Garrett’s Interview with “Music (ed) Matters”

I was honored to be this week’s guest on the “Music (ed) Matters” podcast to talk about all things commercial music in the classroom.  Check out my conversation with Dr. Emily Williams Burch HERE. Previous Next

Easy Edits To Make In Show Choir Arrangements

No matter how great your arrangements are, there will inevitably come a time during the school year where things start to plateau, or even worse, start to get stale.  Knowing how to make useful changes and edits to the music is the key to getting through this and kicking your rehearsals back into gear.  Here […]

Ryan Murphy “Flight” Q&A

I was recently asked to present Ryan Murphy’s arrangement of “Flight” on a reading session and he was kind enough to answer some questions and share his insight.  It’s a wonderful piece of music published through Walton Music and the Andrew Crane Choral Series. Purchase SSA Octavo Purchase Full Score & Quartet Parts (Ryan Murphy is the […]

How to Collaborate With Your Arranger

Your arranger is so much more than a music vendor.  But because arrangers are not physically present (for the most part) when creating a show that relationship is often overlooked or underutilized.  No matter your situation—whether you have one arranger or five, if you have all custom charts or a combination of stock and previously […]

Bad Habits That Weaken Your Choral Writing

For better or worse most arranging is done on a computer, which means that composers rely increasingly on how things sound on playback.  While there’s nothing wrong with this approach (it’s what I do), the computer has a way of making certain things sound better in playback than they will in real life.  When I […]

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 […]