Choral Repertoire Resources
Consonare Choral Community has worked to diversity the choral music we offer in our community choirs and performed by our professional ensemble, Voices of Concinnity, to explore the breadth and variety of choral music out there. We realize it is a challenge to locate new repertoire, so we hope these resources can be useful. Part of our Conductors Collective.
Consonare Choral Community has commissioned the following choral works so far:
Some Links to Consonare Repertoire Resources
Concinnity sings a varied set of repertoire to explore
Concinnity shared online recordings during the pandemic of some choral music that should be performed more
Choir Matrix and the women of Concinnity created an online playlist to empower women to vote with music by women composers
Concinnity recorded new music through a project to amplify the work of living composers
Women* Composer Resources
*This list is a beginning resource to exploring where to find and access diverse music resources. It was posted originally shared as a resource for Women's History Month; however, the resources below include all composers historically excluded from the choral canon (not only women.) We recognize that composers of all gender identities and backgrounds need to be amplified. This resource is merely a start to improving the gender balance in choral programming. Click the underline text to be sent to the website via a link.
An online resource dedicated to promoting the vocal works and stories of historical female composers who have been overlooked for centuries (particularly historical composers). Each composer page includes recordings to explore.
This searchable database has over 400 compositions by women composers listed.
An excellent resource for using music composed by women to explain music theory concepts.
Publisher dedicated to music from the Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of the music was scored for SATB voicing and the website includes insight as to how the nuns sang the bass part.
General Exploring Resources
Phenomenal. This list features more than 5,000 women composers from pre-medieval to 21st century singer-songwriters. You can filter your search to choral music and by era. When you access the composer’s page, be sure to click the “External Reference” button as it will send you to info on the composer or the composer’s website. This list would be ultimate resource if recording examples were included for each composer.
Empowering Silenced Voices Database (compiled by Chorosynthesis Singers)
You can search by social conscious themes to find options.
This project has the potential to be that searchable database we are seeking, but it appears to still in the building process, but it almost 200 songs by women composers (you can search by a number of gender marginalized composers).
You can narrow the search by women composers by clicking the link. CPDL is free!
Arkiv Frau und Musik (new!)
An extensive spreadsheet of choral compositions by women composers from across the globe.
An extensive list of composers in Canada including a playlist and repertoire collection.
A google doc with lists of major works
This page offers some similar resources as listed here, but also has links to some ACDA conferences on the topic
Choral Facebook Groups
Join one of the many choral groups on facebook, such as “I’m a choir director” and “Choral Music” . Utilize the search option and type “women composers”. These resources offer a plethora of crowd sourcing options from your colleagues. If you have an obscure programming theme, create a post and ask for assistance.
Treble Choir Resources:
Repertoire Lists of Women Composers (as performed by Elektra Women’s Choir)
This list is an incredible resource of women composers, including many Canadian based composers.
This list has a balanced offering of repertoire, with a dedication to women presenting composers.
This ensemble has shared several obscure and underperformed early repertoire.
A comprehensive resource as there is considerable information included on each work.
Sacred Music Resources:
Published three anthology volumes of music by women composers (historical and living) to be used in a church setting. The website offers perusal scores and listening links to most of the repertoire.
The website has recordings of music composed by women for every day in Advent and Stations of the Cross. A great resource for church musicians.
A new and most excellent resource with many incredible composers.
This site has a spreadsheet with a repertoire suggestion for each Sunday in the lectionary for Year B and C (church musicians – this incredible site is for you!)
A publisher dedicated to the works of women composers.
Kassia Choral Series (under Bank Musics Publications)
A choral series highlighting women composers.
A fantastic resource of music by historical composers, but also historical repertoire specifically composed for soprano/alto voices.
The publisher has a wonderfully diverse set of composers to explore.
An artist-owned sheet music distribution. It is an excellent resource for exploring the works of living women-presenting composers.
This publisher has a listing of all the women identifying composers they publish.
Commission a Living Composer:
Approach a composer to write a work for one of the ensembles you direct or enter into a commission consortium with other directors/ensembles to reduce the cost.
Lists of Composers:
Here is a list of some of the incredible composers whose work Consonare has programmed with a link to their repertoire online or website (*indicates composers we have commissioned). A recording has been included for a few of the examples recorded by one of community ensembles or Voices of Concinnity. Also included is a list of composers whose works are on our lists for future programming:
Historical Works Programmed:
Vittoria Aleotti (ca.1570-1646)
Caterina Assandra (c.1590-c.1618)
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
Sulpitia Cesis (1577-after 1619)
Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602-1677)
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)
Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
Lucrezia Vizzana (1590-1662)
Living Composers Programmed:
Eleanor Daley - Recording: "Love Came Down at Christmas"
Composers on our List for Future for Programming:
Elizabeth Austin - http://www.elizabethaustinmusic.com
Amy Beach - https://www.amybeach.org/about/biography/
Jasmine Barnes - https://www.jasminebarnescomposer.com
Kerensa Briggs - https://www.kerensabriggs.co.uk
Andrea Clearfield http://www.andreaclearfield.com/works/choral/
Catherine Dalton - https://catherinedalton.net
Emma Lou Diemer- https://www.emmaloudiemermusic.com/catalog.html
Jocelyn Hagen - https://www.jocelynhagen.com/list-of-works/
Anna Lapwood - https://www.annalapwood.co.uk
Libby Larson - https://libbylarsen.com/
Sarah MacDonald - https://www.sarahmacdonald.live/about
Joanne Metcalf - http://www.joannemetcalf.com
Tawnie Olson - http://www.tawnieolson.com
Alice Parker - https://www.melodiousaccord.org
Kala Pierson - http://kalapierson.com/about/index.html
Rosephanye Powell - http://rosephanyepowell.com
Stacey Phillips - www.staceyphilipps.com
Shruthi Rajasekar - https://www.shruthirajasekar.com
Sarah Rimkus - http://www.sarahrimkus.com
Zanaida Robles - https://zanaidarobles.com
Ivette Herryman Rodriguez -- https://ivetteherryman.com
Joan Syzmko https://www.joanszymko.com/works
Diana V. Sáez https://dianavsaez.com/compositions/
Marie-Claire Saindon - https://www.marieclairesaindon.com
Mari Esabel Valverde - https://marivalverde.com
Joanna Ward - https://www.joannamward.com
Tracy Wong - https://tracywongmusic.com
Chen Yi - https://www.presser.com/chen-yi
Kira Zeeman Rugen - https://www.kirarugen.com