Category Archives: Choral

Mississippi Contest Music

Mississippi Bandmasters Clinic

Pender’s Music Company will be exhibiting at the 78th Annual Mississippi State Band Clinic. Visit our booth to find music from the Mississippi Sight-Reading Contest list for band, as well as sheet music for instrumental solos and ensembles, jazz band, pop band, warm-ups, gifts, and more.

Plan ahead for the competition season! Our website will guide you to the appropriate music selections for your band. Click here to begin: Mississippi Concert & Sight-reading Contest

Looking for something specific? Let us know before the clinic and we’ll bring it for you! Give us a call at (800) 772-5918 or email band@penders.com. Our knowledgeable staff are well-versed in the performance requirements for state contests and can guide you in selecting the right composition. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, we’d be delighted to help you find exactly what you need.

Come See Us at the Mississippi State Band Clinic
Natchez Convention Center
211 Main St. • Natchez, MS

Exhibit Times
Thursday, December 10, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, December 11, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

New Choral

New Vocal and Choral Sheet Music!

Pender’s will always give you something to sing about, especially now that we have new vocal music books and materials in stock! Click here to find sheet music for all your favorite songs: everything from Disney to Broadway, recital to church.

Whatever your style, wherever you’re singing, there’s something new for you at Pender’s. Explore our new vocal and choral materials today.

Speaking of singing, look for our exhibit, where we’ll sell sheet music and musical gifts with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) from November 12-14 at the 65th Texoma NATS Regional Conference. The conference is taking place in Oklahoma City at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. Come by our booth November 12th or 13th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or the 14th beginning at 9 a.m., and see what we’ve got in stock for vocalists and educators!

Texas UIL Contest Music

UIL Contest Music for Band, Choir and Orchestra

Get your student musicians ready for Texas UIL!  Find band, choir and orchestra contest music from the complete Texas UIL PML (Prescribed Music List). Begin by choosing a category below, and our website will guide you to the appropriate music selections for your band, choir, or orchestra’s contest.

CHOOSE CATEGORY:
UIL Band Contest and Sightreading Music
UIL Choral Contest and Sightreading Music
UIL Orchestra Contest and Sightreading Music

Our knowledgeable staff are well-versed in the performance requirements for state UIL contests and can guide you in selecting the right composition. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, find us in-store or give us a call at 800-772-5918. We’d be delighted to help you find exactly what you need.

Do You Hear What We Hear?

‘Tis the season for holiday music! Our expert staff is fluent in the universal language of music for every occasion, and they’ve lined up some great holiday sheet music titles just in time to prepare your band, classroom, or church group for those special Christmas performances. Don’t forget you can preview audio of most holiday titles, and be sure to look through the assortment of accompaniment material available.

New and Best Selling ChristmasCHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Our Christmas Spirit collection features our new and best-selling Christmas sheet music favorites for jazz, band, orchestra, and more. Help your audience get lost in festive music that’s just right for the season. Be transported by a horse-drawn sleigh over wind-swept hills through white snow in Snowfall and Sleighride. Want to try something new? Introduce a reimagined classic like Wenceslas Meets Vivaldi to this year’s holiday program.

Start shopping for new & best-selling holiday music!


 

New Christmas Cantata Sheet MusicCHRISTMAS CANTATAS
Christmas cantatas are a wonderful way to commemorate the story of Christmas. Our new titles offer unique and inspiring perspectives, like Noel Celebration, which narrates the familiar story through the eyes of first-hand witnesses to the birth of Jesus. Look for Christmas cantata sheet music that was created specially for senior adult choirs, featuring large print and easy-to-sing vocals.

Start shopping for new Christmas cantatas!


 

Sacred Choral Sheet MusicNEW FALL & WINTER CHORAL
The sound of merry voices singing in perfect harmony is as much a part of the winter season as pine trees and fireside readings of “The Night Before Christmas.” Browse our new fall and winter choral publications, featuring Christmas worship songs, keyboard favorites, cantatas, educational materials, and more. Find the perfect Christmas sheet music for your holiday choir program.

Start shopping for new fall and winter choral music!


 

Whatever the occasion, whether an old favorite or a completely new piece, we hope you find the holiday sheet music you’re looking for. If you have any questions about a particular title, or need assistance determining what related products are necessary, please contact us — we’d love to help.

From all of us at Pender’s Music Co., happy holidays!

2015-2016 TMEA All-State Choir

The 2015-2016 TMEA All-State Choir music has been announced, and is available to order now!

Complete is priced from $22-$28,
Women’s is priced at $17-$23, and
Men’s is priced at $17-$23.

Take 10% off singles when ordering 10 or more copies per title by September 1, 2015. Order your packet online today, or give us a call:

Denton
800-772-5918
local 940-382-7124

Dallas
866-589-0751
local 972-818-1333

Church Choral Reading Summer 2015

Anticipate the Changing Seasons with
New Fall and Christmas Choral Music

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson

In a Mixed-Publisher Church Choral Reading Session, the Hal Leonard Corporation and Pender’s Music Co. will present new fall and Christmas choral music. Heather Sorenson will also present new highlights from several other publishers—including Lorenz, Alfred, Shawnee Press, and Hope. Join in fellowship with others by participating with up to four members of your congregation (ex: director plus three). Registration includes complimentary music packet of most music presented and morning refreshments.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Quail Springs United Methodist Church

14617 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Schedule:
8:30 Registration, Coffee and Donuts
9:00 Session Begins
10:30 Break, Refreshments
10:45 Session Continues
12:30 Session Over

Cost: $10 per person, includes music packet
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

TO REGISTER: Call John Staton at (800) 772-8405 or
e-mail John at jstaton@penders.com

Music on display for sale will include:
Christmas cantatas • vocal solos and duets • children’s choir books • handbell music • piano duet • piano • piano/organ duo • organ

Sing-a-bration 2015

Join Us: Lewisville Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 • Lewisville, TX 75067
Thursday, July 9 thru Saturday, July 11

ONLINE ADVANCE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT JULY 6
On-site registration is available. Please arrive by 8:30 am to register at the door.

Full workshop includes Sing-a-bration, Joy of Singing, and John Jacobson Choreography
Order Full Elementary Workshop Now | Order Full Secondary Workshop Now

Pender’s Sing-a-bration Thursday, July 9 
This multi-level reading session, representing music from Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press and Heritage Music Press, is divided into two tracks, each with separate rotations, locations and online registrations.
Elementary: General Music & Beginning Choir $55 Order Now
Secondary: Middle School, High School, Beyond $55 Order Now

Sing-a-bration Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Greg Gilpin, Shawnee Press; Andy Beck, Alfred Music Publishing; Douglas Wagner, Heritage Music Press

Hal Leonard Joy of Singing Friday, July 10 
Courtesy of Hal Leonard: The most popular reading session in the nation, now in two tracks! It’s the best of the best for school choirs. Attend the Elementary session, which will include Classroom Materials and Beginning Choir Music or the Middle School/High School session—both with all five nationally known composers and arrangers.
Elementary: Classroom & Beginning Choir $55 Order Now
Secondary: Middle School, High School, Beyond $55 Order Now

Joy of Singing Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Laura Farnell, Rollo Dilworth, John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Mac Huff

Joy of Worship & 
Pender’s Sacred Choral Session Saturday, July 11 
(These two sessions are presented together)
Review the best new church chorals for adult choir $55 Order Now

Joy of Worship Clinicians

CLINICIANS: Joseph Martin, Brad Nix, Patti Drennan, Pepper Choplin

Hal Leonard John Jacobson Workshop Saturday, July 11 
This fun, fast-paced motivational session is designed for choral music teachers at all levels and their students. Enjoy John’s humor, enthusiasm and energy as you learn full staging for up to 20 songs, and get ideas for an additional 20. Not only that, join special guest Laura Farnell for even more songs and ideas. Includes free DVD download, music packet and choreography notes.
Music teachers at all levels $60 Order Now
Student (no music packet) $50 Order Now

Hal Leonard John Jacobson Workshop

CLINICIANS: John Jacobson and Laura Farnell

ALL ATTENDEES RECEIVE:
Morning coffee & light lunch
Complimentary music packets*
10% discount on all items purchased at workshop
*Music packets of most of the music presented. Prices and workshop details subject to change.

Registration opens April 1 for Sing-a-bration 2015

SING-A-BRATION HOTELS:
Hilton Garden Inn (workshop site)
785 SH 121 Bypass | Lewisville TX 75067
972-459-4600
Rate: $124 per night Thurs-Sat*
Hampton Inn & Suites
2650 Lake Vista Dr | Lewisville TX 75067
972-315-3200
Rate: $89 per night Thurs-Sat*

*Discounted rate with group code “PENDER.” 
Wednesday reservations are $10 more. Deadline to book with special room rate is June 22, 2015.

What is MSMISP? -or- Who Wants $1000 of Free Sheet Music?

We had the good fortune to speak with TMEA about the MSMISP grant program more in depth. They were very helpful in providing answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. We thought we would share what they had to say.

 The Middle School Music Instructional Support Program (MSMISP) is a grant program from TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) for 6-8th grade Choir, Orchestra and Band directors in Texas. It will provide $1,000 (yes, a full grand!) for sheet music to programs who are selected in the 2014 – 2015 school year. If you end up going over the grand TMEA will give you then your district will be billed for the difference. Penders is offering free shipping so you can make full use of your thousand without worry.

In order to qualify the director must have current membership with TMEA and teach at a Texas middle school. Applications may be submitted from September 15, 2014 to October 15, 2014. There is a total of $500,000 that will be allocated based on current funding and size of the program. So, if you want a snapshot of your program’s chances of getting this money, simply divide your budget by the number of students you have. If your dollar-per-student is lower than the state average you will have a great shot at getting a grant.

TMEA has told us that as of September 24, 2014there are only 230 applications filed, that means that even if you have a million dollars in the your budget you should still apply. There are currently 2,800 qualified campuses in Texas so odds are most of you haven’t even heard of this program. Even if you teach programs at multiple schools you can apply, the grant money is program specific not director specific. Even private school programs can get this money so you really have no reason not to apply.

Let’s get one thing straight, though, this music may only be used for sheet music designed for a full ensemble so you won’t be able to fund your next few years of solo and ensemble with this money. It also can’t be used for pop pieces such as show tunes or accompaniment CD’s. A limited number of sight-reading pieces will be acceptable in TMEA’s view. Finally, choral applications with less than 10 individual sheets per piece will be asked to bring that number up to an amount that can serve a choir rather than can be used for perusal. TMEA’s explicit goal is to place challenging music in front of every middle school choir, orchestra and band student in Texas.

Your application will need to be submitted with a quote from a qualified vendor that includes shipping (again, Penders has free shipping on all MSMISP quotes). TMEA will review each piece and let you know if something doesn’t work for the use of the money. If you get the grant the quote will then be sent back to the vendor who will fill your order will be paid directly from TMEA. They are considering allowing refunds and exchanges in extreme scenarios only but will be subject to an approval process at TMEA before they can be completed.

On their site TMEA has outlined some criteria to help you select music appropriate for this program.

Quickly they are:

  • Works that offer insight into significant composers.
  • Works that have cultural, historical relevance as defined by the TEKS.
  • Works that extend the technical demands and musical limitations normally associated with middle school repertoire.
  • Works that can be related to other artistic genre such as dance, visual arts and literature

If you were confused by some of these points don’t worry, so were we.

First, we asked what their definition of a significant composer was. They told us it is going to be anyone of historical or musical significance to include contemporary composers (think Tichelli, Whitacre and the like) and those doing Hollywood music (John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore and others). But again, NO POP.

In regards to the last point about relating to other genres, they said a piece would qualify under this condition if it could be related to another academic subject and specifically quoted ‘Of Sailors and Whales’ by Francis McBeth to relate to literature, ‘Solitary Dancer’ by Warren Benson to relate to dance and any piece with multiple time signatures or difficult rhythms to relate to math. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list so be creative when applying this one.

While these may seem restricting, TMEA has told us that anything on the UIL list that is appropriate for the average 6 – 8th grade ensemble will be fair game but they stressed that pieces grade 3 and above are their preference. This list is primarily meant to guide your selection of music outside the UIL list.

TMEA wants to work with you to provide your students with the best music education available. They will be reviewing each application personally and will do line by line acceptance of pieces rather than whole application rejection or acceptance. If something you selected is outside their expectations they will contact you. But feel free to contact TMEA or Penders with any questions or concerns you may have.

 TMEA wants to give you $1000 in music and my barber always told me to never reject money more than once.

 Get your application in now! Penders can help you do it. If you have any more questions then please email or call us (our information is below). You can also send us your list of music and we will return your proposal within one business day so you can get your application in quickly.

 Pender’s Music Co

 band@penders.com choir@penders.com orchestra@penders.com

1 (800) 772-5918

Church Choral Reading Session with Joel Raney

Join us this Saturday, January 12th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for our Sacred Reading workshop at the First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, OK.

Pianist, conductor, composer and clinician Joel Raney will introduce more than 40 new Easter and General Church Service titles for choir from the top sheet music publisher, including Alfred, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Shawnee Press.

Registration fee is $10 and includes refreshments (served at 8:30 am) and complimentary music packets including most of the titles presented.

For more information or to register, call Pender’s Music Company at (405) 842-7825 or (800) 772-8405 or email us at jstaton@penders.com