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Repertoire Forum

  • Instrumental Works Rewritten For Choir

    Choral Director Magazine | July 28, 2009Including works that have a distinctly humorous bent or unusual angle in the choral curriculum can have several benefits. For example, you may notice a high level of student motivation during the rehearsal process, you may discover teaching tools not present in more typical choral repertoire, and, in the case of these instrumental works rewritten […] Read More...
  • American Perspective Vocal Jazz, Part II: Medium Difficult and Advanced

    Choral Director Magazine | March 24, 2009Last issue, I explored vocal jazz arrangements that could give singers new to the idiom a successful foray into it. In this issue, I focus on arrangements for more experienced jazzers. I freely admit to not being an expert on the jazz genre or the vocal jazz idiom. There are plenty of experts out there, […] Read More...
  • American Perspective Vocal Jazz (Part I: Easy-Medium)

    Choral Director Magazine | January 23, 2009Jazz is one of the only truly American art forms. It has given us some of our greatest cultural treasures, has inspired composers in other idioms, and has become one of our best-received cultural exports. For this issue, I explore some arrangements of jazz standards for vocal ensemble that can help singer-students learn about this […] Read More...
  • Cross-Cultural Music from Many Lands

    Choral Director Magazine | November 18, 2008From time to time, this column has highlighted music from a variety of cultures. In past issues, I have focused on music of Ireland, Japan, and Latin America. Inside the United States, music from the African-American diaspora and arrangements of American hymnody have been featured. In this issue, I have decided to adopt a broader […] Read More...
  • Standard Choral Repertoire Part V: Post-Romantic

    Choral Director Magazine | September 16, 2008It is always interesting to see what new compositions will be released each year. In our eagerness to see the new releases, it can often easy to forget the old stand-bys. This is the fifth and final installment in a series of columns highlighting standard repertoire for the choral classroom. In this issue, I discuss […] Read More...
  • Standard Choral Repertoire Part IV: Romantic

    Choral Director Magazine | July 11, 2008This is the fourth installment in a limited series of columns highlighting standard choral repertoire. It is easy to get enamored by the music of today’s composers to the point where the classics that inspired them are forgotten. True music education must have as one facet a historical perspective. Students who only sing music in […] Read More...
  • Standard Choral Repertoire Part III: Classical

    Choral Director Magazine | March 11, 2008This is the third installment in a limited series of columns regarding standard choral repertoire. In the flurry of new releases, many of us tend to get caught up in “the latest thing.” After receiving mailings from publishers, attending reading sessions, and talking over new repertoire with colleagues, it is easy to lose sight of […] Read More...
  • Standard Choral Repertoire Part II: Baroque

    Choral Director Magazine | February 5, 2008This is the second part in a limited series of columns regarding repertoire that is considered “standard.” I have chosen to focus on these works rather than newer releases because so many new teachers seem not to have been introduced to these works prior to assuming a choral education position. Most of us are left […] Read More...
  • Standard Choral Repertoire Part I: Renaissance

    Choral Director Magazine | November 15, 2007There is a set of repertoire that is considered “standard.” But choral educators are all too often left to learn these works on their own, with little guidance other than their own acquired taste. Though some undergraduate programs do require or offer a course on choral repertoire appropriate for the school setting, most address it […] Read More...
  • BriLee’s Brian Busch: Man With a Mission

    Choral Director Magazine | September 6, 2007From time to time, I turn over the helm of this forum to a colleague. It is hoped that the reader will benefit from a variety of viewpoints. In this case I am doing so for an additional reason: to highlight the important and influential work of Brian Busch, founder and president of BriLee Music. […] Read More...
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