2015 COA Nationals for ALL Choirs


Welcome to the Revolution!
June 25, 26 & 27, 2015

The inaugural COA Nationals for ALL Choirs in NYC | Carnegie Hall will re-define adjudicated music festivals.

~ Master Conductor: Henry Leck
~ Premiere! Composer: Ola Gjeilo
~ Prism Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
~ Spotlight Performances in Carnegie Hall for Qualifying Choirs
~ Tutti Finale of New Gjeilo Piece
~ Adjudicated Performances
~ One-Hour Clinics with World-Class Faculty
~ Premiere! Workshop
~ Broadway 101 Workshop
~ Choral Exchanges
~ Continuing Education / Professional Development Credit for Directors

Participant Rate: $199.00 per person
Directors and Chaperones (up to 1 per 10): Free
Bonus Day for Subsidiary Ensembles (Day 3): Free
Optional Saturday Night Dinner Dance Cruise Celebration: $64.00 per person

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Each participating Choral Program’s Primary Ensemble will benefit from an adjudicated performance of their prepared music. After each performance, COA Nationals Adjudicators will provide performance reviews. After performance reviews and following an Observational Requirement, participating choirs will go with one of the COA Master Clinicians (Eugene Rogers, Suzi Digby, Josephine Lee) for a full one-hour clinic.

The day will also feature workshops for ALL participants.  Scheduled workshops include Premiere! A Massed Choir Event led by Ola Gjeilo, XChange – A Meeting of Voices, and our Broadway 101 Workshop.  Each workshop will run for an hour to an hour and a half and will repeat throughout the day… so, when students and directors aren’t warming up or performing, they will have plenty of time to attend.

All Participants will enjoy the following COA Workshops:

  • Premiere! A Massed Choir Event: “Premiere! A Massed Choir Event” is a COA original. Our Premiere! program gives you the opportunity to work directly with a world-class composer. During the event, participating choirs will discuss the creative process, and “unpack” the lyrics / poetry integral to the song, the music and everything else that went into the composition to be premiered. Then, in massed choir format, the participating choirs will rehearse the piece with our Premiere! Composer, followed by a Tutti Finale Performance as part of the final Massed Choir Concert in Carnegie Hall. We are pleased to announce that COA’s Premiere! Composer for the 2015 COA Nationals for Children’s & Youth Choirs will be Ola Gjeilo.
  • Broadway 101: Choirs of America proudly presents a one-of-a-kind workshop featuring an interactive Broadway experience.
  • XChange – A Meeting of Voices: Each Participating Choir will have the opportunity to attend a Choral Exchange with at least one other Participating Choir from a different region. Moderated by Choirs of America Faculty, each Choir will sing for the other, then have the chance to discuss “best practices,” compare notes and generate new ideas… all while making some new friends.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Concert Day

Today, the COA National’s Master Conductor, Henry Leck, takes over for a Massed Choir Rehearsal, followed by an awe inspiring Prism Concert at the world-famous Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall. During the Concert, choral programs with 40 or more singers will also have a “Spotlight Performance Opportunity”… and ALL participants will enjoy a Massed Choir Performance… complete with a Tutti Finale from Ola Gjeilo. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event!

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – Bonus Day

Each participating Choral Program will have the option of designating up to 2 “Subsidiary Ensembles” for adjudicated performances of their prepared music during the final day of the COA Nationals. Following each performance, COA Nationals Adjudicators will give detailed, on-stage performance reviews.

Finally, we end the program with an optional Saturday Night Dinner Dance Cruise on the Hudson… a fantastic way to meet up with other Choral Programs from throughout the country!

There were so many lessons learned and so many tears of joy shed… So many first experiences, and so many lives changed forever… We are forever changed because of you and your organization.

Sarah Reese, Former Principal Artist, New York Metropolitan Opera, Chair of Fine Arts, Pendleton High School