Summer Choral Programs

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Amherst Early Music Festival Choral Workshop

July 10–17, 2016
New London, CT

The Choral Workshop at the Amherst Early Music Festival runs July 10–17, 2016 on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, CT. Spend a week with acclaimed conductor Kent Tritle and experience the joy of choral singing.

The 2016 Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance and Baroque, within the context of the largest early music festival in the United States. For 2016, the Choral Workshop will focus on 17th century German works, including the choral masterpiece Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz. Tuition for the week is $580, and housing on campus is available starting at $185.

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The Western Wind Workshops in Ensemble Singing

June 24–August 8, 2016
Northampton, MA

Theme for 2016: A Cappella Through the Ages.

  • Session I, three possible workshops: June 24–26 (weekend); June 27–July 2 (5-day), June 24-July 2 (8-day)
  • Session II, three possible workshops: July 29–July 31 (weekend); August 1–6 (5-day), July 29-August 6 (8-day)

Western Wind Workshops are uniquely interactive, intense musical experiences. Each participant is made part of a small ensemble that is guided/facilitated (not conducted) by a member of The Western Wind. In their small ensembles, participants sing an eclectic and intriguing selection of music that might include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Early American, 19th and 20th-century part-songs, rounds, hymns and folk-songs, jazz, pop, improvisations and more. Through small-group sessions and master-class style seminars, The Western Wind addresses each singer’s individual development, fostering growth in skill and accomplishment. Because the ensembles are formed based on musical skills, the workshop is open to singers at all levels—professionals and amateurs, soloists and ensemble performers, conductors and music teachers.

A Kids Program and a Teen Program for teens 14 and up will take place the first weekend of Session I (June 24–26). The Teen Program may extend over the 5-day period subject to enrollment. These programs run concurrently with the adult program.

Our participants come from a variety of musical backgrounds and have a vast range of experience. The minimum requirements are that you’re able to carry a tune and have a basic familiarity with music notation. If you’re unsure, please give us a call, and we’ll help you out.

Bring Your Group! Pre-existing groups are welcome at Western Wind Workshops. Discounts available on tuition for groups of eight or more.

  • Get a 10% discount if this is your first Western Wind Workshop.
  • A 5% tuition discount is applied for Friends of the Western Wind. Partial scholarships available based on financial need.

The Smith Workshops also offer opportunities to perform in larger ensembles and sing informally in open reading sessions. Our guest faculty members coach and accompany singers in ensemble and solo repertoire from the Renaissance and Early Baroque, as well as in the subtleties of jazz and pop performance.

Optional performance practice classes are available (during 5-day periods only). Past topics have included vocal jazz improvisation and arranging led by Yumiko Matsuoka, and Early Music topics led by Robert Eisenstein.

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Ogontz Choral Workshop

August 7–13, 2016
Ogontz, near Littleton, NH

Now in its 27th season, the Ogontz Choral Workshop offers extraordinary opportunities for singers, church musicians, and choral conductors to work on repertoire and choral interpretation with some of the world’s leading choral directors. Registration is open to anyone and no auditions are required (registration and tuition payment is required). Past Ogontz participants have come from across North America and have included singers and musicians of all backgrounds. At Ogontz, these participants (with the featured guest artists), learn together, rehearse, relax, and sing for a glorious week in an intimate rustic retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Choral Masterworks Series: Each year, the choral workshop will showcase a choral masterwork carefully selected from the wide gamut of musical repertoire.

Choral Conductor’s Seminar: This seminar will offer a few additional sessions to explore what it’s like on the podium. This will be an opportunity to try and discover, during the week, what conducting is about. Music of the British Isles.

Choral Workshop with Tim Brown (other faculty: George Kent, Artistic Director of The Ogontz Arts Foundation; Paula Rockwell, voice faculty, Acadia University).

Masterwork: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tudor Portraits.

Other Repertoire: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie; Charles Villiers Stanford: Song To The Soul. English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems & Motets Oxford Choral Classics: English Church Music.

To coincide with our chosen masterwork, the entire week will be themed around the British Isles. To encompass as much of the British Isles as possible, works were chosen from English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh composers. Delve into these carefully selected works of acclaimed composers, enjoy a variety of regional culinary delights, and expect a few appropriately themed surprises throughout the week as we celebrate this phenomenal culture.

Individuals may attend as a resident participant, non-resident participant, student, or resident non-participant.

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New England Choral Institute at New Hampshire Music Festival

July 22–29, 2016
Plymouth, NH

A one-week intensive for singers and conductors built around the preparation and performance of Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.

  • All participants will sing in the chorus for the culminating performance of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with conductor Dan Perkins and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.
  • Auditions for the Institute are required either in person or via an electronic submission.
  • New Hampshire Music Festival Choristers may sing the Brahms without attending the Institute.


Dr. Dan Perkins, Director; Paul Polivnick and Ryan Turner (conducting); David Nesmith (Alexander Technique); Dr. Tami Petty (voice, Requiem soloist); Paul Max Tipton (Voice, requiem soloist), and Dr. Eva Nagorka (voice; performance anxiety).

Community Track: A series of rehearsals meant for singers in New Hampshire who want to commute over the course of three weeks, three times a week. This follows the format of rehearsals that the Festival has used for the last two years and is open to anyone who completes a successful audition. All events are at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, NH.

Auditions: Saturday, June 11: 6-7:30 PM

Choral Institute: This series is meant for singers and students looking for an intensive, immersive one week program of rehearsal and study. Two participation tracks are available.

Track 1: Holistic work for the experienced amateur vocalist or conductor.

  • Day student participation fee: $300
  • Resident student participation fee: $450 (7 nights double room, campus housing). Meal plan options and housing upgrades are available to fit a variety of budgets.

Track 2: Intensive program of study for college and graduate students with optional graduate credits (1–3) through a collaboration with Plymouth State University

  • ME 5560 Graduate Practicum in Choral Music (1–3 credits)
  • In-State: $530 per credit
  • Out-of-State: $605 per credit
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Saratoga Choral Festival

July 12–July 31, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY

Singers meet for rehearsals over a three-week period in Saratoga Springs beginning Tuesday, July 12, and will perform in a concert open to the public at the on July 31. Music Director: Andrea Goodman.

As part of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's 50th Anniversary, the Saratoga Choral Festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the extremely popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir. This will be a brand new adaptation of the musical.  Also included on the program will be setting of children’s songs "Kitty Alone", "By’ n’ By", "Goin’ to Boston", and "Buffalo Gals" by Alice Parker, "Sing a Song of Sixpence" by John Rutter, and the Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir, and more. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music. This entertaining music explores the different voice ranges and styles of singing much the way Benjamin Britten has done in the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Concert: July 31 at 3:00 p.m., at Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

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Berkshire Choral Festival

July 17–August 7, 2016
Sheffield, Massachusetts (also programs outside N.E.)

Provides choral singers with the opportunity to rehearse and perform choral masterpieces under the direction of world-class conductors and with the help of a professional musical staff. Participants arrive on a Sunday afternoon, rehearse twice a day all week, and perform with a full symphony orchestra and soloists the following Saturday. There are classes in such subjects as musical history, theory, how to audition, and how to care for your voice. Private voice, theory, ear training and conducting lessons are available on a fee basis.

Concerts begin promptly at 7:30 pm; pre-concert lectures start at 6:15 pm. (You are invited to attend our dress rehearsals on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  In an effort to build our scholarship program we ask for a donation payable at the door. Ticketholders to that evening's concert are asked to show their ticket at the door.)

Concerts are accompanied by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.


  • July 17-24: Beethoven, Mass in C Major; Symphony #9 (4th Movement) (German). Concert: July 23. Conductor: John Sinclair
  • July 24-31: Dvorak, Requiem (Latin). Conductor: Concert: July 30. Gary Thor Wedow
  • July 31-August 7: Stephen Paulus, To Be Certain of the Dawn; Bernstein, Chichester Psalms (Hebrew) Concert: August 6. Conductor: Kathy Saltzman Romey
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Mount Desert Summer Chorale

June 29–August 6, 2016
Bar Harbor, Maine

Acadia Centennial Concert: In Nature's Realm

Join singers from Maine and from around the world on beautiful Mount Desert Island. Two performances, with orchestra, in historic St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church: August 5 and 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk by music director David Schildkret each evening at 7 p.m.

Our 2016 concerts will celebrate nature with short works by many composers and will feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned work written for the the Chorale by beloved composer Craig Courtney and Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.

Weekly rehearsals this summer will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the choral room at MDI High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor.

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CONCORA Summer Festival

July 24–30, 2016
Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT 06037

Shakespeare’s Legacy. April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so it seems fitting to honor his singular contribution to the vocal repertoire by featuring some settings of his most famous lines in CONCORA Summer Festival 2016. Ralph Vaughan Williams had a particular affinity for Shakespeare’s words. We will feature two of his works based on the Avon Bard’s plays: “Serenade to Music” adapted from The Merchant of Venice, and “In Windsor Forest,” settings of texts by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from Sir John in Love, Vaughan Williams’ opera about Falstaff. We will also sing several smaller choral settings of Shakespeare’s texts by composers John Rutter, Emma Lou Diemer and Erik Neilsen, who has had a long relationship with CONCORA. We will finish with a wonderful setting of Shakespeare’s “Songs and Sonnets” by jazz pianist George Shearing, offering proof that the words ofEngland’s greatest poet transcend time. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoon, Monday evening, Wednesday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday morning. The public concert is at 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 30.

Festival tuition is $190. CONCORA offers Choral Scholarships to qualified high-school and college-age students.

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Woods Hole Cantata Consort

Thursday evenings, July 10–August 21, 2016
Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

A summer community chorale and chamber orchestra founded in 1973 that performs a program of classical music. Adult singers of all ages and voices rehearse for six weeks and present a performance. No formal auditions, but singers should be proficient. Singers interested in joining the choir can contact us by email for more information on rehearsal schedules and music fees.

Theme for 2016: The Majesty of Music. In light of the fact that Queen Elizabeth II has turned 90 years old in April of this year and as of September 2015 is the longest reigning monarch in Britain's history, we will be featuring music written exclusively for or used at the time of royal events.

We will feature the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir William Walton, Purcell, and Handel in addition to a few others. 

Of special note will be William Mathias' anthem Let the people praise thee, O God, written for the July 1981 royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, which had a television audience of an estimated 1 billion people worldwide.

Concerts: August 21, 2016 (7:30 pm) and August 22, 2016 (4 pm). at the Church of the Messiah, 22 Church Street, Woods Hole, MA.

Harvard Summer Chorus

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 21–July 31, 2016
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Summer Chorus 80th Anniversary Season—Andrew Clark, Conductor and Director of Choral Activities

  • ROSS LEE FINNEY: Pilgrim Psalms (1946)
  • CARSON COOMAN: Rain Songs (world première)

with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Gil Rose, Artistic Director.


  • Friday July 29, 8pm, Sanders Theatre (free admission)
  • Sunday July 31, 3pm, Peterborough Town House, Peterborough NH, as part of the Monadnock Music Festival

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 pm-9:30 pm beginning June 21 at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall

This season, the Harvard Summer Chorus explores the Pilgrim Psalms by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997), a choral suite setting fourteen psalm melodies and texts from the Ainsworth Psalter of 1612. During the Second World War, American composers and performers drew inspiration from what scholar Annegret Fauser describes as “sounds from a usable past,” most especially the music of Colonial America. Pilgrim Psalms grew out of the composer’s fascination with America’s folk heritage, creating clever and accessible choral expressions of these tunes. To celebrate the Summer Chorus’s 80th season, we will present the world premiere of composer Carson Cooman’s Rain Songs, a setting of three poems from Mary Austin’s collection The American Rhythm (1923), inspired by the Native American culture that she studied extensively. The chorus will be joined by the world-renowned Boston Modern Orchestra Project for our performance.


  • Friday, June 17 6-9p
  • Saturday, June 18 2-5p and 6-9p
  • Sunday, June 19 2-5p and 6-9p
  • Monday, June 20 6-9p

All auditions take place at Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA