Berkshire Choral International

Immerse yourself in choral music

There’s nothing quite like Berkshire Choral International. A singing trip with your church or community chorus is wonderful, but a week with BCI is so much more. It’s as close as most amateurs will get to a professional singing experience. It’s also your best chance to directly encounter choral music as a genuine revelation and expression of the human spirit.

You’ll arrive Sunday afternoon and proceed to spend 28 hours rehearsing the repertoire with a full-sized symphony chorus of singers from around the world. You’ll be led by an eminent conductor, and you’ll enjoy workshops and lectures with professional vocalists. On Saturday, you’ll perform with a professional orchestra and recognized soloists in a premiere concert venue.

If all that sounds serious, it is. But for our family of passionate choristers, nothing could be more fun and more deeply fulfilling. That’s why they come back to Berkshire Choral year after year.

Meanwhile, you are in a wonderful location! It’s hard for anything to compete with the glory of choral music, but our settings come close. When you have time off to rest your voice, there’s no shortage of memorable things to see and do. So don’t hesitate to bring your non-singing spouse or partner (we know one who’s been coming for 35 years). And if you come alone, don’t worry: people bond instantly here.

In 2018, BCI offers a choice of venues and repertoire that present musical delights and challenges. On both coasts of the United States and ancient cities in the UK, you can find conductors who will inspire you and teach you.

 

Baltimore, MD

june 10-17, 2018

Conductor: Betsy Burleigh
Haydn: The Seasons (English)

Saratoga Springs, NY

June 17-24, 2018

Conductor: Joe Miller
William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast (English)
Handel: Coronation Anthems (English)
This is an auditioned week. Instructions for auditioning can be found here

Fullerton, CA

July 1-8, 3018

Conductor: Rob Istad
Duruflé: Requiem (Latin)
Mozart: Coronation Mass (Latin)

Newcastle/Durham, England

July 29-August 5, 2018

Conductor: Brian Kay
Puccini: Messe di Gloria (Latin)
Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass (Latin)