News & Views Thursday, September 20, 2018

Category: School Choral

Creative Programming: Singing in Unison 19 September, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

As choir directors, it can be easy to focus on programming repertoire with more and more voice parts (4 part divisi! 8 part divisi!! And more!!!), and mentally associating “more parts” with “more difficult,” and a “more accomplished” ensemble.

But choral directors also know how very challenging singing in unison can be! Programming unison music on your concert – at the middle school, high school, or even collegiate level – can provide your audience with a unique insight into the choral art, and how your ensemble builds skills that lead up to your “final product.” Here are a few suggestions for unison music-making with your ensembles:

leon-08743259-fThe King’s Singers Book of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs
This delightful collection of 99 rounds, canons and partsongs makes a delightful introduction to part-singing to kids from 6 to 106! The selections are arranged by categories including English Pre-1700 (Secular), Pre-1700 (Sacred), Post 1700, From Around the World and Wordless Rounds. Start in unison, and build part-singing and listening skills from there!

cfn-bl1017-fFirst Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir by Mark Patterson
Written and arranged to meet the challenges of finding quality repertoire for emerging unchanged male singers, Mark Patterson hits the mark with this set of three songs. “First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir” offers directors a wide variety teachable material and is a staple for any middle school choral library.

Laudamus Te (from Mass in C Minor) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Melissa Malvar-Keylock & Jill Friedersdorf
Unison treble choirs can experience the beauty and elegance of this movement from the Mozart Mass in C Minor and gain appreciation for music of the Classical era. The flute obbligato adds to the authenticity.

Consider vocal solo literature as well! Perhaps highlight each voice part’s individual color with a selection for each section: “The Lass with the Delicate Air” for sopranos, “Witness” for altos/mezzos, “Ride On King Jesus” for tenors, and “The Vagabond” for baritones/basses! This is great for developing your singers’ listening skills.

Brainstorm more ideas with Stanton’s by calling us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, or contacting us by email at choral@stantons.com. And remember – 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.

Sight Reading Success 13 September, 2018

leon-504286recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Sight Reading Success by Stan McGill & Morris Stevens
This choral sight reading resource is designed to help secondary choir students improve their music literacy. There are several sight reading systems that may be used: moveable do solfege, fixed do solfege, numbers and perhaps others. This book covers about five months of teaching, containing 180 SATB exercises in various keys and time signatures:
Month 1: Three 2 measure exercises daily (60 exercises)
Month 2: Three 4 measure exercises daily (60 exercises)
Month 3: One 8 measure exercise daily (20 exercises)
Month 4: One 16 measure exercise daily (20 exercises)
Month 5: One 32 measure exercise daily (20 exercises)

Helpful hints are included throughout, compiled from over sixty years of successful secondary choral teaching by the authors. With daily use, your choir will improve interval recognition by sound and sight; rhythmic and metric skills; choral balance and blend; independent, sectional, and choral literacy skills; dynamic and articulation recognition and implementation; altered pitches; major/minor key modulations; and consonant and dissonant choral chords. Also available for SSA choirs and SA (2-part treble) choirs.

Find more valuable sight reading material on our website, or contact us for more recommendations. 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.

The Excellence Clinic: Anniversary Celebration 29 August, 2018

IMG_5625On Saturday, August 25, Stanton’s Sheet Music hosted our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic. The Excellence Clinic was conceived and established by long-time Stanton’s Choral Music Specialist Judy Henry in 1994. Judy invited Jim Gallagher, then Professor of Music and conductor of the renowned Men’s Glee Club at The Ohio State University, to join her in this effort as clinician and presenter for the session. Mr. Gallagher’s background includes not only collegiate-level conducting, but also a long history of success in the public high school choral classroom – experience that is so valuable to our attendees!

IMG_5630We gathered in the James E. Strouse Workshop Hall with Jim and our wonderful accompanist, Joyce Stonebraker, and had a fantastic morning reading through a wide variety of high-quality music for choirs at all levels of difficulty. In honor of this anniversary year, we made a special effort to present not only newly-published repertoire, but also some classic literature with excellent teaching potential – John Ness Beck’s “Canticle of Praise,” “Choose Something Like a Star” by Randall Thompson, and “Sing Unto God” from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, to name a few. Jim’s insight on these “old chestnuts” was valuable for all, especially the young teachers in attendance. We spent a little bit of time socializing and catching up with old friends, and A LOT of time discovering beautiful new music!

Did you miss out on this year’s Clinic? Never fear! Here are just a few of our favorite pieces that were featured:

For middle school choirs: Agnus Dei by Victor C. Johnson
For high school choirs: Lunar Lullaby by Jacob Narverud
For college choirs: Illumina by Patrick Hawes
For community choirs: Ecce Novum by Ola Gjeilo
For holiday concerts: Mary’s Child by Bob Chilcott
For women’s choirs: Das Grosse Halleluja by Franz Schubert/arr. Ben May
For men’s choirs: Fare Ye Well arr. Stacey V. Gibbs

You can still receive the full clinic packet for the registration fee of $20 (while supplies last). This year’s packet includes over 30 octavos, and contains an incredible amount of repertoire variety! Contact us if you are interested!

“Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre – NOW AVAILABLE 28 August, 2018

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

View the entire score below with ScorePlay, and contact us for more information!

Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2018 20 August, 2018

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/25/2018, 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.

In honor of this session’s 25th anniversary, we will also be presenting selected quality titles from previous years highlighting the great depth of valuable literature found on the Excellence Clinic lists.

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

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!

Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal 17 August, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-519271Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal by Christine Bass
“Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal: Constructing for Success” is a creative rehearsal approach designed to aid conductors of all experience levels. Using the building blocks of musical concepts, style, and delivery, “Front-Loading” offers invaluable tools to help conductors scaffold their singers’ learning toward a collective goal of transformative performances. Concepts come alive in real time through the video clips of working rehearsals embedded in the narrative. Practical in application yet sophisticated in approach, Christine Bass condenses decades of experience into “Front-Loading,” a comprehensive rehearsal technique guide for conductors striving to reach the next level of excellence in their work.

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

NEW for Fall Concert: Middle School Choir 15 August, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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NEW for Fall Concert: High School Choir 03 August, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready to program your fall concert? Start with Stanton’s! Here are just a few of our Five Star Features for High School Choirs this season:

FOR MIXED CHOIRS
alfred-46941-fIn That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’! arr. Greg Gilpin
A grandiose choral introduction travels through several keys to open this polished setting of the traditional spiritual, which soon breaks into a joyously brisk treatment featuring call-and-response between sections, terraced dynamic contrasts, and thick divisi textures. Fantastic a cappella writing for advanced choirs.

Wild Mountain Thyme arr. Patti Drennan
“And we’ll all go together, to pick wild mountain thyme all around the bloomin’ heather.” Your audience will be sure to recognize this popular Irish folk song that’s been recorded by The Chieftains, The Clancy Brothers, and The Irish Tenors. Resplendent with Highland harmonies and musical nuances as-is, or add the optional tin whistle (or flute) for extra Celtic flair!

chorgd-cge278-fThe Wind Gives Voice to the Trees by Greg Gilpin
Exuding mystery and modal nuances, this concert/festival showpiece features the composer’s own original text. It is filled with word painting and rich imagery about how trees stand silently, and it is only until the wind blows or when “nature breathes” that they make a sound with their rustling leaves and branches. There is also an underlying important message about how all of nature works together. Rich harmonies and haunting melodies are supported by the interesting accompaniment which weaves a wind-like pattern.

Rain Music by Victor C. Johnson
“On the dusty earthdrum beats the falling rain. Now a whispered murmur, now a louder strain.” This forward-moving, rhythmically-driven music enhances the dramatic, image-laden text of Kentucky-born poet and playwright Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. Effective unison, two-, three-, and four-part writing throughout and optional parts for rain stick and djembes heighten the musical effect.

FOR TREBLE CHOIRS
Dies Irae (from Requiem) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Introduce your choir to one of Mozart’s most enduring masterworks! Arranger Patrick Liebergen has sensibly adapted the original material into multiple voicings that stay true to the original, while also offering a compelling piano reduction of the original orchestral score. Exciting and dramatic classical rep!

allian-amp1067-fLift Your Voice In Singing by Laura Farnell
This piece should be sung exuberantly throughout! A contrasting B-section demonstrates a hushed sense of wonder, then builds dynamically in excitement and intensity as each voice part enters. The text “Let your song be love” reminds all who sing and hear this piece that life is too short and precious to allow anything but love to direct our hearts.

The Slender Moon by Greg Gilpin
With gently soothing harmonic colors, Greg Gilpin captures the mystery of the slender moon in this wonderful setting. Inspired by the descriptive text found in poet Joseph S. Cotter, Jr’s. poem Night Winds, The Slender Moon will wow audiences and choirs alike.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIRS
Jubilate, Exsultate! by Victor C. Johnson
Contemporary choral harmonies and a driving piano accompaniment are the hallmarks of this exuberant setting of the traditional Latin text. A legato English language section in the middle provides contrast before an energetic return to the original material. Highly recommended for concert or contest!

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

I Will Lift My Eyes by Jonny Priano
“I will lift my eyes to the mountains; from where comes my help?” These words from Psalm 121 have inspired countless composers and they have been sung by choirs of every kind. Here they are beautifully set for high school women or men.

Find more Five Star Features at stantons.com/SchoolChoralFall2018, or contact us for personalized recommendations. 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.

NEXT WEEK: School Choral Week 2018! 25 July, 2018

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

NEW THIS YEAR: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard!

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

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
(featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday August 2, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Roger Emerson
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 3, 2018 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson & Cristi Cary Miller
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 4, 2018 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Pre-registration will close on Friday 7/27, but space will be available at the door. For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Excellence in Choral Literature 2018 17 July, 2018

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/25/2018, 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.

In honor of this session’s 25th anniversary, we will also be presenting selected quality titles from previous years highlighting the great depth of valuable literature found on the Excellence Clinic lists.

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!

Warm Ups for Changing Voices 12 July, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-00215525-fWarm-Ups for Changing Voices by Dan Andersen
As any middle school choir director knows, change is the name of the game! A changing voice is just one of countless physiological and emotional changes that middle school students experience. Knowing the general limits of male and female changing voices, as well as the specific capabilities of your students, are two keys to building healthy-and happy!-middle school singers. This book is an accessible, must-read resource for any middle-school choir director looking to foster stronger, more capable musicians, and offers 25 warm-up exercises along with customized grade-specific tips for using them along with free access to accompanying audio recordings.

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.

Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 02 July, 2018

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/4/2018, 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 Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, 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.

NEW THIS 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!

COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 2018 27 June, 2018

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2018, 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 8/3/2018, 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, Roger Emerson, and Cristi Cary Miller. 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 Treble Choirs 20 June, 2018

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

Light of a Clear Blue Morning - WomenLight of a Clear Blue Morning – Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Now adapted for SSAA by Richard Gabrillo, Craig Hella Johnson’s setting of Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning is infused with light and hopefulness as it opens with a solo soprano and gradually builds to a joyful overflowing of sound and vocal texture, then gently relaxing into a reflective conclusion. With soprano recorder.

O Antiqui SanctiO Antiqui Sancti – Hildegard Von Bingen, arr. Michael Engelhardt
This thrilling work for women’s chorus from Michael Engelhardt will offer something totally unique for your program. A mix of sustained vocal lines and articulated passages along with both counterpuntal and homophonic writing make this a truly remarkable composition. This will be a favorite of your singers.

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman – arr. Kathleen McGuire
In a new SSAA voicing, this is an outstanding arrangement of the song originally penned by Walter Robinson and a timely honor as the anti-slavery activist’s image will be on the new twenty dollar bill. A cappella vocals build with a “come on up” followed by rhythmic vocals under the hypnotic melody. Optional cabaca part helps to imitate a train along with vocal nuances resembling the sound of chains and a train whistle. Powerful and moving

Ave GenerosaAve Generosa – Ola Gjeilo
This setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ave Generosa text uses a hauntingly joyful tonality, paying homage to the mysteious 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.

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

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

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

NEW from The Barbershop Harmony Society 15 June, 2018

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

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

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

Sing – arr. Wayne Grimmer
As sung by Pentatonix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2018 06 June, 2018

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 25th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/25/2018, 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.

In honor of this session’s 25th anniversary, we will also be presenting selected quality titles from previous years highlighting the great depth of valuable literature found on the Excellence Clinic lists.

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!

SUPER SESSION 2018 is Coming Soon! 23 May, 2018

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/4/2018, 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 Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, 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.

NEW THIS 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!

32nd Annual JOY OF SINGING 16 May, 2018

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2018, 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 8/3/2018, 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, Roger Emerson, and Cristi Cary Miller. 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!

Budget-Stretching Choral Collections 14 May, 2018

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

Do you have end-of-year budget money available? Use it before you lose it! Reproducible choral collections provide great “bang for your buck,” and are an ideal way to build your choral library.

leon-00221998-fThe SAB Choir Goes Renaissance by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt
Here is a fantastic resource for introducing the music of the Renaissance to developing ensembles or groups with limited male singers. Purchase individual books separately, or the Performance Kit and receive a code to access audio tracks online through My Library.

A Cappella Volume 2
Volume II in Sing!’s popular A Cappella! series features nine concert and festival selections for young and developing TB choirs from creative writers Greg Gilpin, Victor C. Johnson and Mark Patterson. 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 Extention activities, carefully crafted for each selection by Greg Gilpin and 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.

leon-513822Wings to Fly by Janet Gardner
The creative works of celebrated and award-winning educator and composer, Janet Gardner, have been a staple of learning for music educators and joyful performance by thousands of young singers. Her selection of text, expertise in composition for young voices and creativeness in both musicals and choral works have set the bar high in the music educational world. “Wings to Fly” is a collection of nine choral pieces that are some of Ms. Gardner’s finest works. Each has a distinctive text whether it be original or from the poetic masters such as Rossetti, Longfellow, Dickinson and Stevenson. Each choral piece is also distinct in musical style and will fit programming needs throughout the year. This collection features piano/vocal arrangements, as well as digital access to performance/accompaniment audio recordings and singer PDFs for projection and reproducible options. Absolutely a budget stretcher!

Pop Songs for Young Men’s Chorus II arr. Jerry Estes
Now available, the second in a series, this collection for men’s chorus spans the decades and is designed to give you lots of value with songs your choir will love to perform! Includes: “Count on Me” (Bruno Mars), “Happy Together” (The Turtles), “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The Temptations), and “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong).

lorenz-513019Bach for Young Voices by J.S. Bach/arr. Geoffrey Edwards
This collection celebrates the generational universality of Bach’s music in bringing the time-honored selections within the technical reach of younger singers. Directors will find seven sensitively crafted arrangements in this compilation, all faithful to the composer’s originals, with carefully planned vocal lines and supportive piano parts. A school-friendly text is also provided for each title. Whether or not this is your choir’s first exposure to Bach, this publication will aid in fostering a lasting appreciation for his music and the continued enrichment it brings to all of our lives.

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

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