In June of 2015, the Yale Glee Club will host 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 will take place June 16-20, 2015. Outstanding choirs from throughout the world will come together for five days of singing, learning, and exploring the connections that choral music fosters between people. Each evening will feature a formal concert in Yale's renowned Sprague Hall, and each day will be 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.
The featured ensembles at our inaugural festival in 2012 included the Central Conservatory of Music Chorus, Beijing; the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, UK; the Manado State University Choir, Indonesia; the Imilonji Kantu Choral Society, South Africa; the Yale Choral Artists, and the Yale Alumni Chorus. Ensembles in 2015 will include Sweden’s Voces Nordicae, Cuba’s Entrevoces, the National University of Singapore Choir, and the Jerusalem Youth Choir, along with the Yale Choral Artists and 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, will take place on June 16, the first day of the festival. The symposium will explore the ways in which people throughout the US and the world are using choral music to create positive social change, promote mental well-being, and foster community. Film from our first symposium in 2012, entitled Choirs Transforming Our World, can be viewed on this website.
Please visit this site for more information about the festival in the months to come!