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Tacoma Refugee Choir, A Welcoming Space for All – Interview with Erin Guinup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdwWEVt3OOk J.W. Pepper sat down for an interview with Erin Guinup, the founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir. TRC is a...

Incorporating Yoga into Choral Classrooms and Rehearsals

Did you know yoga can help you become a better singer? Yoga involves focusing on aligning the body and paying attention to the breath,...

United Sound: Improving Access to Music Education, One Program at a Time

Like many middle and high school band directors, Julie Duty found out the hard way that she was ill-equipped to serve students with disabilities. After...

J.W. Pepper Supports Choral Singing in America!

Exton, PA – January 22, 2024.  J.W. Pepper is proud to be a marquis sponsor of the stunning new documentary Choral Singing in America:...

“Compose Like a Girl”: Celebrating and Empowering Women Composers

Jocelyn Hagen’s new composer series and accompanying podcast, Compose Like a Girl, offers a fresh perspective on the world of composition and women’s voices...

Company Choirs Revitalize Workplace Culture

The past three years have seen an unprecedented shift in the corporate world. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who could...

First-Time Editors’ Choice Honorees: Instrumental Composers

Editors’ Choice, one of our flagship services, represents the very best new music for every ensemble. The J.W. Pepper staff reviews hundreds of selections...

First-Time Editors’ Choice Honorees: Choral Composers

Each year, we’re proud to bring you the very best new music for every ensemble. Our team listens to hundreds of selections from a...

The Best New Music for Church Choirs

Our team is always working to make directors’ jobs easier: we do everything possible to simplify the process of choosing repertoire, so you can...

Directors’ Vote 2023 Results

Directors’ Vote: The Results Are In! The Most Popular 2023–2024 Editors’ Choice Selections Each year, the J.W. Pepper editorial team helps directors like you find...

Preparing the Body for Marching Band with Vincent E. Thomas

From complicated drill sequences to advanced dance moves, the demands of performing in a competitive marching arts ensemble have increased rapidly in recent years....

FlipFolder®: Take Music and Drill Digital in 6 Steps

Replace traditional flip folders and dot books with players’ smartphones! With FlipFolder®, band directors (yes, you!) can remove the stress of printing and organizing...

Updates to ePrint Digital Sheet Music

In the modern age, countless aspects of daily life have gone digital, and music is no exception. J.W. Pepper launched the digital sheet music...

How to Use the Worship Planning Tool

As the director of your church’s choir, choosing appropriate repertoire for each service is central to your spiritual mission, and yet finding singable selections...

All About Competitive Show Choir with Anita Cracauer

Competitive show choirs rehearse and perform productions that feature songs with a common thread, outstanding soloists, costumes, choreography, and an overall “wow” factor. Whether...

New and Noteworthy Pop Repertoire for Choir, Concert Band, and Orchestra

Delight students and wow audiences with educationally valuable pop music that’s fun both to play and to hear!  For choir, we’re featuring 10 new vocal...

Our Favorite Contest and Festival Repertoire for Concert Band, Choir, and Orchestra

Contest and festival season is coming soon! Prepare for coming performances with seven well-written and educationally valuable titles for concert band, 10 for treble...

Understanding Proposition 28 – Resources from CMEA

It’s an exciting time to be a music teacher in California! Proposition 28, a California ballot initiative that guarantees additional funding for arts and music...

10 Products You Didn’t Know You Could Buy from J.W. Pepper

J.W. Pepper, the world’s largest sheet music retailer, has been in business for nearly 150 years. In that time, we’ve sold an extensive range...

The Creators of The Voices of Liberty and Voctave Talk Choral Music with J.W. Pepper

Jamey Ray and Derric Johnson founded and write music for two of today’s most popular a cappella groups: Voctave and The Voices of Liberty...

Our Top Christmas, Holiday, and Winter Titles for Concert Band, Choir, and Orchestra

Every holiday season, radio stations play the same familiar standards—but that doesn’t mean your winter concerts have to lack variety! We’ve rounded up our favorite...

5 Things to Consider When Self-Publishing Your Music

Bravo! You’ve written a great piece of music and performed it with an ensemble. Everyone enjoyed it, and others want to use it with...

Directors’ Vote 2022 Results

Directors’ Vote: The Results Are In! The Most Popular 2022–2023 Editors’ Choice Selections Each year, our editors help directors find repertoire faster by reviewing thousands...

Our Top 10 Basic Library Titles for Concert Band, Choir, and Orchestra

No matter what type of ensemble you lead, choosing repertoire can be a major challenge. You don’t want to bore your students with music...

PYO Music Institute Presents the 9th Annual Ovation Award in Partnership with J.W. Pepper, Jacobs Music, and WRTI 90.1 FM

Each year, the PYO Music Institute’s Ovation Award recognizes outstanding music teachers in the Delaware Valley region. J.W. Pepper is proud to sponsor the...

Directors & Parents: Download Our New Contest & Festival Checklist

Planning for contests and festivals is a huge undertaking. There is so much for you, your students, and their parents to remember, and there...

If You Love West Side Story, Listen to These!

Are you a West Side Story fanatic looking to expand your musical palette? Have you wanted to explore other musicals but don’t know where...

The Music of Rita Moreno, a West Side Story Icon

Rita Moreno is an incredibly talented Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer, most famous for her role as Anita in the 1961 West Side...

Beatlemania in DCI: The Bluecoats

Between the 2019 movie Yesterday, a new Disney+ documentary, and even a recently launched master’s degree, the Beatles are in our lives and in...

Directors’ Vote 2021 Results

Directors’ Vote: The Results Are In! The Most Popular 2021–2022 Editors’ Choice Selections For years, music directors and performers have relied on Editors’ Choice—our annual...

5 Tools for Teachers from J.W. Pepper

J.W. Pepper offers many tools to make music teachers’ jobs easier and help them get the most out of their programs. Whether you are...

How to Read Sheet Music

Whether you play an instrument or sing, we highly recommend that you learn to read sheet music. Just as learning a language allows you...