COA Nationals – NYC June

“Welcome to the Revolution”
June 19, 20 & 21, 2014

The inaugural Choirs of America Nationals for High School & Youth Choirs will continue to re-define adjudicated music festivals.

Master Conductor: Grant Gershon
Composer-in-Residence: Rollo Dilworth
Massed Choir Prism Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
Adjudicated Performances
One-Hour Clinics with World-Class Faculty
World Premiere
Choral Exchanges

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, June 19, 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, June 20, 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 (Andre Thomas, Lynne Gackle, Patrick Freer) 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 Rollo Dilworth and XChange – A Meeting of Voices.

Each workshop will run for an hour to an hour and a half and will repeat throughout the day… so, when singers and directors aren’t warming up or performing, they will have plenty of time to attend.

All Participants will enjoy engaging 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, followed by a World Premiere Tutti Performance as part of the final Massed Choir Concert in Carnegie Hall. We are pleased to announce that the COA Composer-in-Residence for this event will Rollo Dilworth.
  • XChange – A Meeting of Voices: Each Participating Choir will have the opportunity to attend a Choral Exchange with other Participating Choirs from a different region of the country. 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, June 21, 2014

On the Final Day, the COA National’s Master Conductor, Grant Gershon, takes over for a Massed Choir Rehearsal, followed by a fantastic 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 memorable World Premiere Tutti Finale from Rollo Dilworth. It will be a 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!

It was a mountain top experience for us!

-- Student Participant

Grant Gershon, 2014 Master Conductor