(Volume 1)
Ed. Heather J. Buchanan & Matthew W. Mehaffey - GIA Publications

This book is an ideal tool for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the choral repertoire and wishes to learn from leading conductors and educators in the choral profession. In Part I, noted choral directors and teachers Frank Abrahams, Anton E. Armstrong, Joseph Flummerfelt, Graeme Morton, and Weston H. Noble cover such topics as breath control, stylistic awareness from polyphony through the Classical period, the challenges of modern music, "Performance Practice in the African-American Slave Song," and "Meeting the National Standards Through Choral Performance." Part II establishes a new system for assessing the difficulty level of choral literature, and contains nuts-and-bolts analyses of more than 100 of the most significant works from levels 1 through 5. Repertoire Resource Guides include information on the compositions and their composers, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements, suggestions for additional listening, and a guide to selected references. Also included is an in-depth analysis of the choral masterwork "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure. Teaching Music through Performance in Choir is a major contribution to music education and an essential resource for choir directors at all levels!