The official journal of Choral Canada,  Anacrusis, contains academic articles, special features, focus columns, and more. The journal is published three times per year. Choral Canada members receive Anacrusis as part of their membership benefits and are eligible for advertising discounts.

Publication Schedule

Vol. 42 #1 Winter 2024 

Submission Due Date: December 15, 2023
Distribution Date: February 2024


Vol. 42 #2 Spring/Summer 2024

Submission Due Date: April 15, 2024
Distribution Date: June 2024


Vol. 42 #3 Fall 2024 

Submission Due Date: August 15, 2024
Distribution Date: October 2024

Editorial Committee

Editor-In-Chief – currently vacant; information on how to submit expression of interest for position coming soon.

  • Editor-in-Chief – Laurier Fagnan
  • Featured Articles Editor – Hilary Apfelstadt
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles Editor – Laurel Forshaw
  • Voices Columns Editor – Madly Friesen
  • News Editor – Patricia Abbott
  • Student Chapter Editor – Laura Curtis
  • Reviews Editor – Saeideh Rajabzadeh

Members-at-Large: Matthew Emery, John Guzik, Ian Loeppky, Sarah Morrison

Layout and Design – Erika Hille, [email protected]

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Submission Guidelines


  • Articles must be on a subject related to the art form of group singing and of interest to people who are passionate about choirs and singing groups across the country, such as, but not limited to articles on repertoire, history, performance practice, choral composers/songwriters and conductors/leaders (including interviews), rehearsal techniques, vocal technique, management and organizational issues as they relate to singing groups, music education, choral music and society, choirs and singing groups in the community, and sociological aspects of group singing.
  • Articles on aspects of group singing in Canada are particularly welcome.
  • Articles may be in French or English.
  • Length: submissions generally consist of 1,000 to 2,500 words; Articles requesting peer-review consideration consist of a maximum of 5,000 words (not including citations).
  • Lengthy articles should be divided into sections separated by sub-titles to lead the reader through the article.
  • Referenced material should be noted in the body of the text and cited as endnotes. Non-academic articles are not required to contain references. 
  • Articles that contain musical examples, illustrations, or figures (statistical charts), copyright clearance must be obtained by the author prior to submission to Choral Canada.
  • All musical examples, illustrations, or figures (statistical charts) included in articles must be placed following the explanatory text, within the article. The examples must be labeled with copyright information, and labeled numerically, eg. 

    Example #1, Ruth Watson Henderson: Voices of Earth, Mov't 2, mm24-20. Copyright 1991 by GVT/Chapel Music​
  • A short biographical note (3-4 sentences) and a high resolution colour photo (jpg or png) of the author must accompany the article submission.
  • All academic articles requesting peer review are subject to a blind review by members of the Anacrusis Editorial Committee.
  • Format: please submit electronically to [email protected]
Note: Anacrusis retains ownership and all copyright privileges of manuscripts and accompanying material published in the journal. 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 Choral Canada and the Anacrusis Editorial Committee.”




The following guidelines are designed to assist Anacrusis Editorial Committee members to evaluate articles for publication in Anacrusis.

Articles not conforming to the guidelines may be returned for revision. Articles submitted for review should contain primarily new or original information or research relevant to the choral art and of interest to people who are passionate about group singing. 

Articles are accepted for publication when the author receives an email in writing from a member of the Anacrusis Editorial Committee, such as the Editor-In-Chief, that states their article will be published.

Expanded criteria for the consideration of the members of the Editorial Committee 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/songwriters 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 authors shall avoid the article's main subject to be of self-promotion or the promotion of a company, product, or performing arts organization in which they have vested interests.


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