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: […]

IOWA ACDA 2021 Virtual Swag Bag

FREE DOWNLOADS Enter your information below to download TEACHING ARRANGING IN THE CHORAL CLASSROOM, a FREE arrangement from holidaychoirmusic.com, and an exclusive discount on Garrett’s a cappella catalog at musicnotes.com. ARRANGEMENT GIVEAWAY Conference attendees will receive one FREE arrangement from holidaychoirmusic.com by using the code “ALABAMA21” at checkout. AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FROM MUSICNOTES.COM CLICK THIS […]

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 […]

Alabama ACDA 2021 Virtual Swag Bag

FREE DOWNLOADS Enter your information below to download TEACHING ARRANGING IN THE CHORAL CLASSROOM, POP CHORAL VOICING TECHNIQUES, as well as the slides used during the conference. ARRANGEMENT GIVEAWAY Conference attendees will receive one FREE arrangement from holidaychoirmusic.com by using the code “ALABAMA21” at checkout. AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FROM MUSICNOTES.COM CLICK THIS LINK AND USE […]

Garrett’s Interview with “Preaching to the Choir”

I had a blast speaking with Jen Randall for her podcast “Preaching to the Choir” about arranging for show choirs and working with show choir bands.  You can listen to the episode HERE or anywhere else podcasts are found. Also be sure to check out the Show Collective, a collective learning cohort where directors can […]

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 […]