News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Category: School Choral

Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 15 July, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Heavenly Home” by Shawn Kirchner 12 July, 2019

leon-531992Composer Shawn Kirchner burst onto the scene with three early American songs from his collection “Heavenly Home.” Each of the three songs was first published separately, now available all together as they were originally intended in a real value package. Program as a set or individually.

Also available individually:
Unclouded Day (#1 from “Heavenly Home”)
This enduring gospel favorite is set with a straight-forward first verse and chorus. The next two verses combine traditional bluegrass vocal style with counterpoint and fugue, resulting in a crescendo of excitement. Also available TTBB.

Angel Band (#2 from “Heavenly Home”)
Simple, soaring descants, countermelodies, and rich harmonic textures provide a symphonic breadth to this arrangement that encompasses the full, four-octave range of the choral instrument.

Hallelujah (#3 from “Heavenly Home”)
This amazing work, premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, director, is a contrast of homophonic refrains against polyphonic verses. Beginning with the austere Sacred Harp tune HEAVENLY HOME, California composer Kirchner sets hallelujahs leaping and plunging and circling through the choir to thrilling results.

Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 03 July, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Oh, We Are Fine Musicians”: Especially for Elementary Choir 17 June, 2019

lorenz-522116recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Oh, We Are Fine Musicians (We Practice Every Day) arr. Mark Burrows, 2- or 3-part equal voices with piano
Happiness teems in this imaginative arrangement of the popular German folk song. Set mostly in oom-pah band style, everyone gets a chance to shine on the melody as voices mimic the sounds of trumpet, bass drum, and flute. Playful ideas for movement and visuals are included.

Living What I Believe by Jim Papoulis, 2-part with piano
Written with the Mississippi Boychoir, here is a song with energy and driving rhythms. The phrase “living what I believe” is repeated over and over, almost like a mantra and represents the struggle that young people have as they discover what is important in their lives. The syncopated verse feels like a spoken phrase with pitches. A hip and relevant song your young singers will love.

alfred-46939-fI’m Bound for Glory! (Swing Low) by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse, 2-part with piano
A quote from “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” opens this gospel original with soulful style before breaking into a full-blown spiritual celebration! The energized and syncopated chorus is a strong hook designed especially for developing voices.

A Million Dreams (from “The Greatest Showman”) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano & optional rhythm
Dreams are the fuel that motivates our young people. And “a million dreams” moved P.T. Barnum to create an art form never before seen. This is the sort of inspirational song that can move singers and listeners alike to dream, dream big and dream of ways they can bring new and exciting creations to the world.

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!

Magic In Harmony Songbook 10 June, 2019

Magic In Harmony Songbook arr. leon-532150Wayne Grimmer, Theo Hicks, Mike Menefee & Jon Nicholas
“Magic In Harmony” is a very special collection of eight modern Disney favorites arranged for barbershop/a cappella chorus or quartet. Featuring a wide variety of songs, you’ll find ballads, uptunes, and everything in between, making this folio a perfect resource for adding Disney titles to your repertoire, or performing the entire collection in sequence as a complete Disney-themed show! Titles include:

For four-part a cappella male barbershop ensemble:
“In Summer” from Frozen; “You’re Welcome” from Moana; “Remember Me” from Coco; “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog; “Go the Distance” from Hercules; “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid
For male chorus and four soloists:
“I’ve Got a Dream” from Tangled
For eight-part male/female double-quartet
“A Whole New World” from Aladdin

This collection was created, in part, to help celebrate the 80th annual BHS International Convention, held July 3-7, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, home of the wonderful world of Walt Disney. This music will serve your ensemble well for many years to come and help you spread the magic of Disney and the joy of four-part a cappella harmony singing everywhere!

Creative Programming: For Middle School Boys 07 June, 2019

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

Keeping boys happily singing through their voice change is one of the best ways to ensure that they will be life-long musicians! We recommend these new options to engage and feature your young men:

cfn-bl1017-fGET STARTED
First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir by Mark Patterson, Unison/2-part unchanged voices with piano
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. Includes: “Come Sail Away with Me,” “A Future Shared,” and “Gloucester Moors.”

CLASSICAL LITERATURE
Hallelujah, Amen by G.F. Handel/arr. Greg Gilpin, TB with piano
Introduce your men’s ensemble to this powerful chorus from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabeus.” Adapted for men in just two voice parts, this arrangement preserves much of the original counterpoint. A wonderful piece for exploring melismatic phrases, developing vocal agility, and encouraging breath control. Most importantly, it’s an achievable masterwork for your guys!

lorenz-522133Linden Lea by Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Larry Shackley, TB with piano
This lovely popular Vaughan Williams vocal solo has been transformed into a delightful concert or contest title for two-part men’s groups. The original vocal line has been enhanced with delightful counterpoint and harmonic shadings carrying the descriptive lyrics through three verses. Destined to become a repertoire standard!

MASTERWORK TEXTS
Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone by Victor C. Johnson, TB with piano
History and music join together in this super accessible original setting of the beloved Robert Louis Stevenson poem about the exile of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat in the Jacobean uprising of 1745. Beginning and ending in a comfortable major key, the minor middle section provides a delightful contrast. Your choir will love it!

leon-522825POP TUNES
I Heard It Through the Grapevine arr. Audrey Snyder, TB with piano
This Motown classic was made popular by Marvin Gaye in 1968. It is still stylish and full of fun for any combination of voices. Young men will love the chance to bring this classic to life.

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

Contact us for more recommendations, 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!

COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 04 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEW for Jazz Choir 28 May, 2019

leon-530988recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Bluesette arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
With a melody written by the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans, this jazz standard has been covered by 100s of musicians. This arrangement begins simply and purely allowing your jazz choir to establish a groove. A sample scat solo is offered as a beginning point with solid choral underpinning for support. A final time through verse and chorus offers very contemporary jazz harmonies voiced in a way that will ensure success.

The Look of Love arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
The theme song from the 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale” is a beautiful song by the dynanic writing duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Recorded by many singers representing countless musical styles, this song continues to speak to contemporary singers and audiences. Wonderful pop/jazz stylings have been written into this arrangement allowing your choir to be successful no matter what their experience level is.

leon-531167Moonlight In Vermont arr. Darmon Meader, SATB with piano & rhythm
Darmon Meader has achieved international recognition for his work with The New York Voices. Here he arranges this beautiful ballad in the style fitting of this iconic ensemble. Lush, contemporary jazz harmonies and styles define this arrangement with each vocal line featured as if they were soloists. Chord symbols are included for the accomplished jazz pianist but the realized piano part is worthy of any player. This is a “swing ballad” that will leave your audience breathless.

A Night in Tunisia arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
This jazz standard by the great Dizzy Gillespie is here arranged using an alternative Latin Swing and a straight swing style. There is lots of room to feature soloists along with an ensemble scat section. This is an important song from the Bebop era of jazz and a great arrangement by one of the great jazz educators.

leon-530990Sister Sadie arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
Here is a hard driving, hard swinging standard that features both your pianist/combo and your choir. A full one time through the form as an intro really sets the stage for a stylish rendering. Unison chorals cover the first verse and then break into a choral scat that is hot. There is even a spot to feature your drummer if you have one worth featuring.

What a Wonderful World arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB a cappella
This iconic pop song has been covered by countless artists from all musical genres. The message is positive and this arrangement is accessible by all levels of ensembles. There are beautiful passages to feature your solo singers, unison passages that set up the choir for success and beautiful harmonies that color the texts and give the singers a chance to paint the lyrics. This is a real winner.

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!

Composer Profile: Sarah Quartel 24 May, 2019

sarah quartelSarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah’s choral works are performed by children, youth, and adults throughout the world and her work as an educator connects exciting musical experiences with meaningful classroom learning. Sarah is an educator in Ontario, Canada and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events internationally. She currently lives and writes in both Ontario and Hawaii.

The music of Sarah Quartel is available through Stanton’s from Oxford University Press. For more information about Sarah and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends:
Wide Open Spaces by Sarah Quartel, SATB with piano
Commissioned for the 2015 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, “Wide Open Spaces” reflects on the journeys and adventures to be found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us. The uplifting melody is passed from the upper voices to the lower voices before the piece opens out into an expansive texture with rich harmonies. Quartel introduces a playful episode of scat singing before a resolute final chorus brings this evocative piece to a peaceful and serene close.

The Birds’ Lullaby by Sarah Quartel, SSAA a cappella
This a cappella setting of evocative words by E. Pauline Johnson is immediately appealing, with its playful, swinging syncopations and dancing scat accompaniment.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Sarah Quartel, SATB a cappella
This lively reimagining of the traditional hymn is a thrilling a cappella arrangement which pairs the soaring legato melody with a rhythmic vocal accompaniment. Together, these elements capture both the gentle hope and the profound joy contained in the text. Also including moments of tenderness and reflection, the piece comes to a rousing close with an energy that engages singers and audience alike. Also available in a version for SSA unaccompanied.

SUPER SESSION 2019 is Coming Soon! 22 May, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

33rd Annual JOY OF SINGING 15 May, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Choral Collections to Stretch Your Budget 13 May, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Programming: For Middle School Choir 08 May, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 24 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Creative Programming: German Art Song for Choir 22 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partner Songs for the Developing Choir 19 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Considering Matthew Shepard 15 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHORAL UPDATE: The Greatest Showman 12 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

SUPER SESSION This Summer! 10 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Pop A Cappella for Spring 2019 08 April, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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