6525 The Greatest Generation... Of Choral Music


Join Our Mailing List

Recital Highlights

Where do current middle school and 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 deserve 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. Video conference calls are planned with choral composers including Z. Randall Stroope, John Rutter, Daniel Gawthrop, Bob Chilcott, Rene Clausen, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, James Mulholland, Eugene Butler and David Childs. All students will receive single copies of 125 pieces as well as additional works that would benefit choral music departments at any level or size. 

Instructor: Stan McGill


Stan McGill taught 33 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 and ACDA committees including the program chair for the 2009 & 2013 National ACDA Conferences, and is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States. 

He was one of four national authors for the Warner Brothers Music Expression Textbook for Secondary Choirs. Mr. McGill, along with co-author Dr. Morris Stevens, wrote “90 Days to Sightreading Success” and “Another Sightreading Success” available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sight reading methods book “18 Lessons to Sightreading Success” is available through Hal Leonard. His choral methods book “Beyond Singing”, is also published by Hal Leonard and co-authored with Elizabeth Volk. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press as well as the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard.

Mr. McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA and 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, and South Carolina. He has directed ACDA Honors Choirs including 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 3 European tours. A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Mr. McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University. 






Click to Register for Summer MECA Courses

Course Information

6525 The Greatest Generation... Of Choral Music

3 graduate credits
Location: Herman Hall 010

Click HERE for a campus map.

Tuition: $930 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

June 22-26
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

Stay Connected


Continuing Education  




Powered by Website design and development by, Inc