The official journal of Choral Canada, Anacrusis, contains academic articles, special features and focus columns. The journal is published three times per year (fall, winter and spring). Choral Canada members automatically receive Anacrusis and are eligible for advertising discounts.

Publication Schedule

Vol. 34 #1 Fall 2015
Material Due: August 1, 2015
Distribution Date: October 2015 

Vol. 34 #2 Winter 2015 
Material Due: December 15, 2015
Distribution Date: February 2016 

Vol. 34 #3 Spring/Summer 2016 
Material Due: April 15, 2016 
Distribution Date: June 2016 

Editorial Review Committee

Dean Jobin-Bevans, Chair (ON)
Gerald Langner (SK)
Andrée Dagenais (MB)
Rachel Rensink-Hoff (ON)
Victoria Meredith (ON)
Vaughn Roste (Georgia, USA)
Patricia Abbott (QC)
Dominic Gregorio (SK)

This committee will be responsible for the collection, editing, and/or writing of articles of an academic nature. 

Guidelines for Submissions to Anacrusis

  • Articles must be on a subject related to the choral art and of interest to choral musicians across the country, such as, but not limited to articles on repertoire, choral history, performance practice, choral composers and conductors (including interviews), rehearsal techniques, vocal technique, management and organizational issues as they relate to choirs, choral music education, choral music and society, choirs in community, and sociological aspects of choral singing. Articles on Canadian aspects of choral music are particularly welcome.
  • Articles may be in French or English.
  • Length: submissions generally consist of 1,000 to 2,000 words.
  • Referenced material should be noted in the body of the text and cited as endnotes.  Example of format to be followed.
  • For articles with musical examples/figures, placement of musical figures should be indicated within the body of the article (i.e., “Figure 1”). Permission of copyright owner should be given underneath each musical example (e.g., copyright year, publisher, and a reprint permission statement). (i.e., “Figure 1. Benjamin Britten, War Requiem, Op. 66, “VI, Libera Me,” ms. 1)
  • Appropriate illustrations and/or musical examples with information on permission to reprint should accompany the article. (i.e., War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten and Wilfred Owen. Copyright 1961 by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd., Reprinted by permission.)
  • A short biographical note on the author and b/w photo should also accompany the article.
  • All articles submitted are subject to a blind review by members of the Editorial Board.
  • Format: please submit electronically to

Note: Anacrusis retains ownership and all copyright privileges of manuscripts and accompanying material published in the magazine. Authors wishing to reprint their manuscript in another publication, must request reprint permission, which will be granted as long as a statement in the reprint version indicates that “permission to reprint was granted by the Editorial Board of Anacrusis, the magazine of Choral Canada.”

Choral Canada Anacrusis Guidelines for the Consideration of the Editorial Board

The following guidelines are designed to assist Editorial Board members evaluate articles for publication in Anacrusis, the official publication of Choral Canada.

Articles not conforming to the guidelines may be returned for revision. Articles submitted for review should be concise and contain primarily new or original information or research relevant to the choral art and of interest to Canadian choral musicians. Lengthy articles should be divided into sections separated by sub-titles to lead the reader through the article.

Articles are accepted for publication when the members of the Editorial Board determine that the article contains information that pertains directly to the general interests of the Choral Canada membership. Expanded criteria for the consideration of the members of the Editorial Board include:

1. The topic is of national importance and/or will interest a majority of readers.

2. The article offers new knowledge of or insight into the topic. (Articles that rely heavily on secondary sources are seldom judged to offer new knowledge.)

3. The article will challenge readers’ thinking.

4. The material is timely. (Anniversaries of composers or events offer timely opportunities for articles.)

5. The premise is well defined, supported, and developed; the purpose of the article should be clear.

6. The scope is appropriate: neither too narrow nor too broad.

7. The information is precise, accurate, and well documented.

8. The article is well-written and material flows in an easily read narrative style.

9. Most of the ideas seem to be the author’s and quotes enhance the article.

10. The article avoids promoting a company, person, product, or performing organization.

Deadlines for academic submissions: October 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016.