One of the biggest challenges facing any choral conductor and choir leader is sourcing appropriate new music for his or her choir. Fortunately this task is made a little easier by the number of online stores which now offer easy access to music copies.
Where to buy music:
Personally I use either Musicroom or Banks Music Publications. However, a lot of local music shops carry a wide range of music and will also be able to order in anything which you might not otherwise be able to find.
What sort of music to buy:
Ultimately this will depend on your choir and the choirmaster will know best what type of music suits their choir. However, it’s always a good idea to try and explore all the options and give your choir a new challenge. It’s possible to do this often without going too far away from your core repertoire. Audiences nowadays appreciate a bit of variety in concerts and with the huge number of arrangements now available this is now easier than ever before.
Still can’t find what you’re looking for?
I’m sure theres a U2 song in there somewhere! But, just because the music you wanted doesn’t appear to be available, that shouldn’t stop your choir from performing it. If it comes to it, you can either make your own arrangements or alternatively there are plenty of people out there willing to help with this.
I spend a lot of time arranging music for my choirs or other choirs and this is often a very rewarding task and also means that you can tailor the arrangement to best suit the voices within the choir.