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 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

  

Voices of Concinnity Repertoire List

Concinnity sings a varied set of repertoire to explore

Choir Forward Fridays

Concinnity shared online recordings during the pandemic of some choral music that should be performed more

Ballads for Ballots Playlist

Choir Matrix and the women of Concinnity created an online playlist to empower women to vote with music by women composers

Choral Composer Amplify Project

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.

Historical Options:

 

A Modern Reveal: Songs and Stories of Women Composers

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.

 

Women Composer Database from Orange County Women’s Chorus

This searchable database has over 400 compositions by women composers listed.

 

Music Theory Examples by Women

An excellent resource for using music composed by women to explain music theory concepts.

 

Artemisia Editions

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

 

Donne: The Big List of Women Composers

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. 

 

Institute for Composer Diversity – Choral Database

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).

 

Choral Public Domain Library

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.

Canadian Women Composers

An extensive list of composers in Canada including a playlist and repertoire collection.

Major Choral Works by Women

A google doc with lists of major works

Choir Music by Women

This page offers some similar resources as listed here, but also has links to some ACDA conferences on the topic

So You Want to Sing Music by Women Composers: A Guide for Performers

This resource is located on the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and it is comprehensive with numerous chapters that host many links to explore the music, a chapter per genre which includes one for choral music as well as the historical and contemporary challenges of performing the music.  

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.

 

Repertoire List from Vox Femina Los Angeles 

This list has a balanced offering of repertoire, with a dedication to women presenting composers.

 

Musica Secreta

This ensemble has shared several obscure and underperformed early repertoire. 

 

Annotated Dissertation by Dr. Shelbie Wahl: Choral Works for Women’s Voices Composed and Texted by Women

A comprehensive resource as there is considerable information included on each work. 

 

Sacred Music Resources:

 

Multitude of Voyces: Sacred Music by Women Composers

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.

 

Amplify Female Composers Project

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.

 

Sarah MacDonald Choral Series

A new and most excellent resource with many incredible composers.

 

A Great Host of Composers: Women Composer Database

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!)

 

Publishers:

 

Hildegard Publishing Company

A publisher dedicated to the works of women composers.

 

Kassia Choral Series (under Bank Musics Publications)

A choral series highlighting women composers.

 

Treble Clef Music Press

A fantastic resource of music by historical composers, but also historical repertoire specifically composed for soprano/alto voices.

 

See-a-Dot Music Publishing

The publisher has a wonderfully diverse set of composers to explore.

 

MusicSpoke

An artist-owned sheet music distribution. It is an excellent resource for exploring the works of living women-presenting composers.

 

Cypress Music Press

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) 

Francesca Caccini (1587-1646) - Recording: "Aure volanti"

Maddelena Casulana (1544-1590) - Recording: "Morir non può mio cuore"

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) 

Undine Smith Moore (1904-1898) - Recording: "We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace"

 

Living Composers Programmed:

Kathleen Allan

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell 

Abbie Betinis 

B.E. Boykin 

Susan Brumfield 

Eleanor Daley - Recording: "Love Came Down at Christmas"

*Melissa Dunphy  - Recording: "Wild Embers", "Witch-Wife", "Halcyon Days"

*Cheryl Engelhardt  - Recording: "Breadth of Blossoms"

Reena Esmail  - Recording "TaReKiTa"

Carlotta Ferrari 

Katerina Gimon  -  Recording: "All together we are love"

Elaine Hagenberg  - Recording: "Song of Miriam"

Lillie Harris

Linda Kachelmeier 

Susan LaBarr

Stephanie Martin

Carolyn Quick

Laura Mvula

Andrea Ramsey

Jessica Rudman

Sarah Quartel

Lyndsey Scott

Caroline Shaw

*Karen Siegel

Moira Smiley  - Recording "Bring me a little Silvey"

Willametta Spencer  - Recording: "At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners"

Nancy Telfer

Karen P. Thomas

Dale Trumbore  - Recording: "Perhaps"

Ellen Gilson Voth

Gwnyeth Walker 

Erryollyn Wallen

Hyowon Woo

Yshani Perinpanayagam

 

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