The Leading Note Guide to Choral Music Repertoire: International Choral Publishers

 

American Publishers

Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard

  • Hal Leonard is the largest music publisher in the world, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to publishing their own material, the company serves as a distributor for many well-known publishers from the US and Europe. Hal Leonard’s catalogue includes an extensive selection of secular repertoire in popular idioms alongside sacred material. Hal Leonard’s Pop/Jazz series is very useful for amateur choirs wanting music in a popular idiom.

Alfred Publishing

Alfred Publishing

  • Alfred offers an extensive catalogue of sacred and secular choral repertoire in both classical and popular idioms. Many of their works are arranged for a variety of voicings to suit the individual needs of your choir. Alfred’s publications are particularly suited to community choirs and smaller church choirs.

GIA Choral Music

GIA Choral Music

  • The sacred & educational publisher GIA offers a broad catalogue of church music tailored to the needs of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other denominations. In addition to their widely used hymnals, GIA’s catalogue offers many works suitable for use in worship. A feature of their repertoire is the extensive use of cantor, congregational parts, and optional choral parts that can be adapted to varying forces.

Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress

  • Augsburg Fortress is the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and also serves as the distributor for books published by the Anglican Church of Canada. Their work is exclusively sacred and the publisher has worked to create repertoire that matches the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary, making it highly suited to liturgical churches.

Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer

  • Carl Fischer has been publishing educational material for over 140 years. With an extensive catalogue that dates back many decades, a wide variety of styles are on offer, both sacred and secular. Because of their history in education, Carl Fischer has very conscious of the needs of children’s choirs and amateur groups. Carl Fischer also distributes choral music from Brilee Publishing.

Sacred Music Publishers

Sacred Music Publishers

    • Other publishers of interest to church choirs include Beckenhorst and Hope. These publishers offer repertoire for liturgical use as well as educational material for developing choirs.

E.C. Schirmer

E.C. Schirmer

  • Not to be confused with G. Schirmer, E.C. Schirmer is a music publisher founded in 1921 by Ernest C. Schirmer (nephew of Gustav Schirmer). With a focus on choral music, E.C. Schirmer distinguishes itself with the works of acclaimed American choral composers such as Randall Thompson, Daniel Pinkham, and Conrad Susa. More contemporary favourites by Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen, and Canada’s own Stephen Chatman and Matthew Emery are now part of E.C. Schirmer’s catalogue.

Walton Music

Walton Music

  • Founded in 1950, Walton Music has developed an excellent catalogue of secular and sacred works by favorite composers such as Whitacre, Gjeilo, Stroope, Washburn, Edenroth, and Luboff. Several arrangements based on the work of the Swedish vocal group “The Real Group” are published by Walton.

Alliance

Alliance

    • Established in 1994, Alliance Music Publications is a publisher dedicated to offering quality choral works for discerning conductors. Directors of school, university, church, and community choirs will find a broad spectrum of appealing literature from Alliance. This publisher also offers a nice selection of Canadian composers in their catalogue.

British Publishers

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

  • Oxford University Press is a leading publisher of sacred choral music with a long association with the Church of England. Oxford’s choral collections are widely used and very suited to church choirs of varying levels, from small amateur groups to the best cathedrals. Their catalogue also includes many secular works by famous British composers.

Chester/Novello

Chester/Novello

  • Chester and Novello publish many of today’s best British composers. Their combined catalogue rivals that of Oxford University Press. With a focus on sacred music and modern composers, their repertoire is especially suited to advanced choirs.

Boosey & Hawkes

Boosey & Hawkes

  • Boosey & Hawkes is a historic publisher with a wide catalogue of instrumental and choral works. In addition to many famous composers of the past, their catalogue prominently features many popular Canadian composers whose work is widely used by concert choirs and children’s choirs.

European Publishers

Bärenreiter Verlag

Bärenreiter Verlag

  • Bärenreiter Verlag is a leading publisher of “Urtext” editions. These scholarly publications reflect the latest and most accurate academic research into early music, with a focus on clear music texts unencumbered by editorial additions. Bärenreiter’s books are beautifully produced. They are suited especially to concert choirs that focus on authentic period performance and care to reproduce composers’ intentions most accurately.

Carus Verlag

Carus Verlag

  • With almost 50 years of publishing behind them, Carus Verlag is a leading choral source in Europe. Their catalogue of Urtext editions rivals Bärenreiter’s for quality, scope and academic foundation. With a focus exclusively on choral music, Carus is an excellent source for distinguishing choirs that desire the best scholarly editions.

Edition Peters

Edition Peters

  • Edition Peters is one of the world’s oldest publishers and continues to produce new works by leading composers. With offices in both Frankfurt and New York, Peters publishes many American composers in addition to their extensive catalogue of classical masters. Peters’ publications are great for choral societies and other groups that perform the major works of the classical canon.

Breitkopf & Härtel

Breitkopf & Härtel

  • Breitkopf & Härtel is a 300-year-old German publisher with an extensive and historic catalogue of works by the great composers of the Classical canon. For concert choirs that specialize in the major works of the past, Breitkopf & Hartel’s editions are commonly used.

Salabert

Salabert

  • Salabert is a French publisher that focuses on the work of French composers. Their publications are beautifully produced and are often the only source for French music.

Universal Editions

Universal Editions

  • The Viennese publisher Universal Edition was founded in 1901 as a publisher of educational material. Universal began publishing the modern music of 20th-century composers and is known today primarily for its innovative repertoire. Concert choirs that specialize in challenging modern repertoire will find the Universal catalogue of particular interest.
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