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Spring 2022 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Intensive one week online course, Online

The Greatest Generation… of Choral Music


June 20-June 24, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Where do current high school choir directors find choral music literature for their ensembles? Reading sessions are a wonderful resource for cutting edge pieces by many wonderful composers; however reading sessions are limited to pieces written/printed in the past year! There is a wealth of choral music composed in the last half of the 20th century that deserves to remain on the forefront of today’s choral ensembles. Works by classic choral composers, the lifeblood of our previous generation, are either temporarily or permanently out of print, and dangerously close to being forgotten. This course will focus on some of these wonderful pieces and the composers who penned them. It is not merely a reading session, but will delve into rehearsal and teaching techniques, text and how it impacts the music, and other aspects to effectively rehearse and perform each piece. Each class member will receive 100 pieces (thanks to JW Pepper) of some of the greatest choral music of the late twentieth century.

Each day will include two ZOOM Q & A calls with current composers including:
John Rutter, Rollo Dilworth, Brian Galante, Z. Randall Stroope, Jake Navered, Daniel Gawthrop, Bob Chilcott, Shawn Kirchner…..and others!
Update 6/6/22: This course will be offered as an online, intensive one week course. Students will follow the same approximate schedule, modified to avoid Zoom fatigue. The same guest artists will appear. Students will receive the same packet of choral music that would have been distributed on-site. (It will be mailed in advance to students.) All course assignments are identical to what would have been expected if the course had been offered on-site. Register with the link above.


Chat Session

Information coming soon! Zoom will be used for daily class sessions.


Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).



Stan McGill

Stan McGill taught thirty-four years in secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri. Professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and President of both TMEA and Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA, SWACDA and ACDA committees including Program Chair for the 2009, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023 National ACDA Conferences. Additionally, McGill has served as Conference Manager for the NWACDA Division since 2019. He is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States, including adjunct professor at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. McGill, along with co-author Dr. Morris Stevens, wrote the “90 Days Sight Singing Success” series available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sight-reading methods book “18 Lessons to Sight Reading Success” is available through Hal Leonard as is their newest book series “Sight Reading Success: A Daily Workout for Developing Confident Choirs”, currently available for the SSA, SATB and SA voicings. His choral methods book “Beyond Singing”, co-authored with Elizabeth Volk, is also published by Hal Leonard. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press and G. Schirmer and is editor of the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard. He is a contributing author for the Hal Leonard/McGraw-Hill music textbook Voices in Concert. Mr. McGill has been the choir director at First Christian Church-Garland, TX since 1982. Mr. McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA His articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. He directed the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made three European tours. A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Mr. McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University. In 2014, Mr. McGill received the “Choral Excellence Award” from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing. In 2019, McGill was honored as the first recipient of the National ACDA Volunteer Excellence Award given for years of dedication, leadership and untold hours of service to the American Choral Directors Association and it’s membership.

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