High School Choirs Chair

Chairperson:  Jana Ballard

Jana BallardJana 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

Resources
HS Beginning and Intermediate Mixed Choir Curated Repertoire List

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!

Title Composer/Arranger Voicing Publisher
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:

Title Composer/Arranger Voicing Publisher
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

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

Developing adolescent/teen voices:

DVD’s

  • 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.

Books

  • 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.

Articles

  • Vocal Training in Chorus, by Robert Russell, University of Southern Maine

Choral Methods

  • 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.

Web Resources

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)