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We are super excited for what the 2021/2022 school year holds. We know many of you may be reuniting with your choirs for the first time in a long time and we’re looking forward to hearing voices rising together once again! We’ve all learned a lot over the past year, and we’re happy to share these videos featuring a variety of the best choral composers and arrangers in the world to help you to get organized (and psyched!) for the year ahead!

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High School Concert and Festival


The editors of Hal Leonard choral music have been working with American’s leading conductors and composers to develop the very best in concert and classical music. With series curated by Tim Seelig, Rollo Dilworth, Eugene Rogers, Jonathan Palant, Andrea Ramsey, Craig Hella Johnson, Carrie Tennant, Judith Clurman, and Richard Bjella, we are confident that you will be able to fill your concert needs with the music found in these exciting series. Each song in this set is introduced by the writer/arranger as they offer insights into their inspiration and thoughts about performance possibilities.

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Title Composer/Arranger Sample
Say Her Name (SATB) Alysia Lee
Great Flowing River (SATB) James Eakin
On The Pulse Of This New Day (SSA) Rollo Dilworth
Lead With Love (SATB) Melanie DaMore
Caliban's Dream (TBB) Emily Crocker
Dormi Jesu (SATB) Mark Burrows
Il Est Bel et Bon (SAB) David Das
Responsibility (SATB) Mark Sirett
Festejo (SSA) Diana Saez
Language of the Stars (SSA) Katernina Gimon
January Hymn (SATB) Colin Meloy, arr. Keith Sinclair
Crowded Table (SSA) Crowded Table, arr. Andrea Ramsey
Song I Came to Sing, The (SA) Craig Hella Johnson
Sanctuary (SATB) Jason Robert Brown, arr. Mac Huff


High School Pop/Jazz/Stage & Screen


In this session, our industry-leading composers and arrangers bring their world-class skills to the hottest, chart-topping songs. As an added bonus, each song is introduced by its writer/arranger and performance insights are provided. Introductions are by: Roger Emerson, Mac Huff, Carrie Tennant, Rosana Eckert, Paul Langford and more

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
Dynamite (SATB) arr. Roger Emerson
Sunday Best (SATB) arr. Mark Brymer
Better Days (SATB) arr. Mac Huff
Blinding Lights (SATB) arr. Mark Brymer
Fix You (SATB) arr. George Chung
drivers license (SATB) arr. Mark Brymer
Lead the Way (SATB) arr. Roger Emerson
Lean on Me (SATB) arr. Mac Huff
Loyal Brave True (SATB) arr. Mark Brymer
Good Job (SATB) arr. Roger Emerson
Don't Start Now (SATB) arr. Deke Sharon
Toyland (SSAA) arr. Rosana Eckert
Try Everything (SSAA) arr. Paul Langford
We are Warriors (SATB) arr. Mac Huff


Upper Level Concert


We have all learned a great deal during this time of remote learning, Covid isolation, and virtual music making. One of the really important discoveries is that we must move beyond the traditional Western canon with the music we bring to our advanced choirs. Of course we also don’t want to “throw the baby out with the bath water” as we train our next generation of musicians. Here, in our upper level concert session, you will find modern editions of traditional Western music. You will also find music by several of America’s leading contemporary composers, new music from under-represented populations, and arrangements of spirituals, traditional First Nation music and new music inspired by and as a reaction to Covid-19, isolation and Black Lives Matter. Introductions are by: Kyle Pederson, Kris Fulton, David Chase, Philip Silvey, Marie-Claire Saindon, Amelia Brey and Criag Hella Johnson

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
This Little Light of Mine (SATB divisi) arr.Stacey Gibbs
If I Can Help Somebody (SATB) arr.Andre Thomas
Call Across (SATB) Kyle Pederson
Perseus (SATB divisi) Kris Fulton
Mary Had A Baby (SATB a cappella) arr.Stacey Gibbs
Cradle Hymn (SATB a cappella) arr.David Chase
A Voice, A Chime (SATB) Philip Silvey
Light (SSA) Marie-Claire Saindon
Wankantanhan Hotan'inpe (TTBB) William Linthicum-Blackhorse
Invictus (TTBB) Reginal Wright
Ubi Caritas (SATB) Marianne Kim
Talk, The (SATB divisi) Damien Geter
Hubble (SATB) Amelia Brey
If I Had a Hammer (SATB) Craig Hella Johnson


Shawnee School


Shawnee Press is a leader in educational choral music with a strong focus on the developing choir and young or more inexperienced singers. Our reproducible resources and warm-up books lead the industry in creativity and practicality. We have something for everyone at every level composed or arranged by Greg Gilpin, Victor C. Johnson, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Mark Burrows, Russell Robinson, Joseph Martin, Nathan Howe, Paul Langford, Ruth Morris Gray, Mark Hayes, Glenda Franklin and many more respected choral artists. Introductions are by: Greg Gilpin, Ruth Morris Gray, Nathan Howe, Jay Rouse, Andrew Parr, and Bruce Tippette

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
Crowin' On Sourwood Mountain (3-Part Mixed) arr.Mary Donnelly, George L.O. Strid
I'm A-Waiting and A-Watching (SATB) Greg Gilpin
Happy Holidays to You! (SAB) Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Hurry Now to Bethlehem (SATB a cappella) Ruth Morris Gray
Wannabe (As an English Madrigal) (SATB) arr.Nathan Howe
Wayfaring Stranger (TB) arr.Greg Gilpin
Akatonbo (Red Dragonfly) (2-Part) Greg Gilpin
A La Nanita Nana (with Coventry Carol) (SAB) arr.Greg Gilpin
Water Is Wide, The (SSA) arr.Greg Gilpin
Steal Away (SATB a cappella) arr.Greg Gilpin
Beethoven's A Cappella 5th (TTBB a cappella) arr.Jay Rouse
Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord (SAB) arr.Andrew Parr
John Henry (SATB) arr.Victor C. Johnson
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (SATB) Bruce W. Tippette
Holiday Tango, The (SATB) Greg Gilpin


Middle School



Middle School Concert and Festival


Hal Leonard has a legacy of providing the very best and most appropriate music for Middle School and Jr. High. Our most recent releases are no exception. The Discovery series as edited and assembled by Audrey Snyder and Creating Artistry curated by Henry Leck are the gold standards for Jr. High and Middle school music. Including the best in pop music as well as original music by composers who know and love the young and changing voice, we are excited for you to discover this new music. Introductions are by: Jim Papoulis, Roger Emerson, Emily Crocker, John Michael Trotta, Jack Zaino, Melissa Keylock, and Carrie Tennant

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
Barun Barune (SATB) Amy Stephen and Amir Haghighi
Let Me Open Your Eyes to Beauty (Unison) Jim Papoulis
Blithe Spirit (2-Part) Nathan Howe
Always a Place for You (3-Part Mixed) Phillip Silvey
Secret for the Mad (SSAB) DodiGeorge Chung
Stopping by Woods (SAB) Roger Emerson
Exsultate Deo (2-Part) Emily Crocker
Adeste Fideles (3-Part Mixed) Cristi Miller
Winter's Cold (3-Part Mixed) John Michael Trotta
Joy in the Morning (SAB) Emily Crocker
Cantate! (TB) Emily Crocker
Song of the Fortune Tellers (2-Part) Melissa Keylock
I Make My Own Sunshine (3-Part Mixed) Jack Zaino
Exsultate Justi (3-Part Mixed) Cristi Cary Miller


Middle School Pop/Jazz/Stage & Screen


The rhythms as well as the texts found in pop and contemporary music is often inappropriate and unreachable for musicians at this age. Our talented and experienced writers and arrangers carefully select the music that is published for young voices. You can review the music in this essential and important genre with the confidence and knowledge that it meets and exceeds the highest educational standards. This year there is the added benefit of introductions from the arrangers. Introductions are by: Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, Roger Emerson, Tom Anderson, and more

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
We're All in This Together (3-Part Mixed) arr. Mac Huff
High Hopes (3-Part Mixed) arr. Audrey Snyder
Butterflies (3-Part Mixed) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Into the Unknown (2-Part) arr. Audrey Snyder
Fly Me to the Moon (3-Part Mixed) Bart Howard, arr. Roger Emerson
Blackbird (TB) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, arr. Audrey Snyder
Rockin' Robin - Unknown (3-Part Mixed/opt. Baritone) J. Thomas, arr. Tom Anderson
Time After Time (3-Part Mixed) arr. Audrey Snyder
River of Dreams, The (2-Part) arr. Roger Emerson
Speechless (3-Part Mixed) Alan Menken, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, arr. Audrey Snyder
With My Own Two Hands (3-Part Mixed) arr. Mac Huff
Kookaburra (2-Part) Marion Sinclair, arr. Audrey Snyder
All Is Found (3-Part Mixed) Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, arr. Mac Huff
I Saw the Light (3-Part Mixed) Hank Williams, arr. Audrey Snyder
There's a Hero (3-Part Mixed) Don Cook, John Jarvis, arr. Cristi Cary Miller


Elementary School

Elementary School - Concert


The Joy of Singing+: Elementary School - Concert 2021 features an unrivaled host of new compositions and classic adaptations ready for the concert stage. Folk, classical, prose, spiritual, patriotic and multicultural are just some of the genres represented in this diverse and well-rounded collection of new material. You may not know what kind of singers you'll have after a year (or more) off due to the pandemic. THIS is the place to begin!

Title Composer/Arranger Sample
Fly Fly Fly (2-Part) Kelsey Hohnstein-Reinhart
La Vida (3-Part) Will Lopes
Turn Turn Turn (2-Part) Pete Seeger, arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Adoramus Te (SATB) arr. Emily Crocker
Two-Part Songs for Every Occasion (2-Part) arr. Roger Emerson
Akatonbo (Red Dragonfly) (2-Part) arr. Gred Gilpin
Kookaburra (2-Part) Marion Sinclair, arr. Audrey Snyder
Melody of Love, A (SA) Jim Papoulis
Halle Hallelujah (2-Part) Joh Leavit
Sim Shalom (3-Part) Ruth Morris Gray
Be Brave Be Proud (2-Part) Douglas Beam
Song Of The Fortune Tellers (2-Part) Giuseppe Verdi, arr. Melissa Keylock
Tenho Todos Os Sonhos (2-Part) Daisy Fragoso
Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (SATB) Harold Arlen, arr. Roger Emerson
Dream Keeper (2-Part) Rollo Dilworth