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 […]

How to Commission New Choral Music: All The Questions You Were Afraid to Ask

There’s no better way to energize your choral program than by commissioning new music.  Yet, many directors have never considered it—either because they don’t personally know a composer, or they assume it’s going to be too expensive or too complicated.  (It might be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.) The benefits are enormous: […]

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 […]

Resources for Show Choir Directors

If you are new to teaching show choir (or just looking to up your game) there is a large community of professionals and resources available to help you build your program.  This list will be continuously updated as new resources become available.  3rd parties are solely responsible for their own content. **If you have a […]