Berkshire Choral Festival

July 17–August 7, 2016
Sheffield, MA

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.)

Tuition for 2017 is $1,425 standard; $1,210 commuter; $920 age 40 and under; $1,145 non-singer. Rates include room and board (double occupancy) for the week.

Concerts are accompanied by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

  • July 9-16: Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8. Concert: July 15. Conductor: Kent Tritle
  • July 16-23: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem. Concert: July 22. Conductor: Tom Hall
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