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Category: School Choral

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The Owner’s Manual to the Voice 13 January, 2020

oupusa-0199964680-fThe Owner’s Manual to the Voice by Rachael Gates with co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. & Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.S./S.L.P.
Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to “own,” just like other musicians, their instrument.

“The Owner’s Manual to the Voice” provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachael Gates, and co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user – whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, or lawyer – will find helpful if not essential. Also available in hard cover.

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Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2020 10 January, 2020

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

canticum novum ivo antogninifor SATB Ensembles
Canticum Novum by Ivo Antognini, SSATB divisi a cappella
Here is an exciting rendition of the Cantate Domino Latin text by Ivo Antognini. This setting explores rhythm and texture as it weaves through various time signatures. A fantastic concert opener!

Your Beauty Is the Song by Molly Ijames, SATB divisi with piano
A hushed, exposed choral introduction blossoms into a sublime concert work for choirs who seek artistic literature. The men introduce the main melody in stunning four-part harmony, before the women join at the first chorus. With artful divisi writing and many moments of unbridled emotion, this work is sure to become a choral classic.

welcome sweet pleasure thomas weelkes christy elsnerWelcome Sweet Pleasure by Thomas Weelkes/arr. Christy Elsner, SATB a cappella
Lilting and dance-like, this popular Weelkes madrigal will be a delight to learn and perform with SATB choirs, especially developing choirs being introduced to the genre. With its brisk tempo, dynamic contrasts and flirtatious text, this is a wonderful teaching and performance piece for any program.

Let the Song Begin by Donald Moore, SATB a cappella
The ultimate original madrigal for any choir. Independent vocal lines, terraced dynamics, and a joyful “music” text create an ideal teaching piece that works well as a concert opener or an a cappella feature.

ave regina caelorum joni jensenfor Treble Ensembles
Ave Regina Caelorum by Joni Jensen, SSAA a cappella
Series editor Joni Jensen here becomes the composer as well. Written to be premiered at the 2019 National ACDA conference, this piece draws on a traditional Latin text but explores a contemporary harmonic language.

Dayung Sampan arr. Darius Lim, SSAA a cappella
“Dayung Sampan” is a Singaporean folk song brought to the country in the nineteenth century from Indonesia. Written for an advanced women’s chorus, this exciting uptempo work will be a fun challenge for your singers.

shenandoah victor c. johnsonShenandoah arr. Victor C. Johnson, SSA with piano & optional oboe
A plaintive oboe solo floats above an expressive piano accompaniment in this inspired arrangement of the much-loved American folk song. Featuring unique harmonic twists and turns, and a gradual broadening of the original melody that mimics the movement of the river itself. A refreshing reimagining of a treasured classic.

Exsultate Deo! by Greg Gilpin, SSA with piano
This exhilarating concert/festival original works equally well as an opening or closing number. Featuring a celebratory Latin text, it begins with a declamatory vocal introduction which then moves into high gear showcasing driving rhythms and multi-meters in both voices and piano. The more legato middle section provides an interesting contrast before returning to the main theme, transitioning to an uplifting key change, restating the declamatory section and pulling out all the stops for a dynamic conclusion. Teaching moments abound in this exciting work for developing choirs.

ave generosa ola gjeilofor Tenor/Bass Ensembles
Ave Generosa by Ola Gjeilo, TTBB a cappella
This setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s “Ave Generosa” text uses a hauntingly joyful tonality, paying homage to the mysterious story of Mary. A beautiful middle section is surrounded by contrasting, modal beginning and ending sections. The juxtaposition of sustained and moving moments holds true to the composer’s style, while the harmonic structure and vocal construction offer something very fresh.

Vanitati Enim Creatura by Richard Burchard, TTBB a cappella
Written for the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, Jefferson Johnson, Director for the 2018 ACDA Southern Division Conference, this is a striking piece for men’s choir. The text, in Latin, from Romans, is a vibrant description of creation’s struggle. The music is rich and expressive.

there is sweet music here greg gilpinThere Is Sweet Music Here by Greg Gilpin, TBB with piano
Lush and lovely with text by Lord, Alfred Tennyson, Greg Gilpin has penned a very expressive work that delivers a wonderful example of word painting by the poet. Gilpin achieves a high level of musicality without demanding extreme ranges in any voice part.

Gloria Patri et Filio by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen, TBB with piano & optional cello
From master composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Laetatus Sum” (a setting of Psalm 121), this edition brings the brief work to today’s choirs. Featuring an accessible Latin text and a lively optional cello part, this well-crafted arrangement is an ideal introduction to many of the conventions of Baroque style, including terraced dynamics and the alternation between a small group (or soloist) and the full ensemble.

“Program with the pros” by contacting us to brainstorm more ideas for your ensemble, 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!

From the Broadway Stage 03 January, 2020

dear theodosia hamilton andy beckrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Treat your audience to a true NYC theater experience by programming choral selections from the Broadway stage in your next concert. Our School Choral Specialists have recommended the very best the theater district has to offer! Choose memorable songs from “Hamilton,” “Waitress,” “Newsies,” “The Prom,” “Matilda,” and more for SATB, TTBB, SSA and 2-part voicings.

Dear Theodosia (from Hamilton) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional strings
This touching folk ballad, sung by Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton to their newborn babies, provides a tender moment in the middle of the smash hit hip-hop musical “Hamilton.” Rhythmic yet lyrical, the melody winds beautifully through the center of the vocal range, the harmonies provide tangible warmth, and the words speak clearly about the dreams parents hold for their children.

raise you up just be kinky boots mac huffRaise You Up/Just Be (from Kinky Boots) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
“Kinky Boots” was the winner for Best Musical and Best Original Score at the 2013 Tony Awards. Written by 1980’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this show is wrapping up an impressive six-year run on Broadway in April 2019. This show-closing and show-stopping number features the entire company with chances for multiple solos, weaving from funk to pop in breathtaking fashion. Don’t miss your chance to program this dynamite closer!

Zazz (from The Prom) arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional combo
From the writers of the popular Broadway musical “Elf,” this showbiz showstopper will bring the house down! Flashy lyrics offer several laugh lines such as “if your hands are shaking, just turn ’em into jazz hands,” plus a humorous shout-out to world-famous choreographer Bob Fosse, suggesting he would “make the people have a step-ball-change of heart.” Fun to sing, stage, and perform – with razzle dazzle to spare!

she used to be mine waitress mac huffShe Used to Be Mine (from Waitress) arr. Mac Huff, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
Here is a beautiful ballad from the Broadway musical “Waitress.” Emotions are high in the show as Jenna struggles with her sense of worth and her changing circumstances. This arrangement captures these emotions and asks your singers to dig deep inside to bring them to the stage.

Welcome to the 60s (from Hairspray) arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
“Hairspray”’s humble beginnings in John Waters’ 1988 satirical film would go on to see massive success on Broadway in 2002, and later, a movie musical. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penned original songs for the production that proudly feature their composers’ signature: you just can’t get those melodies out of your head!

gaston beauty and the beast roger emersonGaston (from Beauty and the Beast) arr. Roger Emerson, TTBB with piano & optional combo
The thought of the virile Gaston will entice full sounds from your young men’s choir. Virility and humor mix to bring out the best in the singers.

Stars (from Les Misérables) arr. Roger Emerson, TTBB with piano
“Les Misérables” is one of the most popular musicals of all times. One of the most beautiful ballads in the show is “Stars” sung by Javert. He sings of his unwavering quest to pursue justice. This arrangement taps into the powerful and emotional moments from this song and brings them to life.

Revolting Children (from Matilda) arr. Mac Huff, SAB with piano & optional combo
“Revolting Children” is anything but, as far as the title suggests. Tim Minchin’s mixed-meter rock spectacle is a joy for the ears with a staunch and resilient nature. Building harmonies, perfectly suited for choirs, will reward melodrama as the calls to rebel and revolt reverberate throughout your concert hall!

seize the day newsies mac huffSeize the Day (from Newsies) arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
Now in a brand-new Discovery arrangement for younger choirs! This showstopper from the award-winning composer Alan Menken was featured in the Disney film and Broadway musical “Newsies.” Featuring a powerful “brotherhood” text, it begins with a compelling chorale-like opening and then explodes into rhythm that encourages us all to “seize the day!”

When I Grow Up (from Matilda) arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano & optional combo
A little bit cheeky, a little bit naughty, but completely refreshing, multi-faceted composer Tim Minchin gives the 2011 West End adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 book “Matilda” a quick-witted and wry look into the hopes and desires of the friendly school children surrounding the title character. Bouncy and idiosyncratic, Emerson’s arrangement captures the wonder!

Contact us for more Broadway brainstorming ideas, or browse our website for inspiration. 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!

Around the World for Elementary Choir 27 December, 2019

bhombela will skaff melissa keylockrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Looking for a different programming option for your elementary school choir? Get your choir on board and take a musical global journey to Africa and the West Indies with our recommended octavos! Be sure to load your percussion instruments!

Bhombela arr. Will Skaff/ed. Melissa Keylock, 2-part a cappella with body percussion or rhythm sticks
“Bhombela” is a traditional South African song used to accompany a children’s stick passing game. This fun arrangement, which includes entertaining choreography by use of rhythm sticks, is a delight for choirs of all levels. An exciting multicultural addition to any concert.

pamoja mark burrowsPamoja by Mark Burrows, 2-part with piano & optional percussion
“Pamoja. We work together. Pamoja. We reach together. Pamoja. We grow together. Pamoja. Together. We will go far.” Adapted from an African proverb, this original up-tempo song teaches the positive life message of togetherness. With lively rhythms and joyful harmonies, it is an ideal lively concert opener or closer.

Tingalayo arr. Mark Weston, 2-part with piano & optional percussion
This authentic Caribbean-style treatment of a traditional West Indies folk song about the donkey, “Tingalayo” begins with all voices singing the refrain in tingalayo mark westonunison. The harmony introduced later moves mostly in step-wise fashion. A relaxed piano part and optional shaker and claves create the perfect groove for a unique concert offering.

More repertoire options from around the world are available on our website, or contact us for more information. 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!

For Singing Valentines 16 December, 2019

can't help falling in love alan billingsleyrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for a fun fundraiser for your choral program? Consider Singing Valentines! Sing around your school or community, or record Valentine messages for sharing online. Here are some adorable song suggestions to get you started:

Can’t Help Falling in Love arr. Alan Billingsley, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Featured in the 1961 Elvis film Blue Hawaii, as well as the recording of the same name, this beautiful love song remains as popular today as ever.

Come What May arr. Theo Hicks, SATB a cappella
This mixed 8-part arrangement from Theo Hicks is an exquisite setting of the soaring ballad from the film “Moulin Rouge!” A beautiful tribute of love, this chart is a wonderful male/female duet feature with powerful ensemble material throughout; perfect for any show set, wedding performance, or collaboration opportunity for double-quartet or mixed chorus.

you've got a friend in me dan wesslerYou’ve Got a Friend in Me arr. Dan Wessler, SATB a cappella
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is a quintessential buddy song. Sing it in a playful, amiable way, keeping a pronounced swing throughout the piece. As the melody transfers to the different voice parts, balance the volume so that the melody stays dominant.

Find more ideas at stantons.com, or contact us to brainstorm ideas!

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: Masterwork Texts 13 December, 2019

moon is hiding in her hair mark burrowsrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Worthy texts: can’t find anything suitable for your next choral concert? Let Stanton’s help! Check out our compilation of octavos featuring the poetry of Sara Teasdale, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens (and more!) wedded to outstanding SSA, TTB and SAB/SATB arrangements.

The Moon Is Hiding in Her Hair by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
Rich choral sonorities fill this expressive and contemporary concert setting of an e.e. cummings poem. Thoughtful vocal entrances begin the piece followed by the ebb and flow of dynamics and harmonies, engaging the singer to explore the romantic text.

Rain Has Fallen by Ruth Morris Gray, 3-part mixed with piano
Using constant and flowing eighth notes in the piano accompaniment along with overlapping echoes in the voices to mirror the sound of a steady rainfall, here is a beautiful setting of the James Joyce poem. The most famous setting of this text was created by American composer Samuel Barber and now we have a setting that is suitable for middle school singers. Detailed and informative rehearsal notes are included in the page two notes.

i will be the gladdest thing neil ginsbergI Will Be the Gladdest Thing by Neil Ginsberg, SA with piano
An Edna St. Vincent Millay favorite is given a fresh and free treatment, complete with spritely, leaping rhythms. A gentle rock feel and invigorating contemporary harmonies support and propel the energizing text forward. An opportunity for solo or small group singing is included at the end. A delight to prepare and perform!

Give Me Your Stars to Hold by Ruth Morris Gray, TTB with piano
Sara Teasdale‘s text is superbly set in a steady and flowing concert work. Diverse part-writing fills the choral, creating harmonic contrast and richness with beautiful examples of text-painting from the composer.

These Things Shall Never Die by Mark Burrows, TTBB with piano
“The pure, the bright, the beautiful … The streams of love and truth … The striving after better hopes … These things shall never die.” The honorable words of Charles Dickens are richly set for lower voices. Beginning softly and building throughout as the lyrics dictate, the arrangement ends in a thrilling, full-voiced finale.

she walks in beauty z. randall stroopeShe Walks in Beauty by Z. Randall Stroope, SATBB with piano
“She walks in beauty in the night”……arguably Lord Byron‘s best known poem, is another fine example of the extraordinary and unique compositional skills of prolific American composer Z. Randall Stroope. A strong choice for festival and honor choirs.

She Walks in Beauty by Dan Complieta, TTBB with piano
Here is a lyrical choral setting of the early 19th century poem by Lord Byron. Musical themes in the music are introduced in unison followed by simple harmonizations. The vocal writing is melodic and the accompaniment is supportive and thoughtful.

o my luve's like a red red rose guy forbesO My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose by Guy Forbes, SATB divisi a cappella
Following in the spirit of his setting of “O Nata Lux,” Guy Forbes brings us a beautiful setting of this well-known Robert Burns‘ text. He has reserved the caressing dissonances for just the right moments, and mild harmonic surprises where you are happy to go. A great choice for advanced high school and college choirs.

Contact us for more poetic inspiration, or browse our website for ideas. 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!

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

leon-00287741-fMarketing Your Music Program by Sean Dennison Smith
“Marketing Your Music Program: From Traditional Branding to Digital Promotion” will easily guide you through today’s world of marketing – both traditional and modern forms of social media and websites. With quality content, a strong brand and a clear strategy, you can greatly increase the presence of your choir, orchestra and band. It will also help you discover effective and efficient ways to fundraise while building important connections with a wide-reaching community.

Topics covered include: marketing overview for your music program • branding your choir, orchestra and band • websites • “Power Four” platforms • additional marketing platforms • marketing your program inmarketing your music program sean dennison smith 30 minutes a week • the road to success • social media best practices • helpful resources and websites • equipment needs • press release templates • 50 content marketing ideas to enrich your music program.

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For Band Directors Teaching Choir 21 November, 2019

practical guide to choral conducting bradley ellingboerecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

What? Me? Teach choir? But I am a band director!

Perhaps you’re trained as a band director and you find yourself in a job where you are suddenly expected to teach a choral class, and the most training you’ve had is perhaps one or two semesters of voice. Check out these resources to competently approach teaching chorus when trained as a band director.

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting by Bradley Ellingboe
With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions.
The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions.

finding your teacher voice katie o'connor-ballantyneFinding Your Teacher Voice by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
Singing is an integral part of any music classroom, but the voice works differently than other instruments and needs its own specific strategies. Whether you’re an instrumentalist who finds yourself teaching choir, or a vocalist who is an expert at singing, this book can make your rehearsals more successful. Beginning with an exhortation to use your own voice as a singing example – even if it’s not perfect – it presents all the skills your singers need to learn: posture, diction, pitch, notation, and the list goes on. Each chapter offers a clear overview of a singing goal, then lists several strategies you can use to achieve it with your group.

harmony handbook katie o'connor-ballantyneHarmony Handbook by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
A treasure trove of choral pedagogy! This step-by-step guide will take beginners from unison to two-part singing by focusing on the underlying aural and developmental skills necessary for success. Sequential chapters on unison, echo, round, and partner singing serve as benchmarks along the way to full harmony. Each of ten carefully curated songs is prefaced with a two-page rehearsal guide that targets essential objectives and suggests exercises and activities designed to introduce, explore, and master the pieces. Learn how to anticipate and address musical challenges for this repertoire, then transfer these masterful techniques to your entire program.

For more choral guidance, please contact us – we’re happy to help! 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!

Take On Me: NEW for Contemporary A Cappella 20 November, 2019

take on me roger emersonrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Take On Me arr. Roger Emerson, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Pentatonix has given us their take on the ’80s! Norwegian pop group a-ha had a world wide hit with this “synth-pop” song and in this effects are moved to voices in this arrangement.

All Star (As an English Madrigal) arr. Nathan Howe, SATB a cappella
American rock band Smash Mouth released this hit in 1999 from the album Astro Lounge and became one of their most successful songs, making its way into movies most notably in the Shrek franchise. This arrangement is genius and turns the tune into an English madrigal! It’s also a fun way to teach the genre to young singers and a novel way for the experienced singer to have some fun! Your audience will love it!

heaven is a place on earth mark brymerHeaven Is a Place on Earth arr. Mark Brymer, SATB a cappella (optional piano)
Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of the Go-Go’s, scored a number one hit with this chorus-belting power ballad in 1987! Mark Brymer’s arrangement ups the ante with extensive use of vocables with a unique bridge section sure to get your audience singing along!

Higher Ground arr. Paul Langford, SATB a cappella
A cappella singing is hot! This Stevie Wonder funk hit from 1973 was written before his accident but Wonder said, “Something must have been telling me that something was going to happen to make me aware of a lot of things and to get myself together.” It’s a great message of second chances delivered in a vessel of vocal excitement!

make them hear you kirby shawMake Them Hear You (from Ragtime) arr. Kirby Shaw, TTBB a cappella
Here’s the heart-swelling central anthem from “Ragtime,” beautifully arranged for a cappella voices! A lush “ah” and “oo” introduction yields to the stirring strains of Stephen Flaherty’s stunning Broadway ballad, which gradually builds to a wall of sound as Lynn Ahrens’ lyrics unfold. This arrangement delivers the spirit and truth of an important message – especially relevant today.

Pick Up the Pieces arr. Roger Emerson, SATBB a cappella
The 1970’s group Average White Band was anything but average. They were full of funk and R&B soul. This hit from their second album is stylish and this new arrangement captures that style perfectly. This is a show stopper.

ain't got far to go bryan sharpeESPECIALLY FOR BEGINNING GROUPS
Ain’t Got Far to Go arr. Bryan Sharpe, SAB/3-part mixed a cappella
Arranged expressly for developing a cappella pop groups! Best known as the featured singer on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” up-and-coming UK music star Jess Glynne recorded this upbeat tune with an undeniably positive message. Presented here in a perky pop style, this arrangement features a great solo, rhythmic vocables for the group to sing, and fully notated vocal percussion.

Can’t Help Falling in Love arr. Alan Billingsley, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Featured in the 1961 Elvis film Blue Hawaii, as well as the recording of the same name, this beautiful love song remains as popular today as ever.

Explore our website for more ideas for a cappella ensembles, or contact us for more information. 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!

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: Creative Programming for Social Justice 18 November, 2019

give me your tired your poor irving berlin david chaserecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

The language of music crosses borders and unites people. Program one of these pieces to bring awareness to social justice issues, and help to make the world a more unified place.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (with God Bless America) arr. David Chase, SATB with piano & cello
Here is a thoughtful and reflective setting of two great Irving Berlin songs – “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and “God Bless America.” Hope is always front and center in Irving Berlin lyrics and there is no exception here. The lamenting sounds of the cello keep us grounded in our commitment to welcoming the stranger as we sing over and over again, “I lift my lamp.” This is a wonderful concert closer.

changes audrey snyderChanges by Audrey Snyder, SATB a cappella with hand percussion
Changing the world starts with just one person! Using a powerful vocal call and response with body percussion, this original work builds confidence and self-awareness through the affirming lyrics and vocal inflections.

Dawn by Steven James Schmidt, SATB a cappella
“Bravo” is a new musical from Steven James Schmidt, in collaboration with lyricists Cristian Guerrero and Andrew Moorhead. The song has the energy and flow of a tune for the theater. The words tell of the search for meaning, hope and light. An excellent piece for high school choirs.

even amid the darkest storm michael john trottaEven Amid the Darkest Storm by Michael John Trotta, SATB with piano (optional a cappella)
Written to commemorate the recent flooding in Louisiana, this strong and emotional work captures the spirit of hope that evolves when a community comes together in the face of a tragedy. Swirling winds and a raging storm yield to a chorus filled with hope: “I must try to believe that the sun is shining, even amid the darkest storm …to believe that the sun is always there, even when I cannot see.” Conservative ranges, vivid text painting, and singable lines are all set atop a supportive piano part to allow this piece to make a powerful and positive statement.

Can We Sing the Darkness to Light? by Kyle Pederson, SATB divisi with piano
The text of this work invites the listener to imagine a world without weapons of war – where the human experience is defined through the lens of mercy and compassion. An accessible SATB work with little divisi and a supportive piano accompaniment.

hard times stephen foster nick johnsonHard Times by Stephen Foster/arr. Nick Johnson, TTBB with guitar, fiddle & cello
A simple expression of empathy for those less fortunate, “Hard Times” offers a universal message that we can persevere through difficult times. This setting for men’s chorus with guitar and strings is a dynamic and modern interpretation. The arrangement can be used with a soloist or with a section of tenors.

Who Would You Be by Shawn Crouch, SATB a cappella with optional piano & cello
Moved by the tragedy of countless school shootings in the United States, the composer asked himself, “What would happen if I lost my son in an act of violence?” The words of this composition are an expression of loss and the music is meant to give solace in an uncertain time. We have come to know Shawn’s music as thoughtful and singable while challenging the very best choirs. This is no exception.

Contact us for more creative programming ideas, 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!

Christmas Caroling Songbook 15 November, 2019

christmas caroling songbookThe Christmas Caroling Songbook
Everyone loves to sing Christmas carols! So make it simple with this easy-to-use collection containing 50 well-known carols arranged for any combination of voices. Ideal for holiday sing-alongs, community or family get-togethers, or house-to-house singing.

Titles include: “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella,” “Deck the Hall,” “The First Noel,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Here We Come A-Caroling,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “It Came upon the Midnight Clear,” “Joy to the World,” “O Christmas Tree,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and more.

NEW THIS YEAR are editions for both SAB and SSA ensembles, perfect for smaller or younger ensembles! All three voicings are valuable to keep in your library year after year.

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

Hey Santa! Holiday Pops for Choir 08 November, 2019

alfred-47744-frecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for new music for your Holiday pops program? Celebrate the season with our best recommendations for your TTBB, SSAA and SATB choirs!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Holiday Film Festival arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano & optional instrumentation
The ultimate holiday opener or closer! These three blockbusters are some of the most memorable movie songs of all time, so we’ve strung them together for you in this spectacular 3½-minute choral medley. Featuring iconic music from The Polar Express (“Spirit of the Season”), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (“Welcome Christmas”), and Home Alone 2 (“Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas”).

leon-533638A Holiday Road of Carols arr. Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” made famous as the theme for National Lampoon’s Vacation, serves as the chorus for this holiday medley. The fun and familiar beat carries verses of “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Hall” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” creating a one-of-a-kind medley for your next holiday program.

Sleigh Ride arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano & optional instrumentation
Leroy Anderson’s winter frolic has never sounded cooler! This sleigh ride swings in big band style, offering bright (and sometimes tight) harmony paired with jazzy rhythms for a truly refreshing version of the holiday classic. As always, Mark Hayes’ accompaniment shines with piano alone or the fully orchestrated SoundTrax and SoundPax.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Hey Santa arr. Paul Langford, SSA with piano & optional combo
Carnie and Wendy Wilson made this a holiday classic in the early ’90s and it is still just as popular! Perfect for SSA groups looking for strong 3-part writing, this fun pop-feel choral is great for show choirs as well as concert choirs looking for a lighter number for their singers.

alfred-47669-fJoy to the World! arr. Matt Podd, SSA with piano & optional bass & drumset
It’s a high-energy, gospel-infused take on one of the most treasured Christmas carols of all time. Riveting rhythmic syncopation, triadic choral harmonies that climb in inversion, and plenty of melodic blue notes all add up to…well, sheer joy! Your piano player really gets to show off on the fully notated riff-like accompaniment. Plus, you can download free bass and drumset parts for the full effect. Not to be missed!

Merry Christmas arr. Ryan O’Connell, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
From the MGM film “In the Good Old Summertime” comes this song sung by the great Judy Garland as a moving ballad. O’Connell has given this arrangement a casual swing, making it appealing to many ages and perfect for brightening any holiday program.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Believe (from The Polar Express) arr. Mark Hayes, TTBB with piano & optional orchestra
The spirit of the season comes alive in this unbelievably fantastic holiday hit from The Polar Express. Originally recorded by Josh Groban, the magical ballad has grown in popularity to become recognizable worldwide. Fully arranged by Mark Hayes for choirs of all sizes and ages, a much-anticipated TTBB voicing is now available!

alfred-47570-fPlease Come Home for Christmas arr. Jay Althouse, TTBB with piano & optional combo
In 1960, pianist and singer Charles Brown first recorded this Christmas classic. Since then, the Eagles, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, and Jon Bon Jovi are among the many artists who have covered the blues-infused tune about missing “the one you love” during the holidays. Opens with an optional solo followed by irresistible classic ’60s harmonies.

Visit our Listening Library for more programming ideas, or contact us for more information. 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!

In the Stillness of Winter 04 November, 2019

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

Programming for December concerts can be challenging, depending on your school community – can you program “Christmas” music (baby Jesus, manger, Bethlehem, etc.)? Can you program “holiday” music (Frosty, Rudolph, Jingle Bells)? Or are you limited to general concert literature, with maybe a “winter” theme (i.e. snowflakes, etc)? Maybe you’re avoiding the “holiday” issue altogether and scheduling your concert in January or February!

No matter what your programming situation, don’t look at it as a limitation! Lots of great choral literature is available for wintertime performances – here are a few new options for this season:

in the stillness of winter victor c. johnsonFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
In the Stillness of Winter by Victor C. Johnson, SATB with piano
“And as the snow falls from above, we fill our hearts with joy and love and tidings of peace to one and all.” A picturesque choral for winter, rich with nostalgia and glowing vocals. A beautiful selection for Christmas or holidays as well as winter-themed concerts.

Midwinter Song by Susan LaBarr, SATB with piano
With lyrics by Daniel Elder and music by Susan LaBarr, Midwinter Song is a new Christmas carol that calls us to love, faith, and hope. With a beautiful and supportive piano accompaniment and accessible vocal lines, this work will appeal to a wide variety of levels.

To Shorten Winter’s Sadness by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt, SSATB a cappella
The Hal Leonard “Choral Treasury” series has become the benchmark for clean, functional, well edited scores. This madrigal by the early English composer Thomas Weelkes is all of that and more. And the text lends itself to a winter program as well as any time during the year.

winter reflections bruce tippetteWinter Reflections by Bruce W. Tippette, SATB with piano
This gentle original captures the mystical allure of a winter snowfall, reflecting on its crystalline beauty. It seamlessly moves between major and minor, with an option for a Soloist to be briefly featured toward the end of the piece. The cascading lines of the accompaniment add to the imagery expressed in the text of this gorgeous seasonal work.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
Let Us Walk in the White Snow by Victor C. Johnson, SSA with piano
“Let us walk in the white snow in a soundless space; with footsteps quiet and slow, at a tranquil pace, under veils of white lace.” Elinor Wylie’s picturesque poetic snow-scape enjoys a lovely musical setting, artfully conceived with gentle melodic development, calming harmonies, and rich choral textures. The well-crafted writing will bring out the very best from your upper voices.

silent snowfall laura farnellFOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Silent Snowfall by Laura Farnell, T(T)B with piano
Farnell captures the exquisite beauty, wonder and starkness of the falling snow through both picture painting and melodic treatment in this wonderfully poignant and accessible piece for tenor-bass choirs. The optional notes throughout provide opportunities to “fill out” chords at the discretion of the director. A holiday programming must!

Need more ideas? Contact us to brainstorm, or come in to see us! 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!

Christmas with VOCTAVE 01 November, 2019

childhood christmas favorites jamey ray voctaverecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Voctave is a sensational 11-member group from Central Florida that has taken the a cappella world by storm! Group members have their roots in the Walt Disney World entertainment business, so get your ears on and check out founder Jamey Ray’s newest holiday arrangements for your SATB a cappella group:

Childhood Christmas Favorites arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
The sensational a cappella group Voctave has taken the world by storm with their dazzling and dizzying arrangements. Alfred Music proudly presents another festive and fun Voctave hit with this fast-paced mini-medley of three iconic Christmas songs. This publication is more than faithful to the group’s original recording; it’s the actual manuscript, so you can recreate their exemplary choral sound with your own singers. Plus, it’s a great way to program entertaining and recognizable holiday favorites. Includes: “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Joy to the World (with For Unto Us a Child Is Born) arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
This is an up-tempo medley of two of G.F. Handel’s most famous pieces, “Joy to the World” and “For Unto Us A Child Is Born.” Excelcia Music Publishing is proud to present this stunning Jamey Ray arrangement that is exactly as it is on the Voctave album “Snow.” With some challenging soprano notes, this is a great opener for any holiday concert.

mary did you know jamey ray voctaveMary, Did You Know? arr. Jamey Ray, SATB divisi a cappella
This SATB divisi piece with male solo was performed by Voctave on the album “The Spirit of the Season,” with special guest Mark Lowry, the composer of this beautiful Christmas song. This is an authentic Voctave arrangement by Jamey Ray with very wide ranges but will leave your audiences speechless.

Find more for holiday concerts on our website, or contact us for more information. 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: For Hanukkah 28 October, 2019

eight days of lights judith clurmanrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Eight Days of Lights by Judith Clurman & David Chase, SATB divisi with piano
Chanukah is a celebration of freedom. Legend has it that when the eternal light was rekindled, there was only enough oil for one day. It miraculously lasted for eight. This new piece celebrates the festival and the miracle.

hanukkah hayom michael larkinHanukkah Hayom arr. Michael Larkin, SAB with piano
An authentic celebration of the holiday. This arrangement of the traditional Hanukkah song allows you to choose between the original Hebrew text and a poetic text in English. Lyrical verses focus on lighting the candles, and the dance-like refrain grows even more joyful when embellished with a soaring upper harmony near the end.

Light by Lisa Loeb/arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
A folk-infused ballad celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah. Originally recorded by ’90s pop sensation Lisa Loeb, this reflective change-of-pace choral features a rhythmic yet mellow accompaniment and straightforward but expressive vocal parts. Whether you perform with the guitar-inspired piano part, the optional SoundTrax CD, or a folk ensemble of your own, this is truly a special touch for holiday concerts.

light the candles of hanukkah ruth elaine schram aren newell williamsLight the Candles of Hanukkah by Ruth Elaine Schram & Aren Newell Williams, 3-part mixed with piano
This unique original, set in a strong, pop-anthem style, is in major mode and incorporates a text recalling the reason for the seasonal celebration. Limited ranges, repetition and the appealing rhythmic feel ensure success for young and developing choirs and allow it to be performance ready with limited rehearsal time.

Find more Hanukkah programming options on our website, or contact us to brainstorm more ideas. 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!

Merry, Merry! 25 October, 2019

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

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

bring a torch jeanette isabella mark burrowsFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella arr. Mark Burrows, SATB with piano & optional flute
Light and dance-like contrasting with flowing legato, this traditional French carol arrangement sparkles and gleams for the holiday and Christmas season. The piano accompaniment with optional flute gently supports the vocal writing, helping the piece develop and build to a full and joyous ending.

christmas processional vocalise linda spevacekChristmas Processional (A Vocalise) arr. Linda Spevacek, SATB with piano & optional Indian or alto flute (flute, cello, or viola), chimes, tom-toms and handbells
From its soulful opening Indian Flute solo on “Huron Carol” leading into the joyous strains of “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” this innovative vocalise approach to a processional will immediately captivate your audiences. Additional traditional carols featured in this unique medley are: “The Coventry Carol,” “Pat-a-pan” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The additional instrumentation (Chimes (G), Tom-Toms and Handbells) will add color, texture and drama to your performance.

Esta Noche arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional percussion
Feel the joyful lilt of this traditional Spanish Christmas carol, rendered beautifully in the original language. This well-crafted arrangement offers solid choral scoring and a sturdy piano accompaniment for the festive nativity-themed text. A comprehensive translation/pronunciation guide is included, and optional percussion parts are available free online.

hydom tiddlydom mark burrowsHydom, Tiddlydom arr. Mark Burrows, SATB a cappella with percussion
The word “hydom” mimics the drone of bagpipes. The word “tiddlydom” represents the rhythm of the drum. This traditional Czech carol onomatopoetically recreates the sounds of these festive instruments with a cappella charm and brilliance. The English text recounts shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, and the little child. In the middle, a contrasting legato section lets the beauty of the voices shine before returning to playful choral textures. Simple parts for hand drum and tambourine are included.

yuletide carols david chaseYuletide Carols arr. David Chase, SATB with piano & optional flute, cello and harp
Two carols under one cover, creatively arranged by Broadway and musical theatre icon David Chase. “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” are two up-tempo carols that will fill out your holiday programs for years to come. Including these with David’s previously published, best selling carols (“The First Noel,” “God Rest Ye,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Together at Christmas”) and you have the most creative set of traditional carols ever.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
A Calypso Noel by Victor C. Johnson, 3-part mixed with piano & optional percussion
Infuse some island flavor into your holiday concert with this delightful, rhythmic original. A bright, lightly syncopated accompaniment and the addition of Shakers and Claves add to the authentic calypso feel. Limited ranges and lots of repetition in the vocal parts add to its accessibility. A Learning Resource Page is included.

christmas canon of peace ruth morris grayChristmas Canon of Peace by Ruth Morris Gray, SAB with piano
Longfellow’s text is set with additional words and music by Ruth Morris Gray and the piano accompaniment is based on Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Together, it creates a sweet choral singing “ding dong” gently above the verses with use of an optional descant as well. A mature and meaningful selection for developing choirs.

Merry, Merry! by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, 3-part mixed with piano
What sets this spirited choral apart from the rest is its use of minor! The celebratory anthem has a surprising harmonic twist with the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” What a wonderful gem for your holiday program that will certainly stand out and be a great finish for your concert!

rise up shepherd and follow greg gilpinRise Up, Shepherd and Follow arr. Greg Gilpin, 3-part mixed with piano
Gilpin’s original holiday song, based on a well-known text, is full of syncopated rhythms, interesting and accessible harmonies and is supported by a pulsating piano accompaniment. Choirs of varying abilities will sound fantastic at holiday time and will find the song fun to learn and perform.

Tollite Hostias (from Christmas Oratorio) by Camille Saint-Saens/arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano & optional string quartet
Excerpted from the beautiful Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens, this movement is a wonderful addition to any Christmas, Winter or general middle school concert program. The optional string quartet accompaniment lifts this work to the top of your program.

adorar al nino alejandro rivasFOR TREBLE CHOIR
Adorar al Nino arr. Alejandro Rivas, SSA with piano & optional instrumental ensemble
Here is a sweet carol from the Venezuelan tradition. The text is in Spanish with an easy to read phonetic pronunciation guide. Piano, triangle and claves are provided in the choral score but an expanded instrumentation including flute, oboe, clarinet and string bass will make this a real feature in your Christmas concert.

Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger/arr. Niall Kinsella, SSA with piano
This song by Max Reger originally appeared as a solo song for voice and piano. In this arrangement, the melody appears in all vocal lines creating interest for all of the singers. The lilting melody creates a feeling of a Pastoral.

boar's head carol jimmy baasFOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
The Boar’s Head Carol arr. Jimmy Baas, TBB with piano
Baas’ arrangement of this bold, exciting beloved carol is sure to delight audiences throughout the year. The unisons and rich harmonic offerings are empowering for tenor bass choirs making this a programming MUST!

Program with the pros by contacting us, or browse our website for more ideas. 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!

Out in the Snow! 18 October, 2019

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

out in the snow andy beckBundle up for wintertime with your elementary choir and feature one of these fun new pieces! We’ve carefully selected these titles to help you teach young singers in grades 3-6 the basics of singing in an ensemble, reading an octavo, and following a conductor – valuable skills for young musicians!

Out in the Snow! by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
“Let’s go! Everybody out in the snow.” This rockin’ call-and-response crowd-pleaser is all about sleds, snowboards, making snowmen, snow angels, and even having “a friendly snowball fight.” And with no mention of the holidays, you can sing it all winter long. Optional choreography (printed in the score and available as a downloadable video) will get your singers movin’ and groovin’!

ring-a ring-a ring jingle bells mark westonRing-a Ring-a Ring (with Jingle Bells) arr. Mark Weston, 2-part with piano
“Ring-a ring-a ring those bells on the sleigh … Over the hilltop, and through the valley, let the bells take us away.” This bright, up-beat tune partners with the “Jingle Bells” melody to create a holiday hit! Use the piano accompaniment or the exuberant synth track for an instant audience favorite on your December concert.

Watching It Snow by David Waggoner, 2-part with piano
The buoyant melody, light syncopations, and simple beginning harmonies nearly sing themselves in this sweet ballad about observing winter through a frosted windowpane. Vivid imagery evokes a chill, while tender music provides warmth. “Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. I’m happy here, just watching it snow.”

Rockin’ with Santa (Medley) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This medley of classic Christmas songs is a holiday confection! Incorporating three different styles of rock ‘n’ roll, this medley includes “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa, Bring My Baby Back (to Me)” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

now everyone wassail mary donnelly george stridNow, Everyone, Wassail! (with Gloucestershire Wassail) arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano & optional flute and glockenspiel
Come join the Christmas festivities as we go caroling to welcome the yuletide in this delightful partner song featuring a lively original melody paired with the traditional English carol “Gloucestershire Wassail.” Flute and glockenspiel parts add to the fun of this joyous offering for young choirs.

Find more winter fun in our Listening Lab, or contact us for more ideas. 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!

On the Silver Screen 16 October, 2019

place where lost things go mary poppins returns mac huffrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Treat your audience to a movie-going experience by programming choral selections of the silver screen in your next concert. The only thing missing is the popcorn!

The Place Where Lost Things Go (from Mary Poppins Returns) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2019 Academy Awards. Have you ever lost something you loved; a toy, a book, a favorite memento? Leave it to Mary Poppins to tell you about the metaphorical space where the things you’ve lost and loved are waiting anxiously for your return. Not a dry eye will be left in your audience when it is revealed, at the end of the song, the thing for which the Banks children have been pining with all their hearts.

s o s audrey snyderS.O.S. arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
The Goddess of Pop, Cher, after starring in 2018’s smash-hit sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” decided to make an entire cover album of ABBA’s best-known hits entitled “Dancing Queen,” in turn becoming her highest-ranking debut album in the US ever. Snyder captures the signature groove and infuses the arrangement with Cher’s powerful vocality!

We Are the Champions arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
The mega hit movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” has introduced a whole new audience to the music of Queen. And there are few rock songs that lend themselves so well to choral singing. This is an arrangement that combines classic Queen with classic choral singing for a powerhouse pop/rock addition to your choir concert.

can you imagine that audrey snyderCan You Imagine That? (from Mary Poppins Returns) arr. Audrey Snyder, 2-part with piano
This adventure with Mary Poppins gets off to a suitably magical and delightful start with this bubbly bath-time number. Choirs will have a blast with the tongue-in-cheek text and exhilarating music!

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
“A Million Dreams” features the young P.T. Barnum as he shows his visions and hopes for the future. Throughout all his hardships, he is shown compassion and help and gains a broader perspective into the human condition. An outstanding message to reinforce in young singers, Roger Emerson’s arrangement is a gateway into instilling confidence and imagination in choral singing.

Need more movie music? Contact us to brainstorm ideas, or visit our website to explore! 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!

John Rutter Carols for SA & Men 15 October, 2019

john rutter carolsJohn Rutter Carols for SA & Men
This collection includes nine of John Rutter’s most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. These festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world. Titles include: “All Bells in Paradise,” “Angels’ Carol,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Donkey Carol,” “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Mary’s Lullaby,” “Star Carol,” “The Very Best Time of Year,” and “What Sweeter Music.”

Original voicings of these carols can be found individually, or in Rutter’s other collections “John Rutter Carols,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

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