythms throughout for ease of teaching. Optional piano adds harmonic color. Perfect for any concert occasion, students and teachers will want to keep performing this one!

The Lost City by Seth Gamba, Grade 2
“The Lost City” will inspire your students to create a musical story about ancient and forgotten civilizations. “The Lost City” is proud and grand, with sweeping landscapes and a strong sense of an older time. The musical tale will engage imaginations as the students perform. “The Lost City” explores E natural minor without accidentals. Two-part writing allows all instruments to play melody and harmony. Some independent movement creates depth and passing tones. The music’s character results from accents, slurs, hooked bows, and E minor tonality, which will bring “The Lost City” to life for your string orchestra.

Galaxy Jam by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Jam among the stars with “Galaxy Jam,” an inventive rock take on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in E minor. The jam section encourages your students to be creative with instrument percussion improv and solos with suggested notes.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

NATURE Titles for Orchestra 28 April, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Antelope Freeway by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 1
Composer Steven L. Rosenhaus has crafted a charming new work for young String players! The title is both captivating and a little puzzling, but just like the music itself – will keep them coming back for more!

Pastorale (from Christmas Concerto) by Arcangelo Corelli/arr. Brandon Bangle, Grade 3
This famous movement is brought to new life in an accessible new arrangement by newcomer Brandon Bangle.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Battle of the Bows: Recruiting Titles for Orchestra 19 April, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Battle of the Bows by Chris Thomas, Grade 2.5
Experience a contest of strength, bravery, and determination. With constant momentum and energy, the music explores a range of articulations and dynamics as each section competes for supremacy. Bravado, dynamic contrast, independence, and excitement – it is all here and ready to showcase your orchestra!

Midnight Storm by Erica Donahoe, Grade 2.5
Written in G minor and using primarily the pentatonic scale, students will love the dark and brooding sound of this piece. Cello and Bass players are featured throughout with exciting bass lines that define the piece. The entire orchestra will have lots of opportunity to work on articulations and string crossings, in addition to the more complex finger patterns required by G minor.

Call of Heroes by Christian A. Williams, Grade 1.5
Reminiscent of the exciting call-to-battle themes of our favorite action and superheroes, “Call of Heroes”, with its driving rhythmic pulse, aims to stir the blood and call every hero to action.

Sea Squall by Eric B. Davis, Grade 3
“Sea Squall” is about the journey of a ship traveling across turbulent seas. As the piece progresses, variations of the primary theme change like the winds: sometimes calm and safe, sometimes stormy and powerful. Contrasting dynamics and articulations undulate like an unpredictable storm on the high seas.

Sea Shanty Saga (A Miniature Suite) arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 3.5
Who would have thought that sea shanties would have caused a huge social media craze? These three classic yet timely shanties are scored for String Orchestra. These are also perfectly suitable for festival performance in addition to the countless other applications of this fun and energetic music!

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

MOMENTOUS and More Titles for Multi Level Orchestra 27 March, 2023

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Momentous by Brian Balmages, Grade 0.5-2
So many performance options and combinations! Equally suited as an opener or closer, this “Baroque-meets-contemporary” festival-style work has exceptional performance flexibility as a multi-level OR single-level work! Play it entirely as a grade 2 or play it as a grade 1. Additionally, both may be combined, and directors can add the grade ½ parts, which are based on open strings and limited first finger. Innovative and exciting!

Jingle Bells arr. Caryn Wiegand Niedhold, Grade 2.5
Here’s a bubbly multilevel arrangement of this seasonal favorite with a dollop of holiday tradition and a dash of contemporary rock. Middle-level students work on their spiccato skills and pass the melody from section to section, and beginners get to play a piece they know well with the big kids. This piece stands alone for Level 2.5 orchestra, has the opportunity to include Level 1.5 students, and works wonderfully to feature beginning students. The optional drum set part kicks up the energy for a grand finale. Perfect for including your first-year students and a great way to brighten the holiday season.

Arco Polo by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1.5-3
This engaging piece for string orchestra is appropriate for any time of the year but would be especially fun for a summer orchestra concert. “Arco Polo” is the musical depiction of the well-known swimming-pool game “Marco Polo.” The piece begins with tutti pizzicato. Then the instruments “call out” to each other using their bows. Students and audience members can listen for the following: The calling and answering (sections take turns), playful splashing (grace notes), the annoyance of the violin sections when their calls are not answered, and the underwater response of the cellos and basses. This multi-level piece is a practical choice for an orchestra with students at varying skill levels. At its core, it is a level 1.5 piece and can stand alone as such, but with the addition of the advanced violin, viola, and cello parts, it becomes even more challenging and fun. There is an optional improvisational section where students are randomly (perhaps secretly) selected to be the “caller,” and the rest of the orchestra answers. An audience member could be cued to call out to the orchestra as an extra surprise.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

New Titles to SIGHT READ with Your Orchestra 15 March, 2023

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Shake, Shake, Shake by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1
“Shake, Shake, Shake” is a delightful level 1 string orchestra piece by Ingrid Koller that will keep everyone on their toes! Every section gets a turn to play the simple D major melody, and everyone gets a chance to be part of the rhythm section when it is their turn to play the shaker. This piece reinforces listening skills and ensemble playing, but more importantly, it is just plain fun!

Antelope Freeway by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 1
Composer Steven L. Rosenhaus has crafted a charming new work for young string players! The title is both captivating and a little puzzling, but just like the music itself – will keep them coming back for more!

Humble Heart by Larry Clark, Grade 2
Anyone who has met Larry knows how humble he is, and while he would never admit it, this piece perfectly reflects the care and consideration he takes with the musical education of young musicians. A wonderfully beautiful work for String Orchestra.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

NEW Orchestra Titles by Composers of Color 24 February, 2023

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Symphony No. 1, 1st Movement by Joseph Bologne/arr. Todd Parrish, Grade 3
One of only two symphonies he composed during his time in France, Bologne’s Symphony No. 1 reflects the influence of his teachers and fellow composers in the burgeoning Classical period. This joyful Allegro features a spirited theme that is developed mainly in the violin section, supported by the lower strings. Originally scored for two oboes, two horns, and strings, this approachable arrangement for String Orchestra retains the original key while seamlessly blending the wind and string parts.

Symphony No. 2, 2nd Movement by William Grant Still/arr. Todd Parrish, Advanced
William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2 was premiered in 1937 by the Philadelphia Orchestra. The work, subtitled “Song of a New Race,” infuses elements of blues and jazz into the classical form, creating a uniquely blended sound to reflect Still’s vision of an increasingly diverse American culture. Originally composed for full orchestra, this slightly abridged version for string orchestra includes the original harp part, honoring the legacy of one of America’s greatest composers.

A Sertaneja (To Her, from the Hinterlands) by Francisca “Chinquinha” Gonzaga/arr. Dión Morales, Grade 2
A Sertaneja: “To Her, from the Hinterlands,” originally composed for voice and piano, musically paints a picture of Chiquinha’s love of the hinterland – the land behind the body of water – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Through flowing slurs, dotted rhythms, 3/4 time in D minor, and the passing of melody between the strings, Dión Morales’s level 2 arrangement celebrates the lapping waters around Rio de Janeiro and a graceful dance from Brazilian culture by one of its beloved composers, Chiquinha Gonzaga. Students will love playing “A Sertaneja.”

Beathoven by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 4
This hip-hop orchestration incorporates technology and should be played with the audio track (mp3 download) and a speaker. “Beathoven” cleverly combines hip-hop and classical styles. The result is a head bopping, rhythm rocking ensemble piece that ebbs and flows between the 18th century and the 21st century. Teachers can focus on syncopated rhythms, the pentatonic scale, playing with a staccato bow stroke, and making a contrast in dynamics.

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East Coast Vibe by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 5
This calypso-style original reflects on the mixing pot of diversity of the composers hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. With its groovy bass line, syncopated rhythms, and lively melody, this piece leaves no room for a dull moment. The piece starts in G major and segues into a contrasting B section in E minor, resuming back to the original melody with style and grace.

Call of Heroes by Christian A. Williams, Grade 1.5
Reminiscent of the exciting call-to-battle themes of our favorite action and superheroes, “Call of Heroes”, with its driving rhythmic pulse, aims to stir the blood and call every hero to action.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

NEW Solo Features with Orchestra 06 February, 2023

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Concertino by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3.5
An intermediate solo in classical style, this concertino by R. Scott Whittington is the perfect vehicle to feature an up-and-coming student. Pleasantly melodic with appealing sequences, it utilizes positions 1 – 6 (highest note B) with a brief section in tenor clef. A flashy but playable cadenza can be taken at liberty to accommodate different ability levels or omitted entirely.

Metal Rhythmico by Kirt Mosier, Grade 5
Mosier has done it again! Powerful and vigorous from measure one to the end, the rhythms are patterned after heavy metal rock. Chord structures are rich and complex. The solo violin part is designed to showcase an advanced/professional musician. Audiences will remember this incredible work long after the performance has concluded.

Fantasia on an Original Theme by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 3
This lyrical original work is based on a theme the composer first wrote at age 12. The melody is first stated in an expressive viola solo, then developed by the rest of the orchestra with dramatic variation in dynamics, tonality, and effusive modal shifts. A nostalgic musical reflection that offers students the opportunity to develop tone, expression, and style in their playing.

Down Easy Street by R. Scott Whittington, Grade 3
“Down Easy Street” is the perfect opportunity to introduce Jazz elements to your classroom in a welcoming and inclusive way! In a relaxed jazzy style, all parts have minimal position work so your ensemble can focus on rhythm, blend, and intonation. Optional drum set adds energy and vitality. A sparkling piece that’s great fun for all!

Shadow Defenders by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 3
From the first note of this thrilling piece, a sense of suspense feeds an intense desire to protect and avenge, leaving listeners to wonder what is looming around the corner. Let students imagine a world of possibilities in this cinematic work, while developing their skills with independent rhythms, shifting, and interlaced syncopations that propel this journey through the shadows.

Bass Patrol by Timothy J. Isham, Grade 1
Put your bassists in the spotlight in this piece for beginning strings. Build confidence and skills in your bass section as they lead the orchestra while navigating the shift between first and third position. Melodic material in G lydian is shared among all sections, and rhythms are simple and easy to count.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Turtlewood Stomp and More Titles with SOUND EFFECTS for Orchestra 03 February, 2023

recommended by Maureen Driscoll and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Turtlewood Stomp by Matthew Gelfer, Grade 4.5
This rock-inspired work for the string orchestra is challenging but so very rewarding. Students will practice this one with intent!

Dance of the Bowless Basses by Bob Phillips, Grade 1
A cute, pedagogically-based (get it?), first-year bass section feature, this piece will be fun and is sure to make your beginners sound fabulous. This piece is in first position for all players except basses. Basses shift up to C and D on the G string and only play pizzicato. Continuing Bob Phillips’ tradition of bass section features, “Dance of the Bowless Basses” is sure to become an integral part of your standard repertoire!

Mistletoe Mix-Up by Erica Donahoe, Grade 3
Featuring snippets of “Jingle Bells,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Joy to the World,” and more, this musical mash-up includes all the holiday hits! Students will have fun learning this upbeat number with arrangements that are accessible and interesting. “Mistletoe Mix-Up” will make the perfect finale to your holiday concert.

Shake, Shake, Shake by Ingrid Koller, Grade 1
“Shake, Shake, Shake” is a delightful level 1 string orchestra piece by Ingrid Koller that will keep everyone on their toes! Every section gets a turn to play the simple D major melody, and everyone gets a chance to be part of the rhythm section when it is their turn to play the shaker. This piece reinforces listening skills and ensemble playing, but more importantly, it is just plain fun!

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

The Last Rose of Summer: NEW Fiddle & Folk Tunes for Orchestra 27 January, 2023

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The Last Rose of Summer arr. Jim Palmer, Grade 2
“The Last Rose of Summer” is a traditional Irish tune arranged by Jim Palmer. The beautiful melody, rich harmonies, and interesting accompaniment will help your young orchestra sound mature. The long phrases are highlighted with beautiful slurs and a variety of dynamics. Pizzicato, slurs and ties create the interesting accompaniments. Well-developed phrases and unexpected chords provide opportunities for artistic expression. A perfect choice to teach a broad range of musical ideas.

Sea Shanty Saga arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 3.5
Who would have thought that sea shanties would have caused a huge social media craze? These three classic yet timely shanties are scored for string orchestra. These are also perfectly suitable for festival performance in addition to the countless other applications of this fun and energetic music!

Appalachian Daybreak by Ben Snoek, Grade 3.5
Written through inspiration from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, this wonderfully folk-like work is perfect for working phrasing and expression with your string orchestra.

Kahuli Aku arr. Amanda Suckow, Grade 1
This arrangement of the Hawaiian folk song “Kahuli Aku” will evoke the imagery and vibrancy of the “singing snails” (kahuli) depicted in the song lyric. Young musicians and their audience will sense a deep connection and respect for the earth and its creatures. Performing “Kahuli Aku” using the woodblock, wind chimes, staccato, tenuto, and engaging dynamics, students will imitate the Hawaiian kahuli in their music as they hope to be brought a drink of water by the kolea (plover bird) from the ‘akolea fern.

Mustang Triumph by Sarah Siegler, Grade 3
“Mustang Triumph” portrays a herd of wild mustangs galloping through the plains. Great for showing off the full tutti sound of your orchestra!

Kentucky Mountain Hoedown arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1+
A lively folk dance written for young orchestra musicians. The main theme is based on the eastern Kentucky folk tune “Old Joe Clark,” a song about a 19th-century Kentucky mountaineer. The piece should be played with energy in a lively dance style throughout. An optional woodblock part is included to evoke the sound of clog dancing.

The Iron Road by Eric B. Davis/arr. J. Cameron Law, Grade 1
This original work has a medieval sound. It gets its name from the West Highland Railway in Scotland that goes from the city of Glasgow north to the beautiful and scenic Highlands. The main theme, played in upper and lower strings, and the descant in the first violin part are intended to evoke the experience of journeying the Iron Road to the lush and pastoral Highlands.

Through Moanin’ Pines by Harry T. Burleigh/arr. Dion Morales, Grade 2
This hauntingly beautiful lyrical transcription of a piano composition features syncopated rhythms along with pizzicato, legato, and gentle dynamics. Low first fingering patterns, basses play in half position. A great showcase for your orchestra’s tone and musicality.

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About the Authors:
Maureen Driscoll is the Orchestra Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Originally from the Cleveland area, she attended Miami University in Oxford to study Music Education. After graduating in 2017, Maureen spent five years teaching middle and high school orchestra in Cincinnati-area public schools. A lifelong violinist, she likes to perform with community orchestras and play gigs to keep herself busy. When she’s not working or performing, Maureen enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, baking, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats.

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.