Books That Every Choir Director Should Read: The CDC Recommended Reading List


I had a question recently about books that all choir directors should read.  So, I put together a Recommended Reading List for choir directors, which I have posted below.  These books cover a variety of topics, but all of them relate to our professional development as choir directors.

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Choir Director Corner Recommended Reading List  
Book Title Author
The Robert Shaw Reader Blocker, Robert
Educating Young Singers Boshkoff, Broeker, Goetze
Dare to Lead

Atomic Habits

Brown, Brene

Clear, James

How to Learn Alexander Technique Conable, Barbara
The Structures and Movement of Breathing Conable, Barbara
Wisdom, Wit, and Will: Women Choral Conductors On Their Art Conlon, Joan Catoni
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Covey, Stephen R.
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups Coyle, Daniel
Vocal Technique Davids, Julia
Chorus Confidential Dehning, William
Choir Builders Dilworth, Rollo
Rounds Plus Emerson, Roger
 Finding Ophelia’s Voice Gackle, Lynne
The Energy Bus Gordon, Jon
Translation and Annotations, Vol. 1 (Latin) Jeffers, Ron
Choral Singing Step By Step Jordan, James
Evoking Sound: Fundamentals of Choral Conducting Jordan, James
Evoking Sound: The Choral Warm-Up Jordan, James
The Choral Rehearsal, Volume 1: Techniques and Procedures Jordan, James
The Conductor’s Gesture Jordan, James
The Choral Challenge Kemp, Michael
Progressive Sight Singing Krueger, Carol
Classic Leadership Lautzenheiser, Tim
Everyday Wisdom for Inspired Teaching Lautzenheiser, Tim
Creating Artistry Through Movement and the Maturing Male Voice Leck/Stenson
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Maxwell, John C.
Diction Moriarty, John
Creating the Special World Noble, Weston
Building Beautiful Voices Noble, Weston/Nesheim, Paul
Brothers, Sing On! Palant, Jonathan
The Breathing Gym Pilafian, Sam/Sheridan, Patrick
Solutions for Singers Richard Miller
Cantabile Rundus, Katharin
The Perfect Blend Seelig, Tim
Teaching with Respect: Inclusive Pedagogy for Choral Directors Sieck, Stephen
Growing Musicians

Way Over in Beulah Lan

Sweet, Bridget

Thomas, Andre

Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir (series) various authors
The Conductor as Leader Wis, Ramona M.

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