Choral Directions Research is a new international peer-reviewed academic research journal published by abcd with the aim of promoting research informed practice and a scholarly approach to all aspects of collective singing. The journal covers all aspects of choral singing and choir work, including the following indicative (not exhaustive) list:

  • Conducting technique and choir direction
  • Conductor training and development
  • Management of choirs
  • Choral Acoustics
  • Choral pedagogy
  • Vocal technique and the healthy use of the choral voice
  • Singing and wellbeing
  • Programme planning and concert arrangement
  • Recruitment of singers
  • Historically informed performance
  • Education, schooling and youth choirs
  • Elder choirs and care in the community
  • Musical literacy
  • Choral genres - from early music to 'pop'
  • Choral composing and the commissioning of works
  • Neuroscience and choral singing
  • Social identity and choral singing, including gender, class and ethnicity.

Choral Directions Research is a subscription journal that follows the green open access route as currently defined by Research Councils UK (RCUK). There is no Article Processing Charge (APC) and the journal is free to abcd members. Authors are free to publish their contributions in their institutional or subject repositories, their own websites or social media services such as Researchgate after a twelve month embargo period, and may state that the article has been peer-reviewed, quoting the citation metadata from the journal.

Articles are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

All articles are double-blind peer reviewed after initial scrutiny for suitability by the editor-in-chief. Reviewers may be members of the editorial board or recognised scholars whose work in a similar field to that of the submission has previously been published in the journal. The journal adheres to the ethical code of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). For fuller details of the submission and review process, go to the information for authors.

The editor-in-chief is Professor Martin Ashley who is a member of the abcd Board of Trustees.

Current members of the editorial board are: