6536 Stuck in the Middle (School Choir) With You


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Recital Highlights

Stan McGill has developed another outstanding course to infuse today’s choral repertoire with modern classics. Building on the success of last summer’s The Greatest Generation…of Choral Music, Stuck in the Middle focuses on composers and pieces for the developing singer in the middle school choir. Best-selling octavos will be showcased, many NOT found in current reading sessions. Each student will receive over 100 choral pieces, each outstanding “sure-fire winners” from composers including Joyce Eilers, Roger Emerson, Ruth Artman, Emily Crocker, Laura Farnell, Cristi Carrie Miller, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Julie Knowles, Victor Johnson and Rollo Dilworth, among many more! More than just a reading session, this course will delve into rehearsal and teaching techniques, how text impacts the music, and other aspects to effectively prepare, rehearse and perform each piece.


Additional highlights will include twice-daily videoconferences with current popular middle school composers. Students will be able to interact with these talented writers, ask questions and pull back the curtain on little-known details concerning text selection, personal inspirations and background on some of their better-known works.

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. 






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Course Information

6536 Stuck in the Middle (School Choir) with You

3 graduate credits
Location: TBD

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Tuition: $960
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

June 20-24
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

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