Arranging for Vocal Assembles

Course Details

DATE: May 20th to June 24th on Mondays & Wednesdays

TIME: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

DURATION: 12 weeks

CLASS MODE OF DELIVERY: Online Classroom (Zoom)



Programme Schedule

The programme will run from May 20th to June 24th, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 pm in a virtual classroom.


The aim of a professional development short course in Arranging for Vocal Ensembles is to empower participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create compelling and effective vocal arrangements for a variety of settings and purposes.


The programme is suitable for a diverse range of and groups of individuals may benefit from participating in a professional development short course in Arranging for Vocal Ensembles: Teachers and instructors of choral groups, vocal ensembles, or music classes can enhance their skills in arranging music for their students. Directors of choirs and vocal ensembles can gain insights into arranging techniques, enabling them to create custom arrangements tailored to the abilities and preferences of their ensemble members. Singers looking to expand their skills beyond performance may find value in learning about the arrangement process, allowing them to contribute creatively to ensemble performances or develop their arrangements for personal projects. Undergraduate and graduate students studying music composition, arranging, or choral conducting can supplement their formal education with practical skills and techniques relevant to vocal ensemble arranging. Experienced arrangers seeking to broaden their repertoire or refine their techniques can benefit from exploring specialized topics and receiving feedback from instructors and peers. Individuals involved in music production, recording, or studio engineering may find value in understanding vocal arrangement principles to enhance the quality and impact of vocal recordings. Singers participating in community choirs or vocal ensembles can deepen their understanding of the music they perform and contribute creatively to the ensemble's repertoire.

Programme Description

The course aims to give musicians the skills they need to be able to arrange for various types of choral ensembles. We will do this by a careful study of choral arrangements that work well for various ensembles and apply those principles and elements to our own writing.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course, students will develop the skills and a systematic way to approach arranging for various types of choral ensembles
1. Recognize and reproduce effectively vocal combinations
2. Analyze and discuss techniques used in vocal and choral literature by listening and score reading.
3. Arrange for various ensemble varying types of scores with application to given cases.

Programme Structure


  • Week 1 An overview of arranging, voice leading, developmental devices
  • Week 2 Reharmonization of hymn tunes, descants, and simple hymn arrangement
  • Week 3 A variety of arrangements
  • Week 4 Analysis of arrangements SSA and SSAA
  • Week 5 Arrangement for women voices
  • Week 6 TTBB analysis and arrangements
  • Week 7 Arrangement of TTBB
  • Week 8 Analysis of SATB A Cappella and piano accompaniments
  • Week 9 SATB arrangements
  • Week 10 Final projects proposal (your choice)
  • Week 11 Final projects drafts
  • Week 12 Final project due and presentations

Learn About the Lecturer: Mr. Boyd Gibson

Boyd Gibson attended Howard University and graduated in 1978. He taught high school choral music for 2 years and then returned to graduate school at Howard University, and served as Director of Choral activities at the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya from 1986-1992. Boyd then completed additional graduate studies at Duke University in Musicology and Composition. He was the String Orchestra Program Director at the Durham School of the Arts in Durham, NC, and the Music Director at The Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, NC from 1996 to 2016. In 2017 he served as an adjunct professor teaching strings at USC online and joined the music department of The University of the Southern Caribbean as an assistant professor of music theory, composition and strings in 2018. He now serves as the chair of the Music Department. As a composer he has been fortunate to have many of his compositions performed quite extensively.

Completion Requirements

At least 90% attendance and corresponding participation in class activities, completion of 80% of assignments, and participants will undergo assessments to gauge their understanding of the material and its practical application.

Course Credential

Participants who successfully complete the programme will earn a micro-credential pegged at the CARICOM Qualifications Framework Level 5 and will be issued with a Certificate from the University of the Southern Caribbean indicating the programme title, CQF level, the number of professional development hours and the overall letter grade. They will also be issued with a transcript showing the module completed.

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