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Teaching Music through Performance in Choir Volume 2

Written, researched, and compiled by choral scholars and educators with a wealth of teaching and conducting experience, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 aids conductors and educators on the quest toward full musical awareness.

This book is an ideal tool for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the preeminent music composed for choir and a wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the most expert voices in the choral profession.

In Part I, noted choral directors and educators Jerry Blackstone, Heather J. Buchanan, Janet Galván, Ann Howard Jones, and James Jordan cover such topics as finding musical nuance through score study, improving a choir’s “aural literacy,” preparing for performances with orchestra, communicating a piece’s vision to the choir, and the benefits of Body Mapping for choirs. Composer Libby Larsen offers some telling insights on composing for choir with an emphasis on the connection between words and music.

Part II uses the choral repertoire grading system developed for Volume 1 and contains thorough analyses of more than 100 of the most significant works for choir ever composed, Levels 1–5. Repertoire Resource Guides include information on the composer and composition, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements,
suggestions for additional listening, and a guide to selected references.

Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2, is an essential resource for choir directors at all levels and a major contribution to the choral field.

Jerry Blackstone is Director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Janet Galván, Professor of Music at Ithaca College, conducts the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale and the Ithaca College Chorus and is Artistic Director for the Ithaca Children’s Choir.

Ann Howard Jones is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Boston University, where she conducts the Symphonic and Chamber Choruses, teaches graduate choral conducting, and administers the MM and DMA programs
in Choral Conducting.

James Jordan teaches and conducts at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is an Associate Professor of Conducting and Senior Conductor.

Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of more than 220 works spanning virtually every genre, from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores.

Heather J. Buchanan is Director of Choral Activities at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, New Jersey, where she conducts the 144-voice Chorale and 48-voice auditioned University Singers and teaches choral methods and Body Mapping.

Matthew W. Mehaffey is Assistant Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the Concert Choir and the Men’s Chorus and teaches graduate courses in choral conducting and literature.

Table of Contents

Edition # Title
G-7100 Teaching Music through Performance in Choir - Volume 2

Resource Recording, Choir, Vol. 2, Levels 1–5

ANAM CARA, James Jordan, conductor
University of North Texas Chamber Choir, Jerry McCoy, conductor
The Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, conductor

Outstanding performances of selections from Volume 2.

Edition # Title
CD-719 Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol 2, Levels 1-5 (3-CD set) - CD

Listen to audio from the Resource Recordings for Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 2

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