High School Choirs Chair
Chairperson: Jana Ballard
Jana Ballard has been on the music faculty at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts in New York, New York since the fall of 2007. At LaGuardia High School, Ms. Ballard conducts both the Senior Chorus and Women’s Choir and teaches group voice classes and music history. Ms. Ballard conducted the 2010 Baltimore County High School Honors Chorus and the 2011 Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Junior High Treble Chorus. In addition, she has served as a clinician and guest pedagogue with the Metropolitan Opera Education Program. Ms. Ballard also conducts the New York City Labor Chorus.
Prior to teaching in New York City, Ms. Ballard taught in Kentucky for eight years where she was a high school choral director and private voice instructor. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Ballard was very involved in professional leadership and organization on the state level such as the Kentucky Choral Directors Association and Kentucky Music Educators Association (MENC). Ms. Ballard received both undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from Western Kentucky University. JBallard@schools.nyc.gov
MUSIC FOR DEVELOPING CHORAL PROGRAMS
AND STANDARD MUSIC FOR EVERY CHORAL LIBRARY
Below is just the beginning of a repertoire list of a list of pieces for developing choral programs, as well as selections that will serve as great resources for every high school choral library. They are all tried-and-true pieces by well established composers, arrangers and editors- of course, there are hundreds of others. As we continue to develop our Eastern Division online High School resources, this list will be expanding. Let us know if you have any suggestions!
|Alleluia Ascendit Deus||Pietro Paulo Bencini, ed. James Laster||SA w/piano||Treble Clef Music TC-210|
|Medieval Gloria||Vijay Singh||SA a cappella (also available TB)||Alfred Music Publishing OCT9615|
|How Lovely Are the Messengers||Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Russell Robinson||SAB w/piano (SATB original)||Alfred Music Publishing 33064|
|Precious Lord, Take My Hand||Roy Ringwald||SATB /a cappella||Shawnee Press 35017399|
|Set Me As A Seal||Renee Clausen||SATB a cappella||Shawnee Press 35019488|
|Sing Unto God from Judas Maccabeus||G. F. Handel, ed. Condie||SATB w/piano||Carl Fischer CM7414|
|Little David Play On Your Harp||arr. Rollo Dilworth||SATB w/piano||Hal Leonard 08749819|
|Ehre Sei dir Christe||Heinrich Schutz, ed. Michaels||SATB a cappella||Hal Leonard 08596787|
|The Seal Lullaby||Eric Whitacre||SATB w/piano||Hal Leonard 08749149|
|Sing Me To Heaven||Daniel Gawthrop||SATB a cappella||Dunstan House 8020-9101|
|Irish Blessing||Joyce Eilers-Bacak||SATB a cappella||Hal Leonard 40209114|
|Banquet Fugue||John Rutter w/piano||SATB||Hinshaw Music HMC759|
|Salmo 150||Eranani Aguiar||SATB a cappella||Earthsongs S-40|
|Al Shlosha D’Varim||Alan Naplan||SATB w/piano||Boosey & Hawkes MO51479283|
|Erev Shel Shoshanim||Jack Klebanow||SATB w/piano||Coro MIX-1006|
|Musick’s Empire||Lloyd Pfautsch||SATB||Alfred Music Publishing LG51418|
|Three Madrigals||Emma Lou Diemer||SATB w/piano||Carl Fischer CM7799|
|A Cappella Singer||H. Clough-Leighter(collection of madrigals for SATB choirs)||SATB a cappella||E. C. Schirmer 1682|
|A-Zing-A-Za||arr. Mary Goetze||SSA w/piano||Boosey & Hawkes 48004083|
|Bound For The Promised Land||Emily Crocker||TBB a cappella||Hal Leonard 08703153|
|Vive L’Amour||Alice Parker & Robert ShawShaw||TTBB a cappella||Alfred Music Publishing LG51026|
Repertoire list – 2010 Eastern Division Conference reading sessions:
|Ave Verum Corpus||William Byrd; ed. Gerald Custer||SATB a cappella||GIA G-6523|
|Blest By Everything||David Brunner||SATB||Boosey & Hawkes/ Hal Leonard 48019690|
|Ching-A-Ring-Chaw||Aaron Copland; arr. Irving Fine||SATB w/piano||Boosey & Hawkes/ Hal Leonard 48003285|
|Choose Something Like a Star||Randall Thompson||SATB w/piano||E.C. Schirmer 2487|
|Dide ta Deo||Uzee Brown, Jr.||SATB a cappella w/percussion||Roger Dean/Lorenz 15/1669R|
|Doraji||Arr. Audrey Snyder||3-Part (any combination)||Hal Leonard 08749932|
|Ecco Mormorar L’Onde||Claudio Monteverdi; ed. Joan Catoni Conlon||SSATB a cappella||Alliance Music Publications AMP 0368|
|Flower of Beauty||John Clements||SATB a cappella||Galaxy Music 1.5024|
|Joyful Bah da-Bah||Greg Gilpin||SAB a cappella||Carl Fischer|
|Kyrie Eleison from ‘Missa Secunda’||Hans Leo Hassler; ed. John Leavitt||SATB a cappella||Hal Leonard 08596783|
|Little David Play on Your Harp||arr. John Leavitt||SAB (SATB and 2-Part also)||Shawnee Press D0751|
|My Lord, What A Mornin’||Harry T. Burleigh||SATB a cappella||Alfred FC412|
|I Once Had A Dream||John Purifoy||SATB||Hal Leonard 08749582|
|Sound the Trumpet||Henry Purcell; arr. Earlene Rentz||3-Part Mixed||Lorenz 15/2230H|
|Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day||John Gardner||SATB w/piano and optional percussion||Oxford University Press|
|Travelin’ Train||Rollo Dilworth||SATB w/piano (SSAA and TTBB also)||Hal Leonard 08749563|
NATIONAL AND OTHER DIVISION REPERTOIRE LISTS
Sr. High School R&S Repertoire Lists | American Choral Directors Association
Developing adolescent/teen voices:
- Choral Conducting/Teaching – Real World Strategies for Success, by Sandra Snow; GIA pub. (great section on young women’s voices)
- The Boy’s Changing Voice – Take the High Road, by Henry Leck; Hal Leonard pub.
- Working with Male Voices, by Jerry Blackstone; Santa Barbara pub.
- Choir Builders, by Rollo Dilworth; Hal Leonard pub.
- Teaching Kids to Sing, by Kenneth H. Phillips; Schirmer/Thompson, pub. (excellent resource for instrumentalists with limited vocal/choral experience)
- The Perfect Blend, by Timothy Seelig; Shawnee Press, pub.
- Vocal Training in Chorus, by Robert Russell, University of Southern Maine
- Creating Artistry Through Choral Excellence, by Henry Leck; Hal Leonard pub.
- Directing the Choral Music Program, by Kenneth H. Phillips; Oxford University Press
- Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Vols. I and II by Frank Abrahams, Anton E. Armstrong, Joseph Flummerfelt, Graeme Morton and Weston H. Noble; GIA pub. (CD recordings of the repertoire also available)
- The School Choral Program, by Michele Holt and James Jordan; GIA pub.
www.choralnet.org (comprehensive network providing forums, online communities, repertoire, resources and the latest news and trends in choral music)
www.cpdl.org (resource for choral music in the public domain)