News & Views Saturday, March 23, 2019

Category: School Choral

Creative Programming: Around the World 22 March, 2019

gia-ww1683-frecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Akekho Ofano No Jesu arr. Daniel Jackson, SATB divisi a cappella with improvised percussion
“Akekho Ofana No Jesu” is an African tradition song sung by congregations across the African continent. Extremely dynamic with solos and improvised percussion. The middle section includes double choir – but the double choir is optional and simply repeats material that has already been sung. Achievable for a wide variety of levels.

Shlof, Mayn Fegele (Sleep, My Child) arr. Ryan Nowlin, SATB with piano
Here is a beautiful lullaby with words by the Russian poet Abraham Goldfaden beautifully arranged for the concert choir. Sweeping vocal lines, a lush piano accompaniment and shifting harmonies make this a perfect ballad in any program.

gia-ww1670-fArirang arr. Hyo-Won Woo, SATB with piano & Korean percussion
“Arirang,” the beloved Korean song, has been set by one of Korea’s best contemporary composers. This arrangement begins with beautiful and flowing vocal and piano lines, then opens up into an exciting rhythmic ending with Korean percussion. A great addition to any program.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
De Prosa com o Passarim (Grandma’s Chat) by Daisy Fragoso, 2-part treble with piano, flute & optional pandeiro
Here is a whimsical song of a grandmother who can talk to the birds. Using a popular Brazilian rhythm called “chorinho” and singing in Portuguese – along with some nonsense words between the grandmother and the birds – here is a wonderful multicultural song with lots of opportunity to teach rhythm, syncopation, language and geography.

Tumbalalaika arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano & optional clarinet
The title of this Yiddish folk song informs us that a Balalaika will at least be inferred in the music. This wonderfully authentic arrangement does just that. It also includes a clarinet obbligato (included in the back of the octavo) which is a tip of the hat to the Klezmer band. A Yiddish, phonetic and English text are all provided in the music allowing you to perform this work in any combination of Yiddish or English.

chorgd-cge274-fZum Gali Gali arr. Victor C. Johnson, 3-part mixed a cappella with optional hand drums & finger cymbals
When developing choirs delve into this fresh a cappella setting of the Israeli folk song, they can be assured of enjoying a successful rehearsal and performance experience! The only accompanying instruments are hand drums and finger cymbals, which add authentic flavor and texture to this multicultural gem.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Cielito Lindo arr. Juan-Tony Guzman, 3-part treble with piano
Here is a well-known song from Mexico. The piano part resembles the layers of the mariachi ensemble which uses violins, trumpets, bass and several types of guitars. This arrangement was commissioned for “a community that sings!” to promote singing folk songs from around the world and by all levels of singers. This arrangement may be sung in unison, or with three equal treble or low voices.

Indodana arr. Michael Barrett, SSAA a cappella
This highly dramatic traditional African song is a true musical gem, presented a cappella at a slower tempo. Arranged by two South African composers, the ethnic flavor is palpable as a small ensemble carries the melody and the lower voices provide the harmonic underlay. Translation and pronunciation notes are provided.

leon-522817Scarborough Fair arr. Thomas Juneau, 2-part with piano and optional finger cymbals & hand drum
Made popular as both a folk song and a pop song, this 2-part arrangement of the traditional English folk song is a wonderful tool for teaching part singing. The hand drum and finger cymbal parts add to the style and create a wonderful opportunity to teach rhythm reading. The lush piano accompaniment is independent when it can be and supportive when it needs to be.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Kye Kye Kule arr. Greg Gilpin, TB a cappella with percussion
With lively African percussion parts and a straightforward, modular, call-and-response style, this authentic folk song arrangement pulls together in a snap. Solo and duet sections also offer opportunities to feature standout singers. A terrific addition to any program!

lorenz-524030FOR CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Who Can Sail Without the Wind? arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano & optional violin
“Who can sail without the wind? Who can sail without oars? Who can leave a parting friend without shedding tears?” Beginning in unison and followed by verses of harmonically-driven part singing, this evocative Swedish folk song speaks of enduring relationships and lifelong bonds of friendship.

I Like to Travel! by Brian Tate, 2-part with piano
A fun song with a calypso feel. Engaging young singers in creative ways as they dream of traveling to different places and in different modes – walking, flying, driving, riding. Ideas are included for adding body percussion and Latin percussion. A creative “vehicle” for developing choirs.

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!

Plan to Attend: EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 2019 18 March, 2019

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 26th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/24/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration will open on April 1st. For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Creative Programming: Poetry & Masterwork Texts 11 March, 2019

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

allian-amp1085-fFOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CHOIR
And Sure Stars Shining by Z. Randall Stroope, SATB with piano, text by Sara Teasdale
Embracing the hope that dreams may someday become a reality, this musical setting is actively stirring, with stunning harmonic and melodic moments. It seeks to capture that internal ecstasy and “beyond this world utopia” that was the reality Sara Teasdale so wanted, and seemingly never achieved.

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
In Flanders Fields by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano & cello, text by John McRae
One of the best known and oft-quoted poems from World War I, Greg Gilpin’s setting of this text is exquisitely solemn, quiet and emotional. The musical interpretation is filled with rich harmonic structures supporting a haunting melodic motif creating beautiful selection for remembrance of veterans at home and abroad.

chorgd-cge287-fSongs in the Night by Victor C. Johnson, SATB with piano, adapted from texts by William Blake and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This artful setting of adapted texts by William Blake and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow features sweeping melodic lines and graceful, gorgeous choral sonorities destined to showcase your treble or mixed choirs. A stunning choice for concert or festival, the accompaniment is rich and lush, one of the many characteristics of Johnson’s superb choral writing.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
The Music-Makers by Ruth Morris Gray, SAB with piano, text by Arthur O’Shaughnessy
A driving rhythmic accompaniment and an inspiring text based on Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s “Ode” create a thrilling piece to both sing and hear. Accessible harmonies make teaching parts a snap, while robust poetry and captivating choral syncopations suggest a concert opener!

cfn-cm9547-fThere Will Come Soft Rains by Laura Farnell, 3-part mixed with piano, text by Sara Teasdale
Laura Farnell’s setting of Sara Teasdale’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” is an elegant choice for concert or festival performance. These profound words are the inspiration for Teasdale’s emotional response to war, beautifully set by Farnell.

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!

Stanton’s SUPER SESSION 2019 05 March, 2019

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Greg Gilpin, Anna Wentlent, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

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

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

A Young Singer’s Journey 04 March, 2019

hinsha-hmb248-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

A Young Singer’s Journey is a valuable set of workbooks developed by respected conductors Jean Ashworth Bartle, Eileen Baldwin, and Linda Beaupre. Written and designed for children who love to sing, the authors have shared the ways in which they have successfully taught children to master the basic components of musical literacy – theory, ear training, and sight-singing. These three components are integrated with song material and warm-ups in imaginative ways that make the process pleasurable and rewarding for young singers. Each of the five workbooks includes accompanying materials via convenient download: audio tracks, and sight-singing and warm-up exercises for each level.

Perfect for young private voice students or classroom/choral use, we highly recommend A Young Singer’s Journey! Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Choral POPS for Spring 2019 01 March, 2019

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

leon-525153FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Be the Hero (from Big Fish) arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano (optional combo)
Be the hero of your story and you will always be the hero that lives on. This perfect little Broadway two beat song is up-beat, positive and full of fun and adventure. A chance for your singers to “tell a story” that highlights the importance of truth, hope and desire. Lessons learned of being the first to embrace the life we live and the life we hope for.

Dream arr. Russell Robinson, SATB a cappella
Written by songwriting legend Johnny Mercer, “Dream” has been covered by artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Bublé. A rubato section in straight eighths opens this rich a cappella setting, before breaking into a moderate swing tempo with finger snaps. A final return to the earlier duple feel leads to a soft, sensitive ending. Perfect for exploring both jazz harmony and stylizations.

leon-531144Heal the World arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano (optional rhythm)
With a message that seems to become more important with each passing year, Michael Jackson’s 1991 ballad championing the power of healing and acceptance has stood the test of time. A powerful arrangement features four soloists interweaving with the choir leading to a dynamic climax!

This Magic Moment arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano (optional combo)
First recorded by Ben E. King and the Drifters in 1960, this easy listening love song is here set in a doo-wop style that hearkens back to the 1950s with finger snaps, a doo-wop bass line and a feature for a soloist who can really bring the style. The instrumental accompaniment for two trumpets, tenor and baritone saxophones, trombone and rhythm section is just as stylish as the vocals and together a scene with poodle skirts, bobby sox, duck tail hairstyles and all things cool from the period is set.

Will You Be There arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano (optional rhythm)
Even in live performance this Michael Jackson ballad had a full back up choir of children and adults. Here is a wonderful pop tune written for choir and with a message of love and commitment that will resonate with singers and listeners. This arrangement captures the pop style while expanding on the choral footprint.

leon-522813FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Brave arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
The text of this chart topping song by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff inspires those who sing it and those who hear it. Excellent teaching and rehearsal notes are offered by the arranger making this song a wonderful tool for highlighting the importance of the text and teaching rhythms.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano, optional djembe & shaker
Here is one of the most popular doo-wop songs ever! This arrangement features percussion parts for djembe and shaker, a simple piano part and ranges that are perfect for young singers. The “call and response” form allows for easy learning. Every parent in the audience will know the tune, making it lots of fun for them to join in if they want.

Sing arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
“Sing of good things, not bad” is certainly a wonderful mantra for all of us and it is the theme of this iconic Joe Raposo song from “Sesame Street.” With a driving and rhythmic piano accompaniment here is an incredibly creative arrangement of this positive song.

This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano
The biggest hit from “The Greatest Showman” has been arranged for young developing voices in this accessible version. Plenty of unison, easy-to-teach harmonies, comfortable ranges, and solo opportunities make this a surefire selection for your elementary and middle school choirs.

leon-523381Un Poco Loco (from Coco) arr. Mark Brymer, 2-part with piano (optional combo)
Translating to “A Little Crazy,” the lyrics to this song are just that. Full of whimsy and surprises. The verse text is in English while the repeated lines are in Spanish. A fun hand-clapping section lends itself to movement if desired and the repeated sections make this easy to learn.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Songs of a Disney Hero (Medley) arr. Alan Billingsley, SSA with piano (optional combo)
Show your mettle and embrace your inner hero with this medley of Disney songs of bravery and adventure. Whatever the task, your choirs will be up to it as they are taught lessons of valor as only Disney movies can! Includes: “How Far I’ll Go,” “Touch the Sky,” “Reflection,” “When Will My Life Begin?” and “Zero to Hero.”

Think arr. Mark Brymer, SSA with piano (optional combo)
From the undisputed Queen of Soul, this is one of Aretha’s iconic songs and always listed as one of the greatest pop & R&B songs of all time. This arrangement stays true to the style and allows your students a chance to dig into this important style.

Walking On Sunshine arr. Mac Huff, SSA with piano
Here’s a sunny blast from the past! This 1985 hit by Katrina and the Waves is a super choice for pop and show groups.

Summertime arr. Roger Emerson, SSA with piano
Unlike the original ballad heard in the opera “Porgy and Bess” and sung by a high soprano, here is an easy swing rendition placed in a key that is comfortable for developing voices. The section with a written out scat solo can be easily repeated for those choirs learning to improvise.

alfred-47111-fFOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Fight the Dragons (from Big Fish) arr. Greg Gilpin, TBB with piano (optional rhythm)
From the Broadway musical “Big Fish” comes a song about finding the adventure in everyday life, as well as the bond between father and son. Greg Gilpin has designed this well-fitted feature for men’s ensembles that is equal parts strength and sensitivity. Great messaging for guys!

I’m Still Standing arr. Pete Schmutte, TTB with piano (optional combo)
British rocker Elton John made this famous in 1983 and stated that it was “my reaction to still being relevant and successful in the early 1980s.” The message rings just as clear today with rock and roll still ruling the music scene, generation after generation. Instrumental parts available for a powerhouse performance.

leon-524096Valentine arr. Jacob Narverud, (T)TBB with optional piano and rhythm
From the pop group Train’s album “A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat” comes this ’50s throwback for today’s generation to enjoy. Set either accompanied or a cappella, Jake Narverud has captured the novel sound of the original recording with this mixed voiced setting. Pure fun and great musical learning!

Good Vibrations arr. Mark Brymer, TTBB with piano (optional combo)
Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 500 rock songs of all time, “Good Vibrations” is a rock classic. This arrangement builds on the happy “rock shuffle” groove and the now legendary harmonic progressions of the Beach Boys.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Programming: For Treble Choirs 11 February, 2019

mornin-1-3451-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Spend All You Have On Loveliness by Michael John Trotta, SSAA with piano & optional oboe or string quartet
The text for this song is taken from “Barter” by Sara Teasdale. Despite the poet’s history of poor emotional and physical health, the text captures a hopeful attitude that foreshadows the spirit of optimism that was the precursor to the Roaring Twenties. A rhythmic piano part is the foundation for a captivatingly lyric melody that gently unfolds throughout the piece. The setting begins with the simplicity of a unison vocal line that gradually expands as the piece explores the complexities of the wonder of everyday life. Subtle text painting captures the poet’s desire to seek refuge in the beauty that surrounded her.

lorenz-sbmp1454-fInvitation to Love by Marques L.A. Garrett, SSA with piano
A great showpiece for the ladies, they will love singing this. Some aleatoric adventure highlights the dramatic ending of this extraordinary composition.

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Sally Lamb McCune, SSAA with piano
A classic poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the traditional “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” intertwine in this free-flowing ballad that centers on the fragility of life and the persistence of time. An undulating eighth note accompaniment throughout supports the simple choral lines. For a creative programming option, pair with “The Wide Missouri (Shenandoah/The Water Is Wide)” arr. Ruth Elaine Schram for a river- or water-themed program.

gia-wjms1170-fFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Floating Moon on the Water by Wei-Pin Chen/arr. Eric Liu, SSAA with piano
“Floating Moon on the Water” uses a beautiful text in Taiwanese by Wei-Pin Chen. Using western tonality blended with Taiwanese elements, the melody begins with a touch of sadness and is followed by flowing sounds of pictures on the water. A gorgeous work in a unique language.

Gifts by Glenda E. Franklin, SSA with piano
Sara Teasdale’s poem about the gift of love throughout our lives is set for SSA voices and perfect for any women’s ensemble or choir. The melodic line weaves up and down throughout the piece, gathering harmonies and supported by a delicate piano accompaniment.

I’ll Tell My Ma arr. Erik Jones, SSAA with body percussion & optional piano
A guaranteed showstopper! This playful Irish children’s song has been set with rousing clapping and stomping to reflect how it might have been sung by children during their playtime. The vocals are set in a simple homophonic style, which makes the body percussion achievable. Can be performed with or without piano. Don’t miss this fantastic concert closer!

leon-522791Laudamus! by Ken Berg, 3-part treble a cappella with djembe & egg shaker
Detailed performance notes and teaching concepts included on the inside front cover make this the perfect vehicle for introducing Latin texts. The easily identifiable sections lend themselves to discovering song form and thematic importance. Rhythmic motives contrast with legato themes and the overall effect is one of praise and joy.

Sing to Bring Us Together by Jim Papoulis, SSA with piano, djembe & shaker
Acceptance and unity, even through our differences, are an essential part of our evolving world. Here is a powerful and uplifting song commissioned by Plymouth, Massachusetts and Plymouth, England as these two schools came together to celebrate and model unity in the world.

leon-525216FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Now Spring In All Her Glory by Emily Crocker, 3-part treble with piano
The beauty and freshness of spring bursts into being with this exuberant original for treble voices. A vibrant theme lends itself to call and response, imitation and variation over a buoyant piano accompaniment contrasting with a more subdued middle section. An ideal concert and festival selection for developing choirs in middle and high school.

Contact us for more creative ideas, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2019! 05 February, 2019

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
(featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday August 1, 2019 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Emily Crocker
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 2, 2019 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Emily Crocker & Mac Huff
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 3, 2019 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful guidelines:

I teach elementary classroom music and/or elementary school choir! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir) is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers. You’ll also preview new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part voices) in both octavos and song collections.

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
Consider both the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll feature new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and two spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing usually features about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session usually features about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Either (or both!) The Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir OR the Stanton’s Super Session will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2019:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 10, 2019
Clinician: Jay Rouse
(no pre-registration for this session)
26th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 24, 2019
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Show Choir: Dance, Dance, Dance! 28 January, 2019

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

Get ready to dance, dance, dance with your show choir this spring!

leon-523940Can’t Stop Dancin’ arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano (optional combo)
This 1977 pop hit by Captain & Tennille is just as hot today as it was then. Driving rhythms, infectious lyrics and our unquenchable need to dance make this new arrangement a great show choir staple.

Don’t Stop Me Now arr. Mark Brymer, SATB with piano (optional combo)
We’re havin’ a good time! The classic rock harmonies that are a signature of Queen’s sound are a natural fit for this driving choral arrangement. The over-the-top lyrics are dynamic sections make this offering a great opener to any pops concert.

alfred-47114-fGet Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose arr. Eric Van Cleave, SATB with piano (optional combo)
Bring back the sound of the ’70s with Teddy Pendergrass’s popular party anthem. Guaranteed to bring the house down with or without a few disco moves, platform shoes, and costume wigs – sure to put the “fun” in funky!

Friend Like Me (from Aladdin) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
From the animated Disney film “Aladdin” and later as the Act 1 closer for the Broadway musical. This song sung by the Genie brings down the house wherever and whenever it is sung. Utilizing a 1930’s swing style and catchy lyrics this is a sure fire closer. Perfect for middle school groups!

leon-524103Girls Just Wanna Dance (Medley) arr. Paul Langford, SSA with piano (optional rhythm)
Two #1 hits from Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper are created into one hot dance mash-up for 2018! Your women’s groups will love performing “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” A performance knock-out that begs for staging and choreography!

Contact us for more recommendations, 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.

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!

Hamilton: Choral Update 23 January, 2019

The blockbuster musical “Hamilton” makes its debut in Puerto Rico this month with a three-week engagement starring creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. With two US tours currently underway, as well as extended runs in Chicago, London, and San Francisco (opening in February), “how lucky we are to be alive right now!”

Newly available for choirs:

The Schuyler Sisters arr. Alan Billingsley
Lin-Manuel Miranda calls this song “a love letter to New York that lets us know who the Schuyler sisters are outside the context of Hamilton.” Through an innovative combination of rap, patter singing, character-driven musical themes, and a supporting chorus, we are introduced to three outstanding women from the Revolutionary War era. Alan Billingsley’s supercharged arrangement sounds just like the original Broadway score, with stylized solos (both spoken and sung) and plenty of satisfying choral sonorities and riffs. “Work!”

You’ll Be Back arr. Lisa DeSpain
King George laments England’s “breakup” with a young America in one of the most charismatic and surprising numbers from smash Broadway hit Hamilton. Fans note that this song is a departure from the mostly hip-hop and R&B style of the score, taking its inspiration more from breezy Britpop tunes. Lisa DeSpain’s choral arrangement preserves the playful, coy spirit of the original, with its infectious “Da da da dat da” chorus. Not to be missed!

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley from the Tony Award winning musical is sure to make a big impression! Featuring seven of the show’s most memorable numbers, there’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

Intimidated by the intricacies of performing the full medley? Check out arranger Lisa DeSpain’s post Hamilton Hacks: Simplifying the Choral Medley for Your Singers – you’ll find lots of great ideas for tailoring the medley to fit your ensemble!

Find more from “Hamilton” on our website, including the original Piano/Vocal folio and the incredibly creative Hamilton Mixtape folio, or contact us for more details. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2019 09 January, 2019

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

The beginning of 2019 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
leon-517698Hold On! arr. Brandon A. Boyd, SATB divisi with piano
Although there are a number of fine arrangements of this spiritual, Brandon Boyd’s setting of “Hold On!” for mixed chorus divisi with piano is exceptionally creative yet true to the idiomatic style. The rich harmonic language set against lyrical melodic passages and articulated by syncopated rhythmic elements provides a thrilling opportunity for singers and audience alike.

Music in the Night by Elaine Hagenberg, SSATB with piano
Elaine Hagenberg is one of our country’s most respected writers. The superb craftsmanship of her works once again is seen in this new piece. Scored for 5-part mixed chorus (divisi soprano) and piano on a text of Harriet Prescott Spofford, try the piece in a group reflecting the power of music, for Women’s History Month or American Music Month.

chorgd-cge230-fThe Old Mill by Kenneth Riggs, SATB with piano
Rigg’s intriguing setting of this poignant, reflective poem by Thomas Dunn English features an accompaniment that emulates flowing water and the turning of the mill wheel. The minor mode and 6/8 pulse effectively establish the mood for this haunting piece which will provide a unique contrast for your concert or festival programming needs.

Antiphonal Cantate by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano
Whether performed on risers, as a processional, or encircling the audience, this celebratory fanfare is the perfect opening number for concert or festival and is appropriate for use throughout the school year. The middle section is in 3/2 and provides an interesting and fun contrast. The text is both in easy Latin and in English, and an optional English text is provided for sacred use.

for Treble Ensembles
mornin-7-0577-fO Clap Your Hands by Stephen Chatman, 3-part treble with piano
“O Clap Your Hands” is a setting of words from Psalm 47 as translated and adapted by the composer. Influenced by jazz and gospel music, this fast, energetic work surges forward with constant syncopation, rich pan-diatonic and chromatic harmony, and repeated melodic lines and text. The bright and challenging piano part, with its added-tone arpeggios and extended registers, highlights and punctuates the vocal lines. Through alternating keys, various homophonic and contrapuntal episodes, and the addition of “tutti” clapping, the work reaches a climactic, resounding ending.

I Will Arise and Go by Shawn Kirchner, SSA with piano or hammered dulcimer
This is an evocative, folk-like setting of Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” The modal vocal writing is both simple and sophisticated and always expressive of the yearning in Yeats’ words.

Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound by G.F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson, SSA with piano and trumpet
A very energetic and joyful chorus from Handel’s oratorio Samson, “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound” arranged by Russell Robinson is in an accessible key for SSA choirs. Sure to delight audiences and enhance programming for any concert.

leon-523143Set Me as a Seal by Bruce W. Tippette, SSA with piano
From Song of Solomon comes a cherished text set to rich harmonies for women’s voices. Beginning with a simple and warm piano introduction, unison singing melts into harmonic delight, creating an emotional climax and resolving to a quiet ending stating again “for love is strong as death.”

for Tenor/Bass Ensembles
Down by the Salley Gardens arr. Ben Bram, TTBB a cappella
Ben Bram is the amazing arranger for the Pentatonix. Justin Miller is the hailed director of the Westminster Men’s Chorus – one of the best ever. Justin asked Ben to create a piece for his new series that they could premiere at the ACDA Western Division conference – and now we can offer it to you. Absolutely yummy might be the best way to describe the arrangement. Creative and satisfying would also be appropriate words.

leon-521763Plorate filii Israel by Giacomo Carissimi/arr. Brandon Williams, TTBB a cappella (optional piano)
Here is the beautiful final movement from Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio Jephte. Originally for SATB choir, soloist, narrator and instruments, here is a new arrangement for men that allows them to explore this important musical style. Along with the Baroque style and the Latin text, this piece also lends itself to teach legato line, imitation and the emotional context of loss and lamentation.

Tuba Mirum by Mark Burrows, TTB with piano
With a lashing, powerful piano accompaniment to impel the equally dramatic traditional text from the Requiem Mass, this commanding musical setting for men, women or mixed chorus is spellbinding indeed. It is an exceptional repertoire choice for concert or festival performances, displaying rich passages from a full-throated forte to a lovely, controlled piano, all while exuding an air of fiery, rhythmic drive and a sense of urgency. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

cfn-bl1014-fPoor Wayfaring Stranger arr. Christi Jones, TTB with piano
With ostinato-like phrases throughout, Jones’ rhythmic and interesting arrangement of this beloved spiritual will suit the needs of developing tenor-bass choirs of all sizes. Performed with piano accompaniment or a cappella, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” is sure to please in any concert.

For more recommendations, please contact us – 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.

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!

Creative Programming: Madrigals 04 January, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The educational benefits of programming madrigals in your choral program are many: students gain a new historical perspective, learn to sing unaccompanied in a small ensemble, and are exposed to a different style of literature than in larger choirs. Madrigals are even perfect for your show choir – the part independence, listening skills, and choral balancing are all skills applicable to that repertoire as well!

leon-522803Late In My Rash Accounting by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt, SAB a cappella with optional percussion
Excerpted from “The SAB Choir Goes Renaissance,” this single offers simple, homophonic singing through the verse but a wonderful opportunity for your choir to sing Renaissance polyphony through the “Fa la la” section. In keeping with the style of the Renaissance, an optional hand percussion part has been added as a possible enhancement.

leon-523401Pastime with Good Company by King Henry VIII/arr. Steven Rickards, SATB with piano and drum or tambourine
This song, made popular during the Renaissance, celebrates the joys of dancing, singing, and hunting. Detailed performance notes offer suggestions for presenting an authentic and stylistic performance by employing instruments and ostinato percussion lines.

leon-525262The Madrigal Singer arr. John Leavitt, SATB a cappella collection
John Leavitt has established a reputation for carefully selecting important and historic repertoire, editing it in ways to make singers successful all while staying true to the stylistic period. This new collection from John includes “Fair Phyllis I Saw,” “Fa Una Canzona” and “Tant Que Vivray.” Three important and standard pieces in a value priced collection.

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 from Eric Whitacre 28 December, 2018

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

New from Eric Whitacre this season:

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

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

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

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

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

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

IPA Made Easy 19 December, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet. It was devised in the late 19th century as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is used by lexicographers, foreign language students and teachers, linguists, speech-language pathologists, actors – and of course, singers!

How many years has it been since your last diction class? These valuable resources are perfect to bring that knowledge back to the forefront so you can use it in your choral classroom and vocal studio!

IPA Made Easy by Anna Wentlent
This handy guidebook is an easy reference for the symbols used in IPA: what they look like and how they are pronounced. Example words for every symbol are included in English, Latin, Italian, German, French, and Spanish. An online resource includes recorded demonstrations of every sound. A clear and concise tool for singing in foreign languages, equally useful in the choir room and the vocal studio.

IPA Made Easy Poster Set by Anna Wentlent
This set of full-color 9″ x 12″ cardstock posters provides a practical tool for teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet and uniform vowel formation. Each poster displays one of the primary vowel sounds, including its IPA symbol, pronunciation, and example words in English, Latin, Italian, German, French, or Spanish. Plus, an online resource offers recorded demonstrations of every sound. Equally useful for choral rehearsal rooms and vocal studios!

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

Composer Profile: Shawn Kirchner 17 December, 2018

ShawnKirchnerby Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Programming: Storytelling Through Song 12 December, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Music has always been used to communicate and to tell stories. Here are a few new choral selections that demonstrate music’s innate storytelling ability, through both masterwork texts and original storylines and melodies.

cfn-cm9538-fThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Mark Patterson, TTBB with piano
This TTBB setting of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” is based on Longfellow’s poem of the same title and captures the mystery, intrigue, and suspense found in this classic story. Throughout the piece, Patterson’s flair for variety and musical interest makes it easy to maintain performance energy and is certain to keep audiences riveted.

Bold Adventures by Philip E. Silvey, 2-part treble with piano
Well-written books can transport young readers, introduce great characters and expose the reader to new and wonderful feelings. This composition hopes to inspire singers to open a new book and travel wherever it takes them.

alfred-46930-fI Saw a Ship Go Sailing by Glenda E. Franklin, 2-part with piano
A piano accompaniment that suggests the gentle rocking of a boat at sea sets the scene for this fanciful nighttime adventure, featuring a text adapted from a traditional nursery rhyme. With a melody built around a minor triad, it’s a clear introduction to minor tonality. A couple of cues allow for optional three-part harmony at the end.

Tell Me What You See by Amy F. Bernon, Unison/2-part with piano
In this charming original, our curious narrator enlists the help of wildlife friends to discover nature’s gifts. Although a thunderstorm puts an end to the activities for the day, “tomorrow will bring more adventures.” Young singers will be delighted by the catchy, energetic melody and fun lyrics.

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.

King’s Singers 50th Anniversary 05 December, 2018

In 2018, the 50th anniversary year of The King’s Singers, there is much celebrating to be done! A 3-disc CD has been recorded by the current members of the group and from that new recording, the most popular songs have been selected for these collections. Known for their consummate artistry in all genres and styles, their interpretations of standard a cappella repertoire and pop and folk music are legendary.

leon-521706The Art of the King’s Singers
Songs include: “Sing Joyfully” (William Byrd), “Sicut Cervus” (G.P. da Palestrina), “In Manus Tuas” (Thomas Tallis), “Musica, Dei Donum” (Orlando de Lassus), “Abendlied” (Josef Rheinberger), “Das ist je Gewisslich Wahr” (Heinrich Schutz), Dessus le Marche D’Arras” (Orlando de Lassus), “All Meine Herzgedanken” (Johannes Brahms), “Die Nacht” (Franz Schubert), “Baisez-moi” (Josquin des Prez), “Rest” (Ralph Vaughan Williams), and “Das G’laut zu Speyer” (Ludwig Senfl).

leon-525005Folk Songs and Fantasies
Songs include: “And I Love Her,” “And So It Goes,” “Danny Boy,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Down with Love,” “I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Loch Lomond,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “MLK,” “Quand Tu Dors Pres De Moi,” and “That Lonesome Road.”

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch 27 November, 2018

alfred-47182-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

A modern holiday classic, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” has been a winter concert staple for years. With choral arrangements for SATB, 3-part mixed, 2-part, and TBB, almost any ensemble can bring the Grinch’s miserly humbug to the stage!

New this year for the accomplished a cappella ensemble:

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch arr. Jamey Ray, SATB a cappella
Check out this electrifying arrangement about everyone’s favorite holiday villain as performed by a cappella group and YouTube sensation Voctave. A bass soloist (or a few guys) takes center stage, singing over a smooth choral background of jazzy chords and riffs. Clever rhythmic touches and fun articulations add plenty of vocal interest in all voice parts. Terrific!

Check out Voctave’s exciting performance below, contact us for more novelty holiday suggestions, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Creative Programming: For Contemporary A Cappella 19 November, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

As contemporary a cappella ensembles (a la Pentatonix) continue to thrive in schools across the country, we present the titles below as concert literature options that utilize similar choral skills to those developed through pop style contemporary a cappella literature – tone quality and vocal stylings, choral accompaniment to featured melody, achieving style through vocal rhythmic motives, et cetera. Use your contemporary a cappella program to help grow and support your concert choir program!

leon-523389Down by the Riverside arr. Ryan O’Connell, SATB a cappella
O’Connell’s upbeat and dynamic a cappella setting of this popular spiritual is not to be missed! Rhythmically charged vocals from start to finish make you feel like you’re in your own Dixieland vocal band. The well-arranged vocals imitate trumpets and banjos surrounded by snaps and claps and a whole lot of vocal fun!

cfn-cm9552-fShenandoah arr. Michael John Trotta, SATB a cappella
Michael Trotta’s arrangement of the beloved American folk song “Shenandoah” is built on a rhythmic vocal ostinato which provides the backdrop for the soaring vocal line, casting this familiar tune in an exciting new light. This arrangement is a perfect addition to concert repertoire during concert and festival performances throughout the year.

Be Thou My Vision arr. Connor Smith, SATB divisi a cappella
A stunning a cappella treatment of the enduring Irish hymn. Shimmering “loos” in clustered harmony yield to a simple statement of the beloved melody, which soon blossoms into decadent choral colors. Expressive tempi and dynamics, coupled with ample divisi, offer both exquisite sounds and artistic challenge.

leon-516938When All the World’s Asleep by John Milne, SATB a cappella
A warm Christmas poem by Sigerson Clifford called the Kerry Christmas Carol is the text that John Milne has set to music. John keeps a hymn-like carol quality throughout, with sumptuous suspensions and satisfying resolutions. The choral writing is so lovely this carol calls to you like great choral music does and begs you to sing it. The text refers to an old Irish custom in which each household would leave a lighted candle in their window on Christmas night in the belief that Joseph, Mary and Jesus still wandered the roads of the world, looking for a place to rest from the persecution of Herod.

chorgd-cge284-fWhat Child? by Ruth Morris Gray, SATB a cappella with djembe & body percussion
Creative programming at its best is reflected in this unique, contemporary a cappella original employing the traditional “What Child Is This?” lyrics. In the opening and closing sections, vocal ostinato patterns support the melody and provide the frame for the middle section which features a lovely setting of the traditional carol tune. The addition of djembe and body percussion will add character and texture to the rhythmic feel of this joyous seasonal offering.

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.