COA Nationals – NYC April


“Welcome to the Revolution”
April 24, 25 & 26, 2014

The 2nd Annual Choirs of America Nationals for Top Choirs will continue to re-define adjudicated music festivals.

Master Conductor: Grant Gershon
Composer-in-Residence: Z. Randall Stroope
Prism Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
Adjudicated Performances
One-Hour Clinics with World-Class Faculty
World Premiere
School Exchanges
Vocal Master Classes

Participant Rate: $189.00 per person
Directors and Chaperones (up to 1 per 10): Free
Bonus Day for Subsidiary Ensembles (Day 1): Free
Optional Sunday Brunch ‘n Dance Cruise Celebration: $64.00 per person

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 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 first day of the COA Nationals. Following each performance, COA Nationals Adjudicators will give detailed, on-stage performance reviews.

Friday, April 25, 2014

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.

Day Two will also feature workshops for ALL participants. Scheduled workshops include Premiere! A Massed Choir Event led by Z. Randall Stroope, 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 song with our Composer-in-Residence, 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 Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 COA Nationals for Top Choirs will be Z. Randall Stroope.
  • 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 2014 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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On the Final Day, the COA National’s Master Conductor, Grant Gershon, takes over for a spectacular Massed Choir Rehearsal, followed by a Prism Concert at the world-famous Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall. During the Prism 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 spectacular World-Premiere Tutti Finale from Z. Randall Stroope. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event!

Optional Event >>

Finally, we end the program with an optional Sunday Brunch ‘n Dance Cruise on the Hudson… a fantastic way to meet up with other Choral Programs from throughout the country!

…insightful, a new experience to learn from a clinic and experience group performances with students with a joint enthusiasm and elite level for music…

-- Student Participant