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Anthologies for use in conducting class

Below is a representative compilation of responses to a request for an
anthology for use in conducting class.

Mark Bowdidge

What about one of the Essential Elements books put out by Hal Leonard?
Also consider Five Centuries of ?? I think a Schirmer publication they
have two collections that should work.

Carolyn Lokken
Grand Ilsnad Sr. High School

I appreciate your difficulty, as I struggle with the paucity of
practical anthologies with such a class in mind. May I suggest that you
create your own, especially using the resources of Choral Public Domain
Library (check the link on ChoralNet) for your copies. Perhaps you
could also limit the singers to one or two crucial voice parts in SATB
choruses (S and B?). Good luck!

Tim Banks

Timothy Paul Banks Professor, Choral Studies & Conducting
Samford University Birmingham, Alabama 35229 USA
Ph: 205-276-2486 Email: tpbanks(a) (office)

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Conducting texts

Allen H Simon
VP for Website Development
ChoralNet Inc.

I have used Five Centuries of Choral Muisc, published by G Schirmer. I
can't lay my hands on it right now or I'd give you the ISBN.

It contains maybe twenty-five or thirty pieces from the Renaisance to
the twentieth century, all of easy to moderate difficulty for a
conducting class of music majors to handle. Plus, I've used it when
teaching high school: it's a great financial investment...all those
pieces for around $15.95 or something like that.

Best wishes. Hope this helps.

Rowland Blackley, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities
Ashland University
Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-5114

Mark: I have using "Music for Conducting Class" by James McKelvy (Mark
Foster Publ. Co) for several years. Although it is not meant to present
choral literature, per se, it is excellent in that it contains several
styles, varieties of articulations for the conductor. Most of the tunes
can be sung in unison; those inb parts can also be modified for very
small groups. I have used this books with a few as four students. I
think it is an excellent supplemental text (spiral bound).



Charles E. Ruzicka, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

e-mail: ruzicka(a)

218-236-4098 [studio]
218-236-4097 [FAX] Attn:"C. Ruzicka"

I highly recommend The New Oxford Book of Carols (Edited by Hugh Keyte
and Andrew Parrott, 1992/1994/1998, Oxford University Press). It is
excellent source for music anthologies, but also gives conducting

Liz Glissman
Music Director, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Rolla, MO

Try the Samuel Addler Choral Conducting: An Anthology published by
Schirmer books - Great anthology with lots of variety.


Dr. Lon T. Dehnert
Director of Choral Studies
University of Central Oklahoma

Mark A. Bowdidge, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Brewton-Parker College
Mount Vernon, GA 30445