News & Views Friday, May 24, 2019

Category: School Choral

SUPER SESSION 2019 is Coming Soon! 22 May, 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 is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

33rd Annual JOY OF SINGING 15 May, 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 is now open – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Choral Collections to Stretch Your Budget 13 May, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Programming: For Middle School Choir 08 May, 2019

leon-522802recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

FOR SIXTH GRADE (2-part)
De Prosa com o Passarim (Grandma’s Chat) by Daisy Fragoso, 2-part treble with piano & flute and 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.

FOR SEVENTH GRADE (3-part mixed/SSA)
cfn-cm9544-fAd Astra (To the Stars…) by Jacob Narverud, 3-part mixed with piano
With a pulsating and highly rhythmic piano accompaniment, “Ad Astra” simply radiates energy. Filled with hope and empowerment the text reads, “To the stars though difficulties, look upward, move forward leave all cares behind.” “Ad Astra” is an impressive, yet accessible piece for developing or advanced choirs alike.

Cool Moon by Richard A. Williamson, 3-part mixed with optional piano
With limited horizontal movement in the vocal parts and an optional piano part, “Cool Moon” offers an easy and effective introduction into contemporary a cappella singing. Soothing harmonies enhance this beautiful pairing of words and music.

Little David, Play On Your Harp arr. Andy Beck, 3-part mixed with piano and optional autoharp
A clever arrangement of the traditional spiritual that includes a surprise nod to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” plus an optional part for autoharp! The pentatonic chorus is great for teaching or reinforcing solfège, while the harmonies are appropriately independent for developing singers. A few new words tell us more about the heroic boy, David. A terrific teaching piece that kids will enjoy!

leon-522821Nightfall by Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano and optional tick-tock block
Lyrics take center stage in this beautiful new work. Word painting, an independent piano accompaniment and the steady beat of the “tick-tock” create a mood that suggests a more mature and experienced choir. Your young singers will love the chance to show and share these beautiful lyrics set to this haunting tune.

Plaudite (Plaudite Omnis Terra) by Victor C. Johnson, 3-part mixed with piano
A dancing opening motive in Latin, harmonized in sturdy open fifths and punctuated by handclaps, yields to a slower, contrasting English language section. A gradual crescendo and brief accelerando builds the energy back up to a triumphant return of the opening material. Strong dynamic contrasts and ample rhythmic interest offer a thoroughly satisfying musical experience.

Tumekuja Kuimba (We Have Come to Sing!) by Lynn Zettlemoyer, 3-part mixed a cappella
This vibrant and percussive original a cappella work uses both Swahili and English text creating a dynamic multicultural opening or processional. The theme of “come together to sing” allows for a wealth of programming options and the piece is filled with musical learning using language, rhythm, independent singing and harmonic expression as well as the use of percussion.

cfn-bl1031-fFOR EIGHTH GRADE (SAB/SATB)
Exultate Justi by Dan Davison, SA(T)B with piano
Inspired by the classical style of music writing, Dan Davison has done a masterful job with this SA(T)B original work. With the tenor part doubling the soprano part or matching the bass part in unison, young singers will find this piece to be very accessible. Exciting and joyful to sing, this piece will enhance the programming for any concert or festival.

If You Want to Go by Philip E. Silvey, SAB with piano
The profound text based on an African saying tells us “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Stylish and upbeat, this will be fun to sing and a pleasure to hear.

Old Joe Clark arr. Greg Gilpin, SAB with piano
This extraordinary arrangement of the traditional American folk song belongs in every choral library! An urgent “round and around” vocal motive serves as a rhythmic engine throughout the entire piece as the modal melody gets playfully tossed from voice to voice in a variety of styles, but always with class, creativity, and good humor.

lorenz-522099Ubi Caritas by Bryan Sharpe, SAB with piano
This touching setting of a well-loved verse features many opportunities for beautiful, musical moments with your younger or smaller ensembles. Expertly and thoughtfully scored for developing choirs, the melody mirrors the yearning and emotions of the lyrics and is mostly unison with some gentle independent voice parts at times. Gorgeous!

Who Will Be a Witness? arr. Dan Davison, SATB with piano
Dan Davison infuses this beloved spiritual with a brisk tempo, fun accents and syncopations. Accompanied by a pulsating ostinato-like bass line, Davison’s signature rhythmic accompaniment adds even more interest and variety to this accessible SATB arrangement. “Who Will Be a Witness” is sure to wow audiences and energize choirs!

FOR TENOR/BASS ENSEMBLES
chorgd-cge233-fNine Hundred Miles arr. Greg Gilpin, TB with piano
The crisp, rhythmic energy and dynamic modal groove of this American folk song arrangement is absolutely contagious. The creative use of independent vocal ostinato patterns underneath the melody lines continually sparks interest and propels the feel of the train rolling down the tracks. Performance options are included to employ a soloist at the beginning, and for singers to clap a light eighth note pattern in certain sections to mimic the click-clacking sound of the train. (For a special programming option, we recommend pairing this title with Travel by Lon Beery for a train- or travel-themed program)

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.

26th Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 24 April, 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 is now open! 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: German Art Song for Choir 22 April, 2019

lorenz-sbmp1375-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Er, der Herrlichste von Allen by Robert Schumann/arr. Thea Sikora Engelson, SSA with piano
This excellent arrangement of a song from a solo song cycle by famed composer Robert Schumann will add some class to a program. Sing it in the original German or in English.

Du bist die Ruh’ by Franz Schubert/arr. Robert Sieving, SATB with piano
A romantic song composed by Schubert for solo voice is now tastefully arranged for mixed voices. It can be sung in the original German or using the excellent English version. The elegant accompaniment is supportive of the voices throughout.

Die junge Nonne by Franz Schubert/arr. Brandon Williams, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) wrote more than 600 “lieder” leon-50600446-for “songs” – vocal songs accompanied by piano. He raised this to an art form by equalizing the importance of the music and poetry and expanding the role of the piano accompaniment. In this composition, take special notice of the text painting depicted by harmonic shifts and descriptive music.

Er ist gekommen by Clara Schumann/arr. Brandon Williams, SSA with piano
One of four songs presented to Robert Schumann by his wife Clara, this setting is a shining example of the composer’s ingenuity, and is a wonderful introduction to Romantic era style and performance practice.

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.

Partner Songs for the Developing Choir 19 April, 2019

leon-524393recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Partner Songs for the Developing Choir by Greg Gilpin
The developing choir is a unique ensemble and ranges in size from many to just a few, in age from younger to older and from the experienced to brand new singers. Both males and females are a part of these groups with ever-changing vocal challenges. Educators who teach this wide group of musicians know there is a need for many tools of repertoire that build bridges to the art of choral singing.

“Partner Songs for the Developing Choir” is designed to help teach harmonic singing through sophisticated melodies and distinguished texts, appealing to singers from upper elementary through middle school and early high school, and can even continue for the less-experienced or smaller adult choir. Some of the choral works are very basic in form and melodic writing, while others might include a bridge or “B” section or more intricate melodies, expanding the harmonic learning.

This REPRODUCIBLE collection with helpful rehearsal suggestions and online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings and Singer PDF parts can be used all year long with spirituals, Latin settings, multicultural, patriotic, Christmas and holiday selections. Songs include: Akatonbo, Bethlehem Lullaby, Et in Terra Pax, Jingle All the Way, Joshua Fit the Battle, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Musica Dei, Skatin’ and Sleighin’, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, You’re a Grand Old Flag. Suggested for Grades 3-9.

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

Considering Matthew Shepard 15 April, 2019

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

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, “Considering Matthew Shepard.”

leon-526583Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson
Perhaps one of the most important major works of our time. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Moving among styles ranging from Lutheran hymnody to blues to Broadway, this modern-day Passion will move many listeners to tears even as it reaches beyond tragedy to peace, understanding and forgiveness.” For the advanced choir looking to make an impact on students and community this is worth every bit of effort it requires.

Individual movements available separately:
The Innocence
This 17th movement from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard” is planted right in the middle of the passion. Remembering a time when life was full of promise and dreaming was an activity filled with hope, a tenor soloist opens this movement wondering where all of these promising times have gone. The full choir supports the soloist with the repeated question “Where, O where?” but an answer doesn’t come.

Gently Rest (Deer Lullaby)
This is a song of comfort for Matthew’s mother – Conspirare performed this work for the interment service of Matthew at the National Cathedral where his ashes were laid to rest. The lilting 7/8 meter creates a feeling of rocking, of cradling. The violin solo represents a halo of light and took its original inspiration from the profoundly beautiful violin solo in “Erbarme dich” from Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

leon-531141Deer Song
Four movements from the end of the “Passion” section of “Considering Matthew Shepard” we hear from a deer. It has been well established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption. Established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption.

Meet Me Here
As the first movement of the Epilogue, here is movement number 30 from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard.” This is the singers and the listeners first chance to begin the healing process. To “meet me where the old fence ends and the horizon begins.” We are reminded that “There’s a balm in the silence,” “There’s a joy in the singing,” and “We’ll sing on through the darkness.” This is music that easily stands alone from the major work and lifts all our spirits in every context.

leon-514784All of Us
Described as “brilliant” and “heartfelt,” this is the final movement “Considering Matthew Shepard.” With elements of hymnody, American folk and gospel music, this single movement will allow mixed choruses everywhere to come to understand and be lifted up by this powerful music.

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!

CHORAL UPDATE: The Greatest Showman 12 April, 2019

The popularity of “The Greatest Showman” continues – with a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land, “Dear Evan Hansen”), this music is a great choice for spring concerts! The newest publications for choirs:

DISCOVERY SERIES (for developing choirs)
A Million Dreams arr. Roger Emerson
“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.

This Is Me arr. Audrey Snyder
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.

NEW FOR SPRING
Come Alive arr. Mark Brymer
The most bombastic, electrifying and show-stopping number from the record-smashing soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” is here! Pasek and Paul’s call to action is given a full-choir treatment by Mark Brymer, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Your choirs will extend their vocal ranges, divisi capabilities and deep-breathing techniques while sending any audience that hears it to their feet!

Don’t miss previous arrangements including “From Now On,” “The Greatest Show,” “A Million Dreams,” “Never Enough,” “Rewrite the Stars,” and “This Is Me,” and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

SUPER SESSION This Summer! 10 April, 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 is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Pop A Cappella for Spring 2019 08 April, 2019

alfred-47134-frecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

When I Think About Angels arr. Bryan Sharpe, SATB a cappella with solo
This sweet Jamie O’Neal pop country hit makes a perfect contemporary a cappella arrangement, and Bryan Sharpe’s writing preserves all the bubbly fun of the original! A driving vocal bass line, upper voices that alternate between laying down the groove and singing the original backing vocals, and a solo feature for a standout singer.

alfred-46925-fCount On Me arr. Andy Beck, SATB a cappella with optional piano, ukulele, or guitar
Superstar Bruno Mars wrote this friendship song for his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” This attractive arrangement is accompanied by piano with optional ukulele or guitar. Plus, the SATB can even be sung a cappella. Sopranos take the melody, while the other parts provide supportive harmonic grooves and stylized backing vocals. Familiar, flexible, and fun!

Make Someone Happy arr. Mark Hayes, SATB divisi a cappella
An opulent harmonic palette of “oos” and “ahs” opens this richly expressive rendition of the tender jazz standard. Then, gently pulsing a cappella “doos” support the melody before all of the voices blossom in gorgeous chorus: “Love is the answer. Someone to love is the answer.”

leon-523947Superstition arr. Paul Langford, SATB a cappella
Stevie Wonder made it to number one with this song in 1973 and it’s ranked as No. 74 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul Langford has turned this tune on its head with a fabulous a cappella version for mixed voices imitating the original recording’s instrumental and vocal style. A programming dream for a cappella singing.

That Lonesome Road arr. Kirby Shaw, TTBB a cappella
James Taylor’s beautiful ballad gains new life in this simply stated a cappella setting by arranger Kirby Shaw. Sensible voice leading makes chords easy to tune, uncomplicated rhythms allow the text to speak. Awesome, accessible writing in every edition.

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!

“Now Is the Time” – Graduation for Choir 05 April, 2019

leon-526952recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Now Is the Time by Jim Papoulis, SATB with piano & optional drumset
Written in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, the students message is loud and clear – “Whatever your journey, whatever your beliefs, whatever your dreams or battle or triumph, the time is not tomorrow, or sometime in the future…now is the time.” The music is gentle with a soft rock beat with the final chorus a cappella.

lorenz-522087On Wings of Song We Send You by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Geoffrey Edwards, SATB with piano
The sweetly-flowing melody of one of Mendelssohn’s most often performed art songs carries new lyrics that will leave audience members with feelings of peace, comfort, and hope. The music is faithful to the original work with the addition of richly scored choral parts in place of solo voice. A lovely closer for any concert! “On wings of song we send you the best our hearts can give. May health and good fortune attend you as long as you shall live.”

lorenz-528349Sing On! by Lane Johnson, SATB with piano
Words of wisdom here suggest we keep the music going and “sing on.” Upbeat with melodies worthy of a hit song, this is a winner.

Two Irish Blessings by Glenda E. Franklin, SATB a cappella
These two a cappella settings of blessings from Ireland will warm your heart. The straightforward chorale-style rendering puts the focus clearly on the text, while allowing for artistic liberty with tempo and dynamics. Sung separately or as a set, what a fitting finale or encore to any performance.

alfred-46532-fMay a Rainbow Run Beside You by Mark Burrows, 2-part with piano
With words taken from a variety of traditional Irish blessings set to a warm, lyrical melody, this treble choir selection is sure to uplift and delight. Both voices get a chance to sing melody and harmony. Consider this a “signature song” to include on every performance this year.

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!

THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 04 April, 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 is now open – 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 Tenor/Bass Choirs 03 April, 2019

leon-526951recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CHOIRS
The Music Before Me by Ryan Kelly, TBB with piano and solo
Here is a powerful ballad for men’s voices about personal exploration, determination, and hope in the face of opposition. Featuring a tenor solo and a robust piano accompaniment, the work is ideal for concert themes celebrating music, humanity, and the future.

Keep Your Lamps! arr. Andre J. Thomas, TTBB a cappella with conga drums
“Keep Your Lamps” is one of the most popular mixed chorus octavos in the Hinshaw catalogue. Here, André Thomas provides a male chorus voicing with optional conga drums of this well-known slave song.

Carrickfergus arr. Mark Sirett, TBB with piano
This traditional Irish tune, sometimes known as “The Sick Young Lover,” dates back to the mid 1800s. You will captivate audiences with this beautiful setting for male voices and piano.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-526563Let the River Run arr. Craig Hella Johnson/adapt. Emily Crocker, TTBB divisi with piano, bass & percussion
The SSA/SATB arrangement of this Carly Simon song, as arranged by Craig Hella Johnson, has been sung and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands. Now, skillfully adapted and arranged by Emily Crocker, both men’s and women’s choirs can now experience this vibrant concert-pop work. The ranges and parts have been carefully scored for the most successful results.

Music in the Air arr. Ryan Murphy, TTBB with piano
Arranged for the 2018 Georgia All-State Men’s Chorus, Ryan Murphy’s arrangement of “Music in the Air” brings the song to an exciting new life. This setting includes a driving piano accompaniment and singable vocal parts, making this an achievable work for your choir with great impact.

cfn-cm9531-fAsleep in the Deep by Patti Drennan, TBB with piano
Asleep in the Deep, refers to those who have drowned while at sea. Patti Drennan’s adaptation of Arthur Lamb’s text is a love story about a sailor, his sweetheart, and the fate they meet while in a tragic storm at sea. Rhythmic and somewhat “stormy” throughout, this is an excellent and appropriate selection for developing tenor-bass choirs of all sizes.

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: 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!