News & Views Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

“Winter Songs” by Ola Gjeilo 14 November, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

“Winter Songs” is Ola Gjeilo’s latest album on the Decca Classics label. These winter and Christmas-inspired works include music for choir, piano, and strings with performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble, and Ola Gjeilo.

Included on this beautiful album are: “The Rose,” “Ecce Novum,” “The First Nowell,” “Days of Beauty,” “Home,” “Across The Vast, Eternal Sky,” “Ave Generosa,” “First Snow,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Away in a Manger,” “Dawn,” “Coventry Carol,” “Silent Night,” “Wintertide,” and “The Rose II.”

Listen to samples from the album below, find more by Ola Gjeilo on our website, or contact us for more information!

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

Christmas Classics for Acoustic Guitar 12 November, 2018

00278165-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Christmas Classics for Acoustic Guitar contains 30 secular Christmas favorites including “Frosty the Snow Man,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “My Favorite Things,” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” Guitar chord grids are included, plus suggestions for picking or strumming patterns to accompany yourself or a group. The melodies are written out in standard notation, and all the words to the songs are included. If you are looking for a collection of Christmas songs to entertain yourself or to share with your friends, this would be the one to have!

For more information about this collection, or other guitar collections for Christmas, 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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Teaching with Respect 09 November, 2018

leon-517686recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Teaching with Respect by Stephen Sieck
This is a book for choral directors who find themselves in conversations they might not feel ready to have.

“Teaching with Respect” prompts us to ask deeper questions about the language we use, about systems of power, about our heritage and inheritance. When we examine our teaching, we may find that, while we do not intentionally act with racism, sexism, or bigotry, we may be complicit in adopting systems and language that marginalize and discriminate. But since we want to be the kind of directors that foster artistic communities built on respect, we must be willing to ask such questions. And the burden cannot be on our singers who are being marginalized to teach us a more respectful path; it is on us to learn how it is that we are marginalizing.

In this book we look closely at our teaching strategies. How does our repertoire and instruction intersect with our singers’ identities, specifically their learning abilities, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and race? How do we engage with our audience? The book suggests an ethical approach to teaching choral music that is centered on respecting the singers in front of us. Readers will discover ways to maintain and elevate their artistic standards of excellence while also expanding their mindset.

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

Come, Ye Thankful People Come! 07 November, 2018

70_2033Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

In Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!: Music of Thanksgiving, Michael Helman has arranged six Thanksgiving hymns for organ. Two of his own original compositions are also included, a classic style trumpet tune and a lyric aria. The Aria has a simple, pretty melody against full chords and a busy pedal part. The Trumpet Tune has a merry, rhythmic melody, backed by chords and a pedal part that enhances the melody. Traditional Thanksgiving hymn tunes included are “Prelude on THAXTED” and “Trio on ASH GROVE.” These pieces may also be used at other times of the church year.

For more information about this collection or other sacred organ music, 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!

Positive Opportunities for Your Beginning String Orchestra 06 November, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

Once your first and second year students have worked hard and learned the lessons in their beginning method books, give them a chance to play some “real” music that is not part of the book. You can incorporate their class material and maybe some new technical concepts with these wonderful pieces and stretch their musicality as well. Plus your students will have some excellent new music for their next concert!

cfn-pas22-fContemplation by Larry Clark, Grade 0.5
The composer’s aim: “I want the students to be able to stretch their musicianship beyond their experience on their instrument to play in a contemplative manner. It is something that cannot be stressed enough, even in students who have just begun to play.” Beginners should be able to reach this selection technically, but will have to stretch musically. The notes and rhythms are limited, so students can strive for beauty of tone, good phrasing and emotional involvement. It will make them better musicians, and give them a wonderful piece to play for their families and other audience members.

alfred-46715-fSpring at Last by Doug Spata, Grade 1.5
You know that feeling when you step out into the late April/early May sunshine and you can just tell that the chill of winter is finally over? The grass is brilliant green, the earth smells rich and fertile, the birds are singing and the bugs are buzzing, and you know it’s “Spring at Last!” The inimitable Doug Spata has captured that moment musically in this fun, fresh offering, and it almost literally “springs” off the page. At a Grade 1.5, it is very playable, plus it has great teaching opportunities. The interesting, angular melodies with arpeggiated skips will require string crossing (some with slurs), plus you can work on staccato bowing, repeats with first and second endings and counting rhythms in cut time. Two orchestra sections are often scored in unison to support the melody, sometimes pairing second violins with cellos or violas with basses and various other combinations. This spritely selection is sure to have players and audience smiling by the end.

About the Author:
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. Seriously.

Creative Programming: For Social Justice 05 November, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

As a result of today’s politically charged and divided climate, we have received a number of phone calls and emails asking about pieces composed on the idea of “social justice” in some form, and we’ve seen composers writing to this theme more frequently in recent months (as artists do in times of turmoil). Below, we’ve compiled some of these pieces that could provide another impactful selection to your concert repertoire.

Until All of Us Are Free by Mark Burrows, SATB divisi a cappella
Inspired writing and captivating choral textures carry the urgency and simplistic truth of a quote by Emma Lazarus. A rhythmically charged setting for medium or large sized ensembles with some divisi in all parts. “Until all of us are free, we are none of us free.”

leon-526952Now Is the Time by Jim Papoulis, SATB with piano & drum set
Written in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, the students message is loud and clear – “Whatever your journey, whatever your beliefs, whatever your dreams or battle or triumph, the time is not tomorrow, or sometime in the future…now is the time.” The music is gentle with a soft rock beat with the final chorus a cappella.

True Colors arr. Jesse Hampsch, 3-part treble a cappella with djembe
“Don’t be afraid to let your true colors show!” A message that all of us need to hear. This iconic song by pop/rock legend Cyndi Lauper is timeless. This new arrangement relies on the strong heritage of the original while bringing new sensitivities that reflect the times we live in.

lorenz-sbmp1516-fIdentities by Paul Rardin, SATB with piano
The highly imaginative text defines our identities as many things, some quite whimsical. It concludes with the idea that “we are anything that is possible.” This is guaranteed to both add interest to a program, and to give the performers something to think about.

Sisi Ni Moja (We Are One) by Jacob Narverud, TBB with piano and djembe
Ever clever, composer Narverud came up with a highly rhythmic celebratory composition. The title translates “We are one,” the theme being that all human beings have much in common. The energetic djembe sets the tone, the piano adds its own rhythmic design, and the singers dramatically deliver the message.

Glory (from Selma) arr. Eugene Rogers, TTBB divisi with rhythm section
Winner of a 2015 Oscar Award, this inspirational song speaks of hope and looks to the future for healing in the midst of great division. Eugene’s “gospel-like” setting offers comfort to the community and motivates individuals to keep working for a better tomorrow. Through the voice of a powerful soloist, male chorus and spoken word artists, the message of unity and hope is left ringing in our ears.

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

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” 02 November, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Bring some fun to your holiday concerts with these great pop arrangements for choir – your audience will love it!

leon-525312FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
All I Want for Christmas Is You arr. Roger Emerson, SATBB a cappella
Here is one of the most popular contemporary Christmas carols by Mariah Carey set in a very hip, a cappella style. Percussion parts and a supprtive piano part are included as options for those who want to sing this song but are not quite ready for the a cappella challenge. For those who are, this will bring down the house in your pop winter concert.

Fa La La La La! (Deck the Hall) arr. Alan Billingsley, SATB with piano (optional combo)
A Christmas classic updated with a fresh Latin groove! Syncopated rhythms energize the vocal lines, which remain true to the carol’s original harmonization. A new “Fa la la” refrain and bridge build excitement leading to the third verse, and a key change near the end results in a big finish.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) arr. Lisa DeSpain, SATB with piano (optional rhythm)
Rolling Stone magazine ranked this holiday rock song as #1 of “The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs,” noting that “nothing can match Darlene Love’s emotion and sheer vocal power.” This arrangement equals the original recorded version and will be a powerhouse addition to your holiday concert. Instrumental parts available for a festive performance.

lorenz-524047The Toyland Express by Michael Ryan, SATB with piano
Come along, and I will show you the way. Save your worries for another day. Hop on aboard for a grand holiday. Be my guest on the Toyland Express”. This relaxed, swingin original has a satisfying, laid-back groove that adds a dash of cool jazz to your December concert set. Perform with piano or add the accompaniment track for a splash of style.

Mistletoe and Holly arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano (optional combo)
A holiday pops tune straight out of the Rat Pack era, co-written by Ol’ Blue Eyes himself! This nostalgic mid-tempo swing arrangement starts with voices swapping the melody, then blossoms into sweet choral sonorities. “Oh, by gosh, by golly!”

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
We’re Gonna Decorate the Christmas Tree by Greg Gilpin, 3-part mixed/SAB with piano
Beginning with a simple statement of “O Christmas Tree”, this playful arrangement suddenly breaks out in a happy swing style with an original tune and clever text: “We re gonna decorate the Christmas tree, dress it all in colors bright. Making sure it s covered in ornaments and hit it with a string of lights”. Comfortable ranges, simple voice leading, and a whole lot of fun put this right in the groove for your younger choirs. Add the cool Yule synth track for extra glitter and glow!

alfred-46954-fRockin’ Holidays (Medley) arr. Alan Billingsley, SAB with piano (optional combo)
This trio of Johnny Marks Christmastime favorites is the ultimate holiday medley. Alan Billingsley’s rockin’ arrangement captures the characteristic sounds of the ’50s and ’60s. A fast-paced (less than 3-minute) crowd pleaser!

Sing Out, It’s Christmas! by Douglas E. Wagner, 2-part with piano
This exciting, Broadway show-style opener will immediately grab your audience’s attention and get them into the spirit of the season. Add in easy vocal parts and an upbeat, very Christmassy accompaniment track, and you have the makings of instant success for your December concerts. Loads of fun to prepare and perform. “Light the lights, trim the tree, gather friends and family. Sing out, it’s Christmastime again!

Jazzy Jingle Bell Waltz by Becki Slagle Mayo & Lynn Shaw Bailey, SSA with piano & sleigh bells
Pierpont’s “Jingle Bells” takes a jazzy turn with the addition of original music and lyrics creating a waltz that rings and swings in the holiday season! The piano is a jazz-waltz rhythm setting the mood for festive, three-part or two-part treble vocals. Add the optional sleigh bells for the perfect holiday concert selection.

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

A Song of Thanksgiving 01 November, 2018

70_1763Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

A Song of Thanksgiving is a suite of classic Thanksgiving hymns for piano arranged by Douglas Wagner. This handy volume provides you with music for an entire service: a joyful prelude on “Now Thank We All Our God,” a flowing offertory on “Let All Things Now Living,” and a stirring, fanfare-like postlude on “Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing!” Doug’s mastery of the keyboard shines on every page, and, although he intended this book for Thanksgiving, you’ll find use for these stunning arrangements on many other occasions as well.

For more about this collection or other seasonal collections, 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!

In Dulci Jubilo 31 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Planning a madrigal dinner or feast with your high school choir this year? Maybe you’re just looking for something in a Medieval or Renaissance style for your upcoming concert – here are some great new options!

In Dulci Jubilo arr. Russell Robinson, SATB with piano
Mixed meter, dynamic contrast, whimsical accompaniment and lively vocals create a dance-like arrangement of this traditional carol. The original English text surrounds the few Latin phrases used throughout the work and helps make for easy learning. Mixed choirs will love this as a processional or opening number.

mornin-msm50-1151-fMake We Joy Now In This Fest by Matthew Culloton, SATB a cappella
Matthew Culloton provides a sprightly original setting of this 15th century text which alternates between short English and Latin phrases. SATB a cappella with the basses occasionally dividing at the octave at cadences, and the whole choir divisi in the last two measures.

Gaudete arr. Thomas Juneau, SSAATTBB a cappella with handbells, percussion & clapping
Thomas Juneau’s vocal writing infuses rhythmic intensity with percussion, handbells and clapping in this exciting arrangement of Gaudete, one of most popular late medieval sacred Christmas carols. Appropriate throughout the year, Gaudete offers a multitude of opportunities for choirs to demonstrate both their vocal and dramatic skills.

Christmas Is Coming arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
A festive setting of the English round that will come together quickly at that busy time of year! A rousing antiphonal treatment (a fanfare) leads into the traditional tune, followed by a newly composed bridge. Later, the unison melody becomes a 2-part, and eventually a 3-part round. A wonderful opener for holiday performances!

leon-525042Nowell by Drew Collins, SATB a cappella with percussion
This fifteenth century English carol, originally titled “Nowell, Nowell, Dieu vous garde” has been recast in modern form although the ancient feel is still present. Vocal parts may be doubled by wind or string instruments and optional percussion may be played by separate players or by members of the choir.

Shepherds, Run! (Allon, Gay Bergeres) by Guillaume Costeley/arr. Geoffrey Edwards, SSA with optional piano
Dig into this 16th Century choral classic in a dazzling setting for women’s choir. Perform this truly flexible piece with English or French text accompanied or a cappella. A treasured part of traditional repertoire for your December concert!

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

Wickedly Devilish Disney Songs 29 October, 2018

00248638-wlThe new songbook Disney Villains contains 24 songs from some of the most fun-to-dislike Disney villains. From The Jungle Book, there is the python’s song “Trust in Me” (and why would we???); from Pocahontas, there is the greedy grabby song, “Mine, Mine, Mine”; from 101 Dalmatians, there is the song about the most delightful(?) “Cruella DeVille”; and from Descendants, we have the advice from mother to daughter in “Evil Like Me.” Just for fun, or to have something different for an audition, you really should check this book out!

For more information about this book or other Disney collections, 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!

“Tidings of Comfort and Joy” 26 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

lorenz-522077FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Be Glad This Festive Day (A Winter Roundelay) by Douglas E. Wagner, SATB with piano & percussion
A perfect opener for your holiday concert or Madrigal dinner, this inspired Doug Wagner creation partners with “Deck the Hall” and possesses all of the color and pageantry of a Renaissance court celebration. Optional parts for drum, tambourine, and finger cymbals add to the festive flair that your choir and audiences are sure to enjoy.

The Huron Carol arr. Sarah Quartel, SATB with piano
This is a traditional Canadian carol with a text by St Jean de Brébeuf, a seventeenth-century French missionary who worked primarily with the Huron people. Following an ethereal beginning with dissonant, haunting harmonies, the carol builds to an expansive climax.

Have You Seen the Newborn King? by Victor C. Johnson, SATB a cappella
The crisp, accented energy of this original a cappella Christmas spiritual exudes rhythmic excitement from start to finish. A soloist is featured with the choir in a call and response style section and the layering of independent melodies in each part fuels the momentum that builds to the strong, dynamic ending.

chorgd-cge284-fWhat Child? by Ruth Morris Gray, SATB a cappella with percussion
Creative programming at its best is reflected in this unique, contemporary a cappella original employing the traditional What Child Is This? lyrics. In the opening and closing sections, vocal ostinato patterns support the melody and provide the frame for the middle section which features a lovely setting of the traditional carol tune. The addition of djembe and body percussion will add character and texture to the rhythmic feel of this joyous seasonal offering.

Winter by Anthony Giamanco/arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
Walter de la Mare’s poem is a fantastic example of the Romantic-era imagination, and even more so when paired with this gorgeously haunting music. A delicately constructed piano accompaniment glides beneath shifting contemporary harmonies and varied choral textures, ultimately leading to a beautifully subdued ending.

leon-523398FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
Tidings of Comfort and Joy arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed a cappella with hand percussion
Here is a new twist on this traditional English carol. The vocal writing is light and rhythmic and will surprise your listeners. A piano part is offered as an accompaniment but this arrangement works just as well when sung a cappella. And optional hand clap and percussion parts make this a special piece within your winter concert.

Come and See the Baby by Ruth Morris Gray, SAB a cappella
Percussive and dynamic a cappella singing will appeal to choirs of all sizes singing about the new born baby in Bethlehem. Hushed and vibrant energy play between voices throughout this a cappella work, which also offers optional descant, solos and a simple rhythmic shaker percussion part.

Now Sing We All Noel! by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 3-part mixed with bells & hand drum
Written in the Renaissance “madrigal” style, this is a real change of pace for the developing choir. It is crafted to be sung a cappella but if your choir isn’t ready for that yet there is a piano part along with hand drum and bells to give support to the singers and enhance the performance.

cfn-cm9545-fWinter Dream by James DesJardins, 3-part mixed with piano & violin
Winter Dream is the ideal “winterscape” piece for three-part mixed voices. The artful piano accompaniment provides ample harmonic support throughout, while the vocal melody has a dreamy quality perfect for the winter scene depicted in the text. Add the optional violin part (included) to put the finishing, icy touch on your performance.

FOR TREBLE CHOIR
A Czech Christmas Carol arr. Lynn Shaw Bailey & Chris Pillsbury, SSA with piano & tambourine
“Pujdem spolu do Betlema” is a popular traditional Czech Christmas carol whose title translates to “Let’s all go to Bethlehem.” In dance-like style, the verses describe different people playing their musical instruments, along with onomatopoetic sounds, as if playing in a celebration. With optional Czech text (phonetic pronunciations are included in the score) as well as English text, this wonderful Czech Carol is a flexible, holiday programming must.

In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Robert I. Hugh, 2-part with piano
This classic melody by the early 20th century British composer never grows old. Young people will love to rehearse this melody. Older elementary singers will enjoy adding a second part and young women have a beautiful descant to discover.

chorgd-cge247-fBallad of the Winter Trees by Amy F. Bernon, SSA with piano
Written with a variety of choir types in mind, this captivating work captures the chilly allure of winter and is a superb creative programming choice. As the harmonies move from minor to major, the sun emerges, “warming and courageous,” and spring arrives. Detailed imagery and a haunting melody pull the singers into a frozen world that dramatically thaws and blossoms. A Learning Resource Page is included.

FOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
Betelehemu arr. Andy Beck, TTB a cappella with percussion
A captivating chant opens this a cappella arrangement of the Nigerian Christmas carol, before breaking into a joyous, rhythmic celebration. This well-voiced adaptation allows even developing groups to sing a beloved staple of choral repertoire. Optional percussion parts add to the multicultural excitement!

Do You Know the Way to Bethlehem? by Douglas E. Wagner, TBB with piano, guitar & percussion
This is a high energy, rhythmically charged original Christmas song featuring a verse of the familiar “What Child Is This?.” Easy to teach and fun to perform with strong vocal lines and optional bass guitar and percussion parts, your guys will love digging into this one!

cfn-bl1011-fI Saw Three Ships arr. Paul David Thomas, TB with piano, flute & frame drum
Jolly and jaunty, rhythmic and fun, Thomas’ TB arrangement of “I Saw Three Ships” is highly energetic and sure to be a holiday favorite. Add the optional percussion and flute for an even more exciting performance for your tenor-bass ensemble.

Find more holiday selections for choirs on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

“A Glorious Christmas” – Grade 3+ for Concert Band 24 October, 2018

wj-3018191-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

A Christmas Bell Carol arr. Randall D. Standridge, Grade 3
When arranging a familiar holiday favorite, the challenge is always to hear it in a completely new way. As more and more versions of these well-known classics flood the market every year, it becomes harder to see each tune in a new light. This setting takes the popular Ukrainian Bell Carol and uses it to create a gentle presentation in the style of a lyric lullaby that truly reflects the peaceful and most appealing sounds of the season.

A Glorious Christmas by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
Ring in the holidays with this very playable and musical work based on traditional Christmas carols! The music sparkles with bright woodwind colors, powerful brass, plenty of percussion, and real holiday spirit. Effective, yet easy to prepare, “A Glorious Christmas” is the perfect choice for your next holiday concert.

leon-00277821-fCarol of the Drum arr. Floyd Werle/ed. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
This publication marks the first edition of the Floyd Werle classic arrangement for modern band, including a full score. Edited by R. Mark Rogers.

Christmas Trees Around the World by John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
Prepare your audiences to travel around the globe with “Christmas Trees Around the World.” This arrangement of the classic “O Christmas Tree” features creative variations from cultures around the world.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
This rock and roll-inspired setting of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is incredibly creative and sure to liven your holiday concert. Featuring infectious syncopated rhythms, a clarinet section feature at the beginning sets the tone and a driving percussion section keeps the energy moving throughout.

leon-00277811-fMarch of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

A Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

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.

Pop Intervals and Ear Training for Choir 22 October, 2018

leon-524857recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Pop Intervals & Ear Training for Choir by Roger Emerson
See it! Hear it! Sing it! Using familiar popular song phrases, POP INTERVALS FOR CHOIR teaches and reinforces the 10 most common intervals a singer will need to effectively sight-read choral literature. In addition, singing by step and establishing a key center are taught with popular songs that every singer will know. The importance of audiation (inner hearing) is reinforced with each interval as well as easy-to-follow instructions for preparation and extension.

You will also receive digital access to a professionally-produced audio recording of the accompaniment for each exercise and PDFs of singer parts and theory practice pages for projection and reproducible options. Build your choir’s musicianship the easy way with this motivational resource!

Exercises are based on the following songs: “Lean on Me” (step), “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” (skip), “Isn’t She Lovely” (minor 2nd), “Hallelujah” (minor 3rd up), “Count on Me” (major 3rd up), “Brave” (perfect 4th up), “Skyfall” (perfect 5th up), “My Way” (major 6th up), “Let It Snow” (octave), “Hey Jude” (minor 3rd down), “Happy Together” (perfect 4th down), “It Don’t Mean a Thing” (perfect 5th down). Suggested for grades 6 and up.

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

Ukuleles on Board! 19 October, 2018

leon-524855recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Ukuleles on Board! by Marty Gross & Sally Haines
Get on board! Using ukuleles in an elementary general music class can open new experiences for your students. These fun, accessible instruments encourage singing while promoting confidence and musical independence. Ukuleles also provide an additional way for you to observe student progress and assess musical understanding. UKULELES ON BOARD is a collection of sequential lessons that illustrate how teachers can use ukuleles along with other common classroom resources to create engaging, robust musical activities for students. Examples are provided for using ukuleles together with Orff instruments, recorders, a variety of percussion and even jug band instruments.

Each unit includes digital access to step-by-step projectable lesson slides so you can project all the visual cues your students will need. In addition to being easy to learn and fun, the folk songs used throughout the book provide students with cultural and historical connections.

The activities and concepts found in UKULELES ON BOARD are based on the National Standards for Music Education. The material has been field-tested in grades 2-4, but is also appropriate for fifth grade students new to the ukulele. This is a valuable guide to using ukuleles to support and enhance the music curriculum in your school.

Songs include: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques!), Michael Finnegan, Buffalo Gals, Joe Turner Blues, Shalom Chaverim, I Love the Mountains, Little ‘Liza Jane, Hambone, One Bottle of Pop, Pay Me My Money Down, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Old Joe Clark. Suggested for grades 2-5.

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

Gathered Into One 17 October, 2018

9781451486063hrecommended by Caryn G. & Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

In the new collection Gathered Into One, Marilyn Biery has arranged settings of nine contemporary hymn tunes for organ. The arrangements are suitable for prelude or postlude, and include “On Eagles’ Wings,” “We Are Called,” and “Now We Remain.” This intermediate level collection can be used any Sunday during Ordinary Time. Use of the pedals adds interest to these pieces.

For more information about this collection or other great options for church organists, 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!

“A Letter to Santa” – Grade 0.5-2.5 for Concert Band 16 October, 2018

fjh-b1746-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Band on the Housetop arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 0.5
You’ve heard of a fiddler on the roof? Well, how about a band on the housetop! Feature the entire band, section by section, at your next winter concert. Using just six notes, this new arrangement of an old holiday favorite is cleverly scored so that any group, including ensembles with limited instrumentation, will sound rich and full. A perfect format for bolstering group confidence while promoting section independence!

Joy! (A Holiday Fanfare) arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 1
Open or close your holiday concert with this fanfare setting of two holiday favorites that include, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” Lively and cheerful, it’s a delightful way to usher in the season.

fjh-b1734-fTwo Renaissance Noels arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1
Featuring two holiday songs from Renaissance France, this composition provides a great contrasting selection for your winter concert, but is also effective at other times of the year. Easy ranges and light technical demands allow students to develop more musical concepts such as phrasing, style and dynamics. A very authentic-sounding, yet playable setting!

A Jamaican Christmas arr. Michael Story, Grade 1
Heat up your holiday program with this charming arrangement fusing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with Caribbean flair. It’s straightforward and playable in a laid-back reggae style. Merry Christmas, mon!

A Letter to Santa arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 1
This magical work for student narrator(s) and band brings to life the centuries old tradition of writing a letter to Santa. Beginning with “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and ending with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” each gift request is followed by a delightfully arranged carol including “Ring Little Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Silent Night,” “O Christmas Tree,” “I Have a Little Dreidel,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” An adorable yuletide gem destined to be the hit of your next holiday program!

barn-024-4629-00-fA Fireside Christmas by Rob Romeyn, Grade 1.5
Beautiful and expressive, the traditional carol “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is the basis for this lovely, lyrical holiday selection for beginning band. In addition to being very playable, care was taken to ensure success even with the most limited of instrumentations. Moving lines and opportunities abound for the development of lyrical phrasing, making this an outstanding teaching selection, as each section has the opportunity to perform melodically.

Selections from Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Selected from Leroy Anderson’s 1955 arrangements of the same name for brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and string orchestra, these four cherished holiday carols demonstrate his rich musical tradition. The medley includes “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Wassail Song.” Scored as a through-played medley, the many teaching opportunities make this setting a perfect program piece for your winter concert.

alfred-46626-fHeart, Soul and Voice arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
A fantasia on “In Dulci Jubilo,” this setting includes each of the three melodic statements building in orchestration and intensity, taking both the musicians and audiences on a musical expedition. With both expressive and energetic elements, this piece is a solid musical choice for both holiday concerts and festival programs!

Santa On Parade arr. Gene Milford, Grade 2
Everyone loves a parade, including Old Saint Nick, whether it is at the North Pole or marching down Main Street. “Santa On Parade” includes three traditional Christmas songs in march style (“Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “O, Christmas Tree”) and brief quotations from four famous marches (“High School Cadets,” “The Thunderer,” “National Emblem,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”). This crowd favorite is an excellent choice for any holiday concert!

March of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

fjh-b1740-fA Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

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.

“Let’s Sing a Sleighing Song!” 15 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller:

alfred-46535-fCandy-Covered Gingerbread House by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
So sweet it might just give you a toothache! This scrumptiously jazzy holiday novelty number is fantastically fun. Optional harmonies make it easy to tailor the piece to the ability level of your group, and it’s a tasty tune for adding some choreography. Staging is available on the Movin’ DVD. Not to be missed!

Christmas Eve Is Coming Soon by Dave & Jean Perry
This traditional German carol is from the Hunsruck/Taunus region and is traditionally sung on Nikolausabend (Nicholas Eve) on December 5th in anticipation of the Feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6th. The translation for “Lasst uns froh und munter sein” is “Let us be happy and cheerful”. In this delightful setting, the carol has been expanded with the addition of a brief “fa la la” section to bridge the central theme. Although the English text has been translated and adapted with additional singable lyrics, it follows the spirit of the original German.

leon-523372Et In Terra Pax by Greg Gilpin
The traditional Latin text of “peace and goodwill to men” has been stunningly set for young voices for developing choirs. The beautiful melody and thoughtful part writing create a work suitable for most any time of year and is appropriate for school or church.

Let’s Sing a Sleighing Song Tonight! by Greg Gilpin
Come join the winter festivities as we go dashing through the snow on a sleigh ride! A lively original melody leads to the rhythmic and spritely “jing-a jing, jingle, jingle” phrases which frame the ever-popular Jingle Bells. Add some sleigh bells and let the fun begin!

chorgd-cge245-fNino Querido arr. Mark Burrows
An absolutely charming arrangement of this delightful Spanish folk song! The gentle melody and soothing text are first sung in unison and then in two-part or three-part canon. The original middle section is sung in English and propels the natural flow to return to the traditional melody in canon form. There is an English text option provided, although the Spanish text is preferred. A Spanish pronunciation guide and translation are also included.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Halloween Piano Fun! 12 October, 2018

leon-00148012-frecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Get ready for an evening of musical Halloween fun!

The Big & Scary Halloween Songbook for Intermediate Piano
A frightfully delightful collection of 44 spooky tunes in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Includes: Addams Family Theme, Bad Things, Corpse Bride (Main Title), Don’t Fear the Reaper, Evil Woman, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Halloween Song, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Theme from Jaws, Monster Mash, Nightmare on Elm Street, Outer Limits, The Phantom of the Opera, (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend), Somebody’s Watching Me, Thriller, Tubular Bells, Werewolves of London, Theme from the X-Files and more.

leon-00310162-fThe Halloween Songbook for Easy Piano
The second edition of this popular easy piano collection features 16 spooky tunes of the season, including: The Addams Family Theme, Little Shop of Horrors, Monster Mash, The Thing, Funeral March, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Purple People Eater and more.

Be prepared for an evening of fun at any Halloween party with one of these collections! For more information about these collections or other fun music for Halloween, call us at 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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2018 10 October, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

leon-526796FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Dem Bones arr. Audrey Snyder
Amusing and fun, this arrangement of the popular African American spiritual incorporates spoken refrains and entertaining percussion instruments that bring to life the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. The final refrain includes an optional 2nd voice part that moves the piece to a spirited, joyous conclusion.

Jonah arr. Daniel Mattix
Hear the biblical story of Jonah like never before with this jazzy, energetic rendition from Daniel Mattix! This lively anthem for unison choirs provides the perfect opportunity to explore unison singing in minor keys, and the ending offers a dynamic optional three-part divisi conclusion.

chorgd-cga1546-fJoshua! arr. Joe Milton & Wally Minko
A soulful, fresh take on the story of Joshua from OpenHeart Musicals composer Kimberly Ingram. “You’ve heard about the battle of Jericho, but just what do we really know?” This fun anthem takes a close look at the main character, Joshua, highlighting his unwavering trust in God. The theatrical B section incorporates rhythmic speech, while an optional three-part split on the final refrain allows more advanced choirs to showcase their versatility.

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Cindy Berry
This graceful setting of Psalm 23 by Cindy Berry is filled with variety and fresh perspective. Gentle syncopation, complementary piano accompaniment, and optional harmony notes at the close, plus careful writing for children’s voices, make this a must-have for your repertoire.

Now Thank We All Our God arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
This hymn arrangement for unison or two-part voices by Ruth Elaine Schram pairs the familiar tune, Nun Danket, with a new counter-melody, providing a great opportunity to introduce part-singing to young choirs. Highlights include a fully-supportive accompaniment and vocals well-crafted for young singers.

celgra-622011301-fWith a Joyful Noise by Ruth Elaine Schram
Based upon Psalm 100, this cheerful anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram sings of God’s praise and service. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of year, it includes an easily-learned, buoyant melody for unison voices. The incorporation of an optional second part adds harmonic contrast and variety.

FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Carols Sing, Praises Bring by Terry D. Taylor
Terry Taylor has composed a joyful, appealing Christmas anthem for unison or two-part treble voices with supportive accompaniment. The bell-like melody of the primary theme is contrasted beautifully in a legato B section. Joyful!

Christmas Songs of Peace arr. Joseph M. Martin
The wonder and awe of the first Christmas night permeates this medley of three treasured carols perfect for Christmas Eve or any Christmas worship occasion. Fitting for children, youth, and adult choirs, the medley includes “Away In a Manger,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

chorgd-cga1552-fLight of Hope (A Trilogy for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany) by Mark Patterson
The “Light of Hope” trilogy from Mark Patterson is a wonderful way to begin the church year with your children’s choir or small adult choir. This trilogy includes short anthems for the first three seasons of the church year: an Advent piece anticipating the light of Christ, a Christmas piece celebrating the birth of the promised Savior, and an Epiphany round compelling all to share Christ’s light with the world. Each anthem includes parts for 4 or 5 handbells or handchimes. A must-have for your choral library!

Shepherds, Awake! by Mark Patterson
This delightful Christmas anthem weaves together new words with the familiar carol text, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” Easy syncopation in the voices and piano combines with optional flute and percussion to create a light calypso feel that makes this piece a unique, fun selection for Christmas worship or concert presentations.

For more suggestions for your children’s choir, please contact us. 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 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Creative Programming: In a Classical Style 09 October, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Build choral skills with these new compositions for middle and high schools choir – then, apply those skills as your students develop and are ready for authentic Classical era literature!

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

Tuba Mirum by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
With a lashing, powerful piano accompaniment to impel the equally dramatic traditional text from the Requiem Mass, this commanding musical setting for men, women or mixed chorus is spellbinding indeed. It is an exceptional repertoire choice for concert or festival performances, displaying rich passages from a full-throated forte to a lovely, controlled piano, all while exuding an air of fiery, rhythmic drive and a sense of urgency. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

lorenz-522098Exsultate! Fill Your Heart with Gladness!
by Richard A. Williamson, 3-part mixed with piano

Choral textures range from unison writing to gentle independent counterpoint in this bright, forward-moving original work that’s perfect for concert or festival programming. The Latin and English text and fun to play Baroque-style accompaniment make this original musically satisfying and easy to learn!

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