The Greatest Generation...of Choral Music

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 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. Video conference calls are planned with choral composers including Eugene Butler, Bob Chilcott, Rollo Dilworth, Patti Drennan, Daniel Gawthrop, Sarah Quartel, John Rutter, Joshua Shank, Z. Randall Stroope, Frank Ticheli & Eric Whitacre.


Instructor: Stan McGill

McGill,_Stan_headshot_2011Stan McGill taught secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri for over 30 years. His professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and president of both TMEA and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA and ACDA committees including the program chair for the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conferences, and is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States. He is one of four authors for the Warner Brothers publication Music Expressions for Secondary Choirs, and co-author with Dr. Morris Stevens of 90 Days to Sightreading Success and Another Sightreading Success, both available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sightreading methods book, 18 Lessons to Sightreading Success, is available through Hal Leonard. 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 as well as the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard.

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 three European tours. A native of Sikeston, MO, McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University.

In 2014, McGill received theChoral 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.


VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288