News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: School Choral

Never One Thing: Creative Programming for Treble Choir 30 March, 2020

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

Powerful texts and music for your treble singers’ hearts and minds make for creative programming choices!

all the way home sarah quartelAll the Way Home by Sarah Quartel, SSA with piano
This work for upper voices with a text by the composer was inspired by members of the Radcliffe Ladies’ Choir and their motto “friendship through singing.” The lilting vocal lines are subtly underpinned by a delicate piano accompaniment, and the opening performance direction, ‘contentedly rocking’, describes the overall nature of the piece: peaceful, content, and easy-going.

In Meeting We Are Blessed by Troy Robertson, SSA a cappella with djembe
With an original text inspired by John Donne, this piece illustrates the power of peace, and all the blessings found in a peaceful world. Originally for mixed voices, this new voicing is a welcome addition to the repertoire for treble voices. The lovely, lilting melody will appeal to choirs of all ages.

never one thing may erlewine corie brownNever One Thing by May Erlewine/arr. Corie Brown, SSA with piano, cajon & body percussion
This is an anthem for women’s choirs and singers who have ever felt parts of themselves disowned or ostracized. Singer, conductor, and audience are invited to begin the process of reclaiming and healing those parts of themselves that are, at the same time, both vulnerable and powerful. This music is simple and folk-like with optional body percussion.

I’m On My Way arr. Anthony Trecek-King, SSA with piano
Rhythmic, driving, and intense, “I’m On My Way” is a rich selection for three-part treble choruses. A lesser-known spiritual speaking to themes of home, journey, and trial. Don’t miss this accessible and dynamic arrangement.

O Sing to the Lord by Dan Davison, SSAA with 4-hand piano
An SSAA/four-hand piano version of Davison’s original “O Sing to the Lord.” A strong yet accessible concert opener. Multi-rhythms enhance the excitement of this majestic concert or festival selection. Can also be performed with a downloadable two-hand piano score.

soy un coya chiquitito r eben trobaughSoy un Coya Chiquitito arr. R. Eben Trobaugh, 2-part with piano
“Soy un Coya Chiquitito” is a traditional folk tune sung by children and families throughout Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. This arrangement is a heartwarming concert piece that celebrates music’s ability to repress melancholy feelings.

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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.

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!

If We Stand As One: Social Justice for Middle School 18 March, 2020

if we stand as one jim papoulisrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

If We Stand As One by Jim Papoulis, SATB with piano & percussion
Tyler Clementi put a face on the consequences of cruelty. Through the Tyler Clementi Foundation, tens of thousands of youth and adults have been inspired to speak out and stand up in the face of bullying, harassment and humiliation across the globe (www.tylerclementi.org). And a multitude of important and inspirational songs have been written to support this important cause. This song was commissioned by the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School and is an important contribution to this oeuvre.

whatever is true michael john trottaWhatever Is True by Michael John Trotta, 3-part mixed with piano
Conceived as a work for emerging choirs looking for a positive message and opportunities to develop musical skills within appropriate ranges. “Whatever is True” has close harmonies, optional a cappella sections, rhythmic vigor and offers many options for the growing choral ensemble. This work is a favorite with choirs and audiences a like.

Safe Place by James Kevin Gray, SAB with piano
Stand against bullying. The composer offers a YouTube video showing this piece performed with dancers and offers background information speaking to and offering help in the midst of bullying. This is a beautiful song and a beautiful resource for this important topic.

i am anne mac huff john jacobsonI Am Anne by Mac Huff & John Jacobson, 2-part with piano
In the words of Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” These sage words from a young Anne are the foundation for this original song. One child can change the world. No matter how big, and no matter how small. These powerful lyrics, gently set, provide a message that all young children need to hear.

Who Am I? by Madeline Stone, 2-part with piano
The PS22 public school chorus in Staten Island, NY has over 65 million views of their songs on Facebook. In 2018, they sang this song live at a meeting of the United Nations and showed the world why so many people are inspired by their music. Here is your chance to share this inspiring music in your own community.

out of the dark jim papoulisOut of the Dark by Jim Papoulis, SA with piano & percussion
Middle school can be a difficult time in the life of a student. Often they feel inadequate and they carry self-doubt. Composer Jim Papoulis explored this topic with the middle school students in a song writing workshop and the students discovered that they are not alone with their feelings of self-doubt and that even adults struggle with these feelings. These students also discovered that they have the ability to be strong and find inspiration from within. The music reflects these moments of discovery with rhythmic forces. There is a vulnerable honesty in this music, an honesty that young people will resonate with.

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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.

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 Medleys for Spring 2020 09 March, 2020

hamilton highlights lisa despainrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for new music for your spring pops program? Perhaps a medley from the Broadway stage, the silver screen, or the concert hall would work for your SATB, TTBB, or SSA choirs? Check out the potpourri of Five Star Features below!

Hamilton Highlights arr. Lisa DeSpain, SATB with piano
Don’t mistake this one for Hamilton: A Choral Medley – this new “highlights” medley is designed for developing groups and those who desire a more concise concert selection. Only five minutes in length but includes seven popular songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking show, which has been called “the most important musical of our time.” Rhythmic notation has been augmented for ease of teaching/reading, keys have been adapted to the best vocal ranges, choral parts reconfigured for intuitive harmonization, and still this fast-paced showpiece delivers all the impact of the original score! Songs include: “My Shot,” “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “You’ll Be Back,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “Wait for It,” and “The Room Where It Happens.”

I Got Gershwin! arr. Adam Podd & Matt Podd, SATB with piano & optional combo
This seamless 4½-minute tour through seven timeless standards pays tribute to the American songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin. Smart voice leading and classic choral arranging techniques remain faithful to the cherished melodies and jazz-influenced harmonies. Listen closely for additional Gershwin themes tucked into brief interludes between the enchanting songs. Live clarinet, bass, and drums add an elegant touch in concert. Songs include: “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Embraceable You,” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

rocketman mac huffRocketman (Songs from the Motion Picture) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
Elton John ruled the pop charts in the 1970s–and moviegoing audiences in 2019 finally got a chance to see why. The rave-reviewed biopic Rocketman chronicled John’s fruitful songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, with the movie letting their seemingly never-ending catalog of classics speak (or sing) for themselves. Songs include: “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Gonna Be a Long Long Time),” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Songs of a Disney Villain arr. Alan Billingsley, SAB with piano & optional combo
Every good story needs a good villain and Disney has created some of the best. Here are five great songs that are sung by the characters we love to hate – Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmations,” Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast,” the Python from “The Jungle Book,” Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” and Scar from “The Lion King.” Songs include: “Cruella de Vil,” “Be Prepared,” “Trust in Me (The Python’s Song),” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Gaston.”

coco choral highlights mac huffCoco (Choral Highlights) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This charming medley features bilingual texts, great energy, and moments of tenderness that will captivate audiences of all ages. Songs include: “The World Es Mi Familia,” “Un Poco Loco,” “Remember Me,” and “Proud Corazon.”

Crazy Little Thing Called ROCK arr. Tom Anderson, SAB with piano & optional rhythm
Written by Freddie Mercury, the infectious “rock-shuffle” style of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is mashed up with the Billy Joel classic “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” and combined we have a great time. There is room to feature a talented soloist and the choral writing is strong.

my fair ladies andy beckMy Fair Ladies arr. Andy Beck, SSA with piano
Two of the most delightful songs from Lerner and Loewe’s much-revered musical “My Fair Lady” are combined into this 2½-minute medley designed for women’s ensembles of any age. A grandiose introduction gives way to the breathless energy of Eliza and Henry’s first dance in “I Could Have Danced All Night,” followed by a playful setting of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” The melodies and harmonies are distributed beautifully across all three voices, encouraging all of your ladies to channel their inner Julie Andrews.

Singin’ the 70s! arr. Paul Langford, SSA with piano & optional rhythm
Capturing the sound of the 1970s, this medley will be a sure-fire hit for your next concert or show. Covering styles from disco to light gospel, your singers will groove to these beats and love experiencing these iconic tunes. Available for mixed, women’s and men’s voices with a super hot track! Songs include: “Best of My Love,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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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.

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: Spring Has Sprung! 06 March, 2020

april morning bruce w. tippetterecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Plan for upcoming concerts with these new options, perfect for springtime performances!

An April Morning by Bruce W. Tippette, SATB with piano
Bruce W. Tippette takes the words of Sara Teasdale’s poem “Morning” and beautifully sets them for SATB voices with an expressive, yet supportive piano accompaniment. The use of overlapping vocal lines, coupled with tonal clusters, give each part importance while creating harmonic delight. This is a great piece for intermediate high school and even some advanced middle schools.

breeze and the birdsong amy f. bernonThe Breeze and the Birdsong by Amy F. Bernon, 2-part with piano
This song is dedicated to a dear friend who is about to start a new chapter of life. It’s full of descriptions of nature and fresh adventures: “May the bright, sparkling day stay beside you now as you’re on your way.” Bernon’s delightful original also makes for a memorable and meaningful graduation selection for young singers who are moving up to middle or high school and experiencing important transitions of their own. A Learning Resource Page is included.

winter's defeat charles mccarthaWinter’s Defeat by Gwyn Williams/arr. Charles McCartha, SAB with piano and optional flute & hand drum
The optional lilting flute and rhythmic hand drum parts lend a festive air to this song that celebrates the end of winter. Robust choral singing throughout beckons a change of season, and a soaring descant at the end signals the triumphant return of spring. A fully developed piece for winter and spring programs.

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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.

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 Music of D Cappella 21 February, 2020

Screen-Shot-2018-04-30-at-5.37.43-PM-600x266recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

D Cappella is Disney Music Group’s new a cappella singing sensation! The group came together as a result of a nationwide search for the best vocal performing talent in a cappella and stage. Contemporary a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon is the group’s co-creator, music director, arranger, and album producer.

D Cappella arrangements are available exclusively via Stanton’s Digital Delivery. Scores are delivered immediately via email, so you can print or view on your tablet right away!

Part of Your World/A Whole New World arr. Deke Sharon, SSATBB a cappella
Deke Sharon pioneered the direction of the modern pop a cappella sound. Throughout his humble beginnings with the House Jacks to his work on “Pitch Perfect,” “The Sing-Off” and “In Transit,” this mashup of two ’90s-era Disney staples is masterful, intricate and optimistic to the point of perfection.

Friend Like Me (from Aladdin) arr. Deke Sharon, SSATBB a cappella
The much anticipated arrival of the a cappella group D Cappella is upon us. And the arrangements by Deke Sharon are awesome. With all the elements of contemporary a cappella choral writing along with a great Disney song, this is a song to close your concert and bring the house down.

How Far I’ll Go (from Moana) arr. Deke Sharon, SSATBB a cappella
What starts out sublimely as a honest and tender cover of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s titular “I want” song from the 2016 blockbuster “Moana,” quickly modulates into a reggae-infused island number. Subverting expectations with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping take on the source material is just what the doctor ordered!

Find more for your contemporary a cappella ensemble on our website, or contact us for more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

From the Classroom to the Choral Ensemble 10 February, 2020

thunder drums roger emersonrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Looking for ideas to help your students transition from the general music classroom to singing in a choral ensemble? These octavos feature interesting accompaniments with everything from hand drums, Orff instruments, woodwind accompaniments, and even street bucket drums! Here are our best recommendations for your beginning singers who are ready to sing choral music from unison into 2 independent parts!

Thunder Drums (Sounds of Nature) by Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano and bucket drums
Originating from the busking scene in cities across the nation in the 1980s, street “bucket” drumming has become inseparable from the modern-day music teacher catalog due to its reliance on found materials, overabundance of plastic and coolness factor. Paired here with choir, this arrangement seamlessly blends the two disciplines into a rock anthem with style!

Nanuma arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano
Based on a folk song from Ghana, additional melodies and harmonies are added to make this a stylish, swing anthem. This is a happy song of welcome and will make a wonderful, upbeat opener to your concert.

sunset the river sleeps beneath the sky mary donnelly george l.o. stridSunset (The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky) by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano and optional flute, glockenspiel & bass metallophone
With parts for Orff instruments (glockenspiel and bass metallophone) and flute, here is a beautiful and thoughtful setting of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem. Unison voices anchor the beginning of the song followed by two-part part writing that allows for vocal independence. This is a wonderful vehicle for your students to discover dynamic contrasts, beautiful word painting and a chance to discover one of America’s earliest and most important African-American poets.

Contact us for suggestions to help transition your singers from classroom music to ensemble singing, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

“A Wonderful Day Like Today”: Pop & Jazz for Choir 05 February, 2020

reach out i'll be there alan billingsleyrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Program upcoming pops concerts with these new options for high school and middle school ensembles!

Reach Out I’ll Be There arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano & optional combo
The Four Tops reached their place in history by defining the quintessential Detroit-based Motown sound of the 1960s. Considered the Tops “signature song”, give your choirs the chance to sing in this crowd-pleasing and groundbreaking musical style.

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 harkens 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 2 trumpets, tenor and baritone saxophones, trombone and rhythm section is just as stylish as the vocals and together a scene with poodle skirts, bobby socks, duck tail hairstyles and all things cool from the period is set.

wake me up before you go-go kirby shawWake Me Up Before You Go-Go arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB with piano & optional combo
Who can forget this #1 hit by the British duo Wham! Kirby’s choral adaptation gets right in the groove of the finger-snapping piece of pop perfection. For even more fun, add the optional SoundPax or SoundTrax CD, 1980s costumes, and some show choir choreography. “Jitterbug!”

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing arr. Roger Emerson, SSA with piano
This Discovery series edition of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 song packs all the joyful Latin energy you would want into an accessible arrangement that is super cool and fun to sing. Great for building skills and style, the voice-leading is well-crafted for your beginning and developing jazz/pop groups.

More Than a Feeling arr. Kirby Shaw, TTB with piano & optional combo
Named one of the top rock songs of all time and part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this classic from the band Boston fits nicely in the voice. This arrangement is full of style and gives your singers the chance to explore pop/rock stylings while maintaining strong vocal technique.

alright okay you win roger emersonAlright, Okay, You Win arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part mixed with piano
Here is a swinging classic jazz song ideal for young singers. A call and response style so important in jazz and here offers your young singers the opportunity to experience it. Detailed performance notes are offered by the arranger. And, as always, the vocal ranges and musical elements required to successfully perform this have been carefully chosen to ensure success.

A Wonderful Day Like Today arr. Greg Gilpin, 2-part with piano & optional kazoos
The musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd” gave us this bright two-beat number. It’s a perfect selection for young singers to perform a positive message, add some choreography and the best part…play some kazoos! A terrific opener for any general concert.

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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.

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: Music of South Africa 24 January, 2020

modimo michael barrettrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

In programming your school concerts this spring, consider the dramatic impact this combination of music from South Africa could add to your SATB, 3 part and TTBB choirs! Featuring songs of welcome and celebration along with themes of hope and gratefulness, these new selections could help to enhance learning and with added percussion serve as a listening treat for your audiences!

Modimo arr. Michael Barrett, SATB a cappella
Here is another fantastic South African arrangement from Michael Barrett! “Modimo” is a song of praise and celebration. Improvised percussion and a traditional Sesotho melody make for a grounded and deep sound your singers will immediately connect with. A quick learn with a huge impact.

San’bonani/Namhla Kudibene arr. Michael Barrett, TTBB a cappella
Here we have a medley of two upbeat songs. “San’bonani” is a traditional greeting song in the Zulu culture, and “Namhla Kudibene” is a war song from the Xhosa culture. They pair nicely, both dramatic in their impact.

ndikhokhele bawo michael ryanNdikhokhele Bawo arr. Michael Ryan, 3-part mixed with piano & optional percussion
This authentic setting of a cherished isiXhosa folk song contains simply stated vocal lines supported by a light, gently rhythmic piano part. Enhance learning and performance with the pronunciation guide and translation available as a free download, and don’t forget the optional djembe (congas) and shekere (shaker) parts. Also available is a synth track accompaniment, complete with African instrumentation!

Phind’ukhulume arr. Mzwandile Mabuza, SATB divisi a cappella
“Phind’ukhulume” is a beautiful Zulu prayer that speaks to themes of gratefulness and hope. Very moving, with a dramatic rise and fall. Achievable by many levels.

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

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

“The Conductor’s Toolbox”: Resources for Leaders 22 January, 2020

conductor's toolbox richard sparksrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

The Conductor’s Toolbox by Richard Sparks
What do coaches, master teachers, and studies of the psychology of learning have to teach us about conducting? It turns out, quite a bit. In this concise yet insightful volume, Richard Sparks draws from years of experience in the professional choral world and from his time teaching at two leading universities to help choral conductors transform their craft and create truly artful experiences. He gains inspiration from legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and shares striking and refreshing parallels between coaching sports teams and conducting music ensembles. Sparks draws equally from research in the fields of teaching and the psychology of learning – and what a conductor can take from those areas as well. Just as an artisan builds a set of skills and learns the tools of the trade, conductors too must build a box of tools to help them learn, understand, and interpret music; lead rehearsals; and conduct.

“The Conductor’s Toolbox” conveniently and succinctly compiles these tools. Highlights include: assessing yourself and your choir; using modeling; developing good habits in yourself and your choir; learning and teaching new skills; rehearsing more efficiently; teaching fundamental elements of music; selecting repertoire that improves your and your choir’s skills; and improving your planning and pacing of rehearsals.

This book is for the young conductor starting out who wants to build a truly solid craft. It is also for the experienced conductor who wonders how to move to the next level, reenergize, and grow.

aligning voices dean luethiAligning Voices by Dean Luethi
This book of versatile, pedagogically based choral warm-ups helps conductors take full advantage of this important time in every rehearsal, providing tools for assessment, musicianship, and ensemble unity at the same time singers are warming up their voices.

The exercises in “Aligning Voices” are organized into nine chapters, each focusing on a different area of choral technique: rhythm, brilliance, intonation, balance, dynamics, consonants, beginning consonants, diphthongs and ending consonants, and vowels.

Each warm-up contains two or more parts, allowing the director to work toward improving choral sound in a texture similar to that of the repertoire. Moreover, author Dean Luethi provides every warm-up in three voicings – SATB, SSAA, and TTBB – and sequentially organizes them by difficulty level. In addition, each section begins by defining the objective for each exercise and offering practical solutions for many of the common challenges choirs face in each area. These exercises go well beyond simply warming up the voice. This resource is a must-have for all choral directors looking to make the most of their warm-up time. A companion student edition that contains only the music notation for each warm-up exercise is also available.

rehearsing the choir stephen sieckRehearsing the Choir by Stephen Sieck
If we could sit down with some of the best choral conductors of our time, what might we learn? In this book, directors at Iowa State University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Penn State University, St. Olaf College, and University of Southern California are interviewed. The book shares these directors approaches to: recruitment, auditions, and singer placement in ensembles; selection auditions, and singer placement in ensembles; rehearsal planning; choral timbres and vocal pedagogy; intonation; kinesthetic learning and choreography; traditions and choral culture. Interviews with students and observations of live rehearsals complement these director interviews to provide readers with a comprehensive look at how these choral programs consistently achieve success.

practical guide to choral conducting bradley ellingboeA Practical Guide to Choral Conducting by Bradley Ellingboe
With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions.

The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions.

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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.

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 Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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

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

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

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Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2020 10 January, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

From the Broadway Stage 03 January, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us for more Broadway brainstorming ideas, or browse our website for inspiration. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Around the World for Elementary Choir 27 December, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

More repertoire options from around the world are available on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

For Singing Valentines 16 December, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Creative Programming: Masterwork Texts 13 December, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us for more poetic inspiration, or browse our website for ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

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

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

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For Band Directors Teaching Choir 21 November, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more choral guidance, please contact us – we’re happy to help! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore our website for more ideas for a cappella ensembles, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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!