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 TitleAuthor
The Robert Shaw ReaderBlocker, Robert
Educating Young SingersBoshkoff, Broeker, Goetze
Dare to Lead

Atomic Habits

Brown, Brene

Clear, James

How to Learn Alexander TechniqueConable, Barbara
The Structures and Movement of BreathingConable, Barbara
Wisdom, Wit, and Will: Women Choral Conductors On Their ArtConlon, Joan Catoni
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleCovey, Stephen R.
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful GroupsCoyle, Daniel
Vocal TechniqueDavids, Julia
Chorus ConfidentialDehning, William
Choir BuildersDilworth, Rollo
Rounds PlusEmerson, Roger
 Finding Ophelia’s VoiceGackle, Lynne
The Energy BusGordon, Jon
Translation and Annotations, Vol. 1 (Latin)Jeffers, Ron
Choral Singing Step By StepJordan, James
Evoking Sound: Fundamentals of Choral ConductingJordan, James
Evoking Sound: The Choral Warm-UpJordan, James
The Choral Rehearsal, Volume 1: Techniques and ProceduresJordan, James
The Conductor’s GestureJordan, James
The Choral ChallengeKemp, Michael
Progressive Sight SingingKrueger, Carol
Classic LeadershipLautzenheiser, Tim
Everyday Wisdom for Inspired TeachingLautzenheiser, Tim
Creating Artistry Through Movement and the Maturing Male VoiceLeck/Stenson
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipMaxwell, John C.
DictionMoriarty, John
Creating the Special WorldNoble, Weston
Building Beautiful VoicesNoble, Weston/Nesheim, Paul
Brothers, Sing On!Palant, Jonathan
The Breathing GymPilafian, Sam/Sheridan, Patrick
Solutions for SingersRichard Miller
CantabileRundus, Katharin
The Perfect BlendSeelig, Tim
Teaching with Respect: Inclusive Pedagogy for Choral DirectorsSieck, Stephen
Growing Musicians

Way Over in Beulah Lan

Sweet, Bridget

Thomas, Andre

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

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