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 […]

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 […]

The Five Types of Show Choir Storytelling

It’s easy to think of show choir as being divided into two camps: those who do “story” shows and those who do “traditional” shows.  But that mindset overlooks a crucial fact: that ALL songs tell a story and therefore ALL shows are story shows.  In this guest article in my series for Productions Magazine, I […]

The Hollywood Approach to Show Design

Most people associate show choir with Broadway, but Hollywood may provide a more useful model for show design teams.  Learn why in this guest post for Productions Magazine.  Read the full article HERE.

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 […]

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 […]

Spotlight on North Central “Descants” Show Choir (June 2019)

Check out Production Magazine’s article giving a behind-the-scenes look at the North Central “Descants” and their pirate themed show.  It’s a good resource for new directors that may be unsure how all the various parts of show design fit together.  (Fun fact: the Descants were the very first choir I ever arranged for.)  You can […]

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:

The Perfect Show Choir Band Scoresheet

OK FINE, so there’s no such thing as a perfect score sheet.  All scoring systems have flaws because music is a subjective art and it’s an extremely difficult task to use the same sheet to compare adult bands to student bands, large bands with small bands, story shows to theme shows, and so on. That […]

“Day-Of” Advice for Competition Show Choir Bands

For many of the band students involved in competitive show choir, the best band award is almost as coveted as the grand championship itself!  A good band can make or break your show, and I outline some things bands can do to improve their performance on competition day in this guest article I wrote for […]