News & Views Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Category: Popular Music

Solo: A Star Wars Story 17 September, 2018

00280822-wlThere are two new collections for the soundtrack of the movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The music was composed by John Williams and John Powell. One collection is for intermediate to advanced piano solo, the other is for easy piano. Both have the music to nine of the pieces from the soundtrack – “Chicken in the Pot,” “Corellia Chase,” “The Good Guy,” “Lando’s Closet,” “Meet Han,” “Mine Mission,” “Savareen Stand-Off,” and “Train Heist.”

Play the music and follow the adventures of young Han Solo on his way to fulfilling his Star Wars destiny!

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

Top Rock Hits for Drum Play-Along 13 August, 2018

00256655-wlPlay your favorite songs quickly and easily with the Hal Leonard Drum Play-Along Series. A drummer can play drumset along with 9 songs, each from a different band. Standard percussion notation is used, and lyrics to the songs are also included. Playback+, which is exclusive to Hal Leonard, is included as well – this is a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys and pan left or right.

Volume 49 in this exciting series is Top Rock Hits, and includes these great titles: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, “Human” by Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy, “Paradise” by Coldplay, “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors, and “Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists.

For more information about this collection or others in the Drum Play-Along series, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Beyond Strumming – Accompaniment Styles for Guitar 08 August, 2018

00277135-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Beyond Strumming is written for guitar players who want to do more than just strum along, and want to expand their repertoire of accompaniment styles. It is the ultimate guide for any guitarist who wants to go beyond playing the same patterns in song after song, and create accompaniment parts that are more dynamic and distinctive. Topics covered include developing bass lines, arranging with a capo, melodic riffs, and more. Different styles of songs are covered, and both standard notation and tablature are used to present the material. Video downloads are included with the purchase of the book – great for expanding your musical toolkit and developing fresh and varied guitar parts to make songs shine!

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

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

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

Easy to Play Worship Songs 13 July, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00267812-wlThe Big Note Worship Book contains 20 songs for beginning pianists including “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone),” “10,000 Reasons,” “Lord I Need You,” “Good Good Father” and more. These are great pieces to play on a recital, sing along with, play in Sunday School, or just play for your own enjoyment. The songs are drawn from the contemporary Christian songs being sung currently in worship. Have your young students try this out!

For more about this collection or others for beginning sacred piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Keep Calm and Play On 09 July, 2018

14041916When you’re feeling the pressure, why not take time out to play some of the finest contemporary music? Keep Calm and Play On is a lovely piano collection that brings together 22 calming pieces, including themes from films such as “The Artist,” “Amelie,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” as well as compositions from Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Yiruma, and Zbigniew Preisner. So why not sit down and play some of your favorites? They’ll calm you down and give you fresh energy to face whatever the day brings!

For more information about this collection or other music you are interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

FastTrack Music Instruction 05 July, 2018

leon-00264731-fIf you and your friends want to start a garage band, the FastTrack series is for you! FastTrack method books give you a fast way to learn how to play that new instrument (or the one that’s been sitting in the closet for a few years). They’re designed for the player who wants to learn on their own terms with the help of some user-friendly instruction, professional audio and video examples, and cool music to play along the way.

The Starter Pack for each instrument (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, and Drums) includes the method book as well as audio and video access online. Each person can work by themselves, then meet up to put the songs together. After the Starter Pack, you can explore the songbooks for even more great songs. It’s time to reignite those rock star dreams!

For more about this series, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our newly redesigned website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

NEW from The Barbershop Harmony Society 15 June, 2018

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

Are you looking for some barbershop-style arrangements to round out your program? Below are some of our favorites:

Bohemian RhapsodyBohemian Rhapsody – arr. Deke Sharon / Adam Scott
As sung by Queen

Sing – arr. Wayne Grimmer
As sung by Pentatonix

The Way You Look Tonight –  arr. Mark Hale
Mark Hale’s brilliant and refreshing treatment as a ballad really lets the lyrics shine.

Stars and Stripes Forever – arr. David Wright
You are sure to energize and impress your audiences with this most marvelous of Sousa marches!

Africa – arr. Alex Morris
Energetic, rhythmic, and a joy to sing, Whether performing a cappella or with a percussionist or two, this arrangement is sure to be an audience favorite!

Lullabye (Goonight My Angel)Lullabye – arr. Kirk Young
This simple, elegant arrangement is a cherished favorite from the BHS catalog, Kirk Young’s setting of this Billy Joel ballad was performed by 1993 Quartet Champs, Gas House Gang.

My Romance – arr. Burt Szabo
Szabo’s setting of this beloved standard is elegant, understated, and refined.

For more information about these and other arrangements, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

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

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

New Arrangements from the Silver Screen 01 June, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-04005443-fThis Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the songwriting team who brought us “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” the movie musical “The Greatest Showman” is based on the true story of P.T. Barnum with Hugh Jackman in the title role. This arrangement of the powerful anthem from the film is a dynamic showcase for the concert stage.

Back to the Future arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 1.5
Specifically arranged for second year players, here is a great-sounding version of this classic movie theme featuring limited ranges and easy rhythms.

leon-04005400-fThe Best of James Bond arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Featuring some of the best-known spy themes from the silver screen, here is a very playable medley of James Bond soundtrack favorites through the years. Includes: James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and Skyfall.

Danny Elfman: Music in the Dark arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
The film music of Danny Elfman is often dark and sinister, but always unique and interesting. This entertaining medley for young players includes themes from “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Spider-Man,” and “This is Halloween” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

alfred-46630-fSelections from The Lego Ninjago Movie arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2
From the blockbuster film score, this electric medley features “Heroes,” “Found My Place,” and “Operation New Me.” Every member has a shot at the melody. Bring the excitement of the film to your stage!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the 2017 installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

leon-04005441-fRemember Me (from Coco) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Pixar Studios strikes gold again with their imaginative and original animated film “Coco.” With a story of Mexican folklore and with characteristic music, here is a wonderful setting of the Academy Award winning main song. The opening is in a ballad style, and then shifts to a faster tempo with a mariachi flavor.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 3 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Disney Recital Suites 09 May, 2018

00249097-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The new collection Disney Recital Suites contains exciting piano suites from four classic Disney movie soundtracks: “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Phillip Keveren has arranged these pieces to be concert showpieces for advanced players, so the music offers more of a chance for the player to show off and for the audience to appreciate the tasteful arrangements. Play one suite for a recital, or play more than one as background music for a dinner gig. Perfect material for the pianist looking to add lighter music to their programs!

For more information about this collection or others similar to it, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 14 March, 2018

46818The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a concert tour featuring music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda video game series. Now available is a supplemental edition of advanced piano transcriptions!

The new movement is “Skyward Sword,” a suite which includes “Ballad of the Goddesses,” “The Sky,” “Fi’s Farewell,” “Ghirahim Battle,” “Fi’s Theme,” and “Message From the Goddess.” A bonus piece has also been added, “Breath of the Wind Medley,” and pages of color art from the game series are included. The energy displayed in the orchestra concert is retained in these piano transcriptions, and the familiar themes will bring to mind familiar characters and settings. It is well worth your time as a fan of Zelda and a fan of the piano, to explore this new collection!

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

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming! 02 March, 2018

00315064recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The Best of Irish Music has 81 of the best Irish songs for St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone must sing “Danny Boy” at some point during the day; “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” is a perennial favorite; and “My Wild Irish Rose” is a great singalong song. I’ll stop before I bore someone to death, but the 78 other songs are just as good! The melody of each song is in the right hand of the piano, so the player can play the songs as solos if no one sings along. The chord names are above the staff, so a guitar player can also join in the fun!

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stanton’s.com, or visit our website at stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 15 February, 2018

leon-00250373-fA musical drama biopic chronicling P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and his founding of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Showman” features a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame.

As you’re planning for spring concerts, consider these exciting titles from “The Greatest Showman”!

The Greatest Show: Choral SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
This Is Me: Choral SATB, SAB, and 2-part, Young Concert Band, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Rewrite the Stars: Choral (coming soon!) SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Never Enough: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Come Alive: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
From Now On: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
A Million Dreams: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
The Other Side: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Tightrope: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele

Also available: the complete Vocal Folio, as well as collections for Easy Piano and Ukulele. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Modern Movie Favorites for Big Note and 5-Finger Piano Solo 08 February, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00241880-wlModern Movie Favorites: Songs from Hit Movies
Are your kids still singing or humming tunes from movies like “Trolls,” “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars,” or “The Lego Movie”? These two new collections are great for kids learning to play piano!

The easier book is the 5-Finger level, which means one finger at a time – very easy. It includes eight songs, and the lyrics are also included. There is also an optional duet part for a parent or teacher to play along. Songs include: Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, Spirit in the Sky, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

The Big Note collection has 18 songs from recent movies, including “Rey’s Theme” from the new Star Wars movies.  The big note level has large notes for easy reading, and is a little more advanced than the 5-Finger level. Two hands play at once, so there is harmony, making each piece more pleasing to the ear. Songs include: Alice, The Bare Necessities, Bundle of Joy, Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, In Summer, Lava, Linus and Lucy, Rey’s Theme, Something Wild, Sophie’s Theme, Spirit in the Sky, Strong, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

These collections are great to play for fun! For more information about these collections or other popular piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Santana Guitar Anthology 31 January, 2018

00173534-wlCarlos Santana was influenced as a youngster by the music of Ritchie Valens, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, and John Lee Hooker. He began playing guitar at a young age, and started playing in some of the bands that played along the “Tijuana Strip.” Eventually he started his own band, and by 1969 he had a contract with Columbia Records. From 1973 to 2003, Carlos Santana was nominated for 14 various awards, ten of which he won.

The Santana Guitar Anthology includes 21 of Santana’s most iconic songs in “Guitar Recorded Versions,” which are authentic note-for-note transcriptions written directly from artist recordings. A few of the songs included are “Black Magic Woman,” “Victory is Won,” and “Maria Maria.” This is a great collection for guitarists who love Latin guitar style and the music of Santana.

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

POP & MOVIES for Orchestra 22 January, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

String Teachers! Plan ahead for your Spring Pops Concerts with your Middle School and High School String Orchestras. Here are this year’s winning arrangements.

Grade 2/3 Pop and Rock
leon-520483Bohemian Rhapsody arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
The rock anthem from Queen, now for first and second year players.

Cake by the Ocean arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
Beach party song from the current band DNCE.

80s Soundtrax arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2.5
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Words Get in the Way, If I Could Turn Back Time.

Go Big or Go Home arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2.5
alfred-513595Top 20 hit from American Authors featured in 2016 NBA Playoff Finals promos.

Hey Jude arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Instantly engaging Beatles anthem in an easy version.

Surfin’ U.S.A. arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
Beach Boys surf music from the 1960s. Essential Elements Book 2 correlation.

Twist and Shout arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2/3
Vintage Isley Brothers/Beatles Rock-n-Roll that appeals to all audiences.

alfred-45843-fWork from Home arr. Michael Story, Grade 2
Infectious pop tune from the all-girl band Fifth Harmony hit big in 2016.

Grade 3/4 Pop and Rock
Brandenburg arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
From the pop violin/viola hip-hop duo, Black Violin.

Handclap arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Highest charting song from American indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums.

leon-520479Last Train to Clarksville arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Enduring favorite from the Monkees with a country fiddle twist.

Seven Nation Army arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
White Stripes riff rock considered by many to be one of the greatest song of the 2000s.

Shape of You arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Dance hall-inspired #1 pop song from Ed Sheeran is the most-streamed song on Spotify.

Victorious arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Uplifting anthem with a driving pulse from pop group, Panic! At the Disco.

Grade 3/4 Broadway and Movie
Citleon-518059y of Stars arr. Jim Kazik, Grade 3/4
Multiple award-winning song from the movie musical, La La Land.

Evermore arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
From the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Josh Grobin.

Selections from Fantastic Beasts arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 3
Two selections from the latest J.K Rowling movie adventure.

How Does a Moment Last Forever arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3/4
From the live-action film of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as sung by Celine Dion.

Kingdom Dance arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
From the Disney animated film, Tangled, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel.

leon-518058Music from La La Land arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3/4
Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, Another Day of Sun, Audition (The Fools Who Dream), City of Stars.

Highlights from Moana arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
How Far I’ll Go, We Know the Way, Where You Are, and You’re Welcome.

My Shot (from Hamilton) arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3/4
Standout song from the hip-hop Broadway smash, Hamilton, with optional vocal.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3
arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 4
He’s Here for Us, Jyn Erso & Hope Suite, Rogue One, Imperial Suite, Your Father Would Be Proud.

leon-520484Music from Sing arr. James Kazik, Grade 3/4
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, Ariana Grande & Stevie’s Faith.

Find more orchestra pops on our website, or contact us for more details! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot… 27 December, 2017

leon-00353010-fAs you prepare for New Year’s Eve festivities, have you mislaid your copy of “Auld Lang Syne?” Did you loan it out and never get it back? Stanton’s to the rescue! We have “Auld Lang Syne” in stock at our store, and you can also find it via Digital Delivery, where you can transpose it to any key you like. Many of our digital downloads come in PDF format, so you can print it, or save it to your tablet or PC. Browse our digital download library for more options as well – you will be amazed at all you find!

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


Easy Christmas Fake Book 29 November, 2017

00240209Looking for a quick and easy way to make music this holiday season? The Easy Christmas Fake Book is a collection of 100 Christmas songs, all in the key of C. You can “fake” the accompaniment to the songs on piano (chords in the left hand), guitar, mandolin, or any other chorded instrument. The contents include some sacred carols such as “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” and “What Child is This,” as well as secular and popular Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Blue Christmas,” and more. This is a fun collection to play by yourself, or to jam with friends during the Christmas season!

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


A Very PTX Christmas 10 November, 2017

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

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! Pentatonix is THE hot a cappella group, and their creative vocal style brings great variety to a holiday choral program. All of these new arrangements are very nicely adapted for high school ensembles – ranges are generally appropriate (basses may stretch a little out of their comfort zones; try adding an electric bass for support, or mic them!), and most can be performed entirely a cappella or with the well-crafted supportive accompaniments.

leon-516423A Pentatonix Christmas (Medley) arr. Mark Brymer
The Pentatonix Christmas albums are among their most popular. This 7.5-minute medley combines four of their recent holiday hits for a wonderful seasonal showcase for pop, jazz and concert choirs. Includes: “Coventry Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays arr. Roger Emerson
From the 2016 album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” the popular vocal group puts their unique stamp on the 1998 holiday song by NSYNC. Recreate the rhythmic groove of this upbeat song a cappella or with the optional rhythm track.

leon-515029New Year’s Day arr. Jacob Narverud
This warm and creative original song comes from the 2015 album release “Pentatonix.” This fantastic arrangement can be done a cappella but allows for optional accompaniment so that choirs can use simple synthesizer, percussion and bass to enhance their performance.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Jacob Narverud
Get into the holiday spirit with this stand-out arrangement which reached No. 2 on Billboard 200. Set a cappella, it includes optional piano accompaniment and percussion making a fresh new take on the timeless carol and sure to be a holiday staple year after year.

Find more holiday pops on our website, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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