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Required Music List - Choral

Revised 2020: The KSHSAA has approved updating the PML every two years. The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) as recommended by the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) has adopted a Required Music List for KSHSAA State Music Festivals - Large Groups. Choral music is diverse in difficulty level, style, and quality. However, 'quality' is not necessarily determined by difficulty level or style. Providing choir students with a quality music education requires the selection of quality music for rehearsal and performance. This year's committee used a shared google spreadsheet for their nomination and voting process on suggested titles. Titles were collected from 43 Kansas choral directors. A record number of 222 titles were added. This year’s committee also began the process of highly recommending the addition of more appropriate representation of female composers and composers of color. The KSHSAA wishes to thank the following choral directors who gave generously of their time and knowledge to revise the updated list: Scott Hay- Chair, Wichita South HS and committee members, Greg Bontrager, Buhler 8-12 Vocal Music; Keri Boley, SE of Saline; Julia Miller, Andover Central Middle & High School; Elise Peterson, Olathe South HS; Jennifer Potochnik, Wichita East HS; Christopher Shaw, Goddard HS; Alex Underwood, Hays HS; Braden Unruh, Goessel HS.

The Required Music List will be updated every two years by KSHSAA, KMEA and the Kansas American Choral Directors Association (KsACDA). This music list will be revised for the 2022-23 school year. Persons wishing to submit selections for consideration should email the Title/Composer/Publisher/URL of the suggested score to KSHSAA prior to May 1, 2022.

Web posting of the Required Music List and enforcement of music policies will be the responsibility of the KSHSAA. Required Voicing indicates editions should be chosen with voicing indicated in the list — example: substituting SAB arrangements where SATB is indicated would not be allowed. Suggested Publisher allows directors greater flexibility where more than one edition is available. Multiple Selections listing are indicated in boldface. Titles known to be permanently out of print (POP) are so indicated.
    Classification — Required Performance Level
  • 1A and 2A — Level I or Above
  • 3A and 4A — Level II or Above
  • 5A and 6A — Level III or Above
Choral groups, with their principal's consent, may request permission to perform literature from one classification lower than the required level. All requests correctly submitted will be automatically approved. Similar requests must be resubmitted each school year.

NOTE: School groups not meeting the music literature requirements will not be allowed to perform. If discovered during or after the performance, "Comments Only" will be recorded and a letter of non-compliance mailed to the school's principal.