2015 COA Nationals for Top Choirs

2015 COA Nationals March

Welcome to the Revolution!
March 26, 27 & 28, 2015

The 3rd Annual COA Nationals for Top Choirs will continue to re-define adjudicated music festivals.

~ Master Conductor: André Thomas
~ Premiere! Composer: Ola Gjeilo
~ Prism Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
~ Spotlight Performances in Carnegie Hall for Qualifying Choirs
~ World Premiere of new Gjeilo piece
~ Adjudicated Performances
~ One-Hour Clinics with World-Class Faculty
~ Premiere! Workshop
~ School Exchanges
~ Vocal Master Classes
~ 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, March 26, 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, each Primary Ensemble will go with one of the COA Master Clinicians (Jerry Blackstone, Karen Kennedy, Joshua Habermann) 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 Vocal Master Classes with Andrew Lunsford (aka, “The Accidental Tenor”). 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 World Premiere 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 Top Choirs will be Ola Gjeilo.
  • Vocal Master Class with Andrew Lunsford: Choirs of America proudly presents a special vocal master class with Andrew Lunsford (aka, “The Accidental Tenor”) at the 2015 COA Nationals. Mr. Lunsford will discuss vocal technique, performance practice, interpretation, stage presence, and much, much, more. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the performers and observers to learn from a master voice coach and from a diverse group of student performers.
  • XChange – A Meeting of Voices: Each Participating Choir will have the opportunity to attend a School 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, March 27, 2015 – Concert Day

Today, the COA National’s Master Conductor, André Thomas, 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 45 or more singers will also have a “Spotlight Performance Opportunity”… and ALL participants will enjoy a Massed Choir Performance… complete with a World-Premiere Tutti Finale from Ola Gjeilo. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event!

Saturday, March 28, 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!

Dr. Thomas never lost anyone’s attention in the choir because everyone wanted to hear what he had to say. In addition to being hilarious, he had expert advice. Dr. Thomas did whatever it took to get us to do what he wanted. He danced, he sang and he was just amazing in every way.

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