Monthly Archives: March 2011

Easter Anthems – Pender’s Top 25

If you’re a choral director who is involved in a church music ministry, perhaps one of the toughest jobs you may have is simply selecting the music that will be used for each service. There are many things to consider:  The message, the musicianship and capabilities of your choir, your audience, the time you have to prepare, etc.

And that decision can be made even more difficult when the music is to be used for a holiday or celebration service. With so many choices out there, it’s sometimes easy to feel overwhelmed in trying to pick the right music at the right time that’s just perfect for you and your group. With Easter now a few weeks away, it’s likely that those decisions were made some time ago. But, if for some reason you’re still looking for something, here’s a Pender’s Top 25 list of SATB Anthems for Easter.

And who knows? Save this list, and maybe you can use something from it next year!

22848661  Hallelujah Resurrection Day (Shackley)

22848161  Cup of Sorrow (Berry)
22847361  His Eye is on the Sparrow (arr. Hayes)

22826561  Christ is Risen (Pote)

22835861  Let the Rocks Cry Out (Sterling)

22873861  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (arr. Forrest)

22830261  He is Alive (Raney)

22852261  Crown Him Redeemer King (arr. Shackley)

22826661  Joy in the Morning (Sleeth/arr. Raney)

22873561  I Know that My Redeemer Lives (arr. Forrest)

22850461  Glorious Risen Christ (Larson)

22848961  I Will Rise (arr.
McDonald)
22847261  Lord Have Mercy (Choplin)

22850861  To Calvary (Koerts)

17528061  Shouts of Hosanna (Purifoy)

22848061  Blessed is He Who Comes (Mayo)

21653161  The Cross (Beethoven/arr. Young)

22835461  Alleluia Christ is Risen (arr. Pethel)

22851661  Power of His Blood (arr. Curry)

22836461  Man of Sorrows (Sorenson)

22848261  Resurrection Power (Fettke)

22842861  Canticle for Easter (Haydn & Mozart/arr. Williams)
22841961  Enter Paradise (Stone & Braselton/arr. Stone)
22820961  Agnus Dei (Smith/arr. Larson)
22847461  Mystery of the Savior’s Love (Schram & Baertschi)

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Spring Things for Strings

It’s easy to get caught up in the post-Spring Break Slump…..many are likely thinking about how many days are left in the current school year, and when does all-things-summer begin. But let’s not be too hasty! Is there a Spring concert looming ahead? Do you need some help in making some programming decisions?


Pender’s Picks the Pops for Orchestra
is here! Our Orchestra Buyer, James Nicholson, has selected the best-of-the-best to include in his top Picks of new and best-selling music for orchestra. There’s sure to be something listed that would be perfect for your group’s final performance of the year.
And not only that, but our Carrollton and Oklahoma City stores are having a Spring Sale on Full and String Orchestra music. That’s right, it’s 50% off, in-store only, on lots and lots of titles…..there are some exclusions, of course (no TX UIL music, and no brand-new titles), but there are literally hundreds of other pieces to choose from — great additions to any school library. Email or call Carrollton (jnicholson@penders.com -or- 972.818.1333/866.589.0751) or Oklahoma City (okcmusic@penders.com -or- 405.842.7825/800.772.8405) for more information. The sale ends May 31st, so take action now for the best selection, and Happy Spring!

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Best Communities for Music Education

There are only a couple of days left to participate in NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey: Amid a backdrop of arts education budget cuts, now more than ever, a “Best Communities for Music Education” designation can help sustain and grow your music program.

The NAMM Foundation annually recognizes schools across the U.S. that support music education and provide opportunities for children and young people to learn and grow with music. Their survey has been conducted annually since 1998.

The Survey: It’s online NOW for schools and school districts, and will be available until March 13, 2011.

The List: The projected announcement of the BCME final roster is Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Choral Cache Thursdays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

 

Just for Kids

Today’s Pender’s Piano Prose is a staff review on a new book, recently published by Hal Leonard:

Just for Kids is a new collection of 8 original pieces for the elementary student by Mona Rejino. It is based on the everyday experiences of kids. Titles include: Aquarium Dreams, Broken Arm Woes, Flying My Kite, I Wanna Be a Rock Star, Let’s Go on Vacation, Monday Mornin’ Blues, Pepperoni Pizza and The Tooth Fairy.

Students come up with some of the most whimsical, illuminating, and often hilarious stories during their piano lessons. The imaginative music and lyrics in this new collection were each inspired by Ms. Rejino’s own students and the book is dedicated to them. It is a collection that was driven by what kids want to be when they grow up, their favorite things to do, and the things that happen to them.

Ms. Rejino’s favorite song in Just for Kids is I Wanna Be a Rock Star, which grew from a conversation with her five-year old student, Annie. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Annie took all of three seconds to throw her fist in the air and say “I wanna be a rock star!” Ms. Rejino responded by saying, “Yes, don’t we all!”

Just for Kids – Elem – $7.99

Mention the word “pizza” and a child’s eyes light up. Forget the mushrooms, onions and green peppers, kids love Pepperoni Pizza. Pepperoni Pizza is composed with a supportive teacher accompaniment that allows the student to revel in the spirited, chords of the opening measures.

Monday Mornin’ Blues is another childhood experience that all of us can relate to. After a great weekend that ends too soon, kids can feel overwhelmed by the work that awaits — just like adults. The piece is written in a blues style with legato phrasing and quiet dynamics — not too loud for Monday mornin’!

These and the other five pieces explore such musical facets as the whole tone scale, use of pedal, a solo for left hand (Broken Arm Woes), and other teaching opportunities.

Through these musical stories that kids can relate to they can use the pieces in Just for Kids as a means to express themselves and learn with fun.

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Music from Glee: It’s Not for Singers Only


The Fox TV show Glee continues to breathe new life into many classic ’70s and ’80s-era songs, as well as heighten the awareness of music and the arts in our modern-day schools. It’s the glee club that’s usually in the spotlight of the series, but luckily for today’s instrumental educators, there have been several band arrangements that have been produced, in addition to the chorals, that correlate with the show.

Therefore, the entire music department can get in on the re-popularization of many of the iconic rock songs and power ballads of decades gone by, as well as enjoy fresh, innovative versions of some of today’s hottest songs.

So, Glee-k Out! at your spring concert this year. There are plenty of arrangements to choose from, and the band (and the audience) will love it!

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Additional Songs, featured in the TV Show Glee:

Grade 1

Any Way You Want It (Journey)

Grade 1+

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Grade 2

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Grade 2+

Tribute to Journey (medley)

Grade 3

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Hello, Goodbye (Beatles medley)

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