Together, We Sing – Pathways for Group Singing, was developed by Goeffrey Boers, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington School of Music. Formerly known as CLaS, Choral Literacies and Skills, the rubric has been re-tooled and updated to bring rich and diverse methods and skills to an even wider range of singers and teachers!

Grade-based rubrics such as these have been foundational elements in the development of bands and orchestras for decades, but heretofore were non-existent in the choral world. Choirs differ from instrumental groups in that singers come and go from ensembles, do not start “on their instrument” at the same time, and for the most part do not take lessons, so it was necessary to develop a level-based, rather than a grade-based Rubric.

The Rubric consists of twelve areas of literacy, only two of which deal what the traditional elements of music literacy, that is music reading. The descriptors on the rubric are written as Mileposts and Markers of development, and describe what literacy looks and sounds like for ideal choir at every level of development. 

To contact Dr. Boers to arrange adjudications or seminars, click here.

Download Printable PDFs of  the Together, We Sing rubric by clicking on these links:

11″ x 17″ desk reference size

42″ x 60″ poster size 

Download Contest/Festival Adjudication Forms by clicking on these links:

Levels 1 & 2

Levels 2 & 3

Levels 3 & 4

Levels 4 & 5

Once you have downloaded the file(s) you want from the above links, you can print them on your own printer for immediate use.

If you want larger format prints that are laminated, you can order them directly from Office Depot.

1. Download the file you’d like to have printed and laminated.

2. Remember where you saved that file on your computer.

3. Go to and follow these instructions.