A Sample Choral Program–My Last Term at EBI

April 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanChoral, Songs

As a choral conductor, I find it helpful to see programs that other conductors have assembled. It gives me ideas for how to structure a program and helps me find new choral sheet music. So here’s the latest program that I put together for the Elnora Bible Institute Choir. Since this is my last time … Read More

Free Rhythm Worksheets

January 30, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching 6 Comments

If you’re a music teacher, you’ve probably used rhythm worksheets or flashcards or something similar to teach and practice rhythms. Sometimes you may only want a few pages of rhythms instead of a whole book of rhythms. If that’s the case for you, you may find these short rhythm worksheets to be helpful. Feel free … Read More

Congregational Song-Leading Resources

December 26, 2018By Lyle StutzmanGeneral 3 Comments

Are you an aspiring song leader, a current song leader, a past song leader, or a song leader groupie? If so, you may be interested in a free resource from Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, which is releasing a series of instructional videos taught by Wendell Nisly. You couldn’t ask for a better instructor, and you … Read More

Who is Singing?

October 23, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral, Songs 2 Comments

Have you visited the listening page and wondered who’s singing? If you have, this note is for you. I thought it would be good to give credit to the various groups who have contributed recordings over the years. It’s a huge blessing to have these recordings, and I send out a big thank you to … Read More

Tip #5 for Choosing a Theme

August 15, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

Here’s a wonderful tip for developing a program that follows a theme. Once you have chosen a theme and planned out some possible sections in the program, send an e-mail to some composers you know and ask them for suggestions about which of their pieces might fit into the program you are developing. I’ve done … Read More

Tip #4 for Choosing a Theme

August 3, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

A fourth tip for choosing a theme is to have themed sections of a program instead of an overarching theme. You can have three to five different sections of music that make up the program. This method can simplify the repertoire selection process. It’s easier to find three to five songs that go together than … Read More

Tip #3 for Choosing a Theme

July 23, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

A third tip for choosing a theme is to begin building a list of songs that fit your choir, taking into account range, difficulty level, voicing, appropriateness for your audience, and so on. These are normal considerations whether you have a theme or not. As you begin to make a list of potential songs, look … Read More

Tip #2 for Choosing a Theme

July 16, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

A second tip for choosing a theme is to choose a meaningful subject that you care about and dig into it to see if it has theme potential. You can start with a Scripture verse or passage, a poem, a painting, a person, a season of life or season of the year, an experience, an … Read More

Tip #1 for Choosing a Theme

April 26, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

If you’re choosing repertoire for a choral program, one way to choose a theme is to find one piece that you know the choir will love (and that you love, too) and build a theme around it. If you’ve chosen a good song, you should be able to pull thematic content from it to title … Read More

Why Plan a Themed Choral Program?

March 31, 2018By Lyle StutzmanChoral

Have you ever struggled to choose music for your choir? If you have, join the crowd. I used to choose music pretty haphazardly. After collecting a stack of 15-17 pieces of music appropriate for the choir I was planning to direct, I would arrange the pieces according to subject and style putting praise pieces at … Read More