Welcome Back! Breaking News.....

jack deb and nan
Jack and Tiffany
Welcome back to the new season, Musical Source, Clients! We have some GOOD news and some GREAT news. The GOOD news is that Jack and Nancy will be retiring at the end of September.
Deb will continue holding The Musical Source fort down.

The GREAT NEWS is that The Musical Source has new owners: Tiffany Chou and Jack Shiao. They will work with Deb to supply you with any sheet music you need, and will maintain the great service and discounts you are accustomed to receiving.
You will see Jack Ay at NCMEA and VMEA in November, as well as other events in the coming year.

As always, it is a pleasure to service your sheet music needs, and we appreciate your patronage throughout the years!

Yours Truly,

Jack Ay, Founder and former President
Nancy Caporaso, Co-Founder and former Vice President
Deborah Thurlow, Co-Founder and current Vice President

Choral Conductors! Contact us for a free packet of music.

We have a limited number of quality packets for Church, School and Community choral conductors
from many of the various summer events that we helped to sponsor in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Call or email us or contact us here and refer to this offer.

Offer expires 10/31/2016.

Stop by and see us at these upcoming fall events.

NCMEA - 2016 Professional Development Conference

  • November 5-8, 2016
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

VMEA - 2016 Professional Development Conference

  • November 17-19, 2016
  • The Homestead – Hot Springs, VA

June Workshops and 25% Off Sale through June 30th


Place your orders for next season by 
July 1, 2016 for Choral, Vocal, Keyboard & Instrumental music and receive:

UP TO 25% discount on many titles* 
  • Orders shipped before first fall rehearsal 
  • ORDER NOW and PAY LATER using 2016-17  funds -- just request billing after July 1

Let your budget dollars buy more than ever before!

*Discount offer extended only on printed music from many domestic publishers. Discounts awarded on a case-by-case basis. Other restrictions may apply. Please inquire before ordering. Custom quotes are available at any time.

Website Ordering!

Visit our website and place orders online

In addition to nearly  50,000 titles available on our website, we  have access to most any item in print. Simply place your order, and add any titles that you cannot find into the comments field of your order, or give us a call and we will be happy to add your item to the order. 

**In the comments field of your online  order, please list:


to obtain full summer discounts



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We love questions!

Please call us at any time - we are here to help research titles, help with programming, and give you any information we can on the many titles that we can provide for you. Custom quotes on music are always available.


President Obama Nominates Ysaÿe M. Barnwell To National Council on the Arts

President Obama Announces Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ysaÿe M. Barnwell to National Council on the Arts:

President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country. I look forward to working with them.”

Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell is President and Owner of Barnwell’s Notes Publishing, Inc., positions she has held since 1985. From 1979 to 2013, Dr. Barnwell was a vocalist and composer for the a cappella quintet, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and also composed music for dance, choral, film, and stage productions. Dr. Barnwell was a Project Director at Gallaudet University from 1988 to 1991 and worked at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center from 1982 to 1985. Dr. Barnwell was also a Professor of Speech Pathology in the College of Dentistry at Howard University from 1968 to 1980. Dr. Barnwell received a B.S. and an M.S.Ed. from SUNY Geneseo, an M.S.P.H. from Howard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Choral Workshop With Ola Gjeilo

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

National City Christian Church - 5 Thomas Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20005


Choral directors, composers and singers alike will want to attend this special event, which includes TCS Artistic Director James Kreger leading an extended reading session of compositions by Ola Gjeilo with the composer at the piano. Gjeilo’s music is performed around the world, and he is currently composer-in-residence with Voices8.

Washington Men’s Camerata Music Director Frank Albinder will lead a Q&A with Gjeilo on his life and music, his composition techniques and practices, and his current projects. The registration fee includes refreshments and a packet of music provided by The Musical Source.

Sponsored by the Thomas Circle Singers and the DC/MD American Choral Directors Association, with support from Hal Leonard Corporation and Walton Music Publishers.

In Honor of Doug Dunbebin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our graphic designer, Doug Dunbebin.
He designed our Musical Source logo and all the covers of our choral octavos that we distribute
through Musical Source Publications. Doug had a keen and clever eye, and we are so grateful for
the company "look" that he gave us, nearly from day 1.

Doug Dunbebin

He leaves behind his wife Trina, family and many friends, along with a body of lovely work.
Debbie still has the Clinton sweatshirt he designed for Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign.
He designed it for Chari-Tee's and gave the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity.

Requiem eternam.

Debbie, Nancy and Jack

The Musical Source

Don't miss this riveting story on Ysaye Barnwell's journey with cancer

Sing to Inspire: Wanting Memories

Classical Music Features Tesfa Wondemagegnehu · Oct 19, 2015
How do you choose to fight cancer? Well, I asked composer and activist Dr. Ysaye Barnwell that question last week during our interview and her answer shocked me. Barnwell, with great conviction, looked at me and said, "I do not resist this, I just move with it." After that answer, it hit me. My mother wasn't selfish, I was. For years I sought answers that hopefully reinforced my belief on how my mother incorrectly chose to fight cancer. She chose to fight it in her way, just like Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.

Ysaye is quite possibly one of the most inspiring beings I have ever come across. Her soul burns with passion and her eyes shimmer with hope. As I sat there for a few moments watching Barnwell and Cantus veteran, Paul John Rudoi, share inspiring memories, I began to feel nostalgic and wanted to join in the fun. We talked, we laughed, and when Ysaye began talking about her iconic composition, Wanting Memories, we all cried. It started with her sharing one of her few memories of her father giving her a lesson that wasn't music related. "If you want to win against your opponent, you must use your opponent's resistance against himself", exclaimed Ysaye! We all sat there quietly as she began to elaborate and weave the story of memories, music, and life together. And then it happened. She began reading the text of Wanting Memories. After she was done, there was nothing left to be said. Our lives had been changed by the powerful force that is Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.
Read about Ysaye's journey here.

Give Us Hope Performed for Pope Francis NYC 2015

Jim Papoulis is donating his composer royalties to the Foundation For Small Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness and funding to programs supporting the empowerment of children throughout the world by fostering their creativity through music and role models.

Item....: 48005176 SDOFBW GIVE US HOPE SATB
Pub.....: M051475124 Category . . : B&H SECULAR CHL
Catalog Description: GIVE US HOPE SATB AND PIANO
Price . .: $2.25
Click to buy

Item....: 48004977 SDOFBW GIVE US HOPE 3PT
Pub.....: M051472994 Category . . : B&H SECULAR CHL
Price . .: $1.95
Click to buy

Oxford University Press announces death Sir David Willcocks

Oxford University Press is sad to announce the death today at his home in Cambridge of Sir David Willcocks.
He had an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, and organist, and his music was exclusively published by Oxford University Press, with whom he enjoyed a long, happy, and fruitful association.

In 1957, Oxford University Press appointed Sir David as an editor for the Oxford Anthems series, which he went on to develop over the next forty years as a substantial and distinguished body of music for church and cathedral choirs. David Willcocks, together with Reginald Jacques, compiled and edited a new Christmas carol collection, modelled on the content and spirit of the ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ Christmas Eve services, then being directed by Sir David at King’s College, Cambridge. The result was Carols for Choirs, published in 1961, which became instantly popular, and remains in print to this day. Sir David, with John Rutter, then co-edited the second, third, and fourth volumes of the series, along with 100 Carols for Choirs. The Carols for Choirs series re-defined and shaped Christmas music for millions of singers and listeners worldwide, and firmly established the importance of choral singing as an integral part of seasonal festivities and services. His famous and distinctive last-verse descants and harmonizations for the popular carols became important calling cards of Sir David: instantly recognizable, eminently and enjoyably singable, and emotionally uplifting for the listener. Sir David was also a composer of carols in his own right, and in 2014 Oxford University Press published, to mark his ninety-fifth birthday, a collection of his works in this genre, A Celebration in Carols.

Ben Selby, Director of Music Publishing at OUP, said: ‘Sir David’s stature as a choral director and composer was an inspiration to professional and amateur singers around the world. The name of Sir David Willcocks is synonymous with English choral singing. He will be sadly missed.’

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