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date: 13 June 2021

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The study includes 1) a discussion of historical choral repertoire that was conceived with a main or substantial pedagogical intent and 2) a discussion of repertoire and programming that can be of beneficial value to choruses. The first part of the study represents and explores choral genres such as Gregorian chant, the Lutheran chorale, and the Baroque oratorio (both sacred and secular). It then moves on to modern-era compositions with didactic purposes, including works to promote nationalism but also an antiwar message. The second part of the study addresses choral programming for a) choral development that relies on transfer of learning, b) recruitment and retention of singers and audiences, c) environmental customs and expectations, d) psychological management of time in regards to ontology and flow, and e) performance practices. In summary, repertoire that serves a pedagogical purpose has the opportunity to elevate the aesthetic value of the choral experience.

Keywords: choral repertoire, choral pedagogy, Gregorian chant, Lutheran chorale, Bach oratorio, choral programming, flow

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