Jan Ward (Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know)

Jan Ward is a music arranger, adjudicator, accompanist and composer currently residing in Independence, Missouri. During her thirty-plus years as a teacher she has served several schools in Iowa and Missouri as a science instructor, accompanist, and choir director. As an accomplished music arranger and composer, she has winning arrangements featured in national show choir […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Elmo Zapp)

Elmo is a music theater composer / director / producer living in New York City.  He is an arranger for many successful show choirs including John Burrough’s “Powerhouse” and Waconia “Power Company.” 1. Please describe your basic setup.  (Your technical setup as well as the physical space that you work in.) MacBook Pro w/a BenQ 27″ Screen […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Ja’Shon Burks)

Ja’Shon Burks is the Director of Choirs at Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. He directs the Varsity Singers concert choir, and The First Edition mixed show choir.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral Music Education from Huntington University. He is currently studying to obtain his Masters’ of Music Education Degree […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Sara Schreiner)

Sara Schreiner is a music arranger, composer, producer and business owner in Chicago’s western suburbs. She has been arranging, composing, and producing music for over 20 years for choirs and show choirs across the country. She has also taught private voice, piano, and flute lessons for over 14 years. Sara truly enjoys writing for and […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Mike and Pam Runyan)

Michael and Pamela Runyan are a Nashville-based composer/arranger team that have been collaborating for decades on teaching pieces, concert choral anthems, show choir arrangements, and orchestral works. Both have composition degrees from Brigham Young University; Michael has advanced degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Michael is also a pianist, synthesist, conductor, music engraver, and […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Dan Scoville)

Dan Scoville is on staff at John Burroughs High School in California and is maintains a busy schedule of arranging, accompanying, and music directing for vocal groups all over the country. 1. Please describe your basic setup.  (Your technical setup as well as the physical space that you work in.) My house in Burbank is small, so […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Drew Firkins)

Drew Firkins is a freelance composer/arranger based out of Omaha, NE, focusing primarily on commissions for middle/high school and collegiate-level a cappella groups and show choirs. He is currently the vocal music teacher at Russell Middle School, where he directs the 6-8 choirs, two show choirs, an a cappella group, and a musical, in addition […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Jake Hammer)

Jake Hammer is middle school band director in Columbus, Wisconsin who arranges for Columbus High School and DeForest Area High School in Wisconsin.  He has a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 1. Please describe your basic setup.  (Your technical setup as well as the physical space that you work in.) I have a […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Sean Hoffmann)

Sean Hoffmann serves as the Director of Choral Activities in the Manteno School District in Manteno, IL. He is also a freelance arranger, writing charts for middle and high schools in the midwest. 1. Please describe your basic setup.  (Your technical setup as well as the physical space that you work in.) My arranging space is fairly […]

Show Choir Arrangers You Should Know (Jeff Vyhlidal)

Jeff Vyhlidal is in his fourteenth year of teaching, and his third year at Grand Island Northwest High School.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Hastings College and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator for many […]