Music List

Current FVA Music Lists

Texas Prescribed Music List

The FVA board also has given approval for use of the Texas Prescribed Music List (UIL) when selecting music for MPA. The Texas list is easily searched and sorted online.

Older FVA Music Lists

The 1998 FVA music list is provided here as a reference. Directors should note that it contains piano solos which have not been updated or replaced since 1998.

Note from Music Committee: MPA and Vocal solo literature selection

Posted January 30, 2011

FVA publishes a Music List for the purpose of encouraging the use of quality choral/vocal repertoire. It is designed to be a resource for our teachers — not a “required” list of pieces. The pieces are graded by level of difficulty as a guide to help teachers with their search for appropriate music.

The “New” list and the “Old” 1998 list are both found on our web site. The current list is a spreadsheet that can be sorted, searched, and of course printed. Additions are made regularly to this list.

Regulations for MPA (found in the FVA Handbook) stipulate that one selection be from the list. Directors are encouraged to use the new list, but may use pieces from the 1998 list — though many are out of print. The FVA board also has given approval for use of the Texas Prescribed Music List (UIL). The Texas list is easily searched and sorted online.

If a director wishes to use pieces not found on the list, the District Chair must give approval prior to the MPA performance.

Vocal Solos: An updated list of vocal solo collections is now published. This list includes all books from the previous list, with many additions. Any piece from these books is appropriate for use. One piece should be from this list, but if a teacher desires to use literature not on the list approval must be given by the District Chair prior to the Solo/ Ensemble event.

NOTE: FVA supports our local music dealers and publishers by prohibiting the use of copied music. Soloists must have an original copy of music for both the adjudicator and the pianist.

Note from Music Committee: Creating the current music list

In 2008, the new music list began to take shape. First, the old list was drastically purged. Pieces kept from the 1998 list needed new publishers, numbers, and often new editions entirely. Next all major publishers were invited to send pieces for consideration. Every piece was perused (there were thousands of octavos). Those pieces kept for the list were placed into one of five levels of difficulty.

  • Level One-Easy
  • Level Two-Moderately Easy
  • Level Three-Moderate
  • Level Four-Moderately Difficult
  • Five-Difficult

THIS IS NOT SCIENCE! These levels are simply tools for researching literature. They are to be used as a guide, not as a requirement or even a comparison. The levels are very broad and some pieces could fit into more than one level, depending on the voicing and/or the language.

This is a work in progress! A committee will continue to work to polish and refine the list, and add more titles on an annual basis.

FVA members are invited to make suggestions for the list by doing the following:

Go to the publishers website and check to see if the piece can be viewed online. If it is available online, simply e-mail the music committee chair, and make the suggestion.

Labels used in the music list


Denotes music not suitable for middle school boys with changing voices. These SAB pieces are ideal for a high school choir where all the boys are changed voices and where the ratio of B to to SA warrants using SAB literature.

2 pt, 3 pt, 4 pt

These labels denote music where you can mix the voices to suit a middle school choir or high school choir. The changing voices can be put on the part that best suits their range.


These pieces are suited for a middle school choir with unchanged boys or boys just beginning the change. The pieces are not suitable for a choir with young baritones.

Instru avail.

Many pieces have instrumental parts available. If the parts are included in the octavo a notation is made by the title. The word “optional” is used with an instrumental part when it is not absolutely necessary for performance of the piece. If the word optional is not used, the piece doesn’t work without the instrument.


Indicates the parts split, but not uniformly. If the piece is mostly SSAATTBB, then that voicing is notated.


You will notice that the vast majority of our literature is now published by five or six major publishers. Many publishing houses have sold recently and while maintaining their own library, they are now published by a larger house such as Hal Leonard, Emerson, Alfred, Lorenz, etc. In notating the publishing numbers you will find LG (Lawson Gould) or BH (Boosey and Hawkes) before the Alfred or Hal Leonard number. That was simply a sign of respect by the author.

The websites of our publishers have become very friendly and usable and you are encouraged to look up pieces and browse. Many are available to peruse and many audio files are online. Again, these are tools for you to use. However, we encourage you to help keep our local businesses in business by placing orders for music with your music store!