In June of 2015, the Yale Glee Club hosted the second Yale International Choral Festival, an event produced in collaboration with the Yale School of Music, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Yale Alumni Chorus, continuing an exciting new chapter in Yale University's long tradition of international choral exchange.
The festival took place June 16-20, 2015. Outstanding choirs from throughout the world will came together for five days of singing, learning, and exploring the connections that choral music fosters between people. Each evening featured a formal concert in Yale's renowned Sprague Hall, and each day was filled with lectures, workshops, and masterclasses led by visiting conductors and Yale faculty, including the first Eric Ericson International Choral Centre Conducting 21C masterclass offered outside of Stockholm.
Ensembles in 2015 included Sweden’s Voces Nordicae, Cuba’s Entrevoces, the National University of Singapore Choir, and the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, along with the Yale Choral Artists and the Yale Alumni Chorus.
A symposium entitled Choirs Transforming Lives, organized in association with the International Federation for Choral Music's Conductors Without Borders network and the American Choral Directors Association's International Conductors Exchange Program, took place on June 16, the first day of the festival. The symposium featured presentations by leaders in the choral field from throughout the world, and explored the ways in which people are using choral music to create positive social change, promote mental well-being, and foster community.