Help Practicing Your Music

Practicing outside of choir rehearsal time is a responsibility of all choir members. If you do not read music well, you may find it helpful to listen to your music as you practice. This page is designed to help connect you with the tools to help you practice outside of class.

YouTube Playlist

If the piece you are practicing is available on YouTube, it is likely that it can be found on the choir YouTube playlist. This option is great because you will hear live choirs singing the pieces you are learning. The disadvantages are that you cannot control the tempo nor can you boost your own individual part so that you can hear it more clearly.

Repertoire Pages

Every piece that you will be performing has its own repertoire page. This page provides background about the piece, word for word translations, pronunciation guides and links to recordings of the piece if recordings are available. It is the links to the recordings that you might find most helpful. Repertoire pages.

Digital Files

You can download practice files in several different formats from this page. Which file type you decide to use depends on a variety of factors, explained below.

MIDI Files

MIDI files may be played on any media player such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player or iTunes or even directly in your browser window. They can also be imported into music notation programs such as Finale or the free web-based so that you can see as well as hear your music. Finale is available on a variety of school computers.  The fact that they can be played with such a wide variety of media players makes them very useful. You can find individual files below. Right-click (control click for Mac) to download these files to your computer.

Bright Morning Stars


Ha folyóvíz volnék 

Ise Oluwa



Nows the time

Pata Pata 

Pletykazo asszonyok 


Shady Grove 

Sumer is icumen in

Ut queant laxis 

Vanitas Vanitatum

Music for Special Occasions

How Can I Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing (all voices)

How Can I Keep From Singing MCTC Soprano

How Can I Keep From Singing MCTC alto

How Can I Keep From Singing MCTC tenor

How Can I Keep From Singing MCTC bass

Phi Theta Kappa


MusicXML files are music notation files that can both print music notation and playback. The format is designed to be open so that notation files can be shared between a variety of different programs. Much as Word files can be opened by Google Drive, Pages and other word processing programs, MusicXML files (known by the extension .musx) can be opened by different notation programs such as Finale,, Sibelius, and Noteflight.

Download a zip file of the choir music for this semester in MusicXML (xml) format is a really good choice for our choir music, as it is free and web-based, so it will work with most of your devices. You can import both MusicXML (xml) files and MIDI files into to play them back. The video below will show you how to use the app with the choir files.