With contributions from Jennifer Kerr Budziak and Kevin Padworski.
This comprehensive and ambitious study is the first of its kind, focusing entirely on a large and diverse canon of six centuries of sacred choral repertoire that remains in worship presentation and performance to this day.
Written and compiled by Tim Sharp, together with chapters by Jennifer Kerr Budziak and Kevin Padworski and contributions from 39 practicing church choir directors, Sacred Choral Music Repertoire is an in-depth exploration of 173 short- to medium-length anthems and single movements from larger sacred works.
The large body of sacred music presented in this book was determined by surveys of practicing church musicians to discover the canon that remains relevant, beloved, and in unwavering use in church, school, and community choirs. Resource guides for each piece, written by researchers and practicing musicians from faith communities, survey the work’s history, offer conducting insights and detailed analysis, and give performance nuance and insight.
Sacred Choral Music Repertoire explores a wide range of topics, including:
- Sacred Choral Music of the Renaissance
- Sacred Choral Music of the Baroque
- Sacred Choral Music of the 18th Century
- Sacred Choral Music of the Romantic Era
- Sacred Choral Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
- Folk Hymn Settings, Wilderness and African-American Spirituals
- Relational and Intentional Worship Music of the 21st Century
- Church Music in a Professional and Commercial Age
Each section includes historical background information, conducting insights specific to each period, and practical analysis of each composition addressing musical style, interpretation, text, additional resources, and rehearsal considerations and approaches.
Sacred Choral Music Repertoire is a practical and convenient reference for any conductor looking to bring the best sacred literature and performance practices to their school, college, community, or worship setting.
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Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He serves as Vice-President of the International Federation for Choral Music and is Artistic Director of the Tulsa Chorale. A theologically and musically trained choral musician, Sharp has taught and written about sacred music literature and performed the canon of sacred repertoire throughout his career. He created and wrote the monthly Sacred Music News & Review publication, and originated the standing column on sacred music, Hallelujah!, for ACDA’s Choral Journal. Dr. Sharp is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, with degrees in music and conducting from The School of Church Music of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Belmont University, and Bluefield College, with post-graduate studies at the Aspen Music School, Harvard University, and Cambridge University.