Required Music List - ChoralThe 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 34 Kansas choral directors. A record number of 290 titles were added. This year's committee also continued 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, retired and committee members, Greg Bontrager, Buhler HS; Robin Christie, Bishop Miege HS; Nick Griggs, McPherson HS; Micah Horton, Olathe North HS; Abigail Martinez, Garden City HS; Tyler Morris, Derby HS; Julia Miller, Andover Central MS/HS; Elise Peterson, Olathe South HS; Jennifer Potochnik, Wichita East HS; Alexandra Rome, Thomas Moore Prep-Marion HS; Christopher Shaw, Goddard HS; Alex Underwood, Hays HS; Lori Underwood, Ottawa HS (retired); Braden Unruh Gossel HS.
The Required Music List will be updated every three two years by KSHSAA, KMEA and the Kansas American Choral Directors Association (KsACDA). This music list has been revised for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Persons wishing to submit selections for consideration for the next update should forward an original conductor's score OR Title/Composer/Publisher/URL of the score to the KSHSAA or Committee Chair prior to May 1, 2024.
The Required Music List will be updated every two years by KSHSAA, KMEA and the Kansas American Choral Directors Association (KsACDA). This music list has been revised for the 2022-23 school year. Persons wishing to submit selections for consideration should forward a copy of the conductor's score OR Title/Composer/Publisher/URL of the score to the KSHSAA prior to May 1, 2023.
Web posting of the Required Music List and enforcement of music policies will be the responsibility of the KSHSAA. Web list may be downloaded but will no longer be printed and published. 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
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.