News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Category: Staff Picks

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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Women at the Piano 16 January, 2020

PL1059Women at the Piano: Solo Works by Female Composers of the Nineteenth Century arr. Nicholas Hopkins
“Women at the Piano” sheds light on the unheard music and untold story of female composers of the nineteenth century, offering not only pristine editions of neglected and forgotten musical works, but also insights into the historical context and the prejudicial environments in spite of which these remarkable pieces emerged. With selections from Clara Wieck-Schumann, Maria Wolowska-Szymanowska, Helene Riese-Liebmann, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and many others, this edition is a worthy entry into the concert pianist’s canonical library.

Women composers were not encouraged by the 19th century world. Women’s reason for engaging in music was to enhance their chances of marrying well, since performing music displayed a young lady’s culture and refinement. These women were breaking the mold, composing serious works, such as Clara Wieck-Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue #3 Opus 16, or Sophie Menter’s Romance Opus 5.

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A Voyage to Freedom: Americana for Concert Band 15 January, 2020

american fiddle tune variations carl strommenrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

American Fiddle Tune Variations by Carl Strommen, Grade 4
“Turkey in the Straw” is a well-known American folk song from the early 19th century. It is suggested that the first part of the song was derived from the ballad “My Grandmother Lived in Yonder Little Green,” which was further derived from the Irish ballad, “The Old Rose Tree.” Originally written for fiddle players, it was first popularized in the 1820’s by touring minstrel shows.

American River Portrait by Brant Karrick, Grade 4
“American River Portrait” is a wonderful sonic tapestry based upon the famous song by Stephen Foster. Composer Brant Karrick has created a stunningly beautiful setting of this song with interesting, lush, and unique harmonies. This is truly a one-of-a-kind musical presentation that will naturally develop the musicianship of your advancing ensemble. It is a perfect example of why the music of Brant Karrick has become a staple on state music lists around the country.

chorale from concord clare grundmanChorale from “Concord” by Clare Grundman, Grade 3
Commissioned by The United States Marine Band and premiered in 1987, Clare Grundman’s “Concord” has remained a staple in the wind band repertoire. The middle section of this work is a beautiful chorale based on the early hymn “America” composed by William Billings. Adapted here as a stand alone piece for younger bands, this is a stunning example of lyric writing and glorious harmonies.

Songs from the Great War arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Marking the centennial of World War I, also known as “The Great War,” this medley highlights seven songs popular during this era: “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary,” “Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip,” “Roses Of Picardy,” “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?” “Keep The Home Fires Burning,” “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag,” and “Over There!” Perfect for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or any concert situation, and especially well-suited for adult community bands.

star spangled banner ed huckebyThe Star-Spangled Banner arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3
Ed Huckeby’s concert setting of the National Anthem is bold, creative, and filled with patriotic energy. Using an imaginative mixture of 3/4 and 4/4, the rhythms and harmonies are always respectful to the original melody, yet distinctly fresh and innovative. An optional vocal/choral part is included. This arrangement is destined to become an absolute “standard” favorite for your ensemble members and audience.

A Voyage to Freedom by James Swearingen, Grade 2.5
History was made in 1620 when a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. Typically, the cargo would have consisted of wine and dry goods, but on this trip the ship carried 102 passengers, all of them seeking to start a new life on the far side of the Atlantic. It should be noted that this musical adventure includes all the literary ingredients that make for a fascinating story: freedom, survival, reflection, hope and the remarkable feeling of triumph.

Visit us online to browse more options for your concert band, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

When Darkness Comes: Cantatas for Lent and Easter 2020 14 January, 2020

when darkness comes denglerrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

When Darkness Comes by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler
The many moods of Holy Week are artfully and masterfully depicted through this moving work. Using a fresh approach to tell the ancient story with reverence and awe, this cantata brings the message of Christ’s sacrifice anew while challenging singer and listener alike to reflection and renewal. Performance suggestions are included, offering the option to utilize the work as a Tenebrae service if desired. Optional PowerPoint images are available to enhance the visual impact of the presentation. 20 minutes.

love divine joel raneyLove Divine: A Choral Worship Experience by Joel Raney
Familiar hymns and original music, combined with two narrators reading from scripture, tell the story of Jesus’ final days in this new cantata for the Lent & Easter season. Intentionally, written to be accessible to most choirs, and suitable anytime during the Lent & Easter season. Accompaniment can be provided by piano, or piano plus flute, clarinet, French horn, and cello. Performance time is 30 minutes, so this will fit nicely into a worship service.

worthy is the lamb lloyd larsonWorthy Is the Lamb! by Lloyd Larson
“Worthy Is the Lamb!” is the compelling story of God’s plan to deliver all people from the clutches of sin and death. Lloyd Larson presents this powerful reminder that Isaiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled in Jesus: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

Flexibly conceived for Lent, Holy Week, or Eastertide programming, each of the three sections may be presented during the weeks or days leading up to Easter, or the entire musical may be presented a single worship experience. Small and large choirs alike will find the choral writing appealing and versatile. Accompaniment options ranging from piano only to full orchestra with CD accompaniment or live instruments ensures maximum flexibility for your unique programming needs.

Browse our website for more Lent and Easter cantatas, or contact us to speak with one of our Sheet Music Specialists. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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

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

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

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Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2020 10 January, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Program with the pros” by contacting us to brainstorm more ideas for your ensemble, and remember – 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!

Light Concert Programming for Community Band 09 January, 2020

coast to coast joe derhakerecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Coast to Coast: An American Musical Road Trip arr. Joe Derhake, Grade 3.5
Travel across the country from New York to San Francisco and points in between, as this medley drives you through some of the best-known songs about U.S. cities and states in just a few minutes! Just be sure to hold onto your seat. Though the ride begins with a smooth cruise, there are a few tricky curves in the road ahead, and maybe even an “Easter egg” or two. Featuring: “The Sidewalks of New York,” “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is),” “Kansas City, Here I Come,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

la mariposa lorrie baumLa Mariposa by Lorrie Baum, Grade 3.5
“La Mariposa,” with its very catchy and memorable lilting melodies, gives students exposure to Latin music in the form of the Mambo. The Mambo is a syncopated style of music and dance that originated in Cuba in the early 1900s. Alternating between D major and D minor, the melodic material in “La Mariposa” is evenly distributed between the high and low woodwinds and brass. Your students and audiences alike will love this piece!

Petersborough Sleighride by Richard Ellenberg/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3
Are you tired of the same old sleigh ride? Then jump aboard the “Petersborough Sleighride,” a delightful work which depicts a horse-drawn trek through the wintry backroads. A noted favorite of European salon music, this charming piece will be a favorite of your winter concert – or even summer concerts, to help cool off your audience! Listeners will smile and tap their feet as this music paints a picture of a wintery romp through the snow. Irresistible!

Sweet Horn Rag by Al Sweet, Grade 3
The F Horn section provides harmonic and rhythmic structure to the band, but does not often get a chance to be featured. “Sweet Horn Rag” was written to give them a chance to show their beauty and versatility.

three appalachian songs dwight biglerThree Appalachian Songs arr. Dwight Bigler, Grade 4
The classic early American folk songs “Cluck Old Hen,” “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger” and “Sourwood Mountain” are beautifully set for band and chorus in this appealing concert suite. Arranged with various performance options available, these songs may be performed individually as well as together in a suite format. In addition, these can be performed with band alone, chorus and piano alone, or with combined groups.

A Trombone Family Reunion by Henry Fillmore/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Between 1908 and 1929, Henry Fillmore composed a series of fifteen novelty pieces featuring the trombone section with band. These became collectively known as “The Trombone Family,” with names and subtitles connecting them in sort of a musical genealogy. The three most popular family members, “Lassus Trombone,” “Miss Trombone,” and “Shoutin’ Liza Trombone” join together in a whimsical way for “A Trombone Family Reunion,” along with some “shirttail relatives” depicted by famous trombone excerpts from the symphonic repertoire. Included are quotations from “Blue Bells Of Scotland,” “Symphony No. 4” by Tchaikovsky, “Tannhauser Overture,” “Second Hungarian Rhapsody,” “Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Turkey In The Straw,” and a few other surprises. Great fun!

Contact us for more creative programming ideas for your community band. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 08 January, 2020

cerebro congelado gordon goodwinrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Cerebro Congelado by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 3.5
A Latin-pop original, that’s kind of funky, targeted at the skilled high school level. It’s played around 176 BPM with lead trumpet range to written high C. Sample solos are provided for all instruments and the Latin percussion part includes bongos, congas, cowbell, and shaker. Optional vibes, flute, F horn, and tuba. It’s very hip.

Stablemates by Benny Golson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 3
This wonderful jazz standard swings at 160 BPM with the opening melody line played by alto, tenor, trumpet, and trombone. Sample jazz solos are provided for tenor 1, trumpet 2, drums, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat above the staff. Sax solis, a shout chorus, and superb writing throughout create a top-shelf chart.

big mouth jeff jarvisBig Mouth by Jeff Jarvis, Medium
This chart has all the characteristics that make Jeff Jarvis’ funk charts so popular with jazz bands everywhere. Written in the style of Tower of Power, frequent articulations are provided for the horns and the rhythm parts. Everyone has interesting and challenging parts to play throughout, and the solo changes are very accessible.

In Your Own Sweet Way by Dave Brubeck/arr. John Wasson, Grade 4
One of Dave Brubeck’s most famous compositions, this ballad has been recorded by such luminaries as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery. Arranged here in an easy flowing swing style, John Wasson’s chart takes full advantage of the many colors of the entire jazz ensemble along with a rich harmonic palette. Solos are included for alto sax and trumpet.

turning point doug beachTurning Point by Doug Beach, Medium
Looking for an exciting opener that breaks away from the 12-bar blues format? This medium level swing chart has everything you need! The strong introduction leads right into the exciting minor based melody. Plenty of exciting ensemble work, an open solo section (written or ad lib) and a sax soli round out the package.

Contact us for more ideas for your jazz band, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

THIS SATURDAY: Sacred Choral Reading Session 07 January, 2020

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 11th 2020, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 11th, 2020
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff.

NEW THIS YEAR: This January’s clinic will be held at Stanton’s Sheet Music in the newly renovated James E. Strouse Workshop Hall.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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Teach Me Something New! 06 January, 2020

teach me something new today deborah a. imiolorecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Build the song collection library for your elementary classroom with these new books, perfect for teaching classroom procedures, character, and citizenship, as well as quality singing and listening skills.

Teach Me Something New Today by Deborah A. Imiolo
What does it look like to learn? What does it sound like? How should students treat each other? The songs in this creative book answer these questions for your students, helping them to understand your expectations. Each song comes with a lesson plan that emphasizes character education and music education, so your students are practicing their music skills and their citizenship skills at the same time. Most songs include optional classroom percussion or barred percussion accompaniments. Recommended for Grades K-3.

year in unison michael soudersA Year In Unison by Michael Souders
There’s always a song to sing with this charming collection designed especially with primary children in mind. Celebrate Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Martin Luther King, Mother’s and Father’s Days, the four seasons, every month of the year, and more! These brief but timely tunes are just right for music class on any day…and everyday! Plus, you’ll always have an appropriate performance piece, no matter the occasion. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-4.

Find more collections for your classroom on our website, or contact us for recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

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

From the Broadway Stage 03 January, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hymns for a Raney Sunday 02 January, 2020

hymns for a raney sunday joel raneyrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Hymns for a Raney Sunday arr. Joel Raney, Moderately Advanced
A play on the arranger’s name, the title of this piano collection also reveals its contents: hymn arrangements by Joel Raney, featuring a water theme. The music covers a wide range of moods, so even if your Sunday isn’t rainy or reflective, it can still fit your service needs.

Titles include: “Like a River Glorious,” “The Unclouded Day,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Deep and Wide with There Is a Fountain,” “Wade in the Water,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “Deep River.”

Find more piano music from Joel Raney on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your worship needs. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Sneaky Pete: for College-Level Jazz Ensemble 31 December, 2019

alone together bob curnowrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Alone Together arr. Bob Curnow, Grade 4
Bob Curnow has arranged this haunting melody with lots of interesting counterpoint and harmonies throughout. It has a brief written tenor saxophone and trombone solo and is written in a comfortable range making this a must have for your band and audience!

T.O.P. Adjacent by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 6
If you want funky, this is it! In a nutshell, this is Tower of Power meets Gordon Goodwin, simple as that. Solo space provided for alto, tenor, bari, trumpet, trombone, and various rhythm players.

bolivian fantasy michael philip mossmanBolivian Fantasy by Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 5
As the title implies, this Michael Mossman original captures a Bolivian style utilizing various layers of sound and shifting moods. Trombones are featured first, but every section of the band gets a workout on this stunning piece. A stop-time section launches the tenor sax solo, and an open percussion feature sets up the powerful finish with the entire ensemble.

Sneaky Pete by Ric Flauding, Grade 4
This funky horn-driven chart weaves in and out of the boundaries with winding chromatic lines and high energy accompaniment. Solo space for tenor sax, trombone, and guitar, and the drums get several smaller opportunities, too. Trumpet range is to written high C. Trombone range is to G.

cherry juice thad jonesCherry Juice by Thad Jones, Grade 6
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, this fast swing ‘opus’ starts with a full-band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist steps into the spotlight. Then tenor carries a solo chorus, followed by a powerful ensemble shout, an incredible sax soli, a 16-bar piano solo, a short band recap of the main theme, and closing coda.

Contact us for more recommendations for your advanced jazz ensemble, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

This Is the Time to Sing 30 December, 2019

this is the time to sing mary mcdonaldrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

This Is the Time to Sing by Mary McDonald
This collection captures the musical essence of ten of Mary McDonald’s anthems and distills them into beautiful settings for solo voice and piano. Titles included are: “Child of Peace,” “Children Bound for Heaven,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Folk Hymn Suite,” “He’s Got the Whole World,” “Rise Up, Children, Arise,” “Sacred Harp Suite,” “Sing and Shout Together, Children,” “There Is a Happy Land with Sweet By and By” and “This Is the Time to Sing.”

For more vocal solo repertoire for worship, visit our website or contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Around the World for Elementary Choir 27 December, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beatles Essential Songs 26 December, 2019

00311389-wlEssential Songs: The Beatles
Just in case your Christmas money is burning a hole in your pocket, we have a collection of 2.12 pounds of the best Beatles songs! Suitable to play on piano or guitar, this is a collection that can be played for yourself or with friends. 90 songs are included, so you may buy this with your Christmas money, but you can enjoy it all year ’round! It’s perfect for every Beatles fan!

Songs include: “All My Loving,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Because,” “Blackbird,” “Come Together,” “Day Tripper,” “Get Back,” “Help!,” “Hey Jude,” “If I Fell,” “Let It Be,” “Michelle,” “Penny Lane,” “Something,” “Twist and Shout,” “Yesterday,” and many more!

For more information about this collection or other Beatles music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Sound Sight-Reading for Band 24 December, 2019

sound sight readingrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Sound Sight-Reading for Concert Band by Brian Beck, Scott Watson & Robert Sheldon
“Sound Sight-Reading” by Brian Beck, Scott Watson, and Robert Sheldon is part of the revolutionary Sound Innovations for Concert Band series. “Sound Sight-Reading” provides students with decoding strategies to help with reading music more quickly and accurately. Organized in six progressively detailed and expressive levels, each section introduces and reviews new notes, rhythms, time signatures, and other musical elements through a variety of performance material. The teacher’s score is packed with insights and ideas for musical games to help keep things fun and challenging.

Experience the many benefits of improved sight-reading:
* Maximize the contact time you have with students.
* Spend less time learning notes and more time learning expression, phrasing, balance, etc.
* Achieve better scores at festivals and other assessments.

Contact us for more recommendations for building reading skills in your concert band, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

“The Perfect Start” by Kevin Olson 23 December, 2019

perfect start for note reading kevin olsonrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Piano Music Specialists

The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 1 by Kevin and Julia Olson
Explore this new and exciting series by Kevin and Julia Olson that presents a modern sequential approach to note reading at the piano. This book gives the beginning student a solid foundation for note reading and is designed to supplement any piano method. New notes are introduced and then thoroughly reinforced with plenty of music that is fun to play. Especially designed for the young beginner, the busy student, students needing extra reinforcement, and students at higher levels who want to improve their sight-reading skills. A wonderful way to get piano students off to The Perfect Start!

Also available in this valuable series:
The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 3
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 1
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 3
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 1
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 3

For advice on choosing the right method for your piano students, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

To a New Journey: Concert Openers for Band 20 December, 2019

incendio salvador alan jacoborecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Incendio by Salvador Alan Jacobo, Grade 4.5
“Incendio”’s literal translation is “fire”, making this title all the more appropriate for Salvador Alan Jacobo’s fiery composition for concert band. The music immediately ignites from the beginning and never ceases to lose its abundant energy. Instead, it merely transforms and evolves over the course of this adventurous musical episode, conjuring up imagery of video-game combat and similar heroic feats. Jacobo’s “Incendio” is a musical inferno that sparks the inspiration and determination to take on brand new challenges and embark on blazing new adventures.

barn-012-4722-00-fRise (A Gay Games Anthem) by Rossano Galante, Grade 4
“Rise: A Gay Games Anthem” was commissioned by the Federation of Gay Games to accompany the raising of the official flag. This composition is heroic, uplifting, evocative of achievement, reverent, and welcoming. The work has global appeal, referencing the spirit embodied by the organization’s three guiding principles: Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.

to a new journey naoya wadaTo a New Journey by Naoya Wada, Grade 3
“To A New Journey” from the pen of noted Japanese composer Naoya Wada is a bright showcase for concert band. This upbeat concert work is characterized by the composer’s creative use of soaring melodies and exciting rhythms, with interesting and engaging parts for all musicians. A great choice as a concert opener, closer, or contest piece. Truly impressive!

“Program with the pros” by contacting us for more repertoire ideas, or explore our website for options. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Native American Heritage for Concert Band 19 December, 2019

kolomoki r. alan carterrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Kolomoki by R. Alan Carter, Grade 1
The Kolomoki Mounds are one of the largest and earliest Woodland Period earthwork mound complexes in the Southeastern United States. Constructed between 350–600 A.D., the eight mounds include a Great Temple Mound, a ceremonial mound, several burial mounds and a large plaza in the center where some 1,500 residents lived in a large village of thatched houses. This rhythmic piece pulses with life and celebrates the Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indian peoples who lived there. “Kolomoki” is designed to make your beginners sound great.

earth and sky michael sweeneyEarth and Sky by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
The Native American Omaha Tribe believed in an inseparable union between earth and sky. Commissioned for the Nebraska All-State 8th Grade Band, Michael Sweeney’s “Earth and Sky” celebrates this ideal with a balance of woodwind motifs and delicate textures (sky) contrasted with an underlying percussion ostinato and feature spots (earth). Rich chordal accompaniments and soaring melodies provide continuity and flow in this dynamic work for band.

native american homage kevin mixonNative American Homage by Kevin Mixon, Grade 3.5
To honor Native American cultures, Kevin Mixon has creatively scored “Native American Homage.” This work represents music typically heard at many modern-day powwows, commingling authentic sounds of nature and intertribal music. Contrasting lyrical and bravura sections authentically and respectfully present a substantive introduction to America’s oldest known indigenous music. This compelling new work will move audiences and draw critical acclaim.

Legends in the Mist by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
Here is a compelling, evocative piece based on Native American folklore. The blend of inventive melodies, biting rhythms, exotic percussion, and special effects performed by the entire band, once again demonstrates Michael’s solid, confident craftsmanship for today’s concert groups.

arikara victor lopezArikara by Victor Lopez, Grade 1
This original composition highlights the Arikara Native American Indian tribe and integrates music and history into one cohesive learning experience. Guaranteed to meet your music needs and common core competencies.

Etowah by Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
Heavily influenced by Native American sounds, “Etowah” pays homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in modern day Georgia. The opening sounds echo the spirit of the ancient city of Etowah before the music builds, taking the listener back to when the city thrived. Including a large battery of percussion, innovative harmonies, and interesting textures not normally found in young band music, this is certain to be a huge favorite!

twas in the moon of wintertime robert w. smith‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 4
“’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” is a traditional Canadian carol which was originally written in the Huron Indian language by a Jesuit missionary. Robert W. Smith captures the mystique of the native Indian culture, and voices the percussion to be as ‘ethnically’ accurate as possible. This is pure Robert W. Smith scoring. Haunting!

The Moon of Winter arr. Vince Gassi, Grade 2
Vince Gassi’s moving adaptation of this traditional carol is a fine selection for any concert. The melody is presented in various styles through sections of the band, and characteristic percussion and interesting harmonies keep the work moving forward.

For more creative suggestions for your concert band, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.