News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: School Choral

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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In Search of Inspiration 24 June, 2024

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In Search of Inspiration: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors compiled by Gregory Gentry
Choral conductors shoulder a great responsibility as custodians of their craft. And there is perhaps no better source of inspiration and guidance for today’s conductors than the experiences and insights of choral giants who have blazed the trail we now tread.

“In Search of Inspiration” is a collection of in-depth interviews with fifteen highly respected choral conductors from around the world. Each answers a series of fundamental questions about how they shaped their achievements: How do they balance their time making music and fulfilling teaching schedules and concert schedules? How do they motivate students, manage outside professional commitments in the educational setting, and satisfy administrators?

Each conductor generously shares their wisdom and expertise, discussing memorable educational moments on the podium and in the classroom, recounting stirring experiences in the concert hall, and sharing stories about their work with historic figures in music. They also offer insights on programming repertoire and explain how they have successfully navigated a career in music.

These interviews document the through lines within the choral art – elements of performance and mentorship stemming from such luminaries as Julius Herford and Robert Shaw that connect so many of the great conductors.

A fascinating and relevant read for any choral educator, “In Search of Inspiration” explores the choral art through extraordinary 20th- and 21st-century voices whose artistry and influence will be felt for generations to come.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Join Us with JIM GALLAGHER for Excellence in Choral Literature 2024 19 June, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble 14 June, 2024

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Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Daniel Gregerman
From philosophy, auditions, and lesson planning to improvisation and literature selection, this diverse group of nationally recognized educators at all levels discuss these topics and more. Each director practically walks you through a rehearsal! Whether you are a seasoned vocal jazz director or someone looking to get started, the authors’ concepts on running an outstanding vocal jazz program has something for everyone.

Includes chapters by: Andrew Dahan, Roger Emerson, Daniel Gregerman, Greg Jasperse, Connaitre Miller, Kate Reid, John Stafford II, Janice Vlachos, Gaw Vang Williams, and Natalie Wilson.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Arranging Barbershop 20 May, 2024

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Arranging Barbershop from the Barbershop Harmony Society
Barbershop singing is often thought of as a genre of music when, in fact, it is a style of arranging. Any song can be arranged in the barbershop style, provided that the arranger be familiar with the tenets of this originally American – though now global – art form. “Arranging Barbershop” provides this framework. It follows in the footsteps of arranging legends, both from the early days of barbershop and those since the preservationist movement, including our modern, living arrangers. All of these artists shaped barbershop to what it is today: a vibrant, unique musical experience that has the capacity to be compelling both for the singers and the eager listeners. This book is intended to empower current and future generations of barbershop arrangers of all skill levels, providing them the tools and knowledge they need to bring their creations to life.

“Arranging Barbershop” is divided into four volumes:
Volume 1: Getting Started provides foundational tools and approaches for the budding arranger.
Volume 2: The Arranging Journey seeks to provide guidance for arrangers at three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Volume 3: Visions of Excellence is a virtual roundtable with 38 of barbershop’s greatest arrangers.
Volume 4: Learn from the Experts (coming soon!) contains two parts: Arranging in Action – dozens of hours of videos, with arrangers discussing and deconstructing their works; Arrangers’ Toolbox – deep dive chapters on specialized topics by top arrangers

Filled with case studies, specific examples (with audio and video clips) and lessons learned, each volume aims to unlock new skills and expertise for everyone interested in arranging barbershop!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

DON’T MISS the 31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature Session This Summer! 07 May, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

WE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE: New Collections for Developing Choirs 06 May, 2024

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We Can Build a Bridge by Greg Gilpin
This budget-stretching collection is a must-have for two-part choirs! Featuring 6 best-selling pieces with positive messages of togetherness in a variety of styles, veteran choral composer and arranger Greg Gilpin has written warm-ups and rehearsal notes specifically for this collection which is available as a free download along with instrumental parts for four of the six titles. Downloadable accompaniment tracks are available for each piece (sold separately) and for the full collection. Titles include: “Cantamos Juntos (We Sing Together),” “Dance, Love, Sing, Live!,” “Haru Ga Kita (Spring Has Come),” “I Lift My Lamp (The New Colossus),” “Peace Song (with We Shall Overcome),” and “We Can Build a Bridge.”

Concert Chorals for Unison Voices by Greg Gilpin
Unison singing is one of the first things learned in the choral art. This unique song collection contains 16 chorals that can be used all year long with a variety of themes: Multicultural/Language, Christmas/Holiday, Folk/Spiritual, Inspirational, Patriotic, and Words of Distinction. Online access to full performance and accompaniment only audio recordings is available, along with PDFs for singers and instrumental parts. Titles include: “Akatonbo,” “America, the Beautiful,” “Benedicamus Domino,” “Come, Ye Sons of Art,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” “In Flanders Fields,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “Skye Boat Song,” “Snow Is Falling,” “Something Told the Wild Geese,” “Think on Me,” “The Wayfaring Stranger,” “Why We Sing,” and “A Wreath of Carols.”

Folk Songs Around the World arr. Greg Gilpin, Russell Robinson, Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Sarah Martinez, Jerry Lim, Victor C. Johnson, and Ruth Morris Gray
Music is an inviting gateway to discover and celebrate diverse cultures. These ten authentic folk songs from around the globe are arranged for both two-part treble singers and unison voices (downloadable song sheets for both are included). Lightly orchestrated accompaniment tracks capture the unique rhythm, tone, and timbre of the West Indies, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Spain, China, Ukraine, Scotland, Ghana, and Haiti. This informed publication includes the background, pronunciation, and translation for every song, designed to launch your exploration of world music. Titles include: “El Vito,” “Gerakina,” “Hosanna, We Build a House,” “Loch Lomond,” “Oy Khodyt Son,” “Rainbow Sister,” “Siyahamba,” “Tanabata,” “Tue, Tue,” and “Wangolo.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Pop Warm-Ups & Work/Outs for Tenor/Bass 03 May, 2024

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Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Tenor/Bass by Roger Emerson
Unchanged, changing, or changed tenor/bass singers in middle school and high school may need a little extra help in “finding” their singing voices. Roger Emerson has developed a series of warm-ups that uses excerpts from classic rock and roll tunes that will provide the motivation and repetition they need to do just that. Each song features limited ranges, starting moderately and gradually ascending into the tenor range and descending through the bass range as needed. The professionally-produced audio tracks present each exercise with vocals so your Tenors and Basses have a model to emulate.

Exercises are based on the following songs: Addams Family Theme • Theme from “Jaws” • Jump, Jive An’ Wail • Land of a Thousand Dances • Mission: Impossible Theme • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye • Shake, Rattle and Roll • Smoke on the Water • We Will Rock You.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Enough: Choral Programming for Social and Emotional Learning 01 May, 2024

enough roger emerson ethan hanzlik

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Enough by Roger Emerson & Ethan Hanzlik, SATB divisi with piano
Roger Emerson and Ethan Hanzlik have teamed up to write a powerful and inspirational ballad that addresses loneliness at a time when young people seem to be connected in more ways than ever before. “Hold me, see me, tell me I’m worthy of love. Tell me that I am enough” is the line the singers demand.

Does the World Say? by Kyle Pederson, SATB with piano and optional violin
“Take my hand, don’t let go…” This inspirational selection about the pressures the world throws at us is an empowering and lyrical work that will inspire singers and audiences. An optional, soaring violin part provides nice texture and balance with the flowing, rhythmic piano accompaniment.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Dance for Love: Creative Programming for High School SAB Choirs 29 April, 2024

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Dance for Love by Z. Randall Stroope, SAB with piano
Now available for SAB choirs! Here we are implored to “dance for beauty, dance for laughter, dance for love” in Stroope’s delightful, heartfelt composition. The evocative piano accompaniment adds to, and supports, the voices. Many teaching moments, and a wonderful opportunity to explore lyrical singing, phrasing, and simple mixed-meter in this accessible and memorable work.

Laudate Dominum by Dan Davison, SAB with optional Tenor (or 2-part any combination) with piano
Written for the needs of middle school choirs, this two-part neoclassic piece incorporates useful teaching techniques. Sopranos and tenors double in octaves as do the altos and basses, making this piece possible for groups with limited basses and tenors.

Carrickfergus arr. Russell Robinson, SAB with piano and optional flute
A song of great longing and pathos, this hauntingly beautiful Irish folk song is now available for SAB voices. With solo opportunities throughout, the gorgeous melody is further enhanced by the optional flute, an instrument found in much Irish music. Don’t miss this one – it’s gorgeous.

Praise Ye the Lord by Dan Davison, SATB with piano
An exciting work for originally written for tenor-bass choir and now offered here for mixed voices. A great concert opener. In 7/8 time, this work will give a nice but achievable challenge to your group. A good selection for honor choirs and festivals.

Ave Maria attributed to Jacob Arcadelt/arr. Ed Hughes, SAB a cappella
First published in 1842, this admired composition has been carefully arranged for SAB a cappella voices. Based on a 16th century French chanson, it contains the depth of many ages. Still appropriate for the worship service, it is also a valued concert piece, useful for small choirs both young and seasoned.

This Quiet Night (In Stiller Nacht) by Johannes Brahms/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SAB with piano and optional horn
The exquisite music of Johannes Brahms has been adapted by Douglas E. Wagner to include an English text, piano accompaniment, and optional F Horn. The original German text is also included in the music as a performance option. A wonderful opportunity to introduce your choir to the music of Brahms, either with the more accessible English lyric, or the more challenging original German.

Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau/arr. Russell Robinson, SAB a cappella (optional piano)
This Renaissance “fun” piece by Pierre Passereau has always been a choral and audience highlight. Russell Robinson has now made it accessible for SAB voices. The French text is easy, and singers and audiences will “get” the fun meaning of this piece. It has an optional piano accompaniment in the style of a lute to keep with the style and assist and complement the voices.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

SOUND THE TRUMPET: New Masterwork Editions for Choir 26 April, 2024

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Sound the Trumpet by Henry Purcell/arr. Alfred Moffa & Rollo Dilworth, SAB with piano
A fresh voicing of a classic favorite, this piece will help introduce mixed ensembles to the Baroque style.

À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn/arr. Adam Burnette, SSA with piano
“À Chloris” is one of Reynaldo’s most successful songs, composed in 1916. Arranged here for SSA choir and piano, Hahn’s timeless melody is well-suited to choral groups.

Averte Faciem Tuam by Tommaso Traetta/ed. Martin Banner, SSA with piano or optional orchestra
This 18th-century Italian piece is part of a larger work, “Miserere in F Minor.” This edition is based on a handwritten copy by Johann Simon Mayr and is scored for treble choir with piano or optional orchestral accompaniment.

Baciai per aver vita by Vittoria Aleotti/ed. Jami Lercher, SATB a cappella
The Amanda Quist Choral Series features this new edition of Vittoria Aleotti’s a cappella setting of “Baciai per aver vita” skillfully edited by Jami Lercher. Clarity of line and a firm harmonic base make this Renaissance madrigal accessible for your school or festival choirs – in addition, where can you find a piece featuring the impact of three women?

Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm as the Night) by Carl Bohm/arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century German composer, Carl Bohm wrote sturdy and dependable music for the voice. John Leavitt brings his scholarship to this beautiful piece full of word painting and packed with emotion.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Both Sides Now: Choral Music from JONI MITCHELL 19 April, 2024

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Both Sides Now arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Taken in the context of modern cultural offerings of singular musical artistic expression, Joni Mitchell’s 1969 masterpiece stands out as a touchstone of style, lyricism and theme. Roger Emerson, himself carving out a space in the late-’60s southern California rock scene when “Both Sides Now” was written, sets up the Canadian’s inimitable refrains and rhymes in a choral setting in a way that is absolutely astounding.

Big Yellow Taxi arr. Adam & Matt Podd, SATB with piano
This is Joni Mitchell’s call to action to prevent the damage we are doing to the environment. This brilliant arrangement by Matt and Adam Podd unpacks the form and repeats the line “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”. Appropriate for the concert stage and any concert about sustainability, the environment or any time.

River arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional cello
This classic song by singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is one of the most recorded ever, by artists of many musical styles. Appropriate for standard concerts or Christmas/Winter concerts, this “concert pop” arrangement is powerful and tender at the same time. The optional cello intensifies the longing and loneliness.

The Circle Game arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Songstress Joni Mitchell is a titan among the music industry, transcending the generations with her melodies and lyrics, infinitely singable the world over. 1966’s “The Circle Game” chronicles the inevitable story of a child becoming an adult – and this Audrey Snyder arrangement is complete with fully transcribed and tuned Guitar and Bass parts.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

I Celebrate Myself: Poetic Texts for Choir 15 April, 2024

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I Celebrate Myself by Michael John Trotta, SSAA a cappella
This unaccompanied piece contrasts a simple unison motif with quick ostinato in the lower voices. The homophonic refrain clearly declaims, “All forces have been steadily employed to complete and delight me.” After building to a high point with a soaring descant for soprano, the work recedes in intensity with a harmonic restatement of the opening motif. May be performed as part of a collection of four Whitman settings by the composer.

By Night by Elaine Hagenberg, SATB with piano and optional violin, cello & percussion
Harriet Prescott Spofford’s poem describes a young woman who discovers a bold new world of thrilling beauty when she ventures beyond her familiar walls. Accompanied by piano and optional violin, cello, and percussion, this dramatic work depicts the text in epic fashion, alternating between sections of galloping frenetic energy and sedate periods of calm chordal harmony.

To Sit and Dream by Rosephanye Powell, SSAA divisi with piano
“To sit and dream, to sit and read, To sit and learn about the world.” These words from a poem by Langston Hughes invite us to reach toward dreams of a better world and a more just society. The bluesy choral setting will be an excellent selection for treble choirs in high school and up. Originally written for mixed choir, this is now available for treble choir.

The Road Not Taken by Z. Randall Stroope, SATB with piano and cello
Z. Randall Stroope connects: through his teaching, his thoughtful compositions, and the poetry he chooses for his compositions. In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost connects to the core of the human spirit in just a few stanzas using the analogy of a fork in a road. Stroope employs both lush harmonies with simplistic melodic lines, all of which work beautifully to convey Frosts’ intent that there is an inner desire to feel empowered and to create one’s own destiny, to forge a “road not taken,” and ultimately in doing so, to make a difference.

Fire and Ice by Emily Crocker, 3-part treble with piano
This poem by Robert Frost reflects on the end of the world, musings whether it might be consumed in fire or ice, and comparing the two elements with the emotions of desire and hate. The composer’s music captures the contrast of these elements and offers the singers a chance to experience these important musical concepts.

Life Has Loveliness by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano
Acknowledge and appreciate life’s many gifts with this splendid setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem that reminds us to “spend all you have for loveliness.” A lilting rhythmic flow and some refreshing mixed meter create a lovely, uplifting effect. Greg’s tuneful lines and sensible part writing are satisfying to sing and pave the way to success. Absolutely delightful!

Down the Silver Road by Sarah Quartel, SSAA with piano
“Down the Silver Road” is a comforting and uplifting setting of the poem To F.W. by Edith Franklin Wyatt, which describes the joy of growing old with a companion. It was premiered by the choir of Nazareth College, NY at a concert specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their families and caregivers. Alongside the flowing lyrical melodies, Quartel incorporates a simple vocal part that can be taught to audience members who may be encouraged to join in when it occurs.

Shadow River by Elaine Hagenberg, SSA with piano
This energetic piece for treble voices sweeps listeners into the rapids of Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem entitled “Shadow River.” Bold vocal entrances cascade into bright harmonies as the piano creates an undercurrent of lively folk rhythms. As the river slows, the music floats into an elegant, reflective section, portraying the “shadows and the dreaming.” “Shadow River” will display your treble choir’s vocal and emotional range while taking audiences on a beautiful journey!

And the Night Shall Be Filled with Music by Greg Gilpin, TBB with piano
Gilpin’s inspired music brings Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s text to life. Featuring a cascading a cappella introduction, this reflective work is a marvelous creative programming choice for developing choirs.

Canto que Amabas (The Song You Loved) by Z. Randall Stroope, SSATBB a cappella
This moving selection features a smoothly flowing harmonic texture that courses throughout the piece. Warm and enveloping, “The Song You Loved” will be the song you love singing, whether it be for your mixed choir (unaccompanied) or your treble choir with piano.

I thank You God for most this amazing day by Christopher Aspaas, SATB with piano
Singers and audience alike will thoroughly enjoy Christopher Aspaas’ exquisite setting of e.e. cummings’ poem “i thank You God for most this amazing day,” brought to you by the new Andre J.Thomas Choral Series. The lovely text inspires the composer to reflect on the importance of gratitude and create a celebration of the natural world’s beauty and wonder. Beginning with a prayer of thanks to God for the “most amazing day,” filled with the sights, sounds, and sensations of nature, the speaker describes the “sun on the hill,” the “wind in the trees,” the “warm, white sand,” and the “cool, green sea.” These natural elements are depicted in vivid, sensual detail, inviting the listeners to experience them alongside the performers. Masterfully done. A great selection for graduations, weddings, festivals, and school concerts year-round.

I Wish I Were a Cloud by David Waggoner, 2-part with piano
Take your 2-part choir to new heights with this light and lyrical tune, artfully constructed for treble voices. David Waggoner’s dreamy melody and creative lyrics invite singers to imagine themselves soaring among the clouds. “Let me touch the heavens…roam the mountain…roar like thunder.”

Wind on the Hill by Douglas E. Wagner, 2-part with piano
Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne considers the wind through a child’s eyes. We feel its presence and experience its effects, but cannot see it or change its direction. This curious sense of wonder is captured in a delightful musical interpretation for 2-part voices of any age. Elegant in its simplicity.

At the Spring Dawn by Andrea Ramsey, SSAA with marimba (optional piano)
Poet Angelina Weld Grimke was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Here she describes the dawning of a new day, a text captured by the composer in colorful and descriptive writing. Scored for marimba (optional piano) and treble voices, this is a beautiful example of word painting as the choir sings, “it is good to love, it is good to be alive.”

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Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Gerakina and More: World Music for Young Choir 12 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Gerakina arr. Greg Gilpin, 2-part with piano and optional percussion
“Gerakina” (yeh-rah-kee-nah) is one of the most popular folk songs in Greece and the inspiration for an annual festival of the same name. Developing singers will enjoy the dance-like lilt and the fun “drun-a-drun” lyric, representing the sound of the title character’s jingling bracelets. Greg Gilpin’s percussion suggestions both anchor and enhance the bright 7/8 meter, and an included pronunciation guide aids with the Greek text.

The Ash Grove, My Home arr. Becki Slagle Mayo, 2-part treble with piano and optional flute or C instrument
One of the most enduring melodies in the folk song genre, the beautiful lines of this Welsh folksong are coupled with a lyrical piano and optional flute accompaniment in this setting for two-part treble ensembles. An excellent work for developing tone and legato singing.

Momiji (Autumn Leaves) by Teiichi Okano/arr. Michael Ryan, 2-part with piano and optional hand drum & glockenspiel or handbells
This lovely traditional Japanese song has been given a sensitive treatment by Michael Ryan. This setting provides a marvelous multicultural and creative programming gem for developing choirs. A pronunciation guide and translation are provided for the Japanese lyrics and the second verse may be sung in English. The addition of Hand Drum and Glockenspiel will provide a unique color and texture and will enhance any performance.

Sutoku In by Ruth Morris Gray, 2-part with piano
The text of this multicultural feature is a waka (an ancient Japanese poetic form) written by 12th-century ruler Emperor Sutoku. Ruth Morris Gray has created original music that highlights the poem’s depth and explores its theme of separation. Crafted with two minor-key melodies (one sung in Japanese, the other in English) that beautifully intertwine at the pinnacle moment. A pronunciation guide is included in the publication.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature 09 April, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

I Sing to Remember: New Music for Graduation 05 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

I Sing to Remember by Sherry Blevins, SATB with piano
Commissioned for a retiring choir director, this piece is perfect for saying goodbye to someone or for a commencement ceremony. Focusing on the importance of music as a connecting thread that helps us through difficult times and important transitions in our lives, this rhythmic, lyrical work is accessible, yet profound and poignant. A supportive piano accompaniment adds character and harmonic richness.

Journey On by Derrick Fox, 3-part mixed with piano
This sweet and simple original song, with a lilting melody and folklike harmonies, illustrates the impact of the relationships that we build throughout our lives. Optimistic about the future, the text speaks of friendships, journeying together, and then journeying apart. A terrific choice for graduation!

Today’s Hope by Jacob Narverud, SAB with piano
With uplifting student-written lyrics, this pop-style original encourages young people to embrace their ability to affect change. “The power of hope today will fuel the dreams of tomorrow.” A strong contemporary groove and an irresistible hook will engage, inspire, and ignite enthusiasm. A few solo opportunities provide a platform for individual voices to shine.

Light of Grace by Andy Beck, SATB with piano
Here’s a heartfelt adaptation of traditional Irish and English blessing texts. A gentle yet rhythmic piano figure supports graceful vocal lines and occasional harmonic crunches in this warm closer or send-off song by Andy Beck. Concludes with a musical quote from “Amazing Grace” to bring a final smile, chill, or tear. “May you always be the light of grace.”

Love Will Rise Again by Mark A. Miller, SATB with piano
This moving work by Mark Miller states, “We will never give up, we will overcome, we will remember all the good we thought was gone.” The message of togetherness and resilience is strengthened by the composer’s melodic writing. An accessible work for varied levels and occasions.

A New Way by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano and djembe
“We’ll find a new way, together. We’ll build a new world, together. We’ll lay down pride and side by side we’ll build a new world, we’ll find a new way, together.” This powerful choral is bursting with infectious energy and inspiring lyrics that encourage singers as well as listeners to believe in their ability to join forces and support each other in the creation of a more harmonious world.

Deep Peace by Daniel Lynch, SSATB with piano
This lyrical setting of a favorite Irish blessing is very accessible to mixed-voice ensembles. It works well as a benediction or for graduations.

The Friend Who’s Always There by Sherry Blevins, 2-part any combination with piano
This work celebrates the value of true friends. Commissioned by the Fairfax Choral Society in collaboration with Fairfax County Schools of Virginia, “The Friend Who’s Always There” reminds us that no matter what our age, friendships are especially important to help us through difficult times. With beautiful lyrical melodies, a soaring refrain, an optional descant, and a supportive accompaniment, this work will provide a showcase for your ensemble’s skills. Perfect for supporting positive character traits including anti-bullying, the piece will inspire the singers and listeners alike to brainstorm ways in which we can make a difference by being a friend to all.

Give Yourself to a Dream by Cristi Cary Miller, SAB with piano
Scored for SA with optional Baritone, and lyrics by John Jacobson, this inspirational ballad is perfect for developing middle school and junior high choirs. A flowing and independent piano accompaniment allows your singers experience vocal independence and continue their growth as musicians.

Go Now in Peace, My Friends by James Kevin Gray, SAB with piano
Lyrical, lovely and appropriate for numerous occasions, “Go Now in Peace, My Friends” was written as a celebration of friendship and joy, reminding us of the gift of shared experiences, like singing in a choir. Also, when we part from these gathered experiences, we learn from each other and are forever blessed by them. Highly recommend!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Music, Lead the Way! And More for Middle School Tenor/Bass 18 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Music, Lead the Way! by Laura Farnell, T(T)B with piano and optional tambourine
Farnell draws her inspiration for this gospel-style composition from the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others like him, who worked to break down the barriers of racial and social discrimination. A gripping Van Dyke text delivers the powerful message: when we choose love and sing together in community, surely “peace and love will conquer hate and strife.”

Dover Beach (Tales from the North) by Meredith Tompkins & Ashley Dame, TB with piano
Originally conceived for unchanged tenor voices, this TB voicing of “Dover Beach” contains rolling and weaving melodies within the framework of an undulating piano accompaniment. Energetic and musically charged, the driving melodic passages will challenge performers to be their very best!

Black Riders Came from the Sea by Paul David Thomas, TB with piano and tenor drum
Beginning with an ominous ostinato from the choir, this piece sets Stephen Crane’s short but vivid poem describing the invasion of a fast-approaching enemy army. Perfect for the developing Tenor-Bass choir or small ensemble.

Put a Little Love in Your Heart (with Love Train) arr. Greg Gilpin, TTB with piano
From the moment you hear the vocal and rhythmic opening, you know you have a winning arrangement from Greg Gilpin for your concert or show choir. Now available for SSA and TTB voices, the driving energy and pop sound create an easy to learn and performed arrangement for everyone. Add some choreography for a showstopping opening or closing number.

Home on the Range arr. Jerry Estes, T(T)B with piano (opt. a cappella)
This endearing arrangement of a favorite American Cowboy song is a welcome addition to repertoire for tenor/bass choirs. With limited ranges, accessible choral writing, and the option to perform a cappella or accompanied, the flexibility of this selection makes it very easy to teach and very rewarding to perform.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Weather: Stand the Storm 13 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Weather: Stand the Storm by Rollo Dilworth, SATB divisi, Speaker(s) and Wind Ensemble or piano
Historically, the arts have always fulfilled the dual roles of responding to change while at the same time creating change. “Weather” is a poem that gives voice to the voiceless, especially those who have been and continue to be marginalized because of difference. It responds to and reflects realities that are both culturally specific and humanly universal. Professor Claudia Rankine challenges all of us (no matter our background or lived experience) to know better, to do better, to take action, and to become agents of social justice and social change.

This work for choir, narrator, and piano with optional Wind Symphony or Chamber Ensemble, is to be a learning and growing experience for the singers, the audience, and the conductor/teacher in all ways emotional and intellectual . There is a companion resource for “Weather” intended for students, educators, conductors, and audiences to learn more about the social, political, and historical context of this work. This guide offers an opportunity for everyone to deeply engage with “Weather” and understand its critically important social and historical context. The guide, created by Dr. Colleen Sears, Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, encourages us to honor the intent of Claudia Rankine’s poetry and Rollo Dilworth’s music; to become better citizens in our communities and to bridge divides through our shared humanity.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Almost Like Being in Love: New Jazz & Gospel for Choir 08 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Almost Like Being in Love arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
Filled with jazz stylings from swing to scat, this arrangement of “Almost Like Being in Love” is perfect for developing choirs. Choirs will love the bright, upbeat setting with its smooth conversational style and colorful piano accompaniment!

It’s Only a Paper Moon arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
This jazz and pop standard is masterfully arranged with both unison and easy part-singing opportunities. The accessible voice parts make the piece an ideal choice for middle school choirs or any choir with developing singers.

If Ever I Would Leave You arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
The cherished love song from “Camelot” receives a classic choral treatment in this lush, a cappella setting. Equally suitable for large ensembles or small vocal jazz groups, Kirby Shaw’s impressive arrangement rises to meet Lerner and Loewe at their finest!

Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano
“Fly Me to the Moon,” written in 1954, has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Not surprisingly, Buzz Aldrin played the song when he stepped onto the moon’s surface in 1969. Many singers have recorded the tune, but Frank Sinatra’s version has become the standard for this immortal song of love and admiration.

Higher Ground arr. Matt & Adam Podd, SSATBB with piano
The Podd Brothers are accomplishing something unique: pop arrangements that completely capture the spirit and emotions of the original song, yet make rhythmic and harmonic choices that reach an entirely new echelon of musical idiosyncrasy! Have you heard Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” with a gospel-style choral intro smoothly dissolving into a back-beat modern-groove choral exercise complete with 2nd and 9th harmonic intervals throughout? You have now!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.