The history of choral music is rich and long. In this course, we will explore the vast world of traditional western classical and contemporary choral music. Royalty or churches were usually the ones commissioning new music in the classical era because they were the only ones that had money and power to do so. These beautiful works would often premier during large celebrations. Because of the nature of these commissions and the culture of the times, a lot of the words and messages have religious connotations. We will explore the rich culture around these works and the history behind these commissions as well as explore some of the text painting techniques used during that time. Students will also develop strong sight-reading and ear training skills through the course.