Instruction for Choir Directors
1. Conducting Tips for LDS Choir or Music Leaders (series of 10 short videos, watch for free online)
2. BYU Choral Academy is a week-long workshop in the summer taught by Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall at BYU. Spaces fill quickly so start checking in February/March for registration information. I absolutely loved attending a couple of years ago…best experience!
3. LDS Official Online Conducting Training is for brand new directors. It’s a very simple and basic way of directing for those who don’t know how to direct. If you already know how to direct a beat pattern go back to #1; you’ll like that better.
4. Check out THESE tips for music directors that also apply to choir directors.
5. The Guidebook for Choral Music, published by the LDS Church in 1975 is a fabulous resource for choir directors. It is currently out of print, but you can read excerpts on this site.
Where to Purchase Music
1. Jackman Music Corporation, the largest publisher of LDS music. Music can be purchased through their website.
2. Day Murray Music, the largest retailer of LDS music. Their knowledgable staff is a great resource if you are trying to choose music for your choir. If you are visiting the Salt Lake area be sure to stop by. You can also order music by phone or website.
3. J.W. Pepper, anything that is in print is available for purchase through JW Pepper. They are the fastest, easiest music distributer to work with. They also tend to be the most expensive. But, when you need your music ASAP, they are the ones to call.
4. Sheet Music Plus, if you are ordering well in advance you can usually save a lot of money ordering from them. The key phrase is “well in advance”.
5. LDSMusicSource, this is the “green label” site where you can purchase inexpensive choral arrangements.
Free Choir Music
Disclaimer: I hesitate to even include any type of sheet music freebies on this website. I am a harsh critic when it comes to Church music and I have found very little “free” music out there that meets my standards. I have spent hours, days, weeks pouring over the music on these sites. Most of it is composed or arranged my well-meaning LDS people who lack formal training at the college level and believe me, it shows in the music, especially in the accompaniments. Ward choir directors seem to love these sites because the music is “free”. I always say, you get what you pay for, and that is certainly true when it comes to music. Having said that, there really are some music gems out there, particularly hymn arrangements, that are free. So, I include these sites for those hidden gems.
3. Sacred Songs