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Open Access Dissertation


School of Music



First Advisor

Larry Wyatt


The purpose of this research study is to determine the most frequently listed choral selections on state choral festival repertoire lists and to survey state repertoire directors regarding their opinions of the most important literature for high school choral students. Five questions guided this research: What are the most frequently listed works on state repertoire lists? Which styles do repertoire directors indicate as most important for a vocal music education? Is there any relationship between the compilation of literature and the state repertoire directors’ opinions regarding the importance of specific styles? What is the process for adding works to state repertoire lists? What are the most important factors in determining what works are added to the state repertoire lists? The researcher provided a music list of the most recommended works. Additionally, listed musical styles appear in rank order by directors’ opinions of importance to the high school choral curriculum.


© 2016, James B. Watson

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