Choral-Vocal Resources

Recommended resources for choral conductors, educators & students.


Books

  • Abrahams, Frank & Head, Paul (eds), 2011, Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL. [Companion CD’s]

  • Albrecht, Sally K. Compiler & Editor, The Choral Warm-up Collection: A Sourcebook of 167 Choral Warm-ups Contributed by 51 Choral Directors, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., USA.

  • Anderson, Linda (annotator) 2002, The Foundation of Artistry:  An annotated bibliography of distinctive choral literature for high school mixed choirs, ACDA, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Barham, Terry J. 2001, Strategies for Teaching Junior High and Middle School Male Singers: Master Teachers Speak, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Santa Barbara, California.

  • Bartle, Jean Ashworth 2003, Sound Advice: Becoming a Better Children’s Choir Conductor, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

  • Bertalot, John 1994, John Bertalot’s Immediately practical Tips for choral Directors, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Buchanan, Heather 2014, “Body Mapping: Enhancing Voice Performance Through Somatic Pedagogy” in Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, Scott Harrison & Jessica O’Bryan (Eds.), Springer, New York. [available as eBook]

  • Buchanan, Heather & Mehaffey, Matthew 2011 (eds), Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 3., GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.

  • Buchanan, Heather 2011, “Enhancing Musical Performance through Somatic Pedagogy: An Introduction to Body Mapping for Choral Conductors” in Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol.3. Heather Buchanan & Matthew Mehaffey (Eds.), GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Buchanan, Heather & Mehaffey, Matthew 2007 (eds), Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 2., GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.
  • Buchanan, Heather & Mehaffey, Matthew 2005 (eds), Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 1., GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.

  • Campbell, Patricia Shehan 2003, Teaching Music Globally: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

  • Conable, Barbara & Conable, William 1995, How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students, 3rd edn, Andover Press, Columbus, Ohio.

  • Conable, Barbara 1998, What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique to Making Music, Andover Press, Columbus, Ohio.

  • Conable, B. 2000, The Structures and Movement of Breathing: A primer for choirs and choruses, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.

  • Davids, Julia & LaTour, Stephen 2012, Vocal Technique: A Guide for Conductors, Teachers & Singers, Waveland Press, Inc., Long Grove, Illinois.
  • Decker, Harold A. & Herford, Julius (editors) 1988, Choral Conducting Symposium 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

  • Demorest, Steven M. 2003, Building choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

  • Dennison, Paul E. & Dennison, Gail E. 1986, Brain Gym: Simple Activities for Whole Brain Learning, Edu-Kinesthetics, Inc., Ventura, California.

  • Durrant, C. 2003, Choral Conducting: philosophy and practice, Routledge, New York, NY.

  • Garretson, Robert L. 1993, Choral Music: History, Style, and Performance Practice, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

  • Haasemann, Frauke & Jordan, James M. 1991, Group Vocal Technique, Hinshaw Music, Inc., Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Harrison, Scott & O’Bryan, Jessica (Eds.) 2014, Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, Springer, New York. [available as eBook)

  • Hawkins, Margaret 1976, An Annotated Inventory of Distinctive Choral Literature for Performance ast the High School Level, ACDA, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Heman-Ackah, Yolanda, Sataloff, Robert, Hawkshaw, Mary 2013, The Voice: A Medical Guide for Achieving & Maintaining a Health Voice, Science & Medicine, Narberth, Pennsylvania.

  • Herrigel, Eugene 1999, Zen in the Art of Archery, Vintage Books, New York, New York
  • Hylton, John B 1995, Comprehensive Choral Music Education, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ.  [Note:  Course content references for this textbook are given].

  • Jordan, James 2005, Evoking Sound,  (2nd ed), GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Jordan, James 1999, The Musician’s Soul, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Jordan, James & Mehaffey, Matthew 2001, Choral Ensemble Intonation: Method, Procedures, and Exercises, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Jordan, James 2005, The Choral Warm-Up:  Method, Procedures, Planning & Core Vocal Exercises, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL. {Supplemental Resources:  Teaching Cards, CD and Accompanist Supplement}
  • Lamb, Gordon 1972, Guide for the Beginning Choral Director, ACDA, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Madaule, Paul 1994, When Listening Comes Alive: A Guide to Effective Learning and Communication, Moulin Publishing, Norval, Ontario, Canada.

  • Malde, Melissa, Allen, MaryJean & Zeller, Kurt-Alexander 2013, What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body (2nd ed), Plural Publishing, Inc., San Diego, California. [available as eBook]

  • McCoy, Scott 2004, Your Voice: An Inside View, Inside View Press, Princeton, NJ.

  • McGill, Stand & Volk, Elizabeth 2007, Beyond Singing: Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program, Hal Leonard Corp., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • McKinney, James C. 1994, The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults: A manual for teachers of singing and for choir directors, revised & expanded edn, Genevox Music Group, Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Michelson, Steven K. 1994, Getting Started with High School Choir, Music Educators National Conference, Reston, Virginia.

  • Miller, Richard 2003, Solutions for Singers, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

  • Moriarty, John 1975, Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German… the sounds and 81 exercises for singing them, E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Moses, Don, Demaree, Robert & Ohmes, Allen 2004, Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus: A Handbook for Choral Conductors (2nd Ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.

  • Nally, Donald 2010, Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music & Musicians, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Estover Road, Plymouth, UK.

  • Nesheim, Paul with Noble, Weston, Building Beautiful Voices: A concise, yet comprehensive study of vocal technique for the choral rehearsal or private instruction, Roger Dean publishing Co., Dayton, Ohio.

  • Palmer, Parker J. 1998, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco, California

  • Pfautsch, Lloyd 1969, Mental Warm-ups for the Choral Director, Lawson Gould Music Publishers, Inc., USA.

  • Phillips, K. 2004, Directing the Choral Music Program, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

  • Raessler, Kenneth R. 2003, Aspiring to Excel: Leadership Initiatives for Music Educators, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Reimer, Bennett 1989, A Philosophy of Music Education, 2nd edn, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

  • Sharp, Tim 2014, Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well with Others, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

  • Smith, Brenda, & Sataloff, Robert Thayer 2000, Choral Pedagogy, Singular Publishing Group, San Diego, California.

  • Thormton, Tony 2005, The Choral Singer’s Survival Guide, Vocal Planet Publishing, Inc., Los Angeles, California.
  • Tomatis, Alfred 2005, The Ear and the Voice, Scarecrow Press, Oxford, UK.

  • Wall, Joan 1989, International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers: A manual for English and foreign language diction, Pst…Inc., Dallas Texas.

  • Ward-Steinman, Patricia, 2010, Becoming a Choral Music Teacher: A Field Experience Workbook. Routledge, New York, NY.

  • Webb, Guy, Editor 1993, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, ECS Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Willetts, Sandra 2000, Beyond the Downbeat: Choral Rehearsal Skills and Techniques, Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Wine, Tom (Ed.) 2007, Composers on Composing for Choir, GIA Publications, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Wis, Ramona 2007, The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium, Gia Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
  • Zabriskie, Alan, 2009, Foundations of Choral Tone: A Proactive and Healthy Approach to Vocal Technique and Choral Tone. USingersPublishers. http://www.usingerspublishers.com






Videos & DVD’s


  • Blackstone, Jerry 1998, Working with Male Voices, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Carrington, Simon 2010, The Empowered Choral Rehearsal, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
  • Conable, Barbara & Likar, Amy 2009, Move Well, Avoid Ingury: What Everyone Needs to Know about the Body, Andover Productions, LLC.
  • Dialogues: Musical Conversations between Composers & Conductors (Vol.1), Morten Lauridsen, Paul Salamunovich, James Jordan, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dettwiler, Peggy 2011, Sing in Style: Learn how to teach and expand the vocal skills of your choir for various styles & colors, Mark Records, Clarence, NY.
  • Eichenberger, Rodney 2001, Enhancing Musicality through Movement, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Johnson, Jeff 2000, Redy, Set, Sing! Activating the mind, body and voice, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Jordan, James & Buchanan, Heather 2002, Evoking Sound: Body Mapping Principles and Basic Conducting Technique, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. [DVD released 2004]
  • Jordan, James & Mehaffey, Matthew 2001, Choral Ensemble Intonation Teaching Procedures Video, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
  • Jordan, James with Craig Denison, Vincent Metallo & Constantina Tsolainou 1996, Group Vocal Technique: The Choral Ensemble Warm-up, Hinshaw Publications, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Leck, Henry & Frego, David 2005, Creating Artistry Through Movement:  Dalcroze Eurhytymics in the Choral Setting, Hal Leonard.
  • McMurray, Allan 2004, Conducting from the Inside Out, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.
  • Moliterno, Mark 2011, The Musician’s Breath: The Role of Breathing in Human Expression, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.
  • Noble, Weston 2005. Achieving Choral Blend through Standing Position, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.
  • Snow, Sandra 2009, Choral Conducting/Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success, GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, IL.