News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Staff Picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sound the Celebration! Programmatic Music for Young Orchestra 27 March, 2020

spring fever kathryn griesingerrecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Spring Fever by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 1
A fun, 50s-style rock piece for beginning string players! This easy, up-beat tune only uses notes from the D and G Major scales with just a few open E strings in violin. Add optional drum set for a real dance party beat. The perfect finale for a first-year spring concert!
TEACH • rhythmic independence, pickups on beat 4, dynamics
ORCHESTRATION • fully scored – add drumset for a 60s rock feel
PERFORMANCE • show off your beginners at their spring concert

Falconer by Doug Spata, Grade 2
Perfect for late-beginner and early-intermediate orchestras, this work features simple eighth-note ostinatos; dramatic melodies; and a bold, cinematic sound. Rhythmic independence is limited, and the notes can all be played on the D and A strings (G string for the basses). But the piece retains a mature style that students will love.
TEACH • staccato, pairing up for melodies, dynamic extremes
ORCHESTRATION • melodic content generously shared together
PERFORMANCE • getting it up to 170 will get folks to take notice

sound the celebration deborah baker mondaySound the Celebration by Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2
Set in ABA form, with a brief “Andante e legato” middle section, the A section is truly a bright fanfare which makes for a fantastic concert opener. It’s in D Major with some C naturals thrown in for extra color.
TEACH • F & C natural in D major, necessity of bow position/speed
ORCHESTRATION • most, but not all, of the action in upper strings
PERFORMANCE • exhilarating spirit provides concert inspiration

Perpetuum by Paul Barker, Grade 2.5
“Perpetuum” is a lively and contemporary addition to any concert performance with its memorable melodic lines and relentless driving rhythms. The piece begins with a powerful introduction to the main theme which is ingeniously augmented as the piece powers forward. The middle section provides a warm, lyrical contrast performed by the lower strings. The main theme returns with a wall of sound heading to a dramatic close. This beautifully expressive and contemporary work is a nice change of pace for orchestra students. Using the optional percussion parts are highly recommended for optimal effect.
TEACH • rhythmic combinations in 6/8, rest on beat 1, D minor
ORCHESTRATION • add effective tambourine, cymbals, bass drum
PERFORMANCE • dramatic, expressive, 6/8 extravaganza

cold fusion peter terryCold Fusion by Peter Terry, Grade 2.5
“Cold Fusion” is a dramatic piece for string orchestra which alternates between a syncopated fanfare and a bold, yet lyrical theme. These contrasting ideas chase each other throughout the piece and their basic nature should be emphasized. The syncopated figure rarely goes away altogether and should be felt under the lyrical theme when they appear together, without becoming too prominent. Performers should pay particular attention to the places where this rhythm blossoms into a restatement of the fanfare to bring this connection out. Reserve enough energy for a big ending. In particular, allow the piece to build into the biggest moment from m. 103 to the end. The title alludes to the idea of a massive amount of energy being unleashed through fairly simple means.
TEACH • A natural minor, syncopation, solid, yet off-kilter pulse
ORCHESTRATION • all parts needed for a thrusting, unified whole
PERFORMANCE • dramatic, energetic and forward propelling

Ignite by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 2.5
Feel the intensity and fire of an exciting adventure in this electric work for string orchestra. Written in A minor, the musical journey takes players through a series of unexpected modal shifts using easy accidentals, edgy syncopation, and accented rhythms to maintain a sense of danger and momentum. This work of daring escape explodes with energy, keeping players and audiences on the edge of their seats.
TEACH • A minor with modal shifts, edgy syncopation, extra beats
ORCHESTRATION • very active parts for all orchestra sections
PERFORMANCE • this one will light a fire under your audience

dance of the red dragons michael hopkinsDance of the Red Dragons by Michael Hopkins, Grade 2.5
This energetic and beautiful original work is a lively 2/4 meter piece set in the keys of G major and E minor. All sections pass around the melody while energetic rhythms highlight the countermelody and accompaniment parts. This great festival or concert closer will make your orchestra sound rich and mature.
TEACH • offbeat accents, keeping melody above active accompaniment
ORCHESTRATION • every section gets the melody at some point
PERFORMANCE • a young string group will sound rich and mature

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About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

New Motion Picture Arrangements for Band 25 March, 2020

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Check out the newest motion picture titles for concert band this spring, from “The Lion King,” “Star Wars,” “Frozen 2,” and more!

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This Land (from The Lion King) arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
Along with the familiar songs by Elton John, the soundtrack music by Hans Zimmer played an integral role in setting the mood for Disney’s “The Lion King.” Here are powerful themes from the movie skillfully arranged for 2nd year players by Robert Longfield.

Never Too Late (from The Lion King) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Here’s the catchy and upbeat song composed specifically for the 2019 film “The Lion King.” Johnnie Vinson’s version for younger players is easy to learn and features interesting parts for all players.

Highlights from The Lion King arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
“The Lion King” saga continues with the 2019 live-action movie that features stunning visuals, and of course the familiar musical numbers. This medley includes “Never Too Late” which was composed for the new film, along with the favorites “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Circle of Life.”

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Soundtrack Highlights from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The Star Wars saga wraps up in grand style with the blockbuster movie “The Rise of Skywalker.” Featuring a skillful blending of familiar older themes along with dramatic new material, John Williams again shows he’s the master music for film. This effective and satisfying medley is sure to become a concert highlight.

Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 4
The beloved Star Wars saga concludes with the blockbuster hit “The Rise of Skywalker.” John Williams’ masterful score again provides the emotional connection to the story with reprises of familiar character themes as well as poignant new material.

Music from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Episode IX of the Star Wars saga (“The Rise of Skywalker”) has proven a fan favorite and effectively wraps up the popular film series. The music again plays a key role featuring beloved character themes from earlier films along with dramatic new material. Here’s a great sounding and concise medley for younger players.

Selections from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3
The final installment of the storied Star Wars saga brings us another masterful score from John Williams. Here’s a terrific medley scored for flexible instrumentation that features favorite themes from the earlier films along with dramatic new material.

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Highlights from Frozen 2 arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The highly anticipated follow-up to the original “Frozen” movie features an equally powerful collection of songs. This marvelous concert setting includes the haunting Vuelie chant melody along with the songs “All Is Found,” “Some Things Never Change,” “Into the Unknown,” “Lost in the Woods,” and “Show Yourself.”

Into the Unknown (from Frozen 2) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
This powerful anthem from the blockbuster “Frozen II” is sung by Idina Menzel in the film, and performed by pop sensation Panic! At The Disco during credits. Here’s a terrific setting for band of this instant classic.

Music from Frozen 2 arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3
From the powerful movie blockbuster “Frozen II” here is an exciting and well-paced medley scored for flexible instrumentation. Included is the opening chant “Vuelie” followed by “Some Things Never Change,” “Into the Unknown,” “Lost in the Woods,” and “Show Yourself.”

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Highlights from Rocketman arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3
Hit songs by Elton John have become an enduring part of our pop culture. Featured in the bio pic “Rocketman,” these familiar classics feature catchy melodies and timeless lyrics. Here’s a medley for flexible instrumentation that includes “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Your Song,” and “I’m Still Standing.”

Soundtrack Highlights from Yesterday arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
Featuring the magical music of the Beatles throughout, this imaginative movie explores a world where everyone loses memory of the iconic British band and their music except one person who takes full advantage. Includes “I Want to Hold Your Hand;” “Let It Be;” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da;” “Back in the U.S.S.R.;” “Hey Jude;” and of course “Yesterday.”

Highlights from Toy Story 4 arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3
Our favorite gang of toys is back for another grand adventure, accompanied by terrific new songs from Randy Newman. This varied and entertaining medley includes “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Cowboy Lament,” and naturally “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

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Featuring an exotic flavor and familiar melody, here’s an easy arrangement of one of the signature songs from Disney’s “Aladdin.” Sure to be a hit.

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 1.5
Songs from the movie “The Greatest Showman” have a way of appealing to all ages. This easy arrangement of “A Million Dreams” is sure to be enjoyed by students and parents alike.

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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.

Had a Little Rooster: Folksong Stories from John Feierabend 23 March, 2020

had a little rooster john feierabendrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

John M. Feierabend has spent decades compiling songs and rhymes from the memories of the American people in the hopes that these treasured “songtales” will be forever preserved for future generations. This series of picture books from GIA Publications, Inc. are based on the great songtales of our heritage and they deftly combine storytelling, poetry, and music into delightful classic songtales that will captivate and delight children and adults alike. New in this lovely series:

Had a Little Rooster by John Feierabend, illustrated by Jamie-Lynn Morrow
“Had a Little Rooster” is the latest lavishly illustrated children’s songtale based on the great American folk music heritage, and collected by John M. Feierabend. This delightful traditional folk song tells the story of a Rooster and all his friends on the farm who love to sing.

“Had a Little Rooster” is a cumulative song that has been shared and sung for more than 100 years, with each verse introducing a new character and a new sound that must be added to the previous verse, making each verse longer and longer. Cumulative songs are fun to sing, as they require singers to use more and more breath, and challenge them to remember an ever-increasing cast of characters and sounds. The songs are truly brought to life by the vibrant illustrations of Jamie-Lynn Morrow.

Also available:
The Crabfish illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
The Derby Ram illustrated by Jackie Roche
Father Grumble illustrated by Erik Plude
The Frog and the Mouse illustrated by Kimberlee Lynne
Jennie Jenkins illustrated by Ashley Maurer
Kitty Alone illustrated by Mina Echevarria
Momma, Buy Me a China Doll illustrated by Allyssa Norton
My Aunt Came Back illustrated by Melanie Champagne
The Other Day I Met a Bear illustrated by Julia Love Miller
Over in the Meadow illustrated by Marissa Napoletano
Risseldy, Rosseldy illustrated by Ashley Poulin
The Tailor and the Mouse illustrated by James McGann
There Was a Man and He Was Mad illustrated by Aaron Joshua
There’s a Hole in the Bucket illustrated by Marissa Madonna
Bundle of all 15 books

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

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

Rise Up, My Soul! Anthems for Worship Spring 2020 20 March, 2020

rise up my soul lloyd larsonrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Rise Up, My Soul! by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
This spirited and joyful anthem will set the tone for any worship service. Its message of triumph and joy will resonate with singer and listener alike. With a percussive and rhythmic accompaniment, this anthem is useful all year long. Easy to sing, yet exciting and fresh.

Gospel of Grace arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
In a relaxed gospel groove, Mary McDonald infuses her creativity and originality into traditional texts and melodies. Drawing from “Amazing Grace,” an original chorus elaborates on sentiments from the universally loved hymn. A rhythm section can be incorporated to enhance the gospel style.

o breathe on me o breath of god chaz bowersO Breathe on Me, O Breath of God by Chaz Bowers, SATB a cappella
This lovely a cappella setting will be a welcome addition to your choir’s Holy Spirit and Pentecost repertoire and is also well suited to celebrations of confirmation or Communion. The piece gradually builds in intensity as it invokes the Breath of God to transform our lives. Rich four-part writing that is very accessible. Highly recommended!

There Is a Savior arr. Mary McDonald, SATB with piano and optional orchestra
The text to this classic contemporary song speaks of hope for tomorrow and the promise of mercy and forgiveness from the Savior. The inclusion of the old, gospel hymn refrain “My Savior’s Love” brings the message home expressing how marvelous and wonderful the Savior’s love truly is.

first song of isaiah jack noble whiteThe First Song of Isaiah by Jack Noble White/arr. Lee Dengler, SAB with piano and optional congregation and handbells
Since it was first published in 1976, this anthem has been sung by millions of people worldwide. In addition to its simply profound message coupled with warm and inviting melody and harmonies, this anthem offers great flexibility in how it can be sung and accompanied: with or without a children’s choir, optional guitar, drums and handbells…or simply with organ and/or piano. Now available in a new SAB voicing.

Shall We Gather at the River arr. Anna Laura Page, SATB with piano and optional flute
This four-verse setting of the familiar text and tune is intimate and sensitive. Unison men’s voices are featured in a couple places, but the choral parts are not difficult. Piano and flute help the music flow forward. The third verse is set in triple meter to original music, a nice change before the final verse returns to the HANSON PLACE tune. Reproducible Flute part included.

we'll join the everlasting song lloyd larsonWe’ll Join the Everlasting Song! arr. Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
The composer uses the traditional, classic hymn texts, ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME and CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS in combination and set to the tunes of KINGSFOLD and LEONI to form a robust hymn of praise and celebration, suitable for Easter and any other service of worship and celebration.

God of the Sparrow by Craig Courtney, SATB with piano and flute or violin
A tender prayer to the God of all comfort that He who sees and cares for each sparrow will lovingly care for us, His own children. Lyrics by Jonathan Cook. The flute or violin part is included in the octavo.

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About the Authors:
Judy H. began working in Stanton’s Choral Department in 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. Judy is also recently retired – congratulations Judy!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hits of 2019 for Easy Guitar 16 March, 2020

top hits of 2019 for easy guitarTop Hits of 2019 for Easy Guitar
This collection contains 13 hot singles from 2019 for easy guitar. The chord grids are given at the beginning of each song, and chord names are printed above the staff. Tablature is given for the melody lines. It isn’t hard to get these pop songs ready to play for yourself or for friends!

Songs include: “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish); “Beer Never Broke My Heart” (Luke Combs); “Gloria” (The Lumineers); “I Don’t Care” (Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber); “If I Can’t Have You” (Shawn Mendes); “Lo/Hi” (The Black Keys); “Look What God Gave Her” (Thomas Rhett); “ME!” (Taylor Swift); “Senorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello); “Someone You Loved” (Lewis Capaldi); “Speechless” (from Aladdin) (Naomi Scott); “Sucker” (Jonas Brothers); and “Whiskey Glasses” (Morgan Wallen).

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

Blues Improv from Kevin Olson 11 March, 2020

blues improv kevin olsonrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Piano Music Specialists

Blues Improv by Edwin McLean & Kevin Olson
There are nine units in this book, starting with the basic blues scale in C, then moving to the keys of D, G, A, and E. Each unit has four parts: a blues scale; an illustrative short original piece; a riff improv where students can combine riffs in any order; and finally, a free improv that allows students to use riffs already learned as well as improvise new ones. This step-by-step approach ensures progress, always building on previously learned skills.

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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.

Choral Medleys for Spring 2020 09 March, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Programming: Spring Has Sprung! 06 March, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meaningful Movement in the Classroom 04 March, 2020

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

Incorporate movement and dance into your music classroom with these valuable new resources!

meaningful movement marla butke david fregoMeaningful Movement by Marla Butke & David Frego
This thoughtful and thorough text is intended to help music teachers find meaningful ways to include Dalcroze-based movement in lessons that meet national education standards and have assessment opportunities. Chapters 2–5 contain sequential activities that teach various music concepts. Concentration, rhythmic integrity, artistic movement, and social integration are key components. The 206 lessons are divided into four phases – introductory, beginning, intermediate and advanced. Directions are easy to follow. Includes sample lesson plans, assessment rubrics, and an access code for a video-link to view 31 lessons presented by children and adults.

 

see it hear it do it kate kuperSee It, Hear It, Do It! by Kate Kuper
Add these practical movement activities to your lesson rotation and help your students develop important skills in dance. They will learn about the connections between music and movement, and the best part is that you can teach these lessons even if you are not a dance instructor. With something for every elementary age group, you are sure to find a movement solution in this creative collection of lessons.

 

little stompers john jacobson roger emersonLittle Stompers by John Jacobson & Roger Emerson
Learning music concepts through movement is fun! This “Little Stompers” collection includes: movement songs for grades K-2, year-round ideas for teaching music concepts through movement, music class openers, songs to activate creative minds, activities to exercise healthy bodies, movements to promote physical coordination. The printed song collection features step-by-step lesson plans with engaging ideas for presentation, plus reproducible lyric and singer pages. Each book comes with a unique code for online access to audio recordings and choreography videos.

 

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

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

Jazz Solo Features 28 February, 2020

lavender sunset gregory yasinitskyrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Trumpet Features
Lavender Sunset by Gregory Yasinitsky, Grade 2
This beautiful ballad scored for developing groups features 2nd Trumpet with an emphasis on lyricism and rich harmonies. The double time solo section can be played as written or ad lib. Featuring Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players, each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, horn in F, tuba and vibes parts.

Untold Story by Doug Beach & George Shutack, Easy
This beautiful 8/8 ballad is the perfect showcase for your trumpet soloist. The pensive melody and rich harmony combine to create a wonderful change of pace easy level chart. While there is a short section that may be improvised, the solo part is entirely written and no improvisation is required.

Alto Sax Feature
My Dear by Andrew Neu, Grade 3.5
This classic big band alto sax feature was recorded on “The Big Band Side Of Andrew Neu: Catwalk” featuring Eric Marienthal. Beginning as a jazz ballad, it transitions to a double time swing for the written or ad lib solo section. This is the perfect alto feature for advancing groups. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

too little time sammy nesticoTrombone Feature
Too Little Time arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 4
Sammy Nestico pays tribute to his long-time friend and trombone icon, Bill Watrous, with this touching setting of Mancini’s “Too Little Time.” Written in a lush ballad style, this is a fitting tribute to a towering performer.

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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.

Handbells for General Worship Spring 2020 26 February, 2020

bell peal on old 100th linda lambrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

Bell Peal on OLD 100TH arr. Linda R. Lamb, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
This is a perfect selection to open a worship service. The tune, OLD 100TH, better known to most people as the Doxology, is given suitable Level 1 techniques of LV, echo, shake, and martellato in this delightful setting in which everyone gets a turn at playing the melody at some point.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 3-
Anna Laura Page’s gentle and lush setting of this beloved hymn by William M. Runyan is sure to become a favorite of both your ringers and your congregation. The first verse sets the tune with flowing accompaniment before a key change passes the melody to the upper bass and lower treble bells. A return to the original key leads to a grand and glorious conclusion. An all-around solid choice for worship or concert use.

hymns and spiritual songs anna laura pageHymns and Spiritual Songs arr. Anna Laura Page, 3 octave reproducible collection with optional piano, Level 2/2+
This reproducible collection provides delightful arrangements of hymns and spirituals for 12 bells with optional keyboard accompaniment. The pieces may be played by six ringers using standard bell assignments. If some or all ringers wish to ring 4-in- hand, it may be played by as few as three ringers. Suggestions for various assignment options are included. Not only do these arrangements present opportunities for ringers to learn 4-in-hand ringing, it also offers satisfying music for services, schools and other events that may be played with fewer ringers.

I Love to Tell the Story arr. Ron Mallory, 3-5 octaves with optional 3-5 octave chimes, Level 2-
Bass bells and optional chimes are featured prominently in this accessible arrangement of the beloved gospel hymn. With an accompaniment alternating between flowing eighth-note arpeggios and sturdy quarter-note chords, this piece gives beginning-level choirs an opportunity to stretch themselves while allowing more advanced groups to focus on musical expression.

variations on softly and tenderly kurt meyerVariations on “Softly and Tenderly” arr. Kurt Meyer, 3-6 octaves with optional 3-5 octave chimes, Level 3
Alfred Handbell welcomes Kurt Meyer to our catalog with an accessible and lovely arrangement of a cherished hymn, suitable for Lent or general occasions.

There Is a Fountain arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves with optional violin, Level 2+
In this setting of an old favorite hymn, the treble bells set the stage with their gentle ostinato. Soon, the melody enters in the tenor line and is joined by the basses to give a rich sound. God’s glory shines through the brilliant ‘all in’ section, and then the song peacefully ends, much as it began.

Very Soon I’ll Fly Away arr. Benjamin A. Tucker, 3-5 octaves with 3-4 octave chimes, Level 3
Ben Tucker combines the classic Andraé Crouch gospel song “Soon and Very Soon” with the familiar gospel hymn “I’ll Fly Away” to create a stunning arrangement that captures the spirit of both songs. Use it for worship or festival any time of year.

o love that will not let me go patricia hurlbuttO Love That Will Not Let Me Go arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 3-5 octaves with optional 3 octave chimes, Level 2
This lovely arrangement of the hymntune ST. MARGARET is a joy both to play and to hear. An opening section of rising bell peals gives way to a flowing melody underscored with undulating eighth notes. The bass take over the melody on handchimes, accompanied by the echo technique on bells. A key change leads to a grand final verse, which slows and eases into a final, delicate chord.

Peal on LASST UNS ERFREUEN arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 3-5 octaves, Level 1
This arrangement of the well-known hymn is both simple to ring and stunningly original. The treble bells set up a four-note peal while the lower treble and bass bells play the melody in octaves. A verse with full and harmonically-interesting chords follows before a final closing peal – interspersed with snippets of the melody – closes out the piece. A wonderful choice for any general worship service.

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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.

Manipulatives for the Music Classroom 24 February, 2020

music class puppets greg foreman valeaira luppensrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Looking for innovative ways to teach and reinforce musical concepts to your K-3 general music classes? Check out these new resources which introduce musical concepts in hands-on learning experiences sequenced to motivate your students.

Music Class Puppets by Greg Foreman & Valeaira Luppens
Step one: introduce today’s musical objectives or selection. Step two: construct simple puppets using the clear-cut instructions and handy templates. Step three: dive into the lessons with your adorable student-made characters. How fun! This kid-friendly, teacher-approved kit nurtures learning in one of the most effective ways—through play. Concepts, materials, step-by-step lesson procedures, extension activities, crafting directions, and reproducible patterns are included. The kids will beg for more! Recommended for grades K-5.

music manipulatives workbook danielle bayertMusic Manipulatives Workbook by Danielle Bayert
Thirty everyday items, such as balloons, pinwheels, and plastic eggs, are transformed into tactile learning tools in this highly creative, hands-on, general music resource. Following an informative opening about the history, research, and value of educational manipulatives, each section provides several physical activities (with extensions and modifications) that are clearly tied to musical concepts of all kinds. Teach rhythm, melody, harmony, form, notation, composition, singing, playing—the possibilities are actually endless, as the approachable author shares her philosophy and practical tips (from her own classroom) on designing new activities, and provides teacher workspace for educators to develop their own unique lessons. Recommended for grades Pre-K-6.

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

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

The Music of D Cappella 21 February, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Glory, Laud, and Honor: Handbells for Lent & Easter 2020 19 February, 2020

crown him with many crowns patricia hurlbuttrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 2-5 octaves, Level 2
This solid arrangement of the well-loved hymn opens with strong, full chords before a key change gives way to a more flowing feel. A brief prayerful interlude yields to a majestic final verse with peal-like accompaniments throughout. A great choice for throughout the church year.

all glory laud and honor lloyd larsonAll Glory, Laud, and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This Palm Sunday hymn setting begins with a toccata-like fanfare entrance before launching into an exciting, vibrant setting of “St. Theodulph.” The piece moves through an easy key change before its grand finale.

Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing arr. Jason W. Krug, 3-6 octaves with optional trumpet, Level 3
Looking for a majestic new piece for Easter Sunday? Look no further than this setting of “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing.” In addition to the solid handbell arrangement, a soaring optional trumpet adds sparkling hints of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” to complete the feeling of Easter joy.

were you there sandra eithunWere You There arr. Sandra Eithun, 3-6 octaves with optional 3-6 octave chimes, Level 1+
Sure to create a wonderful, thought-provoking moment during Lent, this setting provides a reflective backdrop for contemplating Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. While rhythmically simple, the haunting text is fully expressed through dynamics, the inclusion of handchimes and incidental changes in tempo. Beginning and developing ensembles will have no trouble polishing this Level 1+ piece in limited rehearsal time.

What Wondrous Love Is This arr. Susan E. Geschke, 2-3 octaves, Level 1+
Published in two compatible editions, this tender setting of the beloved Appalachian folk song may be played by either handbells or handchimes. With minimal bell changes and easy techniques such as shake and echo, this piece provides an excellent opportunity for expressive, sensitive ringing. This arrangement is especially effective during Lent and Holy Week or any time of quiet meditation.

good christians all rejoice and sing patricia hurlbuttGood Christians All, Rejoice and Sing arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 2-3 octaves, Level 2+
Arranger Patricia Hurlbutt effectively captures the dance-like quality of the 16th century tune, GELOBT SEI GOTT. In addition to expressing the triumph of Easter, encourage ringers to create a lightness and buoyancy by observing the strong downbeat and lighter upbeats of the triple meter. Marts are prominent in the middle section which leads to a key change and a grand final stanza.

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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.

World Music for Orchestra 14 February, 2020

danza de mi corazon dance of my heart steven l. rosenhausrecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Danza de mi Corazon (Dance of My Heart) by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 2.5
Composer Steven Rosenhaus always strives to have his music connect emotionally with players and audiences alike. This energetic work does that and makes you want to dance too! It’s truly a “dance of the heart.”
TEACH • D harmonic minor, 16th note pick-ups, interweaving
ORCHESTRATION • all parts active, some call and response
PERFORMANCE • will make your feet move and your heart sigh

jai hind deborah baker mondayJai Hind arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2.5
“Jai Hind” is an Indian expression meaning “Hail India” or “Long Live India.” This arrangement features three different songs, including Jana, Gana, Mana, the National Anthem of India. Ms. Monday also includes an energetic Bollywood inspired section which is a nod to the popular Indian movie industry. The opening section features a beautiful violin solo.
TEACH • drones, gliding whole step “meends,” Bollywood rhythms
ORCHESTRATION • tabla/djembe & suspended cymbal add lots
PERFORMANCE • ear-opening with social studies cross curriculum

la fiesta de cuerdas bob phillips john nietoLa Fiesta de Cuerdas arr. Bob Phillips & John Nieto, Grade 2.5
Two traditional mariachi tunes, “Alá en el Rancho Grande” and “La Adelita,” along with a new original, “Polka de San Antonio” by John Nieto, form a fabulous medley for any happy occasion—any fiesta. As the title (translated “The Festival of Strings”) indicates, make it a party! In 2/4 and first position with some chromatic alterations, this piece is accessible and fun to play. The rhythmic pulse continues throughout this exciting piece.
TEACH • Mariachi rhythms & colors, chromatics, key changes
ORCHESTRATION • bass anchors the 2-beat feel, all others “sing”
PERFORMANCE • very playable & very authentic sounding medley

Find more multicultural options for your orchestra on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Rhapsody in Blue for Two Pianos 13 February, 2020

00286540-wlGeorge Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue changed the landscape of American music at its 1924 premiere. Its irresistible fusion of classical and jazz has made it one of the most popular American concert works of all time.

Now available in a new edition for two pianos, four hands! For this new edition, all available sources at the Library of Congress were consulted, including full scores for piano and orchestra as well as two-piano reductions. This edition includes a second copy of the music, making it ideal for all concerto settings. Historical background and critical notes on the sources provide a fascinating window into Gershwin’s composition process.

See the video below for a great recording of the two piano version, and visit our previous post for information about a book to help you teach yourself to play blues and boogie style piano.

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Kid’s Korner Spring 2020 12 February, 2020

children of the risen king becki slagle mayorecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Recommended by our Sheet Music Specialists, these titles are selected especially for your youngest singers in worship:

Children of the Risen King by Becki Slagle Mayo & Lynn Shaw Bailey, Unison/2-part with piano and optional glockenspiel or metallophone
Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, this joyous Easter anthem features optional parts for glockenspiel or metallophone that add a triumphant sparkle to the regal melody. Budding two part choirs will find the optional voice part a breeze to learn and fun to sing.

Hosanna! by Lynn Russell, Unison with piano and optional handbells
For something different, consider this lilting, gentle 6/8 song for Palm Sunday. The step-wise writing and fully supportive accompaniment make this piece easy to learn and a sure success. The optional 6-note handbells (included) add a special dimension to the performance.

in god's hands erik whitehillIn God’s Hands arr. Erik Whitehill, 2-part with piano
Children’s and youth choirs will have a ton of fun with Erik Whitehill’s reimagination of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” This two-part anthem features updated and inclusive language along with a funky, rhythmic accompaniment. Whitehill’s two-part writing is accessible and hits all the right marks!

Shine Like Jesus by Lynn Russell, Unison with piano
This bluesy anthem, with clever lyrics, light syncopation, and finger snaps, is sure to be a favorite! In story-like fashion, the text traces the life of the Apostle Paul – Saul the Pharisee becomes Paul the missionary. The melody’s upper notes are approached carefully for successful singing, and the dramatic ending adds sparkle!

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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.

From the Classroom to the Choral Ensemble 10 February, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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