Berkshire Choral International

BCI in 2017

The season begins in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is known for its vibrant arts scene, mountain vistas, culinary experiences, southern charm and hospitality. The week will be spent living and rehearsing on campus at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. This in-town campus offers modern accommodations in a park-like setting. Sleeping, dining and rehearsing are all within a short walk from each other, and the downtown is minutes away by bus or car. The repertoire for the week is Mozart’s Great Mass in C-minor and Mozart opera choruses, conducted by Erin Freeman. 

Mid-season will be in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Sheffield is where the Berkshire Choral magic began in 1982. Wonderful music, enduring friendships and even marriages have happened during these three and one half decades in Sheffield.

The 2017 season will be the last one in Sheffield and we have planned two programs befitting this occasion. Never performed at BCI before, the first week will be Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. The “Symphony of a Thousand” features double chorus, a boy’s choir, and eight soloists. The opportunity to perform Mahler 8 does not happen often and we are excited to be able to offer this to you. One of America’s leading choral conductors and a BCI favorite, Kent Tritle, will be the conductor for the week. He is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of Musica Sacra and Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent is the organist for the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. This truly will be a week to remember! 

Following Mahler, we close the Sheffield circle by ending with the concert that started it all, the Verdi Requiem. Tom Hall, another BCI favorite, will be the conductor for this final concert in Sheffield. Tom is Music Director for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and is active as a guest conductor in the United States and in Europe. He has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw and Thomas Dunn and he served for ten years as the Chorus Master of the Baltimore Opera Company. Tom has been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati,Temple University, and Syracuse University. He has been the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College for 25 years and has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. Tom has a long association with BCI and we are thrilled he will be with us for thisvery special event.

The 2017 season concludes with another new venue, Budapest, Hungary. Budapest offers breath-taking old world grandeur and a thriving cultural life. Situated on both banks of the Danube River, the city unites the colorful hills of Buda and the wide boulevards of Pest. This culturally valuable city is the hometown of composers Franz Liszt, Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók and Ephraim Kishon. Like our venue in Vienna in 2016, this week in Budapest will feature accommodations in a four star hotel with meals, cultural tours and many hours of rehearsals prior to the concert. Returning for the fourth time as a guest conductor at BCI is Austrian Heinz Ferlesch. Heinz is the Artistic Director of Wiener Singakademie and Choir Ad Libitum, and Chief Conductor of Barucco. 

Berkshire Choral International’s 2017 season is almost full. There are some spots left; check our openings here


North Carolina

Mozart Great Mass in C minor
Mozart Opera Choruses

June 4-11, 2017
Conductor: Erin Freeman


Brahms Requiem
August 6-13, 2017
Concert: August 12 AT Vigadó Hall
Conductor: Heinz Ferlesch


Mahler Symphony #8
JULY 9-16, 2017
Concert: July 15
Conductor: Kent Tritle

Verdi Requiem
JULY 16-23, 2017
Concert: July 22
Conductor: Tom Hall