Pop Choral Voicing Techniques (28 Ways to Harmonize a Melody)

When writing a choral arrangement, variety is more complicated than complexity.  That variety encompasses not just melody and harmony, but also voicing and timbre. As an exercise for a recent conference presentation, I decided to take a simple melody (Mary Had a Little Lamb) and come up with as many ways to harmonize it as […]

The Five Common Mistakes New Arrangers Make

Arranging music is extremely rewarding but it is not without its challenges.  In looking at my own early arrangements as well as mentoring other arrangers, I’ve learned to watch out for certain pitfalls.  Avoiding these five common mistakes is one way you can make sure your arrangements don’t come across as amateurish. 1. Over Arranging […]

How to S.T.A.R.T. Arranging

Arranging music, like a lot of creative activities, can seem really overwhelming at first.  But if you follow these five principles (after all, who doesn’t like a cheesy acronym?) you’ll be able to set achievable goals for yourself and notch some early wins as an arranger! Keep It Simple Even when you’re a seasoned professional, […]

Teaching Arranging in the Choral Classroom

Download for FREE Exposure to arranging at a young age was one of the things that kick-started my love for music. It enabled me to learn the music I wanted to play and gave me the tools I needed to eventually start creating my own music. Unfortunately, arranging is not traditionally part of the curriculum in secondary […]

North Central Counterpoints “More Joyful Sounds of the Season”

This article in Productions Magazine written by one of my frequent collaborators, Michael Berg Raunick, gives a break down of the creation of the Counterpoints 2015 holiday album “More Joyful Sounds of the Season.”  In many ways, this album is what led to the creation of holidaychoirmusic.com as it was the project that commisisoned “A […]

Making Pop Music Arrangements Memorable

In a guest post for Productions Magazine, I outline three ways arrangers can make sure their arrangements of pop songs are effective and memorable.  Read about it HERE: